- The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Oklahoma notified the Big 12 Athletic Conference today that they will not be renewing their grants of media rights following expiration in 2025.
- Providing notice to the Big 12 at this point is important in advance of the expiration of the conference’s current media rights agreement. The universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements.
- However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how best to position their athletics programs for the future.
- The Big 12 has formally responded to Oklahoma’s and Texas’ announcement that the schools won’t renew media rights deals with the conference when the current deal is up in 2025.
- Although our eight members are disappointed with the decisions of these two institutions, we recognize that intercollegiate athletics is experiencing rapid change and will most likely look much different in 2025 than it does currently,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in Monday’s release. “The Big 12 Conference will continue to support our member institutions’ efforts to graduate student-athletes, and compete for Big 12 and NCAA championships.
- “Like many others, we will use the next four years to fully assess what the landscape will look like in 2025 and beyond. The remaining eight institutions will work together in a collaborative manner to thoughtfully and strategically position the Big 12 Conference for continued success, both athletically and academically, long into the future.”
- The Texas A&M System Board of Regents has announced a second special meeting, this one to be held in person on Wednesday afternoon. System regents are already scheduled to meet by telephone Monday evening to discuss Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference.
- The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting is identical, beginning with an executive session discussion with legal counsel on matters including the Southeastern Conference. Following discussion with counsel, the board has an agenda item focusing on personnel matters before reconvening in an open session for discussion and possible action on issues related to the SEC.
- The NCAA has settled a defamation suit filed by former USC football assistant coach Todd McNair, whom it accused of violating ethical conduct rules during its investigation into whether former Trojans star Reggie Bush and his family received improper benefits while playing in college, the sides announced on Monday.
- The settlement was reached through mediation. The agreement comes more than a decade after McNair sued the NCAA in a California court, alleging NCAA officials “arbitrarily and capriciously decided to ruin [his] career to further their own agenda.” He sought damages for libel, slander, breach of contract and negligence.
- Financial terms of the settlement weren’t immediately available. McNair, 55, is now the running backs coach for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- The NCAA investigation into Arizona State’s football program is expanding, as sources confirmed to Yahoo Sports that the organization has begun reaching out to recruits mentioned in the dossier of documents that detailed potential recruiting violations in the Sun Devils’ program.
- Yahoo Sports has learned that Mark Strothkamp, a veteran of NCAA enforcement, is looking into the case. The first personnel move tied to the Arizona State case has occurred, as sources told Yahoo Sports that ASU tight ends coach Adam Breneman was placed on paid administrative leave on July 16.
- Breneman is one of the 10 ASU coaches and staffers mentioned by the anonymous author of the dossier that Yahoo Sports viewed and reported on June 23.
- Liberty Athletics and ESPN have reached a new five-year extension for the exclusive media rights to Liberty’s home football games, beginning with the 2021 season through 2025. Liberty inked its first football media rights agreement with ESPN in 2018 during the Flames’ first season at the FBS level.
- This new agreement ensures that all Liberty home football games will air on an ESPN platform while guaranteeing that one game each year will air on an ESPN linear network. ESPN also has the right to choose a non-traditional day (non-Saturday) for a second linear network telecast, with all remaining games distributed on an ESPN digital platform.
- This new multi-year agreement is coterminous with Liberty’s bowl agreement with ESPN Events, which runs through the 2025 season.
- For Texas athletics, the cost of a new artificial surface at Royal-Memorial Stadium cost $429,906.
- Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte has long wanted to switch back to natural grass. However, the surface inside the football stadium gets quite a workout during the fall. The band practices inside the stadium along with the football team, a workload that would wear down a grass field.
- Prince Moody, who has over 10 years experience working to support student-athletes in a variety of administrative roles, has been named to the newly created position of Associate Athletics Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Student-Athlete Development, announced Temple University Director of Athletics Fran Dunphy.
- Moody comes to Temple after serving the past eight years in the student-athlete support services office at Ohio State University.
- North Texas athletic director Wren Baker expressed confidence in the direction of the school’s men’s and women’s basketball programs earlier this year after signing both teams’ coaches to contract extensions. Those talks paid dividends recently when Grant McCasland and Jalie Mitchell signed new contracts.
- McCasland’s new contract runs through the 2027-28 season, while Mitchell was extended through the 2024-25 campaign. McCasland’s base salary will be $600,000 with incentives that push the value of the deal past $800,000 per year. He is coming off one of the landmark achievements in the history of UNT athletics last season when he guided UNT to a win over Purdue in the NCAA tournament.
- Mitchell will earn a base salary of $205,000 with incentives that increase the total annual value of the deal beyond $250,000. Mitchell helped the UNT women’s team reach a milestone when the Mean Green set a program record for wins in Conference USA play.
- ASUN Conference Commissioner Ted Gumbart announced the hiring of Lee Moon as Associate Commissioner for Football on Monday afternoon.
- In his new role, Moon will be the day-to-day point of contact for the operation and administration of ASUN Football, which begins this fall.
- Nine head coaches of University of Iowa intercollegiate athletic programs have received contract extensions. The announcement was made Monday by Gary Barta, Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair.
- Head coaches in the sports of men’s basketball (Fran McCaffery), wrestling (Tom Brands), baseball (Rick Heller), women’s soccer (Dave DiIanni), women’s basketball (Lisa Bluder), women’s golf (Megan Menzel), softball (Renee Gillispie), field hockey (Lisa Cellucci) and women’s tennis (Sasha Schmid) had their contracts extended. A number of assistant coaches in several sports also received contract extensions.
And that’s that.
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