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January 18, 2018

NCAA
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Major changes could be on the way in collegiate athletics, and people have varying views on the topic. The proposal in question would allow players a likely “one time freebie” meaning a college football or basketball player would have the ability to transfer one time without sitting out. Any additional transfers (excluding a graduate transfer) would have to sit out a year. The key to the whole thing would be the enforcement of rules by the NCAA, which doesn’t exactly sound too promising. While I like the idea of allowing players more freedom, I’m not sure how the NCAA polices it. – Zac Oakes, SB Nation. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
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UNIVERSITY OF TULSA

University of South Dakota’s head strength and conditioning coach Jevon Bowman was named as an assistant director for athletic performance at The University of Tulsa, it was announced today. Bowman will work with football. Bowman spent that past eight years as the head strength & conditioning coach for the Coyotes, overseeing all sports and working primarily with the sports of football and women’s basketball. A native of Rapid City, S.D., Bowman played for the Coyote football team from 2004-07 and was a part of the 2005 North Central Conference championship team. Read More.

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The first of three NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee top-16 reveals will take place Thursday, Jan. 18, during halftime of this week’s Thursday Showcase game on ESPN – featuring No. 6 Tennessee at No. 5 Notre Dame at 7 p.m. ET. This week’s content includes: The Mountaineers surprised most folks by upsetting Texas and Baylor last season to win the Big 12 tournament, Three mid-major teams are probably locks for NCAA tournament at-large bid should they fail to win their league’s automatic berth, Bracketology (Charlie Creme), Reaction to NCAA Top-16 seed reveal, With two rookies in the starting lineup, the Lady Vols are trying to accelerate growth on the court with freshmen, but Rennia Davis already did so off the court and Live coverage from Mississippi State at Tennessee as part of We Back Pat (Mechelle Voepel). – Anna Negron, ESPN. Read More.

ALMA COLLEGE
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ALMA COLLEGE

Meghan Gorsuch, who has served as an assistant coach for the Alma College women’s soccer team for the past five seasons, has been elevated to the position of head women’s soccer coach, it was announced Wednesday by Steven Rackley, director of athletics. Her coaching career includes stops at Olivet College as an assistant coach in 2012 as well as Williamston (Mich.) High School, where she was an assistant for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Gorsuch was also the director of the Technical and Speed & Agility Camp in Williamston in 2012 and spent two seasons as a coach with the TNT Soccer Club in Lansing, Mich. – The Morning Sun. Read More.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

On Sunday, when Syracuse (14-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) hosts Pittsburgh (9-9, 1-4), student attendees will participate in Syracuse Athletics’ student rewards program for the first time. The point-based system will reward students that attend SU athletic events. Once students accumulate enough points, they will be able to claim a multitude of rewards. “It’s going to be fun,” said Syracuse Associate Athletics Director for Business Development Anthony Di Fino. “We are catching up to what a lot of the other schools have done. We worked with Otto’s Army and we worked with a lot of people to make sure we got this rewards program in place.” The system tracks students’ points through the official Syracuse Athletics app called “Syracuse Orange.” The point system will award 100 points to students for each event they attend. Certain games will be marked as “bonus” days, Di Fino said, meaning on those days students will get additional points for attending the event. On Sunday, SU Athletics will grant 1,000 reward points to each student that walks through the Carrier Dome doors. The rewards points turn into “Syracuse Bucks” with 100 points equaling one buck. Students can track how many bucks they’ve earned on the app and then exchange them for prizes. -Josh Schafer, Daily Orange, Read More

NCAA
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During the 2018 NCAA Convention on Wednesday, the forum approved its Charting the Course report, which presents a series of principles designed to guide leaders toward making decisions that will help align the personal and professional goals of Division I student-athletes. “This effort is intended to give the day-to-day decision-makers in Division I — both on campus and at the national level — a foundation of values on which to build rules and policies intended to support student-athletes throughout our relationship with them — as potential students, students and alumni,” said forum chair Kay Norton, president of Northern Colorado. Key elements of the plan include emphasizing the beneficial role athletics plays in student development, informing values-based decisions intended to protect and enhance the collegiate model and identifying best practices to support student-athlete well-being. –NCAA, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

University of Michigan Athletic Department seeks Associate Director of Development, West Coast. The Associate Director of Development, West Coast Region manages and develops a portfolio of 200+ prospects and donors securing major and planned gifts of $100,000 or more on behalf of Michigan Athletics. – Apply Here

