Jankovich was athletic director for the University of Miami from 1983-1991. Held a similar post with the Washington State University in 1976. Also served as CEO of the NFL's New England Patriots. Was an interim Athletic Director with Cal State-Northridge.
Currently Jankovich is President/General Manager of the Las Vegas Gladiators.
Sam attributes his success to the strong work ethic he inherited from his late father - a former miner in Butte, Montana. While at the University of Miami, he proudly displayed a painting of his dad on the wall behind him. With a small sign above it that read, "Thank God I'm Serbian."