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September 21, 2017

TOWSON UNIVERSITY
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TOWSON UNIVERSITY

Bria Bennett joins the Towson University athletics staff as the community partner coordinator. Among some of her responsibilities at Towson will be developing reciprocal relationships within campus and community and coordinating with the assistant athletic director for the Total Tiger Program Antwaine Smith to plan and execute community service linked to reciprocal relationships with partner organizations. “Bria embodies the qualities and attributes our Towson University teams and student-athletes deserve in our staff,” Deputy Director of Athletics for Oversight Will Huff said. “She’s committed, competent, and selfless.  As a former Student-Athlete, Bria understands the sacrifice our student-athletes make to achieve greatness in competition, classroom and community.  Bria’s experience and education will allow her to excel in integrating Towson athletic teams into the greater Baltimore community while developing reciprocal relationships.” – Read More

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY

Weber State University Athletics has announced the hiring of Derek Dawes as the new Director of the Weber State Wildcat Club. In his role, Dawes will oversee all aspects of the Wildcat Club including scholarship donations, managing donor relations and working with University Development on fundraising projects.  “This is an amazing time for our family as we are extremely excited and honored to be joining the Weber State Athletic department family,” Dawes said. Dawes comes to Weber State after spending the last seven years at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. He spent the last two years as the Associate Athletic Director for External Relations at Dixie and was responsible for all athletics corporate sponsorships, the annual giving program and athletics fundraising. He also oversaw all marketing and promotional efforts for the department. – Read More

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

CSU has sold out all seats available to the general public at its new stadium for the Oct. 14 homecoming game against Nevada, athletic director Joe Parker said Thursday. The university will continue to sell a limited number of standing-room only tickets for the game, Parker said on Twitter. Students tickets also remain. The $220 million stadium, which opened this season, has 36,500 seats and a total capacity of 41,000. Colorado State University sets aside 10,000 seats in the lower east stands and south end zone for students, who are admitted for free in exchange for an annual athletic fee paid by all students, whether they attend the games or not. Parker was not immediately available for additional comment. Kickoff time for the game is expected to be announced Oct. 2, when ESPN announces its television broadcast lineup for Oct. 14 games. – Kelly Lyell, coloradoan.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

The University of Maine football team will have another bye week after attempts to schedule a game for Sept. 30 in the wake of the cancellation of the Central Florida game were unsuccessful. Hurricane Irma created a number of scheduling conflicts, including the postponement of a Sept. 9 American Athletic Conference game between Central Florida and Memphis. Central Florida’s Sept. 16 non-conference game against Georgia Tech was canceled outright. Central Florida subsequently canceled the UMaine game in order to fit Memphis into that date. UMaine, a Football Championship Subdivision team, will still receive the $350,000 it was guaranteed by Football Bowl Subdivision team Central Florida courtesy of a buyout/cancellation clause included in game contracts with FBS schools. The money goes to UMaine’s general athletics budget and is not specifically earmarked for the football program. –  Larry Mahoney, bangordailynews.comRead More

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Former Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman has some words for his former employer. In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hyman blamed A&M’s administration for micromanagement, specifically in regards to football coach Kevin Sumlin’s current contract. When Sumlin’s contracted was renegotiated in 2015 and he was given a $5 million base salary, Hyman said he had nothing to do with it. Sumlin’s contract has been a point of contention as the team has regressed from its historic 2012 season. After the Aggies’ first top-five finish since 1956, A&M has finished 8-5 in each of the past three seasons. While Sumlin is four wins shy of becoming the third A&M coach in the post-World War II era to collect 50 victories, his future as the Aggies’ coach is very much in doubt. – Ben Baby, sportsday.dallasnews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

