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June 21, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

The contract for Arkansas head football coach Chad Morris was finalized this week. Morris, who was hired as the Razorbacks’ coach last December, signed the contract last week, Arkansas athletics director Hunter Yurachek said Saturday. The principal terms of the 34-page contract, including addendum, are unchanged from the offer letter Morris signed in December. His annual salary will be $3.5 million from university and private funds, and his contract runs through Dec. 31, 2023. Morris will be eligible for up to $1 million in competition-based bonuses and $200,000 in academic-based bonuses each year, and is eligible for three retention payments of $500,000 apiece, contingent that no “significant” NCAA violations have occurred and the program is not on NCAA probation at the time the payments are due in February of 2019, 2021 and 2023. Yurachek said he signed the contract last Friday and it was executed with the signatures of University of Arkansas, Fayetteville chancellor Joseph Steinmetz and UA system president Donald Bobbitt this week. – Matt Jones, m.nwaonline – Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn Athletics has extended the contract of baseball head coach Butch Thompson through the 2024 season, Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced Thursday. In his third year, Thompson led the program this past season to its first NCAA Super Regional appearance in 19 years. “Butch is the epitome of an Auburn man,” Greene said. “He cares deeply about the young men in his program and the Auburn community at large. The recent successes of Auburn Baseball over the past few years indicate that Coach Thompson is one of the best skippers in the country, and we’re fortunate to have him. I’m excited to lock arms with Butch as he continues to build a program that galvanizes the Auburn fan base and captures national acclaim.” – Read More

UCONN
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UCONN

The executive director of UConn’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors believes school president Susan Herbst should be “troubled” by the “disservice” athletic director David Benedict has done to UConn and Kevin Ollie, and labeled former assistant Glen Miller’s testimony against Ollie as “inconsistent, vague and conclusory.” In a letter to Herbst dated on May 10, Michael Bailey made arguments against the multiple alleged infractions by Ollie that led to his dismissal for “just cause” and were publicized on Wednesday. The letter, which was emailed to reporters by Jacques J. Parenteau, Ollie’s attorney, from Madsen, Prestley & Parenteau, LLC, refutes, among other the things, the fact that an alleged phone conversation between former UConn star Ray Allen and a highly-touted recruit was pre-arranged by Ollie and his staff. And even if it was, Bailey argues, it is “not serious noncompliance,” citing a pair of examples as precedent, including a phone call between Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, former star quarterback Tim Tebow and a recruit in March, 2013. – David Borges, nhregister – Read More

UNC WILMINGTON
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UNC WILMINGTON

A spokesperson with the University of North Carolina Wilmington confirmed Thursday that longtime women’s soccer coach Paul Cairney was discontinued from the university on Wednesday. (An earlier version of this story indicated Cairney was fired, but that is not the case.) Cairney had been on paid administrative leave since December 2017 after the university learned of an allegation on social media of a 1997 incident involving a female soccer camp attendee. The alleged victim also filed a Title IX complaint, which prompted the university’s inquiry into the matter. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office investigated the 1997 incident in 2007 but closed the case after the alleged victim declined to provide charges. After the allegation began circulating on social media last year, the sheriff’s office contacted the alleged victim to potentially re-open the investigation, but she declined. – wbtv – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

For the second straight year, Michigan’s athletics department projects an operating budget surplus of $2.5 million for fiscal year 2019. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel presented the budget at the Michigan Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon. The department projects revenues of nearly $188 million, including a significant boost from the Big Ten financial distributions. Michigan will receive $52.1 million in Big Ten conference disbursements. The Big Ten’s new television football and basketball agreements last year gave Michigan a big chunk from the conference. Michigan received $51.1 million in conference disbursements, a significant increase from the $36.3 million in 2017.  The Big Ten moved to multiple television partners in the new deal with ESPN/ABC and Fox. Manuel discussed some of the budget changes from last year. – Angelique S. Chengelis, detroitnews – Read More

