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April 19, 2018

FAU
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The future remains bright not only for Florida Atlantic’s sports programs, but the building that some will eventually call home, as FAU released a video on Wednesday promoting the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence. Over a year after breaking ground on the complex in Jan. 2017, progress is slowly coming along on what will become the football team’s new training facility. Training facilities are also slated to include hydroponic pools, classrooms and dining facilities in addition to the revamped locker rooms and more places for the student-athletes to complete class work. FAU began construction on the $50 million complex this past January by renovating the locker rooms and the training facilities which are inside the stadium. Construction is still ongoing and FAU intends to have that portion completed by the start of training camp this summer. – Jake Elman, palmbeachpost. Read More.

SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY

Sacramento State failed to monitor its men’s and women’s tennis programs, resulting in numerous violations over the course of five years, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. Many of the violations, and the most serious, resulted from the misconduct of a former director of women’s and men’s tennis programs. The former director took advantage of a permissive compliance environment and engaged in intentional conduct that violated a broad range of NCAA rules, including recruiting, eligibility, financial aid, benefits, coaching staff limitations and ethical conduct. – NCAA. Read More.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

NDSU has given head coach Chris Klieman a two-year contract extension through the 2023 season, athletic director Matt Larsen announced Thursday. In four seasons, Klieman has led the Bison dynasty to a 54-6 record, four Missouri Valley Football Conference titles and three FCS national championships, including in the 2017 season. Klieman joined coach Craig Bohl’s staff in 2011 before succeeding him three years later. He has been part of all six of NDSU’s FCS national championships and seven straight MVFC titles. – Foxsports. Read More.

KEISER UNIVERSITY
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KEISER UNIVERSITY

Keiser University has selected Under Armour as the official outfitter of Seahawks athletics and the College of Golf and Sport Management. From game day uniforms to team workout clothing, all Keiser student-athletes will soon begin to solely wear Under Armour gear. Celebrating its 40th year, Keiser University is Florida’s second largest, private, not-for-profit University serving nearly 20,000 students. Terry Babilla, BSN Sports’ president added, “This agreement with Keiser University affirms our highest aspirations for BSN Sports Collegiate programs “- SGB Media. Read More.

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
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VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY

Mary Evans was barely two sentences into her opening remarks on Wednesday morning after being introduced as Valparaiso’s eighth women’s basketball coach in program history when she began to get emotional. Evans got choked up as she outlined the path she took to realize her “dream” of becoming a Division I head coach. Evans comes to Valparaiso after spending five years as an assistant at Ohio, and before that she had stints at Youngstown State, South Carolina-Aiken, Seton Hall and her alma mater, Georgia Southern. – Paul Oren, Times Correspondent. Read More.

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell University announced today that Jermaine Truax will be its next director of athletics & recreation. Truax (pronounced TRUE-axe) is currently Loyola University Chicago’s deputy director of athletics. He emerged as the leading candidate during a national search that began in February. “Jermaine’s demonstrated leadership abilities, diverse administrative experience and commitment to a true student-athlete model positioned him as an exceptional candidate in what was an extremely competitive search,” said President John Bravman. “I am excited to see the ways in which he helps elevate what is already among the best Division I athletic programs in the country.” Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer has signed a contract that runs through 2021 and increases his annual pay to at least $900,000. The deal was announced Thursday by Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport in a university release. Fulmer’s contract says he’ll receive $300,000 in annual base compensation plus $600,000 in supplemental pay for personal appearances and media services. He also gets a $100,000 retention bonus each year the contract remains in effect through the end of the deal. The 67-year-old Fulmer was paid $575,000 by the school when he took over as Tennessee’s athletic director Dec. 1 during a tumultuous football coaching search. – STEVE MEGARGEE, The Republic. Read More.