As Hurricane Irma churned through the Caribbean and continued making her way toward Florida two weeks ago, 35 members of the Hurricanes football team gathered outside the Hecht Center in Coral Gables. There, outside the athletic facility where they normally studied film, met with coaches and prepared for games like the Arkansas State matchup that Irma had forced school officials to cancel a day earlier, they boarded several charter buses that would take them away from their school and for some, their homes. They were joined that Thursday night by athletes from other UM sports, football coach Mark Richt and his wife, Katharyn, and staff members from throughout Miami’s athletic department, including deputy director of athletics Jennifer Strawley. She and athletic director Blake James had spent days working on the decisions they hoped would help the Hurricanes weather Irma safely. – Christy Cabrera Chirinos, sun-sentinel.com Read More

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
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DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

A New Hampshire Superior Court judge has upheld a Hanover Planning Board decision that denied Dartmouth College a site plan approval permit for a 70,000-square-foot practice facility near a residential neighborhood. Lawyers for Dartmouth argued that the 4-1 Planning Board decision last December was based on a standard that was too subjective to enforce, but Judge Peter Bornstein wrote that the college had “failed to persuade the court that the (Planning Board) impermissibly based its decision on personal feelings, as opposed to objective and discernable standards.” – vnews.comRead More

COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY

Columbus State University held an official ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the John W. Walden Tennis Center, the home of the Columbus State tennis programs. The ceremony recognized the generous donation made by Johnny and Sally Walden in honor of John W. Walden, Johnny’s father. “We are forever grateful to the Walden Family, and the positive impact they have had on the CSU athletic program and the lives of CSU student-athletes, over many years,” said Todd Reeser, CSU Director of Athletics. “The naming of this beautiful facility in honor of Mr. Walden’s father is meaningful to all in the Cougar family.” Columbus State officially opened the new tennis complex with a bang in 2017. The Cougars and Lady Cougars combined for a 26-1 overall record on their home courts, with both capturing Peach Belt Conference Championships and hosting the NCAA Southeast Regional. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA

According to a report prepared by Donan Engineering, an installation error contributed to the collapse of the University of South Alabama’s football training facility on July 22. The report was released by the university Thursday, September 21 and says in conclusion, “The weather data indicates that a storm occurred on July 22, 2017, moving toward the north-northeast, which is the opposite direction in which the football facility fell.  No severe weather reports were documented by the NOAA SPC. No collateral indicators of wind damage, such as displaced equipment or felled trees, were found at this site.  Mr. Tamurian’s report identifies rotational winds at the subject location on the date of loss, which corresponds to the direction of fall, but the reported wind speed of 46 mph is not considered severe or damaging. The construction of the football facility was incomplete on the reported date of loss.  – fox10tv.comRead More

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment (VWSE) and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) today announced a multi-year, exclusive marketing and sponsorship rights partnership. As part of the agreement, VWSE’s Collegiate Services division will manage and market the multimedia rights associated with the WAC, as well as serve as the conference’s corporate sponsorship representative. VWSE and the WAC will collaborate to enhance the WAC Championships experience and create a year-round activation opportunity for sponsors, member institutions, and a growing fan base through VWSE’s expertise in sponsorship sales, promotions, event production and marketing activation. Digital and live broadcast productions also will be part of the new media rights package. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Virginia has impaneled an eight-person committee and retained the executive search firm Korn Ferry to assist in hiring the university’s next athletic director. Outgoing U.Va. president Teresa Sullivan is chairing the panel, which includes rowing coach Kevin Sauer, athletic department faculty representative Carolyn Callahan, former field hockey player Phoebe Willis and Board of Visitors members Robert Hardie and Barbara Fried. Scott Dockter, a past president of the Virginia Athletics Foundation, and Marcus Martin, the university’s vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity, complete the panel. The longest-serving athletic director in Cavaliers history, Craig Littlepage is retiring after 16 years in the position. Virginia hired California-based Korn Ferry last year during its search for a chief human resources officer. Jed Hughes, a former assistant football coach for Michigan, UCLA and the NFL’s Vikings, Steelers and Browns, has run Korn Ferry’s sports division since 2012. – David Teel, dailypress.comRead More

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE
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LAFAYETTE COLLEGE

