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May 22, 2018

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY PUEBLO
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY PUEBLO

Paul Plinske was introduced Monday afternoon as athletic director at CSU-Pueblo, addressing a roomful of media members, coaches, student-athletes and administration inside the Hall of Fame room at Massari Arena. Plinske was hired in late March to replace Joe Folda, who officially retired April 30 after guiding the ThunderWolves programs since 2005. “I’ve been preparing for this since Nov. 7, 2017, when athletic director Joe Folda announced his retirement,” Plinske said in his opening remarks. “I am thoroughly and truly honored to have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of a legendary and highly regarded leader.” Plinske spent the past five years as athletic director at Nebraska-Kearney, where he led the NCAA Division II Lopers through a transition to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Prior to that, Plinske was athletic director at Wisconsin-Whitewater, one of premier NCAA Division III programs in the country. -Jeff Bersch, The Pueblo Chieftain, Read More

May 21, 2018

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

More than two months since leading Auburn to its first NCAA Tournament since 2003, Bruce Pearl is confident the school’s administration wants to keep him and his staff on the Plains for “a long time” even as contract talks are yet to be finalized. Pearl said he had his annual review with athletic director Allen Greene, who has stated the plan is to retain the fifth-year coach, and talks have been positive. Last week, Greene said he and Pearl “continue to have conversations”about the future of the program, but would not speak specifically as to a timeline for a contract. Pearl is set to enter the fifth year of a six-year contract, which has $5.25 million in base salary remaining, but the contracts for assistant coaches Harris Adler and Steven Pearl are set to expire at the end of this month. Increasing compensation for Pearl’s staff, which ranked at the bottom of the SEC last season, is a key factor in the negotiations, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. – James Crepea, al – Read More

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

Lamar University has agreed to keep associate head softball coach Allison Honkofsky on the payroll through August, retreating from its original threat of immediate termination, according to her attorney. Despite rejecting the university’s proposed settlement agreement, which would have required her to resign at the end of the summer and waive her right to appeal Lamar’s decision, she’ll be kept on as an employee, according to an email Athletic Director Marco Born sent her last week, which was shown to The Enterprise by Honkofsky’s attorney, Cade Bernsen. She will work from home and be assigned tasks by Born, the email said, though Bernsen said she has received no information about her duties or responsibilities. Head coach Holly Bruder, 40, and Honkofsky, 31, were told on May 11 that they could resign or be fired, said Bernsen, who is representing both women, who are married. Born gave Honkofsky a deadline to reply, he said. Bruder was fired immediately after refusing to resign. – Liz Teitz, beaumontenterprise – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Student-athlete graduation rates have been on a steady climb for years. But what exactly are they studying? Today, the NCAA is launching new tools to compare undergraduate degrees earned by college athletes with those conferred on the general student body. The Division I Diploma Dashboardand Division II Diploma Dashboard also allow users to dissect data to compare contingents of student-athletes based on year of graduation, gender, race and, in some cases, sport. The databases include undergraduate degrees conferred to student-athletes in Divisions I and II. Division III data are not available because colleges and universities in Division III are not required to report academic data to the NCAA. The Diploma Dashboards will be updated each time a new academic year’s information on degrees awarded is available from both NCAA and U.S. Department of Education sources. The data include student-athletes who compete in all sports, but information on graduates from a particular sport is available for just four: baseball, football, and men’s and women’s basketball. Paskus said he hopes sport-by-sport breakdowns will be available for more sports in future iterations of the databases. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

IMG College has extended its multimedia rights and licensing deals with the Univ. of Cincinnati through ’27. The multimedia rights agreement began in ’08. IMG College will continue to provide exclusive representation of the corporate partner program and commercial business, including radio broadcasts, television features, club level sponsorships, hospitality, coaching endorsements and in-venue signage. IMG also will continue to manage the university’s trademark licensing program, which has generated more than $14.5M in licensing royalties since the school partnered with IMG College Licensing in ’92. IMG College President Tim Pernetti led the talks for the company along with Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn. – Michael Smith, sportsbusinessdaily – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

When Chris Burke was traveling through the Southeastern Conference as a standout baseball player for Tennessee from 1999 to 2001, it was clear that Mississippi State, LSU and Arkansas had the best stadiums in the conference. Tennessee, in the heyday of Rod Delmonico’s tenure as coach, played in a Lindsey Nelson Stadium that was less than a decade old. Though it was not considered elite, the stadium was by no means inferior. “The facility, it was probably in the middle,” Burke said in a phone interview last week. Now as Burke travels throughout the league as an SEC Network analyst following his major league playing career, he sees Lindsey Nelson Stadium in a different light. The decline of the stadium’s prestige compared to its SEC counterparts has coincided with a decline in the Tennessee baseball program, which made the College World Series in 2001 and 2005 but has not appeared in an NCAA regional since. – David Cobb, timesfreepress – Read More

