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May 28, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

University of Kansas Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger has signed an amendment to his contract that extends that contract to June 2021. “I’m very pleased that I will have the opportunity to continue to represent this great university and work alongside the outstanding coaches and student-athletes we have here at KU,” Zenger said. “I have really enjoyed sharing in the tremendous accomplishments so many of our teams have achieved over the past several years. Likewise, we are committed to doing everything we can to raise the level of success of every one of our teams. “This is home for me, and I truly believe we’re poised for even more success in the near future,” Zenger continued, “and I can’t wait to share in that excitement as well.” Zenger’s base pay will increase from $619,000 to $700,000. – Read More

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Were Conference USA’s recently concluded spring meetings more productive than they appeared? Let’s hope so. On the surface, it looked as though coaches, administrators and league officials got a nice tan during six days in Destin, Fla., but that’s about all that was accomplished. I mean, where were the results? A very nice release from C-USA was sent out, detailing student-athlete well-being initiatives. I realize the significance of that and certainly don’t intend to minimize its importance. But. …C-USA is in a battle for survival. It is considered the No. 9 league out of 10 FBS conferences. So, what about C-USA’s well-being initiatives? Such as, member institutions receiving more than a paltry $200,000 in television revenue. Or the progress of renegotiating contracts with ESPN and CBS Sports Network. Or the fact that men’s basketball has such a low-profile nationally. – Chuck Landon, herald-dispatch.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

George Horton plans to be back in Oregon’s dugout next season, and that’s what the school’s biggest baseball booster wants too. Pat Kilkenny sat in his press-box suite as Oregon’s season ended with a 10-1 loss to UCLA on Saturday afternoon at PK Park and then he visited Horton on the field after the game. “He gets it, he’s supportive and he’s become a good friend,” Horton said. “Nothing but support from that guy.” Horton’s contract expires in September, and athletic director Rob Mullens has declined to comment on his status. Kilkenny told The Register-Guard he is “100 percent” behind bringing back the coach. “People like myself always get opportunities to chime in,” said Kilkenny, one of the namesakes of the ballpark who was the athletic director that brought baseball back to Oregon in 2009 and hired Horton as the coach. – Steve Mims, registerguard.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents has retained Ken Salazar — the Democratic ex-senator and former interior secretary — to advise it on the investigation into Boulder campus officials’ failure to report domestic violence allegations against a former assistant football coach. That investigation, conducted by Philadelphia-based law firmCozen O’Connor, has cost CU at least $38,000 to date. Documents obtained by the Daily Camera on Friday under the Colorado Open Records Act include a contract with Salazar’s law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP confirming the hire on Feb. 16. Salazar could not immediately be reached for comment. The university has not yet received bills from Salazar’s firm, which is working on a “flat fee basis,” according to Patrick O’Rourke, vice president of university counsel and secretary of the Board of Regents. – Elizabeth Hernandez, dailycamera.comRead More

SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY

Sacramento State athletic director Mark Orr, who was lured away from Saint Mary’s College two months ago and charged with overseeing construction of an on-campus events center, covers his turf, knows his sports and entertainment venues. Football stadiums. Practice gyms. Baseball diamonds. Locker rooms. Weight rooms. Crash pads. Can’t forget the crash pads. A former prep standout who earned a football scholarship to Cal, Orr has been so busy overturning sticks and stones, poking around about potential funding sources for a facility estimated to cost between $70 million and $100 million, he hasn’t had time to arrange for new lodgings. So the crash pad it is. At his father’s house in South Sac, in the neighborhood where it all began. –  AILENE VOISIN, sacbee.comRead More

SEC
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SEC

Around this time last year, everyone wanted to talk about satellite camps. That included Alabama coach Nick Saban, who gave a podium-thumping spiel on the topic at SEC spring meetings last year. At this year’s meetings in Destin, Fla., everyone should be spared any discussions about the camp issue that filled the dead space between spring football and media days in July. There don’t appear to be any similar hot-button issues on the docket (fingers crossed, everyone), but there should be plenty of talking points. Presidents, athletic directors and football and basketball coaches from all 14 SEC schools will travel to the Florida panhandle for the four-day event that will shape conference-wide policy for the 2017-18 school year. –  Ben Baby, sportsday.dallasnews.comRead More

