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February 21, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Nate Norman, a former University of Notre Dame soccer player, Irish women’s soccer assistant coach and head women’s soccer coach at Western Michigan and Liberty for five combined seasons, has been named the women’s soccer head coach for the University. Norman joined the Irish coaching staff in January 2017 and last fall helped Notre Dame to a 10-7-5 overall mark, including a 5-3-2 record (tied for fifth place) in Atlantic Coast Conference play. That Irish squad defeated IUPUI 5-0 in the first round of the NCAA Championship and eliminated sixth-ranked Texas A&M in the second round before falling to 23rd-rated Baylor in overtime in the Sweet 16 round. Notre Dame ended up 18th in the final United Soccer Coaches poll. Read More.

SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY

Southern Oregon University Director of Athletics Matt Sayre announced Tuesday that Biniam Afenegus has resigned from his post as the Raiders’ head men’s soccer coach. Avneet Shergill, who joined Afenegus’ staff as the top assistant prior to the 2017 season, will lead the team on an interim basis. SOU will conduct a nationwide search for the next head coach. Afenegus was named the head coach on Feb. 16, 2015 – just over a month after SOU announced the addition of the sport – and posted a 35-18-4 record over three seasons. – Jacob Kornhauser, KDRV. Read More.

ST. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY
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ST. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY

In his role as the director of athletics at St. Ambrose, Ray Shovlain has hired a number of coaches over the years. The veteran administrator couldn’t rely on a quick phone call to old friends for recommendations for his latest hire, announcing Tuesday that Joshua Sides has been named as the first coach of the university’s new esports program. Sides has been an active member in the League of Legends community since its first competitive season in 2010 and has a history of studying the competitive side of the game, believing games can be won or lost in the pre-game phase. – Steve Batterson, QC Times. Read More.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

More than three weeks after the Colorado State athletic director started examining Eustachy’s conduct, the assessment is still without an official conclusion. Parker said through a statement on Feb. 8 that his assessment was nearly complete, pending a conversation with Eustachy and his representatives. Apparently that conversation didn’t go as planned since Parker said he hoped to resolve the situation by this time last week. An official conclusion seems to be hung up on a financial negotiation between the coach and the school, which would owe Eustachy $2.9 million if his contract is terminated without cause. Second-year assistant coach Jase Herl has been the team’s interim head coach for a week now (taking over after associate head coach Steven Barnes joined Eustachy on paid administrative leave) and said he’s trying to make things as normal as possible. -Sean Star, Reporter-Herald, Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State University will bring in former Michigan Chief Justice Bob Young Jr. to help as it deals with multiple investigations into its handling of the Larry Nassar case, the university announced Tuesday. Young stepped down in April after 18 years on the Michigan Supreme Court and a record three consecutive terms as chief justice. He said he was retiring from the bench to return to his former law firm, Dickinson Wright in Detroit. He was appointed to the state Supreme Court by then-Gov. John Engler in 1999 to replace resigning Chief Justice Conrad Mallett. -David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, WZZM, Read More

STANISLAUS STATE UNIVERSITY
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STANISLAUS STATE UNIVERSITY

Stanislaus State’s search for a new athletic director is coming to a close as five finalist have been announced for the position. Two of the finalists, Cal State Bakersfield Deputy AD Dena Freeman Patton and Whittier College Executive Director of Athletics and Special Assistant to the President Robert Coleman having already visited campus to participate in an open forum. The three remaining finalist are Fresno State Senior Associate AD Terry Donovan, Stanislaus State SWA and interim AD Kim Duyst, and El Camino College Director of Athletics & Kinesiology Colin Preston. Donovan and Duyst will meet with the campus community in their open forums this week while Preston will visit campus next week.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Rebel Rags accused former Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and others in MSU’s athletic department of conspiracy this summer. Now Mullen, former Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin and college sports’ governing body have reportedly been added to the Oxford-based retail store’s legal spat related to Ole Miss’ NCAA infractions case. Rebel Rags on Monday filed a lawsuit in Lafayette County Circuit Court against Mullen, Stricklin, NCAA investigator Mike Sheridan and the organization itself as well as Leo Lewis, Kobe Jones and Lindsey Miller. Sports Illustrated reported the news. In the amended Notice of Allegations issued to Ole Miss last February, Rebel Rags is accused of providing impermissible benefits in the form of $2,800 worth of free merchandise to Lewis and Jones when they were recruits as well as Miller, the stepfather of former Ole Miss standout Laremy Tunsil. Rebel Rags was disassociated as a booster in December but has since been reinstated by the school pending the outcome of its appeal, which was filed earlier this month. -Davis Potter, Oxford Eagle, Read More