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Liberty men’s basketball head coach, Ritchie McKay, has announced the hiring of Joe Pierre III as Director of Player Development. Pierre joins Liberty’s staff after serving as a graduate assistant for Middle Tennessee working for Kermit Davis. During his two years at Middle Tennessee, the Blue Raiders went 56-13 with two postseason tournament appearances. In his first season at MT, Pierre and the Blue Raiders advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, defeating Minnesota in the first round. This past season, Middle Tennessee went 25-8 and advanced to the second round of the NIT. Read More.

SPRING HILL COLLEGE
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SPRING HILL COLLEGE

Aaron Niven has informed Spring Hill College (SHC) Athletic Director Jim Hall that he will be stepping aside as the Badger men’s basketball head coach after five seasons with the school in order to pursue another professional opportunity that allows him to spend more time with his family. Since joining the Badgers in the summer of 2013, Niven piloted the Badgers through the past four seasons of transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II status while building a highly competitive program on the court and in the classroom. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

At a campus event Thursday morning, it was announced that their $21.25 million donation will help establish the Barry and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence. According to a release sent out Thursday by the university, the Gossett Center will help athletes in “developing personal, career and development goals” that will allow them not only to graduate but also to leave College Park well-qualified in their respective fields. Rising juniors will be eligible to be selected for the Gossett Fellows Program, which is geared to providing paid summer internships. It will help athletes stay on what the center calls “The Path” toward being hired for jobs after they graduate. -Don Markus, Sun Capital Gazette. Read More.

CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
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CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY

CLU was planning to launch a women’s lacrosse program, which will begin play in Spring 2020. The sport already has a strong foothold in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The CLU team gives the SCIAC a seventh program, which, per NCAA rules, means the champion earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Lacrosse has also gained a strong foothold over the past decade in CLU’s immediate community, the Conejo Valley. – Joe Curley, VC Star. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Warde Manuel told reporters after a news conference promoting the upcoming International Champions Cup soccer match at Michigan Stadium that he has not yet discussed a contract extension with Jim Harbaugh. “Not yet — no,” Manuel said. “Not at this point.” Harbaugh officially began Year 4 of his current seven-year contract on Jan. 11, a key threshold for many college football coaches when it comes to recruiting. Many prefer to work with four years remaining on their current contract, giving prospects peace of mind that their potential coach will still be around for their senior season. Harbaugh signed a seven-year contract in December 2014 that expires three days after Michigan’s last game of the 2021 season. -Aaron McMann, M Live, Read More

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State AD Ray Anderson recently sat down with azfamily.com to discuss a number of topics related to the Sun Devil athletic department. Anderson touched on the new leadership structure in place in Tempe, his decision to hire Herm Edwards to lead the football program, what’s up next for Anderson and his biggest concerns for the future. –Listen

SIENA COLLEGE
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SIENA COLLEGE

Whether or not Rick Pitino is really interested in Siena, or vice versa, the Hall of Fame coach said Wednesday the Saints would be better off looking for another candidate to fill their men’s basketball coaching vacancy. “It’s in Siena’s best interest to find someone else,” Pitino texted in response to being asked if he’d listen should the college reach out to him. Loudonville thoroughbred owner Roddy Valente, who is a partner with Pitino in the Kentucky Oaks contender Coach Rocks, got the ball rolling on Sunday when he said Pitino would be interested in discussing the Siena opening with college officials. However, Valente texted late Tuesday that Pitino isn’t in the running for the job. “I guess myself being selfish I looked forward to having Coach Pitino come to Siena College for the program & the area … unfortunately that will not be happening,” Valente texted. “Unfortunately wasn’t meant to be.” Pitino said he hadn’t been in contact with Siena, even through a third party. -Mark Singelais, Times Union, Read More

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

As the official start date of Georgia Tech’s partnership with Adidas approaches, the athletic department will reveal one element of its branding campaign with the shoe company on Friday. “Tech gold,” the shade of gold that the athletic department will use for apparel, uniforms and other branding elements, will debut on the department’s website and on social media. The athletic department will also make a limited amount of Adidas merchandise with the new Tech gold available for purchase on Friday, when the football team holds its annual spring game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Athletic director Todd Stansbury has led the department’s search for an official shade of gold with Adidas’ help. Tech and Adidas joined together this past August, with their contract going into effect on July 1. -Ken Sugiura, AJC, Read More

