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June 26, 2017

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Most Northwestern sports fans know Pat Fitzgerald and Chris Collins as the Chicago-area natives who are the faces of the school’s athletic program. Now NU wants to make sure everyone else knows it, too. Building off the school’s long-running “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” marketing campaign, the Wildcats’ head football and men’s basketball coaches will be the focal point of a yearlong advertising push highlighting their hometown history. TV and digital ads starting today tell Fitzgerald’s story as an Orland Park native and former NU football star. Closer to basketball season, ads will focus on Collins’ background as a former Illinois “Mr. Basketball” at Glenbrook North High School. The #HOMEGROWN campaign is beginning as the athletic department lays the groundwork for season ticket sales this summer and fall. – Danny Ecker, chicagobusiness.comRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University, in a federal court filing, says it agrees to produce a spreadsheet detailing all sexual assaults brought to the attention of the school since 2003 “to the extent the records are available and still exist.” The motion was filed Friday in an ongoing fight over discovery in a Title IX lawsuit filed against the university by 10 Jane Doe plaintiffs. The motion says the spreadsheet would include the following details about sexual assaults from Jan. 1, 2003 through February 2016, which is the month in which the last of the sexual assaults alleged in the suit occurred.  The spreadsheets “will provide a comprehensive overview of available information while protecting student privacy, thus avoiding the necessity of sending (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) notices,” the filing says. The university asked for 30 days in which to prepare spreadsheets dating back to 2011 and an additional 30 days for those covering the years 2003 to 2010. – kbtx.com Read More

WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY
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WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY

It was only a few short months ago that rumors ran rampant that Wheeling Jesuit University’s athletic department was in dire straits. Talk of coaches’ salary slashing and a possible drop to the non-scholarship Division III level was prevalent. Any WJU athletic gloom and doom banter, however, was silenced Tuesday afternoon. Adding football to a college athletic department is a game-changer, and so it is for Wheeling Jesuit. WJU President Dr. Debra Townsley announced the Cardinals will field a football team in 2018, playing an exhibition schedule. A full season is on tap for 2019. The move gives credence that the WJU athletic department is in a stable state. Football is a costly venture. A financially strapped institution would not be adding a grid team if it was gushing red ink. – timesleaderonline.comRead More

AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Cumulus Media announces that it has entered into a multi-year partnership with IMG College to broadcast Air Force Academy athletic events. The new agreement renews a successful partnership with the Academy that has been in place for 35 years. Air Force football and men’s basketball games will continue to be heard on KVOR-AM, while hockey games and select women’s basketball games will be heard on Xtra Sports 1300 (KCSF-AM). The stations will also broadcast coaches’ shows for football, men’s basketball and hockey. Veteran broadcaster, Jim Arthur, will remain as the radio “Voice of the Falcons.” Scott Jones, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Colorado Springs, said: “We’re thrilled, once again, to be broadcasting the Falcons’ games. Our partnership with IMG and the Academy is extremely important to our entire operation. We’re honored to bring listeners the play-by-play and I know Jim is very excited to continue his work in the broadcast booth.  He’s one of the very best.” – Read More

LONG BEACH STATE
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LONG BEACH STATE

Long Beach State will hire Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer as its new women’s volleyball coach, athletic director Andy Fee confirmed Monday morning. McKienzie-Fuerbringer will be the successor to legendary head coach Brian Gimmillaro, who won three national titles and recently announced his retirement after 32 yaers as head coach. McKienzie-Fuerbringer helped the 49ers win a national title in 1993 as an All-American setter and was an assistant coach for the 49ers in 1999 and 2000, including a Final Four appearance. She also coached at Golden West, Wilson, and Los Alamitos, but is perhaps best-known locally as the founder, owner and director of the powerhouse youth club, Mizuno Long Beach. Most recently at the collegiate level, McKienzie-Fuerbringer was an assistant coach at UCLA for several years, including serving on the Bruins’ 2011 national championship staff. – Mike Guardabascio, gazettes.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham has long talked about the need to build an indoor football practice facility or upgrade the aging home to the school’s soccer and lacrosse programs. That work has finally begun as part of a roughly $100 million project, one that has left a big hole near the middle of campus and will force a dozen programs to adjust practice or game routines for the coming year. In an interview with The Associated Press, Cunningham said it was ”absolutely exhilarating” to have the long-awaited projects underway even with so much work ahead. The school started the facility project as it closed the 2016-17 season, which saw UNC close in on another top-10 finish in the Directors’ Cup rankings of overall college sports programs while still dealing with its multi-year NCAA academic case that has led to five serious charges. – foxsports.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

