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October 18, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Speaking to Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra made (I believe) his first public comments about the disappointing 2018 Cardinal football season and the job security of head coach Bobby Petrino. Tyra was also asked about his thoughts on Louisville fans taking the financial calculations of Petrino’s large buyout into their own hands. He said he “wasn’t too fazed” by any outside noise and that his past business experience has gifted him with his own set of metrics and line of thinking when it comes to matters like this. Tyra added that he would “not be relying on the fans” to help him if a buyout situation were to ever arise. – Mike Rutherford, Card Chronicle. Read More.

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

Seton Hall University’s athletic department was struggling when Pat Lyons took over in the spring of 2011. Since then, he’s overseen the revival of men’s and women’s basketball and a fundraising campaign that fueled $29 million in facilities projects. On the eve of another college hoops season, Lyons met with Gannett New Jersey for a Q&A on the state of the Pirates.  “The project we’re focusing on now is the soccer/baseball field (Owen T. Carroll Field). We’re hoping to break ground in January/February. We’re redoing the turf. We’re also going to install stadium-type seating. It’ll have a press box, bathrooms, much better amenities, plus all the high-tech stuff we need (for in-house digital broadcasts). That’ll be hopefully a 10-month project. It’s probably going to be a $7-8 million project.” – Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press. Read More.

WILLIAM & MARY
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WILLIAM & MARY

William & Mary Athletics today announced plans for Tribe Plaza, a new gathering point for fans and alumni at the entrance of Walter J. Zable Stadium. The plaza, located just off of Alumni Drive at Richmond Road, will be unveiled during a public ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19 at approximately 5:30 p.m., following the Homecoming parade. The focal point of the plaza will be a seven-by-five-foot bronze Griffin sculpture, resting on a six- foot high concrete and brick plinth. The sculpture will be surrounded by a semicircle of flagpoles. Read More.

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Foreman Field opened on Oct. 3, 1936 with much fanfare, including a parade, a ribbon-cutting ceremony overseen by Virginia’s governor and a low-scoring but exciting football game in which Virginia defeated William & Mary 7-0. “The new stadium is going to provide a much better experience for our fans. We’ll be able to provide them with enhanced amenities that have long been missing.” The new Ballard Stadium is set to open Aug. 31, 2019, appropriately against cross-town rival Norfolk State, which played home games at Foreman Field for nearly two decades. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

As an assistant women’s basketball coach at Georgia, Carla Williams recruited ambitiously, and given the program’s Final Four pedigree, she had no choice. Less than elite talent wasn’t going to beat Tennessee and Connecticut. “It was a great, great weekend, and it does give us momentum,” she said. “But we’re in it for the long haul because there will be ups and downs, there will be wins and losses. This capital campaign for us is a four-year project, and we’re going to need support now, short-term and long-term.” “The reality of campaigns like this is, if we don’t have eight-figure gifts, it makes it really hard. If we get 20 $1-million gifts, that’s pretty good. But you have to have to gifts of … $10 million and $20 million to get projects like this done.” – David Teel, Daily Press. Read More

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Michael Alford announced today the promotion of Rachel Blunt to Senior Associate Athletics Director of Institutional Support Services. Before her arrival in Mount Pleasant, Blunt, a Missouri native, served as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance at Southeast Missouri State, where she began her career in compliance as a graduate assistant. She also served in an administrative capacity at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Read More.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

The NIU ticket office bought back $273,619 worth of football tickets last season to comply with NCAA attendance requirements, or risk losing their Football Bowl Series status and several corporate sponsorships. The office purchased 56,345 tickets as part of an NCAA audit, according to a compilation of transaction details provided to the Northern Star in a Freedom of Information Act request. The audits are performed every other year. Under NCAA bylaws, FBS teams are required to have a rolling average attendance of 15,000 people per game, paid or actual. – James Krause, Northernstar. Read More.

BIG 12
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BIG 12

The Big 12 Conference and SiriusXM announced today that they will launch SiriusXM Big 12 Radio, a new and exclusive 24/7 audio channel dedicated to Big 12 sports that will deliver fans and alumni across the country in-depth access to Big 12-focused sports talk and news, plus an extensive schedule of Big 12 games. SiriusXM Big 12 Radio will launch on October 22 and will be available exclusively to SiriusXM subscribers via the SiriusXM app, on connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Sony PlayStation, Roku and more, and on select SiriusXM radios (channel 375). Read More.

