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September 19, 2018

WAC
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The Western Athletic Conference and Adidas have entered into a three-year partnership in which the Portland, Ore., based company will be the official athletic footwear, apparel and accessory brand of the conference through the 2020-21 academic year. With this new agreement, Adidas will supply the WAC with footwear, apparel, headwear and accessories for staff and championship events for the next three years. The partnership was arranged by Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment who manages the WAC’s sponsorship and marketing partners program. Read More.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt chancellor Nicholas Zeppos outlined the next steps in the search for a new Athletic Director. “This is what I like to call “The Vanderbilt Way”—binding together the university’s core missions of learning and discovery while forging a new generation of leaders,” Zeppos wrote. “This model is one of the best recruiting tools our coaches possess. They are able to tell players, ‘At Vanderbilt, you will compete at the highest athletic levels AND receive an education that is second to none.’ We are fortunate, and almost singularly unique, in being able to make that claim.” Zeppos went on to say that these principles will guide the university’s process in the search for a new athletic director, and that he wanted input from the community. – Cutler Klein, vanderbilthustler. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH
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UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH

Three-time NCAA National Champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, Jim Calhoun, has officially joined the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) full-time and has been named the first-ever Head Coach of USJ Men’s Basketball. The announcement and signing of his full-time contract took place this afternoon in the O’Connell Center lobby on the campus of the University of Saint Joseph alongside University President Rhona Free and Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday that players donated their per diem from their canceled game to help with Hurricane Florence relief. The money was used to buy supplies and the team is using its equipment truck to stock up and deliver supplies that have been donated. Other players and staff helped load the truck with donations. The team is also helping Kevin Reddick, a former Tar Heel and NFL player, who started a GoFundMe to help his hometown, New Bern, N.C. recover. New Bern has been one of the hardest hit areas. – Charlotte Carroll, SI. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Urban Meyer returns to full coaching duties at Ohio State this week lighter in the wallet. The football coach’s six-week, three-game suspension cost him $570,507.68 according to a document provided by the university in response to a public records request by this news organization. The sum reflects a reduction in his base salary as well as money his contract calls for him to receive for media, promotional and public relations activities, via apparel, shoe and equipment contracts and his university vehicle stipend. Meyer’s contract, which was updated in March, calls for him to receive $412,033.33 in monthly compensation this year. The letter describing the financial terms of his punishment, signed by OSU president Michael Drake and director of athletics Gene Smith, is dated Aug. 30. – Journal News. Read More.

FAU
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FAU

There will be no high-stakes wager between Florida Atlantic and Central Florida’s athletic directors when the Owls and Knights face off on Friday night. Who needs a steak dinner when beating your brother’s team is a reward in itself? “You always want to beat your brother,” FAU athletic director Brian White told the Palm Beach Post on Tuesday. “I have zero mixed emotions. You love your brother, but you don’t want to lose to your brother.” Not only is Friday’s game between FAU (2-1) and No. 16 UCF (2-0) a battle between two of the nation’s top Group of Five programs, but its a family battle between Brian and older brother Danny, the Knights’ AD since 2015. The youngest son of Duke athletic director Kevin White, Brian was hired as FAU sixth full-time AD in March. Danny previously served as SUNY Buffalo’s athletic director from 2012-15 before taking the same position at UCF. – Jake Elman, palmbeachpost. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Peach Bowl, Inc. and Mercedes-Benz Stadium today announced the signing of a new eight-year contract ensuring all Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games will be played in the facility through 2025. The length of the agreement will include eight Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls and at least 10 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games. Since its opening in August 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has already hosted three sold out Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games and one sold out Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl totaling 292,649 fans. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The Power Five conferences in college football should be called the Power $100M. An arms race in college football is driving up the price of success, and one school stands out from the rest, having spent more than $200 million on its program over four years. During that same period, 30 other universities spent more than $100 million on college football. All of those universities were members of the Power Five conferences: the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and the Southeastern Conference. It is no surprise those conferences have the resources to spend such sums on college football. Regionally, the SEC has a very loyal following, which plays into the money available for its college football programs. The SEC brought in $409 million in TV and radio rights fees and another $185 million from post-season events during 2016-17. – Jason Bolton, Memphis Business Journal. Read More.

