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May 24, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

The University of Pennsylvania’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, has announced that Roger Reina C’84 WEV’05 will return to his Hall of Fame roots as head coach of the Penn wrestling program. Reina originally led the Quakers from 1986-2005 and amassed a program-record 205 wins and a .649 winning percentage during his first tenure coaching at his alma mater, which began at the age of 24 as the youngest head coach in program history. He guided the Quakers to four EIWA championships and eight Ivy League titles during his initial run as head coach, and recruited and coached a pair of NCAA champions (Brett Matter, Matt Valenti) as well as an Olympic Gold Medalist (Brandon Slay). Reina led Penn to five NCAA Top 20 finishes in a six-year span including a Top 10 NCAA finish and two eighth-place finishes at the National Dual Meet Championships. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Less than one year ago, Missouri lost Athletic Director Mack Rhoades, who took an opening at Baylor University, and replaced him with Jim Sterk of San Diego State, who chose to accept the challenge of rebuilding a Mizzou athletic department reeling from the combination of racial campus unrest, a struggling men’s basketball team, and a football program undergoing a coaching change, with Barry Odom having recently replaced the retired Gary Pinkel. Through those challenges, light seems to be getting brighter at the end of the Missouri tunnel.  Unquestionably Sterk’s boldest decision to date involves the firing of men’s basketball coach and MU alum Kim Anderson, followed by the hiring of Cal coach and East St. Louis native Cuonzo Martin. – Tom Johnson, kttnsports.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

For much of its long and distinguished life, Camp Randall Stadium has been known as a battleground.It rose from the soil of a Civil War training site where Union troops were enrolled and wounded Confederate soldiers were detained. It subsequently housed and vetted U.S. military personnel leading up to World War I and World War II. It has since become known as the home for Wisconsin football games, where 557 of them have been played since 1917. But Camp Randall Stadium has hosted more than just conflict and more than just major college football, a reality that will be celebrated during the coming season when the facility turns 100. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

University of Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff has been relieved of his duties, The Tuscaloosa News has learned. Players who are still on campus were called to a 1 p.m. meeting to receive the news. UA athletic officials met with Goff on Wednesday and were in meetings throughout the morning to discuss the decision. UA athletic officials also reached out to some players and their families to advise them to wait before making decisions on whether to transfer. Goff signed a five-year deal worth $450,000 per year on June 17 after being hired last summer. It ran through the 2021 season. -Aaron Suttles and Ben Jones, Tide Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The New Mexico State Auditor’s Office has confirmed that it has opened a case into the spending of public money by the University of New Mexico’s athletics department on a golf trip to Scotland. Agency spokeswoman Justine Freeman said Wednesday the findings will be made public when the review is complete. It’s not clear how long the investigation will take. Athletic director Paul Krebs continues to draw criticism as more details about the 2015 junket emerge. Krebs has said the $65,000 trip was meant to strengthen relationships with donors, but critics have said it should have been paid for by the university’s independent fundraising arm, not with athletic department money. –AP, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

The person getting the call should have been Jah Reid, the former Knight offensive lineman now with the Kansas City Chiefs. UCF used pictures of him to promote coach Scott Frost’s football camp. You wouldn’t think that’s a big deal, and it shouldn’t have been. Now a simple mistake has evolved into national “Athlete Suing Alma Mater” story where nobody looks good. UCF apparently feels it has the rights to capitalize off athletes’ likenesses in perpetuity. As such, it could put up billboards featuring Daunte Culpepper that reads, “Come to Rise & Conquer Football Camps and Have a Chance to Earn a $102-Million Contract.” – David Whitley, Orlando Sentinel. Read More.

INDIANA TECH
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INDIANA TECH

Ted Albert has been named the head men’s basketball coach for the Indiana Tech Warriors, Director of Athletics Debbie Warren announced Tuesday. Albert comes to Indiana Tech after spending 10 years at Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) foe Cornerstone University, the last six years as an assistant coach while he played for the Golden Eagles from 2006-11. Albert’s main responsibilities at Cornerstone included: recruiting, post-player development, strength and conditioning and serving as the Head JV Coach for the program. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

UGA athletics directory Greg McGarity, in response to stories and criticism about UGA’s reluctance to use its reserve funds, is planning a presentation about the issue at Thursday’s board meeting. But Ryan Scates, a former student board member, feels the policy can be amended, if the board wishes. At the last board meeting, in February, UGA listed just over $67 million in reserves available at the end of fiscal year 2016. Out of that, $21.6 million was put towards previously approved facility projects. Then $41.7 million was invested in the UGA Foundation at the end of Dec. 2016, according to a document passed out at the board meeting, leaving $4.7 million in remaining reserves available for the ongoing fiscal year. That reserve money adds up to $46.4 million. – Seth Emerson, DawgNation. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

