Teamworks announces a new relationship with the athletic department at the University of Colorado. As the Buffaloes’ Collaboration Software Provider, Teamworks will streamline communication for coaches, athletic trainers, advisors and administrators while centralizing player and staff information. Delivering Colorado many timesaving management solutions, Teamworks’ tools will allow coaches and staff to spend more time developing student-athletes by eliminating inefficiencies and promoting uniformity across the department. Teamworks will revamp the Buffaloes’ communication methods, ease file sharing processing, and reduce paper-driven processes through the convenience of mobile devices, resulting in both time and hard good savings. –Learn More
A few days after Christmas, Northwestern’s football team upset Pittsburgh at Yankee Stadium. It was only the third bowl victory in school history. Around that same time, Wildcats fans — not to be confused with the many Northwestern alumni in the sports media, of course — were beginning to wonder aloud if the basketball team, off to a 12-2 start, might be headed for the school’s first-ever men’s NCAA Tournament. It was a heck of a few months for Northwestern athletics. And the party is still going on, with basketball coach Chris Collins and football coach Pat Fitzgerald both reportedly having signed contract extensions. The new deal for Fitzgerald, 42, reportedly is good for at least the next 10 years. Collins, 43, could be “locked in” until at least the age of 50. Northwestern has, potentially, its best coaches ever in both sports at the same time. And, according to their contracts, for a long time to come. – Steve Greenberg, Suntimes. Read More.
The success West Virginia University’s athletic program has seen this year has sown plenty of excitement within the Mountaineer fan base, as evident in the crowd at the annual Mountaineer Athletic Club Charleston Scholarship Dinner, held Monday night at the Charleston Civic Center. WVU athletic teams have enjoyed plenty of spotlight this year. The rifle team won its 19th NCAA title, while the women’s soccer team reached the NCAA tournament final. The football team won 10 games for just the ninth time in program history. The support WVU already has seen from its fan base is what has powered those teams to the success they already have enjoyed. WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said the hope is that interest and support will grow as the university’s athletic programs grows. – Derek Redd, Gazette Mail. Read More.
Belmont University Director of Athletics Scott Corley announced Monday the hiring of Bart Brooks as the fifth head women’s basketball coach in program history. Belmont will formally introduce Brooks as head coach at a Tuesday press conference. Brooks, 36, comes to Belmont after spending the past 11 seasons on staff at DePaul University under legendary head coach Doug Bruno. The Blue Demons made the NCAA Tournament every season of Brooks’ stint, standing as one of only six NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs to make 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (Connecticut, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee). Read More.
With every long-term goal comes a plan on how to achieve it. With the final weeks winding down on UMass Lowell’s transition to becoming a full NCAA Division I member institution, Director of Athletics Dana Skinner sees the university right where it needs to be heading into an era of increased growth and prosperity. While the university has opened 13 new buildings since 2009 and is set to open the newly-acquired Perkins Complex as a residence hall in fall 2017, the foundation for UMass Lowell’s Division I era has also been under construction over the last four years. – Marlon Pitter, Connector. Read More.
Perhaps few in Rome are familiar with Jim Harbaugh, but he made himself known as the Wolverines spread themselves around the Italian capital Monday. Harbaugh was “on” from the moment he arrived for Monday’s tour — which began at 9 a.m. on the Spanish Steps and ended at 6 p.m. after a lengthy visit to the Colosseum — even stopping to take a picture of local media. This trip, his brainchild last summer, was to create a unique educational opportunity for his players, while also getting in their final three spring practices. A side benefit has been the time he has been able to spend with his parents and family. – Angelique S. Chengelis , The Detroit News. Read More.
