Taking the “L”: What is an Athletic Department’s Role Following a Loss?
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Taking the “L”: What is an Athletic Department’s Role Following a Loss?

September 19th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
In sports leadership, determining whether to speak and what to say to a group of student-athletes coming-off a loss is a tricky proposition. The approach varies from situation to situation; a heartbreaking last-second defeat...
MAC Enacts Progressive Policies, but NCAA Still Has a Long Ways to Go to Common Sense
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MAC Enacts Progressive Policies, but NCAA Still Has a Long Ways to Go to Common Sense

September 12th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
A few weeks ago, I wrote about P5 conferences’ proposals to assist the “student” in every “student- athlete.” Common-sense measures like eight hours of uninterrupted time overnight and not considering travel days as...
Athletic Departments Seeking to Maximize Budget, Regardless of Size
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Athletic Departments Seeking to Maximize Budget, Regardless of Size

August 29th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week saw three schools doing what most of sports-loving America does when the weather starts to (theoretically) turn cold and the calendar turns to September: prepare for football season. While athletic departments...
Keeping Your Assistant Coaches a Key to Long-Term Program Success
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Keeping Your Assistant Coaches a Key to Long-Term Program Success

August 22nd, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
A recent article by Brendan Quinn at ML.com discusses the success Michigan State men’s basketball has had keeping its assistant coaching staff intact. Three of the Spartans’ key assistants will remain with the team for a...
Do Olympic Payments Offer Model for Paying NCAA Athletes?
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Do Olympic Payments Offer Model for Paying NCAA Athletes?

August 15th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
With the Olympics concluding its first week, we’ve seen several American college students have success on the international stage. Some student-athletes have medaled, and with those medals come financial windfalls additional to...
Universities Must Capitalize on Their Olympians
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Universities Must Capitalize on Their Olympians

August 9th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Here is a little-known but, for me, astounding fact: with Katinka Hosszú’s gold medal, world-record-setting 400-meter individual medley, USC has now had a medalist in every summer Olympics since 1912. As I said before, I find...
Mississippi State Breaking New Ground in Digital Ticketing with BLITZ Program
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Mississippi State Breaking New Ground in Digital Ticketing with BLITZ Program

August 1st, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Here at CollegeAD, we often cover the different methods schools use to draw fans to their sporting events. Ploys like kid-friendly zones, outdoor stagings of traditionally-indoor events, and concerts or additional live...
North Carolina College Teams Have Opportunity to Make Radical Statement
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North Carolina College Teams Have Opportunity to Make Radical Statement

July 25th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
News broke this past week that the NBA will be moving its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina to an undecided location. The move is in response to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which limits protection against...
Power Five Conferences’ Academic Suggestions a Positive but Sadly-Necessary Step
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Power Five Conferences’ Academic Suggestions a Positive but Sadly-Necessary Step

July 11th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The seeming tension between academics and the growing athletics apparatus at Power Five schools is a constant source of dialogue for athletic department and university administrators. The latest word in this discussion is a broad...
Academic Committing: Student-Athlete Learning Facilities
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Academic Committing: Student-Athlete Learning Facilities

June 28th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Image via Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com Over the past decade, schools have realized the value of investing in facilities as a means to attract the best players. Early-release mock-ups and photographs of locker rooms,...
If You Win, Attendance Will Grow…Regardless of Who Is Playing
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If You Win, Attendance Will Grow…Regardless of Who Is Playing

June 20th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
If you’ve been following sports on a national level even a little bit, you’re aware NBA basketball has wrapped for the year having enjoyed a historic season. However, what you might not have known is that the WNBA is...
Should Schools Allow Student Votes on Athletic Decisions?
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Should Schools Allow Student Votes on Athletic Decisions?

June 1st, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
In case you’ve not noticed, it is coming-up on election season in the U.S. Plans and policies are being bandied-about; some surprises have arisen while the dreams of others are crushed. In reflection of our national landscape,...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

May 25th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The University of Minnesota has confirmed its wrestling team is under investigation for dealing and using Xanax. Four Gophers wrestlers were allegedly dealing the drug. Another 10 wrestlers are suspected of using it. The Fox 9...