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September 22, 2017

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers failed to monitor its football program over a five-year period when it did not ensure its football student host group and its drug-testing program followed university policy and NCAA rules, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. The former head football coach failed to monitor his operations staff, which had oversight of the host group, and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he violated university policy by contacting an instructor to make a special academic arrangement for a student-athlete. Another violation in the football program occurred when a former assistant football coach acted unethically when he was not truthful about a recruiting contact during his interviews with NCAA enforcement staff. – Emily James, NCAA. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

University of Mississippi seeks an assistant director of compliance. This is a professional position in which the incumbent exercises discretion and independent judgment. The incumbent performs activities to assist staff members in understanding and adhering to rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the University, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and to monitor for compliance. Apply here.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

The Pac-12 Hotline has obtained ratings for the Pac-12 Networks — ratings the conference, by policy, does not disclose. If the ratings were good — if they justified the resources (i.e., the six regional feeds) — then the conference surely would want them in the public domain. The ratings are from the Pac-12 Network — the national feed — and specific to one of the conference’s major markets. The numbers cover four consecutive Saturdays last fall. – Jon Wilner. Mercury News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

The university plans to hire an outside consulting firm to assess the athletic department’s budget situation and “develop recommendations for a long-term sustainability model given the stadium debt service and the ever-escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics,” according to the Request For Proposal (RFP). This step, essential to the department’s fiscal health, came at the recommendation of the Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics, which met numerous times over the course of 10 months. – Jon Wilner. Mercury News. Read More.

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY
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OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

Oakland University seeks a coordinator of athletics communications. This will create solutions and ideas to promote and market programs across all traditional and “new” media platforms. Design, write and produce Web Guides, news releases and other printed material. Compile statistics and maintain records. Report statistics and information to the Horizon League and NCAA offices. Apply here.

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

An element easily lost in the mix is sleep. That’s why Penn State football started using a device called WHOOP. WHOOP brings a scientific approach to performance by tracking sleep. Amount and quality of sleep directly correlates to effectiveness in practice — something Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin acknowledges. Franklin said using the wearable is not required, but for players that sign off on using it, Penn State staff can track their sleep. – Logan Bradley, Sport Techie. Read More.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Chavis and LSU are working towards settling their lawsuit over a buyout the school alleges he owes the program, multiple sources told The Advocate. Details on a potential settlement are not known. Attorneys involved in the suit either did not responded to messages for comment or declined comment Thursday. The bitter fight between Chavis and the university is over a $400,000 buyout the school says he owes for leaving for Texas A&M, in December 2014, before the buyout clause in his contract ended. Chavis, in Year 3 as A&M’s defensive coordinator, claims he did not leave before Feb. 1, 2015, the buyout end date. – Ross Dellenger, The Advocate. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Former Nebraska Athletic Director and Head Football Coach says he’s not interested in taking the reigns of the UNL Athletic Department. Osborne told KETV Newswatch 7 he knows Chancellor Ronnie Green and President Hank Bounds and trusts their judgement. “They’re going to do what’s best for the University,” Osborne said, “I’m sure what they do will be done for the right reason.” – KETV. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Kent State is visiting Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday to give the Louisville football team a chance for a comfortable win, and the Golden Flashes are taking home a hefty paycheck in exchange. The game contract between U of L and Kent State, dated May 20, 2015, reveals that Louisville will pay its visitors a fixed compensation of $1 million to play Saturday. The Golden Flashes, who are 1-2 entering this weekend, opened the season at reigning national champion Clemson and received $800,000 for a 56-3 loss. Louisville paid more because Kent State was a late addition to the 2017 schedule, just two years ago. – Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal. Read More.

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Andy Blanton, assistant athletic director has observed that Stansbury has sought to embrace the school’s academic rigor and emphasized the importance of developing its athletes through the athletic department’s Total Person Program, which former AD Homer Rice implemented when Stansbury was himself a Jackets football player. Blanton calls him a great fit and, as someone on his fourth AD, is hopeful for a long run. As Courtney Shealy Hart, swimming coach puts it, not only does Stansbury have a vision, but “he shares that vision with everybody.” Hearing the message of academic and athletic excellence and career preparation has helped Hart, Tech’s head coach of both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams since 2009, align her mission with the department’s. – Ken Sugiura, My AJC. Read More.

