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...
Package Deal? The Sometimes Sordid Practice Of Hiring Recruits’ Friends And Family
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Package Deal? The Sometimes Sordid Practice Of Hiring Recruits’ Friends And Family

December 12th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The NCAA regulates text messages, emails, phone calls, donor contributions, and a myriad of other ways for coaches to entice a recruit. Athletic departments host massive recruit-centered weekends, and sometimes the events can...
How Much Debt Are Student-Athletes Leaving With?
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How Much Debt Are Student-Athletes Leaving With?

December 5th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
There is a constant conversation surrounding whether student-athletes should be paid to play for their universities or if room and board in addition to tuition coverage are enough to justify the time and effort scholarship...
Something to Consider: Expand your Stadium’s Wi-Fi Coverage
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Something to Consider: Expand your Stadium’s Wi-Fi Coverage

November 28th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Getting fans to forsake an impressive at-home viewing experience and to come to the stadium is a fight both college and professional sports teams are currently facing. The topic has been explored in a variety of ways, including...
How Diverse are the Upper Administrations of Athletic Departments?
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How Diverse are the Upper Administrations of Athletic Departments?

November 21st, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week MLB commissioner Rob Manfred discussed the state of diversity in the management ranks of baseball. Citing the lack of any outside minority candidates being hired for open GM or managerial positions this past...
Is It Time For Your Athletic Department To Consider An Esports Team?
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Is It Time For Your Athletic Department To Consider An Esports Team?

October 31st, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Whenever an off-the-map competition sells-out an NBA arena, athletic department officials should take notice, regardless of the league’s provenance in typical sport circles. The League of Legends World Championships, the...
Should You Invest Fan Oriented College Sports Apps?
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Should You Invest Fan Oriented College Sports Apps?

October 25th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
As smartphone apps continue to grow as a primary means of data-gathering and communication among young people on the internet, colleges and universities must make sure they’re doing their part to stay in the forefront of...
New AD Hires Show There Is No Single Path to the Job
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New AD Hires Show There Is No Single Path to the Job

October 17th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
I was thinking the other day about the disparate ways athletic directors take to get to their eventual positions as leaders in higher education and thought it would be a fruitful enterprise to look at the backgrounds of a few new...
What Are An Athletic Department’s Responsibilities Around Recent Student-Athlete Protests?
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What Are An Athletic Department’s Responsibilities Around Recent Student-Athlete Protests?

October 3rd, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
49ers’ backup QB Colin Kaepernick’s recent actions during the national anthem have sparked an ongoing debate regarding respect of country, the nature of protests, and racial relations in the U.S. Many have spurned Kaepernick...