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July 17, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO

Each year the Texas Tribune publishes an article on revenues and expenses of the athletic departments of Texas public universities: UT Austin, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Houston, University of North Texas, UTEP, Texas State and UTSA. The figures for the 2015-16 school year were recently released. They are: UT Austin: $194 million budget, $16 million surplus, Texas A&M: $194 million budget, $57 million surplus, Texas State: $31 million budget, $21.6 million deficit, Houston: $52 million budget, $25.9 million deficit, North Texas: $34 million budget, $21.1 million deficit, UTEP: $32 million budget, $18 million deficit, Texas Tech: $78 million budget, $1.4 million deficit, UTSA: $26 million budget, $14.4 million deficit. The article is based on a yearly report released by the NCAA. But the financial statements are subject to interpretation by the various universities and vary from one institution to another in format and content methodology. Private universities are not subject to reporting. –  Bob Stull , elpasoinc.comRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the conference will continue to withhold revenue from Baylor as the verification process continues into how Baylor has made institutional changes following its years-long sexual assault scandal. Bowlsby stated that Baylor’s leadership group of president Linda Livingstone, athletic director Mack Rhoades and head football coach Matt Rhule have been as cooperative as the Big 12 could hope. Bowlsby does not expect the investigation to conclude before the season begins. It is obviously a very complex situation, and because of the lawsuits, it is — it will have some effect on the time frame of our verification process, but we are moving forward with it,” Bowlsby said at Big 12 media day. – sportsday.dallasnews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

Amanda Hajdu started making preparations for UND athletics teams to have a successful year last summer. Hajdu, the athletic department’s director of academic services, began communicating with professors and student-athletes about how to handle increased school absences due to long runs in Big Sky Conference tournaments and appearances in NCAA tournaments. She even did this exercise for teams that hadn’t been historically successful. “The past couple of years, we’ve really tried to start forecasting as much as we can,” Hajdu said. “Even if it’s something that isn’t going to end up happening, even if it’s something that’s never happened, like softball making the conference tournament. In addition to winning Big Sky regular-season titles in volleyball, football and men’s and women’s basketball—and softball and women’s tennis reaching the league playoffs for the first time ever—UND also set its school record for student-athlete grade-point average during the 2016-17 athletic season. –  Brad Elliott Schlossman, grandforksherald.comRead More

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
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PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Kelly Nash has been hired as Princeton women’s hockey assistant coach. “We are so excited to have Kelly joining our staff at Princeton,” said Princeton head coach Cara Morey in a statement. “Kelly was an excellent player and her experience will translate well to our athletes. Kelly is one of the best player-development coaches I have seen in women’s hockey and together with Ashley Kilstein, our players are in great hands.” Nash won two national titles at Wisconsin, in 2009 and 2011, as the Badgers made three Frozen Four appearances during her career. In 153 career games, Nash totaled 69 points on 22 goals and 47 assists. Her most notable performance was scoring the overtime game-winning goal against Minnesota in the WCHA championship, as the team overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to win its fourth consecutive league championship. – uscho.comRead More

WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY
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WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY

Wheeling Jesuit Cross Country and Track and Field head coach Ricky Moore has been named Interim Director of Athletics at Wheeling Jesuit University. A WJU athletics department member since 2004, Moore steps in to direct the Cardinals athletics department while the search for a new permanent Director of Athletics continues. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

The University of Massachusetts Department of Athletics announced the hiring of Heather Palmer to the role of Associate Athletic Director for Development on Monday. Palmer, a 2002 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, holds 15 years of experience in collegiate athletics. The University of Massachusetts alumna graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 2002. Read More.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY
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SHORTER UNIVERSITY

Shorter University is pleased to announce Dawn Brown will become head coach of women’s basketball. “Dawn is a tremendous coach, and we are happy to have her join the Shorter family,” said Aaron Kelton, Shorter’s interim Athletic Director. “Her experiences and success are extremely valuable. She has big shoes to fill following Coach Mitchell, but she is up to the task. Her national ties for recruiting will have a great impact, and her energy and drive to take the program to the next level is outstanding.” Brown served as head women’s basketball coach at Prairie View A&M, where she headed the NCAA Division I program after serving as interim head coach and an assistant. Read More.

