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June 23, 2017

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
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GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

Grand Canyon Athletic Director Mike Vaught said the school won’t be leaving the Western Athletic Conference as it becomes eligible in the 2017-18 school year for the post-season as an NCAA Division I member. GCU spent the past four seasons, playing in the WAC, transitioning from NCAA Division II. Because of the move, it wasn’t eligible for the post-season tournaments for the first four years. Men’s basketball is the driving force of a remodeled and restructured school (for-profit since 2008), with former Suns All-Star Dan Majerle leading the Antelopes into Division I. -Richard Obert, Arizona Republic, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Bev Kearney’s discrimination case against the University of Texas should be able to get rolling again now that the Texas Supreme Court denied a petition for review filed by the school’s lawyers. Derek Howard, one of Kearney’s lawyers, said that Kearney’s legal team now is deciding who they should depose. Howard said his side definitely wants to interview former football coach Mack Brown and athletics director DeLoss Dodds. The case has been stuck for four years because of all the appeals. Kearney, who has moved from Austin to Los Angeles, is the former coach of the UT women’s track team. She resigned in Jan. 2013 days after she was informed the school was firing her for having an inappropriate relationship with one of her athletes in 2002. Kearney, who led Texas to six national titles, had admitted to the relationship in meetings with UT officials in the fall of 2012. Kearney filed a lawsuit in state district court in Nov. 2013, calling for a minimum of $1 million in damages from the school. Her lawsuit said UT showed a double standard by punishing Kearney for an inappropriate relationship with a student athlete. The suit said there were other employees who had been involved with students but who were not terminated. -Suzanne Halliburton, Hook EM, Read More

KING UNIVERSITY
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KING UNIVERSITY

King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced on Thursday the Richie Rose will be the next head coach of the Tornado men’s soccer program. Rose brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to King. Most recently Rose was an assistant coach at Milligan College where he helped develop a recruiting strategy and a plan for student-athlete development. Prior to that he spent six years at the head coach at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). While at VMI, Rose guided Keydets to their most conference wins in 12 years during the 2013 season. His student-athletes also recorded the highest team cumulative and semester GPA in the VMI athletic department in 2015. Read More.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY EASTERN
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY EASTERN

Utah State Eastern Athletic Director Chelsey Warburton announced today the appointment of Scott Madsen to Assistant Athletic Director for Advancement. Madsen is currently the Utah State Eastern Baseball Coach and will continue in that capacity along with his new role in the athletic department. Madsen has been the head baseball coach at Utah State Eastern since 2003 and was previously an assistant coach for the baseball team. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The University of San Diego will introduce Chris Riley as its new head men’s golf coach at a press conference to be held tomorrow morning, June 23 at 11:00 a.m. (PT) in Room D of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (KIPJ). Riley competed in over 330 PGA Tour events in 13 seasons and was a member of the 2004 Ryder Cup for Team USA. A San Diego native and resident, Riley served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, UNLV, the past two seasons. He becomes the Toreros’ seventh head coach in program history. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

As promised, here’s the second half-hour of an interview with Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity. Part 1 can be found here. Hiring Kirby Smart was an obvious move, but there was a measure of risk given that he’d never been a head coach. Was his first year what you thought it’d be? I wanted someone who knew kind of what it looked like to be at the highest levels of college football. A lot of those things we needed to learn from Kirby. Because we had been operating under one way of operation for 15 years, so there was one perspective on how to approach things. – Mark Bradley, Mark Bradley. Read More.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY

Mike Cummins has been named as the fifth head coach of the Cal State East Bay baseball program, Director of Athletics Jason Carmichael announced Thursday. Cummins has helmed the Pioneers since September of 2016 under an interim title following the resignation of previous head coach Bob Ralston. Cummins began his coaching career in 1980 at Buchser High School in Santa Clara, where he guided the baseball team to a second place finish in its league. He also served as the head football coach of the junior varsity program at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. Read More.

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY
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OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

This week, we’re starting an occasional series in which we catch up with the state’s Division I athletic directors, via five questions. First up: Oakland’s Jeff Konya. The Royal Oak native came to Oakland in 2014, after a run as athletic director at Cal State-Bakersfield. Here’s Eastern Michigan’s 2017-18 men’s basketball recruiting class: Malik Ellison (Flint Beecher), Isaiah Green (Southfield; Lansing Community College), Ty Groce (Ypsilanti; Northeastern); Kevin McAdoo (West Bloomfield), Jorden Peterson (Detroit CMA) and Tariq Silver (Clarksville, Tenn.). Green and Groce are forwards, and the rest are guards. Tony Paul, Detroit News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