Bruce McCutcheon, who has served as Lafayette College’s director of athletics since 2001, has announced his plans to retire, ending a nearly three-decade association with the Leopards’ athletic program. A national search will begin immediately and McCutcheon has agreed to remain in his role until his replacement is hired. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has announced it has begun a search for a new director of athletics. The university has ended Shawn Eichorst’s employment, effective immediately. Eichorst joined Nebraska in October 2012, and has about $1.7 million remaining on a contract that runs through June 2019. Green and President Hank Bounds decided to seek a new athletic director and met with Eichorst on Sept. 21. Green and Bounds also met with Husker coaches Sept. 21 to share the decision. The search for a new director of athletics began immediately. The university expects to appoint an interim athletic director to oversee day-to-day operations of Nebraska Athletics until a new, permanent director of athletics begins. –Read More

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José State University in the search for a Deputy Athletic Director for Athletic Advancement. The Deputy Athletic Director for Athletics Advancement is a key member of the University Advancement leadership team and active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the day-to-day operations of Athletics Advancement. Apply here.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M distance runner Ryan Trahan says that he has been ruled ineligible and warned for using his name, image and likeness as an athlete on his YouTube page to promote a small company that he started. NCAA rules prohibiting student-athletes from making money off their image. Trahan says that he met with an academic advisor and the topic of his company came up. Trahan says he had to file a waiver so that he would still be able to own and operate his company while being on the track and cross country team. – Chris Chavez, Sports Illustrated. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

The University of South Dakota Foundation seeks an assistant director of development for athletics. This position works in a high-paced, creative and collaborative team environment where change and innovation are encouraged. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame awarded an honorary monogram to former Secretary of State and member of the class of 1975 Condoleezza Rice, the University announced in a press release Monday. According to the release, Rice joined former President Gerald Ford and former President Ronald Reagan as an honorary monogram recipient in a “surprise ceremony” Sept. 1. The ceremony took place after Rice spoke at the unveiling of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s Forever stamp. – Observer. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The college football season is in full swing and the picture for this year’s College Football Playoff is still as jumbled as it was in February. But there’s one question we can answer: Which team is the most valuable? That would be Ohio State, which has surged to a $1.5 billion valuation, according to an analysis by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. That’s a 59.6% increase in value for a program that was already worth the most nationally. – Andrew Beaton, WSJ. Read More.

UCLA
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UCLA

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, a native son of Los Angeles, excelled from his humble beginnings, going to UCLA on a baseball scholarship, then eventually becoming a sports administrator and one of only four Latino athletic directors (out of 128) of a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school. UCLA also leads with the most NCAA championships overall with 113. “Athletic director jobs, at any level, aren’t for the faint of heart,” said Guerrero, who has served in his post since 2002. – Andrea Canales, ESPN. Read More.

‎INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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‎INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Indiana State University seeks a Media Relations Coordinator. This promotes and publicizes the efforts of the Indiana State University athletics department and selected sports (Sport coverage to be determined based on previous experience). Coordinates news coverage for student athletes and coaches. Works with University photographers to obtain high quality action photography. Also completes special projects for Athletic Administrators and Coaching staffs as requested. Apply here.

KEENE STATE COLLEGE
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KEENE STATE COLLEGE

This fall, the Keene State College Athletic Department is learning to do more with less, just as many other departments across campus are doing the same. Recent budget cuts have eliminated things like paid ball runners for soccer games and reduced the travel budgets for the teams. These budget cuts are the result of the department trying to maintain “the student athlete experience,” as Director of Athletics Kristene Kelly puts it, while at the same time having to face the realities of budgetary constraints. – Simon Burch. KSC Equinox. Read More.