February 20, 2018

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

SIU athletics is running a cumulative deficit of more than $26 million, according to documents obtained by the Daily Egyptian under a Freedom of Information Act request and interviews. The cumulative operational or “day-to-day” deficit rose from $4.7 million in 2013 to $19.6 million by June 2017. During the 2013 fiscal year, a loan from the university system to SIU athletics added $8.6 million to the athletics deficit, Judith Marshall, SIUC executive director of administration and finance, said. The loan was to help pay off renovations for SIU Arena, Saluki Stadium and Itchy Jones Stadium, Marshall said. The financial documents, which outline revenue and expenditures in athletics, show football as the most expensive intercollegiate athletic team at the university. The football program lost roughly $2.6 million during the 2017 fiscal year and lost roughly $9.4 million during the four-year snapshot the Daily Egyptian analyzed. – BRIAN MUNOZ, dailyegyptian.comRead More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State has announced the promotion of longtime athletic trainer Renee Messina to assistant athletic director for athletic training services. Messina is a Penn State graduate who has been a member of the Nittany Lions’ athletic training staff since 1992, serving in a variety of roles and with several teams. Since 2013 she has served as associate director of athletic training services, supervising the athletic trainers who provide the medical care for 12 varsity programs. Messina will develop athletic training strategies and implement policies and protocols that ensure compliance with NCAA and Big Ten Conference rules and regulations. – Read More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Mississippi State Director of Athletics John Cohen announced Tuesday that head baseball coach Andy Cannizaro has resigned effective immediately.  Cohen went on to say, “While the circumstances are difficult, we are fortunate to have a coach of Gary Henderson’s caliber to assume leadership of the program on an interim basis during our transition.”   Henderson owns 29 years of collegiate coaching experience, including eight years as a Southeastern Conference head coach. He was named the 2012 SEC Coach of the Year.  – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

The University of Virginia department of athletics and the Virginia Athletics Foundation announced today (Feb. 20) a generous commitment has been made by an anonymous donor to name the Virginia baseball stadium, pending formal approval from the University of Virginia Board of Visitors on March 2, 2018. Once approved, the baseball stadium will be named Disharoon Park in honor of Leslie B. Disharoon and Ann Merriwether Disharoon. Les and Ann are well-known as long-time and generous supporters of the baseball program. Mrs. Disharoon, who passed away in 2013, was an enthusiastic Virginia baseball fan. Mr. Disharoon remains an active supporter of the baseball program. He has served as a member of the Virginia Athletics Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as on the boards of various other institutions and foundations. – nbc29.comRead More

NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
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NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN COLLEGE

NC Wesleyan College announced today that Aaron Denton will take the helm of the NCWC Athletic program. Denton has spent the last 10 years as the Athletic Director for Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst. He is set to take over May 15, replacing Wesleyan long-time director John Thompson, who announced he was stepping down February 8 after 20 years as AD. Denton arrived in Pinehurst in 2008 to serve as Sandhill’s first Athletic Director.  Under his leadership, the school started the athletic program with men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s golf. Over the next ten years, Denton added five more sports, including women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, and track and field. During his tenure, Sandhills won two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championships as well as numerous regional and national student-athlete and coaches’ awards. – Read More

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

The Aspire Group named Ted Lopez as the Sales & Service Manager of the newly-formed San Jose State University Athletics Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC). Lopez, a San Jose native, and an Aspire Group Sales & Service Consultant will be charged with all ticket sales and service functions with a primary focus on Spartan football and men’s and women’s basketball. He joins the Spartans after serving as the Vice President of Sales for the San Francisco Box Office. He was responsible for designing and implementing the organization’s business sales strategy. Read More.

WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY

Washington and Lee University has announced that the Board of Trustees has approved the construction and restoration phase for the Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center, contingent upon the university raising the final $4.7 million by June 30 to reach its goal. This transition will begin to take place during the second week of April 2018, as the department vacates the current Warner Center/Doremus complex to its new temporary office spaces in Baker Hall located on Washington Street. The new Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center will encompass 165,489 square feet and will capture over 10,700 square feet of assignable space for new athletic and recreation programs. – The Columns. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Louisville must vacate men’s basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee. The appeals committee also upheld the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions penalty that requires the university to return to the NCAA money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