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The college basketball season can start three days earlier this fall, the Division I Council decided Wednesday. As a result of the change, the 2018-19 basketball season will begin Nov. 6 instead of Nov. 9. The Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences will vote on a proposal Friday that will require schools to give basketball student-athletes a three-day break during the winter vacation period. The Council also made changes for football preseasons. Schools will count back 29 days from their first football game to decide the earliest preseason start date. The previous rules set the preseason start date through the use of a formula of counting back 40 practice units before the first game. Additionally, schools will not be required to provide student-athletes with a day off in the preseason (until classes start or a week before the first game), but practice will be limited to two hours of off-field meetings or film review. –NCAA, Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State Vice-President and Director of Athletics Gene Smith has placed more than a few of his colleagues in the AD seat around the country. OSU Executive Associate Athletic Director Diana Sabau has been going through Smith’s process of readying for such a challenge as a Power 5 Athletic Director. “It’s been exhilarating every day getting up to speed,” Sabau told ABC-6. Sabau will attend the Big 10 Meetings in February with Smith and sit down for mock interviews to prepare for her own journey. What gratification does Smith get from grooming his co-workers ? “To see them sit in the seat.” Smith has sent former OSU colleagues Pat Chun to Florida Atlantic University and soon to be Washington State, Martin Jarmond to Boston College and Heather Lyke to Eastern Michigan and now Pittsburgh. -Clay Hall, Fox 28, Read More

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Oregon State athletic department on Wednesday announced it is launching a student athlete mental health awareness initiative. The campaign, known as #DamWorthIt, has been spearheaded former Oregon State standout gymnast Taylor Ricci and current men’s soccer member Nathan Braaten. In a statement, Ricci said the goal of the campaign was to “destigmatize and spread awareness about the epidemic of mental health in collegiate athletics.” The idea for the campaign started when Ricci and Braaten, who had become acquainted when Ricci was president of the OSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, re-connected after they had each lost a teammate to suicide. The announcement of the new campaign came the day after the apparent suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, although the timing was coincidental. -Danny Moran, Oregon Live, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The Council discussed the work of the Transfer Working Group, and voted to ask the Division I Board of Directors to approve a modified legislative timeline that would allow all transfer-related proposals to be considered as a package in June 2018. The delay would allow time for the working group and the Committee on Academics to develop and recommend a possible set of academic benchmarks that, if met, would allow students in all sports to play immediately after transfer. If the board approves a more flexible legislative timeline, the Council could wait until June to vote on the notification-of-transfer proposal with other transfer concepts. –NCAA, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

University of Houston seeks Athletic Ticket Sales Representative. In this position, you will provide first-class quality customer service to all donors, season ticket holders, and fans of the University of Houston, as well as cultivate relationships and ensure customer satisfaction. – Apply Here

January 17, 2018

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Buffalo athletics director Allen Greene has emerged as Auburn’s choice to replace Jay Jacobs as athletics director, Auburn Undercover has learned. Greene’s hiring must still be cleared by the Auburn Board of Trustees. Greene is set to become the second African-American athletics director in SEC history. The hiring could be made official as soon as this week, a source said. Greene is one of the youngest athletics directors in the country. He was hired at Buffalo in November 2015 after previously serving in a senior associate athletics director role at Ole Miss from 2009 through 2012. He was an associate athletics director at Buffalo from 2012 until his promotion to athletics director in 2015. – Brandon Marcello, auburn.247sports.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN

The University of New Haven announced today that Chris Palmer, a former National Football League coach with 25 years in the league, two Super Bowl runs, and a 2008 Super Bowl win on his résumé, has become the university’s new Director of Athletics and Recreation. Palmer led the university’s football program from 1986 to 1987.  While best known for his 25 years of coaching in the NFL and 15 years in the college ranks, he also brings athletic administrative experience to the position, a skill set he acquired while serving as coach and general manager of the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League. Palmer worked under, and with, many of the leading names in football, including NFL owners John Mara (the New York Giants), Jerry Jones (the Dallas Cowboys), Robert Kraft (the New England Patriots), and Al Lerner (the Cleveland Browns).  – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

On Jan. 2, Jason Kerswill took over as athletic director of the University of Calgary Dinos. The role remained vacant for six months after his predecessor, Christine Stapleton, departed in June 2017. Kerswill carries an extensive athletic background as a previous student athlete at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and athletic manager at the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary, the University of Northern British Columbia and most recently at Seneca College in Toronto. When I met Kerswill, he warmly greeted me in his Kinesiology A office where an impressively tidy desk and an unopened box draped with Dinos hoodies reflect his recent segway into the role. He says the transition came at an opportune time. Coming from Senenca College which has 17 different sports programs, Kerswill wants to familiarize himself with the 14 sports played at U of C.  – Christie Melhorn, thegauntlet.caRead More

