At the end of the basketball season, Missouri State completed its first season of alcohol sales at sporting events, and it was a success. On Dec. 15, 2016 Missouri State University announced they would sell alcohol to fans attending athletic events at JQH Arena and Plaster Stadium. This news was big at the time, but alcohol sales at college sporting events is nothing new. According to CBSsports.com in 2016 approximately 40 schools offered alcohol at stadiums and many more schools are considering adopting sales. Missouri State Athletic Director Kyle Moats explained that the athletic department watched other schools who made the move for about a year and a half to see if they should adopt the idea. The ultimate decision came down to how Missouri State could we increase the overall atmosphere and how to increase revenue. -Blaine Wheeler, the-standard.org– Read More
Later this year, the Colorado athletic department will be allowed to offer more financial stability to its coaches. On Monday afternoon, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate bill 17-041, the final step to it becoming a law and allowing more multi-year contracts in the athletic department. For years, state legislation has limited CU and other in-state schools, including Colorado State and Northern Colorado, to six multi-year contracts per campus, with a cap of five years in length on those deals. That legislation will stay intact for the university, but this new law makes employee positions in self-funded auxiliaries, such as athletics, exempt from that legislation. There will no longer be a cap on the amount of multi-year contracts that CU and other in-state schools can offer to coaches and staff in athletics. The 71st General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on May 10, and the new law will go into effect 90 days later, on Aug. 9. -Brian Howell, dailycamera.com– Read More
Some North Carolina lawmakers want to create a commission that would advocate for college athletes. A bill filed Tuesday in the North Carolina Senate would create the Legislative Commission on the Fair Treatment of College Student-Athletes, which would “examine the needs and concerns” of athletes in the University of North Carolina system. The bill is sponsored by three Republican Senators — Warren Daniel of Burke County, and Dan Bishop and Jeff Tarte of Mecklenburg County. The commission would study issues related to athletes’ health insurance, injuries, unionization and profit-sharing for the use of their image. It would also consider athletes’ rights to be represented by attorneys, agents or financial advisors, and would review rules and punishments imposed by the NCAA and other organizations that limit transfer options or restrict an athlete’s ability to find outside work. –usnews.com– Read More
Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced Tuesday that Tony Robie has been promoted to head wrestling coach at Virginia Tech after serving as interim head coach since February. Robie led the Hokies to the team title at the ACC Championship and a sixth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis – Tech’s fifth-straight top-10 finish at nationals. Robie has been an integral member of the Virginia Tech wrestling staff for 11 seasons, serving as associate head coach since joining the Hokies in 2006 before assuming interim head coach duties for the ACC and NCAA Championships this season. A former head coach at Binghamton University, Robie was a two-time All-America selection and an NCAA runner-up as a student-athlete at Edinboro University. His resume also includes assistant coaching tenures at Michigan, West Virginia and his alma mater. “We are proud that Tony Robie will continue to lead our wrestling program at Virginia Tech,” Babcock said. “Tony has been loyal to Virginia Tech over the years and is respected by our student-athletes, as well as his peers in the wrestling community across the nation. He has done a very good job as our interim head coach, and we recognize the role he played over the past 11 years in building our program into a nationally elite one. We aspire to keep it that way and elevate it even further. Tony has proven his meddle as a leader, a recruiter and a teacher who represents all that we stand for at Virginia Tech. We looked at a number of candidates and Tony rose to the occasion. We have great confidence in him.” Read More
Coastal Carolina University dignitaries held an official groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the expansion on Brooks Stadium, the Chanticleers’ football facility. The ceremony featured University President David DeCenzo, Board of Trustees Chair Wyatt Henderson, Director of Athletics Matt Hogue, Head Football Coach Joe Moglia, members of the Chanticleer football team and representatives from both McKinght Construction and Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects. The expansion of Brooks Stadium, with a current seating capacity of 9,214, will consist of two phases. The first phase will boost the seating capacity to at least 15,000 and be completed before CCU’s 2017 season opener on Sept. 2, when the Chants welcome their first NCAA FBS program, UMass. The initial project will include adding seats to both corners of the end zone nearest the field house, expanding the sections closest to the field on both side toward the scoreboard and expanding the upper deck on the east side (press box side) to match the length on the lower deck. Read More
The University of North Dakota’s plan to trim $1.3 million from the athletic department budget is expected to be announced next week, according to President Mark Kennedy. The athletic department was originally given a March 6 deadline but Kennedy extended that timeline to April on March 2. “The process is the athletic director will give me a recommendation that I will consider,” Kennedy told the Herald during a conference call on Tuesday. “There are conference considerations and Title IX considerations. Those are all complex and we want to make sure that when we make a decision—and I have no doubt the decision will be challenged—but when we make the decision, we can withstand what kind of challenge comes against that decision.” UND recently hired the firm Baker Donelson to provide Title IX consultation to the university. -Tom Miller, inforum.com– Read More
