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May 17, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

University of Iowa Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics chair Gary Barta announced Wednesday that Marla Looper resigned her position as UI head softball coach to pursue other professional opportunities. Looper recently completed her eighth season as head coach. A national search for the new head softball coach, chaired by Deputy Director of Athletics Barbara Burke, will begin immediately. –Read More

ACC
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ACC

At the ACC Spring Meetings, college athletic directors are weighing in on some of the larger issues in college athletics including discussing whether or not athletes should be paid for their image, likeness or name. “I’m not a fan of the name, image and likeness because I don’t think you can regulate it and I don’t think the market can regulate it because the competitive nature of recruiting,” North Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said. The difficulty of managing the measurement of how to appropriately compensate college athletes for their name, likeness or image is a concern that Duke Vice President Kevin White shares when evaluating the prospect of the NCAA making such a change. “My instinct is it’s being tossed around and thrown around,” White said. “It’s something that people get excited talking about it. But I think when the rubber hits the road, it’s going to be really, really challenging.” NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow is forward-thinking when it comes to the subject. “It is their name, it is their image, it is their likeness and they should have control of that, at least within certain parameters,” she said. “So yes, I’ve been a proponent of that for about 15 years.” –WRAL, Read More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

In the early months of his inaugural year with the Wildcats athletic department — after more than a decade at North Dakota State and a couple of years at Iowa — Gene Taylor said he met with every staff person and every coach. “What are we doing well? What are we not doing well? What do we need to stop doing?” Taylor said of the questions posed to his new staff. “There was a common theme that we were doing more with less, which can be a source of pride. But we could use some additional staff to help us in certain areas.” The big task in that job was to find personnel for the staff positions and then find the money to provide them with competitive salaries. “We know we can’t likely match the highest-end universities nationally or maybe even in the Big 12, but we go with what are average in a lot of places,” Taylor said. “Obviously, you’d like to pay your best people as good as you can.” For Taylor, there were few surprises along the way during his “honeymoon” year in Manhattan. “It was everything I expected and what I thought about Kansas State,” said Taylor, who had been to Manhattan in 2009 (basketball) and 2013 (football). “I didn’t really see much of Manhattan when I was here then.” -Brett Marshall, Garden City Telegram, Read More

UCLA
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UCLA

UCLA beach volleyball gave UCLA athletics its 116th NCAA title – tying the most of any school in the nation. Now, the athletics department is giving the team something too – new beach volleyball courts. UCLA’s Sunset Canyon Recreation Center will open a redesigned beach volleyball facility by next season, doubling the number of courts from two to four. The UCLA athletics department announced a $1 million donation from UCLA alumni John and Carrie Mapes back in August of 2017, part of which was allocated to the beach volleyball program through an endowment of a student-athlete scholarship, as well as the expanding of the current training facility. The new courts – which will be known as Mapes Beach – will feature four sand courts realigned to be perpendicular to the current court placement as well as the addition of spectator seating. -Joy Hong, Daily Bruin, Read More

May 16, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Attorneys for the University of Louisville Athletic Association called the damage caused by former men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino “catastrophic” in seeking to dismiss the lawsuit against the organization. ULAA’s defense team argued in a document filed Monday that the university “undeniably had just cause” to fire Pitino on Oct. 16, 2017, pointing to Pitino’s contractual terms regarding NCAA violations. “Through this lawsuit, Pitino seeks to recover nearly $40 million while saddling the university, its student-athletes, and its fans with the devastating consequences of his own shortcomings based on the hollow claim that he did not know what was happening in his own program,” the ULAA motion read. “But Pitino’s knowledge, or alleged lack thereof, is irrelevant to this motion. Under his employment contract, ULAA had the right to terminate Pitino for ‘just cause,’ which was defined to include, among other things, the occurrence of a Level I NCAA violation that damages the University in a material fashion.” – Gentry Estes, courier-journal – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

