After 14 seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Clay Homan announced Tuesday his retirement as Mississippi State men’s golf head coach. Homan guided the Bulldogs to a program-best 13 tournament championships, four NCAA Regional appearances, one NCAA Championship berth and 52 top-five finishes, including five this season. Homan coached 13 individual tournament medalists as well as two NCAA individual participants. Since 2004, Homan’s teams produced 79 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll recipients as well as eight Academic All-Americans. – Robby Donoho, WCBI. Read More.
Limestone College Athletics Department has announced the resignation of field hockey head coach Kim Keever. Jessica Mulhern, who has been an assistant coach the past three years, will serve as the interim head coach while a national search is underway for Limestone’s next head coach. Keever (former Davies) leaves the Saints after spending the past eight seasons on the coaching staff. Keever joined Limestone in the inaugural 2009 season as an assistant coach before taking over the reigns as the head coach in 2015. Read More.
Angelo State has announced that Renae Shippy will become the 11th head women’s basketball coach at Angelo State. Shippy has been the Belles assistant coach for the last two seasons helping lead the team to a 50-14 record. ASU has made back-to-back NCAA Division II Regional tournament appearances including the program’s first NCAA Division II Sweet 16 appearance this last season. Shippy takes over for Kevin Baker who departed to become UTEP’s head women’s basketball coach. Read More.
University Of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a student-athlete development coordinator. Under the direction of the Director of Student-Athlete Development, the incumbent will be a member of the Office of Student-Athlete Development (OSAD) which provides programs and services for all UW-Madison student-athletes. Apply here.
While it has been a topic of idle discussion for years, Vanderbilt may be preparing to take the next step forward in updating or potentially replacing its football stadium. An email addressed to students and fans from Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams began circulating the internet on Tuesday evening. The contents are especially interesting to the Commodores faithful who are hoping to make changes to the gameday atmosphere at Vanderbilt Stadium. The concept of a new stadium for Vanderbilt is hardly new, but it would take a leap of faith that Commodores students and fans alike would make the trip from the urban campus to an off-site venue to see football games in the fall. – Nick Cole, SEC. Read More.
Ohio University seeks a Director of Compliance. Under the direction of the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, the individual in this position directs the day-to-day compliance services and continuing education efforts for a Division I (FBS) athletics program. This individual is responsible for the university’s oversight of compliance with NCAA and Mid-American Conference rules & regulations. Apply Here.
Augusta University women’s head basketball coach Nate Teymer announced his resignation on Tuesday, April 25. A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Nate Teymer was introduced as the eighth head coach in the program’s 43-year history on April 1, 2010 at a press conference on the Summerville Campus of Augusta University. Teymer compiled a 96-96 (.500) record in his seven seasons in Augusta. In his first season at the helm of the Jaguars in 2010-11, Teymer inherited a squad that combined for five wins the previous two seasons. He guided the Jags to a 4-0 start that season to begin a new era of women’s hoops in Augusta. Read More.
Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Cameron Sealey as its new Head Women’s Basketball Coach, school officials confirmed earlier today. Sealey becomes the 12th coach in program history. Sealey comes to LR after serving one year as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Wofford College (2016-17). As a member of the Terriers’ staff, Sealey developed Chloe Wanink into a All-SoCon Second-Team honoree and was part of a team which produced the second-most victories for Wofford since the 2000-01 campaign. Read More.
Liberty University, five employees and a former student athlete are being sued by ex-LU football player Cameron Jackson, who alleges his Title IX rights were violated, he was defamed by the school and he was denied due process during an investigation into an alleged August 2015 sexual assault. Jackson and two teammates later were cleared of any wrongdoing by law enforcement in the case following an investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department after the incident was reported to LU. The lawsuit states the former Flames defensive back from Houston suffered severe damage to his future earnings, lost funds for college and that his reputation has been “irreparably destroyed.” – Josh Moody, News Advance. Read More.
UNCW athletic director Jimmy Bass confirmed that the school’s strength and conditioning coordinator turned in his resignation Monday. Rumors have circulated for weeks that Murphy will join Kevin Keatts’ staff at N.C. State to fill the opening left when former strength and conditioning director Bob Alejo was not retained. Alejo, who was let go on April 2, had served as director of strength and conditioning for the entire athletic program, with a focus on men’s basketball, since May 2011. A replacement for Alejo has not been named. N.C. State employs 14 people in its strength and conditioning department, according to the school’s website. – Alex Riley, Star News. Read More.