The new Ragin’ Cajuns athletic director is getting to know residents in Acadia Parish. Bryan Maggard spent the afternoon at Brew and Bake Coffee House in Crowley where he heard from Cajuns fans. “UL athletics has many, many great things going on, and we’ve had a lot of great success athletically,” said Maggard. “We just want to grow that, and although it may be a little premature for me to talk about specifics because again I’m still trying to learn and assess, the ultimate goal is we just want to take a good thing and make it even better.” –katc.com– Read More
Navy athletics held a spring football preview luncheon on Tuesday at The Boatyard Bar & Grill with head coach Ken Niumatalolo the featured guest. Navy footbal beat writers Gene Wang from the Washington Post and Bill Wagner from the Baltimore Sun Media Group were in attendance. Patrick Stevens, who has covered college athletics for many publications over the years and is currently with The Washington Post, was also on hand. Heather Dinich, a national college football writer for ESPN.com and also a longtime Anne Arundel County resident, was a welcome addition to the gathering. Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Tim Murray represented the Navy Radio Network. Scott Strasemeier and Stacie Michaud from the Navy Sports Information Department rounded out the group. Dinich asked Niumatalolo about the Power Five Conferences and that began a lively discussion on that topic. Niumatalolo said the Power Five has “upped the ante” for all of college football. Niumatalolo once again panned the idea of a separate Group of Five playoff. “We’re not into that,” he said. -Bill Wagner, capitalgazette.com– Read More
After the Rams loss to St. Mary’s College in the NCAA tournament last week, Ram Nation found themselves in a familiar position, waiting to see if the coaching carousel would swing ’round one more time on Broad St. Late Monday night, news broke that VCU men’s basketball coach, Will Wade, accepted an offer for the same position at Louisiana State University. After hot stepping through the 5 stages of the grieving process in record time, VCU fans and alumni made it known who they wanted at the helm of VCU basketball. Their voices were heard and answered, as Athletic Director, Ed McLaughlin, announced that former VCU assistant, Mike Rhoades, is the next coach for VCU men’s basketball. -Michael Hagan, vcuramnation.com– Read More
The possibility of Wichita State joining the American Athletic Conference has been discussed at the presidential level and is seen as increasingly likely, according to several sources in college athletics who recently spoke on the topic on the condition of anonymity. A source directly connected to AAC members described Wichita State’s candidacy as strong and expectations among many schools are that the Shockers will be added. Another source involved in college athletics termed it “almost inevitable.” A timetable is unclear for the possible addition of the Shockers, who would join the AAC for all of its current sports and give the conference a 12th basketball member. – PAUL SUELLENTROP, kansas.com– Read More
Florida Atlantic president John Kelly said the school discovered nothing connecting new Owls offensive coordinator Kendal Briles to the sexual assault scandal at Baylor before hiring him. “We didn’t find anything that we would be concerned about at that time,” Kelly said Tuesday morning. Kelly — who attended FAU’s first spring football practice of the season — spoke publicly about Briles for the first time since Briles was named in a lawsuit against Baylor in January. In the suit, Briles allegedly pitched recruits by saying white women at Baylor loved football players. “Do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor and they love football players,” Briles allegedly said to a Dallas-area recruit, according to the lawsuit. -Matthew DeFranks, Sun Sentinel– Read More
The Clemson athletic department’s announcement of adding varsity softball as early as 2020 was met with a common response: finally. The idea of a Clemson softball team is nothing new. Proposals stretch back as far as former Tigers athletic director Bobby Robinson’s tenure (1985-2002). For Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, it’s one less query he has to field now. “Since I arrived at Clemson in late 2012, the most common question I’ve received from our fans, supporters and young women throughout the state has been, ‘Are you going to add softball?’” Radakovich said, “and I’m happy to now have a definitive answer.” A change in the college sports atmosphere helped clear a path for softball at Clemson, and what’s next for the program is plenty of planning before the finished product. An ESPN-sponsored linear ACC Network is certainly a big factor. The Clemson softball target date of February 2020 is line with the first season ACC softball will air on a conference television network, and that was noted as much in the university’s statement announcing softball as a substitute for women’s diving. -Brandon Rink, Independent Mail, Read More
University of Missouri men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin’s official contract was released Monday. This comes less than a week after Mizzou confirmed Martin as the team’s nineteenth coach. The seven-year deal guarantees he will make $2.7 million his first year. Each year after that, his pay will increase $100,000. That means Martin is set to make $3.3 million in his seventh year with the team. The contract total sits at $21 million dollars and includes perks like a country club membership, two cars and football tickets. Martin also has the opportunity to add incentive bonuses if he gains special recognition for items like SEC Coach of the Year or has 12 conference wins. These incentives total up to $605,000. -Sarah Bono, KMIZ, Read More
