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    FOOTWEARDoes Under Armour have the inside track for Wisconsin's next footwear / apparel contract?Badger AD Alvarez is being shrewdly coy about the school’s next footwear and apparel provider. The early favorite appears to be Under Armour, but it’s a long way till the expiration of the current contract (with adidas) on June 30, 2016.
    MKTGESPN 30 for 30 Film Review: “The Sole Man” (Sonny Vaccaro)Here’s the 9-word review: I saw it.  I liked it.  I recommend it. See below for more.
    ACADEMICSJust Released: Big Ten Initiative for "Year of Readiness"Clips eFlashThe Big Ten Conference has come out with a very well thought out initiative called “Education First, Athletics Second.” . . . aka: "Year of Readiness"
    COACHINGThe year college basketball's coaching carousel got weirdThe current hiring trends seem to be: Nostalgia and NBA backgrounds are in. Recent success and hiring high-major assistant coaches are out.
    COACHESAs Their Numbers Dwindle, Black Coaches Seek Ways to Gain GroundSo far this year, 12 minority basketball coaches have lost their jobs in major-college programs, while just four African-Americans have been hired.
    FBBeach Ball: 10 Ways to Improve College Football’s Spring Game ExperienceSpring games are pretty boring! With that in mind, here are 10 easy ways to drastically improve the entertainment value of spring games.
    PRESIDENTSNCAA NovicesIn an era when presidential search committees are placing increasing emphasis on the medical and technology fields, it’s not uncommon for a leader with limited experience with college athletics to take the helm of a D1 institution with a renowned sports legacy.
    FAN EXPWho wouldn’t want to enjoy a “Rooftop Tailgate?” Every football school has tailgates, and some have parking garages near stadiums, and the University of Cincinnati is combining the two into a “Rooftop Tailgate” . . . i.e.- tailgating atop a parking garage. Very clever.
    $ MISMANAGEMENTBankruptcy rates among NFL players with short-lived income spikes Nearly 16% of retired NFL players have filed for bankruptcy within 12 years of leaving professional football. Making more money or playing longer didn’t reduce the likelihood of bankruptcy.
    PAPERSKnight Commission: Call for Proposals This initiative is from the Commission’s survey, “Exploring a D1 Model Federated by Sport,” to assess interest in how different structures might offset effects of some conferences’ new geographic footprints.
    FUNDRAISINGStudy examines why people stop donating to college athletics Researchers have concluded that fundraising can become more scientific and more efficient.
    INFRACTIONSCommittee members received 'violent threats' after document release Documents related to the NCAA’s investigation of USC have caused threats on some Committee on Infractions members. 500 pages of documents have been released, but another 200 additional documents have not been filed by the NCAA.
    CONCUSSIONSProposed settlement in NCAA head injury lawsuit The new deal has stronger and clearer wording than the initial settlement; schools must adopt tougher concussion-management and return-to-play guidelines. Otherwise, they could lose some legal protections from further lawsuit.
    APPARELDetails: Under Armour’s $47 million / 10-year deal with CincinnatiThe price escalation of apparel deals grows, but the distance from Nike narrows.
    LEADERSHIPMissouri’s Mike Alden reflects on tenure as athletic director He met with a scrum of media Tuesday as something of an exit interview, recapping nearly 17 seasons at the helm of the Tigers’ athletic department.
    APPARELAs apparel contracts become available in 2016, who will blink in the bidding wars? Nike’s historic dominance in collegiate athletic contracts is being challenged—like never before—by Under Armour and Adidas.
    BRANDINGArmy unveils new name, uniforms and logo A complete “brand evolution” brings the school's two most recognizable names together as Army West Point.
    ACADEMIC FRAUDWillingham’s reading skills tests for athletes questioned Three experts hired by UNC disagree with Willingham’s methodology/results.
    SALARIESUrban Meyer gets expected raise Again the highest paid Big Ten coach with an extension through 2020 and an average of $6.5 million per season over six years (up from $4.9 million).
    MKTGBooming Brand CampaignsBest practices and common approaches to branding strategies for college marketing departments.
    FB SCHEDULINGScheduling in the future Nonconference scheduling matters.
    SEXUAL ASSAULTSShould Colleges Be Judging Rape?A consensus is emerging that the money and effort colleges are devoting to try to meet the mandates for adjudicating sexual misconduct is unsustainable.
    S-A WELFAREOliver Luck and Sonny Vaccaro privately discuss NCAA's future (No kidding!)Clips eFlashAn unlikely pair. Both care deeply about student-athletes, but in different ways.
    ACCOLADESEverybody loves a parade Clips Eyewitness Report On the balmiest day of the year, ten thousand Huskies faithful convened in downtown Hartford to pay tribute the women’s national champions. This is the tenth time, but it's not getting old.
    COAAt Least 15 Athletics Programs to Offer More Than $4,000 in Extra Aid to Athletes Spending power among the five biggest conferences varies greatly.