Good morning, and thanks for spending part of your day with Extra Points.

Thanks for being patient this week, as travel has really messed with our typical publishing schedule. Bryan and I are both in Las Vegas for the LEARFIELD Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, along with many of our new colleagues in the D1.ticker family.

This has been a cool event on a number of different levels. I launched Extra Points from my basement in Chicago in the middle of a dang pandemic, so it's been really difficult for me to build the kind of relationships I'd love to have with as many people as I'd like in the industry. I'm an extrovert! I like talking to people! Getting a chance to get out of my office and actually meet so many of the people I've been talking with on the phone is a wonderful feeling.

One of those people, interestingly enough, is my Going For Two podcast co-host, Bryan. I've known Bryan from College Football Twitter for years, we've talked over emails, DMs and the phone several times. But we've never actually met in person before! Or at least, we hadn't until Tuesday. Now that we're actually co-workers, I'm sure we'll be seeing more and more of each other in 2022, but still, a cool moment.

We wanted to take advantage of that rare occasion to do a quick Going For Two while we were in the same place.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What some of the major themes of the convention have been so far
  • Whether college sports is heading towards an "entertainment" focus, or an "educational" one, and how much longer the proverbial "center" can hold
  • How a lack of trust has driven some major industry decisions over the last few months, and how that might change.
  • Why people who don't work in this industry would be interested in what is happening at this major industry event
  • Whether casinos smell weird
  • and more!

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I'm going to try and write a little more about the convention when I get back to Chicago on Thursday afternoon. One of the reasons I haven't been able to go longer is because I've also been running around shooting lots of video interviews.

There are two here that I thought you might be interested in. Here, I spoke to Big Sky commissioner Tom Wistrcill about what success looks like for the Big Sky, whether it's harder to be an AD or a conference commissioner right now, what advice he'd give to college presidents who aren't as familiar with college athletics, and more:

I also had a chance to sit down with Chris Grant, the new commissioner of the Southland Conference. Here, we discuss what made the Southland an attractive opportunity for him, what a "New Southland" might look like on a number of different levels, how you define success at a more low-major level, and more.

I'll share more of these and give a full debrief shortly.

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