SEC athletic director expects conference distribution to drop $3 million per school


The SEC tag line of ‘It just means more’ isn’t quite ringing true in the wake of the growing coronavirus pandemic.

In fact, it could be a lot less for all 14 schools in the league. According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Razorbacks athletic director Hunter Yurachek told school trustees recently that he is expecting between $2 and $3 million less in conference distributions this year.

“So we’re looking at deficit as we close out this fiscal year,” Yurachek said. “It would be hard not to have a deficit.”

The Southeastern Conference has, like most of their NCAA peers, canceled spring sports in recent days as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak. While there is a slim hope that spring football practices could be held at some point, that is obviously not a money maker for the league like its axed men’s basketball tournament would have been. On top of this, the NCAA canceled all championships for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year to further reduce the amount collected by the league office in Birmingham.

Though Yurachek notes that travel costs UA won’t have to pay will help balance things out like ticket refunds, the amount is unlikely to help save the Hogs from hitting red in their budget.

Given those estimates in the drop of distributions, the SEC could be facing as much as $42 million in lost revenue in 2020 as a result of the cancelations. The league handed out roughly $44.6 million per school in their last cycle.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.