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November 17, 2017

PAC 12
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PAC 12

With college basketball facing a nationwide bribery and corruption case, the Pac-12 Conference held the initial meeting of a task force designed to address systemic issues facing all college sports. The 12-member group will focus on a variety of subjects including recruiting, agent relationships, shoe company partnerships and the “one and done” trend. The panel’s completed membership includes three people with UCLA connections — Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, former basketball coach Steve Lavin and former basketball player Bob Myers. – David Wharton, LA Times. Read More.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Charleston Southern unveiled the new Athletic Performance Center on Thursday night as the Buccaneers opened the doors to the general public at a building dedication hosted prior to the women’s basketball game against Erskine. The unveiling included comments by CSU President Dr. Jairy Hunter, Athletic Director Hank Small, Director of Strength and Conditioning Chad Scott, Head Football Coach Mark Tucker and Assistant A.D. for Development Tyler Davis. Coach Tucker also expressed his gratitude and commented on the magnitude of the impact the new Performance Center will have on the athletic department as a whole. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY

Leslie Wray has been relieved as her duties as head coach of the UMBC women’s soccer program, athletics director Tim Hall announced today. Assistant coaches Steven Campbell and David Stockum are also no longer with the program. The Retrievers finished the 2017 season with a record of 4-10-3, including a mark of 2-6-0 in America East play. UMBC did not reach the six-team league tournament for the second consecutive season. A national search for a new leader of the program will take place later this fall. Read More.

MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY
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MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY

Millikin will add a women’s triathlon program to its list of varsity sports thanks to a $70,000 grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation, the school announced. The 20th team under the Big Blue umbrella will begin competing in the fall of 2018. The season will be composed of three regional qualifiers and a national championship. Each event features a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike component and a 5-kilometer run. Millikin will begin reviewing coaching candidates this fall. – Gordon Voit, Wandtv. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

With momentum gathering to reshape the one-and-done draft entry rule, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the new Commission on College Basketball in Washington on Thursday, league sources told ESPN. Silver and Roberts delivered the league and union perspectives on issues facing the basketball industry, including ways that changing the dynamics of the NBA draft could impact the pro and college games. The meeting was described as informational in nature, although the NCAA ultimately has no formal say in rules governing the league’s early-entry rules. – Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Amid allegations of verbal and mental abuse, Petra Martin, head coach of the Rutgers swimming and diving team, resigned. Former team members and their families came forward to share their first-hand experiences, but the Athletics Department has not addressed these allegations. In its investigation, the publication spoke to an anonymous swimmer, who “alleged that Martin created a culture of psychological abuse. Athletes were ‘guilted and scolded’ if they didn’t complete nutrition logs that served as ‘pressure to eat less and to diet.'” – Griffin Whitmer, Dailytargum. Read More.

LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY
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LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY

Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC) an NCAA Division II member, seeks qualified candidates for its head football coach vacancy. This position directs the development, strategic leadership, organization, and management of all phases of the football program. Lenoir-Rhyne has a rich and successful football history, including a berth in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game. email: kim.pate@lr.edu

SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Sonoma State University has announced that Shannon Percell will step in as the Interim Director of Athletics for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics while the national search for a new Athletic Director continues. Bill Fusco, who announced his retirement this summer after 20 years as the Athletic Director, worked his final day on campus back on October 31st. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

The University of Arizona got the go-ahead Thursday to spend $66 million to renovate the football stadium, build an indoor practice facility and improve the aquatic center. The university has fallen behind its peers in the Pac-12 Conference and nationally when it comes to the overall condition of athletic facilities, UA Athletic Director Dave Heeke told members of the Arizona Board of Regents at a recent meeting. A mandatory student athletic fee will fund the majority of improvements over next two years. Of the total, $25 million is earmarked to renovate portions of the stadium. Improvements will focus on the east side and include renovations to the student seating section and adding more restrooms and concessions. Construction will take place in the off season, with everything completed by August 2019. The last major improvements to the stadium were in 2013, when the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility with club seating, restrooms and concessions opened on the north end zone. -Anne Ryman, The Republic, Read More

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

The American Athletic Conference is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director of Digital Communications. The individual will serve as a member of the of the Conference’s communications/external affairs team. The position reports directly to the Assistant Commissioner for Communications. The assistant director of digital communications administers the daily operation of the Conference’s web site (www.TheAmerican.org) and social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube and SnappyTV, and coordinates the distribution of video across all social media channels. –Learn More

