Tag: college athletics

27 Nov

Tennessee, Greg Schiano, and the power of social media in college sports

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Yesterday was quite the day. Without going into the full details (USA Today has a good recap here), the rundown is that Tennessee was rumored to be announcing Greg Schiano as their new football coach on Sunday afternoon/evening. Schiano is the current defensive coordinator at Ohio State. As soon multiple outlets confirmed that report, Twitter came to life and eventually, reports have come out stating that the hire will not happen. Schiano’s name came up in the Sandusky scandal (he was a GA at Penn State at the time) and Tennessee fans on Twitter were not happy. Tennessee legislators and local businesses even got in on the Twitter action, demanding the Vols go a different direction.

The White House Press Secretary even got involved.

There’s a lot to break down here and we’re just going to scratch the surface.

It’s easy to dismiss social media chatter as “fanatics” who don’t have a real impact on your program. And there is certainly some truth to that. We have often said that the great thing about social media is that it gives everyone a voice. Also, the terrible thing about social media is that it gives everyone a voice.

But this went beyond that. This went deeper than message board conspiracies to media members, businesses (potential sponsors?) and state politicians. Protests on campus were organized, the online mob grew louder, John Currie (AD at Tennessee) had his phone number (both office and cell) and email address posted to Twitter. The situation became so toxic that both parties disengaged.

We talk often about social media being used as a tool in the hiring process, but the story that isn’t often told is the power that fans now have. With social media, those voices (positive or negative) spread quickly. It becomes a snowball that grows larger and larger as it barrels down the mountain, taking out whatever (and whomever) gets in the way. And this time, what got in the way were a coach (and his family), an athletics director and athletics department.

AD’s have to not only have the pulse on their department, but on the fan base. With social media, fans are going to find every potential red flag a candidate could have. ADs and search committees no doubt do the same due diligence. Then they weigh whether those red flags are something they can overcome and “win” in the press conference and on the field/court, or if they’re enough of an issue to pass. Tennessee believe this to be the former (and I’m not here to place judgement on whether Schiano should or should not have been hired). *FWIW, Dan Wetzel covered the Penn State scandal as well as anyone and had this to say about Schiano’s involvement (or lack thereof) and the chaos that went down yesterday.

The problem is that they completely missed. They missed on how their fans would react, on how quickly the firestorm would last and on just how toxic the red flags were. They missed how influential social media can truly be. The outcry became digitally deafening. And it was enough of a crisis to cause an athletics department to back out of their decision, to change course. A coach was fired before he was every officially announced as hired.

Where we go from here is yet to be seen, but it certainly adds significant pressure to the already pressure-packed position of being a college athletics director.

Yesterday, the full power of sports fan Twitter was on full display. Whether that’s good or bad is yet to be determined, but today is one that will be talked about for years to come. And it’s certainly something we’ll discuss on our panel at the NCAA Convention in January, where we look at What AD’s Should Know About Social Media.

 

Fieldhouse Media is an award-winning firm dedicated to helping athletics departments get the most out of their social media efforts, from educating student-athletes and staff to providing an overall strategy. To find out more about us or to join the more than 130 schools utilizing our services for their athletics department, contact us today.

25 Jul

Social Media, Student Athletes and Social Issues

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“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We are, without question, living in interesting times. From #NeverTrump to #CrookedHillary, Russia news to #FakeNews, #BlackLivesMatter to #AllLivesMatter, our waves of communication (TV, internet and personal) are rife with tension. Everyone has a voice, everyone has an opinion, everyone has a platform to shout it from.

So, what about student-athletes? Coaches want to eliminate “distractions” and want the players focused, but we need to acknowledge that it might be tough to focus completely on their sport when they see what’s going on in the world – good and bad.

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26 May

Fieldhouse Media founder to present at #NACDA17

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Have you ever communicated something to your team and the only response you got was a room full of blank stares? Or maybe you wonder why Greg on your team always comes across as Debbie Downer, with a bullet point list of reasons the idea won’t work. Then there’s Rachel who never seems to realize the reality of your current situation as she comes up with these big, crazy ideas.

The truth is that everyone on your team has a different voice. They receive and process information in a unique way, and they communicate their ideas and objections and hopes and dreams in a unique way. And it’s your job to make sure you’re communicating intentionally so that everyone is together.

As a leader, if you can’t connect you can’t lead. And if you can’t get your team on the same page, you can’t move forward.

Velocity is speed plus alignment. Sometimes, as a leader, you have to slow down to speed up. At #NACDA17, Kevin DeShazo – Fieldhouse Media founder and partner at Culture Wins Championships – will help you discover your leadership voice and learn to communicate effectively with everyone you lead. It’s a system we call the 5 Voices. It’s a practical yet powerful system that we have implemented with athletic programs and businesses across the country.

 

 

Here are the times and locations of the sessions:

For MOAA
Monday June 12 in the Denver room
8:05-8:50
8:55-9:40
For NAAD
Wednesday June 14 in Salon J
9:00-10:00

Plan accordingly, as these will be sessions you won’t want to miss.

 

Fieldhouse Media is an award-winning firm dedicated to helping athletics departments get the most out of their social media efforts, from educating student-athletes and staff to providing an overall strategy. To find out more about us or to join the more than 100 schools utilizing our services for their athletics department, contact us today.

