The Penn Relays and USA Track & Field on Wednesday, February 22 announced a partnership through 2020 that continues the collaboration between the world’s oldest and largest relay carnival with the World’s #1 Track & Field Team. Today’s announcement comes ahead of the 123rd running of The Penn Relays, set to take place April 27-29 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The new partnership will expand television coverage from the traditional USA vs. the World relay events on Saturday to include a live, Friday night show on NBCSN. USATF.TV also will stream a live global webcast of the Penn Relays live during all three days of competition from 2017 through 2020. –Read More
Kansas football head coach David Beaty added a high-energy, well-respected leader in the strength and conditioning community to his staff as he announced the hiring of Zac Woodfin as director of football strength and conditioning Thursday. Woodfin comes to Kansas after spending the previous two years at Southern Miss where he served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the entire athletics department. He garnered the title of Interim Director of Athletics at Southern Miss on Dec. 20, 2016, while USM searched for a replacement for outgoing athletics director Bill McGillis. Woodfin handled the Golden Eagle football strength and conditioning needs and also oversaw the other 15 Southern Miss sports. –Read More
College of Mount Saint Vincent seeks an Associate Athletic Director/Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Primary responsibility is to supervise several programs – Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Wrestling, Baseball and Softball. This includes the supervision of two Assistant Athletic Directors in their auxiliary functions as AD for Operations & Facilities and AD for Recruiting. send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury completed his coaching staff for the 2017 season Thursday with the hiring of Terrance Jamison as defensive line coach. Considered one of the top young coaches in the country, Jamison arrives in Lubbock following three seasons in a similar role at Florida Atlantic. Hendrickson was among the top sack leaders in the country over the past two seasons as he closed the 2015 campaign tied for second in the FBS for total sacks (13.5) as well as forced fumbles (5). He registered 9.5 sacks as a senior in 2016 to rank 21st nationally and second in C-USA. Read More.
The cost of leaving early could come with a steep price tag for new University of Houston football coach Major Applewhite. In addition to owing the full remaining value of the contract, Applewhite would be on the hook for whatever remains on the contracts of his assistant coaching staff not retained by a new coach, according to a term sheet obtained by the Houston Chronicle. Applewhite signed a five-year deal worth $7.5 million in December when he was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach. – Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle. Read More.
Former All-SOCON runner and Dalton native Dee Goodwin has been named Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country coach at Dalton State. At UTC, she was a 4-time All-SOCON performer in cross country and won the 1987 10,000 meter SOCON Track Championship. Her school-record in the 10,000 meters stood for ten years. Upon graduating from UTC with honors as the Dayle May Athletic-Academic Award winner given to the senior with the highest GPA among all graduating student-athletes, Goodwin ran competitively for Adidas from 94-96. In 2003, she became the first female runner inducted into the UTC Hall of Fame. – Erik Simpson, Chattanoogan. Read More.
According to documents filed with the NCAA, the school’s profit increased 13.1 percent in 2016 to $18.7 million. Revenue was up 10.1 percent total with a considerable jump in football cash. Nick Saban’s program had a profit of $47.7 million on revenue of $103.9 million (up from $95.1 million last year). To compare to Alabama’s $18.7 total profit, Auburn’s athletics department reported a $15.2 million surplus. Auburn’s $140 million revenue was a school record, as was Alabama’s $164 million in income. – Michael Casagrande, AL.com, Read More.
Henderson State University Director of Athletics Shawn Jones has announced the hiring of Philip McDaniel as Reddies head volleyball coach. McDaniel has a long and impressive resume which includes head coaching stops at Drake University and South Dakota State, as well as assistant coaching positions at several top Division I and II institutions. His career also includes successful head coaching positions on the high school and club levels. Read More.
In his three years as athletic director at Georgia Tech, Mike Bobinski was not widely appreciated by the Yellow Jackets fan base. But if an AD is ultimately judged on his hiring decisions, then perhaps his tenure might deserve another look. At the time, his decision to hire Pastner to replace Gregory was also fuel for anti-Bobinski sentiment. Ten months later, Bobinski appears to have been proven correct. With a team that was predicted to finish 14th in the ACC in a preseason media poll, Pastner has led the Jackets to wins over four RPI top-30 teams and a 16-12 record. The team’s success has created more buzz and won more attention than any since the last Jackets team to make the NCAA tournament, in 2010. – Ken Sugiura, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read More.
Washington coach Chris Petersen has filled the opening on his staff, hiring former Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick as the Huskies’ new co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, the school announced Wednesday. Lubick replaces Bush Hamdan, who was named the Atlanta Falcons’ quarterbacks coach last week. A native of Bozeman, Montana, Lubick was an NAIA All-American cornerback as a senior at Western Montana College. – Adam Jude, Yakima Herald. Read More.
