How Will New Appointees Affect The Knight Commission?
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How Will New Appointees Affect The Knight Commission?

February 1st, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
As a high school coach and former teacher, I’m continually interested in the balance colleges seek to strike between “student” and “athlete” for their enrollees. Sometimes, it seems as if no balance is sought. After...
Understanding Academics: AAU and Carnegie 1 Designations
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Understanding Academics: AAU and Carnegie 1 Designations

January 25th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week Oklahoma City online outlet NewsOK.com published a very interesting article about the possibilities of the University of Oklahoma joining the Big Ten. In this article, the author discusses the various requirements...
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

January 20th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Even with the script logo back, new football uniforms debuting this spring and West Virginia back on future schedules, Pitt fans still had plenty of questions for Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes. Barnes answered well over a...
Adding Women’s Sports Is Obvious, Which Sports to Add Is Not
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Adding Women’s Sports Is Obvious, Which Sports to Add Is Not

January 18th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Female enrollment in college has grown over the past two decades. According to the Pew Research Center, in 1994, 63% of female high school graduates matriculated at a college or university the following year. By 2012, that number...
Creative Venues Bring Attention to Lower-Profile Sports
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Creative Venues Bring Attention to Lower-Profile Sports

January 11th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
From mid-summer through the end of the calendar year, college football dominates NCAA sports discussions, and just when it is concluding, the second juggernaut of the athletic/academic year appears in the form of men’s...
FBS or FCS, You Gotta Spend to Win, But There Are No Guarantees
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FBS or FCS, You Gotta Spend to Win, But There Are No Guarantees

January 4th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
While millions were watching Ryan Seacrest ring in the new year, the FBS playoff dominated sports coverage this past week. One of the more interesting pieces for athletic department consumption was Kristi Dosh’s review for...
Are Universities Using NFL Stadiums Getting a Raw Deal?
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Are Universities Using NFL Stadiums Getting a Raw Deal?

December 21st, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The tenuous line between amateur and professional play has been blurred and debated extensively over the past few years. Questions of player pay, school and class requirements, and the actual value of scholarships have all been...
For ADs, Managing Coaches’ Behavior Even Trickier in Today’s World
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For ADs, Managing Coaches’ Behavior Even Trickier in Today’s World

December 14th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
While being an athletic department administrator requires oversight of dozens of disparate arenas, managing coaches certainly ranks as one of the most testing responsibilities. The difficulties surrounding when to make coaching...
Retiring Numbers a Grey Area for Many Schools
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Retiring Numbers a Grey Area for Many Schools

December 7th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The past few weeks have been an exciting time for NBA fans as Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors started their season on a historical undefeated streak. Curry, the reigning MVP of the league, has been masterful through...
Top College Wrestling Programs Continue to Lead Through Innovation
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Top College Wrestling Programs Continue to Lead Through Innovation

November 30th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
 via WHO-TV.com Many parts of America have received their first frost of the year; there is snow on the ground for some and a nip in the air for most, which means the beginning of the college wrestling season is upon us. Fans...
Did Attendance-Boosting Extras Work?
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Did Attendance-Boosting Extras Work?

November 23rd, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
Back in August, I wrote an article outlining the ways athletic departments were preparing for the impending football season, many schools’ biggest money-maker of the year and a time they could not afford to get wrong. Recently,...
Pushing into Uncharted Territories A Priority for Some University Athletic Departments
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Pushing into Uncharted Territories A Priority for Some University Athletic Departments

November 16th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
This past week saw a major first in the world of college athletics, international business, and global recruiting as a pair of programs pushed into uncharted territories. The match-up between Texas and Washington’s...
Programs Must Balance Ticket Prices In Order To Maximize Product Value
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Programs Must Balance Ticket Prices In Order To Maximize Product Value

November 9th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
Whether it is food at a fine dining restaurant, a bespoke suit, or a handmade Swiss watch, deciding what to charge for a premium product is a tricky process. On the one hand, you want to maximize profit for the item in question....