BARUCH COLLEGE
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BARUCH COLLEGE

A former Baruch College official pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $700,000 in payments from rentals of the school’s athletic facilities, officials announced Wednesday. Machli Joseph the former women’s basketball coach and assistant athletics director — would rent out the college’s gym when it wasn’t being used. But instead of the money going into school coffers, Joseph had payments made out to bank accounts he controlled. Joseph who worked at the school from 2002 through 2016  used the money for personal expenses including for renovations to his Elizabeth, NJ, home, prosecutors said. Joseph, 43, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and misapplication concerning a program receiving federal funds in Manhattan federal court. He faces up to 10 years in prison at his April 17 sentencing. – Priscilla DeGregory, nypost.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

WNBA All-Star guard Layshia Clarendon has filed a civil lawsuit against the regents of the University of California, alleging she was sexually assaulted by Mohamed Muqtar, a longtime Cal-Berkeley athletic department employee. The suit, filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court, claims negligence on the part of the regents, who oversee Cal-Berkeley. Muqtar, 61, who has worked in the athletic department for more than 25 years, is also named as a defendant. He is the assistant athletic director for student services and graduated from the school in 1987 with a degree in economics. Cal’s athletic department said it intends to make a statement. Muqtar would not comment when reached by Outside the Lines. – Kate Fagan, espn.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Some movement today at the NCAA convention on the discussion about reforming transfer rules. The Division I Council has asked the board of directors to grant a more flexible timeline for legislation, which could potentially allow a proposal to pass this year outside of the normally exhaustive cycle. Implementation remains unlikely in 2018. The proposal would likely increase penalties for tampering and eliminate the tying of scholarships to transfer eligibility.  As for the much-debated, one-time undergraduate exception — removing the requirement for players to sit one year it’s far from a done deal. – Mitch Sherman, espn.comRead More

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Jackson State athletic program is once again at a crossroads, and this time, there’s no driver. On its face, the program appears to be in better shape than most in the league, with attendance at or near the top of the league in both revenue sports, football and men’s basketball. The latter is enjoying considerable success on the court, sitting in first place with a 6-0 record in the SWAC. But under the surface, there is an ongoing struggle to remain competitive. The arms race when it comes to facilities and athletic budgets is real. Even within the conference, Jackson State is behind. And the most troubling part of JSU’s current situation is the fact that it currently has no athletic director, and it remains unclear if there is a plan to hire one. – Tyler Cleveland, clarionledger.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Five months after Cal Athletic Director Mike Williams announced his intention to retire  and with only four month until he does so  the university on Wednesday said it has hired a national firm to assist in finding his replacement. In a statement, Cal said Witt/Kiefer’s recruitment will be led by Greg Santore, the firms’s principal and leader of its Sports Leadership Practice, in conjunction with senior partner Zachary Smith and consultant/senior associate Katy Young. Williams announced his retirement in August. His last day is expected to be May 6. – sfgate.comRead More

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

A Georgia Tech graduate has challenged Yellow Jackets football fans to financially support a recruiting initiative, and the athletic department has been pleased by the response. The graduate, who has chosen to remain anonymous, offered to put up $200,000 of his own money on a 50 percent matching-fund basis to be earmarked for the hiring of recruiting staff with a ceiling of $400,000. Despite a relatively limited publicity campaign, donors have cleared the $100,000 mark in about two weeks’ time, enough to give athletic director Todd Stansbury the confidence to proceed with a plan to increase the recruiting office by four. The $600,000 total — $400,000 from donors matched at 50 percent by the anonymous donor – would cover the cost of four recruiting staff for the next two years. Increasing the recruiting office has been a goal of both Stansbury and coach Paul Johnson, something neither has been shy about emphasizing as a priority for Tech’s competitiveness. – Ken Sugiura, myajc.comRead More

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State is nearing final plans for a new on-campus rink, Sun Devils head coach Greg Powers said. While Powers has not divulged any of the details, College Hockey News has learned that the facility is expected to seat approximately 5,000, at a cost of nearly $80 million. The arena is part of a much larger athletic facilities package, which is why it still waits final approval and has not been announced. Included is renovations to the school’s basketball facility, Wells Fargo Arena. The hockey arena would be located next to the WFA.  – Adam Wodon, collegehockeynews.comRead More

