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May 24, 2016

PAC-12
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PAC-12

The Pac-12 CEO Group – made up of the presidents and chancellors of Pac-12 universities – has reviewed the Conference’s report on student-athlete time demands and authorized its release, the Conference reported today. (See the report here.) Also during its annual Board meeting, the CEO Group took action to reduce night football games, added fines to the conference policy on court and field storming, and announced that Pac-12 Networks will commence eSports competitions in 2016-2017.  The CEO Group has stressed the importance of rebalancing time demands of student-athletes as part of the overall effort to modernize intercollegiate athletics. The new report takes a comprehensive look at the issue, reviews recent national and Pac-12 surveys, synthesizes direct feedback from student-athletes gathered on a Commissioner-led listening tour of all 12 campuses, creates a list of best practices seen in action on Pac-12 campuses, and lays out several possible legislative solutions. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

On its 67th day without a men’s basketball coach, the University of Delaware settled on someone who’d been viewed as one of the strongest candidates since Day One. Actually, Martin Ingelsby’s name had even been whispered as a possible successor to Monte Ross when it appeared Ross may not be back after the 2014-15 season. As it turned out, the Notre Dame assistant’s chance as Blue Hens head coach comes now. Delaware officially announced his hiring Tuesday evening. The hiring was first reported by Gary Parish of CBS Sports. An introductory press conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning. -Kevin Tresolini, delawareonline.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The investigation into Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine is no longer strictly an athletic department matter. The university’s Title IX Office is also part of the investigation, which remains ongoing, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Star. That office handles complaints regarding sex-based discrimination. Christian Basi, the associate director for the MU News Bureau, said the university is barred by privacy guidelines from discussing Title IX cases and could not confirm the investigation. Mizzou athletic director Mack Rhoades, who appeared Monday night at the Junior Service League of Independence, did not acknowledge that MU’s Title IX Office was investigating Earleywine but said he sympathized with those frustrated by the length of the two-month investigation. -Tod Palmer, The Kansas City StarRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO

In election results announced Tuesday, UC San Diego undergraduates voted to more than double student athletics fees to fund a move to NCAA Division I in sports. Now comes the hard part: Getting seven more votes from the Big West Conference. With 35 percent of students voting, about 70 percent of the vote (6,137 to 2,567 with 124 abstentions) favored the move from Div. II to Div. I without football, but it is contingent on an invitation to the Big West. The conference currently has nine schools – eight in California plus Hawaii – and requires a super majority, or seven votes, from its presidents and chancellors to add a new member. – Mark Zeigler, The San Diego Union TribuneRead More

MIAMI UNIVERSITY
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MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Hollie Bonewit-Cron has been named Miami University Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, a position that will oversee both the men’s and women’s teams under a new combined model beginning in 2016-17, Miami Director of Athletics David Sayler announced Tuesday. Bonewit-Cron comes to Miami after a seven-year stint guiding the Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s teams, a program she built from the ground up since its first season of competition in 2010-11. Read More.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Utah Valley University men’s soccer coach Greg Maas has announced the addition of Eric Landon to his coaching staff as the volunteer assistant and goalkeeper coach. Landon is the director of coaching for the Utah Youth Soccer Association and has been in that role since 2012, when he took over after UVU hired Maas to head its new men’s soccer program. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

The Department of Athletics at the University of Arkansas is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director of Ticket Operations. This position will independently engage, interact and correspond with existing and potential donors and season ticket holders on issues such as seating (including priority seating), parking allocation and other related issues, all with the goal of cultivating ticket-related sales. Apply here.

