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September 19, 2018

CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
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CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD

CSUB Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and Capital Projects Karen Langston has been named the chair of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Committee. Langston is the first woman to be appointed to the position and has served on the committee since April 2017. Director of Championships and Alliances for the NCAA, Anthony Holman said that Langston will be a great addition to the committee with her thoughtful approach. Langston currently oversees the CSUB wrestling program and has done so since 2011. As chair, she will be responsible for all national committee calls, rankings and any committee discussions/decisions. – Kelly Broderick, turnto23 – Read More

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

Louisiana Athletics is sending relief supplies home with Coastal Carolina after Saturday’s game at Cajun Field, and the Ragin’ Cajuns are encouraging all supporters in Lafayette and the Acadiana area to help. The Chanticleers are saving space in their football equipment truck for the following items: bottled water, nonperishable food items, paper products and cleaning supplies. The Ragin’ Cajuns intend to send Coastal Carolina home with a full payload. All additional items will be donated to the American Red Cross. Beginning Friday (Noon to 6 p.m.), those making donations are asked to drop items at Gate 2 of the Cajun Field parking lots (adjacent to Bertrand Drive). – Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The gifts made in honor of a recent graduate just keep rolling in. Up to 116 through Tuesday evening, with the total almost $6,000. “Thank you for sending us Cole Tracy,” reads the typical comment accompanying these donations to Assumption College. And even more motivated to give, it seems, after Tracy’s 42-yard field goal as time expired to beat Auburn last Saturday. But even before LSU played Auburn, Assumption received seven gifts totaling more than $500. A couple of the initial gifts were for $54, apparently because of Tracy’s 54-yard field goal against Miami in the season opener. And yes, as you’d expect, a few of the gifts that have come in after Tracy’s 42-yard field goal to beat Auburn were for $42. A few were for $42.36 — 42 for the field goal, 36 for Tracy’s LSU jersey number. Stanton says at Tracy’s request, the gifts made in Tracy’s name will go to support Assumption’s football program. – George Schroeder, usatoday – Read More

FRESNO STATE
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FRESNO STATE

When Terry Tumey was officially introduced as Fresno State’s director of athletics during the summer, excitement abounded for the future of the school’s athletic program. Fresno State hired Tumey after a long search to replace interim director of athletics Steve Robertello, who had taken over that role after the tumultuous ending to Steve Bartko’s tenure .Bartko resigned and later claimed that he was forced out by Fresno State administration officials. Tumey brings athletic honors with him to his new job. He was a standout college football player at UCLA from 1984-87, during which he was named All-Pacific-10 Conference defensive lineman three times.  At UCLA, Tumey earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis on business economics and a master’s degree in sports administration with a focus on entrepreneurship and strategy from the prestigious Anderson School of Management in 1993. Speaking to The Collegian, Tumey said he believes that has provided him a unique perspective that can help him relate to student athletes in a way others perhaps may not be able to. – Michael Ford, collegian.csufresno – Read More

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

With the retirement of Christine Susemihl, Colorado State University’s athletic department announced Wednesday that Shalini Shanker will now serve as the role of senior women administrator to her current role as the senior associate athletics director for compliance. Shanker, who has been with the university for 10 years, was promoted to that position in December of 2017. “Shalini has made significant contributions to the success of CSU athletics during her tenure and continues to be a thought leader on our campus, within the Mountain West Conference and inside the NCAA committee structure,” CSU athletic director Joe Parker said in a release. “She will make a seamless transition into the role as our SWA and bring care and attention to the oversight of our women’s programs.” – reporterherald – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Following Board of Trustee approval, University of South Carolina Athletics is excited to announce that it will be pursuing state approval for $21 million in improvements to Williams-Brice Stadium with a target for completion before the 2020 season. Much of the project is focused on repurposing the areas in the stadium vacated by the football program’s move to the Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center.  While the plan calls for extensive improvements to the fan experience through new club spaces, it also aims to enhance in-stadium recruiting capabilities for the football program. Renovations will include space in the Crews Building to feed and host recruits along with a front-row viewing patio for the 2001 entrance. Additionally, a new section of loge seating will be added at the southwest corner which will also make room for a ground-level club area where Gamecock fans will be able to watch players take the field from a mere few feet away.  – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Nine weeks after Ole Miss appealed the punishment handed down by the NCAA Committee on Infractions, the school is still waiting for a response. But athletics director Ross Bjork believes that could be coming soon. The Rebels received an additional year to their bowl ban in 2018, restrictions and probation regarding their unofficial visitors and lack of institutional control. It all stems from recruiting violations that occurred under former coach Hugh Freeze. The NCAA appeals committee will notify Ole Miss 24 hours in advance of when its ruling will be released to the public. In his comments to 247sports.com, Bjork also addressed what the school may do after the ruling is announced. – JAKE RILL, saturdaydownsouth – Learn More

