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November 15, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

An investigation of the North Texas men’s basketball program conducted in the wake of former coach Tony Benford’s departure found “no systemic cultural issues” within the program. UNT released the findings from a review conducted by Bond, Schoeneck & King, a national law firm, on Tuesday morning. UNT commissioned the study after two former players and a former student manager were arrested on drug and prostitution charges. Benford was fired following his fifth season at UNT in early March. “We are pleased to learn the independent review we commissioned resulted in no findings of systemic problems or cultural issues in the UNT program under the direction of the prior coaching staff,” UNT athletic director Wren Baker said in a statement. “However, we remain steadfast in our commitment to building a championship culture by promoting a culture of safety, respect and accountability.” Baker expressed confidence in the future of the program that is now under the direction of Grant McCasland. -Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, Read More

KEISER UNIVERSITY
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KEISER UNIVERSITY

Keiser University seeks Director of Compliance and Game Day Operations. Director for Compliance/Game Day Operations will report to the Director of Athletics and is responsible for ensuring departmental compliance with all Keiser University, TSC, and NAIA rules and regulations.  – Apply Here

UTEP
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UTEP

This week, UTEP will be conducting on-campus interviews with their three finalists for the Director of Athletics position. Jim Senter, the current AD at The Citadel, was on campus Monday, while Dr. Lisa Campos and Chris Park will interview later this week. Dr. Campos, who many believe to be the favorite to replace Bob Stull, is also rumored to be interviewing this week for the same position at the University of Texas San Antonio. Park is getting a strong push from Stull to succeed him at UTEP and has other backers from inside the university as well as around the El Paso community. Since 2012, he has been the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and External Operations at UTEP. Senter is the wild card in the Director of Athletics search. He transitioned to athletics administration from college football coaching, where he spent 16 years as an assistant. Senter began at Idaho and later spent time at Idaho State and San Diego State before moving to the University of Colorado for nine years. He became AD at The Citadel in August 2014, and the school’s football team advanced to the FCS playoffs in 2015 and 2016. UTEP would like to have their Director of Athletics hire in place by the end of this month. -Steve Kaplowitz, 600 ESPN El Paso, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

University of Delaware seeks Assistant Athletic Director. The Assistant Athletic Director, Bob Carpenter Center Operations and Facilities at the University of Delaware is a valued member within the University and Department of Athletics and Recreation Services, upholding and embracing the department mission of Inspiring Greatness Together. – Apply Here

November 14, 2017

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Alabama jumped up a spot to claim the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings unveiled by the committee Tuesday night. Clemson joined the Tide as the only top four team to remain in the top four, moving up to number two. Miami is the third-ranked team in the playoffs this week following the Hurricanes blowout victory over previously third-ranked Notre Dame. Oklahoma jumped into the fourth and final playoff spot this week. Fifth-ranked Wisconsin and sixth-ranked Auburn finished just outside the top four. You can see the entire Top 25 here.

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Hunter Yurachek is admittedly bias when it comes to describing the latest addition to the athletic department’s portfolio of new facilities. “I think this is the nicest in the country,” Yurachek, the vice president of intercollegiate athletics, said recently as he stood near midfield at the University of Houston’s $20 million indoor football practice facility. UH used the facility for the first time during last week’s bye week in the schedule, a “big step’ in closing the gap with the so-called Power Five conference schools, coach Major Applewhite said. The 80,000 square feet, football-specific facility comes with just about everything you would expect – high-tech video board, seven remote-controlled cameras to catch practice from every angle and a 120-yard synthetic playing surface. There is an additional 25,000 square feet that can be used for offensive and defensive line breakout drills and on-site control room that can relay video from practice at the push of a button. – Joseph Duarte, houstonchronicle.comRead More

SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY

Tailgating is a time-honored tradition for many Hornet football faithful who gather by the hundreds in Parking Lot 8 before Sacramento State’s home games. They listen to music, dance, play games, toss footballs, grill food, and yell “Stingers up!” as the football players, marching band, and cheerleaders make their way toward Hornet Stadium, a ritual known as the Hornet Walk. But the fan tradition is getting a closer look as the 2017 season ends Saturday, Nov. 18, when the Hornets face UC Davis in the Causeway Classic. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Hornet Stadium. Parking Lot 8 opens at 10 a.m., and tailgating starts at noon. The Hornet Walk is at 11:45 a.m. At the request of President Robert S. Nelsen, Orr formed a campus task force to examine the University’s current tailgating guidelines and determine how to enhance the fan experience. Final recommendations will be presented to Nelsen, and a new plan is scheduled to be in place for the 2018 Hornet football season. – csus.eduRead More

