STOP To Survive Chaos Like A Natural
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STOP To Survive Chaos Like A Natural

April 6th, 2018 | by Matthew Monte
Once upon a time parents trusted me to teach their children how to survive when lost in the woods and swamps of Louisiana. It’s a scary thought, being responsible for a small squadron of 14-year-olds, but one I embraced at...
What is Your Athletic Department’s Guarantee?
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What is Your Athletic Department’s Guarantee?

March 28th, 2018 | by Matthew Monte
What can you guarantee your student-athletes? A free education? A family atmosphere? A chance to be a legend? What is so special about your athletic department that you would bank your reputation on it? It may sound trivial, but...
The Inaugural Early Signing Period Introduced a Host of New Issues
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The Inaugural Early Signing Period Introduced a Host of New Issues

December 22nd, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
The inaugural early signing period for football recruiting comes to a close today, and I can say with confidence that, if it stays the way it is, it will change the game. We already knew that the signing period falling during...
It’s Time To Change Transfer Limitations
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It’s Time To Change Transfer Limitations

December 6th, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
In the wake of the sanctions placed on Ole Miss football for multiple violations of NCAA rules, it was announced that, as of this past Monday, seniors on the Ole Miss football team would be granted a waiver to transfer from the...
Consider Your Values When Hiring
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Consider Your Values When Hiring

December 5th, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
We are smack dab in the middle of what the media has dubbed “silly season,” where big-name football coaches and athletic directors are hired, fired, and paraded out for judgment by the mob. Social media has already had a...
Take Bad with Good When Dealing With Social Media
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Take Bad with Good When Dealing With Social Media

November 13th, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
With the rise of social media ubiquity, access to massive audiences is more available than ever. This has been a boon for athletic departments wanting to reach boosters, impress recruits, and connect with fans. Some teams have...
Regardless of Personal Beliefs, National Anthem Protests Can Become A Tool For Unity
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Regardless of Personal Beliefs, National Anthem Protests Can Become A Tool For Unity

September 25th, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
Regardless of your personal politics, you have to admit that when the president of the United States speaks, people need to take notice. That is why, for the second time in as many weeks, we’re discussing protests in...
How To Talk To Your Student-Athletes About Political Issues
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How To Talk To Your Student-Athletes About Political Issues

August 24th, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
To say we’re living in a tense political climate would be an understatement. Every day, it seems, we read about more protests and counter protests, and more often than not, they take place on the grounds of a campus or...
Summer Is For Finding Ways To Enjoy Work More
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Summer Is For Finding Ways To Enjoy Work More

July 20th, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
They call them the Summer Doldrums for a reason. It’s hot, much of the sports calendar has wound down, and you have more time to reflect on your life and career. Sadly, we often tend to focus on the negative; where we think...
Keep Your Friends Close And Your Coworkers Closer
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Keep Your Friends Close And Your Coworkers Closer

June 8th, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
Anytime a major conference or event like NACDA is on the horizon, I start thinking strategy. It’s not that I’m looking to make a big splash or find a new job, but at my most basic form, I am a prepper. I’m...
The Definition of Lack of Institutional Control
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The Definition of Lack of Institutional Control

June 7th, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
Ole Miss is contesting charges of lack of institutional control and failure to monitor that have been levied against head football coach Hugh Freeze. While not all of the alleged infractions happened under Freeze’s watch, it is...
You Don’t Need The NFL Draft To Prove You’re A Player’s Coach
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You Don’t Need The NFL Draft To Prove You’re A Player’s Coach

April 27th, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
The NFL Draft is tonight, and while 87% of football programs in this country won’t have a player selected, there still might be a reason to pay attention. For college programs, especially the ones with players being...
The Virtues of Self-Promotion
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The Virtues of Self-Promotion

April 21st, 2017 | by Matthew Monte
“Can I ask you a question?” “Sure,” I tell the senior level athletics professional. “Don’t get me wrong. I love the recognition, but how did you guys even hear about me? I mean, I usually...

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