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Excerpts — Administration of Intercollegiate Athletics

A Brief Historical Perspective on Intercollegiate Athletics

Poll a dozen people about their perspectives on the value of college sport to higher education and a dozen different answers are likely to be expressed. There will be those who extol the virtues of participation in college sport, the bonding, the camaraderie, the tests of courage and will.

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Handling compliance in an intercollegiate athletic program

While attending a meeting about NCAA compliance issues, an exasperated Football Bowl Subdivision athletics director mentioned he was spending more than US$2 million per year on compliance efforts at his institution. Despite this tremendous investment, a rogue coach who chose to bend some rules had brought the entire department into question.

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Motivate facility and event operation staff

Event operations staff are those who organize experiences, coordinate vendors, greet visitors, welcome longtime supporters, and provide hospitality for fierce competitors. If collegiate athletics is the front porch of the university, facility and event operations staff are the friendly neighbors who wave on the front lawn.

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Learn the methods to secure donations

As ample research indicates, donors give for a variety of reasons. For example, they may want to receive personal recognition, memorialize a friend or family member, influence decisions, socialize or affiliate with the university or other supporters (e.g., attend sport events with friends and family members), receive tangible benefits (e.g., priority ticketing, parking, and access), satisfy their philanthropic motives, or enhance the program’s athletics success.

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Determining your personal leadership style

Imagine sitting across from a donor who has deep pockets and an affinity for your women’s soccer program. If you can convince her to donate, you will make a name for yourself in the department and make the soccer coach very happy.

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