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Whatever else Lane Kiffin accomplishes at Florida Atlantic will be done without one of the men who pushed for his hire. Athletic director Pat Chun, who joined FAU president Dr. John Kelly in introducing Kiffin during a December 2016 press conference, has left Boca Raton to take the same position at Washington State. FAU has yet to name an interim AD to replace Chun, who held the role since 2012 after spending 15 years at Ohio State. Chun’s departure, a historic one that marks the first time an Asian-American will be the AD of a “Power 5” school, was not without controversy. One internet report on Tuesday night said that Kiffin and Chun’s relationship “had dissolved into near non-existence” by the time the latter had accepted an offer to leave FAU. – Jake Elman, palmbeachpost.comRead More

SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY

Sacramento State Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced today that Matt Vincent has been hired as the Associate AD for Compliance. In his role with the Hornets, Vincent will serve on the department’s executive administration team and will also make sure Sacramento State is meeting NCAA eligibility standards. Along with the staff in the compliance department, he will conduct rules education for coaches and student-athletes, prepare and submit waivers to the NCAA and work with partners on campus and in conference offices. A native of Northern California, Vincent returns to his home state after serving as the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. With the Flames, he was the primary compliance contact for men’s basketball, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis. – Read More

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

It was announced on Wednesday that the Army-Navy baseball rivalry has been afforded and accepted an offer by the Boston Red Sox to play one of its 2018 games at Fenway Park. As part of the regularly scheduled April 21-22 road series at West Point, the Mids and Black Knights will move game one of their three-game series to historic Fenway Park for a Friday night game on April 20 at 6 p.m. The rest of the Army-Navy series will continue at West Point on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. The Army-Navy game on April 20 is part of two back-to-back days of college baseball at Fenway Park as the 105-year old ballpark will play host to a Boston College-Florida State contest on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. Both games that weekend will have tickets sold with proceeds being donated to charity. – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The Division I Council, acting on a recommendation from the Division I Football Oversight Committee, tabled a legislative proposal designed to set parameters on football staff sizes. The proposal would have required schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision to designate 30 individuals who will participate in on-campus football recruiting activities. However, after receiving feedback from head coaches, directors of athletics, compliance administrators and conference offices, the committee decided during its meeting at the NCAA Convention that the issue needed further discussion. Under the proposal tabled Wednesday, the designated staff members would be required to pass the NCAA recruiting exam every year before engaging in any recruiting activities. It also would require the number of designated individuals to include the head football coach, all assistant football coaches (maximum of 10) and all graduate assistant football coaches (maximum of four in FBS football). – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

EWU Athletic Director Bill Chaves has been hired to the same position at the University of North Dakota. The announcement was made by UND President Mark Kennedy on Saturday, Jan. 13 following a week of interviews and public forums in Grand Forks. Chaves has been EWU’s athletic director since 2007, overseeing ample success both athletically and academically. On the field, the football team won five Big Sky titles, while qualifying for the FCS Playoffs six times and capturing the FCS championship in 2010. Women’s basketball won the regular-season conference title in 2010, and have appeared in three WNIT Tournaments. – Michael Brock, easterneronline.comRead More

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M University-Commerce Director of Athletics Tim McMurray has announced a reorganization of the Lion Athletics Executive Team, along with administrative staff additions and adjustments. The Lion Athletics Executive Team now consists of Judy Sackfield, Deputy Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success (formerly Senior Associate Athletics Director); Josh Manck, Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications (formerly Associate Athletics Director for Communications); Conner Moreno, Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations (formerly Assistant Athletics Director – Internal Operations); Katelyn Severance, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration (formerly Associate Athletics Director for Compliance); Taylor Phelps, Executive Director – Lion Champions Fund; and Morgan Phelps, Administrative Associate to the Athletics Director / Chief of Staff. Read More.

NC STATE UNIVERSITY
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NC STATE UNIVERSITY

Dantonio Burnette, a member of NC State football’s strength and conditioning staff for 15 years, has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director. Burnette has served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football since 2016. A four-time letterwinner at linebacker for the Pack from 1999-2002, Burnette was named first-team All-ACC as a senior in 2002. He was also the Wolfpack’s co-MVP and a team captain that season. His 24 tackles against Clemson in 2001 is tied as the second most in a game in school history and he ranks second in career tackles with 476. His 41 career tackles-for-loss also rank fourth in school history. Read More.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff (CFP), today announced that Paola Boivin, Joe Castiglione, Ken Hatfield, Ronnie Lott, Todd Stansbury and Scott Stricklin have been appointed to the selection committee by the CFP Management Committee. The new members will each begin a three-year term this spring. An award-winning sports columnist, Paola Boivin worked for The Arizona Republic for more than 20 years prior to taking a job in the sports journalism program at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Before joining the Republic in 1994, she was a columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News. Boivin is a graduate of the University of Illinois. – Read More.