University of Massachusetts will hire Winthrop’s Pat Kelsey as its next basketball head coach, according a source with direct knowledge of the hire. Kelsey went 102–59 over five seasons at Winthrop. He reached the NCAA tournament this year and won two Big South regular season titles. Kelsey, 41, replaces Derek Kellogg, a former Minuteman point guard who went 155–137 in nine seasons as head coach. UMass officials value the energy and passion Kelsey will bring to the program, which has a new practice facility that cost nearly $30 million to build. Prior to Winthrop, Kelsey served for two seasons as the associate head coach at Xavier, which gives him significant experience in the Atlantic 10. Before his time at Xavier, he was an assistant at Wake Forest under Skip Prosser for eight seasons. -Pete Thamel, SI, Read More
Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis announced Tuesday that Tom Anastos will step down from his position as head coach of the Spartan hockey program, effective immediately. Assistant coach Tom Newton will serve as interim head coach while a national search is conducted to replace Anastos. Anastos was 78-122-24 in six seasons at Michigan State. He guided the Spartans to a berth in the 2012 NCAA Tournament after going 19-16-4 in his first season behind the bench. –Read More
Virginia Commonwealth is expected to hire Rice head coach Mike Rhoades to replace Will Wade, sources told ESPN. Rhoades, 44, was an assistant coach under Shaka Smart at VCU for five seasons before spending the past three seasons at Rice. Rhoades would replace Wade, who was hired as the head coach at LSU on Monday. Both were finalists for the VCU opening after Smart left for Texas in 2015. -Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello, ESPN, Read More
A former assistant on Shaka Smart’s staff at both The University of Texas and Virginia Commonwealth University, Mike Morrell (pronunciation: more-ELLE) has returned to his role as assistant coach at Texas, Smart announced Monday. The 34-year-old Morrell served as an assistant coach for the Longhorns during the 2015-16 season and as Director of Program Development in 2016-17. Morrell served as an assistant coach at VCU under Smart for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15), when the Rams posted a 52-19 (.732) overall mark, won the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both years. Read More.
The University of South Alabama is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Volleyball Coach. This is a full time, 12-month position including benefits. This position’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in all phases of a competitive volleyball program in accordance with University of South Alabama, Sun Belt Conference, and NCAA rules and regulations. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After spending six years at the helm of the men’s basketball program for the Wildcats, Gravelle Craig and Bethune-Cookman University agreed Monday evening to part ways, allowing for Craig to seek fresher and different opportunities in the field of athletics, as his contract expires at the end of the month. Upon taking over the program in 2011, Gravelle Craig compiled an overall record of 74-123 across six seasons in Daytona Beach. His Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record stood at 46-50 through the 2016-17 campaign. Read More.
The University of Akron contributed $23.8 million from college sources last year to help pay for intercollegiate sports, second only to Cincinnati among Ohio schools and an amount 23 percent higher than neighboring Kent State University. In a cost-cutting move, Akron eliminated its baseball program beginning in 2016. Yet spending on athletics, with 18 remaining teams, still increased 4 percent during the 2015-16 school year to $35.4 million, third highest among Ohio’s public universities behind only Ohio State and Cincinnati. The university’s contribution to the athletic department grew by $1.7 million – from $22.1 million in 2014-15 to the $23.8 million – the reports show. This was an increase of 8 percent. Since 2009-10, the subsidy at Akron is up 38 percent from $17.3 million. – Rich Exner, Cleveland. Read More.
Coastal Carolina University is holding a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday on the Brooks Stadium Expansion. One reason for the expansion and renovation is because CCU joined the Sun Belt Conference. The step up now makes the football team part of the Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS eligible. “Next football season, 2017, is our first year at the FBS level as we complete our transition in to the Sun Belt Conference,” Hogue said last year. “Obviously we have to meet requirements from the NCAA in making that transition in football. One of those is an attendance requirement, so in order to do that we have to have more seats.” – Ian Cross, WMBF News. Read More.
University of North Carolina Wilmington seeks men’s basketball head coach. The head coach is responsible for the development, organization, and administration of a successful Division I men’s basketball program. The head coach must support the academic mission of the university and promote the graduation of the men’s basketball student-athletes. Apply here.
West Virginia Wesleyan named Jack Meriwether its head men’s basketball coach on Monday. Meriwether, a Tandem Friends School graduate, served as the interim head coach for the past two months, leading the team to an 8-7 record during his stint and a tie for fifth in the Mountain East Conference, which featured three nationally ranked teams. In his first season with Wesleyan as an assistant, Meriwether helped lead the team to a 17-13 overall record during the 2015-2016 season and a seventh place finish in the MEC. Meriwether worked extensively with Wesleyan’s post players including 2nd team All-American and the nation’s leading rebounder Tanner McGrew. Read More.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Director of Athletics Dr. Gary Gray announced the immediate hiring of Brett Sawyer as interim head coach for the program. Sawyer served as an assistant coach under Cody Bench, who resigned March 7 after leading the Nanooks for seven years, for the past two seasons. During his debut season on the Nanooks’ sideline, Sawyer helped lead the 2015-16 team to a 12-18 record. This season, Alaska finished with a 13-14 mark and nearly qualified for its first Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament in school history. – Brad Joyal, News Miner. Read More.