The Pac-12 is not quite halfway through its 12-year, $3 billion contract with ESPN and Fox. But that money, in a sense, has already been spent. It has been spent on brick-and-mortar items like, well, brick and mortar. An analysis of Pac-12 financial projections indicates the schools owe more than $100 million in debt service in fiscal year 2017 alone. The NCAA has strict reporting rules for financial data once the fiscal year closes. But calculations for projections vary, with each athletic department using its own methodology. – Jon Wilner, Mercury News. Read More.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

A week ago I thought these football-only facilities were ridiculous. For those that don’t know, a “football-only facility” is exactly that — a building only for the football program. It has its own cafeteria, office space, meeting rooms and fun little gaming stations so the players don’t have to rub elbows anymore with the likes of swimmers, golfers and baseball players. Right now, FSU football players eat their meals at the Moore Athletic Center, which is where all of the other scholarship athletes eat as well. The players are always going to do the heavy lifting while the coaches and administrators get the hefty salaries and the fancy hotel rooms at the Ritz-Carlton. So if you’re not going to give them a bigger stipend than the other scholarship athletes on campus, you can at least give them a state-of-the-art tetherball court for crying out loud. – Corey Clark , Democrat. Read More.

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

With the exception of track and field, all of Virginia Tech’s sports have completed competition for the 2016-17 academic year. Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock took some time Tuesday afternoon to answer questions about the past year and wide array of topics that pertain to the immediate and long-term future of Virginia Tech athletics. AD Whit Babcock said ” I’m so excited by the culture and the upward trajectory right now, but just like momentum in a game – when you have it, it’s gold, and you don’t want to have any penalties or turnovers or self-inflicted stumbles to lessen that momentum. I really like the direction we’re headed.” Read More.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Florida Atlantic University seeks an Associate Athletic Director External Relations. Work in conjunction with the Athletic Director and Sr. Associate Athletic Director of Business Operations with the budget preparation, interpretation, coordination and supervision for marketing, promotional, licensing, ticket sales and related function areas budgets. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

This week in St Simons, at the posh King and Prince resort, the UGA athletic board will meet for its annual spring meeting, which tends to be the most eventful – but not the most surprising, as long as the powers that be have it their way. There may be a mystery about what the board really does, or doesn’t do, what its role is, and the people who are on it. A major function of the board is to provide perfunctory approval to decisions already made by the athletic director. The biggest misconception may involve hiring and firing coaches. There is a belief held by many fans that board members have a vote or a say in coaching-related decisions, whether it be hirings and firings, or salaries. If they do, the power is wielded behind the scenes. The board, as it stands now, is merely an advisory board. – Seth Emerson, Dawg Nation. Read More.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Emary McGehee has worked at LSU home football games for the past three seasons, helping fans find their seats, enforcing the no smoking policy—and dealing with lots of drunk people, some of whom have an unfortunate tendency to vomit on themselves and others. Outside of suites and club seats, LSU doesn’t sell alcohol at its football games, but that may change very soon. If the Southeastern Conference approves, you could be visiting an official Tiger Stadium “beer garden” as early as this fall. Fans, including those who may be underage, routinely sneak liquor past game-day staffers and into the stadium. McGehee fears adding beer into the mix will lead to even more drunken behavior, and says it would be hypocritical for LSU to continue the liquor ban while profiting from beer sales. – David Jacobs, Business Report. Read More.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY
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HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Harvard University seeks an assistant Director of Marketing – Athletics. Under the leadership of the Associate Director of Athletics for Marketing and Sales, you will develop and manage a comprehensive marketing strategy to promote 42 varsity sports, including 6 ticketed sports. You will create and direct all promotional and advertising plans to generate ticket revenue, increase attendance, and enhance awareness of Harvard Athletics programs. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS
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UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS

Doug Petersen has been named the Director of the University of Sioux Falls Track and Field/Cross Country Program, according to an announcement Monday (May 22) by USF Director of Athletics Josh Snyder. Peterson brings a strong pedigree to the director’s position as he has had success with the USF Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Team over the past three years and assisted with the distance student-athletes in track and field. Before coming to USF, he had a Hall of Fame coaching career with Adrian High School in Minnesota. He replaces Reid Ehrisman, who has resigned. Read More.

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE
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CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE

Chris Wright has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at Central Baptist College, Athletic Director Lyle Middleton announced at a press conference earlier this afternoon. Wright will succeed Wes Sullivan, who resigned in April. Wright comes to Conway from Angelo State University, an NCAA Division II institution in San Angelo Texas, where he served as an assistant on Cinco Boone’s staff last season. He helped guide the Rams to a 17-12 record and an appearance in the Lone Star Conference tournament final. During the season, ASU reached as high as fifth in the national poll. Coach Wright also was the academic coordinator helping the team to its GPA ever in program history and signed the number one junior college point guard before the season. Read More.