UCONN
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UCONN

Kevin Ollie is accusing the University of Connecticut of violating his constitutional rights by firing him for cause and thereby avoiding the eight-figure payout a termination without cause would have demanded. In a letter submitted to school president Susan Herbst and obtained by ESPN, Ollie’s lawyers say the university proceeded with the firing in March before granting Ollie a proper opportunity to contest the termination, as guaranteed in his contract and the collective bargaining agreement with his union. The men’s basketball program is the subject of an ongoing NCAA inquiry, which is the reason UConn cited when it announced its decision. Details of the inquiry are unclear, but the NCAA has not sent a notice of allegations to the school, according to sources with knowledge of the case. Last week, Ollie attended a hearing with athletic director David Benedict to appeal his termination for cause. Benedict maintained the school’s stance that it had a right to fire Ollie with cause and not pay him. Ollie next will have a hearing with Herbst. If unhappy with Herbst’s ruling, he could choose to use an arbitrator who would have the final word on whether the school was justified in firing him for cause. If an arbitrator rules against him, Ollie could consider filing a lawsuit based on what he deems to be a violation of his constitutional rights. -Myron Metcalf, ESPN, Read More

April 18, 2018

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan’s historic run to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 has earned long-time coach Sue Guevara a substantial raise that draws her significantly closer to the highest-paid women’s basketball coaches in the state. Guevera’s new contract, officially signed earlier this week, will pay her a base salary of $290,000 a year, according to details obtained by The News through a Freedom of Information Act request. That’s a 19.3-percent raise from the $234,000 she was earning under a revised deal signed in March 2015. Her new, five-year contract runs through the 2022-23 season, a two-year extension. Among her peers in Michigan, Guevera trails only Michigan State’s Suzy Merchant ($458,025) and Michigan’s Kim Barnes-Arico ($360,000). Eastern Michigan’s Fred Castro earns $195,000, Western Michigan’s Shane Clipfell $166,650, and Oakland’s Jeff Tungate $147,434. Detroit Mercy coach Bernard Scott’s salary isn’t made available to the public, because Detroit Mercy is a private institution. – Tony Paul, themorningsun – Read More

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Jamie Dixon, who after signing a 10-year contract extension in March of ’13 said he intended to finish his career at the University of Pittsburgh, all but finalized a deal to do just that — at TCU. Of course, given the toilet paper rigidity of contracts in college athletics these days, Dixon could finish his career after coaching 10 more teams. For right now, however, TCU’s basketball coach should end his coaching career where he started it as a player. In the first major move made by TCU director of athletics Jeremiah Donati since replacing Chris Del Conte, the school has agreed to a two-year extension for Dixon. Dixon, 52, now has an agreement that will run through the 2023-24 season. Donati approached Dixon about the extension, which does not include a raise. The two sides went back and forth for about 10 days before finalizing the extension on Wednesday. – MAC ENGEL, star-telegram – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday announced it has adopted some sweeping legislative proposals, ranging from changes to the recruiting calendar to finally allowing teams the ability to play fall exhibition games without them counting against the 56-game spring schedule. At least for coaches, the biggest story stemming from the vote involves the recruiting calendar. Currently, prospective recruits can take unofficial visits anytime they want. Are you a 12-year-old who wants to take an unofficial visit to Texas? No problem. Furthermore, currently, a high school prospect can’t take an official visit to a school until the beginning of classes their senior year. Those two rules are changing, effective the next academic year. How so, you ask? With the adopted legislation, prospects may now take official visits as early as September 1 of their junior season. Several coaches and baseball administrators I’ve spoken with over the past few months preferred the date stay during a prospect’s senior season. – Kendall Rogers, d1baseball – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Alcohol being sold at NCAA championship events moved closer to reality after the Division I Council approved a change Wednesday. The council action isn’t considered final until the board meeting closes on April 25. The NCAA had previously allowed alcohol sales in general seating at the College World Series and Women’s College World Series as part of a pilot program for the past two years. The measure will allow alcohol to be sold at the Football Championship Subdivision’s championship game; at all three divisions for wrestling, men’s lacrosse championships and at men’s ice hockey and women’s volleyball championships. Alcohol sales are already permitted at the College Football Playoff and other New Year’s Six bowls, which are not administered by the NCAA. Among other changes adopted by the council was an approval for prospective student-athletes to make official visits earlier in the recruiting cycle.  Recruits in sports other than football and basketball will be allowed to start making official visits on Sept. 1 of their junior year in high school instead of the first day of classes for senior year. – Erick Smith, usatoday – Read More