The search for Penn men’s golf is over — again. Just under five months after Bob Heintz resigned from his head coaching role to take an assistant job at Duke, and just over two months since 2010 College graduate and interim head coach Michael Blodgett finished his first season at Penn, the Red and Blue have announced their newest coach. On Monday morning, Penn Athletics revealed that Jason Calhoun, who served as the La Salle women’s golf head coach in 2016-17, is taking over the Penn men’s job, effective immediately. Calhoun brings more than two decades of coaching experience at a total of five colleges to University City, with most of his experience coming in the women’s game. However, his one stint as a men’s head coach also happened to come in the Ivy League, as he led the Dartmouth men’s program from 2001 to 2005, including a career-best third-place finish at the Ivy League Championships in 2002. – Cole Jacobson, thedp.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH

The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is expressing appreciation for the support that helped make major facility projects possible for Bulldog student-athletes as well as other campus and community users. “Our Bulldog programs, by and large, are continuously competing for conference and NCAA championships,” said UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo. “Top-level facilities are key to achieving the competitive excellence portion of our three C’s mission of classroom, competition and community. These upgrades and enhancements will support nearly every Bulldog student-athlete, coach and staff member as they strive for excellence. We sincerely appreciate the incredible support of our donors and campus partners whom have made several of these projects a reality.” – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

University of Michigan Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel announced today (Monday, June 26) U-M’s intent to hire two-time Tewaaraton Award winner and Australia women’s national team member Hannah Nielsen as its new women’s lacrosse head coach. Nielsen’s target start date will be July 17, upon her return from England, where she will be competing with the Australia Women’s National Team in the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. Nielsen, who becomes the second head coach in program history, comes to Ann Arbor as a four-time national champion and two-time Tewaaraton Award winner. As a coach, she boasts eight years of coaching experience at the Division I level. One of the most decorated athletes to play the game of lacrosse, Nielsen most recently spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Northwestern University. She helped lead the Wildcats to a spot in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, and Northwestern advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. – Read More

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell announced Monday the hiring of Coleman Barnes as USU’s new Assistant Vice President and Deputy Director of Athletics for External Affairs. “We are thrilled to welcome Coleman Barnes and his family to our Aggie family,” said Hartwell. “Coleman’s proven fundraising prowess and leadership skills will help us continue to push the needle of success higher in revenue generation, brand awareness and consistency in managing all of our external constituents.” Barnes, who will officially begin his duties at Utah State on July 12, will lead USU’s athletic development staff, including the Big Blue Scholarship Fund and Aggies Unlimited. He will also oversee USU athletics’ external departments, which include marketing and promotions, media relations, ticket sales and Aggie Sports Properties. Barnes comes to Utah State after spending the past four years at Miami University, where he served as the Associate Athletics Director/Senior Director of Development for three-and-a-half years, before being promoted to Executive Associate Athletics Director/Senior Director of Development this past January.- Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue vice president and athletics director Mike Bobinski announced the promotion of three department administrators Monday. Mike Braughton has been promoted to senior associate athletics director – development, Al Capitos to assistant athletics director – facilities and Chris Clopton to assistant athletics director – major gifts/senior director of development, all effective July 1. Braughton joined the John Purdue Club staff in 2006 as senior director and was promoted to assistant athletics director in 2013 and associate athletics director in 2016. His primary responsibilities are to serve as lead fundraiser and manage all facets of the athletics department portion of the university’s “Ever True” $2.019 billion campaign. Prior to joining the John Purdue Club, Braughton served as director of development for the Oklahoma State athletic scholarship fund since 2004. During his tenure, the annual fund increased revenues by 33 percent. He also served as executive director of the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Sports Commission. – Read More

ACC
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ACC

The ACC Network is off and running with its first distribution deals. The ESPN-owned conference channel recently secured its first carriage agreements with digital video providers, guaranteeing that the channel will be available to consumers when it launches in August 2019. The deals mark an important first step that comes as critics question the network’s viability in such a volatile media marketplace. ESPN would not identify the providers who agreed to a deal, saying it is with providers whose carriage deals run beyond 2019. So far, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu have deals to carry ESPN programming. It’s not known which ones also will take the ACC Network, though it should be noted that ESPN’s parent, Disney, owns 30 percent of Hulu. The ACC Network was part of a larger package of Disney-owned channels sold to some of these digital video providers. – John Ourand & Michael Smith, m.sportsbusinessdaily.com – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Kurt Gulbrand, who has coordinated fundraising for athletics at the University of Colorado, has been hired for a similar role at Tennessee. UT athletic director John Currie announced in a school release Monday that Gulbrand will join his leadership team as senior associate AD for development. Prior to Colorado, Gulbrand spent 11 years at the University of Michigan as an assistant AD for development. Gulbrand has also worked at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), Northwestern State and the University of Massachusetts. – Phil Kaplan, Knoxnews. Read More.

EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY
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EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY

Former La Roche men’s basketball guard Evan Bonnaure will be extending his basketball career in Eastern PA. He recently accepted a graduate assistant position at East Stroudsburg University. Bonnaure will serve two years as a paid assistant coach on the men’s basketball team and will be pursuing his Masters Degree in Exercise Science. Bonnaure originally had his sights set on landing a job at a Division I school. However after much consideration, the opportunity to work with a coach as distinguished as Jeff Wilson was too good of an opportunity to pass up. Coach Wilson has a career record of 271-157 and has led the Warriors to two PSAC titles and 4 NCAA tournament appearances. Coach Wilson also serves as the chair of the NCAA Division II Men’s basketball committee. Read More.

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Whitefish product Luke Fennelly, a member of the Montana State men’s basketball staff for the past four seasons, was named assistant coach by Brian Fish on Monday. “Luke has done an outstanding job for us in the Director of Operations position and has earned the right to be given the shot to move into the full-time assistant position. His connection with the players, work ethic, and Montana roots all played huge factors in my decision.” Read More.

KALAMAZOO COLLEGE
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KALAMAZOO COLLEGE

Kalamazoo College seeks a dynamic and motivated Athletic Director who will take a strong athletic program to the next level of excellence in athletic competition, academic excellence, and its commitment to ethics and equity. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Kurt Gulbrand, who has coordinated fundraising for athletics at the University of Colorado, has been hired for a similar role at Tennessee. UT athletic director John Currie announced in a school release Monday that Gulbrand will join his leadership team as senior associate AD  for development. Gulbrand will now oversee the Tennessee Fund after spending the past 5-plus years in Boulder, Colo. – Phil Kaplan , USA TODAY. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

The modest tempest precipitated by Cameron Johnson switching schools came and went like a fleeting thunderstorm on a June night. Once the disturbance blew past, restrictions were waived to allow the graduate transfer to play immediately for the North Carolina basketball program, and the rest of us more or less pulled up the covers and went back to sleep, our perceptions of the familiarly unfair NCAA landscape largely unchanged. If more players could shift schools without being involuntarily sidelined, the loosened yoke would doubtless chafe coaches and spark a few adolescents to lose their way. But the destabilizing effects could be limited by regulating schools, not players, capping the number of transfers a program could accept in one season or over a four-year period. – Barry Jacobs, Bews Observer. Read More.

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

This coming Friday, June 30th, will see the career of long-time Austin Peay State University coach and administrator Cheryl Holt come full circle, as she is set to retire after 35-plus years of service to the university. For her service, Holt has also received some of the highest honors the university and athletic department can bestow, with the former Lady Govs Softball Field being named Cheryl Holt Field in April of 2011 and the following year was indicted into the APSU Athletic Department Hall of Fame. Holt maybe ending this chapter of her service to the university and the athletics department this week, but her legacy – both as a coach and administrator – will stand among the best all-time in Governors history. – Chris Austin, Clarks Ville Online. Read More.

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
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SEATTLE UNIVERSITY

Seattle University seeks an Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing and Development. The Assistant Athletics Director for Ticketing and Development has the primary responsibility of generating revenue through ticket sales and the annual fund. Responsibilities include planning, oversight, management, and coordination of the ticketing office and staff. Apply Here.

NCAA
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NCAA

Oregon football players used three helmets last season — green, black and white — that were mixed and matched with myriad uniform combinations. The Ducks were pioneers in football fashion and other schools have followed, using helmets to make a statement. Now, the NCAA wants to determine whether style is coming at the expense of safety. The NCAA settled a class-action concussion lawsuit last year, agreeing to spend $75 million on medical monitoring of college athletes and prevention research. Currently, the NCAA and the major football conferences are facing dozens of class-action suits from former players who contend they sustained concussions and did not receive proper treatment. – Associated Press, Usa Today. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

Brian Wickstrom’s introduction to Monroe was a Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 165. While it could have made a better first impression, Wickstrom and his family soon fell in love with the city, the surrounding area and its people. Wickstrom’s four-year tenure as ULM athletic director expires on June 30. He will no longer have the job he held since 2013, but Wickstrom plans to stay in Monroe until plotting the next step in his career. ULM President Nick Bruno made the decision to move on from Wickstrom in May when he informed Bruno that he would not seek a contract extension. Wickstrom was open to staying on as athletic director and working without a contract. – Adam Hunsucker, The News Star. Read More.

EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Eastern Illinois University is still considering cutting some of its sports teams as a way to reduce expenses, but the complexity of the revenues and costs involved with these sports has made selecting teams to potentially cut a challenging action. During a planning retreat on Saturday, the EIU Board of Trustees heard an update from university President David Glassman and Athletic Director Tom Michael on this ongoing review of the teams. Board Chairman Joseph Dively said the board will receive passionate feedback from the EIU community no matter what sports teams might be eliminated or left in place. – Rob Stroud, Jg-Tc. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

In the past six years, the University of New Mexico’s internal audit department has investigated cash controls at UNM Pediatrics Department bake sales. It has explored various complaints about UNM Press. It has probed the university president’s travel and entertainment expenses – four times. Independent journalist Daniel Libit reported this month in his nmfishbowl.com blog that UNM put more than $140,000 extra in former basketball coach Craig Neal’s paychecks in the year following his 2013 appointment as head coach. UNM told Libit and the Journal that Neal, who was fired in March, has paid it all back. – Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal. Read More.

BIG TEN
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BIG TEN

Seeing the underdog win, cheering the little guy when he takes on and beats a bully or when someone successfully triumphs over city hall are all feel-good events. If you disagree, you won’t read any further. You’re still here? Good. The Big Ten Conference put the cart before the horse when it negotiated its latest television deal with ESPN and Fox. Splitting its football telecasts between the two networks provided a financial windfall ($2.64 billion for six years, $440 million a year). The deal included six Friday night telecasts each season. When television networks throw hundreds of millions of dollars into the bank account of a conference, they expect some cooperation when it comes to scheduling. Fox, in particular, has quietly pushed the Big 12 to move the Texas-Oklahoma game to prime time. The schools, in particular, have steadfastly refused. – Wendell Barnhouse, Fan Rag Sports. Read More.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

As the poet Joni Mitchell once lamented, commenting on “progress” and the vagaries of life as it relates to fathers and lovers and forms of mass transit, you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. I bring this up not only because Mitchell rates an occasional shout-out, but because it explains the Story That Never Dies. Just the same, it doesn’t hurt to hope that the Aggies and Longhorns can get back together again. The sooner, the better, too. Judging by my last check-up, I may be out of warranty. – Kevin Sherrington, Sports Day. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

University of Vermont Foundation seeks a Director of Major Gifts – UVM Athletics. The Director of Major Gifts – UVM Athletics is primarily responsible for major gift fundraising to benefit the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Vermont. The Director of Major Gifts reports to the Vice President for Development at the Foundation, in close collaboration with the University’s Director of Athletics. Apply Here.

June 25, 2017

NCAA
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NCAA

Speaking of local teams playing each other, the MTSU and TSU football teams announced earlier this week they will renew their series by opening the 2019 season against each other. That game will be played in Murfreesboro. After that, there’s a good chance the two teams will play at Nissan Stadium. “Hopefully we can continue to play Middle Tennessee in the coming years,” said TSU athletics director Teresa Phillips. “We are discussing the possibility of bringing the game to Nissan Stadium.” It won’t be the first time the series has been played at a neutral site. MTSU and TSU played at Vanderbilt Stadium from 1973-1978 and then again from 1986-1993. – Mike Organ, dnj.com – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The Illinois Fighting Illini may not be adding ice hockey to their lineup of varsity sports anytime soon, but it appears long-term planning for that effort is about to get underway. The NHL is set to announce the creation of league-sponsored studies to determine the feasibility of adding Division-I hockey at five schools. The University of Illinois will be the first campus to undergo an examination. The previously announced Friday press conference at the United Center will feature athletic director Josh Whitman, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Chicago Blackhawks CEO John McDonough, Buffalo Sabres owner and Penn State Hockey donor Terry Pegula, USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Kelleher, and Players’ Association executive assistant Mathieu Schneider. – Jim Vainisi and Brad Repplinger, thechampaignroom.comRead More

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

Carbondale, Evansville and Cedar Falls vs. Houston, Orlando and Philadelphia. Feel a difference? The move from the Missouri Valley Conference to the American Athletic Conference will drive Wichita State University’s enrollment and research higher, and, ultimately, lift the Wichita economy. Or, so says WSU President John Bardo, who led the move, which officially goes into place July 1. Contrary to what most people think, Bardo said, the switch in conferences is more about university advancement than sports. It’s about associating with larger, more metropolitan, more research-focused institutions, even if the association is technically only through sports. The AAC includes: the University of Connecticut, near Hartford; the University of Cincinnati; the University of Central Florida in Orlando; East Carolina University, in Greenville, N.C.; the University of Houston; University of Memphis; U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md., near Washington, D.C.; University of South Florida in Tampa; Southern Methodist University in Dallas; Temple University in Philadelphia; University of Tulsa; and Tulane University in New Orleans. – DAN VOORHIS, kansas.comRead More