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...
As Viewership Falls, Will Other Sponsors Reconsider Bowl Sponsorships?
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As Viewership Falls, Will Other Sponsors Reconsider Bowl Sponsorships?

January 23rd, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
The 11th-oldest college postseason bowl game, the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, recently lost its primary sponsor, Camping World, for the 2017 season. Citing a downturn in television ratings the past two years in...
Would Mandating Recruiting Dead Periods Affect Coaches’ Work-Life Balance?
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Would Mandating Recruiting Dead Periods Affect Coaches’ Work-Life Balance?

January 16th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN posted an interesting article this past week about a little-discussed and probably-overlooked amendment to a college football recruiting overhaul being proposed and voted-on in April. In the piece,...
Listen to the Players when Considering FBS Playoff Expansion
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Listen to the Players when Considering FBS Playoff Expansion

January 9th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
This past week, a great deal of media attention was directed towards the national championship game for the FBS division of college football. During player interviews, Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware made headlines with his...
A Wish For 2017: College RedZone
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A Wish For 2017: College RedZone

December 29th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This is the season for holiday miracles and resolutions for the coming year, and I think I’ve determined what is at the top of my list for 2017. As college fantasy sports become more commonplace and I grow preferential to NFL...