ORANGE COAST COLLEGE
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ORANGE COAST COLLEGE

Orange Coast College seeks Athletic Trainer. Under the direction of the Dean, Kinesiology and Athletics, to administer preventive and rehabilitative treatment to student athletes engaged in various collegiate sports; and to perform related work as required. – Apply Here

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Appalachian State University seeks Assistant Director of Development for Athletics. The position is responsible for assistance and support of the athletic development operation at Appalachian State University athletic department. Primary duties center around the planning and execution of events and operations for donors on Football and Basketball game days (i.e. Yosef Club Members, club seat patrons, suite guests, etc.).- Apply Here

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

At Liberty University, they don’t want to talk about Ian McCaw’s past at Baylor. Same thing with Kendal Briles at Florida Atlantic. Arizona State at least put a little more effort into discussing Phil Bennett. They’re ducking questions from Yahoo Sports – and who knows how many other media outlets – about hires of prominent former employees from the fetid swamp that was Baylor athletics during the Art Briles Era. The hires happened during the winter, so they’re not new questions. The Baylor stain on the careers of McCaw, Briles and Bennett is not going away. If anything, it’s deepening with every new allegation. Neither the younger Briles nor Bennett were named in the publicly shared summary of the 2016 Pepper Hamilton report, and there is nothing that publicly links them directly with any of the wave of sexual assaults and other violent acts perpetrated (and/or allegedly perpetrated) by Baylor football players. The rest of the full-time staffers from that team have become virtually untouchable: two former Baylor assistants are working at a junior college, two at an NAIA school, and three appear to be currently out of coaching. For the three schools that put their reputations on the line by hiring former Baylor staffers, the desire is to minimize and move on and hope to start winning games and changing the conversation. -Pat Forde, Yahoo, Read More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor has been on the job less than a month, but he already has a good feel for what topics most interest Wildcat fans. The question he has heard most while visiting cities across the Sunflower State with K-State’s annual catbacker tour the past few weeks: How much longer will Bill Snyder continue coaching the football team? Another popular question: Will basketball coach Bruce Weber receive a contract extension? He doesn’t have firm answers at the moment, but planning for each scenario could result in his first major decision as the leader of K-State athletics. “I think it could boil down to what we decide to do with Bruce in terms of an extension or if Coach Snyder decides to retire any time sooner than I expect him to,” Taylor said Tuesday at a Wichita Catbacker event. “There are some other facility things we are fundraising for, but those may be the first ones.” Contract talks with Weber could happen this summer, but they haven’t occurred yet. Nor has Weber asked for an extension, Taylor said. -Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle, Read More

May 23, 2017

TROY UNIVERSITY
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TROY UNIVERSITY

Troy football is on the roll. Coming off the program’s first 10-win FBS season, coach Neal Brown joined me on The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5 on Monday to discuss the upcoming season as well as future scheduling. The Trojans open at Boise State and play at LSU in non-conference action. In fact, Troy plays in-state foes Alabama State and South Alabama. Would he want to play Alabama and Auburn? “Without question, we’d love the opportunity to suit up and play Alabama or Auburn,” Brown said. “We tried to initiate talks. Those talks haven’t moved forward. I don’t know. We’d love to play them obviously. “That’s going to have to be a decision Alabama and Auburn make. I think it would be a cost-prohibitive measure for them. If you look, they are playing similar teams in our league. –  MARK HEIM, al.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

University of Alabama baseball coach Greg Goff informed up to 10 players their scholarships would not be renewed, a violation of NCAA rules, The Tuscaloosa News has learned. According to NCAA bylaw 15.3.5.2, institutions cannot revoke or reduce a scholarship because of an athlete’s ability, performance, physical or mental condition. According to NCAA bylaw 15.3.4.3.1, an institution may not set forth an athletically related condition that would permit the institution to reduce or cancel a scholarship if the conditions are not satisfied. UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne issued a brief statement when contacted about the situation: “As with any situation, the University of Alabama will follow NCAA guidelines. We are not revoking scholarships,” the statement said. Players were informed of Goff’s decision to cut their scholarships during exit interviews on Monday after UA’s season concluded on Saturday with a 3-3 tie at Vanderbilt. –  Ben Jones, tidesports.comRead More