Culture is a competitive advantage. Every leader wants to have a great culture, yet few know how to build it. We provide leaders in athletics with a proven program to create championship culture. To schedule a session for your team or learn more about our program, contact us today.

08 May

2017 Survey Results: Social Media use of Student Athletes

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For the past 4 years, we’ve surveyed collegiate athletes at every level about their social media use. You can see results from 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. This year we had more than 2000 student-athletes participate. This information is useful for administrators, to help you understand how and why this generation of athletes uses social media, but it is also helpful for us. This data informs how we structure our sessions and message to student-athletes, in order to be relevant and connect with them in a way that has a true impact. This is how we have become and continue to be the most trusted resource when it comes to educating student-athletes on social media use, and why more than 120 programs have utilized our services in the past 6 years.

We’ll do an analysis of this information in a later post but the results are clear: social media use is on the rise (no surprise) and there is still a significant need for social media education. There’s a tendency to believe that because this generation of athletes has grown up with social media, that they know how to use it well. For most, that simply isn’t the case. Understanding how and why to use social media well only comes through intentional education from someone who actually understands and uses social media.

Here are the results of our 2017 survey on the social media use of college athletes.

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09 Dec

Episode 1 of The Sports Leadership Podcast

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Welcome to Episode 1 of The Sports Leadership Podcast with Kevin DeShazo and Mark Hodgkin. (if you missed the introduction episode, listen to that here).

In this episode we discuss self-awareness and how that is the foundation for becoming a leader worth following. Once we truly know ourselves and our tendencies, we can choose how we lead. Know yourself to lead yourself.

A few items mentioned in the podcast.

Free course on understanding your true personality from GiANT Worldwide (you can also do this in person, via Skype, with Kevin – ask him on Twitter or shoot an email):

https://www.giant.courses/

Know Yourself to Lead Yourself tool:

 

Feedback, suggestions, questions? Let Mark or Kevin know via Twitter.

 

 

Fieldhouse Media is an award-winning firm dedicated to helping athletics departments get the most out of their social media efforts, from educating student-athletes and staff to providing an overall strategy. To find out more about us or to join the more than 100 schools utilizing our services for their athletics department, contact us today.

03 May

Fieldhouse Media at NACDA 2016

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NACDA is always a fun time for those in the college sports world. It’s a time to hear great speakers, to learn best practices, to sharpen your skills, to network and to relax. We’re excited to be a part of it again this year as we head to Dallas in June to discuss social media and leadership with the industry’s best and brightest. Take a look at our schedule below, put the times in your calendar, and let us know if you’ll be there! (and if you want to schedule individual meetings, shoot an email here)


NAAC
5 Gears of Connectivity: How to be Present and Productive When There’s Never Enough Time
Saturday, June 11 from 3:40-4:30p in Governors Lecture Hall
Sunday, June 12 from 10:00-10:50a in Senators Lecture Hall

NACMA/CoSIDA Joint Panel
Social Media Best Practices
Other panelists: Nick Marquez from Facebook and Taylor Stern from the Dallas Cowbows

Tuesday, June 14 from 9:10-10:00a in the Trinity Ballroom

D2 ADA (open to all NACDA registrants)
5 Gears of Connectivity: How to be Present and Productive When There’s Never Enough Time
Wednesday, June 15 from 2:30-3:30p

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Dallas!

Fieldhouse Media is an award-winning firm dedicated to helping athletics departments get the most out of their social media efforts, from educating student-athletes and staff to providing an overall strategy. To find out more about us or to join the more than 95 schools utilizing our services for their athletics department, contact us today.

29 Apr

Laremy Tunsil, the NFL Draft, and social media lessons for student athletes

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A video posted to the Twitter account of NFL prospect and former Ole Miss football player Laremy Tunsil cost him anywhere from $7-12 million dollars. The video, posted just minutes before the NFL draft started, showed what was believed to be Tunsil smoking weed through a gas mask bong.

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05 Jan

100X Teams Leadership Conference for Collegiate Athletics

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What does every coach want? For his or her team to be as healthy as possible to produce wins and create a winning culture. The same is true inside each department. What if we focused the same amount of energy to help grow each team member to their highest possible level, while creating a culture where everyone plays in their sweet spot? What would that look like? What impact would that have on your team and athletics department?

That’s the idea of a 100X Leader. That is what we intend to help you do.

Great Leaders Multiply

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29 Dec

What did 2015 look like for Fieldhouse Media?

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As we head full speed into a new year, it’s always good to step back and reflect on the previous year. To understand where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we’re going. And, hopefully, to celebrate. Thanks to you, 2015 brought us many reasons to celebrate.

 

Social Media Education/Training

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04 Nov

3 Questions for Student Athletes to Ask Before Posting on Social Media

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Many things keep administrators up at night. One of those things, not surprisingly, is what their student-athletes are doing online. “What are they posting? Who will see it? Will I get an email at 2:00 in the morning about it? Will I wake up to find one of our players on Deadspin for something she tweeted?”

What players post is out of the control of administrators and coaches – no matter what policies you have in place. It’s one of the main reasons social media education is so important. Given how much time college students spend online, and how much of a magnifying glass is on what student-athletes post, we must be intentional to educate, equip and empower them to use it well.

In our leadership sessions with teams and departments, we use a tool to decrease gossip and drama. It’s a visual tool that asks 3 questions. 

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