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July 15, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Season-ticket sales are trending down significantly for what has traditionally been the University of Hawaii’s two best-selling teams: football and Rainbow Wahine volleyball. Football, which had already dipped to at least a 30-year low, is running 13 percent below the same point last year, UH said. Meanwhile, 3,382 season tickets have been sold so far for women’s volleyball. Last year’s sales totaled 3,826. Tickets went on sale for football in April and for women’s volleyball in May. – Westhawaiitoday, Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Gator fans, like others, trading camaraderie on the road for comforts of home. Ahead of its annual rivalry game against Ole Miss, Mississippi State sold fewer than 2,000 tickets to the Egg Bowl in Oxford, about half as many as from just two years prior. Already this year, the University Florida ticket office has been informed that South Carolina is releasing 2,500 tickets of the 5,000 its fans could purchase for the game in the Swamp. Even Alabama, where national championships grow on trees and fans traditionally have rolled into visiting towns like a tide, couldn’t sell more than 1,200 of its 2016 allotment of tickets to a game at Arkansas. It just means more tickets for the home crowd, the SEC likes to tell us. Although lately, it has meant less when it comes to attendance from visiting fans. – Pat Dooley, Gatorsports. Read More.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

A prominent source close to the ongoing Baylor sexual assault scandal was “worried” about the school’s continued membership in the Big 12 as the incident unfolded. The source made this assertion to CBS Sports as the NCAA and Big 12 are concluding ongoing investigations into the scandal that broke in 2016, spanning four years of sexual assault convictions and allegations surrounding the football team and athletic program. The source, who did not wish to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the proceedings, told CBS Sports that the still-ongoing legal issues threaten to make the Baylor scandal the “biggest in higher education.” – Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The news Friday that University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler would step down July 1, 2019, a year ahead of his contract, was a big surprise for the school. But Kaler’s eight-year tenure is a fairly common length of time to serve in such a demanding position. Of the 17 presidents to serve the university, nine will have served eight years or fewer. Still, there’s no doubt that Kaler’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, and he has overseen drastic changes in the athletic department during turbulent times for the Gophers. Kaler’s biggest role with athletics is as the chairman of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, which is on the front line of the battle between the NCAA and NBA to figure out the best way to handle college eligibility and the NBA draft. – startribune. Read More.

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

The Western Michigan University Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard have announced the hiring of Sarah Stanczyk to the position of head women’s soccer coach. Stanczyk officially starts at Western Michigan on Monday, July 16, 2018. Stanczyk becomes the sixth coach in the program’s history since it was founded in 1996. She takes the place of Lauren Sinacola who recently stepped down at WMU to accept a position at Notre Dame. – MLive. Read More.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

The revenue generating sports on Mississippi State’s campus have been given their due. The football program got a new complex in 2013 and is about to get a renovated locker room at Davis Wade Stadium; the basketball programs got the extensive practice facility in the Mize Pavilion in 2011; the baseball team will soon see the fruits of two years of labor and $55 million in the new Dudy Noble Field. They are not the only ones seeing significant financial backing from the athletic department. In MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen’s exclusive interview with The Dispatch, he covered some of the projects underway and those coming in the near future. – Brett Hudson, cdispatch. Read More.

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY
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COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY

In the best of analogies, the 2017-18 athletic year at William and Mary was a mixed bag. In the classroom, nearly 500 athletes posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.23. A record 161 of them had a 3.5 or higher. But in competition, the Tribe won only 47 percent of its contests, 10th out of 14 Division I schools in the commonwealth. Only men’s soccer and women’s tennis competed in NCAA postseason events. Now into her second year as William and Mary’s athletic director, Samantha Huge is proud of the academic success. But Huge, one of 39 female ADs in Division I, insists there’s no reason the Tribe can’t achieve high marks in the classroom while producing more victories and championships. – Dave Johnson, Dailypress. Read More.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University on Friday settled a federal Title IX lawsuit brought by a former volleyball player who alleged that she was drugged and gang raped by at least four football players in 2012. Terms of the settlement with the woman, identified in court papers only as Jane Doe, were not disclosed. It’s the fifth Title IX lawsuit the university has settled, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. Baylor, meanwhile, also has reached settlement agreements with at least three women who did not file lawsuits, the newspaper reported. In a statement on Friday’s settlement, the university said its new leadership team is “steadfast in our commitment to properly respond to incidents of sexual assault, interpersonal violence and harassment.” The new leadership includes university President Linda Livingstone, who was named to the position last year. – WDTN. Read More.

CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
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CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD

Lynnette Zelezny’s first day as president of Cal State Bakersfield came on July 2 as she became the fifth president in school history and first woman in the role. She took over for Horace Mitchell, who served for 14 years. “I’m actually very proud of its trajectory. Very first day, you should know, I prioritized making sure that I had the athletic director’s (Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried) attention and that I took of a tour of all the facilities and met with most of the coaches. I wanted to see it first hand. … I also went to the Kegley Center (for Student Success), which is a real standout, I think, for CSUB. I’m very proud of the championships that they’ve had since 2014, very proud of their APR (Academic Progress Rate). When we had Ziggy Siegfried come aboard, our AD, we were not in such good shape.” – Bakersfield. Read More.

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

GSU Athletic Director Paul Bryant confirmed to The News-Star the hiring of Nakeya Hall as the next Lady Tigers softball coach. Hall is the reigning top coach in the Southwestern Athletic Conference after leading Alabama A&M to its first 20-win season in 10 years in 2017 at 21 and a share of the East Division title. – Tucson, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

The University of Alaska Fairbanks introduced one of its three finalists for the open athletic director position during a public forum Friday in the Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility on campus. As a part of the hiring process, Derrick Johnson spent more than an hour outlining what his plan would be if he took over the athletic department. He also fielded questions from UAF faculty and staff, as well as members of the community. Throughout the forum, Johnson spoke with great passion about the current state of the athletic department, as well as the future of UAF athletics. – Brad Joyal, newsminer. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

Uncertainty in leadership that has loomed darkly over the University of Idaho this year continues – for at least another few days. The Idaho State Board of Education, meeting in Boise Friday, deliberated the fate of Idaho athletics director Rob Spear for two hours in executive session but came to no resolution. “There will likely be another meeting next week,” according to Mike Keckler, the board’s chief communication and legal affairs officer. Spear was placed on a 60-day administrative leave in April by UI President Chuck Staben following social media accounts early this year from two former Vandals women athletes. The accounts said that five years earlier Spear did not adequately address their complaints that a former UI football player had harassed them and in one instance inappropriately touched one of the women. – Spokesman. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

When the NCAA goes back to court to defend itself in the Alston case, which is challenging the NCAA’s athlete-compensation limits, the association will rely on several witnesses to make its case. USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz reports that the NCAA witness list will include Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, AAC commissioner Mike Aresco, A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade and  America East commissioner Amy Huchthausen and Ohio State AD Gene Smith. NCAA president Mark Emmert will not be on the list of live-witnesses expected to testify.

July 13, 2018

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State University will take the interim away from Bill Beekman’s title and make him the permanent athletic director at the school, two sources close to interim president John Engler told the Free Press on Friday. Beekman has been the interim athletic director since Mark Hollis stepped aside hours before ESPN ran a story questioning the behavior of the department when it comes to sexual assault. -David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, Read More

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Abilene Christian will turn to Allen Ward as the school’s next athletic director Adam King reports. Ward stepped down from his position as Murry State AD earlier Friday afternoon.

NCAA
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NCAA

Former UCF kicker Donald De La Haye is a YouTube star. The channel he created in 2015, Deestroying, has about 700,000 subscribers. More than a dozen of the videos De La Haye has posted to that channel have passed the million-view mark. De La Haye enrolled at UCF on an athletic scholarship in 2015. He played in all 13 games in 2016 as a kickoff specialist. All the while, he uploaded YouTube videos and built his following. In the summer of 2017, that became a problem. It’s led to an ongoing legal fight, with NCAA rules the focus as much as anything. – Alex Kirshner, sbnation. Read More.

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY

According to Adam Wells of WPSD. Murray State athletic director Allen Ward has resigned his position at Murray State. Longtime women’s golf coach Velvet Milkman will take over as interim AD.

Ward joined the Murray State athletics department as its director on March 30, 2005. Highlights of his tenure include the largest gift in the history of the athletics program – $3.3 million for the naming of the CFSB Center. Regular finishes in the top-3 of the OVC Commissioners Cup, capturing the 2009 cup after an 18 year drought.  And over $13.5 million in athletic facility enhancements.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Dyehard Fan Supply became the official merchandiser for the University of Arkansas’ athletic program on July 1. The school’s officially licensed gear had previously been licensed through Florida-based Fanatics Inc. Terms of the multiyear agreement were not disclosed. Dyehard is an event and retail merchandise marketing and e-commerce company. It will handle e-commerce, game day and event merchandising, and permanent, on-site store merchandising, according to a UA news release. The partnership was first announced in April. Dyehard, created in 2017 and based in North Carolina, is a subsidiary of private equity firm Teall Capital Partners, led by Chairman Ben C. Sutton Jr., former chairman and president of collegiate sports marketing company IMG College, which has owned the Razorbacks’ multimedia rights since 2008. – Paul Gatling, Talkbusiness. Read More.