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

The Winston-Salem State Rams ushered in a new era for their men’s basketball team Monday. Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson and Director of Athletics Tonia Walker introduced Cleo Hill Jr. as WSSU’s ninth head basketball coach. The school made the announcement in a news conference at Bowman Gray Stadium. Hill, who is the son of WSSU legend Cleo Hill Sr., last coached at Shaw University from 2008 to 2015. He led the Bears to a 116-67 record in his time in Raleigh. He also led Shaw to its first CIAA championship in 2011 as well as an appearance in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament. – Patrick Wright, wfmynews2 – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico has released the results of its own audit into its athletic department. All of these investigations were sparked by News 13’s Larry Barker when he first exposed the fancy golf trip to Scotland at taxpayers’ expense. It was an 87-page audit detailing what went wrong from the mismanagement in funds and even football players using the school’s dime for personal massages. Back in November, UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nunez said things would be changing after the State Auditor revealed spending problems within the athletic department. Larry Barker originally revealed public money was used to take private citizens on an expensive golf trip to Scotland. News 13 also uncovered UNM had about $200,000 worth of uncollected money from suite and club seat sales. Monday, UNM released findings of their own audit. The report says Lobo football players went and got team massages, totaling more than $8,300, all on the university’s dime. – Jeannie Nguyen, krqe – Read More

FRESNO STATE
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FRESNO STATE

Fresno State President Dr. Joseph I. Castro is not entertaining quick fixes for an athletics department that is struggling to squeeze 21 sports programs into a $37 million budget and push forward facilities projects — including a plan to improve the Duncan Building and student-athlete village that in its developing stages carries a $20 million price tag. While other departments in Group of Five conferences including Eastern Michigan and New Mexico have dropped or are contemplating dropping programs, Fresno State is not. Castro also won’t put additional burden on Fresno State students by raising fees for athletics. The Bulldogs’ athletics department receives considerably less revenue from student fees than San Diego State and San Jose State — the two other California State University schools that compete in the Mountain West Conference. San Diego State’s athletics department receives $10.6 million a year in student fees. San Jose State athletics receives $8.3 million. At Fresno State, student fees account for $4.4 million of athletic department revenue. – ROBERT KUWADA, fresnobee – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Monday that Lane Lord, a five-time conference and three-time NCAA Regional Coach of the Year who spent the last 11 years as the head coach at Pittsburg State, is the new head coach of the UTRGV women’s basketball team. Lord will be introduced to the media on May 30. “We are beyond excited to welcome Lane and his wife Stacy to the Rio Grande Valley,” UTRGV Director of Athletics Chris King said. “We set out and hired one of the most successful head coaches in college basketball over the past decade to lead our women’s basketball program. His competitive success, vision, and values make him an exact fit for the next chapter of our women’s basketball program and our goals of winning WAC championships and participating in NCAA March Madness.” Lord has compiled a 231-102 (.694) record during his tenure at Pitt State, including five trips to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in the last seven years and the program’s first two Elite Eight appearances. – valleycentral – Read More

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

The Southern University Athletics Department today (May 21) announced that it has entered into a 5-year partnership with Under Armour through BSN SPORTS. The agreement, which will commence on July 1, 2018 is part of BSN SPORTS Collegiate Select program, which aims to make BSN SPORTS a one-stop provider for all collegiate athletic, intramural, club and staff apparel and equipment to all NCAA Divison I, II, III, NJCAA and NAIA schools. The multi-year deal through Under Armour and BSN Sports, which is scheduled to run through the 2022-23 season, will outfit the Jaguars 15 intercollegiate sports programs with custom uniforms, apparel, footballs and other accessories. Along with serving as the official apparel provider for athletics, Under Armour, BSN Sports and Southern have agreed to service the entire Southern University System, including the Human Jukebox and SU Cheerleaders. The agreement includes numerous incentives in the form of discounts and rewards along with incentives for on-field achievements and additional marketing and promotional opportunities. – wafb – Read More

HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY
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HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY

Howard Payne University director of athletics Hunter Sims today announced the hiring of UT-Rio Grande Valley assistant Yannick Denson as the new head coach of the HPU women’s basketball program. Yannick Denson comes to Howard Payne after winning a TAPPS state basketball championship at Legacy Christian Academy in Beaumont, Texas, helping Westbury Christian Academy in Houston, Texas to the state championship game and one season as an assistant at UT-Rio Grande Valley. Denson served as the assistant coach at Westbury Christian in Houston in 2014-15, helping the team to a runner-up finish in the state tournament. At UTRGV, Denson worked as an assistant with all facets of the program including serving as video coordinator and extensive work as a recruiter for the program. Denson had worked with UTRGV head coach Larry Tidwell before, as a student assistant during Tidwell’s final four years at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas from 2009-13. – Dustin Baker, bigcountryhomepage – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PROVIDENCE
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UNIVERSITY OF PROVIDENCE

University of Providence seeks an assistant athletic director –external operations / head spirit squad coach. As additional Athletic Administrative support, the Assistant Athletic Director-External Operations / Head Spirit Squad Coach and staff, will be integral and enthusiastic co-contributors to our “Event Management Team”.  As additional “Faces of all Argo Athletic Events”, you will blend your team to allow them to operate at their highest point of contribution in support of the culture of Argo Athletics. Apply here.