In its continuing efforts to connect with Badgers fans, the Wisconsin Athletic Department is looking for ticket holders and athletic event attendees to be part of its 2017-18 Fan Advisory Board. The meetings for the 2017-18 season will tentatively be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, Wednesday, Nov. 1, Wednesday, Feb. 7 and Tuesday, April 24 from 5-8 p.m. (CT) in various UW Athletics facilities. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
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UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Former Yale head coach Tim Wise has been hired on as the new assistant coach for men and women at the University of Connecticut. Wise resigned from his Yale job in April after 7 seasons at the head of the men’s program. He was an assistant at Yale for 12 years prior. Wise will now take on the role of assistant men’s and women’s coach at UConn. Wise was the head coach and program operator of the Omni Swim Club in New Haven and was named the Connecticut Swimming Senior Coach of the Year in 2008. – Jared Anderson, Swim Swam. Read More.

BETHEL COLLEGE
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BETHEL COLLEGE

Bethel College men’s basketball coach Ryne Lightfoot has announced the addition of two assistant coaches and a graduate assistant to the program. Lightfoot, entering his inaugural season as head coach, takes over a program that won 31 games a season ago and advanced to the NAIA DII Quarterfinals—the program’s ninth time in 14 championship appearances making the final eight. “This is a group that is young but passionate about the game.” Lightfoot added, “Passionate about relationships and passionate about diving into the lives of our student-athletes. They are not only a great fit to our program but to our school as a whole.” Read More.

STONEHILL COLLEGE
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STONEHILL COLLEGE

Stonehill College has announced that Joseph Clinton has joined the men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach under Chris Kraus ’06. The announcement was made today by Kraus, who has completed four years as head coach at his alma mater. Clinton, who is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University, is a 2016 graduate of Dominican, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in history. He was a four-year letterwinner for his father, serving as captain as a junior and senior. The point guard finished his career ranked fifth in Chargers history with 436 assists, including a career-high 166 as a sophomore when he ranked in the top 20 nationally, and tenth all-time with 109 career games played. Clinton earned CACC All-Academic Team honors three times and was a member of Chi Alpha Sigma honor society. Read More.

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY
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MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY

Dan McNeely was named Maine Maritime Academy’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach on Thursday. “I am very honored and excited to be selected as the next Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Maine Maritime Academy,” said McNeely. “I would like to thank Dr. Elizabeth True, Steve Peed, and the entire search committee for giving me the opportunity to lead the Men’s Basketball program at such a prestigious institution.” McNeely earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from Wittenberg University in May of 2010 while also minoring in Russian Area Studies. He completed his Master of Science in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science with a concentration in Sport Management in June of 2012 at The Citadel. McNeely also earned his Graduate Certificate in Sport Management from The Citadel. Read More.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant all received one-year contract extensions at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Izzo and Merchant’s contract was extended through 2024. Hollis said no other adjustments were made in the contracts. According to the USA TODAY coaches salary database, Izzo is the nation’s fifth-highest paid coach at more than $3.5 million per season. Including athletically related outside income, Izzo pulls in more than $4.2 million. – Phil Friend , Lansing State Journal. Read More.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Northern Kentucky University seeks Athletics Academic Advisor. The Athletics Academic Advisor reports to the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services and is responsible for providing comprehensive academic support services to student-athletes. – Apply Here

JUNIATA COLLEGE
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JUNIATA COLLEGE

Juniata College seeks Director of Athletic Communications. Responsible for the maintenance and execution of all athletic department media and sports information tasks and/or functions. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

When Skip Johnson was introduced as Oklahoma’s new baseball coach Tuesday, he talked a little bit about the hiring process. But despite parting ways with baseball coach Pete Hughes, Johnson’s hire was likely the second-most chaotic situation Joe Castiglione has dealt with this summer. When Bob Stoops walked into Castiglione’s office and asked for a moment to talk, it led to Stoops’ surprise retirement and the elevation of Lincoln Riley to head coach. Given all that, Castiglione says the OU ship is steady as ever. “Everything is great,” Castiglione said Tuesday in Oklahoma City. “There are some unusual elements to the timing, but it is what it is. You don’t get overly worked up about it. Obviously deal with the most important situations at hand, work through it. We happened to have the two coaches we wanted to hire in football and baseball here on campus. But that wasn’t necessarily always the plan. Those are two different situations in the decisions that resulted in both of those hirings.” In the midst of making the hires, the OU football program and much of the athletic department has been in the process of moving into new offices in OU’s renovated south end zone. Castiglione has also been busy fundraising for renovations to OU’s baseball and softball complexes (both projects are said to be on track) and working on long-term planning for Lloyd Noble Center and other facilities. -Cody Stavenhagen, Tulsa World, Read More

