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....
The America East Conference: Improving Life After College for its Student-Athletes
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The America East Conference: Improving Life After College for its Student-Athletes

November 2nd, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The notion in the job-hunting world that it is not what you know but who you know is well-founded. In fact, U.S. News and World Report recently published a survey of job recruiters stating that 78% of the best candidates come by...
No Easy Formula for Making Midseason Coaching Changes
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No Easy Formula for Making Midseason Coaching Changes

October 21st, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
Being an administrator in a college athletic department is no easy task. We often outline the voluminous challenges one must face, from academic standards to fundraising to facilities management. This past week, however, has seen...
Wisconsin Chooses Under Armour for More Than Just the Dollars and Cents
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Wisconsin Chooses Under Armour for More Than Just the Dollars and Cents

October 13th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
A fair amount of time in this space discusses the differing equipment deals universities strike with manufacturers. This is because for an athletic department, the financial impact of upgrading an equipment contract after a...
The One Thing We Can’t Control: Weather And College Sports
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The One Thing We Can’t Control: Weather And College Sports

October 5th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
With the onset of Hurricane Joaquin, this week has seen challenging forecasts and tough decision-making for athletic departments along the East Coast. Furman athletic director Mike Buddie called dealing with ensuing weather...
Looking Beyond Football At The Impact Of Women’s Sports
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Looking Beyond Football At The Impact Of Women’s Sports

September 23rd, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
With football back in full swing and all attention focused on America’s unofficial national pastime, it can be hard to not lose sight of the important fact that there are thousands of other student athletes doing amazing...
Scheduling Like It Is 2029: College Football’s Great Guessing Game
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Scheduling Like It Is 2029: College Football’s Great Guessing Game

September 16th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The fervor that surrounds the opening weeks of college football season is usually generated by excitement for the on-field product, but it is the behind-the-scenes work with college football scheduling that allows that product to...
Beyond Campus: College Sports’ Reach into Communities
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Beyond Campus: College Sports’ Reach into Communities

September 9th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
This past week saw a couple interesting articles published as related to how university athletics extend beyond campus and affect the communities where universities are located. Typically, stories of this type discuss helping...
An Expert’s Take on Rugby in the College Mainstream
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An Expert’s Take on Rugby in the College Mainstream

September 1st, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
To say that Justin Hickey’s star is on the rise in the world of US Rugby might be inaccurate, as it implies accomplishments are on the horizon but remain unfulfilled. This is far from the case for Hickey, the former Clemson...