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

The anticipation is obvious in Theo Sliman’s voice. UL’s golf coach has watched the construction process for the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first team facility over the past several months, and now the jewel that sits at the entrance to Oakbourne Country Club is all but ready for occupation. It’s not a minute too soon, because Sliman is comparing the $600,000 building to a pregnancy. “If there’s such a thing as delivery week, we’re in it,” he joked. “We’re done with the third trimester. It’s close enough that every time I drive in the entrance and drive out, the hair on the back of my neck stands up and I’ve got a big smile inside every time I see it. I may be focused on something else and it doesn’t show on my face, but inside there’s a huge smile.” The original plan was for completion on June 1, and that’s turning out to be a very good projection. It’s close enough that plans for the “official” ribbon cutting involving Oakbourne, the family of Brad and Don Mosing, the Vermilion Links group and UL personnel are well underway. – Dan McDonald, theadvertiser.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today University of Texas at El Paso play-by-play announcer Jon Teicher as the 2017 recipient of the NFF Chris Schenkel Award. Presented annually since 1996, the award recognizes individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university. Teicher will be honored Dec. 5 during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown. “Jon Teicher has had an exceptional broadcasting career as the Voice of the Miners, spanning more than 36 years, and during that time, his voice has become synonymous with UTEP football and west Texas,” said NFF President& CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are pleased to honor him with the 2017 NFF Chris Schenkel Award in recognition of his distinguished career.” Teicher will begin his 37th season as the “Voice of the Miners” in 2017, starting his career from the UTEP booth in 1981. – Beau Bagley, elpasoproud.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
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UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

University of Hartford President-Designate Gregory S. Woodward has named Mary Ellen Gillespie as the University’s new Director of Athletics, it was announced on Tuesday. Gillespie, who currently serves in the same position at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will begin her duties on July 10, 2017. A native of Sayville, N.Y., Gillespie has led Green Bay athletics since 2013. Under her guidance, the department has seen strong growth in both leadership and revenue generation. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

University of Cincinnati Director of Athletics Mike Bohn announced Tuesday that baseball head coach Ty Neal has resigned his position for personal reasons. Neal recently completed his fourth season at UC with a record of 91-130-1. “We respect Coach Neal’s decision to step down,” Bohn said. “We appreciate what Ty has done to escalate the academic and athletic profiles of the program with an APR score which improved from 948 to 989 and an RPI which improved 147 spots over the past four years. We wish him the best moving forward.” Cincinnati finished the 2017 regular season with a 28-28 record overall and a 10-14 mark in American Athletic Conference play. Ted Tom will serve as the program’s interim head coach for the 2017 postseason. Tom is in his third season at UC and had a 203-193 record in seven seasons as the head coach at Shawnee State University. – Read More

BIG 12
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BIG 12

Big 12 schools can expect to receive robust paychecks of about $33 million each next week when the league’s presidents and athletic directors convene for their annual meeting in Irving, but the conference’s take still lags behind that of the SEC and Big Ten. One source said more lucrative television revenue and operational savings will bump the money about 10 percent from last year when the 10 schools earned about $30.4 million apiece. The league also will elect a new president to replace Oklahoma’s David Boren, whose term is expiring. It won’t be Texas President Gregory L. Fenves, who’ll remain as secretary-treasurer. – Kirk Bohls, mystatesman.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is preparing to receive approval from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to become a full NCAA DII (Division II) member. The private nonprofit four-year university expects to be notified by NCAA officials mid-July that it has successfully completed the three-year membership process, making it the only NCAA Division II school in Orange County.  “We are very excited to become a full NCAA Division II member soon,” said Concordia University Irvine President Kurt Krueger. “The decision by the NCAA would be a testament to our core values, faculty and staff, as well as the integrity of our athletics department toward NCAA compliance, our university’s fiscal responsibility, and our commitment to high academic standards,” said Krueger. In July 2014—when the university began the NCAA DII membership process—Concordia Irvine was accepted into and began competing as a Provisional Member of the PacWest (Pacific West) Conference and the NCAA Division II. – swimswam.com Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Tracey Griesbaum said Monday she didn’t need a seven-figure payout from the University of Iowa to prove that she was a good field hockey coach. She never doubted that in the 33 months since she was shocked to hear she had been fired. So Griesbaum doesn’t view Friday’s $1.5 million settlement of her wrongful-termination lawsuit as the end of a journey, but rather as a sign that a life she had placed on hold for nearly three years is ready to resume. On her terms. “I’m not relieved (by the settlement). I was ready to go to trial,” Griesbaum told the Register on Monday. Friday’s settlement averted a civil trial that was scheduled to begin June 5. It came two weeks after Griesbaum’s partner, former Iowa senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer, won her civil lawsuit against the school for gender and sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation and unequal pay. – Mark Emmert, desmoinesregister.comRead More