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent State Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen signed a contract extension in November of 2016 that will pay him a base salary of $428,000. The new contract, which was obtained by the Record-Courier through a public record request, runs through June 30 of 2021. Nielsen’s last contract, signed in September of 2013, was set to expire at the end of this month. He was scheduled to make that same $428,000 base salary in 2016-17, which made him the highest-paid athletic director in the Mid-American Conference. His base salary was $308,000 in 2013-14, but Nielsen received bumps of $40,000 in each of the next three years. No incentives or escalators are included in Nielsen’s new contract, although the university will kick $25,000 into his retirement fund annually and he is eligible for a cost of living raise each year if approved by the university. -Allen Moff, Record-Courier, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

A 10-person committee and a well-respected search firm have formally been announced by the University of New Mexico to help fill its vacant athletic director position. UNM announced Thursday it has retained the services of Atlanta-based firm Parker Executive Search. The search will officially begin in July, the school confirmed, though the search firm is already familiar with a large pool of candidates in the field and will work with the search committee to identify needs specific to UNM before collaborating on a list of finalists. UNM Board of Regents President Rob Doughty will chair the internal committee and be the primary local point of contact during the search process. Parker will be for $50,000 before travel and other search-related expenses. -Geoff Grammer, Albuquerque Journal, Read More

June 22, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford announced a two-year contract extension for men’s lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella on Thursday. Extended through the 2019-20 season, Cannella begins his 24th campaign in 2017-18. “Greg has created a winning culture at UMass and we are excited to support him as our head coach for the foreseeable future,” Bamford said. “Under Greg’s leadership, we are confident that with additional investments in our men’s lacrosse program, we will realize regular conference championships and increased national visibility.” A 1988 UMass graduate, Cannella holds an all-time record of 194-137 (.586) with eight NCAA Tournament berths, eight New England Championships, three trips to the NCAA quarterfinals and one NCAA Championship Game appearance. His tenure at Massachusetts marks one of the longest active terms in NCAA Division I. He ranks second among active head coach coaches for tenure at one institution while Cannella is fifth in total years as a head coach among current Division I program leaders. – laxpower.com Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

I won’t pretend to know former Oregon Ducks basketball player Kavell Bigby-Williams. I spoke with him once last basketball season. Which apparently is more than a University of Oregon campus police detective managed in two failed attempts. What we know: Bigby-Williams is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault in Sept. 2016 near Gillette College, a Northern Wyoming Community College District school where he once played. At the time of the alleged assault he was already at Oregon and had traveled to Europe with the Ducks basketball team. He played last season at Oregon under investigation. He’s since transferred to LSU. Before that, though, university police tried unsuccessfully to assist in the investigation. –  JOHN CANZANO, oregonlive.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Once upon a time, the Mountain West sent multiple basketball teams to the NCAA Tournament. In fact, it really wasn’t that long ago. But after back-to-back seasons as a one-bid conference – for the first time in the league’s 18-year history – the MW is facing a bit of an identity crisis heading into the 2017-18 season. Get only one team into the tournament again and the MW might cement itself as truly a one-bid league. Get multiple teams into the Big Dance and that narrative could change. When the selection committee does sit down to sort out the 68-team bracket next March, the MW will have an advocate in the room in commissioner Craig Thompson, who on Thursday was named to the 10-person committee to replace New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs, who retired earlier this month. – Chris Murray, rgj.com – Read More

EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY

Carlito Labarda Jr. will be the next Eastern Oregon University men’s basketball coach, director of athletics Anji Weissenfluh announced Thursday afternoon. Labarda becomes the 16th head coach in program history. The EOU Mountaineers capped the season with a record of 24-9 and made it to the second round of last year’s NAIA Division II Tournament. “I am excited to announce the hiring of Carlito Labarda Jr. as our next head men’s basketball coach,” said Weissenfluh. “Carlito comes to us after a long and successful stint as an assistant coach under Dr. Carson Cunningham at Carroll College. Carlito has helped establish a tradition of excellence at Carroll and knows how to win and shares the core values that we see as important within our department. He brings an ability to recruit quality student-athletes that are able to excel both in the classroom and on the court. We are thrilled for Carlito to arrive at EOU so he can begin to immerse himself in the campus as well as in the community.” – helenair.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

