NACDA Young Professionals Cover Letter/Resume/Mock Interview Workshop

NACDA Workshop 2015

This year marks the fourth year in a row we’ve partnered with NACDA and its affiliates to offer a workshop for young professionals and students to receive feedback on their cover letters, resumes and to participate in a mock interview.

Time slots are 30 minutes each, and participants can choose resume/cover letter review (30 minutes), mock interview (30 minutes) or both (60 minutes). There are a limited number of spots available, and you must fill out the application found below and reserve your spot in order to participate.

The available times are as follows:

Monday – June 13 – 1:00-2:30

Tuesday – June 14 – 3:00-5:00

Wednesday – June 15 – 3:00-5:00

A reviewer will be assigned to each attendee with the goal of pairing the attendee with someone they do not already know. This will enable the attendee to receive advice and coaching based solely on his/her materials, much in the same way he/she would be judged by a potential employer with no past knowledge of their work.

These slots WILL fill up fast. We have been fully booked every single year. If you register and later find you will be unable to attend, please let us know immediately so we can open your slot to someone else.

Look forward to seeing you all in Dallas!


Is There a Bubble in College Football?

On Tuesday, I joined Jason Anderson on ESPN Louisville to discuss whether there’s a bubble in college football that’s ready to burst and what the reported new Big Ten television deal with Fox tells us about the current state of both college football and sports on television.

Listen here:

College Athletics Construction Roundup: April 2016 “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

West Virginia has several projects underway in addition to the WVA Coliseum project (See below). Phase II of the football practice complex should be completed by early summer. Renovations to the East and North sides of Milan Puskar Stadium are slated for completion prior to the 2016 season, with the West side renovations completed before the 2017 season.

Indiana announced a fundraising campaign, part of which will go towards capital projects. Facilities projects include the ongoing renovations to Assembly Hall, closing in the South end zone of Memorial Stadium and a new arena for volleyball and wrestling matches. Renovations for the IU Golf Course and Armstrong Stadium could be included in the campaign if gifts can be secured.



Florida coach McElwain is pushing for upgrades to his program’s facilities in addition to the recently opened indoor practice facility and the soon-to-be opened Otis Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence. Future facilities upgrades includes team locker rooms, training rooms and meeting rooms. Continue reading College Athletics Construction Roundup: April 2016

College Athletics Construction Roundup: March 2016

The “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan                                

Boston College announced $200 million in athletics facilities upgrades. An athletics field house, including a football indoor practice facility, will be located next to Alumni Stadium. A 240,000 square foot recreation center will replace the Flynn Recreation Complex. Permitting will also be sought for the baseball, softball and intramural fields.



Louisville will expand Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. An additional 10,000 seats will be installed including club seats, premium boxes and field level suites. The project will also include a 70,000 square-foot expansion to the weight room and conditioning center and improvements to coaches’ offices, locker rooms and meeting areas.

UAB has approved a new turf field and football operations facility for its reinstated football program. The 46,000 square foot facility will include a weight room, locker rooms and administrative offices. Expected completion is summer of 2017.

Temple approved funds for a design study for the proposed new stadium on campus. The northwest corner of campus is the expected site for a proposed $126 million, 35,000 seat stadium.

Old Dominion is studying potential places to build a new stadium, with the current site where Foreman Field sits the most likely. Bringing the existing facility up to current codes would reduce current seating capacity while building on the current site could preserve the newer pieces of the recent renovation of the site: premium seating, a parking deck and the stadium turf. The school has indicated the ideal capacity for a new stadium would be less than 30,000.

Utah State remains on track for stadium renovations to be complete before the beginning of the 2016 season. When complete, Maverik Stadium will have new premium seating, a new press box, expanded concessions and restrooms and two new video boards.

Coastal Carolina approved $38 million in higher education bonds to finance the Brooks Stadium expansion project. The project will include 10,000 additional seats, a new entrance plaza, premium suite-level seating and new concourse amenities.

Houston will move forward in the design phase of a new indoor practice facility. The timeline calls for design to be completed this spring with construction beginning in the fall. The project includes am 80,000 square-foot facility with a football-specific strength and conditioning area.

Wake Forest dedicated the new McCreary Field House. The $21 million, 80,000 square foot facility features a 120-yard football field and weight facility.



NC State is continuing on its $35 million renovation to Reynolds Coliseum. Seating Capacity will be reduced to create a more intimate environment. The renovation will also include enhanced concession areas and new seating in the courtside areas. The renovated building will be home to the NC State Walk of Fame & History, celebrating the history of NC State Athletics. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2016.


Olympic / Other Sports

Oregon remains on track to open the new Jane Sanders Stadium on March 24. The $17.2 million venue will seat 2,500 when all construction is complete (combined reserved and general admission seating).

Saint Mary’s is completing work on the Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields. The project includes a soccer, lacrosse and softball field. Additionally, the complex includes lighting, scoreboards and press boxes.

UTSA is working with an architect on the feasibility of constructing a new baseball facility at Roadrunner Field. The school is looking at building a 2,500 seat facility at the current, on-campus location.

TCU revealed the completed renovations to Lupton Stadium. The $7.5 million renovation included a new locker room and player lounge, sports medicine center, equipment room and office space.

Ole Miss has begun a $13 million project to upgrade Swayze Field. The performance center will include a new clubhouse, weight room, training area and indoor hitting and pitching practice areas. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2018 season.

SMU broke ground on a new aquatics facility. The 42,000 square foot facility will feature an eight-lane, Olympic-size pool with a diving well including four springboards and a 10-meter platform. The building will also feature office space, locker rooms and classroom and meeting areas.


Academic & Multi-Use Facilities

Arizona broke ground on the new C.A.T.S Academic Center. The $7.25 million facility will include tutor rooms, study areas and computer lab. The center will also space for life skills, sports psychology and personal development services.

Vermont is working with the City of Burlington on the feasibility of constructing a multi-purpose arena in the city. The envisioned facility would host UVM athletic events and programs, concerts, conventions and trade shows.

California Baptist University will spend $73 million on a new Events Center. The two-story, 153,000 square-foot facility will serve host to university athletic events, commencement exercises and the school’s chapel program. The project includes home and visiting team locker rooms and an Athletics suite and offices.


Other Notes of Interest        

Kansas will build a new housing complex on campus. The 750-bed apartment complex will house roughly 250 student-athletes, leaving room for an additional 500 traditional students. The new complex is expected to be completed in 2017.

AECOM and the Center for Sports Administration at Ohio University recently conducted a follow-up survey of 87 Division I NCAA schools (from both public and private institutions). The survey indicates nearly all respondents plan on investing at least $500,000 in facility improvements over the next five years. Additionally, fan amenities are increasing in importance. From the recruiting perspective, top priorities are investments in locker rooms and academic facilities.

Which SEC Programs Rely the Most on Donors?

Which SEC Programs Rely the Most on Donors-It’s been awhile (ok, five years – sorry, I’ve been busy) since I’ve looked at which SEC donor bases have the deepest pockets.

I wrote a piece today for Forbes on Missouri’s reduction in donations following a tumultuous fall in Columbia, and as part of that piece I pulled contribution numbers for all of the SEC schools (except Vanderbilt, which is a private institution not subject to public records requests).

Here’s a look at the numbers for fiscal year 2014:

  Donations Total Revenue % of Revenue from Donations
Alabama $32,196,689 $153,234,272 21%
Arkansas $21,276,161 $96,793,972 22%
Auburn $39,409,078 $113,716,004 35%
Florida $42,962,368 $124,611,305 34%
Georgia $31,866,597 $103,495,587 31%
Kentucky $19,058,601 $96,685,489 20%
LSU $49,333,582 $133,679,256 37%
Mississippi State $13,942,877 $62,275,111 22%
Missouri $20,113,654 $83,718,587 24%
Ole Miss $15,898,757 $75,849,000 21%
South Carolina $30,203,751 $98,619,479 31%
Tennessee $26,773,796 $107,499,732 25%
Texas A&M $36,312,515 $119,475,872 30%
Vanderbilt N/A N/A N/A

Keep in mind: in most cases donations come in through a foundation or booster club and are then transferred to the athletic department. The numbers here represent only what was moved into the athletic department, which may not represent all monies collected. In some years you’ll see large transfers because of a new facility being constructed. So, the amounts do vary somewhat from year-to-year.