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Missouri State athletic director Kyle Moats said early in the season that student attendance was a problem. After Plaster Stadium’s gates closed for the final time this season, he’s still pointing his finger towards the students after the school finished with its lowest home football attendance since 1988. “I think it’s strictly from the students,” Moats said in a phone interview with the News-Leader. “We had no student support, whatsoever. That makes it tough when you don’t get three or four thousand there.” Moats told the News-Leader in late September that he reached out to student organizations to discuss ways to get more students in the stadium. In 2014, the school moved BearFest Village north of Plaster Stadium to bring pregame festivities closer to the stadium entrance.  Missouri State attempted giveaways throughout games and also introduced alcohol sales inside the stadium. – Wyatt D. Wheeler, ozarksfirst.comRead More

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY
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YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

Mark Hardaway has stepped down as the head coach of the Youngstown State volleyball program after completing his sixth season. “We appreciate all of the hard work Coach Hardaway put forth in leading our student-athletes and representing this University in a first class manner,” YSU Executive Director of Athletics Ron Strollo said. “Our extensive search process will identify top head coaching candidates to lead our volleyball program moving forward.” Hardaway became the ninth head coach in program history prior to the 2012 season and led the Penguins to winning records and berths in the Horizon League Tournament in each of his first three seasons. Youngstown State finished with eight wins in each of the last two seasons. A national search for YSU’s next head coach has already begun. – Read More

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

A Tennessee State University football player was kicked off the team and expelled after allegedly becoming violent during a game. It happened during Saturday’s game against Southeast Missouri State at Hale Stadium. According to University officials, the player was immediately dismissed from the sideline by head coach Rod Reed for improper misconduct. University officials were informed and as of 10:30 a.m. on Monday the student has been withdrawn from school. – newschannel5.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Women’s triathlon has been added as a sport for 2018-19 at the University of South Dakota. USD athletics recently received the Emerging Sport Grant through USA Triathlon, the university announced in a news release. The three-year grant provides funding for NCAA Division I, II and III institutions to develop, implement, grow and sustain women’s triathlon programs. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics is charged with identifying and managing progress of Emerging Sports for Women. The Emerging Sports for Women program was created in 1994 to grow meaningful intercollegiate participation opportunities for female student-athletes in sports that have the most potential to reach NCAA championship status. Women’s triathlon was approved by the NCAA as an Emerging Sport in January of 2014. Women’s triathlon competes in the fall season with four to six competitions per year. – argusleader.com Read More

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M is expected to inquire about the interest level of Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher once its separation from current coach Kevin Sumlin is official at the end of the season, according to two people familiar with the situation. Those people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because Texas A&M has not made an announcement on Sumlin’s future and due to the sensitivity of the matter. Though Fisher has never given serious consideration to leaving Florida State previously, rebuffing interest from LSU the last two years, one person close to Fisher pointed to his longstanding relationship with Texas A&M athletics director Scott Woodward and the current disappointing season at Florida State as reasons why Texas A&M’s pursuit might be more realistic.  Woodward arrived as an administrator at LSU in 2000, the same year Fisher was hired there as offensive coordinator under Nick Saban. – Dan Wolken, usatoday.comRead More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

When WVU announced a four-year extension to Mountaineer basketball coach Bob Huggins’ contract, it was assumed the most talked about incentive previously within his pact had disappeared. That, however, is not the case. The Charleston Gazette-Mail filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the school, which released paperwork showing the “Kansas incentive” indeed lives. For those unfamiliar, part of Huggins’ contract has given the coach a $25,000 bonus every time his Mountaineer team defeats national power Kansas. So far, he’s cashed in $125,000 over the past five seasons. Huggins has donated the money to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment, a charity that honors his late mother. Now, however, WVU and the coach have a separate “pledge agreement” to cover the incentive. – Mitch Vingle, wvgazettemail.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Ricoh USA, Inc. announced its sponsorship of the “Ricoh Stadium Club” at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, home of The University of Texas Longhorns football team. This marks the latest expansion of a 20-plus year partnership in empowering the University’s digital transformation across the campus. The collaboration between Ricoh and the University has been particularly effective, driving savings of approximately 30 percent in output costs as the result of right-sizing device fleets. Additionally, the University athletics department has brought nearly $1 million in previously outsourced printing costs in-house. The services-led partnership between Ricoh and the University began with a 19-device departmental right-sizing engagement aimed to streamline device utilization and cut costs. When savings of more than 25 percent were realized, the University sought to engage Ricoh’s services team to work with other institutional departments, including Texas Athletics. Today, Ricoh’s right-sizing work affects more than 1,000 university devices. – prnewswire.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said Tuesday morning that his evaluation of Husker football coach Mike Riley and his program could be concluded before the season ends. “I think it will be,” he affirmed in an interview with the Journal Star. Moos on Monday told ESPN that Riley “deserved” to finish the 2017 season as the Husker coach. The decision on whether he’ll retain that role beyond Nov. 24’s season finale, though, will likely be made before the Huskers and Iowa finish play at Memorial Stadium that afternoon. It wouldn’t be the first time Moos has made a coaching decision in-season. The book “The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football,” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, includes a recounting of Moos’ work at Washington State in 2011, when he fired Paul Wulff and hired Mike Leach. – PARKER GABRIEL, journalstar.comRead More