WHITTIER COLLEGE
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WHITTIER COLLEGE

Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman announced Monday that Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Lance Franey will oversee the Men’s and Women’s Golf programs in the 2016-17 season as the new Director of Golf and Head Women’s Golf Coach. A native of San Diego, Calif., he graduated from Whittier College in 2009 with a degree in Child Development with an emphasis on Developmental Disorders before earning his M.A. in Education in 2011. While at Whittier as an undergraduate he played on the Men’s Tennis team, while working inside of the Sports Information office and then moved into a role as an Assistant Sports Information Director from 2009-2011. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director put out a series of tweets late Monday evening, saying that the university “won’t operate with a comparing mindset” in determining when to play its’ season-opening football game. The Mocs decided in early March to move their season opener against Shorter College to Thursday, Sept. 1. Since then, both Vanderbilt and Tennessee have decided to move their games to that same day, citing a jam-packed weekend of games on Labor Day weekend. – Gene Henley, Times Free PressRead More.

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Jim Blades said he didn’t feel satisfied when he learned Penn State women’s gymnastics associate head coach Rachelle Thompson planned to step down June 30. Many fellow parents who had been pushing for change in State College also believe more should be done, Blades said. “For most of us, that’s not the outcome we want,” Jim Blades said. “Jeff was a part of this, and he’s still there. And Rachelle can still be a part of the program — she can be PSU’s biggest fan. I think parents are worried and parents of current gymnasts are worried about the situation.” – Aaron Kasinitz, Penn Live. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

University of Pittsburgh seeks an Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts. Incumbent is responsible for the overall strategic planning and business administration of Leadership and Principle Gifts for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. Apply here.

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

Dave Brandt, the winningest active coach in Division I men’s soccer and four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coach of the Year, has been named head coach of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, team owner Tuffy Shallenberger announced Sunday. Brandt led the Naval Academy men’s soccer team to perhaps their greatest stretch of two-year play in the program’s history from 2013 to 2014. During this stretch, his team won a combined 27 matches – tied for the highest two-year win total in the program’s history. Read More.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
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DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

Duquesne University Athletics seeks an Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Performance. The Associate Director for Athletic Performance is responsible for creating, administering, and implementing a comprehensive performance program that includes speed, strength and conditioning which develops the physical strength, endurance, flexibility and agility of Division I student-athletes. email: careers@duq.edu

TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY

The Tennessee Tech football team will hit the field this fall with, quite literally, a whole new look. Yes, the Golden Eagles will have a new look in their game plan, brought to the field by new head coach Marcus Satterfield. But the team’s new look will also feature a change in appearance — Tech will be clad in new uniforms after the football program signed a five-year deal with apparel powerhouse Adidas. Read More.

UCLA
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UCLA

Under Armour and UCLA will announce a 15-year schoolwide shoe and apparel deal worth $280 million on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.com. At those numbers, the deal would be the largest in college football history. In January, Ohio State said its 15-year deal with Nike was worth $252 million. Texas signed a 15-year deal with Nike worth $250 million in October, and Michigan signed an 11-year deal, with a four-year option, that could be worth up to $173.8 million. -Darren Rovel, ESPN, Read More

SEC
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SEC

The city of Hoover could lose the SEC baseball tournament to another location, but officials feel like the event, which has been played at the Hoover Met for 20 of the last 21 years, will be here to stay. The five-year contract between the city of Hoover and the SEC ends after this year’s tournament, which begins today and runs through Sunday, and the SEC has not yet said where the event will take place in the future. -By Drew Champlin, Al.com, Read More.

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Northeastern University seeks Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships. The Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships reports to the Director of Major gifts, and plays an integral part in soliciting potential partnerships to increase revenue and budget relieving resources for the department.
The Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships will focus on (1) Identifying and creating new revenue generating partnerships while growing the existing list of sponsors, (2) Maintaining existing sponsor relationships and identifying new ways to strengthen those partnerships to increase revenue or budget relieving trade (3) developing and executing effective plans and timelines to establish and maintain a corporate partnership strategy. Apply here