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Chicago State University Director of Athletics Christopher Zorich has announced today the appointment of Eryn Cook as the department’s new Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. Cook, a native of Richmond, Va., comes to Chicago State after spending two and a half years with the Summit League as the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Compliance. Her responsibilities included serving as the primary liaison to the league’s nine member institutions in the areas of compliance and governance. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

New Mexico’s attorney general is investigating former UNM athletic director Paul Krebs. An internal audit that was released in May pointed to the misuse of public money under Krebs. UNM athletic director, Eddie Nunez, said he’s taken steps to prevent future problems. “We’ve taken audits that we’ve received – findings that have been found in regards to our department – and we’ve addressed every one of those so, from my perspective, my responsibility for the department is to make sure we do our things right and that’s basically where we are right now,” Nunez said. He said safeguards are in place to make sure UNM athletics doesn’t repeat history. “From our perspective, I want to make sure that we are accountable and we have certain aspects that we can make sure that the general public and those that are out there know that we’ve done our due diligence in every aspect,” Nunez said. Nunez said collaboration with other offices on campus has created accountability, which helps keep UNM’s athletic department in check. -Steve Soliz, KOB 4, Read More

October 17, 2018

NCAA
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NCAA

Among the testimony and text messages, wire-tapped phone calls and ridiculous tales presented to a federal jury here the past three weeks, two numbers have the potential to weigh heavily on their coming deliberations – 35 and 20. Neither involve illicit payouts, although they could. Rather, they connect to two of the men in college basketball’s federal fraud case that took plea deals with the government. Financial adviser Munish Sood and Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola agreed to testify in the trial of Adidas executives Jim Gatto and Merl Code and would-be agent Christian Dawkins. In exchange, they will receive a letter from prosecutors that may provide sentencing leniency. Earlier in the trial, the prosecution asked each man what kind of prison time they were facing if they didn’t make the deal. This is a case about under-the-table payouts to the families of basketball recruits and whether those NCAA prohibited rule violations rose to the level of fraud against the universities. – Dan Wetzel, sports.yahoo – Read More

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell University seeks Compliance and Student Services Coordinator. Under the direct supervision of the Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance and Student Services, the Compliance Coordinator will be responsible for the day to day creating, maintaining, and monitoring of a compliant environment that results in clear institutional control of all athletic programs relative to Conference and NCAA legislation as required by NCAA Division I membership. Further responsible for assisting coaches and student-athletes for 27 programs and approximately 700 student-athletes in interfacing with University, Conference, and NCAA offices. This position serves in role of Academic Enhancement support. – Apply Here

FRESNO STATE
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FRESNO STATE

California State University, Fresno seeks Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. Under the general supervision of the Director of Athletics, the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations is charged with the responsibility of assuring an effective, consistent and progressive approach to advancing the image and notoriety of Fresno State Athletics within the San Joaquin Valley, the state of California and the nation. This includes the direct supervision of marketing, media services, ticket operations and merchandising as well as key interactions with partners both on and off campus. – Apply Here

UC SANTA BARBARA
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UC SANTA BARBARA

University of California, Santa Barbara seeks Operations Assistant. Under the supervision of the Assistant Athletics Director for Events & Facilities, the Operations Assistant will act as a point person for UCSB Intercollegiate Athletics home sporting events. Responsible for various administrative duties in the Athletics Department. Requires the ability to work independently and take initiative. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics. – Apply Here

SACRAMENTO STATE
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SACRAMENTO STATE

Gloria Petruzzelli is the clinical and sports psychologist for Sacramento State, giving student athletes performance enhancement training along with mental health wellness services. She has been with the athletics department for three years and has been at Sac State for eight. Petruzzelli became the first licensed clinical and sport psychologist to be housed in an athletic department in the California State University system back in 2016. Petruzzelli assists students who go through stress and traumatic issues, including sexual assault. She added that her colleagues and herself have the component of explaining the student-athletes rights if they want to report a case of sexual assault. She began her first five years at Sac State in the student health center and still works in conjunction with Student Health and Counseling Services for the entire student population. Petruzzelli said that the trauma suffered during an attack would affect an athletes performance. – Steven Bryla and Aaron Jackson, statehornet – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico seeks Social Media Coordinator. This role will manage the UNM Athletics department’s social media presence and engagement on various platforms.  Manage social media presence and engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, and other relevant social networking sites.  Write, edit, and manage all social media related content for athletic department main accounts. Assist LoboTV with the development of digital content. Oversee and coordinate the collection, compilation, and analysis of online activity data. Develop, write, and present comprehensive statistical and narrative reports. – Apply Here

NCAA
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NCAA

Lawyers at a trial exploring corruption in big-time college basketball clashed in closing arguments Wednesday over the question of whether major programs were harmed by an alleged scheme to give secret cash payments to the families of top recruits. Assistant U.S. Attorney Noah Solowiejczyk told a jury in federal court in Manhattan that a former Adidas executive and two co-defendants were shady fixers who put Louisville, Kansas and other universities at risk for costly sanctions by the NCAA by concealing the prohibited payments. The cover-up also tricked colleges into giving scholarships to players who should have been ineligible, he said. A lawyer for defendant Christopher Dawkins, a business manager instrumental in steering prized prospect Brian Bowen Jr. to Louisville, called the government “theory” that the schools were victims “flawed.” He claimed that his client thought he was helping the program succeed to the benefit of everyone involved. – TOM HAYS, siouxcityjournal – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

Former diver Mairin Jameson sued the University of Idaho in federal court this week, seeking monetary damages for the university’s mistakes in handling her sexual assault complaint in 2013. Jameson’s account of harassment by a football player, culminating in him reaching under her skirt at a bar in April 2013, led this year to an independent investigation and the dismissal of Athletic Director Rob Spear. The Statesman first reported on Jameson’s experience in March, a little more than a month after she detailed it on a friend’s Tumblr blog. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for Idaho late Tuesday afternoon. It claims university staff members were ill-prepared to handle Jameson’s accusation against football player Jahrie Level, and that two prior complaints regarding Level weren’t given proper attention. The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory damages and attorney fees. Non-economic damages are capped in Idaho at $357,210. The timing of Jameson’s lawsuit likely will be an issue. Her attorneys expect U of I to challenge the lawsuit based on a two-year statute of limitations. – CHADD CRIPE, idahostatesman – Read More

PAC 12
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PAC 12

Pac 12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott joined me on the radio show on Wednesday in what evolved into a terse interview covering a wide range of subjects.  Scott talked about the mistakes made in negotiating the television distribution deal for the Pac 12 Network, the ongoing NCAA basketball corruption trial and the recent fiasco involving third-party interference in the Pac 12 replay procedure. Scott said that he wasn’t sure if the Pac 12 had a protocol — in writing — for its instant replay procedure. I found that surprising, if not, unbelievable.  He also said that he understood this to be an isolated incident. I told Scott that I didn’t think the public trusted him or the conference when it came to informing them of whether there had been other breaches of protocol.  – John Canzano, oregonlive – Read More

UCONN
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UCONN

UConn and IMG announced a 15-year contract extension for licensing and multimedia rights to broadcast and promote Huskies athletics. Under the agreement, IMG will pay UConn a minimum of $96 million in royalties, including $6 million this academic year. In exchange, IMG get the rights to broadcast UConn games on its radio network, expand digital content on social media, continue to produce coach’s shows for football, basketball and men’s ice hockey as well as women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma’s podcast. IMG also will continue to manage the school’s trademark licensing. The deal, which runs through the 2032-33 school year could end up being more lucrative. It gives UConn 100 percent of net revenue generated from such things as radio commercials, in the first three years of the contract. The percentage then decreases incrementally to 80 percent by the end of the contract. It also includes a $2 million signing bonus for the school. UConn’s previous 10-year deal with IMG, which expired this year, guaranteed the school $80 million. The extension comes as UConn, which has an annual athletic budget in excess of $80 million, looks for new revenue streams. – sfgate – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

When Maryland beat Rutgers on Saturday, it had been exactly 63 days since Terrapins head coach DJ Durkin had been placed on administrative leave pending a review of his program’s culture. On the day athletic director Damon Evans made that announcement, Jordan McNair had been dead for 59 days. In the more than four months since McNair passed away, Maryland has gone through fall camp. It has played six games without its head coach. It has also dealt with a booster making tone-deaf and heartless claims about the circumstances surrounding McNair’s death. This week, several parents of players spoke anonymously to The Athletic, voicing their desire for Durkin to be let go for good. They remained nameless due to a fear of retribution toward their sons, who are major contributors. Halfway through the 2018 season, Maryland remains in limbo. Durkin is neither coaching nor fired, and, most importantly and disappointingly, there’s no sense of resolution or closure when it comes to McNair’s death. – JOAN NIESEN, si – Read More

