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September 20, 2017

SUN BELT CONFERENCE
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SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Teachers are about to hit the football field to master the geometry of route running and the trajectory of passes. No, the teachers won’t be suited up in cleats and pads. They will, however, get on the playing field to experience the finer points in the game through science and math when the Sun Belt Conference and Science of Sport host a special training session on Monday, Sept. 25 at the New Orleans Saints facility from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is the first of three Science of Sport sessions being funded by the College Football Playoff Foundation. Science of Sport will lead the sessions with the goal of promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to teachers. Read More.

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
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SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY

Richmond native Breanne Watson has been appointed to the newly-created position of Associate Director, Athletics at Simon Fraser University. The former NCAA Division I basketball student-athlete and professional player will will provide leadership to SFU’s NCAA Division II varsity program, overseeing more than 30 full and part-time coaches, and managing responsibility for day to day operations, including budgets, event management, and team travel. – Richmond-News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
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UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC

A former Pacific head men’s basketball coach failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he violated academic misconduct and recruiting rules to get prospects eligible, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. He also failed to monitor the activities of his coaching staff and violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he encouraged others to provide false information during the investigation. Pacific did not monitor the involvement of the former head coach, a former men’s basketball assistant coach and a former special assistant to the head men’s basketball coach in the oversight of five prospects’ distance learning coursework. – NCAA. Read More.

MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY
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MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY

The Maryville University Department of Athletics and Recreation announced Brittany Frankenfeld as the inaugural head coach for the women’s lacrosse program. The Saints lacrosse program will begin official competition during the 2018-19 season. Frankenfeld comes to Maryville after two years at the head coach at Ottawa (Kan.) University. Frankenfeld graduated from Lindenwood University in 2012 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

The broad outline of first-year Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley’s contract was known in the weeks after Riley was elevated from offensive coordinator. Riley will be paid $3.1 million annually as part of the five-year contract, which runs through 2022. Of that, $325,000 is base pay, $500,000 for public appearances and speaking engagements and the majority—$1.775 million—coming from unrestricted private funds. – News OK. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

UND Athletics Director Brian Faison provides an update from Fighting Hawks country. On Saturday, the Fighting Hawks football team, led by Coach Bubba Schweigert, fell to a stellar University of South Dakota squad 45-7. Faison also talks about the great success the University of North Dakota volleyball team is having this season. – Cally Musland, Froggyweb. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

The University of Oklahoma would at least consider moving its home basketball games to a proposed new arena in far north Norman, an OU source said Tuesday. A 10,000-seat arena was part of a massive development project proposed that Tuesday was approved by the University North Park development oversight committee. A representative from national architectural firm CallisonRTKL made the presentation. The project would be part of the University North Park district, which has been developed in recent years with retail, dining and hotels. – Berry Tramel, News OK. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–MILWAUKEE
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–MILWAUKEE

UW-Milwaukee basketball telecasts will upgrade to Fox Sports Wisconsin after more than a half-dozen years on Spectrum Sports and its predecessor Time Warner Sports Channel. – Rich Kirchen, Biz Journals. Read More.

UNC-CHAPEL HILL
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UNC-CHAPEL HILL

A course on the history of big-time college athletics will be offered again next year at UNC-Chapel Hill, after its professor alleged that the university violated his academic freedom. The professor, Jay Smith, filed a grievance in July, alleging a breach of his academic freedom. Two weeks, later, he said, he was notified that he would be allowed to teach the class in the spring. Smith said four administrators then wrote a letter to a faculty grievance committee requesting that the complaint be dropped. The faculty panel declined, and went ahead with his hearing Sept. 8, Smith said. He now awaits the findings. – Jane Stancill, News Observer. Read More.