The Student Government Association spent around 15 minutes discussing the proposed increased athletics fee during an extended meeting Wednesday, April 19. With some senators absent, the final vote was 13-4 in favor of supporting Athletic Director Ryan Ivey’s proposition for the athletics department. Sen. Sara Alexander began the discussion by citing Thomas Murphy’s letter to The All State. The focus of the conversation then shifted to the success, or lack thereof, of the APSU football team as a reason to support or not support the increase. The fact that APSU holds the longest active losing streak in Division I football was brought up more than once. Critchlow also pointed out the lack of student athletes among SGA members, implying that perhaps senators do not have the most neutral view of an athletics fee increase. – Patrick Roach, The All State. Read More.
Missouri Valley Conference officials will be on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday in an ongoing basketball search to replace Wichita State, a source told CBS Sports. The Valley already is reportedly interested in Murray State of the Ohio Valley and Valparaiso of the Horizon League. The Valley — now down to nine schools in basketball — could be looking to add one or three teams after the loss of Wichita State earlier this month. Wichita State accepted in invitation to join the American Athletic Conference on April 7. The Shockers had been in the Valley since 1945. – CBS Sports. Read More.
Texas Tech University seeks Ticket Sales & Service Representative. Generate revenue through the sale of new full season, partial season, group tickets, and single game tickets to all Texas Tech Athletics ticketed sports. – Apply Here
Stony Brook University seeks Associate Athletic Director for Financial Operations And Human Resource Administration. The Associate Director of Athletics for Financial Operations and Athletic Human Resource Administration is the primary financial officer for athletics and is responsible for ensuring the fiscal integrity of a Division I Intercollegiate Athletic program as well as providing daily oversight direct oversight of Athletic Human Resources as well as Sport Camp Operations. – Apply Here
For the first time, the Big 12 won’t have to worry about its College Football Playoff contenders not having a conference title game or a 13th data point for the selection committee to study. The Big 12 restored its title game for the first time since the 2010 season and scheduled it for Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. If the goal is to enhance a playoff résumé, a championship game could help, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said Tuesday at the organization’s annual meetings in Irving. “Overall for them it is better. Having a championship game is better,” Hancock said of the Big 12. “I don’t think it makes the committee’s job any easier or harder.” “I never thought the Big 12 was hurt in particular by not having the game itself,” Hancock said. “What they were hurt by is their champion had one fewer game against a quality opponent. To me, that was the difference. Hancock said he didn’t know if the CFP will pursue bids this fall for the championship game in 2021 and beyond. “Our original sort of pie-in-the-sky thought a couple of years ago was to start the process this fall and finish next spring,” Hancock said. “But we’re not wedded to that. It could start sooner or later.” -Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News, Read More
Over the past few years, Virginia sports have been nothing short of phenomenal across the board. Since the beginning of the 2014-15 calendar year, the Cavaliers boast NCAA championships in men’s soccer, baseball, a runner-up finish in women’s soccer, two national championships in men’s tennis and numerous other accolades — including ACC Championships from women’s swimming and diving and rowing. However, despite plenty of successful seasons, it seems as if Virginia sports are faltering a bit this season. Other programs across Grounds face similar challenges with maintaining success at the highest level. None of this is uncommon for elite programs — it is incredibly difficult to achieve at such a high level, and regression to the mean is to be expected. The infrastructure that led to success is still in place, too. Virginia has state-of-the-art athletic facilities in John Paul Jones Arena, Snyder Tennis Courts and Klöckner Stadium, and Davenport Field is scheduled for massive upgrades. This is true from a human capital perspective as well, as Athletics Director Craig Littlepage and his assistant Jon Oliver are generally highly regarded. -Jake Blank, The Cavalier Daily, Read More
First-year Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk told The Star on Tuesday that there’s still no timetable for wrapping up an investigation into allegations of academic fraud with the athletic department, which surfaced five months ago. “I would be hopeful that it could be done within the next six months, but I don’t know,” he said.Sterk couldn’t discuss specifics of the investigation, but he did indicate that men’s basketball, which remains on probation until August under terms of self-imposed sanctions from a previous joint investigation with the NCAA, shouldn’t face additional scrutiny. “I can tell you that it’s not specific to a team,” Sterk said. “This is an issue that we’re just dealing with (as a department) rather than anything specific (to a sport).” -Tod Palmer, Kansas City Star, Read More