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

Extreme Makeover: Ballpark Edition is almost done. And it’s a big hit with Virginia Tech baseball fans. English Field has been given a facelift this season, thanks to an $18 million renovation. The entrance, grandstand and press box tower are all new, and premium seats have been added. “Big-time improvement — it looks more like a minor league field than a high school field,” Giles County resident Marty Farrier said while watching last Friday’s game from the grandstand. The ballpark has been in use all season, although the grandstand has continued to evolve. The official grand opening ceremony took place last Saturday night, when 3,420 fans showed up to watch the Hokies play Louisville — the third-biggest crowd in the ballpark’s history. –  Mark Berman, roanoke – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Construction work is underway on the new $26 million indoor practice facility for the University of Kansas football team, with the project expected to be completed before the end of the year. KU Director of Facilities Planning and Development Mark Reiske provided an update on the project to the Lawrence City Commission at its meeting Tuesday night. Reiske said that construction teams started mobilizing this week and that some fencing was going up. He said utility locator services have begun, with excavation and construction to follow in the next couple of weeks. The premanufactured metal building will be brought to the site in large segments, he said. KU previously told the Journal-World that excavation for the facility, which will be built west of Memorial Stadium, will require that around 80,000 to 90,000 cubic yards of dirt be hauled off the site. Reiske provided to the commission routes for the project, which he said would be used first to haul the soil away and then to bring the building segments and other materials to the site. He said residents of surrounding neighborhoods have been notified of the project schedule and the truck routes. – Rochelle Valverde, ljworld – Read More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State Athletics and Uber today announced a four-year exclusive partnership designating Uber as the official rideshare partner of Penn State Athletics. Every season, thousands of alumni, students and supporters use Uber in State College to travel to Beaver Stadium, the second largest sports venue in the country, and through this new partnership, Uber and Penn State Athletics will work to provide fans with a more convenient transportation experience before and after every game. Uber will establish designated pickup and drop-off zones with custom signage outside Beaver Stadium for all home football games, so fans can connect with a ride easily before and after an event. These Uber zones will also be integrated directly into the Uber app, so riders and drivers will receive precise directions on where to meet one another. – lockhaven – Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue’s athletic department managed a small surplus from its Foster Farms Bowl trip to California, according to a records request made by the Journal & Courier. The athletic department received an allotment of $2 million from the Big Ten Conference to cover expenses for the team and staff, official travel party, cheerleaders and the All-American Marching Band. Purdue’s bowl expenses totaled $2,226,456 but the conference absorbed $318,562 in unsold tickets to create a surplus of $92,106. Transportation expenses totaled $1,188,501: Team and staff $564,041; band and cheerleaders $537,241 and $87,219 for the official travel party. – Mike Carmin, jconline – Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Nearly two months after the NCAA announced it was investigating Michigan State for how it handled disgraced former sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar, the university responded. In response to list of questions from MLive.com about the status of the investigation, Michigan State’s communication and brand strategy department sent an email saying the university responded to the NCAA on March 22. Neither that department nor Michigan State spokesperson and vice president Emily Gerkin Guerrant provided further detail or answered other specific questions about the response, including if the university self-reported any violations. MLive.com filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Michigan State for any communications with the NCAA but it has not yet been returned. Recent FOIA requests have been taking a month or more to be returned. – Matt Wenzel, mlive – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