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UC San Diego was denied entrance to the Division-I Big West Athletics Conference earlier this month. Earl Edwards, director of the Athletics Department and Juan Gonzalez, the vice chancellor of student affairs explained in an email to students that they are still committed to understanding and resolving the situation. “As a University, we will continue dialogue to better understand and address the current issues surrounding UC San Diego’s potential membership in the Big West Conference,” the email said. In an interview with the UCSD Guardian, Edwards elaborated on the situation, explaining that it’s not out of the ordinary for applicants to be rejected from a conference after their first attempt to gain membership. “I’ve been involved in athletics for 30 to 40 years, and it’s not uncommon when it comes to expansion or realignment with conferences that there is a two or three-time process before you get the affirmative vote,” Edwards clarified. “I wasn’t expecting that for [UCSD] but it isn’t uncommon.” Edwards emphasized that UCSD’s next steps are trying to convince the Big West’s board of presidents and chancellors to reconsider its decision. -Promita Nandy, The Guardian, Read More
The U.S. Department of Justice picked the University of Toledo as one of 14 schools to join a project aimed at helping male athletes lead the effort to prevent sexual assault and violence against women. As part of its selection, UT will receive $10,000 in training and curriculum for the “Healthy Masculinity Campus Athletics Project.” UT will send three people to the justice department in Washington for training in July. The project focuses on men who play and coach sports and who work as athletics administrators. The idea is to connect with the influential campus leaders as allies in the effort to prevent sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. UT announced its participation in the program Monday. The university will send representatives from its athletics department and student advocacy and wellness center to be trained. Afterward, the curriculum will be shared on campus. –Toledo Blade, Read More
The University of Memphis announced Monday afternoon that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new indoor football practice facility Thursday morning at 11 a.m. The groundbreaking date, which was first reported by The Commercial Appeal last month, comes more than five years after the university began raising money for such a facility, most recently as part of its “Time to Shine” capital campaign. Memphis announced in August 2015 that it was raising $40 million for the construction of new facilities for football and basketball. Construction of the basketball facility began last year, while the football facility has been delayed. In addition to the construction of an indoor practice field, the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex will be renovated to include coaches’ offices and a new dining area, among other amenities. -Tom Schad, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee, Read More
The recently concluded Final Four culminated in what was again a hugely profitable March Madness for the NCAA and its member institutions. Based on this success, it would be difficult to imagine how any of the association’s 1,100-plus institutions would need to cut whole sports programs for financial reasons. And yet, that is exactly what is occurring at schools around the country. In just the past month, sports have been cut at the University of Buffalo; Missouri State; South Carolina State; University of North Dakota; and even at Clemson. Almost all of the programs dropped were “non-revenue,” and were on both the men’s and women’s sides. Other wholesale cuts have occurred at Temple, Richmond, Northeastern, James Madison, Robert Morris, Maryland, Rutgers and California in recent years. Overall, there has been a net loss of 338 men’s programs in Division I since 1988. – Glenn Wong, college.usatoday.com – Read More
Fitz” and “Basketball Fitz” will remain in Evanston, with Northwestern set to announce that football coach Pat Fitzgerald and basketball coach Chris Collins have signed contract extensions. The announcement will be made at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Under Armour store on Michigan Avenue, a nod to Northwestern’s official outfitter and its self-proclaimed designation as “Chicago’s Big Ten team.” The Collins component is more significant because some believed he was a threat to leave after taking Northwestern to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. – Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com – Read More
Rutgers will dedicate its basketball court at the College Ave Gym on Saturday to former Scarlet Knights co-captain and school hall of famer Jim Valvano. The dedication at what’s affectionately referred to as “The Barn” will take place on the university’s annual Rutgers Day. Athletic Director Pat Hobbs says the university is proud to place Jimmy V’s name on the court on which he competed and began his coaching career. The recognition was initially announced on Dec. 4, 2015, when Rutgers’ athletics department and the V Foundation for cancer research honored the 1966-67 men’s basketball team. Valvano played point guard for that team, which posted a 22-7 record and placed third in the NIT. – eastoregonian.com – Read More
The biggest remaining question about Michigan’s football schedule is where the night games will fall. Yes, plural. Michigan did not play a home night game last season but could have a number of them, including more than one at Michigan Stadium this year. “It is a possibility,” U-M athletic director Warde Manuel told the Free Press today. “When the schedules come out, we can have up to two night games.” Among those under consideration is the Oct. 7 game against Michigan State, a rivalry matchup previously considered off-limits when it was solely up to the schools’ administration. “Could be,” Manuel said of the MSU possibility. The past hesitation centered around additional security concerns, beyond those for a night game against a different opponent. The game usually has a number of fans at either school who visit and remain outside the stadium tailgating, an addition that is far less frequent at other games during the season. – Mark Snyder , freep.com – Read More