PAC-12
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PAC-12

The Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative Board announced today that it has approved the Pac-12 Brain Trauma Task Force’s Equipment Grant Proposal under which all member institutions will be eligible to receive SyncThink EYE-SYNC technology. SyncThink is a world-leader in neuro-technology with foundational intellectual property in eye-tracking and the SyncThink EYE-SYNC technology will serve as the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative’s comprehensive brain health analytics platform. Additionally, the University of Colorado was selected to be the  Pac-12  Concussion Coordinating Unit to create a Conference-wide foundation of reliable, consistent, and uniform basic-level clinical brain trauma and concussion data among all Pac-12 institutions. –Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

As the 2017 season winds to a conclusion, college football is facing a potential talent crisis. It hasn’t manifested itself on the field, where the product remains as compelling as ever. But in the coaching ranks and even on the administrative side, where the churn rate in the last few years has far surpassed the number of slam-dunk stars in the business, the college sports industry is preparing for the kind of December that it had never imagined until now. It used to be schools hired athletics directors from the ranks of former football coaches. Now, schools treat them like football coaches, even though most of them are career administrators who spend 99% of their time doing wonky things like budgets, rules compliance and fundraising and very little on football hires.  And while it’s easy these days if you have enough money to get rid of a coach or an athletics director, replacing them has become harder than ever. The early word in the industry on Arkansas was that the school may look outside the sphere of college athletics and into the business world for somebody with Arkansas ties who could run the athletics department, a strategy that has been hit-or-miss (mostly miss) when others have tried it. Either way, it’s almost certain that the football coach will be in place before the athletics director, historically a recipe for problems. And at Auburn, there is no obvious candidate to take Jacobs’ place who will wow that fan base, largely because fans largely don’t (and shouldn’t) know the difference between a good athletics director and a bad one. -Dan Wolken, USA Today, Read More

November 16, 2017

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State men’s soccer coach Bob Warming announced his retirement after a distinguished career spanning 40 years, numerous championships and impact on hundreds of student-athletes. His career record stands at an impressive 461-290-82, including a remarkable 28 conference championships. The head coach of the Nittany Lions the past eight seasons, Warming will continue to lead the program to help with the transition to a new coach. A national search for Penn State’s 12th head coach will begin immediately. Warming concludes his collegiate coaching career with 461 victories, ranking No. 8 in the history of NCAA Division I men’s soccer. A two-time National Coach of the Year and two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Warming also was among only three active coaches, and five all-time, to lead two different programs to the NCAA College Cup. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

The Pac-12 Conference announced today that CU Boulder has been selected to lead its Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Concussion Coordinating Unit (PCCU), a multi-year, multi-site research initiative that will establish best practices and clinical infrastructure for advancing education on traumatic brain injury in student-athletes through the use of SyncThink EYE-SYNC technology, a world leader in neuro-technology with foundational intellectual property in eye-tracking. CU Boulder will serve as the coordinating institution for the PCCU in collaboration with the NCAA’s Concussion Assessment Research and Education (CARE) Consortium, with researchers and staff working to establish objective data collection protocols across all Pac-12 Conference member institutions and implementing measurable goals for assessing concussions in student-athletes. The CARE Consortium was jointly created by the NCAA and Department of Defense. –Read More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Current Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt had a verbal agreement to replace Bill Snyder at Kansas State in 2018, but the Wildcats’ legendary coach struck down the deal, according to a report from college football insider Brett McMurphy. Snyder, 78, nixed the agreement because he wanted his son Sean to become K-State’s next coach, McMurphy reported in a Facebook post. Snyder is currently the oldest active FBS coach. McMurphy said K-State’s “top officials,” including school president Richard Myers, were on board with Leavitt becoming the next coach. The plan was for Leavitt, then the Colorado defensive coordinator, to become a coach-in-waiting for 2017, then take over in 2018. Leavitt has a clause in his Oregon contract that allows him to leave for Kansas State without a buyout. It is believed Snyder clashed with former athletic director John Currie over his preference for the future of the Wildcats’ program. Currie is now in the same position at Tennessee. Current AD Gene Taylor is aware of Snyder’s wishes to elevate his son. -Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports, Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

A group of college athletic administrators say they’re extremely concerned that a proposed measure in the House’s tax bill that passed Thursday will greatly impair college sports funding. In the proposed measure, Section 1306 would cut deductions associated with charitable contributions for tickets. Not allowing fans to deduct for donations that give them the right to buy tickets would immediately cost college programs hundreds of millions of dollars, according to athletic directors who spoke with ESPN. “If that deduction goes away, what you will see is a dramatic sea change in the college sports landscape,” said Duke athletic director Kevin White. “We need to put speed bumps up now to slow this thing down, because I don’t think the politicians have any idea how much this will pull apart our system.” For years, college athletic programs have relied on donations associated with season tickets to fuel their budgets. While the price of the season tickets themselves are not tax deductible, fans have been able to write off up to 80 percent of the donation that was required to buy those tickets, a fact that has been heavily marketed by the programs themselves. If the provision winds up in a final tax bill that passes, the ability to write off anything related to the donation would disappear. -Darren Rovell, ESPN, Read More