NC STATE
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NC STATE

In response to the devastating flooding, damage and loss suffered by the state of North Carolina, our communities and citizens following Hurricane Florence, NC State Athletics is joining the University’s overall efforts to aid in relief and recovery in a variety of ways. On Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Wolfpack’s Parents and Families Day football game vs. Virginia, items of need will be collected at the entrance gates to Carter-Finley Stadium and at the Lowes Foods Fan Zone in front of PNC Arena. More details on the most needed items will be released prior to the game. This year’s Primetime with the Pack basketball event will be a ticketed event with all after-tax ticket proceeds going to disaster relief. More details about this event will be released in the coming days. Fans who would like to make financial contributions may give directly to NC State University’s Student Emergency Fund, which was established to address the needs of current NC State students, or to the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund. – R. CORY SMITH, 247sports – Read More

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Conference USA, the collegiate athletic league that includes the University of North Texas and Rice University, will relocate its corporate office from Las Colinas to The Sound at Cypress Waters later this year. The move will bring about two dozen jobs to the booming development north of LBJ Freeway near Belt Line Road that’s attracting major corporate offices for companies like Signet Jewelers, 7-Eleven, CoreLogic, Nationstar Mortgage, OneSource Virtual, British Telecom, Meritage Homes, AMN Healthcare and Toyota Industries Commercial Finance Inc. Conference USA is relocating to a new 9,010-square-foot office at The Sound, one of the newer buildings in the development, located at 3100 Olympus Boulevard on North Lake. The move to the five-story, 250,000-square-foot building is expected in late November. The league is downsizing slightly, from about 10,000 square feet that it’s occupied for about 14 years. – Karen Robinson-Jacobs, dallasnews – Read More

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Graham Neff’s office contains the usual mementoes that one might expect from the workspace of a Georgia Tech grad. They include both of his diplomas (bachelor’s in civil engineering and an MBA), a Tech football helmet, a Buzz bobblehead doll and a Coke bottle commemorating the Yellow Jackets’ 1990 national championship. What makes the collection a little unusual is that Neff’s office is located in Clemson’s McFadden Building, where he serves as deputy athletic director. That would include this week, when Neff’s alma mater and the school where he has flourished professionally meet Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Neff spends most of his time connected to the football and men’s basketball teams. But he is also involved in virtually every facet of Clemson’s sporting fiefdom, including coaching searches, personnel, revenue generation, facilities and fundraising. Radakovich showed his trust and confidence in Neff by creating the deputy AD position for him in 2015 to be his second in command. – Ken Sugiura, myajc – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

Dwight Hollier, a standout UNC and pro linebacker who has continued to make a positive mark on football as Vice President of Wellness and Clinical Services for the NFL, is returning to Carolina as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health, Well-Being and Program Outreach. In this newly-created role, Hollier will oversee the Strength and Conditioning, Sports Medicine and Nutrition, and Student-Athlete Development units within the Department of Athletics. He will also serve on the department’s Executive Leadership Team and as a sport administrator. Hollier was an All-ACC linebacker, Academic All-Conference student and two-time captain at Carolina, where he graduated in 1991 with a dual degree in psychology and speech communication.  As a senior, he was awarded the Patterson Metal, which is given to the top senior student-athlete at UNC.  – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

More than a team is traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend for Pitt’s game against North Carolina. Along with footballs, helmets and shoulder pads, Pitt’s equipment truck will haul donated food and other items to help residents recover from the devastation of Hurricane Florence. It started when Pitt communications coordinator Celeste Welsh reached out to Dave Roberts, operations manger of the Durham (N.C.) Food Bank, and asked how Pitt could help. That conversation triggered an email from Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke to her staff, requesting items for a food drive. – JERRY DIPAOLA, triblive –  Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

The University of South Carolina Athletics Department will refund the full game ticket price for all ticket purchasers for the canceled Sept. 15 football game against Marshall University. At such time a new opponent is added for the 2018 football season, ticket information for that game will be announced. Season ticket holders will be given an opportunity to purchase their regular seats for the new 12th regular-season game when tickets go on sale. Fans who bought their tickets from the South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office will receive the refund via mail by mid-November. The refunds will be for the face value of the ticket purchased. Read More.