BIG 12
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BIG 12

The Big 12 has announced a contract extension for Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. Bowlsby’s new deal runs through June of 2025.

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
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WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY

Laura Matthews is the new softball coach at Wright State University, associate athletic director Joylynn Brown announced Thursday. Matthews, a 2008 Univeristy of Dayton grad, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Wittenberg University. Matthews led the Tigers to a 128-57-1 record (.691 winning percentage). Her teams finished first or second each season in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Witt won a conference title in 2017 and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2016. – Dayton Daily News. Read More.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Robert Munson, an 18-year veteran communications strategist, has joined LSU Athletics as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics, External Affairs, according to Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. Munson will lead LSU’s communications teams including sports information, marketing and promotions, creative and digital services and will oversee media productions. A Baton Rouge native and businessman, Munson brings a large variety of experience to LSU with years in corporate public relations, public affairs, crisis management, advertising, and television and film. Read More.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

On Aug. 20, Florida Atlantic University athletics welcomed student-athletes back to campus to begin the 2017-18 academic and athletic year. On that Sunday evening, the Owls were greeted by an athletic staff ripe with change and strong on leadership. “We are fortunate to have such great teammates within our athletics department,” said Pat Chun, FAU vice president and director of athletics. “These promotions are a reflection of our team’s commitment and dedication to our student-athletes and Florida Atlantic University.” Since their appointments and the start of the school year, this department has worked together in support of the student-athletes, coaches, staff and the University during Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

The University of Nebraska football program lost to Northern Illinois on Saturday, the first time in 13 years a team from outside a power conference won in Lincoln. The deeply humiliating loss prompted swift and merciless change just five days later. Nebraska abruptly announced the firing of athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Thursday, the first step in an inevitable overhaul of the athletic department. – Yahoo. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Lynn University has announced that it will acquire assets of Digital Media Arts College (DMAC), transitioning its College of International Communication into a College of Communication and Design with courses in design, web and game art, among other things, according to a press release. In the acquisition agreement, Lynn will gain 33,600 square feet of additional instructional space only about a mile away from the main campus, and it is structured so that all of DMAC’s existing and incoming students will be able to continue their courses at no additional cost, with the ability to transfer with “the same semester schedule, faculty, tuition rates, and financial aid eligibility.” – Education Dive. Read More.

UC SAN DIEGO
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UC SAN DIEGO

UC San Diego has named Tod Bannister, an experienced fund-raiser, as associate athletics director for corporate partnerships and development. Bannister generated over $3.2 million in annual contributions and assisted with fundraising efforts for the $28 million Fertitta Football Complex at University of Nevada Las Vegas, UCSD said Thursday. He was at UNLV in 2014-17, first as director of sponsorships and Development for the Rebels’ Alumni Association, before being promoted to associate athletics director. Bannister will also supervise several sports programs at UCSD. -Ken Stone, Times of San Diego, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

When No. 4 Penn State comes to town Saturday evening, there will again be a buildup of excitement among Hawkeye fans. But Kinnick will probably not be full. As of Wednesday afternoon, 4,000 tickets were available for arguably Iowa’s biggest home game of the season, according to associate athletics director Charlie Taylor. How could a battle of two 3-0 Big Ten Conference opponents not be played before a capacity crowd? Taylor, who is in charge of marketing in the athletic department, has a few theories, but start with the cost of a single-game ticket — at $95, the highest ever for an Iowa home game. “You always second-guess yourself. I think we all would when you still have this many tickets remaining,” Taylor said. “I wouldn’t say we regret (the ticket price). Will it make us think the next time? Yeah.” -Mark Emmert, Des Moines Register, Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Ohio State University and Oklahoma State University have reached an agreement that will end a potential trademark dispute and allow them to share the acronym OSU. The two universities collided after Ohio State University had filed an application in February with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, requesting the trademark for “OSU” on clothing and apparel. Oklahoma State University objected, notifying the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that its also had rights to the OSU acronym. Both schools did have prior trademarks on the OSU initials which had defined boundaries. Ohio State covered 19 states in the Midwest and East Coast while Oklahoma State held such rights in 17 western and southern states. But drastic changes in the make-up of athletic conferences, the marketing industry and the increased national profile of collegiate athletic competition rendered the old agreements impractical. Rather than go to court, the two universities signed an agreement earlier this month that will allow both of them to use the OSU trademark nationwide. -Jim Woods, The Columbus Dispatch, Read More