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Populous Architects, a Kansas City firm that helped design the new Yankee Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Nationals Ballpark in Washington, appears almost certain to receive the contract to design the new Foreman Field for Old Dominion. ODU filed an “intent to award” notice recently that indicates the school will hire Populous and Moseley Architects of Virginia Beach to design the renovated stadium. However, no contract has been signed nor a fee agreed upon, said Dale Feltes, the school’s director of design and construction, and procurement director Etta Henry. – Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart on Thursday condemned an offensive banner that has been floating around social media this week that references Hurricane Irma and the Florida football team. The banner, made in the style often seen draped from houses near campuses, says words to the effect: If Irma didn’t mess you up, the Cats will. The banner is shown laid out on someone’s floor. It is not clear who the source of the banner or the photo is. The banner has been pointed to by a number of people online as vulgar and insensitive to the suffering inflicted by those in areas struck by Irma. It has been roundly condemned on social media. – Jared Peck, Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

One of the main reasons why stadiums seem to get built is because the team or the owner of the team holds the city hostage, to a degree. They threaten to leave the city, and the city or the state ends up caving in the end. It goes so much deeper than just the fact that they’re building a new stadium and tearing down another one, although that goes pretty deep as well. These leagues hold monopoly power because there’s a finite amount of supply and seemingly infinite demand between both large and mid-sized cities around the country clamoring for teams. Often, and hopefully less often, cities are willing to fork over inordinate sums of taxpayer money without necessarily understanding the full consequences of their actions to draw a team. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The SEC is great in everything. Its facilities are top-notch. Its athletic programs dominate the national Top 20 in annual revenue and budgets. Alabama’s elephant mascot is appropriate. Missouri has been playing catch-up since the old Big Eight days. Even if everything broke right for its sports teams, the university would find life in the SEC demanding. Missouri has been playing catch-up since the old Big Eight days. Even if everything broke right for its sports teams, the university would find life in the SEC demanding. – Jeff Gordon, GV News. Read More.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

College football’s Bowl Subdivision has seen a 73% increase in the number of targeting penalties enforced through the first three weeks of the season compared with the same point in 2016. National coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said Wednesday that 55 targeting penalties have been enforced in 214 games (0.26 per game). Last year at this time, 35 targeting penalties had been enforced in 230 games (0.15). For the entire 2016 season, there was an average of 0.17 targeting calls enforced per game. The 0.26 per game so far this season is a 53% increase. – LA Times. Read More.

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Fox Sports is placing another sizable bet on virtual reality this weekend as it again teams up with LiveLike to assemble a “virtual suite” that will provide the main broadcast of the Notre Dame at Michigan State college football matchup alongside other several other bells and whistles. Users will be able to access the digital suite on the authenticated Fox Sports VR app for iOS and Android mobile devices and experience it using the “flat” 3D (non-headset) view, or use it in tandem with an Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR mobile headset. – Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel. Read More.

ATHLETICS FUNDRAISING
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ATHLETICS FUNDRAISING

The Golden Gopher Fund, the fundraising arm of the University of Minnesota athletics department, was seeking creative ways to uncover new revenue and allow any fan to make a donation during any transaction with the department. Money was being left on the table by those who didn’t want to give a large amount, but were willing to give less than $100.00. There had to be a way to cater to those donors. The University of Minnesota was amazed by the results. The most successful time periods have been during season ticket renewals when fans are making one of their biggest purchases of the year. In addition, they have seen some orders double in value as fans logged in to buy merchandise and acted on the ask to make a contribution as well. – Audienceview, Read More.

SPORTS TECH
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SPORTS TECH

James Madison University and North Carolina State University are the two latest schools to form partnerships with Kinduct, a leading data and analytics software provider, that will help the medical staffs, coaching staffs and athletes with additional information. Through collecting and analyzing a set of data points, Kinduct’s Athlete Management System (AMS) technology can allow for coaches to make decisions regarding their athlete’s performance, injury mitigation and recover as well as how to prepare for their next competitor. – Kendra Andrews, Sport Techie. Read More.

FAN ENGAGEMENT
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FAN ENGAGEMENT

NFL fans who are shown on television while at the stadium attending games no longer have to wonder if they know someone who happened to record their moment in the sun. 15 Seconds of Fame is taking care of that. The company announced Tuesday that it has a multi-year partnership with the NFL to deliver fans their on-camera appearances from all NFL game broadcasts this season through the Super Bowl. Fans can take a selfie when signing up for 15SOF app, and video clips will be sent. – Diamond Leung, Sport Techie. Read More.