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

The George Washington University Athletics Department today announced a 10-year multimedia rights agreement with IMG. Under the agreement, IMG will manage and market the sponsorship and multimedia rights associated with the school’s 27 varsity athletics programs. IMG College previously served in a consulting role for Colonials Athletics. The George Washington Colonials compete in 27 intercollegiate, varsity programs primarily within the Atlantic 10 Conference. In the last six years, GW Athletics has seen 12 teams win championships in their respective sports, with 18 Coach of the Year honors accumulated. In addition to the championships won in competition, GW has also claimed back-to-back NCAA Team Works Division I Championships by performing more hours of community service than any school nationwide in each of the last two years. – Read More

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

TCU plans to spend $100 million on luxury suites and premium seating at Amon G. Carter Stadium, after a “fantastic” response to a survey of season-ticket holders. The school announced the fundraising campaign on Tuesday, five years after a $164 million overhaul that was completed before TCU’s first season in the Big 12. The project will add two new levels of luxury seating above the upper deck on the east side of the stadium. The expansion includes two private clubs, more than 1,000 club seats and 20 luxury suites. A 100-foot balcony will overlook Frog Alley, the TCU campus and downtown Fort Worth. Athletic director Chris Del Conte said almost 2,000 season-ticket holders responded to the survey of 8,000, describing what they would like to see in new suites and club seats. If the fundraising goal is met by its April 2018 deadline, construction will begin in May, with completion expected in time for the 2019 season. – PETER DAWSON AND AND CARLOS MENDEZ, star-telegram.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The IUP athletic department has released its ticket information for the second round of the NCAA Division II Football Championships, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 25 at George P. Miller Stadium. The Crimson Hawks secured the No. 1 seed in Super Region One, receiving a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the regional bracket. They will play the winner of No. 4 seed Shippensburg and No. 5 seed West Chester, which square of this weekend. Kickoff on Nov. 25 is scheduled for noon. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kovalchick Complex Box Office, over the phone at 1-800-514-3849, or online at IUPTIX.com. Prices are as follows: $17 for reserved seating, $13 for general admission adults, and $7 for general admission students, youth, and senior citizens. Children two years and under are free with a paying adult. – Read More

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Northern Illinois University seeks an assistant director of ticket operations. This person is responsible for handling and organizing various amounts of cash generated from multiple departments and events. Additionally, this individual’s work will be audited by internal audit on an annual basis. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Depositions of former University of Texas president Bill Powers and former athletic director DeLoss Dodds were taken Monday in the 4-year-old discrimination lawsuit filed by former Texas women’s track coach Bev Kearney. Horns247 reported Nov. 9 depositions of Powers, Dodds and former UT football coach Mack Brown were set to be taken in Kearney’s lawsuit, which has resumed after a series of appeals by UT to dismiss the case were unsuccessful. Kearney’s lawsuit seeks in excess of $1 million and alleges Texas discriminated against Kearney by terminating her while allowing Applewhite to retain his job as running backs coach after it was revealed Applewhite had a sexual encounter with a female graduate student trainer for football in January 2009. – Chip Brown, 247sports. Read More.

FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
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FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

Fayetteville State failed to monitor its women’s basketball program and both the former women’s basketball head coach and her husband, the former director of intramurals, acted unethically, according to a decision by the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions. The former head women’s basketball coach recruited two transfer student-athletes who were academically ineligible to compete, practice and receive financial aid. Penalties prescribed by the committee include two years of probation for the university; a three-year show cause order for the former women’s basketball head coach; a two-year show cause order for the former director of intramural athletics; a vacation of records in which an ineligible student-athlete competed; and disassociation from the booster for two years. – Stacey Osburn, NCAA. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

University Of Tennessee Athletic director John Currie promised an “exhaustive search” to find Jones’ replacement. One of the more interesting comments from Currie’s news conference Sunday night was that he said he doesn’t plan to use a search firm at this time. That implies a couple things: One, Currie probably has been working on this search for a while, even though Jones wasn’t fired until Sunday. And two, Currie might already have a short list of candidates and feels good about his ability to nab one of them. As is typical during coaching searches, a lot of names will be thrown against the wall by various media outlets. Some will be linked to the Tennessee job. Rumors will rule the day. – Blake Toppmeyer, USA Today. Read More.