SFA
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SFA

When longtime Stephen F. Austin athletic director Robert Hill announced his retirement at the end of January, it appeared likely his heir already worked in the same building. Five months later and as the search conducted by executive search master Bob Beaudine of Eastman & Beaudine reaches the home stretch, it appears SFA will head in a new direction under entirely new leadership. Sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Sawmill late last week that Branch had removed his name from consideration, effectively paving the way for an outside hire. Branch will likely remain at SFA and will continue to lead the department’s external affairs staff while offering guidance to the incoming director. – SFA Sawmill. Read More.

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

After getting back from rather uneventful ACC spring meetings last week in Amelia Island, Florida, Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock sat down with the Roanoke Times for an annual Q&A that touched on a variety of topics. In Part I, Babcock talks about expectations and preparations for the upcoming ACC Network launch in August of next year, his thoughts/concerns about the Supreme Court clearing the way for sports gambling to be legal in many states, the many ideas out there to fix transfer rules, Tech’s second straight victory over UVa in the Commonwealth Clash, continuing to improve relations with football alumni and how close the Hokies are to replacing Michigan on its 2020 and ’21 schedules. – Matt Gentry, The Roanoke Times. Read More.

EARLHAM COLLEGE
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EARLHAM COLLEGE

That’s how Julie Kline, Earlham College’s new Senior Director of Athletics, described herself during the interview process, and her resume bears that out. As a coach, Kline built Division III softball and women’s basketball programs at the University of La Verne (Calif.) into perennial conference and NCAA post-season powerhouses. As the athletics director for nine years, she built La Verne athletics into one of the top Division III athletics programs in the nation, as recognized in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, maintaining high academic standards as the department grew to more than 500 student-athletes. Read More.

ARCADIA UNIVERSITY
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ARCADIA UNIVERSITY

Arcadia University seeks a director of athletic communications. The person in this position will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the department’s athletic communications office, including, but not limited to, statistical record-keeping, website maintenance, social media coordination, video webcasting services, photo/video editing, media relations oversight, event management, award nominations, staff/student-athlete profiles, and special event coordination. Apply here.

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Northeastern University seeks an associate athletics director, compliance and enrollment services. The Associate Athletics Director, Compliance & Enrollment Services will report directly to the Executive Senior Associate Director of Athletics. Apply here.

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Beth Goetz has been named Ball State’s new director of athletics. Goetz will join Ball State in June after serving as the chief operating officer for athletics at the University of Connecticut (UConn) since 2016. She will succeed Mark Sandy, who is retiring. President Mearns said he selected Goetz after a thorough national search, noting her extensive leadership experience, including key positions held at Butler University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Connecticut. “I am thrilled to join Ball State, especially under the leadership of President Mearns,” Goetz said.  “I look forward to joining a great team of student-athletes, coaches and staff. I understand and appreciate the University’s dedication to engaging with the entire community. I can’t wait to be a part of Muncie and East Central Indiana.” –Read More

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro announced Monday that Jim McGuire’s contract will not be renewed as head baseball coach. McGuire’s contract expires June 30, 2018. In making the announcement, Massaro indicated a national search for McGuire’s replacement will begin immediately. McGuire, who was an assistant at MT from 1992 to 2012, took over as head coach on Aug. 9, 2012. He compiled an overall record of 162-175-1 with a 74-104-1 mark in conference play in his six seasons at the helm. The Raiders concluded the 2018 season with a 27-27-1 overall record (12-17-1 in C-USA). – WGNS. Read More.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

It’s a third of a mile from the Marriott Residence Inn on South Forest Ave. to Sun Devil Stadium. Living out of a suitcase from that hotel in his first three months on the job, Herm Edwards dutifully rose at 4 a.m. and got in a quick workout at the stadium before doubling back. The Starbucks on Mill Ave. was a regular stop. It opened at 5:30 a.m. The homeless in the area began to recognize the new face in town. Those around the football facility say Herm is being modest. The coach did not simply give one guy a few coins, he bought coffee for a passel of homeless and actually handed out Starbucks. – Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers Athletics has selected Dyehard Fan Supply, an event and retail merchandise marketing and e-commerce company, as the official merchandising partner for the Scarlet Knights in a new multi-year agreement. Dyehard will handle game day and event merchandising for Rutgers Athletics. In addition to carrying Adidas merchandise, Dyehard Fan Supply will provide an array of products from other licensees and novelty items. Fans will have a wide range of styles, sizes and selections to choose from for men, women and youth. There will also be an increase in offerings of specialty, event-themed merchandise. – PR News Wire. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

