Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Man in the Arena

Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship in a Republic", delivered by Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April 1910.  

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Athletic budget update #74

Dowling College (NCAA Division II) is closing effective June 3, 2016.  The college had been in existence since 1968, offered 14 sports and won 2 national championships (men's soccer 2006 and men's lacrosse 2012) as part of a lengthy list of championship successes.

Alaska Fairbanks may have to petition for a waiver of NCAA rules if it drops below the minimum number of sports required for membership.

Idaho announced it is moving its football program from the highest competitive level (FBS) to a level that requires less financial commitment (FCS) and better institutional and conference alignment.

Morehead State announced they are dropping their men's and women's tennis programs in order to save about $400,000 while add adding women's indoor track and beach volleyball.  The elimination of men's tennis makes it the 12th program dropped in the last two years.

Arizona State is reinstating men's tennis following a $1 million donation from their Director of Athletics Ray Anderson and a $4 million donation from adidas.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The sorting hat and your career

I had the opportunity to speak at The Head Coach Training Center (@HeadCoachTC) earlier this week as part of a panel discussion about what directors of athletics are seeking when hiring coaches. While I was there I was reminded of the The Harry Potter series.

The first installment, "Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone", has a scene that involves a "sorting hat," - a magical hat that assigns each student into one of four "houses" where they will live, make friends, attend class and compete against the other houses.  The decision is based on the sorting hat's impression of the talents, abilities, attitudes and values of the student wearing the hat.  If you aren't familiar with the scene you can watch below.

The sorting hat is fictional.  But your daily actions are the sorting hat of your professional career. 

I'll be attending the National Collegiate Recruiting Conference on June 11 speaking about career development.  Summer is a good time to invest in yourself and advance professionally and this conference is one opportunity among many you should consider.  

At some point the hat is going to be on your head.  Will it be yelling your name for the house of your choice?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Athletic budget update #73 - Five teams dropped

Western Kentucky is reducing athletic spending due to budget constraints. Comments from the WKU track coach and information about their 50% budget cut to the sport. 

The University of Illinois is preparing to lay off staff due to the on-going stalemate over the state budget.  Cuts to athletics, if any, have not been announced.  

Lake Superior State (Division II) announced they are dropping their softball team at the end of the year due to budget concerns.

North Dakota announced they are dropping their baseball and men's golf teams at the end of the spring season, saving approximately $720,000 annually.

Tulsa announced they will drop their men's golf program at the end of this season to meet a mandate to reduce expenses by $500,000.

Albany is dropping women's tennis at the end of the 2016 season.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Notre Dame to the Big Ten - Ultimate Sports Insider Radio Interview

Ultimate Sports Insider was interviewed about Notre Dame joining the Big Ten Conference in men's ice hockey.  The interview can be heard here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Athletic Budget Update #72

The State of Illinois budget situation is impacting Southern Illinois athletic programs.  SIU men's basketball will not participate in a post season tournament despite a 22-10 record due to funding concerns and men's and women's tennis could be on the chopping block as well if a 20% budget cut from the state occurs.

St. Cloud announced they are cutting six sports (men's tennis, cross country, indoor and outdoor track  and women's tennis and nordic skiing).  They also intend to institute roster management by requiring minimum size rosters in some women's sports and roster caps in some men's sports to comply with Title IX.  The result should be savings of about $250,000 annually.

Fresno State is adding women's water polo, and reinstating wrestling which was dropped in 2006.

SIU Edwardsville is dropping men's tennis and women's golf in response to the University's budget situation.  This is the 11th men's tennis program cut in the past two years.  They also decided to leave their band and cheerleaders home from the OVC basketball tournaments.

Alaska Fairbanks is facing elimination of general funds support to athletics, which would be approximately half their budget ($2.8 million).  Their athletic director believes it would be the end of their athletics program were the cut to occur.

The budget situation in the state of Louisiana continues to be scrutinized with a recent report that the public universities in the state (other than LSU) increased their athletic spending by 57% while reducing their spending on academics by more than 4% over the last eight years.  Here is some additional information with more graphics.

Grambling suspended its search for an athletic director due to its uncertain budget situation.  And then less than a week later, reinstated it.

LaSalle is adding men's and women's water polo and women's golf to its sport offerings in an attempt to curb enrollment declines at the institution.  This raises the number of teams they offer to 25.