Don’t Blame the Coaches: Recruiting of Middle Schoolers Another Symptom of Broken System
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Don’t Blame the Coaches: Recruiting of Middle Schoolers Another Symptom of Broken System

September 18th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Coaches recruiting freshmen and sophomores who are still years away from setting foot on campus is not a new phenomenon, and with the proliferation of social media and YouTube, this trend is skewing younger. Whereas this has been...
If Athletic Departments Want to Get Serious about Sleep, They Must Change Hours Policies
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If Athletic Departments Want to Get Serious about Sleep, They Must Change Hours Policies

September 11th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Yahoo! Sports columnist Pete Thamel posted an entertaining write-up of a visit to Clemson’s “nap room,” a spot in the football program’s new facility designated for catching some quick shuteye. Aside from the important...
As Alcohol Service Increases, What Are Participating Schools Doing to Accommodate and Control?
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As Alcohol Service Increases, What Are Participating Schools Doing to Accommodate and Control?

August 14th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Last week, the Air Force Academy became the most recent college to commit to offering alcohol during its upcoming football season. This decision is becoming more and more common on college campuses nationwide as schools seek to...
As More Schools Limit Media Access, Should Your Department Be Considering Doing So?
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As More Schools Limit Media Access, Should Your Department Be Considering Doing So?

August 7th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
At the end of July, Notre Dame became the latest to restrict media access to its athletics. Exact rules can be found here, but the basic gist is that the Irish would like to have greater control of what is disseminated in terms...
Capitalize on All Successes, Not Just Those in the Most Prominent Sports
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Capitalize on All Successes, Not Just Those in the Most Prominent Sports

July 24th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
It is news to no one that schools gain great national interest through success in men’s basketball and football. The profile of an institution can be raised significantly by achieving in these two sports. Case in point: check...
Regardless of Outcome, Athletic Departments Cannot Ignore Spielman v. Ohio State
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Regardless of Outcome, Athletic Departments Cannot Ignore Spielman v. Ohio State

July 17th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
When Chris Spielman, NFL All-Pro and All-American linebacker at Ohio State, filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against his alma mater and sports marketing firm IMG College, he certainly understood the possibility of a ripple...
N.C. State’s Quest for Directors’ Cup Excellence Continuing in Right Direction
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N.C. State’s Quest for Directors’ Cup Excellence Continuing in Right Direction

July 10th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
The standings for the Learfield Directors’ Cup were published at the end of June, and to no one’s surprise, Stanford scored its 23rd straight Waterford crystal trophy. While Stanford’s domination over the past two-plus...
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...