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Dana Cappelucci has been named Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student Services and Senior Woman Administrator for Portland State Athletics. Director of Athletics Valerie Cleary made the announcement, elevating Cappelucci to the role after six years on the Vikings Athletic Staff. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Talk about a pay day, Ohio State’s Ryan Day has a big one coming Sept. 30 due to his added compensation for serving as the acting head coach during the suspension of Urban Meyer. Day will have $487,000 added to that paycheck, minus applicable tax withholdings, etc., according to a letter of agreement forwarded to The Dispatch on Wednesday by the university. Day, one of two offensive coordinators for the Buckeyes, already is making $1 million this year (Feb.1 to January 31, 2019). – Buckeyextra. Read More.

WAC
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WAC

The Western Athletic Conference and Adidas have entered into a three-year partnership in which the Portland, Ore., based company will be the official athletic footwear, apparel and accessory brand of the conference through the 2020-21 academic year. With this new agreement, Adidas will supply the WAC with footwear, apparel, headwear and accessories for staff and championship events for the next three years. The partnership was arranged by Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment who manages the WAC’s sponsorship and marketing partners program. Read More.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt chancellor Nicholas Zeppos outlined the next steps in the search for a new Athletic Director. “This is what I like to call “The Vanderbilt Way”—binding together the university’s core missions of learning and discovery while forging a new generation of leaders,” Zeppos wrote. “This model is one of the best recruiting tools our coaches possess. They are able to tell players, ‘At Vanderbilt, you will compete at the highest athletic levels AND receive an education that is second to none.’ We are fortunate, and almost singularly unique, in being able to make that claim.” Zeppos went on to say that these principles will guide the university’s process in the search for a new athletic director, and that he wanted input from the community. – Cutler Klein, vanderbilthustler. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH
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UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH

Three-time NCAA National Champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, Jim Calhoun, has officially joined the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) full-time and has been named the first-ever Head Coach of USJ Men’s Basketball. The announcement and signing of his full-time contract took place this afternoon in the O’Connell Center lobby on the campus of the University of Saint Joseph alongside University President Rhona Free and Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday that players donated their per diem from their canceled game to help with Hurricane Florence relief. The money was used to buy supplies and the team is using its equipment truck to stock up and deliver supplies that have been donated. Other players and staff helped load the truck with donations. The team is also helping Kevin Reddick, a former Tar Heel and NFL player, who started a GoFundMe to help his hometown, New Bern, N.C. recover. New Bern has been one of the hardest hit areas. – Charlotte Carroll, SI. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Urban Meyer returns to full coaching duties at Ohio State this week lighter in the wallet. The football coach’s six-week, three-game suspension cost him $570,507.68 according to a document provided by the university in response to a public records request by this news organization. The sum reflects a reduction in his base salary as well as money his contract calls for him to receive for media, promotional and public relations activities, via apparel, shoe and equipment contracts and his university vehicle stipend. Meyer’s contract, which was updated in March, calls for him to receive $412,033.33 in monthly compensation this year. The letter describing the financial terms of his punishment, signed by OSU president Michael Drake and director of athletics Gene Smith, is dated Aug. 30. – Journal News. Read More.

FAU
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FAU

There will be no high-stakes wager between Florida Atlantic and Central Florida’s athletic directors when the Owls and Knights face off on Friday night. Who needs a steak dinner when beating your brother’s team is a reward in itself? “You always want to beat your brother,” FAU athletic director Brian White told the Palm Beach Post on Tuesday. “I have zero mixed emotions. You love your brother, but you don’t want to lose to your brother.” Not only is Friday’s game between FAU (2-1) and No. 16 UCF (2-0) a battle between two of the nation’s top Group of Five programs, but its a family battle between Brian and older brother Danny, the Knights’ AD since 2015. The youngest son of Duke athletic director Kevin White, Brian was hired as FAU sixth full-time AD in March. Danny previously served as SUNY Buffalo’s athletic director from 2012-15 before taking the same position at UCF. – Jake Elman, palmbeachpost. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Peach Bowl, Inc. and Mercedes-Benz Stadium today announced the signing of a new eight-year contract ensuring all Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games will be played in the facility through 2025. The length of the agreement will include eight Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls and at least 10 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games. Since its opening in August 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has already hosted three sold out Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games and one sold out Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl totaling 292,649 fans. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The Power Five conferences in college football should be called the Power $100M. An arms race in college football is driving up the price of success, and one school stands out from the rest, having spent more than $200 million on its program over four years. During that same period, 30 other universities spent more than $100 million on college football. All of those universities were members of the Power Five conferences: the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and the Southeastern Conference. It is no surprise those conferences have the resources to spend such sums on college football. Regionally, the SEC has a very loyal following, which plays into the money available for its college football programs. The SEC brought in $409 million in TV and radio rights fees and another $185 million from post-season events during 2016-17. – Jason Bolton, Memphis Business Journal. Read More.

