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Villanova’s Mark Jackson On The Four F’s Of Leadership

Mark Jackson, AD at Villanova, discusses his Four F’s of Leadership. Family, Faith, Friendships, and having Fun are the drivers that keep Jackson motivated in his role as a leader. He suggests to those coming up in the sports industry or any industry to take time to figure out themselves through self discovery. Jackson also touches on making decisions, and handling annual reviews. The leadership lessons in this brief video are abundant.

Significant Legal Issues In Intercollegiate Athletics

2017 witnessed several key developments in the legal and business issues impacting universities and intercollegiate athletics. From new tax laws to FBI investigations, sports gambling to amateurism, there are a number of issues that have the potential to fundamentally alter the operation of college athletics for the foreseeable future.

Unique Value Proposition: Eastern Illinois’ Michael & Austin Peay’s Ivey

ADU visits with Ryan Ivey (Austin Peay) and Tom Michael (Eastern Illinois) to discuss the process of creating a unique value proposition. The two discuss what it is they do to differentiate their respective institutions from those within their conference and essentially, everyone else in the nation.

By The Numbers: FBS Assistant Football Coach Contracts

In partnership with USA Today we collected and analyzed employment agreements for assistant football coaches at public Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) colleges and universities (the, “Sample Set”). This article is primarily a graphic summary of significant economic data points and trends from the Sample Set coupled with a few observations regarding annual compensation, bonuses and

Commissioner’s Corner: Jennifer Heppel – Patriot League

Boasting the highest retention rate of all NCAA Division I conferences, the institutions of the Patriot League recruit Student-Athletes that embrace the challenge of managing athletics in a highly academic environment. Led by Jennifer Heppel, the League consistently makes an effort to make its presence felt nationally while refusing to veer too far from its core values. Heppel took some time out of her schedule to contribute to this edition of ADU's Commissioner's Corner.

Communications, Coaches, & Conference Changes: From The Chair With WKU’s Todd Stewart

In this episode of From the Chair, host Mike Hamilton speaks with Todd Stewart, Director of Athletics at Western Kentucky. Stewart talks on how his background in communications and media relations provided excellent training for his current role leading an athletics department. He also discusses the benefits of the relatively recent conference move and how it has proven to be a successful transition.

Being A True Rights & Sponsorships Partner

How colleges and universities leverage their sales inventory while creating support across campus is crucial in today’s environment. In this edition of Conversations on College Athletics, Trip Durham and Dan Migala have a very open discussion about sales creativity, sponsorship trends, and the notion that none of us should ever settle.

A Championship Culture Built On Love

Ryan Ivey, AD at Austin Peay State University, pens on his thoughts on creating organizational chemistry for the Governors as they experience success on and off the field. Above all else, he mentions love as the key component to success.

How The New Excise Tax Impacts Coach Compensation

Across all institutions participating in college athletics and individuals employed thereby, application of the tax is significantly limited by the relatively-restricted cluster of the top five highest paid employees receiving compensation in excess of the relatively high threshold of $1,000,000 annually. While the reach of this tax is restricted and seemingly immaterial to a large number of college sports industry participants overall, it represents a high powered rifle shot to Autonomy 5 institutions and their head football and men’s basketball coaches. This could also have a regressive effect by imposing relatively more significant consequences on non-Autonomy 5 institutions, which don’t enjoy the option to off-load the compensation obligation to third parties.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Richmond’s Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Richmond, joins the Dynamic Leadership Podcast. Going into his 13th year as a head coach of the Spiders, Coach Mooney reflects on playing for a Hall-of-Fame coach in college and using the system he played in (the Princeton Offense) to find success at his program. Mooney addresses the misconceptions of the Princeton Offense and how it is used successfully in the NBA. On the topic of today’s players, he talks about the importance of coaches adapting rather than expecting the players to immediately adapt to the coach.

Experts’ Roundtable: Telling The Story Of A New Head Football Coach

In general, a Chief of Staff provides a buffer between a Chief Executive and that executive's direct-reporting team. The Chief of Staff generally works behind the scenes to solve problems, mediate disputes, and deal with issues before they bubble up to the Chief Executive. In this Experts' Roundtable, ADU reached out to a few who serve in the unique position of Chief of Staff to find out about the intricacies of holding such a title. This includes insight from the athletics department view, perspective from a president's office, and thoughts from someone who serves in the role within a football office.

How Does The FCC’s Deregulation Of Net Neutrality Impact College Athletics?

A post-net neutrality world will likely trigger two highly intertwined events. First, access to the Internet in general might be reduced and access to specific content on the Internet may cost consumers more. Second, the dominant broadband providers (e.g., Comcast) stand to benefit most from this arrangement. Imagine being a Verizon customer with no alternative provider and being forced to use Yahoo (which Verizon owns) instead of Google for search or email. Perhaps Verizon could allow you to access Google after watching a 30-second ad. Or, perhaps Verizon could charge an additional fee (kind of like a tariff) to access Google.

Leading Amid Change: Alabama’s Greg Byrne and Illinois’ Josh Whitman

Athletic Directors Greg Byrne (Alabama) and Josh Whitman (Illinois), sit down with ADU to discuss staying abreast to the ever changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics and the variety of stakeholders who depend on its success. Byrne and Whitman touch on the challenges of focusing on (and executing) a strategic plan, while trying not to get caught up in day-to-day operations. People, communication, organization are just a few of the key components necessary to lead while keeping an ear to the ground for changes in the future.

From The Chair Hosted By Mike Hamilton: Minnesota’s Mark Coyle

In this episode of From the Chair, host Mike Hamilton speaks with Mark Coyle, Director of Athletics at University of Minnesota. Coyle discusses how his experiences working in multiple FBS conferences helped shape his style and leadership philosophy. Having hired three football coaches to three different institutions in a span of six years, Coyle relays a healthy understanding of the uniqueness of every search process. The conversation also delves into the transition from Deputy AD to taking on the responsibility as the Director of Athletics.

Event Cancellation: What Is A Game Worth To Your Institution?

No matter the amount, football revenue is the lifeblood of countless collegiate athletic departments. The loss of even one game – especially a home contest – can have serious financial consequences. For some institutions, however, what could have been a significant loss of revenue and/or additional expenses as the result of game disruption were mitigated by event cancellation policies, which insures revenue/expenses against inclement weather and other “exposures."

Omaha’s Brittany Lange: The Opportunity Of Sudden Leadership

How do you respond when your entire organization suddenly looks to you for leadership? Nebraska Omaha's Brittany Lange became the youngest head coach in college basketball at the age of 26. Her story teaches us how to successfully navigate the difficulties of interim leadership.

Athletic Director In Residence: Barry Alvarez – Wisconsin

Barry Alvarez, Director of Athletics at Wisconsin, discusses empowering each sport administrator with the responsibility of having a "short list" of viable and qualified candidates in the case of head coaching vacancy. On the topic of the communicating with staff, Coach Alvarez talks about the importance of every role on staff and communicating his expectations in a clear and direct manner, just as he did when he was leading the Badgers’ football program. Additional topics covered include recruiting, an AD’s relationship with his/her President/Chancellor, leadership styles, staff evaluation and advancement, the future of the industry and mor

Commissioner’s Corner: Jon Steinbrecher – Mid-American Conference

Leading a conference which celebrates it's unique position in college athletics, Jon Steinbrecher has kept the Mid-American Conference visible, as well as stable for the last decade. His combination of creativity, knowledge of social media, financial acumen, and a healthy understaning of the nuances of leadership in intercollegiate athletics have helped to create and maintain a successful environment for the members of the conference. Steinbrecher took some time out of his schedule to contribute to this edition of ADU's Commissioner's Profile

Issues Of Race In College Athletics

Dr. Leonard Moore, Vice President of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas, reviews the challenging, yet necessary conversation about race in college athletics. Addressing issues ranging from the lack of diversity of senior administrative leaders to the process of recruiting and post-graduation outcomes, Moore provides insight on a perspective of college athletics rarely publicly discussed.

Successful Athletic Director-Head Coach Partnerships: UMBC’s Tim Hall, Ryan Odom, and Phil Stern

Analyzing the relationship between coaches and athletics directors, ADU visited with UMBC to speak with AD Tim Hall, MBB Head Coach Ryan Odom, and WBB Head Coach Phil Stern to discuss the aspects necessary for a synergistic environment to exist. While Hall emphasizes the need for AD’s to ask questions to determine what is needed for success, both Odom and Stern emphasized trust in the relationship as a necessary driver for cohesiveness. Moderated by Jason Belzer.

The Dynamic Leadership Podcast: Jacksonville State’s John Grass on Whole Person Development

With a 90% win percentage and a 31 game conference winning streak, few coaches have dominated the sport of college football over the last four years like Jacksonville State's John Grass. In this episode of the Dynamic Leadership Podcast, Coach Bob Walsh visits with John Grass, head football coach at Jacksonville State University. Coach Grass goes deep as he talks about minimizing the discussion on winning or losing and maximizing the focus on developing the whole person....himself included.

Why College Football TV Ratings Rest In The Hands Of Gamblers

This article argues that conferences and athletic departments are benefiting from consumer availability to gamble on college football. While conferences and athletic departments do not directly collect revenues from this market, they instead indirectly receive them from the sale of broadcasting rights – a product that sees its value elevated due to the demand for sports wagering and the subsequent consumer interest in viewing the outcomes of these wagers in real time.

Leveraging Men’s Basketball Success: FGCU’s Kavanagh & Belmont’s Corley

Ken Kavanagh, Director of Athletics at Florida Gulf Coast, and Scott Corley, Director of Athletics at Belmont sit down with 2D Consulting's Trip Durham to discuss how success on the basketball court helped their respective athletic programs as a whole. Kavanagh outlines how FGCU’s trip to the 2013 Sweet 16 led to a number of benefits for the relatively new institution, while Corley notes using continued success as a driver to provide ongoing resources for his programs in Nashville.

From The Chair Hosted By Mike Hamilton: Georgetown’s Lee Reed

In this episode of From the Chair, host Mike Hamilton speaks with Lee Reed, Director of Athletics at Georgetown University. Reed explains his motto of “Student-Athlete driven, Coach centered, Administrator assisted.” He goes into depth on the impact of his time spent away from college sports, managing a portfolio of McDonalds restaurants. This wide ranging conversation also touches on recent head coaching hires, making the decision to accept a new position, the reasons he attends the NACDA Convention, and the people in the industry who had the biggest influence on his career.