Knight Commission CEO Amy Perko On Why The NCAA Must Adapt To Succeed
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Knight Commission CEO Amy Perko On Why The NCAA Must Adapt To Succeed

May 4th, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
Within higher education, there are many groups who play an integral role in the shaping of policy as it pertains to college sports. None have been more influential than the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Founded...
Diversity and Inclusion: Accountability Starts with Transparency
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Diversity and Inclusion: Accountability Starts with Transparency

April 5th, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
In recent months we’ve seen a spike in the hiring of woman Athletic Directors headlined by Heather Lyke the new AD at Pitt. While these are huge wins in the area of gender diversity questions still remain. One is why haven’t...
Does Your Organization Create Leaders in Succession?
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Does Your Organization Create Leaders in Succession?

March 14th, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
As a graduate student and young professional, I’ve had the opportunity to hear many leaders within the sports industry speak.  While I’ve learned a lot, there are certain phrases that stuck with me. During my time in ASU’s...
Is Athletics Experience Necessary For Incoming University Presidents?
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Is Athletics Experience Necessary For Incoming University Presidents?

February 16th, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
University presidents are tasked with leading a very complex enterprise. Political in nature and vast in scale, these roles encompass multiple skillsets to be completely successful. While an AD’s job entails leading the...
Recruiting and The Growing Complexity of Football Support Staff
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Recruiting and The Growing Complexity of Football Support Staff

February 2nd, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
With signing day coming and going football programs across the country are welcoming the class of 2017. Coaches have spent hours upon hours traveling to ensure they can find top-notch talent to compete for a national...
The Young Professionals Personal Development Plan
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The Young Professionals Personal Development Plan

January 25th, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
This week the NCAA will be hosting their Emerging Leaders Seminar starting today,  January 25th, through the 27th at its headquarters in Indianapolis. This three-day program is an opportunity for more than 200 graduate...
Non-compete Clauses Becoming A Bigger Trend In Preventing Lateral Coaching Staff Moves
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Non-compete Clauses Becoming A Bigger Trend In Preventing Lateral Coaching Staff Moves

January 13th, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
Now that bowl season has ended many assistant coaches are receiving new deals. In the last couple of weeks Jim Leavitt, Oregon’s new defensive coordinator, signed a 4-year deal worth $1.15 million annually. In addition Michigan...
Diversity And Inclusion Must Start In Academia First
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Diversity And Inclusion Must Start In Academia First

December 28th, 2016 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
Back in September, the NCAA produced a diversity pledge urging university presidents, chancellors, and conference commissioners to “specifically commit to establishing initiatives for achieving ethnic and racial diversity,...
Our Brand Is Crisis
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Our Brand Is Crisis

December 21st, 2016 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
During my time in Arizona State’s Sports Law and Business program, I learned how to critically solve problems with an emphasis on revenue generation and regulation. Yet, within our curriculum, we also learn about a third...
With Salaries Rising, Are There Better Ways To Construct Coach’s Contracts?
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With Salaries Rising, Are There Better Ways To Construct Coach’s Contracts?

December 14th, 2016 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
Another year has gone by and once again football coach’s salaries have increased. With lucrative TV deals, the facilities arms race, shoe contracts, and conference realignment we are seeing a wave of money flowing down to...
Is Your Department Truly Aligned For Success?
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Is Your Department Truly Aligned For Success?

December 6th, 2016 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
As the cost of hiring and firing football coaches increases presidents and athletic directors have mounting pressure to pick the right leader to move their programs forward. In a recent New York Times article by Marc Tracy he...
It’s That Time Of Year: Understanding The Role Of Search Firms During Coaching Changes
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It’s That Time Of Year: Understanding The Role Of Search Firms During Coaching Changes

November 22nd, 2016 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
Korn Ferry, Parker Executive Search, DHR International, these are just some of the search firms you’ll hear about as the coaching carousel begins to heat up the next couple of weeks. While the season has been underway for quite...