UCONN
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UCONN

UConn President Susan Herbst said Tuesday that the state budget approved by the General Assembly would require cataclysmic cuts — such as closing the school of nursing, the school of engineering or UConn Health. Herbst’s remarks are part of an outspoken public relations campaign launched by UConn to try to fend off budget cuts. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he will veto the budget. Herbst said the cuts approved by the General Assembly would decimate the university, causing the closure of branch campuses, eliminating academic programs, cutting back Division I athletics, cutting back on financial aid, increasing tuition and possibly closing entire schools. – Kathleen Megan, Courant. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

As the Kansas men’s basketball team prepares to jump into a season during which three Jayhawks will sit out and two others finally will play after transferring in, landing athletes via the transfer route appears to be on the brink of becoming easier. “If we open this up, where it’s free agency, it’s going to change everything about our sport, which will be bad,” Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said recently. “That part will be bad.” The idea of loosening the rules associated with transfers first surfaced in June, when the NCAA formed the Division I Council Transfer Working Group that sought feedback designed “to create the best outcomes for both student-athletes and schools involved in the transfer process.” Graduate transfers have gone out the door, too, with former KU forward Dwight Coleby leaving for Western Kentucky this offseason after graduating in May. – Matt Tait, KU Sports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

The demolition of Fouts Field has been delayed until Fall 2018 and will be torn down after the new Track and Field complex is finished, a UNT spokesperson said. The $14 million project includes the demolition, addition of parking spots and new bus transfer station. The facility is budgeted at $5.6 million and consists of an NCAA regulation running track and other field sport facilities with seating, concession stands, locker rooms, coaches and officials area and restrooms, according to UNT Systems website. – NT Daily. Read More.

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Moments after Austin Peay’s victory over Morehead State snapped the nation’s longest losing streak at 29 games, coach Will Healy approached his family, found his 2-year-old son, Eli, and held him high in the air. Eli, perhaps too young to fully grasp the scene around him, looked at his father with one question in mind after the big win. Ryan Ivey, Austin Peay’s Director of Athletics and the man tasked with replacing the goal posts, didn’t get to watch much of the first part of the game. He spent time talking to students, making sure suite guests were taken care of and making his usual rounds through Fortera Stadium. – Colton Pouncy, USA Today. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Actor and comedian Will Ferrell ’90 and his wife, Viveca Paulin, have endowed the first-ever full scholarship for USC women’s soccer through a generous gift to USC Athletics. Ferrell is known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and films such as Old School and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. More recently, he was the main speaker at USC’s 134th commencement in May, delivering a speech that went viral. Paulin is an auctioneer. Read More.

DUKE UNIVERSITY
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DUKE UNIVERSITY

Duke basketball officials last week said the university has removed its “crow’s nest” seating at Cameron Indoor Stadium due to safety concerns. Positioned about eight feet above the seating area, the three-section structure had three ladders, one for each section, and was used by the university as “specialty seating” for auction winners and to house television and radio broadcasters, along with other reporters and video operators during games. A Duke staff member remained in the area below the crow’s nest specifically to aid with the ladders if someone needed to leave the booth. – Steve Wiseman And Jonathan M. Alexander, News Observer. Read More.

BYU
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BYU

BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe today announced the promotion of three athletic department employees. Brian Santiago, has been named Deputy Athletics Director, Liz Darger, has been named Senior Associate Athletics Director and Trevor Wilson, is now an Associate Dean of Students. As Deputy Athletics Director, Santiago is the sports administrator for 10 athletic teams and oversees game management for football and basketball. He also oversees sports marketing, communications and sports camps. As Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Darger is the sports administrator for six athletic teams and the spirit squads. She also oversees human resources, gender equity, student-athlete welfare, and the department diversity and inclusion efforts. She is also a campus Deputy Title IX coordinator. Wilson, Director of the Student Athlete Academic Center, joins the Dean of Students executive team under the leadership of Associate Student Life Vice President and Dean of Students Vernon Heperi. Wilson will serve alongside existing Associate Deans Sarah Westerberg and Casey Peterson and will have particular responsibility for the well-being of the BYU student-athletes. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

Is David Boren’s retirement as University of Oklahoma president imminent? Sources from the university as well as one source close to Boren confirmed to the Tulsa World on Tuesday night that the 76-year-old Boren is expected to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that he is stepping down following the 2017-18 school year. Boren raised the stakes in terms of OU’s academic profile and the university’s fundraising proficiency when he became president in November of 1994. Boren has made as big of an impact on OU athletics. He hired Joe Castiglione as athletic director in April of 1998. Bob Stoops arrived as football coach by the end of that year, and suddenly OU had in place one of the longest tenured, most stable and most successful president/athletic director/football coach combinations in recent NCAA history. -Guerin Emig, Tulsa World, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico’s interim president and newly hired athletic director on Tuesday afternoon met with the coaches of the school’s 22 varsity sports and announced an expanded student-athlete drug- and alcohol-testing program will be introduced for Lobo athletics. Officials at UNM said Tuesday’s meeting was planned for weeks and is in no way related to a report on NMFishbowl.com. That report, citing unnamed sources, indicated UNM football coach Bob Davie is being investigated for claims of player mistreatment and “allegations about the athlete drug-testing process being compromised.” Per UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah, in an email to the Journal, “This initiative is independent of any other matters. We are doing it because it is the right thing to do and it is a direction that members of the Athletics Department have advocated for.” A change in drug testing was discussed during new athletic director Eddie Nuñez’s job interview in late August. He and Abdallah agreed that expanding UNM’s current policy should not only be explored, but should be one of the first initiatives once Nuñez came on board. The new initiative is independent from NCAA-mandated random drug testing, which will continue to happen. -Geoff Grammer, Albuquerque Journal, Read More