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

For the first time in more than a decade, the Virginia Tech athletic department operated in the red during the fiscal year ending in June of 2016. Paying a couple of football coaching staffs during the transition from Justin Fuente to Frank Beamer, severance payments for three former basketball coaches and the rising cost of scholarships helped run the Hokies a $764,000 deficit. It’s not something athletic director Whit Babcock wants to see often, but that’s just the occasional cost of doing business in today’s world of college athletics. “With everything we’ve got going on and the momentum, we know we can’t be in the red very often,” Babcock said in a wide-ranging interview with the Roanoke Times this week. “But we’re at a point right now of investing and transition, and we felt like it was well worth it.” As for the deficit, the shortfall was covered by surplus funds that were collected in previous years and were being held in reserve. – Andy Bitter, roanoke.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

The University of Maine will use a $640,038 disbursement from the NCAA to add a mental health program to its athletic department. “We want to prioritize mental health care for our student-athletes,” said Lynn Coutts, a senior associate athletic director who is overseeing the implementation of the program. This spring, the NCAA distributed a total of $200 million to nearly 350 Division I schools for the purpose of providing better support to student-athletes. The NCAA stipulated that the money has to be used on new programs or to enhance existing programs, meaning it could not be used to simply buy more equipment, hire more coaches, offer more scholarships or increase salaries. –  MIKE LOWE, pressherald.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The Consolidation Implementation Committee (CIC) for Georgia Southern and Armstrong State Universities approved a recommendation by the Athletics Operational Working Group that allows some future Georgia Southern athletic events to be held on the Armstrong campus. The approval, announced at a CIC meeting this week, marks another step forward in the process of consolidating the two universities’ athletics programs. The recommendation, backed by GS athletic director Tom Kleinlein and ASU athletic director Lisa Sweany, says that athletic events will be held at the Savannah campus “contingent on availability of dates based on existing game contracts, future schedules and facilities.” The CIC agreed that hosting some games on the Armstrong campus is a good way to begin to “unify” the two campuses and universities. – Thomas Jilk, thegeorgeanne.comRead More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Less than two weeks ago LSU athletic director Joe Alleva discussed how he would like to see the renovation of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center take place within the next five years. On Thursday night’s Tiger Tour stop in at the Thibodaux Regional Wellness Center, Alleva went into further details about what he’d like to see happen to the PMAC in the near future. “We’ve been talking about this for years. In my department it wasn’t a surprise, but I guess it was a surprise when we talked about it earlier. We’re looking at renovating the PMAC. “The PMAC is really one the of last facilities that really needs a facelift. Our thought is to create a lobby out in front, the front being facing Tiger Stadium,” Alleva said, adding, “Take down those ramps that go up. – Julie Boudwin, nola.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

It was a little less than a year ago when Jennifer Cohen, not yet a month into her tenure as the University of Washington’s athletic director, presented a concerning series of numbers in her first meeting with the school’s Board of Regents. The athletic department, Cohen told the board last June, was projecting a $14.8 million deficit for the 2016 fiscal year, with a roughly $5.6 million deficit projected for 2017. Her presentation enumerated several reasons for the shortfall. Football ticket sales were down. Student-athlete welfare costs were up. Debt service payments increased on the bonds that funded the renovation of Husky Stadium and Husky Ballpark. When previous athletic director Scott Woodward left the school in January 2016 for the same job at Texas A&M, UW’s administrative staff didn’t even include a chief financial officer (CFO). – CHRISTIAN CAPLE, thenewstribune.comRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

On June 8, 2016, every member of Indiana University’s athletic department received the same memo. Subject line: Your duty to report allegations of sexual misconduct. Thirteen days earlier, Baylor had announced the firing of football coach Art Briles and the reassignment of president Ken Starr, after releasing explosive details from the Pepper Hamilton investigation into how the university handled sexual assault claims against football players. Five days after the Briles news, Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw resigned. Two days after McCaw’s resignation, Starr announced his own resignation. The most successful stretch in Baylor football history — the Bears went 50-15 from 2011 to 2015 — couldn’t save Briles, McCaw or Starr. It sent a signal to athletic departments around the country. – Andrea Adelson and Adam Rittenberg, espn.comRead More

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein has agreed to and signed a contract extension to remain the leader of the athletic department, as announced Friday. Kleinlein’s new contract is for four years through July 30, 2021 with the option to extend the deal one year at some point that can be executed by either party. “My family and I appreciate Dr. Jaimie Hebert and the Athletic Foundation coming together to create this contract,” Kleinlein said. “Moving forward, we know that we’re a part of the Georgia Southern family for the next several years and I’m really excited about the future of the department. We have a lot of great things planned for the future and I look forward to working with Dr. Hebert as we continue to excel both academically and athletically while representing the University in the best way.” – Read More

