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December 21, 2015

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Are Marshall University’s football ticket prices too expensive? A survey of the other 12 Conference USA members’ pricing indicates they are. That’s particularly the case in light of the median household income figures from Cabell and Wayne counties, which comprise the bulk of Marshall’s football attendance at Edwards Stadium. Cabell County’s median household income is $38,374, while Wayne County is slightly lower at $36,964. The average is $37,694. That average ranks Marshall only ninth among C-USA’s 13 members in median household income. Marshall trails North Texas ($73,130 Denton County), Middle Tennessee ($55,105 Rutherford County), Charlotte ($54,278 Mecklenburg County), Rice ($53,160 Harris County), Florida Atlantic ($52,432 Palm Beach County), UTSA ($49,655 Bexar County), Old Dominion ($44,164 Norfolk) and UTEP ($40,808 El Paso County). Yet, seven league members have lower prices for their best season tickets than Marshall. Six other C-USA schools have lower prices for their least expensive season tickets than Marshall. And 11 of the league’s members have cheaper single game tickets than Marshall. -Chuck Landon, The Herald-Dispatch, Read More

SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY
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SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

The search for a new head football coach did not take very long as the SRU athletic department announced Friday that current Rock associate head coach and defensive coordinator Shawn Lutz will take over the program. Lutz, a native of Massillon, Ohio, has been a member of the Slippery Rock coaching staff for 20 seasons, first joining the crew in 1996 as a graduate assistant. He has served as the associate head coach for the past four seasons while being defensive coordinator for the past eight. “We’re very pleased to announce that Shawn has accepted the head coaching position,” SRU athletic director Paul Lueken said in a press release issued by Rock athletic communication. “He has been a loyal and dedicated member of the Slippery Rock coaching staff for nearly 20 years and understands the culture and tradition of the program. His hire, along with retaining our entire 2015 staff, should show perspective student-athletes that we are committed to continuing The Rock football culture that has made our program one of the best in the nation.” -Ryan Barlow, The Rocket, Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson is preparing to play in a College Football Playoff semifinal in less than two weeks, so how does coach Dabo Swinney decide to spend this all-important Saturday? By treating his team to a day at the amusement park. Swinney rented out Frankie’s Fun Park, which is about 45 minutes from campus and had plenty for the Tigers to do. There was go-karting. A little Pop-A-Shot. And Swinney getting his game face on for some intense Skee-ball. -Graham Watson, Yahoo, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

In recent seasons, the University of Maryland athletic program has seen all too much red. There were the vast patches of empty red seats inside Xfinity Center early last season even though the men’s basketball team went on to win 28 games and make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010. More significantly, there was millions of dollars in red ink in recent years and mounting debt — the results of capital expenses and the school paying $31 million to settle an exit fee dispute with the Atlantic Coast Conference, which it left in 2014 for the Big Ten. But it appears to have turned a corner, eking out a modest operating surplus in the fiscal year ended June 30. In its second season in the lucrative Big Ten Conference, the university also is receiving needed money plus hope — and skyrocketing attendance — from the men’s basketball team, which has lost just once after starting the season ranked No. 3 in the nation. (It’s now No. 6.) Being in the Big Ten “has gone tremendously well from the revenue side,” said regent and former state Sen. Francis X. Kelly. -Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, Read More

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

Bowling Green State University is seeking an Assistant Football Coach. This position assists the head coach in all phases of the specified sport program including but not limited to, recruiting qualified student athletes, organization of practice and games, scheduling, budget management supervision of academic progress, public relations, and compliance with University, Conference, and NCAA rules. Salary will be commensurate with experience and specific skill set. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), an NCAA Division I institution and member of Conference USA, is seeking an Assistant/Associate Director of Marketing. The successful candidate will report to the Associate Athletic Director – Marketing. This position assists with all marketing efforts for UAB Athletics. Duties include developing and coordinating sport specific marketing and ticket sales plans, creating game scripts, coordinating pre-game and game day marketing activities, coordinating kids club events, coordinating student marketing efforts, distributing posters and schedule cards, creating content for social media, and other duties as assigned. Apply here

LYNN UNIVERSITY
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LYNN UNIVERSITY

Lynn University, a member of the Sunshine State Conference and NCAA Division II, is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. The Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance is responsible for ensuring that individuals and groups representing the university’s athletic program comply with all institutional, Sunshine State Conference, and NCAA regulations. The position is also responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of all policies and procedures relative to a comprehensive compliance program which includes recruiting, eligibility, financial aid, playing and practice seasons, and amateurism. Apply here