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

New Mexico State athletics is in survival mode. Life as an FBS-playing independent is not a viable long-term solution and the Western Athletic Conference has disintegrated into a shell of its former glorious self. NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia has put together the next few years’ worth of independent schedules with the hope that when conference television contracts begin to expire (Mountain West in 2020 and Conference USA in 2023 most notably) or conference realignment starts once again, the department can find not only a new home for football — they can get Olympic sports into that conference as well (The last year NM State had football and Olympic sports in the same conference together was in 2012). – Derek Gonzales, nmsuroundup. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The day Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave over his handling of abuse allegations against a longtime assistant, he asked a colleague how to delete old text messages from his university mobile phone, outside investigators hired by the university said in a report released last month. Yet the legal team investigating Mr. Meyer’s conduct, led by former Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White, decided not to send Mr. Meyer’s phone to a forensics lab to determine if he actually destroyed evidence, according to two people familiar with the matter. These people said that investigators also did not seek to extract deleted text messages from the phone of Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, who handed over a device that contained no texts.  – Brian Costa and Rachel Bachman. WSJ. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina’s new indoor practice facility should be ready for the Tar Heels in the next few weeks. The facility would have been an ideal place for Larry Fedora’s team to take refuge during the rain brought by Hurricane Florence this past week. The original plan was to have the facility ready for training camp, but additional on-site infrastructure work delayed the project. UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham told Inside Carolina six weeks ago he expected the facility to be ready midseason. The Carolina Football Indoor Practice Complex will have a full 120-yard synthetic field with a ceiling to allow for punts and kickoffs. The indoor facility, along with two 120-yard outdoor practice fields and additional space for sports medicine and strength and conditioning, will utilize the space previously occupied by Henry Stadium and Navy Fields. – Gregory Hall, 247sports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

As Maryland football Coach DJ Durkin entered his sixth week on administrative leave, his assistants returned to work as usual on Monday, running players through drills and breaking down film in preparation for Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Minnesota. Less than 24 hours before that game kicks off, the results of the external investigation into the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair will be released on Friday afternoon. The report is expected to explain the roles of the parties present during the fateful May 29 workout, assigning blame, determining culpability and clearing names. – Roman Stubbs and Rick Maese. Washington Post. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Following one of the most successful competitive years in Razorback history, the University of Arkansas has signed six of its coaches to new contracts, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced on Tuesday. Dave Van Horn (baseball), Courtney Deifel (softball), Chris Bucknam (men’s track and field), Lance Harter (women’s track and field), Brad McMakin (men’s golf) and Shauna Taylor (women’s golf) have been signed to new five-year contracts with options for two one-year extensions, based on success, that could extend the agreements to a maximum of seven years. All six contracts replace previous employment agreements. The new agreements took effect, retroactively, on July 1, 2018 and run through June 30, 2023. Read More.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE
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SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson announced today that the University of Central Arkansas will join the league as an associate member in men’s soccer beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. Central Arkansas will become the Sun Belt’s sixth member in men’s soccer, joining Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and associate member Howard. Central Arkansas’ men’s soccer program is currently in its ninth season as an associate member of the Missouri Valley Conference. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

What is Williams-Brice? It is not field nor stands, nor lights, nor scoreboards, nor any other part. What is in a name? That which we call a stadium by any other name would still sound as loud. The University of South Carolina would need more than a poignant plea from Juliet to renounce the name its football stadium has held since 1972. But amending a renowned name with another hyphen is not too farfetched. In April, Colorado State granted its stadium naming rights to Canvas Credit Union in a 15-year, $37.7-million deal. That was added to the $20-million agreement Colorado State secured in 2016 to rename its playing field. Thus, the venue is now officially Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium. – Manie Robinson, The Greenville News. Read More.

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Shortly after Old Dominion’s football sellout streak ended, another has begun. ODU officials announced Tuesday morning that Saturday’s home game with Virginia Tech sold out, and that it did so without putting any single-game tickets on sale. All tickets went to ODU season-ticket holders and students, in addition to the nearly 2,000 sold by Virginia Tech. The sellout is not a big surprise, given that the Hokies have a huge fan following in Hampton Roads and this will be the first time Tech will play ODU at Foreman Field at S. B. Ballard Stadium. ODU sold 12,525 season tickets, the most in three seasons. Athletic director Wood Selig had predicted an upsurge in sales because of what he called “The Virginia Tech affect.” Read More.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera announced Wednesday a five-year contract extension for Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Brad Edwards that will run through the 2023 academic year. Since arriving at Mason in July of 2014, Edwards has guided the department to significant achievements, including record-high revenues in sponsorships and fundraising. Edwards has secured more than $20 million in revenue and commitments, highlighted by a naming rights partnership with EagleBank, a multi-year partnership with adidas and a long-term corporate sponsorships agreement with Learfield. Read More.