September 19, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

In an effort to provide more original content and present it in a timelier fashion, the UVA athletics department has formed the Virginia Sports Network. The new network combines the resources used to communicate to the Cavalier fan base into one consolidated effort and repurposes some pre-existing media into new formats. The focus of distribution will be on social media and through UVA’s long-established athletics websites, VirginiaSports.com and VirginiaSportsTV.com. The most visible change concerns the athletics department’s former weekly television show “Chasing Uncompromised Excellence.” This fall it has transitioned to a series of video features posted to VirginiaSportsTV.com. That content is also being distributed through social media and email throughout the week. – augustafreepress.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

As with all high-level employees of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a change in the athletic director or football coach would come only on the recommendation of Chancellor Ronnie Green. Green made that clear Tuesday, adding that he hasn’t been a part of any discussions on the future of athletic director Shawn Eichorst or football coach Mike Riley since the Huskers’ stunning loss Saturday to Northern Illinois. Speaking with reporters following his annual State of the University address, Green said he, too, shares in the frustrations stemming from the football team’s most recent defeat, which dropped NU to 3-6 in games dating to last season. – CHRIS DUNKER, journalstar.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to catch up with Idaho Vandals Athletic Director Rob Spear. We talked everything from football to basketball and if he has had any discussions with Boise State on playing them in the future when Idaho drops down to the Big Sky Conference. This past season in football Idaho finished 9-4 and captured the Potato Bowl.  Even with a loss this last week against Western Michigan the Vandals still look like they have turned the corner.  Athletic Director Rob Spear says he wants to do everything he can to have the football continue to thrive. The Idaho Vandals and Boise State have not met on the field since 2010 and as far as Idaho is concerned they want to bring back the rivalry if it is possible. – Dan Hawk, kivitv.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Jerry Eaves is unwilling to keep waiting. Thirty-three years since his graduation, the former University of Louisville basketball star has grown impatient with the racial composition of the school’s athletic department. He demands more diversity and he vows to be vigilant. “They’re not changing through normal channels,” Eaves, a starting guard on U of L’s 1980 NCAA Championship team, said Monday evening. “People are going to have to force this. People like myself are going to have to watch every hire, critique every hire. … I’m not upset with anybody, but the numbers cannot stay the same. They need to start fixing it, pronto.” Mark Beckham, U of L’s women’s tennis coach, is the only African-American among the school’s 17 head coaches, but a broader look reveals more proportional representation. A November, 2016 report by the university’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning showed that 29 of the athletic department’s 266 full-time employees (10.2 percent) were black, and another five were classified as multi-racial.  – Tim Sullivan, courier-journal.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

It’s possible the Ole Miss on-field mascot could be headed for yet another makeover. The Ole Miss Associated Student Body announced Monday its intention to hold a campus-wide vote to change the Rebels’ mascot for the third time in the last two decades. In a tweet, ASB president Dion Kevin III explained the organization’s desire to hold a “Landshark Referendum” on Sept. 26. “The Landshark as we know it today has its origins in football, but has since expanded to symbolize Ole Miss’s fighting spirit and athletic prowess,” Kevin said in part. “… After a decade of success under the Landshark, it’s time to make it a lasting part of our history.” While the vote could potentially lead to more change in Oxford, the outcome is not binding, university spokesman Ryan Whittington said. Any official change will have to be facilitated by the school’s administration and athletic department. – PATRICK OCHS, sunherald.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