ALABAMA A&M
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ALABAMA A&M

Alabama A&M University accepted a resignation Friday from their head softball coach. They announced the search for a new coach would begin immediately. The university, in Normal, tweeted at 9:15 a.m. Nakeya Hall would no longer lead the Lady Bulldogs softball team. Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks states his appreciation on Hall’s dedication. – Noel Geiger, WHNT. Read More.

UMASS
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UMASS

University of Massachusetts Athletics announced the debut of the Militia Student Rewards App, available for download on all Apple and Android devices currently. The app serves as a loyalty and engagement platform for students, and rewards point valuations for attending varsity athletics events throughout the 2018-19 athletic calendar. Students can download the app by searching “Militia Student Rewards” and logging in with their UMass email address. By completing their account profile, students will be provided push notifications alerting them about upcoming home games, new prizes and additional opportunities to earn points. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The fallout from the John Schnatter scandal continued on Friday, when Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi announced that Papa John’s will no longer have the naming rights to Cardinal Stadium — the home of Louisville’s football team. The stadium will simply be known as Cardinal Stadium for the upcoming season. Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s Pizza and Louisville booster, resigned his position on the school’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday after he admitted to using a racial slur on a conference call in May. – Barrett Sallee, CBS Sports. Read More.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff (CFP), today announced that the agreements for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls to host CFP games have been extended for six more years, through 2026. The three bowl games will host a CFP game every year during the six-year period: the semifinals twice, and other games assigned by the CFP selection committee four times. The Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls were previously announced as semifinals hosts on a rotating basis through 2026. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Damon Evans recently signed a six-year contract to be Maryland’s athletic director, and he will be paid $720,000 per year before any potential bonuses kick in. The contract, obtained by The Washington Post through a public records request, runs from July 2 to June 30, 2024. It carries a base annual salary of $600,000. Evans will also be paid $120,000 of supplemental annual income for media appearances, his participation in Maryland’s apparel deals, and for making promotional and fundraising appearances on behalf of the university. – Jesse Dougherty, Washingtonpost. Read More.

DUKE UNIVERSITY
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DUKE UNIVERSITY

Kevin White, the vice president and director of athletics at Duke, has been named the chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2019-20 season. White will serve as vice chair of the committee for the upcoming season, working with 2018-19 committee chair Bernard Muir, who is the director of athletics at Stanford. White, who previously held athletics director positions at Notre Dame, Arizona State, Tulane, Maine and Loras, has been on the Men’s Basketball Committee since the 2015-16 season. – NCAA. Read More.

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

Ohio Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and Director of the Ohio Bobcat Club Ryan White announced Monday the hiring of Ken Winstead as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Ohio. Winstead brings with him over 30 years of development experience including stops at Georgia Southern, Oregon, Houston, Washington, Colorado State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Seattle. Read More.

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Villanova University Director of Athletics Mark Jackson announced several administrative staff promotions as well as the creation of five new positions in the Athletic Department in advance of the 2018-19 academic year. The announcements come on the heels of one of the most successful athletic and academic years in recent memory for the Wildcats. Villanova student-athletes stood out nationally for their elite level of athletic and academic achievement, including a second men’s basketball national championship in the last three years and several Wildcat teams advancing to national postseason competition. Read More.

HANOVER COLLEGE
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HANOVER COLLEGE

Hanover College officially announced Jeff Roberts as its next head men’s lacrosse coach on Wednesday. Roberts will be the second head coach in the program’s history, replacing former coach Skip Lichtfuss, who resigned to take a leadership role with the United States Lacrosse national organization. – Madison Courier. Read More.

JOHNSON UNIVERSITY
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JOHNSON UNIVERSITY

Johnson University is pleased to announce that Ben Fair will be the new assistant athletic director at JU’s Tennessee campus. Ben has served as the Head Baseball Coach since 2010 and will continue in this role. He has also been the Grounds Supervisor since 2011. He graduated from Johnson University in 2010 with a B.S. in Missions and from East Tennessee State University in 2018 with an M.A. in Sport Management. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

The Southern Miss athletic department’s new apparel deal with Adidas began on July 1 and Golden Eagle fans finally got a glimpse of the new football uniforms on Thursday in Hattiesburg. Season ticket holders and Eagle Club members were invited to a uniform unveiling party Thursday night on the school’s campus. At first glance, the new uniforms appear to have a more clean, simple look compared to those from Russell Athletic. – Patrick Magee, Sun Herald. Read More.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

South Dakota State University is accepting applications for an Assistant Director of Development. This position will be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing a unique and proactive comprehensive donor relations program. This position will serve to better connect SDSU Athletics donors who are making financial contributions to the department and to strengthen their relationship on all levels. For questions on the position, contact Blake Day, Search Chair, at (605) 697-7475 or [email protected]