UNT’s Student Government Association Election Board announced Monday night that a referendum to increase the university athletic fee had passed. The vote passed with 55.24 percent of students supporting the increase. A total of 2,366 students voted. The measure proposed a $6.25-per-credit-hour increase in the Intercollegiate Athletics Fee and a $2.00-per-credit-hour decrease in the Student Service Fee. Students were able to vote from Feb. 13 to 15. The proposed increase will go to the Board of Regents this month, according to SGA President Barrett Cole and Graduate Student Council (GSC) President Lynze Jones. The approximately $3.5 million annual increase in the athletic department’s budget will go towards general public relations, spirit and student organizations and the travel budget, according to the athletics website. – Zaira Perez, NT Daily. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY

Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth has agreed to a contract extension with the school through the 2024-25 season on Monday. Borseth, who recently led the Phoenix to its 19th-consecutive Horizon League title and the program’s 17th NCAA Tournament appearance last season, is in his 15th season overall at Green Bay and owns a winning percentage of .798 with the Phoenix. He is 213-24 (.899) all-time in Horizon League play. – Bill Scott, WRN. Read More.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein announced today that men’s basketball coach Mark Byington has agreed to a contract extension through the 2021-22 season. This contract was signed after approval from the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation and University President Dr. Jaimie Hebert. Byington is in his fifth season with the Eagles, and Georgia Southern is currently third in the Sun Belt standings with a 17-10 overall record and an 8-6 mark in league play. He is seven wins shy of 100 for his career (93-74 overall, 86-70 at GS), and his 51 wins in his first three seasons at Georgia Southern were the best of any coach in the modern era. – Frank Sulkowski, WJCL. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

Rendering of indoor practice field of USF Football Center (Provided by USF Athletics)University of South Florida Director of Athletics Mark Harlan recently unveiled plans for a USF Football Center to be located on the USF campus adjacent to the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center. The USF Football Center, which is estimated to cost $40 million and will be a donor-driven project, will expand upon the Morsani Football Practice Complex and feature an 83,000-square foot indoor practice facility housing a 100-yard turf field. The Center will also feature a more than 80,000-square foot, two-level building providing a state-of-the-art home for the entire football program. Though athletic director Mark Harlan noted last week nearly $7 million has been raised for the USF Football Center (of which the indoor facility will be a major component) since plans for the project were unveiled last fall, $5 million of that came in the form of a gift from USF mega-donors Pam and Les Muma. – Joey Knight. TBO. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

While the University of Louisville’s search for a search firm narrows, the committee that will help select an athletic director expands. Interim president Greg Postel now chairs a panel that has grown from 10 members to 15 barely a month before the projected completion of its duties.  A week after the deadline for bid proposals, the committee has yet to settle on a search firm to help identify candidates. Yet in adding former trustee Sam Rechter to the committee, U of L has tapped a member of the delegation that recruited Tom Jurich when the position was last open in 1997. By including more participants, it presumably reduces the influence of individual members while increasing the number of constituencies able to provide input. Preliminary discussions have emphasized the desirability of a candidate with extensive experience in athletic administration. -Tim Sullivan, Louisville Courier Journal, Read More

CAL
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CAL

Mohamed Muqtar, the faculty member who former Cal women’s basketball player Layshia Clarendon claims sexually assaulted her as a freshman, is currently on administrative leave, according to a statement from Cal Athletics. The date on which Muqtar’s leave began is unknown as Cal Athletics does not comment on personnel leaves of absence. The university has not clarified whether the leave is directly related to the allegations. A month ago, Clarendon filed a lawsuit with the Alameda County Superior Court against the UC Board of Regents. The lawsuit alleges that Muqtar, the director of student services at Cal, had a position of power within Cal Athletics and that he used his position of power, as well as lack of oversight, to sexually harass student-athletes at Cal. -Justice delos Santos, Daily Cal, Read More

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

ETSU Athletics Director Scott Carter announced Monday that men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes has signed a new contract. The agreement will extend the length of Forbes’ current deal through the 2022-23 season, while elevating his annual base salary to $400,000, his external relations stipend to $50,000, and keeping his yearly retention bonus at $200,000. In addition, Forbes also keeps incentives from his original contract, which includes bonuses for accomplishments such as a conference regular season or tournament championship, NCAA appearances, and wins over major programs. The new contract also increases Forbes’ buyout to $500,000 if he were to leave the university in the future. –Read More

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Louisiana Tech University is seeking candidates for an Assistant AD for Marketing. Full-time, 12-month position with benefits. Position reports to the Executive Associate A.D./External Affairs. Qualification include: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred. Candidates must have at least two years of marketing experience in a Division 1 athletic program. Candidates must possess excellent oral and communication skills, as well as organization and time management skills. A commitment to athletic and academic success and a strong working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations are also required. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