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

The three dozen members of the Baylor regents board are preparing to blame Starr – not football coach Art Briles – for failed leadership during the ongoing scandal over how the school handled reports of rape and assault made against five BU football players – two of whom (Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu) were convicted of raping Baylor co-eds, sources close to the situation told HornsDigest.com. Reagan Ramsower, Baylor’s senior vice president of operations and chief financial officer, whose oversight includes Baylor’s campus law enforcement, is a leading candidate to succeed Starr on an interim basis, the sources told HD. One source said it was possible Starr, an attorney, could be reassigned to a new role in the Baylor law school without having his pay reduced. But it was unclear if Starr would indeed receive a new post on the Waco campus after a final vote of the regents or if he’d simply be terminated, sources said. The only thing that is clear, according to sources, is that Starr – not Briles – is going to be the fall guy for the school’s inaction after at least six Baylor female students reported they were raped or assaulted by BU football players from 2009 through April 3, 2016. -Chip Brown, Horns Digest, Read More

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Conference USA’s new TV partner, beIN SPORTS, announced Monday a wide ranging multi-year agreement to carry some of the league’s football, baseball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games this year. What’s most surprising about the new partnership is the number of games to be televised among the lower tier sports. There will be 10 football games, 10 men’s basketball games and 10 women’s basketball contests aired on beIN during the 2016-17 season. The beIN C-USA schedule will also include 12 baseball games, 12 softball games, 10 men’s soccer matches, 10 women’s soccer matches and 10 volleyball matches. The number of televised games in baseball, volleyball, softball and soccer will dramatically increase in this new deal with beIN SPORTS. -Patrick Magee, Sun Herald, Read More

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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Appalachian State University seeks Assistant Director of Broadcast Operations (Production).
Essential Job Functions: • Produce and/or direct events (games and shows) for ESPN3 and streaming on appstatesports.com • Conceptualize, shoot, end edit content for use on in-house videoboards, appstatesports.com, YouTube and online broadcasts • Help manage the athletics YouTube Channel • Execution and production for new Holmes Convocation Center videoboard • Production support for special projects (special events, awards banquet, Yosef Club Spring Tour, Hall of Fame, etc.) • Production support for Olympic sports • Archive and log footage, highlights, and melts • Distribute content to external sources following press conferences and selected events • Assist with supervision, training and scheduling of students • Collaborate with other departments when necessary. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA

Designs for a multipurpose athletic facility that would adjoin McKenzie Arena on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus have changed in recent months. The proposed facility will have 35,000 square feet, and 25,000 square feet of the arena will be remodeled. Earlier this month, Tennessee’s five-member State Building Commission gave UTC the go-ahead to start planning the facility, which has an estimated cost of $18.5 million. Blackburn said $8 million to $10 million would need to be raised privately for the facility, which could be completed within three years if everything fell into place. Some of the remodeling is under way, he added, pointing out there were only 17 computers available for 280 student-athletes in the academic services area when he took over in 2013 but that there now are 60. -David Paschall, Times Free Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Quite a bit has changed for UCF since the school last brought its athletic staff to town for a booster-type event five years ago. That was all the way back in 2011, when buzz was building prior to a 10-4 season and win in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl. UCF followed that with a Fiesta Bowl win behind quarterback Blake Bortles in 2013, and then a 9-4 season the following year. The hiring of Frost, a former quarterback at Nebraska, has reignited the passion of the football fanbase after one of the worst seasons in school history. Frost said the buzz around UCF has been unexpected. “I think the reception has surprised me,” he said. “People are excited about UCF football, about the campus, about the university.” -Justin Barney, Jacksonville.com, Read More

May 23, 2016

BIG 12
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BIG 12

The Houston Cougars have the attention of at least one, deep pocketed, Texas donor. San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs, a long-time contributor to Longhorn athletics, thinks the Big 12 should expand by adding Houston. In fact, he said the Cougars should’ve been invited two years ago. McCombs told ESPN radio in San Antonio: “I think we need to add two teams to the Big 12 and should have done it two years ago. The first one should be the University of Houston then it would be your choice of several others.” The Big 12 presidents and athletic directors will meet in Irving starting next Tuesday to discuss whether the league should expand and if it needs to add a football championship game. -Suzanne Halliburton, hookem.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