A new law lets universities sue sports boosters and agents who expose the school to sanctions. Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 425 on Thursday. It goes into effect Nov. 1. The measure allows a lawsuit against third parties who trigger penalties and economic losses against schools for breaking a governing body’s rules. For example, if a booster gives cash to a student athlete in violation of NCAA rules and the NCAA fines the university, a court could order the booster to pay damages to the school. – Dale Denwalt, m.newsok.com – Read More
Former Bemidji State football coach Jeff Tesch will retire this spring after a protracted absence from the team. Tesch and the university released a joint statement Monday afternoon, stating they “have resolved their differences amicably and satisfactorily.” Tesch was removed from his head coaching job just before the 2016 season and put on a leave of absence after reports surfaced that he had used a racial slur during practice. “Jeff Tesch is now back in an employee status, and he will be doing some work on behalf of the university and athletic program in May,” Scott Faust, BSU’s director of communications and marketing, said in an interview with the Pioneer. Faust also said that Tesch will officially retire at the end of May. – Jack Hittinger, bemidjipioneer.com – Read More
Western Kentucky athletic uniforms will soon feature both red towels and Nike swooshes. The school will announce a partnership Tuesday morning with the iconic apparel provider Nike, the Daily News learned Monday. The announcement will come less than 24 hours after WKU announced Monday it had mutually discontinued its exclusive on-field sponsorship agreement with Russell Athletic. Russell will continue to partner with WKU as an apparel licensee, a news release said. WKU officials declined to comment on the move to Nike, though athletic director Todd Stewart addressed the school’s 10-year partnership with Russell in a statement. – BRAD STEPHENS, bgdailynews.com – Read More
Pat Fitzgerald has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Northwestern for at least the next 10 years, Brett McMurphy of ESPN reported on Monday. Fitzgerald’s current contract was due to expire in 2020, but the new 10-year deal will apparently keep him in Evanston for another seven years after that. The exact financial details or length have not yet been released. Fitzgerald has been the head coach Northwestern since 2006 and it appears he will be staying on for at least two decades at his alma mater. – Tristan Jung, insidenu.com – Read More
Greg Sankey said last month’s postgame pushing exchange between Auburn softball shortstop Haley Fagan and Florida coach Tim Walton “shouldn’t happen.” Sankey said he discussed the March 27 incident with Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs and Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin the following day, but did not say if the conference discussed disciplining the coach or player. “It’s a five-second moment,” Sankey said during a hour-long interview at the Associated Press Sports Editors southeast region meeting Monday afternoon in Birmingham. “(There was) a statement from the athletics departments and we’ll move forward. … I appreciate the way that both Scott and Jay approached the matter.” The SEC office had declined to publicly comment about the incident until Monday. – James Crepea, al.com – Read More
The Georgia offensive line signee who was released from his letter of intent Sunday by the school in the wake of a weekend domestic violence arrest won’t be able to go on scholarship at another SEC institution in the first two years there, under an SEC bylaw. D’Ante Demery from Brunswick High was arrested on misdemeanor charges of battery and criminal trespass/damaged property in Athens after the mother of his one-month old child told police he grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against a wall. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey was asked Monday with Georgia cutting ties with Demery if the SEC could govern whether he could be re-recruited by an SEC school. Sankey, speaking at an Associated Press Sports Editors regional meeting in Birmingham Monday, cited an SEC policy that prohibits bringing in a player who signed an SEC financial aid agreement with another SEC school, according to AL.com. – Marc Weiszer, onlineathens.com – Read More
South Carolina student-athletes have a chance to gain valuable work experience in their chosen field thanks to a new program launched by the Athletics Department titled “Beyond Sports.” The new summer professional development and internship program is part of the Gamecock Promise. “As part of our mission, student-athletes who come to the University of South Carolina should be given the means to excel in all phases of their intercollegiate experience, whether it be on the fields or courts, in the classroom or in the community,” Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. “Our ‘Beyond Sports’ professional development and internship program will assist student-athletes for future success outside the fields of competition by giving them real-world experiences in their academic interests. We are excited to begin this program that will give our student-athletes the tools necessary to achieve greatness in whatever field they choose.” – Read More
