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New Home for News of Record

NCAA Record moves online

The NCAA Record is now a permanent feature on ncaa.org. The Record was formerly a feature of Champion magazine and the NCAA News.

Brian Hendrickson

If you’re going to write an obituary of sorts, it’s best to start with a familiar voice. And while this is not a death notice for a feature familiar to NCAA publications for nearly 50 years — it still exists on ncaa.org — this development does represent a sea change.

The way the NCAA national office delivers Association news to its readers has changed dramatically over the years, from a printed newspaper to a printed magazine, into the digital age with a website and newsletters, and through social media. One constant has remained: The NCAA Record. Starting Sept. 15, 1970, The Record has provided a steady diet of personnel moves throughout the Association for anyone looking to keep up with an old colleague or get in front of a job opening.

And that service will continue — it just won’t do so in Champion magazine.

Every two years, Champion sends out a survey to its readers to help inform our decisions, ensuring the magazine’s content provides maximum value to its readers. And last fall, it became obvious that the printed magazine was no longer the most effective home for The Record. We asked readers to identify the features they most valued and found most useful.

The Record didn’t show up on either list, and comments provided by the survey respondents made it clear why.

“NCAA Record section is outdated in the era of social media,” one respondent wrote. “Very dated by the time you get the magazine.”

Those comments made sense. If The Record is supposed to help coaches and administrators identify potential job opportunities, what good is it to provide that information every three months? Feature stories may be consumable over many months, but readers of The Record need that information frequently to meet the pace of modern life, with tools that help quickly access the most relevant information.

So we listened, and as a result, this issue of Champion marks the first time in 48 years that The Record will not appear in printed form. Instead, you will now find it at ncaa.org/champion/the-record, where the frenetic pace of athletics personnel moves is matched with a digital format that can provide more versatile features. This evolution is necessary to keep The Record relevant.

And the space it once occupied? We’ll use it for content the survey says readers find most valuable. That means an expanded NCAA Insider section, with insight into decisions critical to each division, as well as the whole Association, and more features that explore the unique role college athletics serves in our world.

We want every page in Champion to provide value to its readers. And we want The Record to have a home where it can be valued.

Continue to send hiring announcements, retirements and promotions — as well as any death notices — to championmag@ncaa.org. These updates are posted regularly at ncaa.org/champion/record.

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Champion magazine goes behind the headlines and beyond the scoreboards to celebrate the unique connection between Americans and college sports. Champion is published by the NCAA.

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