Taxes and charities have been intertwined in the U.S. for 100 years, ever since Congress introduced a charitable contribution deduction to the War Income Tax Revenue Act of 1917. The specific rules have changed over time, but for the past century Americans basically have been able to get a tax break for donating to charities, from their local churches to groups like the American Cancer Society to, more recently, the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Yes, that’s right—the billion-dollar entity that oversees college sports is actually classified as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code, a category generally reserved for religious and charitable nonprofits but also corporations that “foster national or international amateur sports competition.” All that tax-deductible cash comes with some restrictions, including a line in the tax code known as the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charitable organizations from directly or indirectly participating in any political campaign activity. Shortly after his inauguration, President Donald Trump told an audience of religious leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast that he would “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.” If Trump and Congressional Republicans follow through on that promise, the NCAA would also be free to remain tax-exempt while funneling cash directly to political campaigns and individual candidates, giving the organization an additional and powerful method of influencing lawmakers. -Steve Silver, VICE, Read More
Creighton women’s basketball assistant coach Matt Fritsche accepted the head coaching role at Hillsdale College, a Division II school in Michigan. Fritsche spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach for Jim Flanery and the Bluejays, helping to guide the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a share of the BIG EAST regular season title this season. The Bluejays reached the postseason in each of the four years that Fritsche was one the bench, compiling a combined 78-54 record. One of Fritsche’s primary responsibilities on the Creighton bench was to work with and develop the post players. During his four seasons twice Bluejays posts earned the BIG EAST Most Improved Player Award, Alexa Akin-Otiko in 2014-15 and Brianna Rollerson in 2016-17. – kticradio.com – Read More
Two decades ago, there was no joy in the room. Gary Barnett, the modern patriarch of Northwestern football, said he was “exasperated” by contract negotiations that led to a 12-year extension. Athletic director Rick Taylor acted as if he and Barnett played for different teams, and Barnett’s attorney had defeated the school. “Long and lots,” Taylor said in characterizing a deal that paid $500,000 per season. Half a million was big money for a Big Ten coach in 1995. Barnett left three years later for Colorado, getting a 50 percent raise. How times have changed.A steppingstone job is now a destination job. Northwestern no longer haggles with its prized coaches over fair compensation. – Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com – Read More
Beginning July 1, 2017, faculty, staff, students and visitors to Wichita State be allowed to conceal and carry handguns. The new law affects all public universities in the state of Kansas, so three of Kansas’ major universities have teamed up to make a plan for athletic events. Brad Pittman, associate athletic director, said if individuals plan to conceal and carry at athletic events they must follow laws set in the state of Kansas along with the university policy. The new policy, effective July 1, says, “Each individual who lawfully possesses a handgun on campus shall be wholly and solely responsible for carrying, storing and using that handgun in a safe manner and in accordance with the law, Board policy and University policy.” – Jessica Green, thesunflower.com – Read More
The family of Gary West has given $1 million to West Liberty University for the construction of a new soccer and track complex on the hilltop, university President Stephen Greiner said. “We are so grateful to the West family for their constant support of West Liberty University. Our student-athletes will benefit tremendously from this generous gift,” Greiner said. “The track team, our new men’s soccer team and our cross-country runners, join all of us here at the university in saying thank you.” The new athletic complex will be constructed near the Edgar Martin Tennis Complex, on the northeast side of campus, and is expected to open in spring 2018. Gary West and his wife, Flip West, were honored guests at the Great Gala, held Saturday at Oglebay Park. They were presented with a signed soccer ball by head women’s soccer coach Barry Christmas and new head men’s soccer coach Thomas Olivier. – theintelligencer.net – Read More
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the latest effort to claim that the NCAA’s limits on what athletes can receive for playing sports violate the wage-and-hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. It is the third time in a little more than 14 months that federal courts have rejected such lawsuits. The latest bid, in a district court in California, was filed against the NCAA and the Pac-12 Conference on behalf of former Southern California football player Lamar Dawson. It alleged violations of the FLSA and the California Labor Code. The ruling in the Dawson case comes on the heels of similar rulings in 2016 by a district judge in Indiana and by a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The earlier case fell short, in part, because the named plaintiffs in an evolving complaint ended up being three track and field athletes from the University of Pennsylvania. Penn, as an Ivy League school, does not award athletic scholarships. – Steve Berkowitz, usatoday.com – Read More