The long awaited decision on the new Bevo mascot has been made. In an announcement made on Monday by the University of Texas athletic department, Bevo XV will make his debut appearance on September 4 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium as the Longhorns face Notre Dame. The new steer will replace Bevo XIV, who passed away in October 2015 after spending 11 years on the Texas sidelines. The University of Texas President, Gregory L. Fenves, spoke on how Bevo captures the Longhorn spirit. -Brian Stultz,  campusinsiders.comRead More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

It’s a cancer treatment never been done before on a tiger, but the LSU Veterinary School doctors believe  Mike the Tiger VI, is worth the effort. That comes after he was diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer and will now be treated in a hospital for people. It started three weeks ago when LSU veterinary students noticed a lump under Mike’s right eye. Scans uncovered a large, irregular, lemon-sized mass growing in his face near his nostril. Doctors observed that the mass has already replaced part of his facial and jaw bones. The diagnosis is spindle cell sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissue. It’s never been seen in a tiger before according to the medical literature. After weeks of consultation, with numerous experts across the U.S., Mike the VI will be sedated and transported, with his usual university policeman escort, to Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, for a pinpoint, precise radiation treatment called stereotactic radiotherapy or SRT. -Meg Farris , WWLRead More

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Rebekah Gasner has been named the permanent director of compliance for the Montana State University Billings Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Monday. Gasner will officially assume the compliance director role effective June 1, after former director of compliance Michael Bazemore accepted an associate athletic director position at NCAA Division II Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., earlier in May. Gasner served as the Yellowjackets’ interim softball head coach for the 2016 season, after being an assistant coach on the softball staff for five seasons. The Yellowjackets finished the 2016 season with a record of 14-36 and a mark of 6-22 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. A search for MSUB’s next softball head coach is currently underway. Read More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University seeks  Assistant/Associate Director of Athletic Communication. The Assistant/Associate Director of Athletic Communication is responsible for coordinating outgoing messaging to shape, enhance and protect the Baylor Athletics brand and image, by monitoring public perception and through verbal and digital communication with media and constituents. Depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate, this position may be filled at either the Assistant or Associate Director level. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Dom Starsia is officially out as Virginia’s men’s lacrosse coach, the school announced Monday, ending nearly a month of speculation about the future of the man who led the Cavaliers to four national championships. In that same release, Starsia – whose contract expires in January – indicated he was told he would not be back after this season, a 7-8 campaign that saw Virginia miss the NCAA tournament for the second time in the last four years, ended.-Mike Barber, Richmond Times-DispatchRead More

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State University President Steven Leath next week will start a four-year term representing the Big 12 Conference on the NCAA Division I board of directors. His stint on the National Collegiate Athletic Association board will begin June 1. Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference commissioner and former University of Iowa athletic director, praised Leath for his willingness to serve. “His understanding of the dynamics of intercollegiate athletics within the context of higher education and engagement on addressing its challenges will be amplified in this leadership position,” Bowlsby said in a statement. -Vanessa Miller, The GazetteRead More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Mississippi State Athletics has announced the hiring of Jake Amodio as assistant director of marketing and Nicole Reighter as assistant director of video operations for Hail State Productions. Amodio brings over three years of marketing experience to MSU, including the 2015-16 athletic year when he was as a marketing assistant at the University of Rhode Island in charge of managing men’s basketball gameday operations and the day-to-day planning, creation and implementation of soccer marketing. He also assisted in on-field promotions with the Rams’ football team.  Amodio spent four years as a student marketing assistant at Duquesne, working closely with the men’s and women’s basketball programs. He earned a degree in sports marketing from Duquesne in 2015, a year after he served as a summer corporate sales and marketing intern for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Read More