After years of planning, the City of Coralville hosted the ceremonial groundbreaking for its $190 million arena project. Donning hard hats and carrying shovels, representatives from Coralville, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, the University of Iowa — including Herky the Hawk and Athletics Director Gary Barta — and more dug in Wednesday at the future site of the Iowa Arena. The 10 speakers who addressed the crowd of over 100 people shared a similar message: that reaching this moment was a community effort and that the facility will be for everyone in the area. Iowa City/Coralville Area Visitors Bureau President Josh Schamberger emceed the event, introducing some of the key players in making the arena possible: retiring Iowa state Sen. Bob Dvorsky, Coralville Mayor John Lundell, Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham and Barta.  – Zach Berg, press-citizen –  Read More

ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
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ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF

Simmons First National Bank will make a “multimillion-dollar gift” to theUniversity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for its football and sports facilities, the bank and UAPB announced today. The gift will be the largest in the university’s history. The UA System Board of Trustees is expected to OK the gift at its meeting May 23-24. Simmons will announce the specifics at a “tailgate-style reception” at Golden Lions Stadium next Tuesday, May 22, at 11 a.m. The event will be attended by UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander; UAPB interim director of athletics Alyse Wells-Kilbert; Simmons CEO and chairman George A. Makris; Simmons community president Daniel Robinson; UAPB head football coach Cedric Thomas; and UAPB head baseball coach Carlos James.  – Leslie Newell Peacock, arktimes – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

The Arkansas Razorbacks will play the Missouri Tigers in Little Rock in alternating years as part of an agreement that will extend Razorback football games in the state’s capital city, two sources familiar with the arrangement said Wednesday. The series is part of a broader deal between the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and the state Department of Parks and Tourism, which controls the stadium, sources said. On off years, the Razorbacks will play their annual Red-White spring game at War Memorial, as was the case this year, said one source, who called the deal a “compromise.” UA and the Department of Parks and Tourism said in a news release later Wednesday night that an announcement is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday at the stadium. – Eric Besson, wholehogsports – Read More

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

NAVY WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Navy director of athletics Chet Gladchuk announced Wednesday the hiring of Paco Labrador as the new head women’s volleyball coach.Labrador guided Wittenberg (NCAA Division III) to the 2011 NCAA title, two additional trips to the national championship match (2015, 2017) and a 455-71 record over his 15 seasons at the school. His career winning percentage of 86.5 percent ranks second among active coaches across all NCAA divisions and third overall in college volleyball history. Labrador was tabbed as the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year, received a pair of AVCA Great Lakes Region Division III Coach-of-the-Year accolades and was an eight-time recipient of the NCAC Coach-of-the-Year laurel. – capitalgazette – Read More

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

The fired LU head women’s softball coach and an assistant coach have filed appeals and grievances over what they call their termination due to a complaint filed by a player who says she was refused her request to order a sandwich without meat for Lent. Attorney Cade Bernsen says former head coach Holly Bruder and assistant coach Allison Honkofsky were told by the Athletic Director to resign or they’d be fired. They say the dispute involves a player, Paige Holmes, who says LU coaching staff members refused her request to order a meal without meat during Lent and follow her religious beliefs, when she was mistakenly served a sandwich with meat on a Friday road trip. Holmes’ father says the staff refused her request and didn’t allow her to follow her religious beliefs. Attorney Bernsen denies the claim. Bernsen released to the media what he says is a copy of the menu from that Friday road trip. He says it shows that Holmes ordered a bacon and turkey sandwich. Holmes’ father says the menu Bernsen released is a Saturday menu. He says players would fill out menus one day ahead. – fox4beaumont – Read More

ACC
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ACC

The ACC was running ahead of schedule after three days of meetings on Wednesday even as everyone appears ready to head home without any resolution on the future of the basketball tournament. Which isn’t to say where the tournament is headed after Charlotte next March and Greensboro in 2020 hasn’t been discussed. It has. Constantly, if mostly informally. “There’s always that kind of discussion,” N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow said. But the dynamic surrounding tournament sites, pitting the old guard against the Big East transplants, is so complicated that it doesn’t appear a proposal will come up for a vote Thursday. ACC executives said that there are still multiple options available for 2021 even as the calendar ticks by, as long as the conference can come to a decision by the end of the summer. Perhaps a consensus can be reached by Thursday morning’s final session. More likely, the behind-the-scenes politicking will continue over the phone as it has in person in hallways and at receptions this week. –  LUKE DECOCK, newsobserver – Read More