UTSA
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UTSA

UTSA has found its next athletic director, Dan Wolken of USA Today reports. Northern Arizona AD Lisa Campos will be introduced Friday. Campos replaces Lynn Hickey who stepped down in early September.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

“Honor the past. Live the present. Create the future.” It’s a motto Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos lives by. And it’s one that aligns closely with the goals Moos already has for the Cornhuskers. Since being hired by Nebraska on Oct. 15, Moos has set out to create a roadmap for the Huskers’ student-athletes, coaches and faithful fans. “The basic goals, of course, are going to be to have a successful program that graduates our young people and gives them a fabulous experience,” Moos told Land of 10. “I want to make sure they all reach their potential, both on the competition field and in the classroom. I really feel already after making several observations that all of our programs can realistically be in a position to compete for conference championships. That will be one of the big goals to make sure that we move them all forward and provide the necessary tools and resources and support that they may need. “That, in a nutshell, are the basic goals and objectives.” The roadmap seems simple enough, but Moos knows it will take a significant amount of work. -Erin Sorensen, Land of 10, Read More

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Stadium is announcing a season-long package of 47 college basketball games that will be distributed exclusively on Facebook. The action extends through March, featuring matchups from leading conferences such as the Mountain West, West Coast Conference, Conference USA, and the Atlantic 10. These basketball games build on Stadium’s partnership with Facebook, which kicked off this fall with a package of college football contests broadcast exclusively on the platform. Thirteen of these 15 games have aired and results include nearly 10 million total views and over 70,000 real-time comments from fans viewing the games live. For these basketball broadcasts, Stadium will continue to deliver uniquely coordinated production assets and social elements that aim to bring the in-game experience to the viewing audience at home. –Read More

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The Appalachian State University athletics department has reached an agreement with IMG College that will extend its multimedia rights partnership through 2027. Since 2008, IMG College has coordinated multimedia rights for App State Athletics, which include corporate sponsorships, signage, at-event hospitality, radio and television programming, digital advertising, gameday publications, official athletics newspaper and merchandising opportunities. As part of the 10-year agreement, IMG College is making a significant investment in technology enhancements for Kidd Brewer Stadium and Holmes Convocation Center, including the new video displays installed this summer that are among the most impressive in college sports. The new agreement extends App State and IMG College’s partnership for five more years, as the previous agreement was slated through 2022. –Read More

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

Amid an ongoing retail apocalypse, athletic fashion companies like Adidas and Nike have stood out as bright spots, faring better than malls and department stores. But, the brands have been fiercely battling each other to expand their shares of the athleisure and sneaker markets and they have very different ideas about how to do that. Nike’s plan to outmaneuver the competition involves a “massive transformation” according to CEO Matt Parker. A big part of Nike’s plan involves improving how it presents itself to its customers and focusing on the perceived quality of the brand. Nike decided to cut back its number of retail partners from 30,000 to just 40 as a part of its transformation. The ones remaining are willing to work with Nike to offer unique branded experiences for the company’s products.
Adidas, on the other hand, is taking an entirely different approach, instead focusing on scale. The company’s CFO, Harm Ohlmeyer, talked with UBS about how it wants to try to get on as many US shelves as possible. ‘The focus in North America remains firmly on winning market share for the adidas brand as a way of creating scale-based leverage, ahead of driving profitability outright,” Fred Speirs, an analyst at UBS, said in a note about meeting Ohlmeyer. -Seth Archer, Markets Insider, Read More

HAMPTON UNIVERSITY
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HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Hampton University announced this morning that it will join the Big South Conference next season. Hampton, one of the nation’s most academically prestigious historically black colleges and universities, will leave MEAC in July. That means next fall, for the first time in more than a century of athletics, Hampton will not complete in an HBCU league. The Big South has no other HBCU members. Tennessee State, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, is the only other Division I HBCU not playing in a historically black league. Although most MEAC schools are in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C., the league also has two members in Florida. Big South schools are confined to Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. -Harry Minium, Virginian-Pilot, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

According to the termination letter, Long will receive all salary and incentive compensation earned through Wednesday. A UA spokesman said Long’s incentive compensation would total $90,000 but that the figure could change. “Going forward, consistent with the relevant provisions of Mr. Long’s employment agreement, the University will pay Mr. Long $1 million per year for the remainder of his contract through June 30, 2022 (prorated for the remainder of fiscal year 2018) in monthly sums of $83,333.33 up to a maximum of $4.625 million, all of which is subject to mitigation if Mr. Long is later employed and/or receives compensation elsewhere,” spokesman Mark Rushing said. Rushing added that the payments will come from Athletic Department and private funds. Under his most recent contract amendment, Long is paid an annual salary of $750,000 from the university. A personal-services agreement with the Razorback Foundation also guarantees Long annual payments of $250,000 in private funds. Long can also earn up to $1.1 million in private funds if he meets certain benchmarks, such as achieving a graduation success rate for all student athletes of more than 75 percent or maintaining good citizenship. In fiscal 2017, which ended June 30, Long made $1.37 million because he hit certain benchmarks, including winning five Southeastern Conference championships in cross country and track. -Aziaz Musa, Whole Hog Sports, Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