In case anyone has forgotten, the Oregon State Beavers are still here. Been awhile since their last sighting. When last viewed, they were mashing LSU 13-1 on Monday. By the time they play the Tigers again Friday afternoon, we will have seen the NBA draft, the first day of summer and half the field eliminated from the College World Series. “Three days off is kind of a long time,” coach Pat Casey was saying Thursday after practice. “It’s also nice.” Perhaps a quick Oregon State review is in order. Though it has probably not slipped anyone’s minds around here that the Beavers. Have won 23 games in a row, one off the longest streak in Pac-12 history. Have outscored seven NCAA Tournament opponents 63-15. That’s nine runs a game from a team most renowned for its pitching. – Read More

PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
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PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wildcat Athletics teams will compete as full members of NCAA Division III when students return this fall. The NCAA Division III Management Council notified Penn College today that it has successfully completed the provisional membership process. As a full NCAA Division III member, the college will be eligible to compete for national championships and will have voting rights on NCAA legislation. “The college’s work toward full NCAA membership has already injected a welcome boost to campus spirit, which was on full display when we recently introduced our new Wildcat Athletic logo to a capacity crowd of students, faculty and staff. I want to commend everyone at the institution who played a role in moving this process forward.” Penn College completed its provisional status in just three years. Typically, institutions must complete four years of provisional status – following an initial exploratory year – before they can be recommended for full membership. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Starting this fall, families and fans can rent rooms in University of Missouri-Columbia residence halls for football games and other campus events. The initiative is among those introduced Thursday by Mizzou leaders to the Board of Curators at their Columbia meeting as a means to offset the financial stress of declining freshman enrollment. A website went live Wednesday night that allows people to book a two-room, four-bed suite for $120 per night. There’s an added cost for parking, according to the website. Free high-speed wireless access is included, along with economy bed linens and towels. Renting rooms for football games in particular has been discussed for months. After a few years of declining freshman enrollment, with a large projected dip this coming fall, Mizzou leaders have taken seven residence halls offline and decided to explore avenues such as rentals to make up money lost on that space. – Ashley Jost, stltoday.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico has announced that an internal committee with assistance from a search firm will lead the effort to name a new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for UNM. The position will seek a replacement for Paul Krebs, who is retiring June 30, after 11 years as Vice President of Athletics. In summary, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics position plans, administers, and directs all NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women; ensures that all athletics programs are in compliance with National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and Mountain West Conference (MWC) rules, regulations, and policies; and that all programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals and objectives of the institution. UNM plans to retain Parker Executive Search, an Atlanta-based firm with concentrations in sports and higher education practice areas, to facilitate the search. – news.unm.eduRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

In the second part of Bowen’s discussion with The Daily News, we talk about Wichita State joining the American Athletic Conference, conference realignment, men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith, the strong opinions people have here about Memphis sports, and the passion the city has for the Tigers. First, however, a nod to the athletic department’s all-time high GPA of 3.176 in the fall of 2016. Among the other GPA records broken: male athletes (2.998), female athletes (3.484), and freshmen athletes (3.294). “Academically, right now, we’re probably as good as anybody in the country,” Bowen said. “You come here as a student-athlete, we are making sure you are graduating with a degree from the University of Memphis. – Don Wade, memphisdailynews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN

Jim Herlihy knows there’s a lot of trepidation and unease in relation to his new job. He understands why. After all, he now occupies the USC Aiken athletic director seat which had housed Randy Warrick for the last 39 years. So Herlihy, on the job since May 1, made sure to first get to know everyone within the athletic department, all of the partners on campus and those in the community to put them at ease about the transition.  That’s a bit of extra responsibility beyond what’s typically associated with being new to a gig – like figuring out where things are and how they work. Warrick had built countless strong, enriching relationships on campus and within the community, so Herlihy’s priority has been to continue them. There’s been no time to rest for Herlihy, who has been hard at work with his team getting prepared for the upcoming school year. July brings financial deadlines, both with the NCAA and the in-house budget, in addition to plenty of other boxes to be checked off. And there’s not a lot of time to get all of those pieces in place. – Kyle Dawson, aikenstandard.comRead More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Earlier this month, West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee was named chairman of the Big 12 Board of Directors, and now West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons will preside over the conference’s ADs as chair of the Big 12 Athletic Director’s Council. As chair, Lyons will organize all meetings, presiding over such important league issues as television, scheduling, championships, finances and so forth. “It will be an honor to chair the AD meetings,” Lyons said. “I have been saying for a long time that the Big 12 Conference athletic directors are unified in their goals for the league. I look forward to the coming year.” Lyons, who became West Virginia University’s 12th athletic director in 2015, has served on several important national committees during his lengthy tenure as a college athletic administrator. In 1995, while serving as associate athletic director for compliance at Texas Tech, Lyons served a two-year chairmanship on the NCAA Legislative Review Committee. – Read More