UTSA head coach Frank Wilson announced on Wednesday that he has hired Bo Davis as defensive line coach. A former defensive line coach at Alabama, Texas and in the NFL, Davis has been a part of three national championship teams and has produced numerous All-Americans, all-conference performers and NFL players. A native of Magee, Miss., he was the defensive line coach at Alabama for two seasons (2014-15) under Nick Saban, his second stint with the Crimson Tide. Read More.
Radford men’s soccer head coach Marc Reeves has resigned from his position to take on the same role for Elon University, Radford Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg announced on Wednesday, February 22. A national search for Reeves’ replacement will begin immediately. Reeves served at the helm of the Highlanders for seven seasons, compiling a 75-43-20 overall record and a 42-15-6 clip in Big South play. Radford posted a winning record in six of Reeve’s seven seasons. Known for his defensive mind, Reeves’ Highlanders yielded only 13 goals in 2016, including two in league play. Read More.
University of Delaware Athletics has announced that Kallie Knop has been hired to assume the new position of associate athletics director for communications and digital strategy. In her role, Knop will oversee of all of the Department’s media relations and multimedia efforts, including the development of a long-term strategy to promote and enhance the Department through a variety of communication channels, from digital platforms and technologies to mobile applications. Prior to joining FTI, Knop worked at Ruder Finn, an independent public relations agency in Manhattan, supporting a variety of accounts across proactive and reactive issues management, internal and external communications, and the development of strategic positioning campaigns. Read More.
Florida State athletics director Stan Wilcox said the ACC’s revised television deal will deliver an increased payout of $3 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year. A boost was expected with the July 2016 announcement of the ACC Network Extra by league commissioner John Swofford. Revenues will jump once the “linear” ACC Network launches in the fall of 2019. Wilcox said the ACC’s projections have indicated that the distribution per school will increase by $8 million-$10 million in 2019-20, and then $10 million-$15 million in future years. The B1G Ten and SEC have vaulted to the front of the pack in regard to revenue distributed to each school due to the creation of their own conference networks. Bob Ferrante, 247Sports. Read More.
In Jeff Compher’s eyes, East Carolina’s football team must negotiate a different landscape than the men’s and women’s basketball teams in trying to build an American Athletic Conference champion. Compher has set a tough standard for winning since taking the reins of ECU sports. As two more basketball seasons near their end, neither ECU hoops team is anywhere near contention. “I think the difference between football and basketball in our conference is that each year, there has been a different champion (in football),” Compher said of the American, which was won by Central Florida in 2013, then shared by three teams in ‘14 before Temple and Houston won the league’s first two championship games in ‘15 and ‘16, respectively. – Nathan Summers, The Daily Reflector. Read More.
Brian Kelly didn’t really come up in Jack Swarbrick’s conversations with recruits. Despite coming off a 4-8 season, the impending coaching staff overhaul and other cultural changes in the Notre Dame program, recruits didn’t use their time with the athletic director to dig into those topics. If the NCAA’s Division I council approves recruiting reforms at its April meeting, signing day will be completely different moving forward. Notre Dame Stadium is undergoing a $400 million renovation as part of the Campus Crossroads Project, which is expected to be complete in August. But what about other football facilities? The weight room, for example, was built in 2004 and simply cannot compete with the likes of Alabama, Michigan and Oregon. Swarbrick said there’s currently no timeline for a renovation, however. – Laken Litman, Indy Star. Read More.
University of Tennessee at Martin seeks Director of Intercollegiate Athletics . As a direct report to the Chancellor, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics has overall responsibility of leadership in planning, organizing, and managing the programs and activities of Intercollegiate Athletics within a data-driven decision-making assessment culture. The position duties include, but are not limited to, strategic planning, budgeting and administrative activities, public relations and fundraising responsibilities necessary to achieve a sustainable athletics program and student-athlete academic excellence. The Athletics Director is responsible for the leadership, development and management of a competitive and high-quality Division I (FCS football) athletics program. The Director must ensure the department operates within the University’s mission and the policies and guidelines of the University, NCAA and Ohio Valley Conference. Apply here
In selecting a new Director of Athletics, University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. and the board of trustees must choose wisely. At a time in which BC Athletics’ public perception is at an all-time low, the next AD will likely be the most crucial hire in the program’s history. The first step must be in selecting the right search firm. For Bates’ hiring, the University relied solely on Leo Sullivan, former vice president for human resources, who is now a senior adviser to Leahy. Because that didn’t work out well, the administration must seek an outside service. The next AD must be ready for Leahy’s heavy involvement in athletics. It was Leahy who spearheaded BC’s move from the Big East to the ACC, and he has remained heavily involved in all hiring processes and inner workings of the department. The AD must be comfortable with the uniform-high academic standards to which incoming student-athletes are subject at BC. Whoever takes the big office in Conte come fall 2017 cannot fail, because for the sake of its future, BC Athletics cannot afford for that to happen.