September 21, 2017

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
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ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY

Academy of Art University athletics and President Dr. Elisa Stephens have announced the appointment of Brad Jones as the department’s director of athletics. Jones brings a wealth of collegiate athletics experience and was most recently Director of Athletics at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. “We’re grateful and excited about this opportunity,” said Jones. “Academy of Art University holds a unique place in both the NCAA and the PacWest Conference. We are looking forward to a bright future here.” Jones began in BYU-Hawaii’s lead role in May 2016 after serving as the assistant athletics director and compliance officer for four months. He would remain with BYUH through the conclusion of their athletic program in June 2017. -Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Law enforcement will increase security at LSU home games starting this weekend, particularly targeting underage drinking after recent incidents involving alcohol on campus, including the death of fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver last week. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III sent an email to local high school administrators on Tuesday about the plans additional security. His email references the recent arrest of a man with a cast on his arm who was captured on video beating up another person while tailgating before the home game last Saturday.  “Although the recent publicized arrest did not involve an area high school student, the police advise that possession of alcohol and intoxication of high school students on campus is an increasing issue,” Moore wrote. “All of the law enforcement agencies that provide security to LSU on LSU game days will increase their presence and will not tolerate any such activities.” – LEA SKENE, theadvocate.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Texas head coach Tom Herman made headlines this past offseason for his expensive renovations to the Longhorns’ football facilities. Now Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart is picking up where Herman left off. The program announced a variety of upgrades to both the Frank Erwin Center, the Longhorns’ home arena, and the team’s practice facilities Thursday. The renovations will cost $4.25 million, according to Texas Athletics. “The upgrades to the Texas Basketball facilities demonstrate the commitment that The University of Texas has to both basketball programs,” athletics director Mike Perrin said. “The Frank Erwin Center and Denton A. Cooley Pavilion will be the homes of our basketball programs for the next several years. The investment in these upgrades will provide the necessary assets for our student-athletes and enhance a game day experience that Texas fans expect.” –  Ezra Siegel, sportsday.dallasnews.comRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Under first-year coach Jeff Brohm, Purdue’s football program has gone from zero to 60 in a matter of moments. The momentum Brohm has built through the first three games is paying off in terms of interest, both locally and nationally, creating a buzz around the program not seen since coach Joe Tiller’s tenure. With the Boilermakers preparing to host No. 8 Michigan on Saturday, Ross-Ade Stadium will see its biggest crowd since 2013. It could end up as the program’s first sellout in nine seasons. Purdue officials are preparing to handle a crowd that could swell by more than 10,000 compared to the home opener against Ohio two weeks ago. The Boilermakers haven’t played before a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium since Tiller’s final game in 2008 against Indiana. Also, Purdue has purchased three hydration stations with each one capable of refilling 1,000 16 ounce bottles. The stations will be positioned near first-aid stations at Sections 111 and 119 and at Gate G. – Mike Carmin, jconline.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls knew it needed to upgrade its athletic facilities way back in 1994. That’s when current interim athletics director Crystal Lanning said the first mention of facility improvements was made. But nothing could be done without funding, so the university waited until its project was included in the University of Wisconsin’s biennium budget. The Wisconsin Building Commission granted approval for the project in 2013, and on Thursday the school celebrated grand opening of the Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness, a $63.5 million, 286,347-square-foot facility that houses a new basketball arena, fitness center, 16 locker rooms, health and human performance lab, climbing center, renovated field house and a renovated hockey arena. It’s all in one building, along with a host of athletic offices. It’s a massive makeover for the face of the university’s athletic facilities, which also included new fields for the softball and soccer programs. The football stadium also has been renovated within the past three years. – JACE FREDERICK, twincities.comRead More