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

Grambling State nailed down Broderick Fobbs to a contract extension, receiving approval for the head football coach’s new, four-year deal Thursday from the Athletic Committee of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors at their bi-monthly meeting in Baton Rouge. The News-Star first reported Fobbs and GSU had reached an agreement on an extension last week. The new, four-year, $1.28 million agreement keeps Fobbs at his alma mater until Dec. 31, 2022 at an annual base salary of $319,000, including a two percent raise that all Grambling faculty received from the UL system. For the first time, the Grambling State University Foundation pitched in to create a $121,000 annual raise from the two-year extension Fobbs inked back in October 2016 that would’ve ran out at the end of the 2018 season. Several bonuses tacked onto Fobbs’ new contract, including $25,000 for winning the Celebration Bowl, $15,000 for capturing the HBCU National Championship, $15,000 for hitting or surpassing the NCAA APR benchmark and $10,000 for winning the SWAC Championship and earning the league’s Coach of the Year distinction, could add on an extra $87,500 to his salary. – Cory Diaz, thenewsstar – Read More

FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Florida Tech Athletic Director Bill Jurgens announced today the promotion of David Dent to head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming programs. During his lone campaign with FIT in 2017-18, Dent played an integral role in further developing the Panthers into one of the top swim programs in the Sunshine State Conference. It is no coincidence that during his first season in Melbourne, the Florida Tech Swimming program had one of its greatest overall performances at the SSC Championships, racking up four conference titles and nine podium visits. The men’s team earned its best result at the conference meet, finishing third in standings with 549 points. – Swimswam, Read More.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Dan Radakovich knows as well as anyone how hot the topic of alcohol sales at college football stadiums is right now. After all, about 40 schools across the country permit the sale of alcohol during games — including The Citadel — and that can translate into big money. The University of Texas reportedly netted $1.3 million in alcohol sales alone for 2016. But don’t expect that trend to carry over to Clemson and its 80,000-plus fans in Memorial Stadium any time soon, the athletic director says. Clemson has never been on the forefront of the alcohol conversation and that is not changing in the foreseeable future. – Postandcourier. Read More.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Since the launch of the CAMPAIGN TO SUSTAIN initiative at the 2017 Victor E. Ball, NIU have officially raised over $1,000,000 in support of Huskie student-athletes and our programs! With another round of significant budget cuts mandated for 2018-19 for athletics, certainly aren’t out of the woods, but appreciate the unwavering support you have given to the department. The second round of great news comes from Dave and Linda Nelson, as they have officially committed a lead gift of $250,000 toward the CAMPAIGN TO SUSTAIN! Their amazing commitment to this campaign, and in particular to the renovation of the Nelson Club, speak volumes about their passion for NIU and their dedication to ensuring we have great success for many years to come. The Nelsons feel strongly about wanting the “Club” to be a place for Huskie fans. NIU are excited about being able to upgrade the premium experience in the Convocation Center for our fans, and are optimistic the vision the Nelsons helped create will provide an opportunity for others to engage with NIU Basketball and other events in the facility. Read More.

FAU
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FAU

In Florida Atlantic athletic director Brian White’s eyes, his program should be the main attraction in the area. The school doesn’t have much competition along the Broward and Palm Beach County lines. So he feels there is no excuse why the Owls shouldn’t dominate in attracting fans. That has been White’s thinking since taking over in early March. White inherited a thriving situation once he took over for Pat Chun, who in January left for Washington State. Interest in the football team is at an all-time high. The baseball team is coming off an appearance in the NCAA tournament. There is renewed excitement in men’s basketball now that first-year coach Dusty May is in charge. – Shandel Richardson, Sun Sentinel. Read More.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Spending time on Facebook is not unusual. Spending time at Facebook is altogether different. Actually spending time at the headquarters of the digital conglomerate is a good way to keep up with the fast-changing world of social media. At least that’s how Middle Tennessee State associate athletics director for communications Mark Owens sees it and why he joined a small group of school officials on a two-day trip earlier this month to the Facebook facility in Menlo Park, Calif. As a member of Conference USA, MTSU is involved in a groundbreaking live streaming partnership with Facebook and the multi-platform sports network Stadium. Stadium streamed several MTSU football and basketball games on Facebook in 2017-18 and has more scheduled for 2018-19. – Mike Organ, Nashville Tennessean. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

NCAA President Mark Emmert’s total compensation grew by nearly $500,000 during the 2016 calendar year to more than $2.4 million, according to the association’s new federal tax return. Emmert’s base salary of $2,078,075 represented a 42% increase over his base salary for 2015, or just over $615,000. His retirement and other deferred compensation for 2016 fell by $200,000 compared to the amount reported for him in 2015 and each of the prior four years. The remainder of his overall compensation rise came in the form of taxable compensation or benefits that are neither base salary nor bonus pay; Emmert did not receive a bonus in 2016, according to the new document, which the association released Thursday. – Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY. Read More.

TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Texas Wesleyan University is pleased to announce the appointment of Ricky Dotson as athletic director. Dotson will lead all matters of athletic administration and work to grow Texas Wesleyan’s tradition of excellence in athletics and student-athlete development. While serving as associate athletic director for the past year, Dotson oversaw the creation and execution of the Texas Wesleyan Football Game Day experience. Football returned to Texas Wesleyan in the fall of 2017 after a 75-year hiatus, a key part of the university’s 2020 Vision strategic plan to invigorate student engagement and enhance the student experience. Read More.

FRESNO STATE
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FRESNO STATE

Fresno State president Joseph Castro announced on Twitter that Terrance Tumey will be the next Athletic Director at Fresno State. Castro said the university will hold a press conference on Monday. Tumey was previously the Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges Director of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreational Services. He also served as Director of Athletics at the University of California, Davis and the Dominican University of California. From 2004 to 2009, Tumey served as the Director of Football Administration for the San Francisco 49ers. – abc30. Read More.

STOCKTON UNIVERSITY
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STOCKTON UNIVERSITY

Stockton University has chosen Devin Jefferson to be its next head women’s basketball coach. Jefferson brings 10 years of college coaching experience to Stockton, where she will succeed Joe Fussner, who retired after 26 seasons on the Osprey bench. For the past five years, Jefferson has served as the associate head coach at Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University. – Press of Atlantic City. Read More.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Buyout increases to $7 million this year. Matt Campbell became a hot name to fill a number of coaching vacancies last winter after taking the Iowa State football team from three to eight wins in just his second year in Ames. ISU athletics director Jamie Pollard and the university announced Campbell received a new contract last November, but the biggest question was how big the buyout would be. In his new contract, which was signed this week and obtained by the Ames Tribune on Wednesday, Campbell would owe $7 million if he leaves ISU for another position prior to Feb. 1, 2019. That amount would decrease by $1 million each year of the agreement and drop to $2 million in 2023 — the last year of his deal. – Dylan Montz, amestrib. Read More.

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY
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VINCENNES UNIVERSITY

Vincennes University has named Warsaw native Randy Heisler as the head coach for men’s and women’s Cross Country and Track and Field. Heisler comes to VU after more than 30 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Div. 1 level. Heisler, 56, said he appreciates the opportunity, and that he’s looking forward to joining the VU family. Heisler served as an assistant coach at Indiana University for 15 years under the direction of legendary coach Sam Bell. Upon Bell’s retirement, Heisler was named head women’s coach and three years later took over as director and head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs. – Times Union Online. Read More.

UMASS
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UMASS

A $5.58-million gift from Marty Jacobson will help UMass fund the construction of a temporary practice bubble at McGuirk Stadium. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford announced the gift in a release on Wednesday. The football team facility will also be named the “Martin Jacobson Football Performance Center.” The $5.58-million pledge will also contribute to a high-definition scoreboard at McGuirk, among other planned facility improvements. The bubble will be located on McGuirk’s turf field and be available to all UMass athletes, as well as special events. – Gazettenet. Read More.

MESSIAH COLLEGE
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MESSIAH COLLEGE

On June 20, Messiah Athletics announced the hiring of a familiar face to the department, appointing Matthew Fenton as the Director of Athletic Communications. After spending two years with Messiah as a graduate assistant from 2014-16, Fenton returns to Grantham following yearlong stints as the Sports Information Director at Cairn University (Langhorne, Pa.) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Claremont, Calif.). After spending the past year in southern California, Fenton will begin his new role with the Falcons starting at the beginning of July. Read More.

TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY
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TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY

When it came to selecting the next person to direct the Tennessee Tech baseball program into the future and build upon the most successful season in Ohio Valley Conference history, Tech Director of Athletics Mark Wilson didn’t have to search long or far. The perfect fit for the job was there all along. On Thursday morning, Wilson selected Golden Eagle assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Justin Holmes as the 14th head baseball coach in school history, placing the four-year Tech veteran in charge of a program already flowing with his influence throughout it. Read More.

ELMIRA COLLEGE
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ELMIRA COLLEGE

Elmira College, a small, private, liberal arts institution in Upstate New York, member of NCAA Division III, Empire 8, United Collegiate Hockey Conference and the United Volleyball Conference (19 varsity sports) invites applications for the position of Director of Sports Information. Full-time appointment with comprehensive benefits package. A bachelor’s degree (masters preferred) in sport management, mass communications, journalism or a related field is required. Apply here.

HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY
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HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY

Nana Allison-Brewer has accepted the Athletic Director position at Haskell Indian Nations University. (Navajo) finished her seventh year as a mathematics instructor and head volleyball coach for Haskell Indian Nations University. Allison-Brewer taught Pre and Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Applied Calculus. Read More.

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell University seeks an assistant athletic director for aquatics and auxiliary service. This full-time position supervises Bucknell’s Aquatics Facilities, including daily and event operations, scheduling, staffing, and programming for Bucknell varsity program, recreation, student and faculty wellness and special users. Serves as the primary liaison to the Bucknell Physical Plant for all aquatic maintenance and upkeep. Read More.

MACMURRAY COLLEGE
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MACMURRAY COLLEGE

MacMurray College has announced the hiring of Marissa Smego as their Sports Information Director. Smego, a graduate of Heidelberg University, recently completed two years as a Sports Information Graduate Assistant at her alma mater and will begin her duties with MacMurray College this week. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Smego was a standout four-year softball player at Heidelberg University; finishing as the program’s career leader in hits and single-season leader in hits and doubles while leading her team to an Ohio Athletic Conference and Regional Championship in 2015. – SLIAC. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Virginia is poised to finish among the top 20 in the Directors’ Cup all-sports standings for the 12th consecutive year, a testament to Olympic programs such as baseball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, rowing and golf. Williams recently presented a “master plan” for infrastructure upgrades to the U.Va. Board of Visitors’ building and grounds committee. Williams outlined the concept — demolition of University Hall, Onesty Hall and the Cage, followed by construction of a football operations center, Olympic sports complex, additional practice fields and softball stadium — to reporters in May. To the Board of Visitors, she and university architect Alice Raucher unveiled potential renderings. – David Teel, Daily Press. Read More.

ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY

Robert Coleman, who has 28 years of administrative experience in college athletics, has been named the new athletic director at St. Mary’s University, the school announced Wednesday. Coleman, a 52-year-old New York native, will join the Rattlers on Aug. 6. He is currently the AD at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., a post he has held since 2005. Under Coleman’s leadership the past 12 years, the Poets have had five teams finish as the top-ranked NCAA Division III program. In that span, Whittier also produced 53 All-Americans and 92 Academic All-Americans. – Tom Orsborn, Express News. Read More.

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE
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RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

Rhode Island College named Tom Glynn as its new head men’s basketball coach on Wednesday. Glynn spent the past four seasons guiding the Nichols College men’s basketball program. “I am honored to serve as the next head coach of the men’s basketball program at Rhode Island College,” Glynn said. Under Glynn’s watch, the Bison posted four-consecutive 20-win seasons and combined for a 94-20 record. They tied the program-record for wins (25) in 2017-18 and captured their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference championship. – Providence Journal. Read More.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Georiga Southern seeks an annual giving coordinator. The Coordinator of Annual Giving, a Unit of the Athletics Foundation charged with the identification and solicitation of private gifts to support Georgia Southern’s student-athletes identifies, cultivates, and solicits annual gifts, builds relationships with key individuals and corporations, and supports fundraising activities and events by various organizations for the benefit of Georgia Southern Athletics. –Learn More

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Eastern Michigan University is facing a second lawsuit over its controversial decision to eliminate four sports. The lawsuit, filed Friday in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, claims the university has violated Title IX legislation and discriminates against female athletes by providing fewer opportunities than are available for male athletes. The plaintiffs, including two female varsity athletes, claim in the 34-page lawsuit that the university concealed its discussions to eliminate four sports — men’s wrestling, men’s swimming and diving, women’s softball and women’s tennis — to avoid “any effective opportunity to contest the decision.” This latest lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order against the university and its decision to eliminate the sports, and is filed on behalf of two athletes: Marie Mayerova, a rising senior who played tennis at Eastern Michigan, and Ariana Chretien, a rising junior who played softball at Eastern Michigan. -Tony Paul, The Detroit News, Read More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Mississippi State University Athletics is seeking an Assistant Director/Communications to join its communications and external team. The successful candidate must be highly organized and driven with exceptional multi-tasking and communication skills. This position will work closely with the Associate Athletic Director/Communications, the department’s graduate assistants and student assistants in addition to working alongside the marketing and video teams. The candidate must have strong knowledge of social media platforms as well as outstanding writing and public relations skills. –Learn More