The state attorney in Gainesville, Florida, told ESPN on Tuesday that he expects to receive details about a potential criminal case involving nine suspended University of Florida football players by early next week. State attorney Bill Cervone said he contacted University of Florida police on Monday for an update on the case. He said UF police told him they hoped to finish their criminal investigation by the end of this week or early next week. The case would then be forwarded to Cervone’s office, which will decide whether to pursue criminal charges. Multiple sources told ESPN that police are investigating multiple purchases the players made at the university bookstore. None of the players has been criminally charged. Star receiver Antonio Callaway and starting tailback Jordan Scarlett are among the players who were suspended from playing in the No. 20 Gators’ first two games. – Mark Schlabach, espn.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

University of Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman has been invited to participate in a College Football Playoff mock selection exercise Tuesday and Wednesday in Grapevine, Texas. Burman is one of 13 Football Bowl Subdivision athletic directors to be invited to this year’s exercise. The event is intended to give FBS athletic directors a better understanding of the process the actual CFP selection committee follows when producing weekly rankings, determining matchups in the CFP semifinals and selecting participants in the New Year’s Six bowls. – trib.comRead More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Latest on Ohio State’s request that a judge dismiss a former football star’s antitrust lawsuit (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Ohio State’s athletic director says the university is committed to resolving a dispute over a banner display that featured photos of several former sports stars. Gene Smith says the filing of a lawsuit by former football great Chris Spielman doesn’t change the university’s commitment to that resolution. Smith said Tuesday the banners were removed months ago after the university determined the athletes pictured on them hadn’t been contacted in advance. Smith made his comments despite a request by the university to dismiss the lawsuit Spielman filed earlier this summer. – foxsports.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

In mid-September, Ole Miss went in front of the NCAA Committee On Infractions, and in the coming months, the NCAA will decide the outcome of its years-long probe into athlete benefits. Ole Miss went in front of the Committee regarding 21 allegations. Fifteen of those are Level I (the most serious). The school does have some self-imposed sanctions, but the safe bet is that the NCAA will add to them as long as its case holds up. The fallout from the scandal has already cost Ole Miss more than $9 million. Now, there’s even more money on the line for the Rebels. It has to do with a future neutral-site football game. Via a Freedom Of Information Act request, SB Nation acquired Ole Miss’ game agreements for the 2016 Camping World Classic against Florida State, the 2020 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff against Baylor, and the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic against Louisville. Tucked into the contract for the 2020 game is this clause (emphasis ours): –  Richard Johnson, sbnation.comRead More

SEC
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SEC

Every December and January, millions of dollars change hands between schools that hire and fire football coaches, a money funnel that includes agents taking their cuts, often on both sides of a transaction, and firms that get hired to do much of the logistical dirty work on coaching searches. With so much at stake, bar-table conversations each summer at the major athletics directors conventions tend to focus on the college football coaching landscape. Who’s in trouble? Who needs to win now? Which schools are hamstrung by big buyouts? This year, the particular focus of those conversations was the Southeastern Conference, a league that almost single-handedly changed the college football coaching pay scale while also making one questionable hiring decision after another. – Dan Wolken, usatoday.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville Athletic Department is proud to introduce a new initiative focused on the professional development of female student-athletes. The Women of Influence program connects female student-athletes with the city’s most influential female leaders. The program provides unique mentoring and professional development opportunities to inspire female student-athletes to plan and prepare for life beyond the court and field. The program has offered four events to date, while two more events are on the calendar for 2017. The first event featured 16 upper classmen and 15 female Humana employees for a one-on-one working luncheon. The attendees were paired with a female employee from Humana at the director level or higher who works in the student-athlete’s area of study. The second Women of Influence event featured eight female entrepreneurs hosting round table discussions. – Read More

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Virginia Tech could have dismissed Old Dominion as an arrogant wannabe. After all, the Monarchs had been playing football for a scant three seasons before announcing their intention to join the Bowl Subdivision, and now they wanted to play the Hokies? At home?! This was May 2012, and though ODU had reached the 2011 Championship Subdivision playoffs, the climb to the FBS figured to require ample supplies of oxygen, patience and Sherpas. Besides, Frank Beamer’s Tech program had just concluded an 11-3 season, its eighth straight with at least 10 victories. Yet seven months after the Monarchs revealed their impending move to Conference USA, the Hokies agreed to one game in Norfolk and two in Blacksburg, a since-extended series that kicks off Saturday at Lane Stadium. – David Teel, dailypress.comRead More