Colleges

Northwestern facing more criticism over hiring of AD Mike Polisky

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
Northwestern's decision to name Mike Polisky as its new AD "has been met coolly by some alumni and campus leaders who have expressed confusion and resistance to the selection," according to sources cited by Shannon Ryan of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Ryan reports six female faculty members yesterday...

SEC's Sankey calls on congress to enact "common standard" NIL law

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said congress needs to "gauge" and "actually enact a name, image and likeness-related law so we can have a common standard." Sankey: "That’s a baseline." He noted coaches in the SEC are "concerned how they are going to manage (their) team with this new element...

Sources: Pac-12 adds Colorado, USC presidents to commissioner search group

Daily / Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Two other university leaders "have been added" to the Pac-12 commissioner search committee: Colorado Chancellor Phil DiStefano and USC President Carol Folt, according to sources cited by Jon Wilner of the San Jose MERCURY NEWS. The additions "smartly bring geographical diversity to the central decision-making body and...

Alabama launches program to help student-athletes build brands

Daily / Wednesday, May 5, 2021
The Univ. of Alabama has created a program called The Advantage, which "will assist and educate Crimson Tide student-athletes with the tools necessary to build and elevate their personal brands," according to Barrett Sallee of CBSSPORTS.com. The program "will combine on-campus resources with external organizations, will focus...

Washington State extends AD Pat Chun's contract

Daily / Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Washington State AD Pat Chun  has signed an extension that "would theoretically keep him in Pullman" through the '25-26 athletic year. Along with the extension, Chun is "receiving a pay bump of $50,000." He will earn a base salary of $700,000 in the first year of the contract...

Duquesne hires personal brand coach to educate players on NIL

Daily / Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Duquesne Univ. has "hired a 'personal brand coach' to teach its basketball players how to profit from social media," according to Jesse Washington of THE UNDEFEATED. Jordon Rooney, who owns agency Built Different Creative, "will work with student-athletes to navigate upcoming NCAA rule changes that will allow them to...

CFP appears closer than ever to taking next steps on expansion

Daily / Monday, May 3, 2021
The CFP working group has been "exploring a new model for two years," and they "seem to be in the final stretch," according to Ross Dellenger of SI.com. The group, made up of four members of its Management Committee, is "far enough along that several commissioners expect a presentation...

Learfield, Elevate partner to provide guidance

Daily / Monday, May 3, 2021
Learfield IMG College and Elevate Sports Ventures have "started working together on naming rights, data analytics and consulting opportunities in the college space." Their arrangement, "hashed out over the past few months by the two leaders of the companies" -- Learfield IMG College President & CEO Cole Gahagan...

Sources: Some at Northwestern question making Polisky new AD

Daily / Monday, May 3, 2021
Northwestern chose longtime Deputy AD/External Affairs Mike Polisky as the school's new AD "despite some internal resistance to the selection," according to sources cited by Shannon Ryan of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The school has been seeking a replacement for Jim Phillips, who left after more...

Sources: Northwestern promotes Mike Polisky to AD

Daily / Monday, May 3, 2021
Northwestern is promoting Mike Polisky to AD, "ending a lengthy search for Jim Phillips ' successor," according to sources. Polisky, who has served as Northwestern Deputy AD/External Affairs since June '10, will be announced as AD today. Northwestern "spoke with several" sitting ADs about replacing Phillips...