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Northern Kentucky University seeks an Assistant Director of Development.  The Assistant Director of Development will serve as a gift officer for Northern Kentucky University’s intercollegiate athletics program.Develop and implement a vital and comprehensive fund raising program with the primary purpose of generating community, corporate, and alumni support as well as private funding for the identified priorities of the athletic department and the University in association with the Director of Development-Athletics. Apply here

December 20, 2015

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by football coach Reggie Barlow against Alabama State University. Barlow’s attorney, Donald Jackson, filed a motion asking the Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin to recuse himself and set aside his decision. Short of that legal longshot, Friday’s decision would bring an end to Barlow’s case. Barlow’s lawsuit alleged he was wrongfully terminated following the 2014 season, when ASU’s board of trustees voted not to approve a contract extension he had signed three months earlier. Barlow alleged he had been given assurances by trustees and ASU president Gwendolyn Boyd that the extension would be approved, and therefore didn’t seek employment opportunities elsewhere. -Josh Moon, Montgomery AdvertiserRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS

UNLV’s head baseball coach resigned his position more than two months following his arrest in connection with driving under the influence and being put on administrative leave by the university.Stan Stolte, who has led the program in Chambers’ absence, will serve as acting head coach for the 2016 season.  “At this time, the best thing for the players and myself is to resign as head coach,” Chambers said in a statement released by the school. “I would like to thank the administration at UNLV for their support during this challenging time. The last two years have been difficult for me and it’s important that at this time I focus on my health and family before making decisions about the future. It is, in many ways, an epic fall for a coach who for years was championed by local baseball fans and boosters as the one who could lead UNLV’s program into national prominence. -Ed Graney, reviewjournal.comRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue’s Board of Trustees officially approved upgrades and expansion of the Mollenkopf Athletic Center on Saturday, but another sign of support came in the form of $12.1 million pledged to the project. Drew and Brittany Brees, Sandy Dauch, on behalf of her late husband, Dick, along with Doug and Maria DeVos, Bob and Amy Martin, and Tom and Joy Spurgeon have taken lead roles in financial support of the $65 million project, the school announced. Construction is scheduled to begin in May with a completion date in August 2017. -Mike Carmin, jconline.comRead More

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Georgia Southern will hire Tyson Summers as its next head coach, sources told FootballScoop Sunday. Summers is currently the defensive coordinator at Colorado State, though he spent the entirety of his career prior to this fall in the Southeast. A Presbyterian graduate, Summers served as Central Florida’s defensive coordinator from 2012-14 and, prior to that, spent five seasons on staff at UAB, the final as defensive coordinator. Summers replaces Willie Fritz, who left earlier this month after a 17-7 two-year run to become the head coach at Tulane. He takes over one of the most successful mid-majors in college football, with six FCS national championships, 11 conference titles (including last year’s Sun Belt crown) and a long history of running the ball. -Zach Barnett, footballscoop.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

The University of Montana Athletics Department gets an estimated $8.6 million a year in subsidies, according to an analysis by an economist and Missoula legislator. Without those dollars, the Athletics Department would run a deficit of some $8.5 million annually, contrary to public perception that university athletics pay for themselves or return plus revenue, said state Sen. Dick Barrett. Across the Montana University System, the subsidies for athletics amounted to $27.8 million in 2013 based on items considered subsidies by the NCAA, according to an earlier analysis Barrett posted on his legislative blog.  -Kurt Wilson,  missoulian.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Former Arkansas State offensive coordinator Walt Bell has been hired to serve in the same role at Maryland, the university announced on Sunday. Bell, 31, spent the last two seasons with the Red Wolves, with whom he was also the quarterbacks coach. They averaged 40.0 points per game this season, which ended on Saturday with a 47-28 loss to Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans Bowl. Bell spent the previous two seasons at North Carolina, where he was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, and has also coached at Southern Miss, Oklahoma State and Memphis. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2005 after playing four seasons as a wide receiver. -Zac Boyer – The Washington TimesRead More

WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY
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WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY

Wittenberg University received $4.5 million in state tax credits to restore its historic 1929 field house as part of an estimated $30.6 million expansion aimed at attracting more students and hosting more events in Springfield. The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax credits were awarded by the Ohio Development Services Agency last week. The agency awarded $37.8 million in tax credits to 34 applicants planning to rehabilitate 55 historic buildings. The tax credits are a huge step forward in Wittenberg’s fundraising efforts, said Athletic Director Gary Williams. -Michael Cooper, Dayton Daily NewsRead More