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

On March 27, EWU volleyball coaches Michael King and Nathan Fristed were relieved of their duties by then-interim athletic director Lynn Hickey. Hickey, who has since been promoted to the permanent director of athletics role, wouldn’t elaborate on the situation at the time, calling it a “university personnel matter.” However, according to EWU records (which The Easterner obtained from the university), the dismissals occurred one week after the completion of an investigation into the alleged payment of $300 to a member of the volleyball team. The student-athlete, who is a freshman at EWU, was not identified in the records. Per her statement in the investigative report, the player went to then-head volleyball coach Michael King’s office on March 1, 2018, to discuss payment for a camp she had worked during the summer of 2017. King and Fristed were both present for the meeting. –  Michael Brock, easterneronline – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Ticket prices for University of Wisconsin women’s hockey games are scheduled to climb next season, and the Badgers will offer a wrestling season ticket package for the first time. The UW Athletic Board’s Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee on Wednesday forwarded a $15 women’s hockey season ticket price hike to the full board for final consideration at its June 15 meeting. Those ticket packages would cost $65 for adults and $40 for UW students, children ages 2-17 and those aged 55 and over. The new price structure for women’s hockey, which has won three straight Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season titles and advanced to the Frozen Four in five straight seasons, was projected to increase revenue by more than $24,000 annually. Committee member Gretchen Viney was the sole dissenting vote. She said she objected to the percentage increase 30 percent for adults and 60 percent for students and seniors. – TODD D. MILEWSKI, host.madison – Read More

ACC
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ACC

Four Atlantic Coast Conference football games – Louisville vs. Alabama on Sept. 1, Miami vs. LSU on Sept. 2, Virginia Tech at Florida State on Sept. 3, and Penn State at Pitt on Sept. 8 – will be televised in primetime as announced by ESPN. The ACC will be prominently featured on ABC and ESPN in college football’s opening weekend, beginning with Louisville’s game against defending national champion Alabama in the Camping World Kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 1 on ABC at 8 p.m.  The neutral site meeting in Orlando, Florida, is just the fourth matchup between the two programs since the Cardinals won 34-7 in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl. A day later, Miami and LSU meet Sunday night in Arlington, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC in the AdvoCare Classic. Both the Tigers and Hurricanes are ranked in ESPN’s “Way-Too-Early Top 25”, with Miami in the top 10 following last season’s ACC Coastal Division Championship. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

In addition to changes to two longtime coaches of men’s sports, the Nebraska athletic department will be making some moves to the personnel atop its nutrition program, Husker247 has learned. There will be a national search for new leadership of the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory (NAPL) and Performance Nutrition. Jack Ransone and Lindsey Remmers have been in the roles that will now be open to that search. Ransome has served as director of the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory, and Remmers has been the director of sports nutrition for the Huskers. The nutrition aspect has become viewed as important as everything that goes on in the weight room, by coaches and players, with each part directly connected to the other. The new hires for those now open positions will be important, even if not as publicized as other spots. While the recent changes aren’t known to be directly tied to just football, Scott Frost certainly put heavy attention on the nutrition program while at Central Florida. – BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON, 247sports – Read More

ACC
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ACC

David Cutcliffe is a man of deeply held convictions; convictions he’s built over 43 years in coaching and just from his life in general. Many of those convictions are being challenged in the current environment around college sports. Cutcliffe is a believer in the value of amateurism and college athletics and of the lessons instilled in team sports, so he’s got strong opinions on many current topics. He’s most passionate about the notion of giving players more license to make money off their likeness while in college. – Mark Armstrong, abc11 – Read More

GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY

Natalie Harrington, who resigned as George Fox University’s women’s lacrosse coach in April 2017, has filed a federal lawsuit against the school, alleging sex discrimination for not promoting her from a part-time to full-time employee. The suit claims the university paid and promoted less experienced and less successful men coaches over more experienced and more successful women coaches, such as herself. George Fox University will consult its legal counsel, university spokesman Rob Felton said. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries reviewed Harrington’s complaint earlier this year and dismissed it for lack of sufficient evidence, Felton noted. According to the suit, Lau told Harrington that the university just didn’t have any strategy for promotions in its athletic department. After Harrington resigned, the university sought applications for a full-time women’s lacrosse coach in June 2017. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland, seeks lost wages and a court order prohibiting the university from its alleged constitutional violations. – Maxine Bernstein, oregonlive – Read More

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

An Alabama-based attorney has filed a Civil Rights complaint against Iowa State. The complaint, filed this week with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights office in Chicago on behalf of Cyclones women’s tennis player Erin Freeman, alleges an abuse of Title IX and federal anti-discrimination legislation. Freeman competed with Iowa State tennis the last two seasons after transferring from Utah State. She was suspended from the Cyclones team April 11 and was reinstated May 8, according to the affidavit. In the affidavit, filed by attorney Maurice Jackson of Alabama, Freeman, one of two black women on the team, cites being “subjected to repeated acts of racial discrimination and sexual discrimination in violation of Title IX.” Freeman also contends that “representatives of Iowa State University have created a hostile educational environment, have enlisted other student-athletes in their efforts to drive me (and the only other African-American team member) out of the Women’s Tennis Program, and have deprived me of educational opportunities based on my race,” the affidavit reads. – Randy Peterson, desmoinesregister – Read More

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Liberty is expected to make a major conference affiliation announcement on Thursday, multiple sources have confirmed. This move could happen as soon as the 2018-19 school year. A press conference is expected to be scheduled for Thursday. Sources indicate Liberty is poised to accept an invitation to the ASUN for all sports except football, but we are still working on confirming that information. Since announcing its move of football to the FBS level as an Independent in February 2017, the Flames had faced the possibility of the Big South forcing its hand to move its other sports from the conference, but, in September, the Big South approved Liberty’s waiver to remain in the conference as an associate member. The Flames would be the 9th member of the ASUN, joining fellow all-sports members Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, NJIT, North Alabama, North Florida, and Stetson. -Jon Mason, A Sea Of Red, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

The contract for Florida State’s 2019 season opener against Boise State in Jacksonville, Fla. were released on Wednesday with the formal announcement of the neutral site game between the two teams. Florida State University President, John Thrasher along with Mayor Lenny Curry and the JAXSPORTS Council announced today that the 2019 FSU vs Boise State game will be played in Jacksonville at TIAA Bank Field on Labor Day Weekend 2019 and will be nationally televised. The 2019 game will be FSU’s first-ever against Boise State. The Seminoles will play the second game of the two-game series in Boise, ID during the 2020 season. The JAXSPORTS Council is focused on bringing together a diverse set of sports groups, and is constantly working to capitalize on big opportunities – events that put Jacksonville on the map. JAXSPORTS has been working for quite some time to bring an opening weekend college football game back to Jacksonville. – CHRIS NEE, 247sports – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

An athletic program that prides itself on putting all its teams in elite facilities has only one true black eye in that area, and everyone around campus can see that. Tennessee needs a better baseball facility. Lindsey Nelson Stadium pales in comparison to practically all of its peers in the baseball-mad SEC, and Fulmer didn’t deny that new Vols baseball coach Tony Vitello could use some help in that area. Fulmer said he’s planning to spend parts of this summer touring athletics facilities across the country, and the legendary Hall of Fame football coach didn’t deny that upcoming Neyland Stadium renovation plans were the primary purpose of those trips. They won’t be the only version, though. Fulmer said Bill Battle a former Tennessee football coach and Alabama athletic director who has always been one of Fulmer’s mentors told him he would enjoy watching the Vols (and Lady Vols) compete in spring sports. And Fulmer said he mentor wasn’t wrong. And Fulmer cited the young, energetic Vitello as a big part of the reason for that sentiment. – WES RUCKER, 247sports – Read More

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco earned $1.86 million in total compensation in 2016 tax documents show, Steve Berkowitz of USA Today reports. Over the same time period, the league generated $74.5 million in revenue.