At 6 feet tall and 195 pounds, Tony Megna was considered too small to be a college football linebacker. Megna was determined, though, to play for the University of Wisconsin-Madison squad. As a walk-on in 2007, Megna said, he was expected to work harder than his peers on the field and at practice. There was no scholarship to help pay for college, and his odds of making it to the NFL were low, so Megna said he went beyond what he thought were his physical limits. The suits, which were moved to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 2016, are seeking compensation for medical bills, lost income and reduced future earnings related to brain injuries from playing college football. According to the lawsuits, the NCAA has known about the dangers of brain injuries for more than 80 years. – Luke Schaetzel, madison365. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Kansas has fired Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger. Chancellor Douglas A. Girod met with Zenger and informed him that he is relieving him of his duties, effective immediately. “Sheahon has been a loyal Jayhawk, and our athletics department has improved in many areas under his leadership. But Athletics continues to face a number of challenges, and progress in key areas has been elusive. To achieve the level of success we need and expect, I have determined a change in leadership is necessary.” Girod said in a release. Sean Lester will serve as the interim AD. –Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

If you would have happened upon Sam Silverman and asked him what he wanted to do after he got done with his undergraduate studies at Ohio State, he would have most likely told you a “sneaker designer”. For the industrial design major, Silverman admits that while he was good at art he didn’t quite know what he wanted to do with it after high school. A self-proclaimed “sneakerhead”, Silverman gravitated to the major in which he could combine both his proficiency in art with his love for sneakers. With multiple personal brands built and multiple recruiting pitches delivered, Silverman knew it was time to take what he had been doing to the next level. Given the success he had seen with it so far, he knew it could potentially set OSU apart from other programs.- Adam White, frntofficesport. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

For athletic departments across the Pac-12 nervously anticipating the moment sports wagering becomes legal in their state, Doug Knuth offered two soothing sentences of advice. “I don’t think people need to have this big fear,” he said. “They should have the sense that everything will be OK.” Nevada has three full-time compliance officers and a budget of $32 million, one of the smallest in the Mountain West, but the Wolf Pack is relentless in anti-wagering education efforts — not only with respect to coaches and athletes but also fans and boosters. – Jon Wilner, Mercury News. Read More.

NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Eddie Alexander, who had been an assistant coach with the Beacons for the past two seasons, has been asked to stay on as the Interim Head Coach for the 2018-19 season. Alexander replaces Luke Jackson, who resigned earlier this week. A well-known AAU coach, Alexander has been the director of Dribble Drive Basketball for fifteen years. Dribble Drive, a program which Alexander founded, is known for their high intensity on defense, aggressive offensive style and for developing high levels of basketball IQ in their players. – Hoopdirt. Read More.

FRIENDS UNIVERSITY
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FRIENDS UNIVERSITY

Dr. Rob Ramseyer has been chosen as the new athletic director at Friends University, replacing Dr. Carole Obermeyer, who recently retired from the position. Dr. Ramseyer comes to Friends from Hesston College (Kan.), where he had most recently served as the school’s athletic director and vice president of student development. He led an expansion of athletic rosters while developing and leading the implementation of the first philosophy of faith formation and athletic core covenants, in conjunction with crafting evaluation procedures to ensure successful execution. Read More.

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Diego State’s football team, which has gone national in scope if not in the bank, will have SDCCU Stadium to play in next year. The Holiday Bowl — one of our most cherished sporting events, which this year will have New Year’s Eve to itself — also will have a place to holiday in 2019. Not so sweet for the Aztecs and Holiday, though. If the stadium were to be destroyed in 2019, there was going to be no place for them to play. Period. And City Hall has had proposed lease extensions on its table basically since the J’s vamoosed. “We plan on playing in SDCCU Stadium — or whatever it is — in 2019,” Wicker says. “We’ve had good conversations with the mayor’s office. I think we’re getting close to working out an extension.” – Nick Canepa, Sandiego Union Tribune. Read More.

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Eastern Kentucky University is accepting applications for an Assistant Athletic Director of Development to assume an integral role within the University’s fundraising team. Once hired, the Assistant Athletic Director of Development (AADD) will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors to advance the fundraising efforts at EKU, with an emphasis on gifts of $25,000 and above. The AADD will strategically coordinate with campus affiliates & friends of EKU, often in select geographic areas, to align work and interests as the lead development officer for athletics. –Learn More