Minot State University has narrowed its search for the program’s next head women’s basketball coach to Sean Page and Mark Graupe, Director of Athletics Andy Carter announced Monday. The two finalists will receive on-campus interviews with Page scheduled for Wednesday, March 22 and Graupe scheduled for Friday, March 24. The interview process will involve MSU faculty, staff, student-athletes, members of the media and the community during each day-long interview. – Minot Daily News. Read More.
Teamworks is pleased to announce a new relationship with the athletic department at Kansas State University. As the Wildcats’ Collaboration Software Provider, Teamworks will streamline communication for coaches, athletic trainers, advisors and administrators while centralizing player and staff information. K-State joins other prestigious NCAA Division I athletic departments using Teamworks’ technologies to power daily operations, including many programs from the Big 12 and other Autonomous Conferences. Delivering Kansas State many timesaving management solutions, Teamworks’ tools will allow coaches and staff to spend more time developing student-athletes by eliminating inefficiencies and promoting uniformity across the department. Teamworks will revamp the Wildcats’ communication methods, ease file sharing processing, and reduce paper-driven processes through the convenience of mobile devices, resulting in time and hard good savings. –Learn More
Michael Grant will not return as Coppin State’s men’s basketball coach after three losing seasons, the university announced Monday morning. Coppin State University athletic director Derek Carter, in a news release saying that Grant’s contract will not be renewed for the 2017-18 season, said a national search will begin immediately. While expressing his disappointment at being unable to continue to coach the Coppin State men’s basketball team, Grant said he understood the university’s decision. – Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun. Read More.
Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill the position of Assistant Director of Social Media, Football. The candidate should be a creative and motivated individual eager for hands-on experience in the area of digital and social media. Primary responsibilities include community management and content creation for the Penn State Football program. Responsibilities also include: collaborating with members of the Athletic Administration, Athletic Communications and Athletics Marketing departments on content and scheduling of messaging; conducting research to support content strategies; tracking metrics for social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, etc.; posting content to aforementioned social spaces; helping facilitate in-game social initiatives; and other duties as assigned. Excellent communication and organizational skills as well as a proficiency in graphic design and recording and editing video are a plus. Apply here
Western Carolina University Athletics seeks Director of Ticket Operations. Duties include: 1. Operations – Work with Associate AD for Business Development and to determine Ticket Office Annual Budget. – Manage all aspects of the ticket office for the submitted annual ticket office budget by the Athletic Director to the University. – Determine staffing needs – Hire hourly and student worker staff and manage within department budget. – Supervise all ticket office staff for all athletic venue locations – Schedule ticket office away game travel and staffing needs – Oversee ticket office software to ensure proper maintenance, upgrades, hardware and software issues are resolved and contractual obligations are fulfilled. – Work with ticket software vendor and WCU IT department to ensure software, hardware and network compatibility is functioning together to deliver best possible customer service. – Estimate and order ticket stock. – Gameday Ticket manager for all ticketed events (Football, M&W Basketball and Baseball) – Coordinate operations with visiting teams. – Ensure fulfillment process and timely completion of goals related to ticket deadlines 2. Compliance – Work with Director of Compliance to ensure all procedures related to student-athlete ticketing adhere to NCAA requirements. – Ensure that all ticket office procedures related to youth ticketing are in compliance with NCAA guidelines for prospective student-athletes. Apply here
On time and on budget. That was the message CSU athletic director Joe Parker reiterated Monday afternoon during a media tour of the new on-campus stadium that’s scheduled to open for private events in July ahead of the Rams’ Aug. 26 football season opener against Oregon State. CSU’s new $220 million on-campus football stadium is shaping up nicely. The new facility consists of two decks of seating on either side of the north-south stadium and a seven-story structure on the west side that will house football offices, a weight room, training facilities, meeting and locker rooms and players lounges on the bottom two floors. And that’s in addition to the loge boxes, indoor and outdoor suites and a press box on the top three floors that fans will see. There also will be seating in the closed south end zone, below the 84-foot-wide-by-50-foot-tall Panasonic videoboard that will be installed next month. A new $3 million practice facility, included in the stadium’s $220 million cost, is being built to the west of the stadium that will be covered with the same synthetic Shaw Sports Turf that is being installed in the stadium next month. -Kelly Lyell, The Coloradoan, Read More