After the university submitted its appeal of the NCAA Committee on Infractions decision, The Daily Mississippian spoke with Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Ross Bjork about the appeal, recruiting and more. Bjork touched on why Ole Miss is fighting the penalties, how confident he is in the university being granted an appeal, as well as the effect the investigation has had on recruiting. “We believe that all universities should be treated in a fair, equitable, and consistent manner during any NCAA investigation and infractions case.” Bjork said, adding, “We believe the penalties are excessive and it is our duty to stand up for our athletics program when we feel it is the right thing to do.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD
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UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD

The University of the Incarnate Word’s new director of athletics shared a bit of his five-year plan to make UIW nationally competitive in Division I while making sure student-athletes graduate. “We have great people here,” Dr. Brian Wickstrom said at an Aug. 16 news conference where he was announced as UIW’s new Athletic Department leader following a national search. “Get a chance to know me and my vision.” Part of that vision will be realized by “growing the operating budget,” building another practice facility to reduce scheduling issues in the gym at Alice McDermott Convocation Center, and increasing student-athletes’ summer-school enrollment, Wickstrom said. –Logos, Read More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Mississippi State will officially terminate the second-year baseball coach’s employment Tuesday morning. Cannizaro’s dismissal is per sources with cause though University officials have yet to state on record what said cause is. An official statement is forthcoming. The University will place pitching coach Gary Henderson in charge of the 2018 team for the remainder of this season. Cannizaro, 39, was hired as Mississippi State’s 17th head baseball coach on November 5, 2016. His hiring was made the same day nine-year head coach John Cohen was formally presented as athletic director. -David H. Murray, Gene’s Page, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

The University of North Texas athletic department will soon have a lot more to work with financially after the school’s students voted in favor of an increase in their fees to support the school’s sports programs last week. UNT’s students voted 1,307 to 1,059 in favor of the proposal that will increase the school’s student athletic fee from $10 per semester credit hour to $16.25 while also decreasing a student services fee $2 per credit hour. The result is an increase of $4.25 per semester credit hour. A student taking 15 hours of classes will see their fees rise $63.75 per semester and $127.50 per year. The adjustments will provide the UNT athletic department an additional $3.5 million per year. UNT’s athletic fee will still be 30 percent below the average in Conference USA and 20 percent lower than the fees students at Texas State University and the University of Texas-San Antonio pay after the increase, according to a UNT study. -Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, Read More

February 19, 2018

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Tiger Athletic Foundation in 2016 contributed more than $10 million to LSU athletics for operating expenses, but that’s not all. TAF, a nonprofit corporation supporting LSU athletics, gave the university another $12.8 million in donations for the golf program’s practice facility locker room, the gymnastics facility, the Bob Pettit statue and tennis facility. TAF does not normally reveal its financial details, but they were available Monday in a report of the LSU athletic department produced by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The report was carried out by an independent certified public accounting firm last spring and is performed each year to evaluate the athletic department. There were no findings from the report. – Ross Dellenger, theadvocate.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

With a surplus of $1.8 million, the University of Iowa Athletics Department made money last year for the first time since 2013-2014, according to the department’s 2016-2017 report to the NCAA. The UI reported $130.7 million in total operating revenue in 2016-2017, compared to $128.9 million in expenses. In addition to receiving no taxes or tuition, UI Athletics committed this year to giving $2 million to academic programming, including diversity programming, student life initiatives, and student recreational services. The Gazette obtained the NCAA reports of all three state university athletic departments through Open Records requests to the schools. Iowa State University had $82.66 million in operating revenue for 2016-2017 and $82.57 million in expenses, leaving a $94,271 surplus, according to the NCAA report. ISU’s revenue included $2.1 million in student fees.  –  thegazette.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Lynn Swann has overseen smoother sailing for USC’s football program. The Trojans have enjoyed their best stretch since hit with NCAA sanctions at the start of the decade, winning a Pac-12 Conference championship last fall and a Rose Bowl game the previous season. Swann, the school’s athletic director, recently signed Clay Helton to a three-year contract extension. Helton, who was promoted to head football coach soon before Swann’s hiring, has guided the Trojans the past two seasons, as they have gone 21-7. Swann, 65, recently spoke with the Southern California News Group about the highs and lows of the past football season, the start of Helton’s tenure, future scheduling, funding for the Coliseum renovation and more interview has been edited for brevity. –  JOEY KAUFMAN, presstelegram.com Read More