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
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BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Kalani Sitake has been named the 14th head football coach of Brigham Young University, athletic director Tom Holmoe announced following the Cougars’ 35-28 loss to rival Utah in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. BYU will formally introduce Sitake in a press conference Monday. Sitake is currently putting together a staff, and Holmoe said further developments will be addressed after the weekend.  “Kalani is a former BYU football player who understands BYU,” Holmoe said of the new head coach. “In talking with him, we discussed his passion for BYU. It’s interesting that he’s been successful as a coach at the University of Utah. But many of my friends at Utah have told us we’re getting a golden boy; he’s great.” -Sean Walker, KSL.comRead More

December 18, 2015

NCAA
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NCAA

Home attendance at major college football games declined for the fifth straight year, though the rate at which crowds decreased has slowed. Football Bowl Subdivision attendance for home games averaged 43,288 fans per game, down less than 1 percent from 43,483 in 2014, according to a CBS Sports analysis of NCAA attendance data. Crowds declined by 4 percent in 2014. This year may offer some hope of stabilization for the industry, which in recent years has seen fans stay home due to ticket prices, inconvenience and the comfort of watching on high-definition televisions. Still, this year’s average was again the lowest since the FBS drew 42,631 per game in 2000. Attendance stayed below 46,000 for the seventh straight season since it peaked at 46,456 in 2008. The data used for this analysis counts only home games and not neutral-site venues. Figures represent the announced crowd totals schools reported to the NCAA and not necessarily actual attendance. Many athletic departments count attendance differently. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Head coach Greg Maas has signed a five-year contract extension, which will keep him at the helm of the Utah Valley University men’s soccer program through at least the 2020 season. Maas, the only head coach the UVU program has known, led the team to an NCAA Tournament berth in just its second season of competition. He has amassed a 23-13-4 (.625) record through the first two seasons. “There’s no one better to lead the men’s soccer program at Utah Valley University than Greg Maas,” UVU director of athletics Vince Otoupal said. “He has laid the foundation and I firmly believe there is even greater success on the horizon for Wolverine soccer. We’re elated to have him continue the legacy for the foreseeable future.” -Clint Burgi, The Deseret News, Read More

LOUISIANA COLLEGE
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LOUISIANA COLLEGE

Louisiana College has announced the addition of three new athletic programs, as women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s track and field will be added beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. Louisiana College’s Board of Trustees approved the decision early in the week, in anticipation of meeting NCAA requirements for sports sponsorships based on academic enrollment. The college currently has 13 NCAA sponsored athletic teams. “We are extremely excited about the addition of these three new programs to our athletic department,” LC Director of Athletics Dennis Dunn said, “We feel like this will greatly increase the college’s appeal and recruiting potential as well as expanding the LC athletics brand.” –Read More

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Eastern Kentucky University has chosen Jake Ryan as its director of sports medicine, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced today. Ryan served as EKU’s associate athletic trainer from August 2012 until July 2015. He filled the role of interim director of sports medicine since July. “Throughout the fall sports season and into the winter, Jake served as interim director of sports medicine as well as maintaining his duties that were previously assigned as assistant athletic trainer,” Lochmueller said. “Jake’s commitment and performance to the program was outstanding and because of his performance he was overwhelmingly endorsed by our coaches for the permanent position of director of sports medicine. We welcome him in his new leadership position in sports medicine.” –Read More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE
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MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Kathryn Mirance has been named the Assistant Director of Athletics for Finance at Manhattan College as announced by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre. Mirance arrives in Riverdale after working the last two-plus years as the Assistant Athletic Business Manager in the George Washington University Athletic Department. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

University of Oregon Athletic Department is seeking an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach. The qualified candidate is responsible for providing goalkeeper as well as field player coaching and administrative assistance to the Head Coach. He/she is also responsible for promoting the philosophy and objectives of the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, including adherence to all department policies and procedures, as well as the rules and regulations of the University of Oregon, Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA.  Apply here