WVU alumnus Herbert Sanger and his wife, Rita, made a $1 million donation to the WVU athletic department. The gift from the Sangers, who reside in Knoxville, Tenn., will endow scholarships to support the men’s basketball team. “Athletic scholarships are vital to the success of our athletic program. I want to thank Herb and Rita for another generous gift to our endowment fund,” WVU athletics director Shane Lyons said. “We started this journey on the basis that there are 13 scholarships available for basketball, and we felt that was a manageable number for us and others to endow scholarships for the entire men’s basketball program,” Herb Sanger said. “We’ve also donated other funds to the university, and we’ve tried to direct it all to continuing benefits such as scholarships.” –Read More

ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY

Zach Schroeder has moved into a new role with the Illinois State Athletics Department, as he has earned the role of Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing as announced by ISU Director of Athletics Larry Lyons. In his new role as Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Schroeder will direct the creative efforts of the athletics department by developing and implementing marketing and promotional plans and managing advertising plans. These efforts all lead to the promotion and implementation of a positive game-day fan experience for all Redbird sports. Schroeder joined Illinois State in 2012 as a Graduate Assistant in Marketing and Promotions and before serving as the Assistant Director of Marketing and most recently as the Director of Marketing and Fan Experience. –Read More

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

The Mountain West (MW) and broadcast partner ESPN announced today the television broadcast details for the 2017 Mountain West Football Championship Game, which will be played Saturday, December 2. For the second consecutive year, the championship game will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 5:45 p.m. Mountain Time/4:45 p.m. Pacific Time. The game features the regular-season winners of the Mountain and West Divisions. The championship game is hosted by the divisional champion with the highest College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee ranking. –Read More

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
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ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY

Academy of Art University seeks Associate Athletic Director, Compliance & Student Athlete Development.  The Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student Athlete Development is responsible for the overall development, implementation, and review of the institution’s compliance program and student-athlete development.  – Apply Here

UTEP
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UTEP

NewsChannel 9 has learned that only two finalists remain in the running to replace retiring UTEP Athletic Director Bob Stull. Sources confirm to KTSM that Lisa Campos, one of three finalists for the job, has withdrawn her name from consideration. She, along with Citadel Athletic Director Jim Senter and UTEP Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Park, were the last three candidates vying for the position. Sources also confirm that Campos is now a finalist for the athletic director position at UT San Antonio. Campos is currently Northern Arizona’s Vice President of Athletics and was considered the front-runner for the job. -Victor Venegas, NewsChannel 9, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

The Athletics Department at the University of Montana is short $600,000 in scholarship money for the 2019 fiscal year, but campus officials said UM will find a way to patch the hole. “It’s something that is fixable,” said Ryan Martin, associate athletics director. The shortfall is due to increases in campus costs of about 20 percent along with the relatively newer scholarships for softball, Martin said. In the past six years, he said costs have risen in nonresident tuition, fees, residence halls, and meal plans, and UM started softball, where scholarships cost about $350,000. “We’ve done a good job generating more money to cover these costs, but from FY12 to now, the amount the department spends on scholarships has gone from around $3.7 million to $5.5 million,” Martin said. For the current 2018 fiscal year, Martin said the department dipped into its reserves to cover scholarships and other costs to the tune of $600,000 to $700,000. With reserves depleted, it is going to find another way to address the gap for the next school year. -Keila Szpaller, Missoulian, Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Two men who allegedly schemed to funnel money to the families of two University of Louisville basketball recruits pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court. Adidas executive James Gatto and sports agent Christian Dawkins were among eight men who entered pleas this week as part of a federal probe into college basketball recruiting that was unveiled in three criminal complaints in late September. A New York grand jury opted last week to return indictments on eight of the 10 initially arrested as part of the investigation, which alleges bribery and corruption in college basketball recruiting that involved coaches, agents, players and their families, and apparel company executives. On Wednesday, six men entered pleas during arraignments in the Southern District of New York: Gatto, Dawkins, Adidas consultant Merl Code, Arizona assistant coach Emmanuel “Book” Richardson, Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans and University of Southern California assistant coach Tony Bland. Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person and Rashan Michel, an apparel company owner, pleaded not guilty during a Tuesday arraignment. -Justin Sayers, Louisville Courier-Journal, Read More