DREXEL UNIVERSITY
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DREXEL UNIVERSITY

Drexel’s Brandon Johnson has been appointed to the position of assistant to the athletics director/coordinator of athletic strategies and engagement. He will begin his new duties on September 24th, 2018. In his new position, Johnson will support the director of athletics in all administrative functions and implementation of the department’s strategic plan. This position also acts as a liaison between the director and other units within the department. Before his promotion, Johnson was Drexel’s team services coordinator. In that role, he planned travel for Drexel’s 18 varsity athletic teams. Johnson came to Drexel in August of 2017. He previously worked as the team coordinator for Bethlehem Steel of the United Soccer League. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Hunter Yurachek told the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday that he sat down the night before to get advice from his wife Jennifer on addressing the lunch bunch. She told him don’t try to be smart, funny or charming. “She told me just be myself,” said Yurachek, drawing the first of several laughs from the crowd. He was a breath of fresh air laced heavily with realism. Yurachek was subtle in some ways, such as addressing the booing at Saturday’s game. Saying the fans paid for the tickets and had a right to respond, he also said he hopes they would consider how they would react if that was their child or grandchild on the field. He teased about the fan base’s concern over what soft drink is served at games, what type of Razorback should be at midcourt of Bud Walton Arena and what color of uniform is preferred. He also wanted people to know about his core values and his passions — in order, they are faith, family and college athletics. He left no doubt football Coach Chad Morris has his support. He hinted at something most have started to suspect: This team needs more discipline and Morris will demand it. Yurachek took some questions from the crowd and did not dodge bullets. -Wally Hall, Whole Hog Sports, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

PAC-12 commissioner Larry Scott took the stand Tuesday in the Alston-NCAA trial. In court, Scott testified that the PAC-12 equally distributes revenue shares to all 12 members and that football revenues ‘dwarf’ basketball revenues. Scott noted that the PAC-12 distributes about $31 million to each school and his $4.5 million dollar salary is reasonable and comparable with other media executives. Following the 2015 NCAA rule changes regarding meals, food options, time demands, and other miscellaneous items, Scott says he hasn’t heard make complaints like they were prior to the new rules. Scott says without NCAA rules it would cause significant additional infrastructure and expenses that conferences would have to create.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Appalachian State’s football game against Southern Miss scheduled for the 2018 season was officially canceled Tuesday, and it will be a long time before that matchup actually happens in Boone. In a conversation with the Winston-Salem Journal on Tuesday, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin of App State said the Mountaineers offered to play the game, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, against the Eagles both earlier last week and at a neutral site. He also said the two schools have a tentative agreement to play the game during the 2024 season, completing a home-and-home series that dates back to 2014. Gillin said the cancellation, along with the Mountaineers’ inflexible schedule, means the team will play only 11 games during the regular season. “It just never got to a place where it really would work out,” Gillin said in a phone interview. -Ethan Joyce, Winston-Salem Journal, Read More

September 18, 2018

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

A recent Ohio Inspector General investigation found an appearance of impropriety related to a real estate lease for the former Ohio University president. The Office of the Ohio Inspector General determined that relationships between Ohio University (OU) and John Wharton, a local businessman with a history of donating monies to the university, fostered an appearance of preferential treatment when OU leased a property owned by him for the university president. The investigation found that Wharton was engaged in discussions with the athletic department about a conditional $100,000 donation contemporaneously to his negotiations with the OU Real Estate Department to lease/purchase a property for the university president. The investigation found no evidence that the athletic department and real estate department shared information regarding the communications with Wharton. – norwalkreflector – Read More

TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Texas Southern interim athletic director Kevin Granger knows a little something about scoring. In 1996, the former TSU point guard topped Allen Iverson and Ray Allen as the NCAA’s Division I scoring leader, averaging 27 points per game. But after the school’s former director Charles McClelland left in August to become the commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Granger is now expected to excel during his interim tenure — which lasts until next spring. Granger, 44, played at TSU for four years; earning Black College All-American honors twice before a professional career spanning three countries. Under Granger — or the eventual successor — Lane wants to see the athletic department re-engage Texas Southern alumni, generate more revenue outside of the operating budget and to develop the school’s brand in a way that energizes alumni and might even attract more local talent to their programs. So far, Granger is already ahead on the first two directives. – Glynn A. Hill, houstonchronicle – Read More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Jason Gesser, the quarterback who led Washington State to its last Rose Bowl, resigned on Tuesday from his position as assistant director of athletics with the Cougar Athletic Fund. Gesser’s resignation comes a day after he was placed on administrative leavein the wake of a former Cougar student-athlete’s allegation that he tried to force himself on her in 2015. Alyssa Bodeau, a former volleyball player, told The Spokesman-Review that she filed an official compliant against Gesser on Monday with the WSU Office for Equal Opportunity. WSU President Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics Pat Chun responded on Monday by placing Gesser on administrative leave as the Office for Equal Opportunity investigated Bodeau’s complaint. In a text message to The Seattle Times, Gesser said he sent the following letter of resignation to WSU’s leadership on Tuesday afternoon: – seattletimes – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