It seems as if the only debate over incoming Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond is whether his hire was a home run or a grand slam. The entire Boston College community was hyped when Jarmond was announced as Brad Bates’ replacement, and for good reason—his resume is remarkable for any AD candidate, let alone a 37-year-old. As Gene Smith’s right-hand man at Ohio State in charge of football operations and scheduling, Jarmond knows the inner-workings of a perennial football powerhouse. He led record-setting fundraising campaigns at both OSU and Michigan State. And he seems like an ideal fresh face to guide the athletic department through a period of change as it attempts to catch up with the rest of the ACC. – Riley Overend, bcheights.com – Read More
Niagara University has named Jason Lammers the third head coach of the Niagara hockey program, announced on Monday. Lammers is currently the head coach and general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Lammers will remain in his position with the Fighting Saints through the conclusion of the team’s USHL postseason. Dubuque has advanced to the USHL Eastern Conference Finals after defeating Muskegon in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Lammers will be introduced at a press conference in the near future. “We are excited to bring Jason Lammers to Niagara University to coach our hockey team,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University. “He has proven to be a very successful coach throughout his career. In addition to his success defined by wins and losses, he is a person who demonstrates character, leadership and faith, which make him a great fit for our hockey team, as well as the entire Niagara University community.” – Read More
It was announced today [April 24] by Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll that women’s ice hockey Head Coach Bob Deraney has signed a contract extension. “Bob Deraney is one of the most experienced women’s coaches in the country as he has been involved in college hockey for more than 30 years,” Driscoll said. “He has won more games than any women’s coach in the history of Hockey East. We have high expectations for our program. With the state-of-the-art renovations to Schneider Arena combined with a talented group of returning and incoming players, our vision is for our program to compete for Hockey East and national championships.” After being picked to finish seventh in the 2016-17 Hockey East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Friars finished in fourth place with a 11-10-3 Hockey East regular season record and secured home ice for the Hockey East Quarterfinals. – Read More
Our Beaver Nation, the fundraising arm of Oregon State Athletics, launched the Women Leading OSU giving program. This program is designed specifically to support initiatives that directly impact the female student-athlete at OSU, including subsidizing the department’s Women LEAD professional development effort as a part of the Everyday Champions program. This group of dedicated donors will be part of the decision-making process, determining the destination for all funds and what program(s) or project(s) the funds will directly benefit. An Ingram Leadership Council member is anyone who gives at $1,000 level or higher. –Learn More
University of Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta continued his testimony Monday in the trial for former UI senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer’s lawsuit against UI for gender and sexual discrimination. Attorneys for Meyer continued to dig into multiple aspects of what Barta knew about Meyer’s personal relationship with former field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, including when he acknowledged “rumors,” of the relationship as well as its effect on Meyer’s performance reviews and her objection to Griesbaum’s termination on Aug. 4, 2014. Barta reiterated his testimony from Friday in which he only confirmed rumors of the relationship were true after reading a story about it in 2014, and added that, “there were issues that would’ve been a conflict going backward.” Barta acknowledged Monday that Meyer was the only staff member to outwardly object to Griesbaum’s firing, and Meyer’s lawyers spent a significant portion of Monday morning’s questioning digging into why she might be justified in raising those concerns separate from their personal relationship. “I was faced with a tough situation. I had a successful coach, but had this pattern of women bringing up serious allegations of abuse. Because she said she would not change and because behavior was so egregious, even though they couldn’t be proven, I had to make the very difficult decision.” -Jeremiah Davis, The Gazette, Read More
The Albany State University director of athletics has selected a new head coach for the university’s Golden Rams Football Program. Gabe Giardina, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Charleston Southern University, begins his head coaching duties at ASU April 24, 2017. Giardina, selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants following a national search, has more than eight years of experience in football leadership roles at the collegiate level. –Read More
When NCAA vice president Dan Gavitt went before the National Association of Basketball Coaches and pitched the idea of starting the college basketball season on one day — and that day being a Tuesday — the reaction was immediate and nearly universal. Moving opening day to the Tuesday before the second Friday in November — to a day in which there are no college or NFL football games to compete against — gives college hoops some time in the spotlight before Thursday NFL games shift the focus back to football. – Dana O’Neil, ESPN. Read More.
Julio Freire, who joined Pitt’s athletic department a little more than a year ago, is no longer with the university. Freire, hired by former athletic director Scott Barnes in March 2016, served as deputy athletic director for external affairs until stepping down April 14. He had been athletic director at Tennessee-Martin before coming to Pitt to assist Barnes in his fundraising efforts and other areas. Barnes decided to leave Pitt and take the same post at Oregon State late last year. – Brian Batko, Post Gazette. Read More.