Tractors, contractors, piles of dirt and the skeleton of a building mark the construction of Quinnipiac’s newest sports facility on Hogan Road. When finished, the facility will feature two fields for lacrosse, field hockey and soccer, complete with bleachers and locker rooms. “The schedule has the completion of the fields ready for the fall semester,” Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning Sal Filardi said. “We do have a little bit of concern about the locker room facility.” Although the locker rooms might not be completed by the beginning of the semester, they are expected to be ready shortly thereafter, according to Filardi. Associated costs for the project include construction equipment and landscaping as well as the designs of the two fields and its surrounding structures. – Drew Johnson, quchronicle.com – Read More
Eastern Michigan University Interim Director of Athletics Christian Spears announced today, April 25, that Ryan Ray will not be returning as head women’s tennis coach for the Eagles next season. “After much consideration, we have determined that a change in leadership for our tennis program is necessary,” Spears said. “Coach Ray has led this program with character and integrity for the past 11 years and we are grateful for his service to our institution and wish him the best as he pursues his next opportunities.” – Read More
Two of England’s best soccer teams could be playing in College Station this summer. Kyle Field, the massive home of Texas A&M’s football team, is vying to host an exhibition between Manchester City and Manchester United. The friendly between the two English Premier League teams is looking for a venue on July 20. A&M senior associate athletic director Kevin Hurley said the 102,733-seat home of the Aggies has been in talks to bring the game to Kyle Field. Hurley said hosting an event between the two soccer teams with passionate fan bases does nothing but increase A&M’s exposure worldwide. – Ben Baby, sportsday.dallasnews.com – Read More
Let’s crack a cold one here. It is no secret that the Southeastern Conference does not permit alcohol sales in its football stadiums, or at least not in general seating. The SEC has held on tightly to that rule, even as other Power Five schools start to loosen their reins. Ohio State, home to one of the four 2016 College Football Playoff semifinal teams, started selling beer stadium-wide this past year, and according to The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, its alcohol sales topped $1.1 million in the debut season. The university released the number back in December, along with the noteworthy fact that there were fewer problems with fans than in prior years. Ohio State and Minnesota are among the Big Ten schools that allow alcohol sales. The Big 12 has Texas and West Virginia and the ACC has Syracuse and Miami. Most of the other conferences are present on the booze cruise. Still, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey wasn’t budging Monday at the Associated Press Sports Editors Southeast Region meeting at UAB. – Terrin Waack, tuscaloosanews.com – Read More
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign athletic director said his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with both revenue and spending figures ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten. Josh Whitman delivered a presentation Monday to the university’s Senate Executive Committee where he provided an overview of the athletic department as a whole, the News-Gazette reported. Whitman addressed various topics including generating more revenue, more state pride in the program, competing in the upper division of the Big Ten, scrutiny on athletes and the lack of a university mascot. He said Illinois generated $91.6 million in revenue in 2016 while spending $97.8 million. In the Big Ten that year, 14 other departments generated an average of $113 million while spending $109 million. – wtop.com – Read More
For athletes, building wealth, securing a future after a playing career, and developing the ability to give back start with early and strategic planning. Those were just three of the big takeaways from a panel of authors, academics, former athletes and financial professionals at the Center for Sport Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. University of Houston professor Billy Hawkins kicked off the conference on April 21 by sharing a slide noting the popular NCAA slogan that: Of 480,000 student-athletes, “most of them go pro in something other than sports.” Fewer “than 1 percent of the athletes generate more than 90 percent of NCAA revenues,” and “on average, 60 percent of the athletes are black males.” – DAVID SQUIRES, theundefeated.com – Read More
The Missouri athletic department is considering changes to home football games that would include the Tigers moving from the east sideline to the west, which would lead to a change to student seating. The move would uproot the student seating directly behind the east benches between the 30-yard lines, an area currently filled by members of the Tiger’s Lair student fan group. The student group is against the proposed change. “We’re looking at it,” MU athletic spokesman Nick Joos said. “Nothing has been finalized.” Joos said a final decision would need to come within a month so season-ticket locations can be completed. On Thursday, the athletic department held a meeting to discuss the proposal and invited nine student groups, including the Tiger’s Lair, which is an official club under the direction of MU Student Life. An MU student provided to the Tribune a written account of the meeting. – Joe Walljasper and Blake Toppmeyer, columbiatribune.com – Read More