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
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PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Princeton University is seeking an Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. The mission of Princeton University Department of Athletics is to strive for excellence in academics and athletics, while embracing equity in opportunity, good sportsmanship, and ethical conduct.The Assistant Director of Athletic Communications should have strong experience and ability in both athletic communications and/or sports media and video production. The finalist will be required to complete a background check successfully. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Along with approving a vice president of research and authorizing a new multicultural center, the University’s Board of Regents also discussed construction projects and a building donation, as well as heard from Central Student Government at their meeting Thursday. The regents approved the start of the construction and bidding process for The Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus Athletics South Competition and Performance Project, which is slated to be completed by Winter 2018. The building will be approximately 280,000 square feet and cost $168 million dollars from  Athletic Department resources and donations. It will house men’s and women’s track and field, cross country, lacrosse and women’s rowing and will include an indoor track for 2,000 spectators and an outdoor track for 500 as well as a lacrosse stadium. -Jackie Charniga, The Michigan Daily, Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn University has released a statement saying the termination of a Tigers Unlimited employee Matt Davis was based on “clear and direct evidence that he violated university policy regarding contracts and vendors.” In a statement released by Auburn public affairs director Brian Keeter, the university is denying Davis’ claims in his wrongful termination lawsuit that Davis was terminated because he reported “between 3,500 and 3,800 seats per year” in the Tigers Unlimited donor area were not being utilized in the premium ticket section but according to the suit, instead of “being sold at face value.” “Matt Davis was dismissed from Auburn Athletics based on clear and direct evidence that he violated university policy regarding contracts and vendors,” the university statement says. “When given a fair opportunity to be forthcoming about his actions, he didn’t provide the full story. Davis now appears to be using false allegations about ticket sales and Auburn officials as a distraction to divert attention away from his misconduct. We look forward to a test of his claims in court. -Matthew Stevens, Montgomery Advertiser, Read More

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney met with Temple University officials Thursday and told them they must address the worries of neighbors before he can endorse the school’s plan to build a football stadium on campus. “Temple asked for this meeting to explain the benefits of building their stadium,” Kenney’s spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, said in a statement Thursday night. “The mayor-elect enjoyed meeting with the university’s representatives, and he appreciated them working with the city on this issue. He told the representatives at the conclusion of the meeting that he had concerns about Temple’s relationship with its surrounding neighborhoods, and that he would like to see them address some of those long-standing issues before he would reconsider his position on the project. “Temple president Neil Theobald and other officials met with Kenney. There was no indication of how the pace of their stadium planning might change. -David Sell, Inquirer, Read More

December 17, 2015

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

LSU, in filings this week, admitted to altering the contract of former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis after the coach signed the deal, but the school contends the alterations were “nominal” and did not affect its terms. Meanwhile, a judge on Thursday granted a motion compelling Chavis to release his phone records for a 14-week period starting in November 2014. Chavis, who left LSU after last season to be the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, appeared at a hearing Thursday in the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish. Chavis declined comment, through his attorney, afterward. He sat through the nearly two-hour hearing, mostly in silence, and dressed in a brown pinstripe suit, striped tie and white shirt. The biggest news, though, happened outside of the court room in this now 9-month-old fight between the program and a man who led the Tigers’ defensive unit for six seasons. -Ross Dellenger, The AdvocateRead More

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY
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LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

LIU-Brooklyn is seeking an Administrative Assistant – Athletics. The qualified candidate will assist the Director of Athletics with a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run the Athletic department efficiently. Principal Responsibilities include but not limited to performing a variety of administrative and staff support duties, which require a range of knowledge and skills of organizational procedures and policies; directing and assisting visitors, and resolving administrative problems and inquiries; create spreadsheets; manage databases; compose, edit, and proofread correspondence and reports, and prepare a range of administrative documents. Apply here

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY
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QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY

This week, the Quinnipiac athletic department delivered 508 toys which were collected as part of Quinnipiac’s annual Holiday Toy Drive at home hockey and basketball games at the TD Bank Sports Center.  The toy drive, which was sponsored by the Quinnipiac Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), gathered the holiday gifts at four home games earlier in December. As a result of the successful toy drive, the athletic department this week delivered several vanloads full of toys to children at Hamden Youth Services and The Child Life Program at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Boomer and Eric Grgurich, Executive Director of the TD Bank Sports Center, are pictured delivering one of the shipments of toys to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital on Thursday morning. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

While Pitt’s athletic department is set for a radical makeover this spring and summer, some areas of the department might have to wait a bit longer. The Panthers will unveil their new script uniforms — for all sports — and merchandise in May, athletic director Scott Barnes said today. Over the next few months, the university will focus on converting “high-visibility” block logos to script. Overall, though, Pitt’s athletic department has put together a three-year plan to convert block logos in signage and facilities over to the script. -Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteRead More