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August 14, 2017

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY BAKERSFIELD
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY BAKERSFIELD

This is the second of a three-part series on Cal State Bakersfield’s athletic department as it approaches its 10th anniversary of competition in Division I. Part one was published last Sunday and is available on Bakersfield.com. Part three will be published next Sunday. Cal State Bakersfield’s record athletic revenue, which has nearly tripled since it moved to Division I after the 2005-06 school year, hasn’t meant the Roadrunners have more athletes or more sports. Quite the opposite, in fact. The school actually sponsors fewer sports than it did as a Division II institution. Starting with a round of program cuts in 2010, CSUB has narrowed the size of its athletic program since joining Division I. 2017 was no different; the school discontinued men’s golf and women’s water polo in June. – CAMERON MILLER, bakersfield.comRead More

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

It is not necessarily for fans who want spend the day in the same elements as the football players while sitting on aluminum bench seats similar to the ones those same players sit on when taking a breather. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but the new Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is not about that. It is about the modernization of the entire game day experience, from parking to quality of seating to entirely new options of things to do and places to be when the Pirates are on the gridiron. The $55 million Southside Renovation Project being overseen by East Carolina director of athletics Jeff Compher is an attempt to take a day out at ECU to a new level, while leaving the traditional game day of tailgating and cheering untouched. – Nathan Summers, reflector.comRead More

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Not long ago, it was taboo for colleges to sell alcohol at sporting events. With widely publicized alcohol problems rampant on college campuses, “it’s always been considered a strong statement to say there is no drinking at college-sanctioned events,” said David Morton, a local sports marketer with a background in college sports. “In the past, a college or university selling alcohol or taking on a beer sponsorship has always been seen as a major image issue—not to mention a moral one.” But a growing number of schools see booze as the latest weapon in the arms race to raise cash to compete. Purdue University has jumped in—announcing in June that the school will expand the sale of alcohol at its football venue and offer it to the general public at its basketball arena. Beer and wine will be available for purchase throughout Mackey Arena and Ross-Ade Stadium, with the exception of the concourse areas immediately adjacent to student sections. – Anthony Schoettle, ibj.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Southern Miss and Mississippi State brokered a deal this week that will send the Golden Eagles to Starkville on Sept. 7, 2019. Mississippi State has agreed to pay Southern Miss the guaranteed sum of $1.2 million, according to a copy of the game contract the Hattiesburg American obtained Friday via an open records request. It is one of the largest guaranteed payouts Southern Miss has received since 2014, exceeded only by the team’s future games at Auburn ($1.7 million for Sept. 29, 2018, and $1.85 million for Sept. 26, 2020) and Alabama ($1.85 for Sept. 21, 2019), as well as a $1.4 million payday it received from Alabama for a road game in 2014. In order to accommodate the game, though, Southern Miss’ road date with Troy — originally set for Sept. 7 — was moved to Sept. 14. The agreement with Mississippi State completes the Golden Eagles’ non-conference schedule for 2019. In addition to facing the Bulldogs and Trojans, Southern Miss will host Alcorn State (on Aug. 31) and travel to face Alabama (Sept. 21). – Jason Munz, hattiesburgamerican.comRead More

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

It was a busy Thursday for Matt Hogue, the athletic director at Coastal Carolina University. Shortly after lunch, the man who was once the radio voice of Coastal Carolina sports had a press conference to attend. He was introducing CCU’s new men’s golf coach. Though he was named athletic director a couple of years ago, Hogue’s been with the school since 1997 and has seen it grow exponentially over the past 15 years. Between meetings, Hogue, who is a husband and father of two, sat down with The Post and Courier to talk about the direction of CCU athletics as the school enters its first football season at the FBS level, the recent announcement that head football coach Joe Moglia will miss the entire season for health reasons, and other topics ranging from baseball to cheerleaders. –  Derrek Asberry, postandcourier.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

COLUMBIA A young Jim Sterk pulled on his football pads and helmet for the first time at Western Washington University in August 1974. Sterk, a farm boy from Nooksack, Wash., would set a Vikings record with 164 tackles as a senior linebacker in 1977 — a record that stands today — but he started his career as a wide-eyed cornerback. And he’ll never forget the rude introduction, a sort of welcome-to-college-football moment, from Western Washington linebacker Gary Gilmore. “He was a Vietnam vet, like 26 (years old), and I was barely 18,” Sterk said. “He hit me harder than I’ve ever been hit in my life. He hit the guy (with the ball) and that guy hit me. I’d never been hit like that before. Oh, my gosh.” Given the turmoil Sterk inherited when he took over as Missouri’s athletic director a year ago Wednesday — his contract was approved by the board of curators Aug. 9, 2016 — it’s fair to wonder if Sterk had a similarly jarring introduction at his newest job. – TOD PALMER, kansascity.com – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

The University of Arkansas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Razorback Foundation collaborated to raise more than $38.4 million in support of Razorback student-athletes in the past fiscal year. The fundraising total included $20.5 million in the Razorback Foundation’s Annual Fund with the remaining support coming from capital gifts, donations to the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Renovation and North End Zone addition and other private gifts. The $38.4 million total is the third-highest fundraising total since the Razorback Foundation was formed. In 2015, a $10.65 gift from the Jerry and Gene Jones Family led to a total of $47.3 million. In 2016, the $50.1 million total included multiple significant capital gifts made in conjunction with the new Founders Suites that will open in 2018 as part of the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Renovation. – Kevin Trainor, arkansasrazorbacks.comRead More

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

The football stadiums being used this fall at the University of Colorado and Colorado State opened nearly a century apart, 1924 and 2017, respectively, but both universities are in search of the same thing for their facility — a new name. More specifically, the paycheck that accompanies it. CU began calling its facility Folsom Field in 1944 after the passing of legendary football coach Frederick Folsom. Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins opened in 1968, and also paid homage to a former coach, Harry Hughes, but CSU didn’t retain the name for its new facility opening in two weeks on the southwest side of the main campus. While re-branding does not appear imminent for either school, both are in the research phases of joining a national trend. –  KYLE FREDRICKSON, denverpost.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

While the Crossroads project benefits students, faculty and fans, some changes to the field were made with players in mind. In Notre Dame Stadium, space along the sidelines has been an issue for many years. Players and coaches were fighting for position alongside fans, media and even the bands. With very little room, player safety became a priority when re-imagining the stadium as part of the campus cross roads project. There will no longer be any seating on the field. The bleachers have been removed from both end zones and both the Notre Dame and opposing team’s band will be moved off of the field and into the lower bowl. Former wide receiver Golden Tate famously dived into the band on a touchdown catch. While it made for great video, it could have been very dangerous. – Allison Hayes, abc57.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

UTSA Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey announced on Saturday that she has named Kristen Holtas head women’s basketball coach. Her appointment is effective immediately pending a background check. “We are excited to announce Kristen Holt as our next head women’s basketball coach” Hickey said. “She brings a wealth of experience as both a head and assistant coach to the table. She has been a positive influence on our team for the past four years, and we see that as a tremendous asset as we are making this coaching transition. We look forward to working with Kristen and building the resources for our program so that we are competing for Conference USA Championships and giving our student-athletes an outstanding experience both academically and athletically.” Holt, who has served as the program’s associate head coach for the past four seasons, becomes the ninth head coach in the program’s history. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

A year ago at this time, college athletics was awash with speculation about the possibility that the Big 12 Conference would expand. The University of Cincinnati, along with Houston and BYU, were considered by most observers to be the top three candidates from which the Big 12 would choose two schools to grow from 10 members to 12. In the end, the Big 12 presidents voted on Oct. 17 to maintain the status quo. There would be no expansion. And just like that, it was back to business as usual. The Bearcats would remain a member of the American Athletic Conference. At the time, the Big 12’s decision was a disappointing blow to UC fans who were hoping to see their school become a member of a Power 5 conference, although it should be noted that AAC commissioner Mike Aresco likes to call his league a Power 6 conference, every bit as much of a national player as any other league in the country. – Read More

August 13, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The email is dated July 8,2017, two days before UNM admitted it was missing $432,000 because some suite holders at The Pit did not pay their hefty fees. Before that, public money was used to take donors on a lavish golf trip to Scotland. UNM’s Athletics Department is now the subject of two state investigations. Athletic Director at the time Paul Krebstook a lot of heat for those scandals. Now, we see he furiously defended himself in that July email to his successor Janice Ruggiero and the guy responsible for staff at the LoboClub, the fundraising arm of UNM Athletics. Krebs blames others for the missing suite money. – Megan Cruz, koat.comRead More

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
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HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY

Assembly bill 18-87 was approved by Governor brown September of last year. It bans state-funded travel to states that the California Department of Justice declared to have laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. The list of states are as follows; Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota. Tennessee, and Texas.The law applies to state funded schools as well and Duncan Robins, Humboldt States new interim athletic director, said that it could affect athletics. “It’s unclear how the legislature and the state of California will actually implement the ban,” Robins said. “They are doing clarifications all the time, as new situations come up that they need to clarify, and athletics is one of those that they are still continuing to clarify.” Robins said that for the upcoming season the schedules shouldn’t be affected. – Alexandria Hasenstab, krcrtv.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork has been on somewhat of a media campaign in recent days, participating in radio and podcast interviews with a variety of Mississippi and SEC programs. Thursday, his latest interview was with the most distinguished radio host in SEC country — Paul Finebaum. The SEC Network host challenged the Ole Miss administrator on a number of topics during the interview, including an attempt to get Bjork to come clean on the exact reasoning for Freeze’s firing. That question is particularly interesting when you consider Finebaum has hinted the decision wasn’t not entirely related to calls to an escort service. As could have been expected, Bjork would not go into much detail and danced around the question. – MICHAEL WAYNE BRATTON, saturdaydownsouth.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ

UC Santa Cruz has hired seasoned intercollegiate athletics director Greg Warzecka to lead its NCAA Division III program. He will serve on an interim basis until a permanent athletics director is hired. Warzecka, who starts Monday (Aug. 14), served as the UC Davis athletics director for 16 years, successfully leading the program through its transition from Division II to Division I. He worked at American River College as dean of kinesiology and athletics from 2012–15. “I believe Greg brings the perfect mix of subject matter expertise and leadership approach needed to successfully guide the Slug program at this critical time,” Vice Chancellor Sarah Latham said. – Scott Hernandez-Jason, news.ucsc.eduRead More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Heather Lyke became the first female Athletic Director in the history of The University of Pittsburgh in March. And if you have a chance to sit down with her, you would see she’s as fierce as they come. “I hope they see me as a leader,” Lyke said. “We have the opportunity to make a difference in all the student-athletes lives each day.” Four months into her new job, Lyke is adamant about laying out a plan, putting pieces in place and expressing her vision of “comprehensive excellence.” She truly expects all 19 athletic programs at Pitt to compete for ACC and national championships, especially football. – Chase Williams, wpxi.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Husker gymnasts will be practicing in a state-of-the-art facility for the 2020 season after the University of Nebraska Board of Regents stuck the landing on a $14 million project proposal Friday. The new 35,400-square-feet of space for the men’s and women’s programs will be built to the northwest of the Devaney Sports Center and paid for through private donations and athletic department funds. After regents approved a $40 million plan to renovate or replace Mabel Lee Hall on UNL’s campus, where the women’s team practices, Regent Bob Phares of North Platte said it became obvious that a new gymnastics training facility was needed. Practice facilities for both the men and women are limited in their space for training apparatuses. The women were using 11,585-square-feet of space inside Mabel Lee Hall, while the men made use of a 6,871-square-foot room inside Devaney. – CHRIS DUNKER, journalstar.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

University of Massachusetts Athletics, in conjunction with multimedia rights holder Learfield’s UMass Sports Properties, announced on Friday a new television partnership with Eleven Sports Network to produce and distribute all six of the Minutemen’s home football games for the 2017 season. To support the availability of all six contests regionally, each will be broadcast on the NESN family of networks as well. In order to provide numerous platforms for fans to follow the team this season, all six games airing live via Eleven Sports and NESN family of networks will also be available to watch free of charge via live stream on UMassAthletics.com. UMass football joins sports leagues such as the Big Sky Conference, the Ivy League, La Liga and the English Premier League as part of Eleven Sports’ offerings. Eleven Sports is available on various cable, satellite, Telco, and OTT providers. Use the Eleven Sports Channel Finder to search availability in your area. – Read More

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
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MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

Even when times were bad, Monmouth University Director of Athletics Marilyn McNeil staunchly held onto her belief that King Rice is the man to lead her men’s basketball team. Now that times have never been better, McNeil’s attitude toward Rice certainly isn’t changing, and Friday was the latest example.  Entering his seventh season as head coach, Rice has signed a new five-year contract to remain in West Long Branch through the 2021-22 season. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. This is the third new deal Rice has signed since Nov. 13, 2014, when he inked a three-year agreement through 2018-19 on the eve of the season-opener at West Virginia. Monmouth hoops: 2016-17 home attendance had slight dip, but remains strong. At the tail end of a landmark 2015-16 season, that three-year deal was scrapped in favor of a new five-year deal through 2020-21. Now comes Friday’s news. – Josh Newman, app.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Starting in fall 2018, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Athletics will fund a new scholarship program for students at the university. Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green and Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst announced the plan, known as Husker Scholars, at Aug. 11’s meeting of the Board of Regents. “In addition to being another example of Husker Athletics’ continued focus on the academic mission of the university, this scholarship program will help keep a University of Nebraska-Lincoln education affordable and accessible. That is our highest priority,” Green said. “Through the establishment of this scholarship fund, Husker Athletics continues to help educate the next generation of leaders who contribute to our state.” – 1011now.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

UCF men’s basketball coach Johnny Dawkins has signed a contract extension that will keep him in Orlando one year longer. The university announced Thursday that Dawkins’ current six-year contract has been extended by a year through 2023. The extension will add $1.5 million onto his current deal. Dawkins led the Knights to a 24-12 overall record and a trip to the NIT Final Four in 2016-17. It was Dawkins’ first season as the Knights head coach. “It’s a great feeling to know that they believe in what we’re doing as a program and our standard of representing UCF and the surrounding community at the highest level,” said Dawkins. The Knights hosted their first NIT game last season, recorded their first-ever win in an NIT or NCAA tournament game and led all of NCAA Division I in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to just 36.5 percent from the floor. – baynews9.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

In its 2011 separation agreement with former football coach Houston Nutt, the University of Mississippi agreed to “direct” top officials for the school’s athletics foundation and university not to make any statements about Nutt’s tenure that could harm his reputation as a football coach. USA TODAY Sports reviewed that language on Friday, which has been part of an agreement both sides have kept confidential since it was signed on Nov. 25, 2011. Nutt’s attorney, Thomas Mars, provided it to USA TODAY Sports after the school informed him earlier Friday it intended to make it public through the Mississippi Public Records Act. The wording of Nutt’s non-disparagement clause has been central to the defamation lawsuit he filed last month against Ole Miss and its athletics foundation, alleging top school officials including former football coach Hugh Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork concocted a misinformation campaign in 2016 to suggest the majority of the school’s NCAA violations occurred under Nutt’s watch. – Dan Wolken, usatoday.comRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

