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Experts’ Roundtable: College Football Preseason Camp

With the season’s kickoff just a few weeks away, college football teams are deep in camp preparing for their first opponents. AthleticDirectorU sits down with a number of coaches and an industry insider to discuss what teams are doing to get their players ready for their opening match-ups and the long season ahead.    

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Set the Course, Empower Staff to Steer the Ship: UTRGV’s Chris King

Humbling is the first word that comes to mind when reflecting on the fact that, as of just three years ago, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley had yet to even commence full operation. As a fledgling institution in a state dominated by Hook ‘Em, Gig ‘Em, Guns Up and other supremely resonant brands

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Creating A Foundation Of Excellence In College Athletics

My first head coaching job was at Rhode Island College, where I took over a very talented team that had no history of success. When I left to become the head coach at the University of Maine, I similarly inherited a program that needed a major infusion of talent and had a deeply imbedded losing

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2018 Mid-Year Legal Issues In College 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.

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Are We Witnessing The Dawn Of Competitive Intercollegiate eSports?

A condition of conference membership requires schools to license their rights to the conference, which distributes revenue equally among member institutions, and should, in theory, benefit the schools. But women’s gymnastics and men’s lacrosse are both niche sports which enjoy large, loyal fan affinity and an increasing number of youth athletes. Imagine a situation where niche sports content is delivered directly to a growing market in places where the market and enthusiastic fan bases exist.

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Do Facilities Really Matter In Recruiting?

No longer relying on outside media, athletic departments are generating their own messages for their own audiences. In addition to fans, this includes alumni, boosters, recruits, and sponsors. In this article, Dr. Stephen Dittmore looks at changes in department and personnel titles related to this current trend.

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Experts’ Roundtable: A New Era Of Basketball Recruiting

After a tumultuous year in college basketball, programs have had to re-evaluate their approach to the recruitment of student-athletes. In this Experts’ Roundtable, three coaches and an industry insider discuss how the world of college basketball recruiting has evolved heading into this summer’s evaluation period.     In what ways has the recent investigation by the

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2018 ‘Autonomy 5’ Baseball Head Coach Compensation Survey

I. Introduction & Methodology   AthleticDirectorU has teamed with Spencer Fane to provide unprecedented insight into coaching contracts and salaries. Tonight is another offering in a series aimed to provide context and clarity.   We reviewed all forms of compensation for the head baseball coaches at National Collegiate Athletic Association member institutions of the Atlantic

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Data Crunch: College Basketball Underclassmen NBA Draft Declarations

As the spring progresses, many familiar (and some unfamiliar) underclassmen will enter their names into the 2018 NBA Draft class. College basketball has long been impacted by NBA hopefuls, especially in today’s so-called “one-and-done era,” leaving early for the NBA Draft. This article takes a deep dive into the recent history of NBA Draft declarations

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The Influence Of Search Firms In Men’s Basketball Hiring

Executive search firms have established themselves within the world of college basketball in recent years. These firms, which are tasked with helping find new head coaches, can have a lasting impact on the health of a Division-I basketball program.   Over the past nine NCAA Division I men’s basketball off-seasons, 36.7 percent of head coaching

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Experts’ Roundtable: Evolution Of Instagram

Change is the one constant in the business of college athletics and also true of social media platforms utilized by departments around the nation to tell their brand’s stories. Recently, usage trends and potential product alterations by Instagram could impact how the network is leveraged. ADU caught up with leading social media administrators around the

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Case Study: Football Attendance & Revenue

Keeping score on the field and court is simple – the team that scores the most points by the time the clock reads zero, wins. Doing the same in business is considerably more difficult – the company that makes the most money over a given time period isn’t always the one that should be crowned the winner.