By now, you’ve seen the play — North Texas PR Keegan Brewer fielded a punt against Arkansas on Saturday and then… did nothing. He hadn’t waved for a fair catch, though, so the play was still live. However, no Razorbacks tackled him as he casually walked past the first line of defenders and then took off at full speed. Many yards later, he arrived in the end zone, finishing the play that thoroughly embarrassed the Hogs: On Tuesday morning, it was reported that the NCAA was considering a rule change that would close the “loophole” that allowed that play to be successful. However, according to a follow-up report from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura, that is not the case: – ADAM SPENCER, saturdaydownsouth – Learn More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

The University of North Carolina has named Marielle vanGelder UNC’s Senior Woman Administrator. Currently an associate director of athletics, vanGelder has led Carolina’s compliance department since 2013. As she has over the last five years, vanGelder will continue to direct all aspects of the department’s comprehensive compliance program, including the development of policies and procedures, implementation of rules education initiatives, supervision of all monitoring and auditing systems, and administration of UNC’s grant-in-aid program. She also will continue to serve on the department’s executive leadership team and as a sport administrator. Before coming to Carolina, VanGelder spent 10 years working in compliance at the University of Connecticut, including as Associate Director of Athletics for NCAA Rules Education and Compliance Services.  – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA’s model mostly survived the O’Bannon case. The ongoing Alston case is another crack at it. The NCAA is in the midst of fighting the most significant legal challenge to its model of amateurism since Ed O’Bannon’s partially successful attempt ended in 2016. Alston v. NCAA, the big case at trial right now, is an attempt to finish what O’Bannon started. This class action is a big swing at the whole NCAA model, across every sport. Defending itself, the NCAA is making four broad arguments. Two of them make some sense, one is obviously wrong, and one is true but not relevant. NCAA rules “further the popularity of college sports.” That’s true and might be crucial in the NCAA’s case that it’s not violating antirust laws. NCAA rules that prevent players from getting paid have not stopped great players from playing college sports, and schools not having to share money with players has definitely helped them put together huge TV deals and sell tickets and merchandise. –  Alex Kirshner, sbnationradio – Read More

RICE UNIVERSITY
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RICE UNIVERSITY

Taurian C. Houston has joined the Rice Department of Athletics as the Owls new Associate AD for Compliance, joining the Owls after serving as Colgate University’s Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance for the previous three years. During his time with the Raiders, Houston had direct responsibility for all NCAA, Patriot League and ECAC compliance matters for Colgate’s 25 varsity sports programs. As a sport supervisor, he oversaw Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field, Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving, Women’s Lacrosse, Volleyball and Softball and was a secondary administrator for Football. Additionally, he co-advised Raiders of Color Connect (ROCC), a support program aimed at improving the collegiate experience for Colgate’s ethnic minority student-athletes, while serving as the department’s liaison to the university’s financial aid and registrar office. Houston served on a number of Colgate’s campus committees, including the Faculty Affairs Committee, the Affirmative Action Oversight Committee and the Equity Grievance Panel. – Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Furious Rutgers fans who want to know what athletic director Pat Hobbs was thinking when he extended his football coach’s contract need to look back to the fall of 2015. That’s when Rutgers University’s risk-management and compliance office — along with a Kansas City-based law firm that specializes in reviewing NCAA violations — conducted an investigation of the football program. NJ Advance Media detailed Kye Flood’s football program was being probed in early October 2015. The report cited the recruiting-ambassador program and allegations of multiple failed drug tests as the two areas of the investigators’ focus. Flood and athletics director Julie Hermann were fired following the 2015 season finale. On the same late-November Sunday, Rutgers hired Pat Hobbs as AD. Six days after his appointment, Hobbs tapped Chris Ash as the next Rutgers football coach. Following Ash’s introductory news conference on Dec. 7, 2015, NJ Advance Media pressed both Hobbs and Ash on whether the potential of the NCAA leveling sanctions against the Rutgers football program was discussed during the interview process. – Keith Sargeant, nj – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Sometimes a picture really does tell the most compelling story. When Carla Williams, athletic director of the University of Virginia, wanted to issue a call to action at the Chamber Business Diversity Council Luncheon on Tuesday, she pulled up an illustration a friend sent her when Williams was appointed to the position in October. The chart showed dozens of tiny stick figures representing the gender and race of all 64 athletic directors in the five major NCAA conferences. Five of the stick figures wore dresses; a few were shaded dark; and just one wore a dress and bore a dark hue. That would be Williams. The athletic director was introduced to the crowd by Pamela Sutton-Wallace, CEO of the UVa Medical Center, who is herself one of only a handful of African-American women leading a major hospital. That dual achievement in diversity was not lost on former UVa President Teresa A. Sullivan, who told Sutton-Wallace she was proud to have African-American women leading the two highest revenue-generating divisions of the university — an institution that was, until 1970, primarily a “gentlemen’s university.” – MELISSA CASTRO, dailyprogress – Read More