YELLOWSTONE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
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YELLOWSTONE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

Leonard Epps has resigned as Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach of Yellowstone Christian College to take the Men’s Basketball Head Assistant position at York College (NE), as announced last week. In his short stint at YCC, Epps guided the Centurions to a 6th place finish at the 2016 Christian College National Invitational Tournament, and bettered that with a 3rd place finish at the 2017 CCNIT. Epps coached five NCCAA All-Region players, including a Player of the Year selection in 2016. Read More.

CALDWELL UNIVERSITY
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CALDWELL UNIVERSITY

Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark A. Corino has announced the hiring of women’s basketball alum Torey Northup-Jones ’13 to lead the Cougars as its head coach. Northup-Jones will also serve as one of the department’s Assistant Athletic Directors and will oversee the Student Athlete Advisory Committee along with other administrative duties. Read More.

LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
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LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

Donnie Carr, the former La Salle University men’s basketball standout who ranks fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list, has been added to Dr. John Giannini’s staff as an assistant coach, Giannini announced on Tuesday. Prior to coming to La Salle, Carr spent two seasons at Hartford as the coordinator for player development, assisting in the improvement of players through film and statistical analysis. He has also enjoyed successful stints as an assistant coach with Holy Family University, The Haverford School and at Roman Catholic. – HoopDirt. Read More.

PRATT INSTITUTE
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PRATT INSTITUTE

Pratt Institute has named Guy Cherenfant as Assistant Coach for men’s basketball, the school announced Friday. Prior to Pratt, Cherenfant served on the coaching staff of both Nichols College and Holy Cross. At Nichols, Cherenfant held the position of student-manager for a Bison squad that went 92-23 during his tenure, including winning both the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s regular and tournament championships for the 2016-17 season. Read More.

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Becker accepted the offer and was named executive director of the foundation June 7. He is the first full-time director for the nonprofit, which raises money for endowments and scholarships. The position developed when the foundation board decided it wanted a full-time director, Becker said. Previously, the vice president for Institutional Advancement serve as foundation director as well. While it is always tough to approach people with a hand out, Becker said he can show people what Nicholls has to offer and will grow the foundation and improve the university. – Teddy Renois , Houma Today. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

John Currie could have called in a favor to a corporate partner or industry connection to snag a box seat. At the very least, he could have afforded to buy a desirable ticket from the box office. As an athletic director of a power conference university — Kansas State at the time — Currie was in Minneapolis to speak at a conference and had plenty of status as he walked out of his hotel room toward Target Field that night a few years ago. Currie’s objective to create the nation’s best fan experience at Tennessee has not been heavily marketed, but it was stated clearly when the university announced the hiring of Janeen Lalik to the position of senior associate athletic director for strategic initiatives on July 7. – David Cobb, Times Free Press. Read More.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

The Mountaineers already have a new team meeting room and have spruced up the stadium’s east side. Now the west side is being worked on and a $4 million video screen is going up. Also, West Virginia’s Coliseum is currently housing construction workers. “This summer we’ve been working on the [American Disability Act] requirements,” Lyons said. “That’s part of Phase Two [of the 100-plus-million-dollar department-wide facility renovation initiative] as well as adding a new club area or potential suites. That’s been put on hold though.” Throughout the years the 14,000-seat Coliseum has lost seating capacity and that will again be the case in 2017. – Mitch Vingle, WV Gazettemail. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

The University of Colorado got another big boost to its athletic department, following a change in state legislation, which will eliminate the statewide restrictions on multi-year contracts and extensions for school staff. CU currently uses all six multi-year contracts on their athletic staff, primarily their head coaches. Athletic director Rick George, football head coach Mike MacIntyre, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, men’s basketball head coach Tad Boyle, women’s basketball head coach J.R. Payne and women’s volleyball head coach Jesse Mahoney are all signed to multi-year deals. – Sam Weaver, BSN Denver. Read More.

SEC
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SEC

Alabama hasn’t lost a Southeastern Conference football game in 22 months. Nick Saban’s boys have won those 17 games by an average of three touchdowns, and they have claimed the past three conference championships and four of five. The parity once so strong in the conference — six teams won the title from 1998-2004 — is gone. So, naturally, the most consistent question to coaches this year at the four day-long SEC media days was regarding this situation: How do you close the gap against the Tide? “They’re right now at the top,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said, “and, you know, it’s up to the rest of us to go get them.” There’s another gap in this league: cash flow. – Ross Dellenger, The Advocate. Read More.

SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Bill Fusco, senior director of intercollegiate athletics at Sonoma State University, will retire from his position at the end of the year following 20 years at the helm of the Seawolves’ athletic program. Fusco was named Director of Athletics at Sonoma State University in May of 1997, and guided the program into the era of athletic scholarships and the California Collegiate Athletic Association. During his tenure, the Seawolves earned two NCAA Division II national championships (men’s soccer 2002 and men’s golf 2009), eight regional championships and 20 conference championships. Seventy-six student-athletes earned All-American honors in the past 20 years. – Argus-Courier Staff. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas seeks Director of Academic Services – Football.  The Director will work with coaches, staff and professors to foster an atmosphere that retains student-athletes and culminates in graduation from the University while supervising two academic counselors and two graduate assistants. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

UCLA Intercollegiate Athletic Department seeks Assistant Director, Compliance. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director, Compliance. This is a career, full-time position with a targeted salary range of $40,000 – $46,000 per year with full health benefits and membership in the UC Retirement Plan. – Apply Here

July 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
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UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Randy Edsall’s son will coach tight ends for his father for one football season at UConn, despite new findings by the state’s ethics office that the arrangement violates bans against nepotism and a father helping to negotiate a contract for his son. Ethics lawyers are recommending that the state ethics board take no action against Randy Edsall or UConn, and that Corey Edsall be kept in the $95,000-per-year job for this coming season — as long as the one-year pact is not renewed. The ethics board recognizes the “potential disruption” to UConn’s football program if Corey Edsall were prohibited from coaching this year, the draft opinion states. It will be presented to the state’s citizen ethics advisory board at its July 20 meeting. UConn “respectfully disagrees” with the draft ruling, spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said in a statement Friday. – Josh Kovner, courant.comRead More

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

Concordia University Irvine was notified by the NCAA on Friday that it had completed the three-year process to become a full NCAA Division II member beginning in the fall. In addition, Biola University was notified it had completed the first year of its three-year process and was approved to begin the second. Both are longtime NAIA institutions. “We are very excited to become a full NCAA Division II member,” Concordia president Kurt Krueger said in a statement. “Today’s decision by the NCAA serves as a testament to our core values, faculty and staff, as well as the integrity of our athletics department toward NCAA compliance, our university’s fiscal responsibility and our commitment to high academic standards.” Concordia, a private Christian university established in 1976, competed as a provisional member in the Division II PacWest Conference the past three school years. It will become the only NCAA Division II school in Orange County when the move officially takes place Sept. 1. –  Robert Morales, dailynews.comRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

We have all seen it for about two years now. The athletic department unveiled the famous “Master Plan” with gleaming renderings of a transformed Ross-Ade Stadium a while ago. They have been basically a dream ever since, with the main scoreboard relocated high above the north end zone, a gorgeous new South End zone building, and so much more. Unfortunately, 9-39 over the last four years have left many of those plans in the dream stage. The performance facility attached to the Mollenkopf and the new lights at Ross-Ade Stadium will soon be complete for a cost of close to $70 million, but that is probably only a taste of what Mike Bobinski wants to do. The new Big Ten TV rights deal kicks in this year and there are some estimates that it could mean as much as $50 million this year alone for schools getting a full share (Thanks, James Smart for starting the Big Ten). –  Travis Miller, hammerandrails.comRead More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Officials from Rutgers and its athletic department met with the NCAA’s committee on infractions Friday, NJ.com reported, about alleged transgressions by the football program that were cited by the NCAA last winter. In that report, the NCAA alleged that the Rutgers football program committed a pile of offenses under then-head coach Kyle Flood, including recruiting infractions, pressuring a professor to give a player a better grade, and hiding positive drug tests by multiple players. The NCAA charged Rutgers with a failure to monitor the program, one of the steepest charges in the book. According to NJ.com, it was expected that university president Robert Barchi – a former provost at Penn and president of Thomas Jefferson University – was to attend the NCAA meeting. So were current athletic director Pat Hobbs and current football coach Chris Ash. – Jonathan Tannenwald, philly.comRead More

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
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HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY

Facing falling student enrollment and a growing deficit, Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher and interim Athletics Director Duncan Robins said Friday that significant decisions will have to be made in the coming months for the HSU Athletics Department ­— including the potential for sports programs to be cut. “Without using [state] General Funds or increasing student fees, to balance the budget is an impossibility without making some tough decisions,” Robins said in a conference room within the university’s Siemens Hall in Arcata. “Those tough decisions haven’t been made yet. We are debating several things including how to raise more money so we don’t have to be as severe on our cuts. But they’re still out there, they’re still looming.” The HSU Athletics Department has run a deficit for the past two years and will run an even larger deficit in the coming school year, Robins said. –  Will Houston, times-standard.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