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Montana State University Athletics has received a $2 million commitment from an anonymous donor — the largest single gift the program has ever received — to support a pair of projects that are part of the first phase of athletics’ master plan for facilities. Bobcat Athletics announced its Facility Master Plan a year ago. Its goals include renovations at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and Bobcat Stadium, as well as new or expanded facilities for track, tennis and golf, to meet the needs of student-athletes and provide space for students, faculty, staff and the community to celebrate MSU athletics. The record-setting $2 million pledge will support Phase I of the master plan: the Bobcat Athletic Complex, a 37,000-square-foot facility planned for the north end of Bobcat Stadium that will house the football program, and the Academic Excellence Center, a 3,400-square-foot facility for student-athletes in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Costello noted that more fundraising is needed to make Phase I a reality. The athletics complex and academic center require raising approximately $16 million in private funds. – bozemandailychronicle – Read More

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

All of the TV networks — CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC, Turner Sports — lined up when the PGA of America started negotiations for the PGA Championship two years ago. But the digital media companies that the sports business hopes will start making big financial bets in sports media essentially were nowhere to be found.  The PGA of America ended up signing a deal last week with two legacy media companies, CBS (NYSE: CBS) and ESPN, that will last until 2030. Some sports business executives are starting to wonder if the time ever will be right. For the better part of a decade, league and conference executives have viewed digital media companies as insurance to keep their media rights fees growing at a rapid clip. As TV networks dealt with shrinking subscriber bases, league executives had been courting digital media companies and their deep pockets. The theory is that their presence at the negotiating table would keep the TV networks honest.  – John Ourand, bizjournals – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Two North Carolina state senators are calling on the NCAA to reverse its decision not to allow UNC and South Carolina to host a preseason game that would benefit victims of Hurricane Florence, which flooded and displaced families on North and South Carolina’s coasts. Senators Rick Gunn of Alamance County and John Alexander of Wake County wrote a joint letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert asking him to reconsider accepting a waiver to allow a third preseason game., despite rules limiting schools to two such games. “We hope that you’ll recognize that the benefit to those struggling to rebuild far outweighs the cost of waiving a rule to allow another preseason basketball game,” they wrote. – Jonathan M. Alexander, Newsobserver. Read More.

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia State has accepted a qualified bid to begin construction on the second phase of the football operations center at Pete Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium. Construction will begin later this month to add coaches’ offices, team meeting spaces, weight room, training room, and equipment space to the already completed locker room. The project will be complete by March 2019. Georgia State is expected to show renderings of the spaces in the coming weeks. –Read More

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

The Southern Conference (SoCon) has announced that Ingles is its new title sponsor for the league’s men’s and women’s basketball championships in Asheville. A SoCon spokesperson said during a news conference on Wednesday that the tournaments will now be officially known as the Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championships presented by General Shale. – WLOS. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The Summit League and Western Athletic Conference today announced the matchups and dates for the first year of The Summit League/WAC Challenge in men’s basketball. The Challenge features head-to-head competition between all nine teams. Matchups were set based upon factors including the previous year’s achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings in the upcoming season. Those teams with home games in 2018 will play on the road in 2019 and vice versa. In addition, teams won’t face the same opponent in back-to-back years. Read More.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
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DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

Duquesne University will hold an announcement at A.J. Palumbo Center on Tuesday that will include remarks from university president Ken Gormley and athletic director Dave Harper. PSN has learned that the school is going forward with plans for a significant renovation of the building following the 2018-19 season that will likely involve finding a temporary home for the Dukes for the 2019-20 season. – Mike Vukovcan, Pittsburgh Sports Now. Read More

ECU
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ECU

ECU Head Women’s Basketball Coach Heather Macy announced Wednesday she has resigned from her position effective immediately. Her decision came at the conclusion of an internal review of the program led by the athletics department’s office of compliance. Macy, who compiled a 134-117 (.534) record in eight seasons leading the Pirates, will be reassigned within the department until the completion of her employment on Dec. 17, 2018. Read More.

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

Facebook didn’t tell advertisers and publishers about known problems with its video viewing data, effectively duping them into investing in video ads and products, a new lawsuit filed in California this week alleges. The lawsuit refers back to a disclosure Facebook made in 2016, when it admitted that it inadvertently had been overstating some video viewing metrics. At the time, the company said that it had overestimated the “average duration of video viewed” metric by 60% to 80%. The lawsuit, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, now alleges that Facebook knew about this issue for over a year before disclosing it to partners. The company first discovered irregularities about the way it was calculating viewing time in early 2015, and soon after figured out the nature of the error, the lawsuit alleges. – Janko Roettgers, Variety. Read More.

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