SEC
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SEC

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has been on the losing end of the argument against an early football signing period. He joins some of the league’s coaches who don’t think it’s a change for the better. The new recruiting rules will be among the topics for coaches and administrators at spring meetings next week in Destin, Florida. Other issues include collaborative instant replay in men’s basketball and graduate transfer policies. If Sankey wasn’t alone among conference commissioners and others opposing the new December signing period , he understood quickly that he was in the minority. – JOHN ZENOR, sports.yahoo.comRead More

May 26, 2017

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is seeking a Director of Operations – Swim. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting coaching staff in all aspects of managing office and all logistical and operational needs. Apply here.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

After more than two decades of loyal service to Rutgers University, Max Borghard will step down as head coach of the Rutgers women’s rowing program. Borghard, a 1987 graduate of the university, has served as the women’s team head coach since 1995. Under his leadership, the Scarlet Knights qualified for the NCAA National Championships three times, in 1997, 1998 and 2001. Rutgers was one of only eight teams in the country to earn a full-team bid to the first ever NCAA championships in 1997. In conference and league championships, his crews amassed twenty-six Big East medals and four EAWRC medals. Read More.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Gardner resigned as head coach of the Hoosiers on Wednesday having lost at least 30 games in six of her nine seasons in charge of the program. Assistant coach Mike Perniciaro will serve as the interim head coach. Senior Associate Athletic Director Scott Joraanstad will lead the search for a new head coach. Gardner’s resignation comes almost two weeks after IU’s 2017 season came to an end in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Her resignation was accepted by IU Athletic Director Fred Glass. – IDS News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s basketball coach Lamont Paris announced the signings of three additions to his first staff, including assistant coach Aaron Fuss. Paris also announced that Roman DiPasquale will serve as the video coordinator and Tyler Dobratz takes over as the athletic performance person. They replace Wesley Pittman and Collin Crane, respectively. – Gene Henley, Times Free Press. Read More.

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Boise State University invites interested applicants for the position of Director of Compliance, Football. The successful applicant will become part of our team as we build a Metropolitan Research University of Distinction. The individual in this position is responsible for monitoring the procedures of NCAA Compliance for the football program. The position reports to the Associate Athletic Director – Compliance on all areas of compliance including; but not limited to NCAA reports, initial and continuing eligibility, appeals, waivers, rules interpretation and education, financial aid, recruiting, playing and practice seasons and local sports clubs. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The University of San Diego is seeking an Assistant/Associate Director of Development. This position is responsible for helping meet the fundraising objectives of the USD Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Under the supervision of the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Development, this position is responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of annual fund (TAA), major gift, and sport specific club donors. Additionally, the position will help plan and manage stewardship and donor research activities for the Athletics Department.  This position functions under the general guidance and direction of the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Development. –Apply Now

DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE
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DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE

After receiving more than 200 applications, Daytona State College has selected Erik Pastrana as the Falcon’s new head men’s basketball coach. Pastrana, who spent the last year as an assistant coach at Florida International University, brings a decade of experience as an assistant in both NJCAA and NCAA play to his first head coaching position. Prior to joining the FIU staff in 2016, Pastrana spent three years as an assistant coach under Brad Underwood, a former Falcons’ head coach from 2003-06, at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas. During Pastrana’s tenure, the Lumberjacks won three Southland Conference Tournament Championships, earned two major victories in the NCAA Tournament and posted an overall record of 89-14, 53-1 in conference play over three years. Read More.

SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY
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SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY

Saint Leo University will add beach volleyball to its intercollegiate athletics program, with competition to begin in Spring 2018. One of the fastest growing sports among NCAA institutions, beach volleyball will be Saint Leo’s 20th intercollegiate sport and its 11th offering in women’s athletics. Eckerd College is currently the only member of the Sunshine State Conference to offer beach volleyball; however, both the University of Tampa and Florida Southern College have announced their intention to add the sport for Spring 2018. Read More.

