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October 17, 2017

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

Charles Higgins has been named the first varsity sailing head coach at Tulane University, Ben Weiner Director of Athletics Chair Troy Dannen announced today. As announced in June 2017, sailing will be elevated from club to intercollegiate varsity status beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. Higgins will lead the club team this upcoming season and the transition of the program into varsity status the following season. He graduated from Old Dominion in 2006 with a degree in business management. Read More.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

When coach Nikki Franke brought a recruit to visit Main Campus before the season, the prospective athlete was shocked to see Temple’s new fencing facility. Their new facility includes seven fencing strips and an array of practice dummies. With funding from donors, Temple built the facility at a cost of $45,000, Board of Trustees member and Athletics Committee Chair J. William Mills III said. The Owls got to show off the new facility on Oct. 1 at their annual Alumnae Meet. Franke said her former fencers were jealous of the Owls who get to use the new space. – Michael Zingrone, Temple News. Read More.

SIENA COLLEGE
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SIENA COLLEGE

Siena College Vice President and Director of Athletics John D’Argenio has announced the appointment of Abigail Rehfuss as the seventh head coach in Siena Women’s Lacrosse history. A native of nearby Latham, New York, Rehfuss served as the varsity head coach locally at Shaker High School the past two years. Rehfuss amassed a 23-10 overall record at Shaker and was named the 2016 Times Union Coach of the Year after guiding the Blue Bison to the Section II Class A Championship in just her first season at the helm. Read More.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

On Sept. 18, 2011, the ACC announced Syracuse, plus Pittsburgh, would join the league. Once a cornerstone of the Big East, Syracuse rapidly negotiated an early departure and paid $7.5 million in exit fees. On July 1, 2013, Syracuse officially joined the ACC. The conference’s financial promise was clear in the sights of officials at SU, the second-largest employer in Onondaga County, behind only the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Six years and one month after it announced the switch to the ACC, Syracuse has benefited from increased exposure, like most recently when the football team upset defending national champion Clemson on ESPN. This translates to conference payout revenue and benefits from the 2019 launch of the ACC Network, which will presumably garner even more conference media revenue. ACC schools collected $20.2 million payout increases in 2015, about 3.6 times Big East schools, according to estimates by the NCAA, Forbes and John Vrooman, a Vanderbilt University sports economist. Nearly four and a half years into the new conference, the switch has proved to strengthen SU athletic department finances by more than $75 million and draw more, and better, athletes to help vault the school into a national power across a variety of sports. -Matthew Gutierrez, Daily Orange, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE

 The University of Evansville Athletics Department has announced a sport restructuring that will be effective following the fall semester of 2017. At that time, the Purple Aces women’s tennis program will be eliminated. Three factors were pivotal in making this decision.  The recent and untimely departure of previous head women’s tennis coach Jayson Wiseman brought into question as to whether to hire a new coach or reconsider program elimination.  Secondly, the successful addition of men’s and women’s track and field at the University of Evansville put the program above the NCAA minimum for NCAA Division I participation while also keeping the program in Title IX compliance.  Lastly, the aging UE tennis courts, limited access to playing facilities within the community and the persistent financial challenges within the university also factored into the decision. Current student-athletes on the team who are in good academic standing at UE will have the option to retain their financial aid until they graduate from the university.  Student-athletes wishing to continue their playing career are immediately eligible to transfer and can be eligible for participation in the spring of 2018 semester. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

University of Pittsburgh seeks Assistant Athletic Director for Premium Sales and Development. The incumbent will be responsible for premium season ticket sales for Pitt Football and Men’s Basketball. The inventory for both sports includes suites and premium season ticket sales with club access. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

After a 2016 football season that saw the highest finish of the post-Pete Carroll era, USC’s athletic department brought in a record $113.2 million in revenue, according to figures reported to the U.S. Department of Education. USC showed total expenses and revenues of $113.2 million for the period covering July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. It was an increase of $7 million from the previous year. Universities are required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act to file athletic-related revenues and expenses reports each year. The annual report, provided Monday, offers the primary glimpse into USC’s athletic department finances. Schools also file revenue and expenses reports with the NCAA in January, but USC, as well as other private schools, is not required to disclose them. For the 2016-17 period, USC’s football revenue increased by more than $8 million to $59.8 million, while expenses decreased by $1 million to $30.2 million. -Joey Kaufman, Los Angeles Daily News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

University of Michigan Athletic Department seeks Athletic Equipment Manager. The Assistant Equipment Manager will work directly with Equipment personnel, U-M Administrators, coaches, Student-Athlete Health and Welfare personnel, student athletes, and external partners to facilitate the development and delivery of all aspects of equipment operations for Intercollegiate Athletics intended to promote and maintain the health, safety, and performance of student-athletes. – Apply Here

October 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

UC Irvine Athletics announced Monday its release of the “UC Irvine Athletics” skill for Amazon Alexa. The Skill allows UC Irvine fans to interact with their Amazon Alexa devices, such as the Echo, Dot, Echo Show, and more to receive news, results, and upcoming events for all 18 Anteater athletic programs. “This is great work coming from our IT and digital and social media team in collaboration with Amazon,” Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing & Community Engagement Robby Ray said. “When the Amazon Alexa development team reached out after our first attempt at a flash briefing, we were thrilled to have their support in developing the skill from an NCAA Division I Athletic Department.” The skill offering UC Irvine fans an unprecedented ease of access to the information they want about Anteater Athletics.  – Read More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington State coach Mike Leach said Monday he was as surprised as anyone when he learned athletic director Bill Moos had taken a new job at Nebraska. But Leach said he has no plans to follow Moos, noting Nebraska already has Mike Riley to lead the football program. Some Cougars fans have expressed concern that Moos might try to lure Leach away. “I wish Bill the best, and we just move forward,” Leach said. Leach said his No. 15 Cougars (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) are concentrating on Saturday night’s game against Colorado (4-3, 1-3). He called Moos the best athletic director he ever worked for, in part because he was so honest. Moos hired Leach before the 2012 season to turn the Cougars’ program around.  Washington State is preparing to launch a search for Moos’ replacement. University president Kirk Schulz has named John Johnson, the senior associate director of athletics, to serve as interim athletic director. – espn.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The attorney for suspended Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich disputed in a 42-page lettermade public Monday a claim the university was left in the dark about the recently negotiated contract extension with Adidas. Dated Oct. 11, the letter argues for Jurich’s reinstatement and praises his “strong leadership.” Attorney Alison Stemler sent the letter asking the board of trustees to consider Jurich’s case before they discuss his employment status at a Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday.  “If the Board wishes for Tom to return to his position, productive working relationships and guidelines with the Board of Trustees, President Postel and other administrators can be developed,” the letter says.  In an Oct. 2 letter officially placing Jurich on leave, Postel said Jurich’s negotiation of the $160 million contract extension with Adidas was conducted “without timely or appropriate consultation with me or members of U of L Athletic Association Board.” – Danielle Lerner, courier-journal.comRead More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Just one day after long tenured athletic director Bill Moos left Washington State University for the University of Nebraska, WSU president Kirk Schulz has named his interim replacement. Senior associate director of athletics John Johnson will be in charge of the department starting Wednesday, according to a release from the school. He will not be in the running for the full time position. “John is an outstanding administrator and a fierce advocate for the Washington State University athletics program,” Schulz said in the release. “I couldn’t ask for a better-qualified individual to make sure that Cougar athletics continues to excel as we search for WSU’s next athletic director.” The school also announced who would be on the search committee, which will get to work right away. – Michael Preston, cougcenter.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

The three-month legal saga between Houston Nutt and Ole Miss reached its conclusion Monday afternoon. In a joint statement, both parties announced a settlement in Nutt’s lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in July, dismissed in August, then refiled in Lafayette County Circuit Court last week. “The lawyers who represent the University and Coach Nutt have communicated during the past few weeks to reach an agreement that would allow the parties to resolve Coach Nutt’s claim while avoiding the costs and distractions associated with further litigation,” the university and Nutt’s statement said. “The parties have reached such an agreement.” Nutt filed the lawsuit, which alleged a breach of contract, a breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and punitive damages, in response to an alleged misinformation campaign led by Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss officials after the arrival of the university’s Notice of Allegations from the NCAA’s enforcement staff in January 2016. – Antonio Morales, clarionledger.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Georgia’s first 7-0 start in 12 years has the Bulldogs in position to check off big goals in the months ahead if it can keep winning. Coach Kirby Smart would reap the rewards in his incentive-laden contract. A trip to the SEC championship game? That’s worth $150,000. Winning the SEC title? Add another $250,000. Reach the College Football Playoff? A bonus of $500,000. Advance to the national title game? Add another $100,000. Win the national championship? That brings another $400,000. What if the No.3 Bulldogs finish in the top five of either the AP or coaches’ poll? There’s $200,000 more. Smart, who is being mentioned by some analysts for top coaching job in the first half of the season, will get $100,000 if he’s selected as a national coach of the year. He can get $50,000 for SEC coach of the year, which he now seems to be the top contender. – Marc Weiszer, onlineathens.comRead More

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Jackson State director of athletics Wheeler Brown gave Tiger football coach Tony Hughes a vote of confidence Monday morning, despite the team’s 0-6 start. Reached by phone, Brown said he understands the frustration fans feel towards the program, which is off to its worst start since 1969 following Saturday’s 33-7 loss to Division II Tuskegee. “I don’t think the kids or the coaches have quit,” Brown said. “I hope we can work to rectify those things that have kept us from being successful on the field, but my support hasn’t wavered and at the end of the day, I still think coach Hughes is the man for the job.” The Tigers are set to host Southern University this weekend at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The athletic department decided to postpone Monday’s regularly scheduled football press conference to Tuesday, prompting many to believe there may be a shakeup within the coaching staff. – Tyler Cleveland, clarionledger.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Tom Jurich’s attorney has sent an open letter to the board of trustees of the University of Louisville arguing against firing the embattled athletics director, saying that Jurich “remains willing” to resume his role. Late last month, Jurich was placed on administrative leave with pay after it was revealed that the U of L men’s basketball team was involved in an FBI bribery investigation. In the letter, which is dated Oct. 11, attorney Alison M. Stemler of Frost Brown Todd Attorneys LLC attempts to make a pragmatic case for retaining Jurich. “As most in the Louisville community have expressed, parting ways with Tom isn’t in the University’s best interest, especially now, when strong leadership is needed to be sure donor support remains intact, fans continue to buy tickets, and NCAA punitive action is minimized,” Stemler said.  The letter cites high-profile community members who have publicly expressed confidence in Jurich as an athletics director, including Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. – Travis Kircher, wdrb.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Students in Ball State’s award-winning Sports Link program and staff in the NCAA’s championships digital and social media group will collaborate during the 2017-18 year on social content development for NCAA championship sports properties. The NCAA digital and social media group and Ball State have worked on various projects over the past seven years involving social media creation for the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Sports Link students now will have the opportunity to work with more NCAA championships and significantly enhance the quantity and quality of the content placed on various social media platforms.  As many as 28 digital sports production students in Sports Link will manage social content throughout the preseason, regular season and postseason. The students will get firsthand instruction on how to create strategies and tactics for social media management for the NCAA brand, and the content will be measured by total number of assets created, impressions and engagement rate of content. – Read More

UCONN
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UCONN

UConn seeks an Associate Director of Development for Athletics. The Associate Director of Development for Athletics will cultivate, solicit and steward donors in assigned portfolio. Coordinate and help execute events designed to enhance giving and generate revenue, work with specific sports on solicitation appeals and have a firm understanding of the priority points system and how to leverage it to enhance donations. –Learn More

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has selected a firm to conduct a football and marching band feasibility study following a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The RFP committee chose Convention Sports & Leisure (CSL) of Plano, Texas, to lead the study, a collaborative effort involving CarrSports Consulting, LLC, Heery Sports, and The Grant Group. The proposal was chosen among four applicants. The selection is pending approval by the Arkansas Legislative Council. The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether a football program and marching band would be a fiscal and meaningful addition to UA Little Rock and the central Arkansas community. A collaborative project with the city of Little Rock and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the study will examine every aspect of starting a football program, including costs, staffing, playing venue, facility construction and economic and enrollment impact. The study would put exact figures on both a startup and annual cost for Little Rock football. The university will use the study to help determine if it will move forward with bringing college football back to Little Rock. –Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The spate of arrests, details of under-the-table bribes to teenagers and the expected downfall of one of the sport’s best-known coaches has triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of college basketball, including internal reviews by more than two dozen schools of their own prominent programs. At stake is the future of a business that, over the span of 22 years ending in 2032, will produce $19.6 billion in TV money for the NCAA Tournament, known to the public, simply, as March Madness. The Associated Press asked 84 schools, including all the nation’s power programs, and six top conferences about their response to the arrests that upended college hoops mere days before practices for the 2017-18 season began around the country. Of 63 schools that responded, 28 said the probe prompted their own internal reviews. So did the Pac-12 Conference, which formed a task force to dive into the culture and issues of recruiting. –AP, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Today, University of Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson announced that he is taking a six-month professional development sabbatical. Damon Evans, the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Athletics, will fulfill Anderson’s duties during the sabbatical. Damon Evans joined the university in 2014. Since that time, he has overseen the day-to-day operations of the department, its finances and compliance functions along with other key areas. Evans will assume all of the leadership functions of UMD Athletics and report directly to President Wallace D. Loh. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Despite an argument from Rick Pitino’s lawyers before Louisville’s athletics board on Monday, the board voted to terminate Pitino’s contract “with just cause.” Pitino, in an affidavit presented Monday to the University of Louisville Athletic Association, said he “had no part — active, passive or through willful ignorance” in the activities alleged in an FBI investigation. Pitino’s lawyers appeared in front of the ULAA on Monday, stating the Hall of Fame coach’s case against termination. Pitino did not attend the meeting, but his lawyers submitted an affidavit on his behalf. “I do not dispute ULAA’s right to terminate my employment at its discretion,” Pitino’s affidavit stated. “But I vehemently reject its right to do so ‘for cause.’ I have given no ’cause’ for termination of my contract.” Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Sept. 27 after the program was linked to the FBI’s investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball. On Oct. 2, the ULAA began the process to terminate Pitino for cause. -Jeff Borzello, ESPN, Read More

ARCADIA UNIVERSITY
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ARCADIA UNIVERSITY

Arcadia University Director of Athletics Brian Granata has announced the promotion of Joe Wydner to Director of Athletic Communications. In his new role, he is responsible for all publicity, media relations activities, website and social media content, and live video streaming for the Knights’ 19 varsity sports. Wydner got his start in athletic communications as a student worker at York College of Pennsylvania, before finishing his bachelor’s degree in sport management by completing a 450-hour internship at NCAA Division I Lafayette College. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

University Of Wisconsin seeks an associate director of compliance. For the role of on-campus housing placement, this position will serve as the liaison with the Division of University Housing, as well as facilitate payments for on-campus room and board in coordination with Athletic Business Office. email: jcp@athletics.wisc.edu

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

ESPN’s networks televised the four highest-rated games of week 7 across all networks and nine of the top 10 overall. On cable, the ESPN led the way with the six highest-rated games and nine of the top 10 as well. ESPN also saw ratings increases in all six of its game windows, and, across its cable networks, 11 of 13 windows. ESPN’s cable networks also bested the competition and set new season highs, as all six games on ESPN beat FS1’s highest-rated game and ESPN2 and ESPNU each earned its highest rating of the season. – ESPN. Read More.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Kirk Schulz will have an interim AD in place as soon as next week and the WSU President affirmed in a news release Sunday afternoon the school would begin looking for Moos’ full-time replacement ASAP.Four potential candidates to replace Bill Moos as Washington State’s athletic director. Mike Marlow’s background in fundraising, and finances in general, could be a big coup for WSU. Joe Parker was a deputy AD at Washington State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, and spent time as an associate AD at Michigan, where he went to school and swam for the Wolverines. Jim Bartko He was behind a handful of the major facility projects and capital improvements at Oregon and was the lead supervisor when UO erected its palatial basketball venue, Matthew Knight Arena. Scott Barnes The Spokane native, who was also the AD at Pitt for two years, might fancy a return home. – Theo Lawson, Spokesman, Read More.

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

Fanatics, the global leader for officially licensed sports merchandise, today announced the formation of Fanatics College, a new division of the company that will focus exclusively on elevating the comprehensive offerings it now provides for collegiate partners across the country, which include e-commerce, omnichannel arena and stadium retail operations and brand management services. With a seasoned team of college merchandise and branding experts, Fanatics College will provide partners with a better, more sophisticated way to connect directly with their fan bases and alumni through a broader, more-timely merchandise assortment that fulfills the growing, real-time demand of consumers. – Business Wire. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director for Premium Sales and Development. The incumbent will be responsible for premium season ticket sales for Pitt Football and Men’s Basketball. The inventory for both sports includes suites and premium season ticket sales with club access. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

UC Davis named Kevin Blue its new director of athletics. Previously, he worked as the senior associate athletics director for external relations at Stanford University, where he served a seven-year tenure. During his time at Stanford he helped oversee relations with key sponsors such as the Pac-12 Network. When ask about the future for UC Davis sports he said “To tell you the truth, I would just like to see our teams continue to improve, to see a continuation of a building of enthusiasm among all the students and community members about athletics. I would like to see us be successful in continuing to fundraise effectively. I think that athletics has the opportunity and is increasingly serving as a rallying point for the university, and we would like to continue to build upon that.” – Ryan Bugsch, The Aggie. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Bill Moos was the athletic director at Oregon before going to Washington state, and his term there did not end amicably, He put Oregon on the path to get $160 in facilities renovations, improved alumni donations, added two women’s sports and negotiated an exclusive contract with Nike during his 12 years at the school. Moos was part of the aforementioned deal with Nike, a brand that has helped lead Oregon to new heights. He also helped negotiate the Pac-12’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with FOX and ESPN. A SportsBusinessJournal report from 2014 pegged the average athletic director age at 52. This is Moos’s fourth stop as an athletic director, and at his age, it’ll likely be his last. – Landof10. Read More.