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...
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...