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...
Dealing With Player And Coaching Misconduct in College Athletics
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Dealing With Player And Coaching Misconduct in College Athletics

August 24th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The controversy out of Waco regarding Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu continues to expand, engulfing head coach Art Briles this past week as speculation about his knowledge of Ukwuachu’s history of violence came to the...
Notre Dame’s “Hard Knocks” Gamble
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Notre Dame’s “Hard Knocks” Gamble

August 17th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
A simple question: would you want a behind-the-scenes, premium cable television show shining a spotlight on your university’s most visible (and valuable) asset? If you immediately answered with an unequivocal “yes,”...
Athletic Departments Making Final Adjustments in Final Days Before Kickoff
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Athletic Departments Making Final Adjustments in Final Days Before Kickoff

August 10th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
Football season brings many sentiments for those involved. For the fans, a sense of anticipation is evoked. The players and coaches perhaps feel anxious to see how all their time and work will be rewarded. But for the...
The Toughest Part of the Job: Tragedy on Campus
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The Toughest Part of the Job: Tragedy on Campus

August 3rd, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
All too often it seems in the past few years has news broken of an on-campus or school community tragedy. As written about here, whether the act of a deranged individual, negligence by involved parties, or simply the result of...
It’s Gotta Be the Shoes: The Importance of Choosing An Apparel Partnership Correctly
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It’s Gotta Be the Shoes: The Importance of Choosing An Apparel Partnership Correctly

July 13th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The past few days have been dominated with major free agent signings. NBA players moving cities and changing the balance of conferences, handshake agreements, renegotiation and second thoughts have all altered the landscape of...
Impending Cost Of Attendance Stipends And Mid-Major Program Decisions
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Impending Cost Of Attendance Stipends And Mid-Major Program Decisions

July 8th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
To the chagrin of many teachers and students nationwide, the 2015-2016 academic year speeds ever closer, and although classrooms are still closed for the time being, athletic departments never stopped buzzing. One of the key...
Over Their Shoulders: Are Class Checkers the Right Way for ADs to Assist Student-Athletes?
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Over Their Shoulders: Are Class Checkers the Right Way for ADs to Assist Student-Athletes?

June 25th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
This past week saw the publishing of a very interesting piece by Jake New at Inside Higher Ed relating to the roll “class checkers” play in the academic lives of student-athletes. The concept of class checkers might be...
Can College Athletic Departments Keep Up With Social Media and Technology Trends?
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Can College Athletic Departments Keep Up With Social Media and Technology Trends?

June 19th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
The San Francisco 49ers made news this week when the Wall Street Journal published an article outlining the franchise’s newly implemented steps towards connecting with its young talent base. Namely, the digitization of...
What’s in a Name? For an Athletic Department, Potentially A Lot.
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What’s in a Name? For an Athletic Department, Potentially A Lot.

June 11th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
Selling naming rights is one of the oldest ways of generating revenue in athletics. Watch nearly any game on television and everything from the team lineups to the stadiums to the instant replays have a sponsor attached,...
The Rising Tide of Rugby: Did Athletic Departments Invest in the Wrong Sport?
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The Rising Tide of Rugby: Did Athletic Departments Invest in the Wrong Sport?

June 4th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
Over the past two months, the city of Philadelphia has seen playoffs for two very different collegiate sports. This past weekend, PPL Park played host to the 6th Annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, a gathering of...