The University of Pittsburgh announced the hiring of Lance White as head women’s basketball coach Wednesday, director of athletics Heather Lyke said. “When I first met Coach White, his genuine personality, energy and excitement about being at Pitt was evident and contagious,” Lyke said.  He has a tremendous pedigree in coaching and has been an instrumental part of several successful women’s basketball programs that have sustained success at the highest levels. I am confident he is more than prepared to build a program that brings great pride to our University. We are thrilled to welcome Lance and his wife, Melanie, and their children to Pittsburgh and the Pitt family.” White spent the last 15 years coaching at Florida State. Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said White was considered to be one of the rising stars of the coaching profession when she hired him in 2003. – wtae – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

John Beilein’s contract has him coaching the Michigan men’s basketball team for the next three seasons. The school’s athletic director would prefer if Beilein’s tenure lasts even longer. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday to announce a soccer match at Michigan Stadium, Michigan AD Warde Manuel was blunt. In November 2015, Michigan announced a two-year contract extension for Beilein, which lasts through the 2020-21 season. Asked if he’s had contract talks with Beilein recently, Manuel said, “I don’t want John Beilein to coach anywhere else. And he knows that. He understands my feeling towards that. You can take that for what it’s worth. I’m not prepared to make a statement today. I don’t want him to go any other place.” – Andrew Kahn, mlive – Read More

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY
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STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY

As the Lumberjacks dribbled out the clock and the buzzer sounded, SFA fans knew their boys were going to the Big Dance—the NCAA Tournament. Soon, the court was flooded with a sea of purple, as fans waited for the ceremonial cutting of the net. One by one, players, coaches and trainers took the scissors and cut a piece of the net to symbolize their triumph. After the team finished, a familiar figure appeared out of the crowd, made his way up the ladder and cut one of the remaining strands. With a big smile on his face, he showed it to the roaring crowd. For SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill, this was just the most recent highlight of an SFA career that spans more than three decades. As the semester comes to an end, so does Hill’s reign as director of athletics, a role he has filled for the last 14 years. Throughout his career, SFA Athletics has met unprecedented success. – Nathan Wicker, thepinelog – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Starting with the next school year, most prospective student-athletes will follow a recruiting model that resembles the schedule other students follow when choosing where to go to college. The Division I Council made the decision when it met Tuesday and Wednesday in Indianapolis. The new recruiting model allows potential student-athletes more time to make thoughtful decisions about their next steps after high school. The changes will affect several aspects of the recruiting model. For student-athletes in sports other than football and basketball, official visits now can begin Sept. 1 of a prospect’s junior year in high school instead of the first day of classes for senior year. Football changed its recruiting model last year to add earlier official visits, starting April 1 of the junior year through the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June. Men’s basketball allows official visits Jan. 1 of a prospective student-athlete’s junior year. Women’s basketball recruits can take an official visit beginning the Thursday following the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship game of the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school. Additionally, athletics departments can’t participate in a recruit’s unofficial visit until Sept. 1 of the recruit’s junior year in high school, and recruiting conversations during a school’s camp or clinic can’t happen before Sept. 1 of the junior year. Both rules apply to all sports but football and basketball, which have their own rules. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

As Alabama has learned five times in the last decade, playing for national championships can be costly. That has been especially true during the Crimson Tide’s run in its last three consecutive College Football Playoff appearances, during which its won two national titles during that span. Alabama’s combined expense report for its recent CFP appearance totaled more than $5.37 million, including in excess of $2.8 million for its national semifinal win over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl and another $2.5 million for its title victory over Georgia in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, according to documents released through a freedom of information request by the Decatur Daily/TimesDaily. – Alex Byington, Special to the Advertiser. Read More.