Indiana State has released salary information for new head football coach Curt Mallory and others inside the football program. Mallory will be approved for a base salary of $200,000 per year. ISU Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales indicated previously that Mallory has a five-year contract. Mallory’s salary is comparable to former coach Mike Sanford’s salary. Sanford had base pay of $210,000 annually. -Todd Aaron Golden, Tribune-Star, Read More
The Rutgers University football and wrestling programs are solidifying their spots in the Big Ten Conference by kicking off the 2017 season competing at Yankee Stadium. This doubleheader of a wrestling match, followed by a football game against the University of Maryland that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4, costs Rutgers approximately $750,000 to rent the venue, said Pat Hobbs, Director of Athletics, in an email. Hobbs said that the agreement for the matchup to be played at Yankee Stadium was previously negotiated by the University’s former athletic administration, and so the current administration had decided to honor the agreement. Originally the match-up deemed “Battle in the Bronx,” was only to feature a football game, as the Scarlet Knights have played there three times since 2011. But Hobbs decided to take this historic event one step further for Rutgers this year by including a Big Ten Wrestling competition, the first doubleheader of its kind to be held at Yankee Stadium, Hobbs said. -Marissa Scognamiglio, Daily Targum, Read More
The North Dakota State athletic department now has a clear picture on the reductions it will be facing: It will lose $800,000 in state funding. NDSU will have to find more than $400,000 in each of the next two years in either cuts or additional revenue to make up for a reduction in state appropriations. The athletic department receives $2.1 million in state funding and school President Dean Bresciani said Wednesday, Feb. 22, 40 percent of that will be cut in this biennium. It’s part of the directive by the North Dakota Legislature to cut higher education costs. “We’ll take a hard look at everything,” said NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen. Larsen said no sports will be dropped and funding for scholarships and cost of attendance will not be part of the cost-cutting moves. Larsen said it’s too early in the process to implement any specific reductions. “There are a lot of moving parts,” he said. The $2.1 million the athletic department gets from the state represents just one revenue stream in this year’s $22.03 million overall athletic budget. The department has already taken cost-cutting measures by not hiring two positions that were slated in the budget. -Jeff Kolpack, Inforum, Read More
The University of Central Florida athletics department received a $5 million pledge Wednesday, its largest gift ever from an alumnus. The donation, which the university will receive over 10 years, is the main issue to be discussed Friday during a trustees meeting, according to the board agenda released Wednesday. For Ken Dixon, a real estate developer from Kissimmee, it’s the second time he’s donated a significant sum to the school. With the donation, the school will give him naming rights to what they described as an “athletics village,” pending trustee approval. The village will consist of the 95 acres where CFE Arena, Bright House Networks Football Stadium as well as the sports facilities are located. -Gabrielle Russon, Orlando Sentinel, Read More
Premium seating on the east side of Lane Stadium and extensive upgrades to Cassell Coliseum are Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock’s top priorities as he anticipates the next university-wide capital campaign in late 2018 or early 2019. During a wide-ranging interview in his office Tuesday evening, Babcock also addressed: football season-ticket renewals, fan reaction to the Hokies’ new priority seating plan for football and men’s basketball, progress on the Hokie Club’s ambitious drive to more than double membership, his contract extension and raise, future ACC revenue, and his recent appointment to the NCAA baseball tournament selection committee. Earlier this month, Babcock and his fellow athletic directors gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the ACC’s annual winter meetings. Commissioner John Swofford, media consultant Dean Jordan and ESPN’s distribution team updated the ADs on revenue projections, the network’s essential component. The ACC’s most recent federal tax return, for 2014-15, showed an average per-school distribution of $26.2 million, but with the Southeastern Conference projecting $40 million-plus per school in fiscal 2015-16, and the Big Ten about $50 million in later years, the ACC is behind. Babcock declined to share numbers, but Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox told FSU’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday that the conference hopes for $8-10 million more per school in the network’s first year, $15-20 million more thereafter. -David Teel, Daily Press, Read More