HAMPTON UNIVERSITY
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HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

The sad and unnecessary standoff between Hampton University and the MEAC has, as I wrote some time ago, hurt both parties – but perhaps the Pirates’ football program most of all. Hampton on Wednesday announced an 11-game 2018 schedule worthy of a startup team, not a program that began in 1902. The Pirates will play just six FCS teams and five from lower divisions, including a road trip to the State University of New York Maritime, just outside New York City. The Division III school does not offer scholarships. Hampton is eligible for an FCS playoff at-large bid, but with St. Andrews, Virginia University of Lynchburg, Shaw and Lane also on the schedule, even an unbeaten record might not suffice. Hampton announced in November that it would be leaving the MEAC to join the Big South in July. That was four months after the MEAC’s annual deadline for teams to inform the league of any changes, and that led to an often testy war of words before a settlement was reached in March. – Harry Minium, pilotonline – Read More

SEC
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SEC

Mike Slive, the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference and one of the most respected and accomplished leaders in the history of intercollegiate athletics, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama, at the age of 77. Michael L. Slive is survived by his wife of 49 years, Liz; his daughter Anna; son-in-law Judd Harwood; and granddaughter Abigail who is almost six years old. Slive oversaw a remarkable era of success in the SEC while helping shape the landscape of college sports as a national leader in college sports. Slive served as commissioner of the SEC from 2002 until his retirement in 2015. Named to the post on July 2, 2002, the SEC enjoyed unprecedented championship success under Slive’s leadership. He led the adoption of a new and effective league-wide NCAA compliance initiative, engineered landmark television contracts, including the launch of the SEC Network, and guided the conference through expansion, welcoming two new institutions. –Read More

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Jeff Barber will the new AD at Charleston Southern WCIV Sports Director Scott Eisberg reports. Barber was formerly the director of athletics at Liberty. An official announcement from the university is expected Thursday.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Florida State is weighing options for future neutral-site games, according to director of athletics Stan Wilcox. Wilcox, speaking to several reporters at the ACC Spring Meetings in Amelia Island on Tuesday afternoon, said he and coach Willie Taggart, along with associate athletics director Jim Curry, have spoken about “potential match-ups for us that would be great draws.” Wilcox shares a similar philosophy in scheduling, but noted that there’s a balancing act in projecting what season is appropriate for scheduling a neutral-site game that would put FSU against a Power Five opponent. – Brendan Sonnone, 247sports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
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UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

The University of Hartford Department of Athletics has announced a pair of updates to its communications staff. Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations Craig Sandlin announced the promotion of Sarah Boissonneault to Assistant Athletics Director for Athletics Communications and the addition of Taylor Wink as Assistant Director of New Media. Both moves became effective on Monday, May 15. Boissonneault has been a part of the Hawks Athletics Communications department since joining as an athletics communication intern in 2008. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

More than 1,200 teams from 312 Division I schools — including this year’s national champions in men’s and women’s basketball —have been recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates. he APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men’s or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women’s sports. Read More.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Northern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Ken Bothof has been appointed to the 10-member NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. His term on the committee begins immediately and runs through August 2020. Bothof is concluding his fifth year as Director of Athletics at NKU, his 16th as an AD at the Division I level. He has been responsible for overseeing Northern Kentucky’s successful transition from Division II to Division I. Read More.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Appalachian State University has hired Mark Libs as its director of annual giving for athletics, senior associate athletics director Brian Tracy announced Wednesday. Libs will be responsible for the annual solicitation of Yosef Club donors and prospects to grow financial support for Appalachian State Athletics. In addition, Libs will focus on management, planning and implementation of a donor-centric annual fundraising operation that consists of direct mail, ticket and parking coordination, marketing, direct face-to-face solicitations and stewardship/benefit allocation. Read More.