A federal judge has ordered Baylor University to hand over documents, data and interview lists from its infamous Pepper Hamilton investigation, which found that Baylor repeatedly mishandled allegations of sexual assault that were made against football players and other students. The information must be given to attorney and former state Rep. Jim Dunnam, who is representing multiple anonymous women who say there were raped while at Baylor. The university had claimed that the documents were privileged, since the firm Pepper Hamilton that was conducting the investigation was doing legal work for the private Baptist school. But the judge ruled that Baylor waived that privilege when it released certain details from the investigation. – MATTHEW WATKINS, texastribune.orgRead  More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville called penalties in its men’s basketball case levied by the NCAA’s infractions committee “draconian” in paperwork filed this week to an appeals panel, saying the committee ignored the school’s self-imposed punishments and other key factors. Details of U of L’s appeal response, the first filing of written arguments in the process, were released by the school on Friday, nearly two months after the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions ruling. Rick Pitino, the men’s basketball coach, also planned to separately appeal his five-conference-game suspension. As a school, U of L focused its appeal on the vacation of records and financial penalties. The infractions panel said U of L must vacate as many as 123 wins, including the 2012 Final Four appearance and the 2013 national championship, and pay back what could be millions in shared NCAA Tournament revenue. – Jeff Greer, courier-journal.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Lawyers for the plaintiffs in two lawsuits challenging the NCAA’s current compensation limits for athletes on Friday night asked a federal judge to decide the case in their favor without a trial, saying that “new and undisputed evidence” — much of it developed through depositions of top NCAA and conference officials — make it impossible for the NCAA to show that the limits are justifiable under antitrust law. Known as a request for summary judgment, the filing asks U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to issue a permanent injunction that would apply to Division I men’s and women’s basketball players and to football players at Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The injunction would upend the NCAA’s relatively new rules that allow athletes to receive scholarships that can cover tuition, fees, room, board, books and incidental expenses up to their full cost of attending school. – Steve Berkowitz, usatoday.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Husker sports will stick with Adidas and receive $128.7 million in cash and goods over 11 years. The University of Nebraska Board of Regents unanimously approved the sponsorship agreement Friday.
The Huskers have aligned with Adidas for more than 20 years. The deal comes after Adidas lost major programs UCLA and Michigan last year — UCLA to Under Armour and Michigan to Nike’s Jordan Brand subsidiary. The Husker deal comes with $64 million in cash and about $64.7 million in apparel and equipment. The university also announced that Husker sports would contribute $5 million annually to non-sports scholarships beginning in 2018. Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst told the regents: “We operate in the black and we make a significant contribution back to the university because that is the right thing to do.” The athletic department is one of the few in the country that requires no state, university or student-fee subsidies. – Rick Ruggles, omaha.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA

(UTC press release) The search for a new Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is moving forward with finalists visiting the campus next week. The finalists are: Jim Booz, Executive Associate Athletics Director, University of Georgia, Gerald Harrison, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs, Duke University, Jeff O’Malley, Associate Athletics Director and Chief of Staff, Marshall University, Mark Wharton, Associate Athletics Director for Athletics Development, The Pennsylvania State University. – Rick Nyman, wdef.comRead More

August 11, 2017

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
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DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

DePaul head coach Dave Leitao announced today that Tim Anderson has joined the staff as an assistant coach. In addition to Anderson joining the staff, Billy Garrett has moved into the director of basketball operations position with the Blue Demons. Anderson is a Chicago native that attended Crane High School and was an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks at UT-Pan American (now UT-Rio Grande Valley) from 2011-13. Prior to his first stint as a collegiate assistant coach, Anderson led Crane to a resurgence with three IHSA appearances in just three years including two Sweet 16 appearances and one Elite 8 appearance and totaled a head coaching record of 63-24. Read More.

SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
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SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE

The Saint Anselm College athletic department announced the addition of Brian Stankiewicz as the interim head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country programs on Thursday. “Courtney McGrath and I had conversations with several candidates for this position,” said Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery. “In the end, it became clear that the best fit at this moment in time was Brian. We look forward to his leadership for the upcoming season. He brings unmatched energy and enthusiasm for cross country and the Hawks Athletics program.” Read More

WOFFORD COLLEGE
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WOFFORD COLLEGE

Wofford College seeks director of marketing and promotions. This will plan special events for corporate ticket holders and any game sponsors as needed, working with IMG College. email: LineMD@wofford.edu.