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

The latest addition to James Jones’ coaching staff is no stranger to New Haven. Tobe Carberry, who starred at Hillhouse High School before a very successful collegiate and professional career, has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Yale. Carberry comes to Yale after spending the 2016-17 season at LIU Brooklyn where he helped the Blackbirds post a 20-12 record and finish second in the Northeast Conference. Prior to LIU, Carberry spent two years as an assistant at Central Connecticut, serving under legendary head coach Howie Dickenman. Read More.

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
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MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY

Jake Presutti, who has served as video coordinator for the Marquette University men’s basketball program the last three seasons, has been promoted to director of basketball operations, head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Thursday morning. Presutti, whose official title will be Director of Basketball Operations & Video Coordination, will continue to manage the program’s video operations (including opponent scouting, game review and film exchange) while also coordinating internal team scheduling, distributing analytics data and supervising the managerial staff. Presutti, a native of Belmont, N.Y., was originally a walk-on at Syracuse before earning a scholarship. Read More.

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE
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LAFAYETTE COLLEGE

The Office of Athletic Communications and Promotions at Lafayette College is currently seeking an Athletic Communications Assistant. Lafayette College, an NCAA Division I institution (FCS football) with 23 sports and a charter member of the Patriot League (American, Army, Boston U., Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Loyola and Navy), seeks ambitious candidates for an Athletic Communications Assistant position for 2017-18. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

University of Wyoming seeks Assistant Athletic Trainer. The University of Wyoming, a Division I member of the NCAA and a member of the Mountain West Conference (MWC), has an immediate full-time opening for an Assistant Athletic Trainer. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

On a night devoted to football, Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne talked about four other sports during a brief meeting with reporters before the 23rd annual DEX Imaging Reese’s Senior Bowl L’Arche Football Preview in Mobile on Thursday. As he sat down to field questions, Byrne checked the score of Alabama’s NCAA super-regional softball game against Florida before turning to baseball. Byrne fired baseball coach Greg Goff on Wednesday after the Crimson Tide went 19-34-1 and finished last in the SEC in 2016, Goff’s only season. “Any time you go through a coaching change like this, it’s a tough time for everybody involved, most importantly, the coaches and their families,” Byrne said. “Then you want to make sure the guys on the team are OK.” Byrne said he had no timetable to name Goff’s replacement because he wanted “to be very respectful” of coaches and teams still playing. “The reality is we feel confident there’s going to be a lot of really good baseball coaches who are interested in our opportunity,” Byrne said. “Alabama’s a very special place. We’ve got some great resources and great tradition and a very passionate fan base and a lot of really good high school talent in the state of Alabama. But on top of that, our brand of the University of Alabama allows us to recruit nationally as well. -Mark Inabinett, AL, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Randy Handel, a high-profile University of Minnesota athletics official and fundraiser who violated the school’s sexual harassment policy, will be suspended without pay for two weeks, demoted and face other consequences, the university said Thursday. The university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) said Handel repeatedly hugged, touched and made inappropriate comments to a female employee without her consent. The university released a heavily redacted seven-page report that goes into detail about the allegations, Handel’s response and the office’s findings and analysis. The report said Handel’s inappropriate behavior ceased after mid-November 2016. -Pat Pheifer, Star Tribune, Read More

May 25, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell has announced that Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Lin Dunn has signed a contract extension and will continue her role as assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. “I am thrilled that Lin is returning for another year,” Mitchell said. “The contributions she has and will continue to make in our program are immense. Like all of us, Lin is focused on helping Kentucky be the premier environment for young women to come develop into the very best students, players and citizens they can be. It is an honor to work by her side every day.”  Dunn joined UK’s staff May 24, 2016, coming out of retirement to continue her legendary coaching career. The hall of fame career features a decade of coaching in the WNBA, including winning a WNBA Championship with the Indiana Fever in 2012. – Read More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Midway through a nine-month probe into Baylor University’s institutional response to sexual violence, the investigating law firm and the university revised their legal relationship in order to, in anticipation of litigation, conceal the investigation’s most damning findings, documents filed in a Title IX lawsuit initiated by 10 alleged sexual assault victims state. Communications between high-ranking Baylor officials and a Pepper Hamilton LLP attorney reflect the shift in relationship to establish attorney-client privilege around the investigation, which led to the firings of Ken Starr as president and Art Briles as head football coach. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs in Wednesday’s filing argue Baylor’s release of pertinent information to the NCAA, the U.S. Department of Education, its accrediting agency and other investigators should cancel any attorney-client privilege and allow the information to be released in the discovery process for their suit. – PHILLIP ERICKSEN, wacotrib.comRead More