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Florida Introduces New AD Scott Stricklin, Who Faces Initial Facility Fundraising Challenge

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 28 / 16

Florida yesterday officially introduced Scott Stricklin as its new AD, and he "laid out his vision for the future of the Florida athletic department," according to Kevin Brockway of the GAINESVILLE SUN. UF President Kent Fuchs said that Stricklin "fit all the criteria that the school was looking for...

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Ray Anderson Transforms Arizona State Athletics

Ray Anderson has "turned Arizona State AD into a destination job by transforming the athletic program -- some of it with significant amounts of his own money -- into one of the most innovative in the country," according to John Marshall of the AP. Since being hired to replace Steve Patterson in earl ...

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Renderings Show Glass Walls For Carrier Dome

In Syracuse, Chris Carlson notes Syracuse Univ. yesterday provided "another set of draft renderings for a renovated Carrier Dome." The newest look "featured a number of similarities to renderings previously published by a possible construction partner." In the newest renderings, the entire Dome ...

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Ohio State AD Smith Talks Myriad Issues

Ohio State will sell beer stadium-wide at Ohio Stadium for its football games this season , and though AD Gene Smith said the school will "benefit financially" from the move, it was done as part of a "changing landscape" across college sports, according to David Briggs of the Toledo BLADE. Smith sa ...

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Wisconsin Football Gets 95% Ticket Renewal Rate

Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez said that over 95% of football season-ticket holders "renewed their seats" for '16, according to Todd Milewski of the Madison CAPITAL TIMES. Those numbers match the level "reached in the three previous seasons." Alvarez said that there also have been 1,860 "requests for ne ...

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Michigan Projects $1M Surplus For '17

The Univ. of Michigan's athletic department "projects a surplus" of nearly $1M for its FY '17 and will have operating expenses of $161M this next year, according to Angelique Chengelis of the DETROIT NEWS. UM AD Warde Manuel said that the department will "break even" in FY '16. Football season-ticke ...

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Rutgers' Pat Hobbs Develops Strategic Plan

Armed with a $75M annual budget, new Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs is in the "infancy stage of developing a first-of-its-kind strategic plan to map out the future" of the athletics program, according to Keith Sargeant of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. The plan could take anywhere "between 6-to-9 months to ...

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Colorado Approves Contract Extension For AD George

The Univ. of Colorado Board of Regents on Thursday approved a "contract extension and slight raise" for AD Rick George, according to Brian Howell of the Boulder DAILY CAMERA. George's contract has been extended through June 30, 2021 and his base salary increased to $754,314 per year. Hired ...

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Nebraska's Eichorst Gets Mostly Favorable Review

A review of leadership and culture within the Univ. of Nebraska came back "generally positive," although Omaha-based consulting firm SilverStone Group said that AD Shawn Eichorst "should be more visible and communicate better," according to a front-page piece by Chris Dunker of the Lincoln JOURNAL S ...

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Mississippi State Moves To Spectra Ticketing

Mississippi State announced this week that it is shifting its ticket marketing and sales over to the Spectra Ticketing and Fan Engagement platform and services as part of an overall technology shift by the school. Spectra’s platform will manage ticket sales, donor relations and marketing autom ...

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Florida AD Jeremy Foley Retires After 25 Years

The Univ. of Florida yesterday announced that Jeremy Foley, the longest tenured AD in school history and "one of the most successful and respected athletic directors in the nation," is retiring, effective Oct. 1, according to a front-page piece by   Robbie Andreu of the GAINESVILLE SUN.&nb ...

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