UW-GREEN BAY
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UW-GREEN BAY

With years of planning and fundraising, UW-Green Bay will be opening its new outdoor athletic facility next spring. The $4.9 million Kress Family Outdoor Recreation Complex is well on its way to completion thanks to student fees and private donors, but there’s still some work to be done. The stadium will have a brand new grandstand, all-weather turf, upgraded technology and a new lighting system. The new field will also be NCAA compliant, which means it can host championship games, but UWGB’s athletic director said the new soccer facility isn’t just for the student athletes. – Brittany Schmidt, WBay. Read More.

UCLA
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UCLA

China Sports Insider can exclusively reveal that LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill – the UCLA players detained for shoplifting in Hangzhou while on a trip to China – have been released and are currently on their way back to Los Angeles. The three were arrested last week on Monday and, while they were initially released from police custody, they remained under effective house arrest at an upmarket hotel in Hangzhou – with the trio all staying in a the same room – until their release earlier this afternoon. – Mark Dreyer, China Sports Insider. Read More.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Indiana University seeks a director of sports performance nutrition. Provides consultative services to student athletes individually or as a team, including the provision of nutritional information, meal planning, and dietary guidance. Apply here.

CAL STATE FULLERTON
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CAL STATE FULLERTON

CSU, Fullerton seeks an Athletics Director, Marketing and Communication. This position will provide leadership for the marketing and communications areas in the Athletics Department. Responsible for development and implementation of an aggressive marketing, advertising, and promotion plan for all areas with a focus on increasing revenue, visibility, and brand, both internally and externally, for the Athletics Department and the university as a whole. Incumbent is also charged with supervision at various levels with potential oversight and supervision of at least one sport. –Apply Now

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

In a message he sent to University of Kansas students and faculty members Monday afternoon and posted on the university’s website, chancellor Douglas Girod stated his confidence in both athletic director Sheahon Zenger and KU football coach David Beaty. “Nobody denies the challenges we are having on the field, but I maintain my belief that Sheahon and Coach Beaty have the right long-term vision and are doing things the right way,” Girod wrote. “Our focus now is empowering them with the tools they need to fulfill their vision.” The endorsement of Beaty, now 3-31 as the Jayhawks’ coach, and Zenger, who hired Beaty and his predecessor, Charlie Weis (6-22), came in a message titled “Football and our national aspirations.” In Beaty’s nearly three seasons on the job, Kansas has defeated just one Big 12 or FBS opponent, Texas (2016). Girod went on to state “a competitive football program benefits the entire university and our academic mission. We need to remain a strong member of the Big 12, and football is key to that. -Benton Smith, KU Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

North Texas athletic director Wren Baker will present a master plan for athletic facilities to the school’s board of regents during the group’s regularly scheduled meetings this week. Those plans include construction of an indoor practice facility. UNT officials prioritized the venue shortly after Baker took over the program in the summer of 2016. The 94,000-square foot venue will include a full length football field, a three-land track and support spaces. The facility is set to be built near the Mean Green Athletic Center at a cost of $18.9 million. A total $7.5 million in gifts is expected to go toward construction that is slated to be completed in July of 2019. UNT’s indoor facility is a key component of the school’s overall facilities master plan and is included on the list of short-term priorities. The plan also includes mid-term and long-term goals. Baker set a goal to come up with a comprehensive plan to improve what UNT has to work with in terms of facilities after evaluating what the program has to work with shortly after becoming the school’s athletic director. -Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, Read More

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
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CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

Creighton University seeks Assistant Director of Marketing – Multimedia & Design. This position conceives, designs and executes print, video and digital projects (posters, season tickets, brochures, social media and website content) for athletic department teams and events. – Apply Here

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

The Mountain West has three years left on the TV contract that puts most of its members’ home football games on an ESPN channel or CBS Sports Network. As conference officials ponder their next move, the Mountain West is experimenting with alternatives to traditional broadcasting and weighing whether filling all those late TV windows is worth the money its members are making. ”The issue is for us, the money is not so great that, at least in my opinion, that we are willing to just play game times whenever TV calls,” Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman said earlier this season. A schedule loaded with late kickoffs and some weeknight games has been an annual source of complaints in the Pac-12 among fans, coaches and administrators. Mountain West schools are facing a similar issue but with a major difference: The Pac-12’s television contract with ESPN and Fox is the major source of conference revenue that paid its members about $28 million apiece for fiscal year 2016, according to tax documents. The Mountain West schools are making about $1.1 million from their deals with ESPN, CBS and AT&T Sports Net. Boise State’s membership agreement gives the school an additional $1.8 million, approximately, per year. Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said the conference is crunching numbers to get a better handle of how scheduling for TV impacts other revenue sources. –APRead More