3-on-3 Basketball Is Growing Internationally; Should Colleges Be Considering It?
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3-on-3 Basketball Is Growing Internationally; Should Colleges Be Considering It?

June 19th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
The BIG3 basketball league, which tips-off on June 25th, is the result of years of work by rapper/actor Ice Cube and longtime business partner/manager Jeff Kwatinetz. It is the closest thing to NBA Jam, the beloved 2-on-2 video...
How Can Small Schools Garner Big Media Attention?
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How Can Small Schools Garner Big Media Attention?

June 5th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Any athletic administrator worth her salt knows that media presence is crucial to running a successful department. Media buzz affects recruiting, attendance, and fundraising, the lifeblood of collegiate athletics. However, with...
Is Conference Revenue Keeping Pace With Commissioners’ Salaries
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Is Conference Revenue Keeping Pace With Commissioners’ Salaries

May 15th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
As the staff of an athletic department, members operate under the leadership not only of their school but also their conference. Except in the rare case of independents, nearly all DI programs fall within conference affiliations...
Thoughtful Planning and Execution Breeding Success at WVU and Colorado
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Thoughtful Planning and Execution Breeding Success at WVU and Colorado

May 8th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
All too often, news and stories deal with the negative and troubling; scandals, firings, tragedies are all frequent fodder in the college sports cycle. Only rarely are the outstanding day-to-day achievements of athletic...
Monitoring Social Media for Compliance a Tricky Proposition
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Monitoring Social Media for Compliance a Tricky Proposition

May 1st, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Athletic departments are often in the unenviable position of having to monitor the social media feeds of their student-athletes. Departments don’t do this out of a desire to invade privacy but to watch for NCAA compliance...
UCF Officials Should Just Call Their Proposed Lazy River What It Really Is
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UCF Officials Should Just Call Their Proposed Lazy River What It Really Is

April 3rd, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
The facilities arms race has been discussed in this space in the past, largely in highlighting the growing emphasis schools are placing on state-of-the-art resources. It is a primary way that universities are differentiating...
Who Should You Hire: Crafty Vets or Young Upstarts?
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Who Should You Hire: Crafty Vets or Young Upstarts?

March 20th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
As an athletic department, arguably the most important and challenging task is hiring the correct people. From coaches to trainers to staff, making selections for positions is an imprecise science that has substantial stakes in...
Should Mountain West Schools Be Considering Cutting the TV Cord?
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Should Mountain West Schools Be Considering Cutting the TV Cord?

March 13th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
This past week, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson met with presidents and ADs from his conference, in part to discuss the late start times of Mountain West athletics. The example cited most recently was the 9:30pm start...
The Financial Windfall of Making the MBB NCAA Tournament
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The Financial Windfall of Making the MBB NCAA Tournament

March 6th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
At this point in the NCAA men’s basketball season, the field for the end-of-season NCAA tournament is becoming clearer with each passing day. One major surprise this year is the probable inclusion of Northwestern, which has...
Butting Heads with Boosters
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Butting Heads with Boosters

February 27th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
For big time college athletic programs, boosters are an invaluable and unavoidable resource. When looking at the financial breakdown of top athletic departments, booster donations comprise a substantial chunk of their income. For...
What Can Small Schools Do to Prepare for Leadership Lobbying for Bigger Jobs?
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What Can Small Schools Do to Prepare for Leadership Lobbying for Bigger Jobs?

February 20th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
The University of Tennessee still does not have an AD to replace outbound Dave Hart, and it has hired a search committee to assist with the transition. Perhaps that was money incoming chancellor Beverly Davenport could have...
For A New AD, Keeping Department Intact the Prudent Play
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For A New AD, Keeping Department Intact the Prudent Play

February 13th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
For new AD hires, there is oftentimes the tendency to immediately changeover personnel, bringing-in people from the outside to staff the department. These could be people the AD worked with in prior stops or brand new people...
For Real Feedback, ADs Must Do More with Exit Interviews
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For Real Feedback, ADs Must Do More with Exit Interviews

January 30th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
In a great look inside an athletic department, New Mexico’s Associate AD for Communications Frank Mercogliano wrote an article for the Lobos’ website outlining the value of senior student-athlete exit interviews. Not just...