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

USA Today Sports Media Group President DAVE MORGAN is leaving the company at the end of the week, ending a nearly six-year run with the Gannett-owned operation. Morgan’s departure is part of a broader corporate restructuring in which Gannett is eliminating about 1% of its workforce nationwide. Morgan, a former Exec Editor for Yahoo Sports and Deputy Sports Editor for the L.A. Times, helped oversee a wide series of initiatives including the acquisitions of Golfweek and Big Lead Sports, the debut of For The Win and an official marketing partnership with IndyCar. The USA Today Sports Media Group will now be folded into USA Today’s digital properties group, and Morgan’s position will not be filled. Morgan had been elevated in ’13 from Editor-in-Chief and Senior VP/Content at USA Today Sports Media Group to the president spot. –  Eric Fisher, sportsbusinessdaily.comRead More

QUEENS COLLEGE
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QUEENS COLLEGE

After an independent audit of the 2016-17 academic year, the Queens College (N.Y.) Athletics Department reported an earning of its sixth surplus in a row, resulting in the elimination of a $1.4 million inherited deficit. “We ended with a $542,129 surplus after the audit,” said Dr. China Jude, Assistant Vice President/Athletics Director, who recently earned her doctorate in Athletics Administration. “We were committed in eliminating this inherited deficit once and for all.” While working on her dissertation titled “A Quantitative Survey of Motivations behind Athletic Alumni Financial Giving in a HBCU”, which compared motivating factors of athletic alumni giving between UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University’s former student-athletes, Jude applied researched techniques and strategies to lead the department’s financial success. This included hiring the first-ever full-time Assistant Director of Development for the athletics department, partially funded by an NCAA grant, which is a rare staff addition on a Division II level. – Read More

BIG TEN
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BIG TEN

Purdue football is showing new signs of life on the field and on the airwaves, too. Jake Query, who co-hosts an afternoon radio show on Fox Sports 975 in Indianapolis, said the Boilermakers didn’t stimulate much, if any, audience participation the last couple years. Now six or eight listeners a day call in to talk Purdue. That’s progress, considering the fan base had been beaten down by having no more than three wins in a season since 2012. Since Jeff Brohm has come along and led the Boilermakers to a 2-1 start, back-to-back wins for the first time in five years and the biggest margin of victory in a road game since 1999, fans are guardedly optimistic he might be the guy to revive the school’s football tradition. Minnesota and Indiana also are off to good starts under their first-year coaches. P.J. Fleck has the Gophers 3-0, and the Hoosiers are 1-1 under Tom Allen. – ERIC OLSON, fresnobee.com Read More

 

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

At long last, Southern Utah University will begin work on its new strength and conditioning center. SUU will break ground on the George S. Eccles Sports Performance Center on Oct. 6. The center will be located on the current football practice field west of Eccles Coliseum. The new facility will feature a large weight room, a turf runway, a nutrition station and office space for the strength and conditioning coaches. It’ll also have overhead doors that can be lifted, allowing athletes to go right out to the outside field area. The George S. Eccles Sports Performance Center, a project that has been in the works for about two years, is expected to be completed by early 2018. The building of the performance center is Phase 1 of a project to improve the athletic facilities on the SUU campus. – Ryan Miller, thespectrum.comRead More

BIG 12 CONFERENCE
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BIG 12 CONFERENCE

In celebration of the start of conference play in football, the Big 12 Conference rolls out its latest installment of the “Big 12 Champions for Life” campaign. In its third year, the initiative showcases the success stories of student-athletes and how an athletic scholarship has positively impacted their lives. This year’s campaign kicks-off on Thursday, September 21, with a series of features highlighting the stories of individual student-athletes from every Big 12 Conference member institution. The stories will air during each Big 12 football telecast over the next two weekends, as well as in-stadium and on Big 12 digital and social media platforms throughout the remainder of the season. In addition, each feature and other academic information will appear on Big12ChampionsForLife.org. “An athletic scholarship provides a life-changing opportunity for each student-athlete. Through this campaign we are able to tell some of these stories and spotlight their incredible accomplishments,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “ – businesswire.comRead More

TOWSON UNIVERSITY
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TOWSON UNIVERSITY

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