David C. Leach, a professional with more than 25 years of experience in campus recreation, has been named the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Recreation and Wellness at Penn, Director of Athletics Dr. M. Grace Calhoun announced today. Leach arrives in University City after 11 years at Princeton, including the last four as the Senior Associate AD for Campus Recreation. “Dave’s experience with a robust, comprehensive campus recreation program will enable him to engage the University community and advance our strategic priorities within Penn Campus Recreation,” Calhoun said. “He is committed to providing our students and staff with a first-class recreation, fitness and wellness experience. We set our sights high and landed a top-notch professional for this important position on our senior leadership team.” At Princeton, Leach led the campus recreation program that included a 38-team sport club program with over 1,100 participants and intramural offerings for approximately 500 teams. Princeton’s instructional and group fitness program consisted of over 100 classes and 3,000 participants and Leach also oversaw the informal recreation component and all aspects of Dillon Gymnasium. Read More
College athletics have a distinct division between the Power Five conferences and the afterthought conferences. UNLV currently resides in the afterthought group, but with a search for the university’s next athletic director underway, the school has dreams of taking the step up. Current athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy will step aside at the end of June, leaving UNLV to make one if its most important hires ever. The next leader of UNLV Athletics will inherit a department that has won seven conference titles in the last 12 months. The problem is that neither of the moneymaking sports, football and men’s basketball, have contributed to that total. To have a power conference even consider UNLV, the two most visible programs have to start winning. -Tyler Bischoff, vegasseven.com– Read More
Coming out of halftime down 50-39 in their game on Feb. 4 against Rice University, the men’s basketball team trudged out of the locker room to the North Texas fight song played by the Mean Green Brigade. The Brigade have been the team’s biggest fans all season long, and are always at the games – no matter the score. Even when the student section was bare and the team was on an 11-game losing streak, they were there. As they played the fight song, the pro-North Texas crowd scattered around the Super Pit rose to their feet and halfheartedly clapped to the tune. This has been the norm for Mean Green basketball the past few years. With ambitions to resurrect the dwindling atmosphere in the Super Pit, associate vice president and chief operating officer Jared Mosley has had an uphill climb in his first year at North Texas. -Matthew Brune, ntdaily.com– Read More
Big 12 expansion is truly immortal. The league elected to stay at 10 members back in October, disappointing the 20-plus candidates who signed up for a misguided, three-month beauty pageant in which no one was crowned the victor. It was clear, however, that even if the Big 12 was done actively exploring expansion, the conversation and speculation would continue in some form as long as the league retained its status as the smallest Power 5 conference. The Big 12 would expand if it had a suitable candidate. For now, it doesn’t, but nobody is more equipped to ignite an expansion discussion than Texas’ athletic director. -David Ubben, gridironnow.com– Read More
Miami University received a record $92.1 million in gifts and pledges in 2016, a 75 percent increase from the previous year. The majority of contributions came from alumni, who donated more than $65 million. The university also raised more than $38 million for student scholarships. The biggest boost in 2016 came from a $40 million gift from alumni Richard T. “Dick” Farmer (Miami ’56) and Joyce Farmer (Miami ’57) and the Farmer Family Foundation. The Farmer family’s gift was the largest from a single foundation or individual in Miami’s 207-year history. -Kate Murphy, cincinnati.com– Read More
A Portland developer who is a Colby College alumnus and his wife have committed to donating $10 million to the college toward a new athletic complex slated to open in about three years. The gift comes from Joe Boulos, founder of the CBRE/ Boulos Brokerage Asset Management and Boulos Development, who graduated from Colby in 1968, and his wife, Sheri Boulos. The couple is known for their philanthropic giving at Colby and in Maine, and the $10 million gift is the largest so far for them, according to the college. The gift will name the Boulos Family Fitness Center in the college’s new athletic complex, which is slated to open in 2020. Joe Boulos is a life trustee and former chair of Colby’s Board of Trustees. The existing athletic complex is a hub of activity on campus that attracts high numbers of students, according to a news release from Colby College, and the new complex will accommodate the campus as well as the surrounding Waterville community. -Colin Ellis, centralmaine.com– Read More
The Sacramento State’s men’s and women’s track and field teams are getting ready for the end of indoor competition and the beginning of the outdoor season. As Sac State will head to Idaho Thursday for the indoor Big Sky Championships, junior jumper Darius Armstead said both coaches and athletes feel good about their chances of coming away with victories. “Our jump squad is really elite, our sprinters are coming up and our long distance did really good last meet,” Armstead said. Track and Field Director Jeff Magley also feels confident in the team’s readiness but said “it’s going to be a battle; there is no question about that.” The Hornets are coming off a performance at the Husky Classic on Feb. 10-11 in Seattle where Armstead broke the indoor triple-jump record and several other athletes had top-10 record performances. -Matt Nobert, statehornet.com– Read More