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

New Mexico State athletics is in survival mode. Life as an FBS-playing independent is not a viable long-term solution and the Western Athletic Conference has disintegrated into a shell of its former glorious self. NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia has put together the next few years’ worth of independent schedules with the hope that when conference television contracts begin to expire (Mountain West in 2020 and Conference USA in 2023 most notably) or conference realignment starts once again, the department can find not only a new home for football — they can get Olympic sports into that conference as well (The last year NM State had football and Olympic sports in the same conference together was in 2012). – Derek Gonzales, nmsuroundup. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The day Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave over his handling of abuse allegations against a longtime assistant, he asked a colleague how to delete old text messages from his university mobile phone, outside investigators hired by the university said in a report released last month. Yet the legal team investigating Mr. Meyer’s conduct, led by former Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White, decided not to send Mr. Meyer’s phone to a forensics lab to determine if he actually destroyed evidence, according to two people familiar with the matter. These people said that investigators also did not seek to extract deleted text messages from the phone of Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, who handed over a device that contained no texts.  – Brian Costa and Rachel Bachman. WSJ. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina’s new indoor practice facility should be ready for the Tar Heels in the next few weeks. The facility would have been an ideal place for Larry Fedora’s team to take refuge during the rain brought by Hurricane Florence this past week. The original plan was to have the facility ready for training camp, but additional on-site infrastructure work delayed the project. UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham told Inside Carolina six weeks ago he expected the facility to be ready midseason. The Carolina Football Indoor Practice Complex will have a full 120-yard synthetic field with a ceiling to allow for punts and kickoffs. The indoor facility, along with two 120-yard outdoor practice fields and additional space for sports medicine and strength and conditioning, will utilize the space previously occupied by Henry Stadium and Navy Fields. – Gregory Hall, 247sports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

As Maryland football Coach DJ Durkin entered his sixth week on administrative leave, his assistants returned to work as usual on Monday, running players through drills and breaking down film in preparation for Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Minnesota. Less than 24 hours before that game kicks off, the results of the external investigation into the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair will be released on Friday afternoon. The report is expected to explain the roles of the parties present during the fateful May 29 workout, assigning blame, determining culpability and clearing names. – Roman Stubbs and Rick Maese. Washington Post. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Following one of the most successful competitive years in Razorback history, the University of Arkansas has signed six of its coaches to new contracts, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced on Tuesday. Dave Van Horn (baseball), Courtney Deifel (softball), Chris Bucknam (men’s track and field), Lance Harter (women’s track and field), Brad McMakin (men’s golf) and Shauna Taylor (women’s golf) have been signed to new five-year contracts with options for two one-year extensions, based on success, that could extend the agreements to a maximum of seven years. All six contracts replace previous employment agreements. The new agreements took effect, retroactively, on July 1, 2018 and run through June 30, 2023. Read More.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE
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SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson announced today that the University of Central Arkansas will join the league as an associate member in men’s soccer beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. Central Arkansas will become the Sun Belt’s sixth member in men’s soccer, joining Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and associate member Howard. Central Arkansas’ men’s soccer program is currently in its ninth season as an associate member of the Missouri Valley Conference. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

What is Williams-Brice? It is not field nor stands, nor lights, nor scoreboards, nor any other part. What is in a name? That which we call a stadium by any other name would still sound as loud. The University of South Carolina would need more than a poignant plea from Juliet to renounce the name its football stadium has held since 1972. But amending a renowned name with another hyphen is not too farfetched. In April, Colorado State granted its stadium naming rights to Canvas Credit Union in a 15-year, $37.7-million deal. That was added to the $20-million agreement Colorado State secured in 2016 to rename its playing field. Thus, the venue is now officially Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium. – Manie Robinson, The Greenville News. Read More.