Here’s what I find most interesting, however, now that I’ve got some new numbers to compare to the numbers I had five years ago. Despite other revenue categories growing (especially television), 12 of the 14 SEC programs have become more dependent on donations as a major source of revenue since I last did this study.

Here’s a look at how donations, and the percent of revenue that was derived from donations, have changed for each school since fiscal year 2010:

  FY 2010
FY 2010
% of Revenue from Donations
FY 2014
FY 2014
% of Revenue from Donations
Alabama $33,739,056 26% $32,196,689 21%
Arkansas $13,124,754 17% $21,276,161 22%
Auburn $29,731,122 32% $39,409,078 35%
Florida $39,350,660 34% $42,962,368 34%
Georgia $27,354,228 30% $31,866,597 31%
Kentucky $13,161,669 17% $19,058,601 20%
LSU $38,255,521 34% $49,333,582 37%
Mississippi State $0 0% $13,942,877 22%
Missouri* $13,454,020 22% $20,113,654 24%
Ole Miss $5,375,438 12% $15,898,757 21%
South Carolina $23,987,283 30% $30,203,751 31%
Tennessee $27,936,952 24% $26,773,796 25%
Texas A&M* $20,512,889 25% $36,312,515 30%
Vanderbilt N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Missouri and Texas A&M were in the Big 12 in fiscal year 2010

No doubt, you’ll notice that Mississippi State reported $0 in contributions in fiscal year 2010. I explained that more in-depth five years ago when I wrote my last piece, but essentially it was because the athletic department didn’t need to pull any money over from its booster organization that year.

I’ve spoken with development folks in athletic departments in the past who were concerned that the larger television deals and conference networks would make donors think their money wasn’t need anymore, but clearly they’ve done a good job retaining those donors thus far.

Source: all financial data presented here is from reports each school files annually with the NCAA

College Athletics Construction Roundup: February 2016 “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.


Tennessee announced it will conduct a feasibility study focused on additional renovations to Neyland Stadium. The study is expected to examine widening concourses, expanding restrooms, and improving concession areas.

Temple has allocated funds for a stadium architect. It has been reported the school’s goal is a new 35,000-seat stadium with an estimated cost of $100 million.



Ole Miss opened The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The $96 million basketball facility features wider concourses and wider seats for patrons than the Tad Pad, the basketball programs’ former home.

Dayton will explore potential upgrades to the University of Dayton Arena. In addition to examining concourse and seating bowl infrastructure, the school will enlist the assistance of some season ticket holders for opinions on desired areas of improvement for the 50 year old building.


Olympic / Other Sports

Oregon will renovate Hayward Field as the school prepares to host the 2021 World Championships. Permanent seating capacity will expand by 2,000 seats, but designs include capabilities for temporary seating up to 30,000 (the minimum required for the World Championships. The new West Grandstand will include suites, office space, an indoor practice space, locker rooms and a weight room.

Grand Canyon University unveiled the $10 million renovation to its golf course, now called Grand Canyon University Golf Course. Renovations include a new 225,000 square-foot club house. The city of Phoenix will own the facility while the university will manage operations.

Long Beach State began renovations on Blair Field. A new, padded fence will be constructed, reducing distances to home plate. The first phase of construction also includes a new batting facility down the right field line.

Arkansas will install the largest video board in college baseball at Baum Stadium. The video board will feature 1,775 square feet of digital space and high-definition video.


Academic & Multi-Use Facilities

Dartmouth approved a new $20 million indoor practice facility. The building will feature a permanent artificial turf field and is expected to alleviate a shortage of indoor practice space for the school’s 15 varsity teams.

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