Wren Baker says he isn’t a snake oil salesman. The University of North Texas’ athletic director understands the skepticism some of the school’s alumni harbor when it comes to its hopes to move up in the world of college athletics. Hayden Fry talked about turning UNT into a program that would fit in the Southwest Conference with Texas and Arkansas during his tenure as athletic director and head football coach in the 1970s. Others who followed in those roles made similar vows. Some enjoyed intermittent success, while others departed town leaving only empty promises behind. Baker vowed this time would be different when he took over leadership of the program. His confidence hasn’t waned after getting a closer look at what he inherited over his first year on the job that will conclude Aug. 22. – Brett Vito, dentonrc.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

The University of Colorado has already undertaken an enormous project in the construction of an indoor practice facility and the new Champion’s Center, and the future will continue to bring significant improvements to other Buffs athletics facilities. The Coors Events Center, home to CU’s basketball teams, has seen the most recent upgrade with the installation of a massive new scoreboard. “That was part of our partnership with Learfield. When we extended with them, it allowed us to put that scoreboard in. It’s really going to add a lot to that facility,” athletic director Rick George said. Coors Events Center should also see improvements to a new sound system installed last year, as well as a possible new name. – Sam Weaver, bsndenver.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

With college football season and the opening of a renovated Notre Dame Stadium less than two months away, IndyStar’s Notre Dame Insider Laken Litman sat down with Fighting Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick. Swarbrick discussed his expectations for the upcoming season after going 4-8, how he believes Brian Kelly’s role has changed, future opponent scheduling, conference expansion and much more. Notre Dame kicks off its season Sept. 2 against Temple. Question: Will you evaluate this season any differently after going 4-8? Answer: I use the same factors. I, like everyone else, use wins and losses — but it’s only one factor. We’re looking at a host of things related to the performance of the students on the field and in the classroom and how they represent the university, how the program represents us. We have specific standards within the program that are performance related. I’m very confident that we’ll be significantly better this year. – Laken Litman, indystar.comRead More

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
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ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

The Robert Morris men’s basketball team was scheduled to play its entire 2017-18 home schedule at PPG Paints Arena while its future home — UPMC Events Center — is under construction. But Sidney Crosby, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson and others might change the Colonials’ plans. Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman is not optimistic he will be able to schedule all of the Colonials’ home games next season at PPG Paints Arena. The school initially planned to relocate the men’s basketball team to the venue after announcing intentions to knock down its old arena, Sewall Center, and build a new one. The school has to work around 41 Penguins games and a slew of concerts slated for PPG Paints Arena, and is working with the Northeast Conference and AEG Facilities to see how many games are feasible.  – OMARI SANKOFA II, post-gazette.com Read More

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

A report in the July 9 edition of The Herald-Dispatch spelled out how the Marshall University athletics program finished the 2015-16 budget year with revenues from all sources, including the university, exceeding expenses by nearly $1.2 million. The athletic department’s total revenues were nearly $30.2 million, marking the first time they exceeded the $30 million mark. However, more than $13.7 million came from the university (much from student fees collected by the university) rather than from other program revenues. Here are some responses from readers about that report: “So confusing,” commented Jim Slade. “Landon writes articles stating we have financial difficulties … now (this article says) we have a surplus? Facts: we have no baseball field … football is a ‘dumpster fire’ … rank near the bottom in C-USA championships in all sports … no more money from me.” – herald-dispatch.comRead More

ACC
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ACC

As preparations take shape for the ACC Network, Heather Lyke envisions that Petersen Events Center will soon have a new look, too. During the second half of the ACC’s annual football kickoff eventFriday morning, Pitt’s athletic director shared some insight on her department’s planning process for what the conference hopes will be a boon of a new linear television channel. “It’s a massive undertaking, and also incredibly exciting,” Lyke said of Pitt’s role as one of 15 campuses readying for the launch of the ACC Network in 2019. “We have a major investment. There’s infrastructure costs, there’s infrastructure pieces to it, there’s personnel pieces to it.” While the channel will debut in fall 2019, each individual school must be ready to go by fall 2018. – BRIAN BATKO, post-gazette.comRead More