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July 11, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Attorneys representing former Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino in a lawsuit against the University of Louisville Athletic Association are arguing that there are “no facts” to support events cited by the university as reason to fire Pitino for just cause. ULAA lawyers previously argued the school had grounds to fire Pitino based on three claims: That the university received bad publicity resulting from Pitino’s willful misconduct; that Pitino failed to report sports agent Christian Dawkins’ presence on campus and the “suspicious” nature of Brian Bowen’s late commitment to play at the University of Louisville; and that the NCAA determined Pitino had committed Level 1 violations.  But in a motion for partial summary judgment filed Wednesday, Pitino’s attorneys asked the judge to rule that the ULAA cannot use those three events as evidence in its arguments.  – Danielle Lerner, courier-journal – Read More

SFA
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SFA

The Stephen F. Austin State University athletics department has announced Thursday, July 12, as the date for new Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey’s introductory press conference. Ivey will be formally introduced at 1:30 p.m. in the William B. Lawton Room of the SFA athletics fieldhouse. Following the press conference, which will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, a meet and greet session with Ivey has been scheduled in the Champions Room of the SFA athletics fieldhouse to give campus and community members a chance to welcome Ivey to the area.  – m.ktre – Read More

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan Athletic Director Michael Alford recently completed his first year with the Chippewas’ athletic department. He sat down with 9&10 Sports Director Matthew Doyle on Wednesday to discuss the decisions he has made within the past year and the visions he has for the future of the CMU Athletic Department. – Matthew Doyle, misportsnow – Learn More

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

For the last 20 years ISU F.A.T., the football alumni team, has been raising money to help aid the program and its athletes. Recently, the program hit a milestone with its endowment fund. “F.A.T. has been raising funds through tailgate events, membership, and through their golf tournament, every year for quite a few years,” Pauline Thiros, Associate VP of Development said. “They’ve been building an endowment fund, and that endowment fund was intended to support scholarships, and they recently reached a total of $200,000.” That money will be used for “summer scholarships so that student athletes in football can take advantage of summer classes, stay on campus and be ready for the fall academically and physically as well,” Thiros explained. And while it will still be a few weeks before the football team is back in Holt Arena and the tarps are rolled out, there are nearly 50 members of the team here on campus, who are now able to participate in summer sessions due to the help of the F.A.T. club. – Max Cohan, localnews8 – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota Athletes Village opened earlier this year, but it’s still a long way from being fully funded. Fundraising for the student-athlete complex is more than $40 million from reaching its goal. The university has raised $123 million of the $166 million goal. The shortfall comes after several controversies in the athletics department. “There’s always a pothole or two along the road in Minnesota and fortunately we are on a good path with Mark Coyle’s leadership and we will be successful,” University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said.  University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle told the Board of Regents Wednesday this year’s fundraising is on an all-time pace. – Joe Mazan, kstp – Read More

PFEIFFER UNIVERSITY
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PFEIFFER UNIVERSITY

Pfeiffer President Dr. Colleen Keith has announced the promotion of Danielle Lafferty to the position of Athletic Director. Lafferty had served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Pfeiffer for the past two-and-a-half years under former VP for Athletics Bob Reasso. “We are excited to announce that Danielle Lafferty will assume the role of Athletic Director at Pfeiffer,” said Keith. “Danielle has worked under Bob’s leadership for more than two years, and Bob has carefully prepared her for this role. We could not be in a better position for the successful continuation of our athletic program.” Lafferty worked her way through the ranks in her five years with the Falcons. Initially, a graduate assistant softball coach, Lafferty spent two seasons in the dugout for the Falcons. In 2014 she shifted to an administrative role as the Assistant for Compliance and Game Management. – Read More

TENNEESSEE TECH
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TENNEESSEE TECH

It was probably a bittersweet day for Leveda Dexter as she was preparing for her latest transition. On the one hand, she was getting set to take over the role of Tech’s Assistant Athletics Director for Academics and Student-Athlete Welfare, replacing Dr. Lance Jasitt, who retired in June. But on the other hand, as she prepared to pack up her office in Tucker Stadium, as members of the Golden Eagle football team greeted her when they were making their return to campus, wishing her well in the new position, it probably made it tough to leave. Though, as head football coach Dewayne Alexander reminded his players, Dexter isn’t going anywhere – she’s now overseeing the academic progress of every student-athlete at Tennessee Tech. In her two-and-a-half years as a senior academic advisor, primarily assigned to Tech football, the program had a marked increase in its academic performance, helping ensure not only their success in the classroom, but helping them forge their paths into their post-academic lives. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Louisville announced Wednesday that John Schnatter, the founder and chairman of Papa John’s Pizza, has resigned from the school’s Board of Trustees. “After speaking with John, I’m confident that his comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values,” said Louisville Board of Trustees chairman J. David Grissom in a statement. “No member of the board of trustees condones racism or insensitive language regardless of the setting. The University of Louisville embraces and celebrates diversity and is a supporter of all its students and stakeholders regardless as to their identity. “John has tendered his resignation from the University of Louisville board of trustees effective immediately. The board appreciates his two years of service and thanks him for his generous support for so many years.” Schnatter admitted to using a racial slur during a conference call in May. – Tom Fornelli, cbssports – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Five members of the 2013 Louisville men’s basketball team are suing the NCAA, alleging they have been held in “false light,” a civil claim similar to defamation, after the team was stripped of its national championship in the aftermath of a scandal involving an assistant coach who hired strippers to entertain Louisville recruits. The suit claims that in stripping Louisville of its championship, the NCAA “implied that the Plaintiffs engaged in lewd and lascivious behavior, that the Plaintiffs received improper benefits, that the Plaintiffs competed while ineligible and the Plaintiffs are not champions.” The suit seeks a declaration that the players “are completely innocent of any wrongdoing as implied by the NCAA” and that the championships and awards won during the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons remain intact. According to the suit, the players further seek “damages for loss of economic opportunity” that resulted from the NCAA’s punishments against the program. – Jim Higdon, chicagotribune – Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

West Virginia’s athletic department is working with big, black numbers. Revenue for media rights dispersed by the Big 12 and from IMG College should exceed $45 million. The Mountaineers’ federal accounting shows overall income at about twice that amount. But WVU is building, spending, paying and inking big, red numbers, too, and rarely if ever in college athletics do things cost less now than they will in the future. And the future is now. Athletic Director Shane Lyons told 247Sports budgeting practices now include setting money aside for a reserve. So, the Mountaineers don’t spend all the money they make. They stash some away, hoping that cache grows over time but knowing it’s there if and when it’s needed. Chances are, it’s going to be needed. There will be occasions when they need to spend more than they’d planned for something — or someone — or when they need to spend more than they were used to spending. Lyons said there isn’t a percentage or a figure they designate every year. WVU considers its budget and the revenue and finds a good number.  – MIKE CASAZZA, 247sports – Read More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Interim athletic director Jerry Kill has hired Liz Jarnigan, an associate athletic director at the Air Force Academy, as SIU’s new senior woman administrator. Jarnigan has been the Falcons’ senior woman administrator since 2016, when she came from San Jose State, and will help oversee three or four sports, Kill said Wednesday after speaking at a meeting for the Carterville Rotary Club. Jarnigan replaces Kathy Jones, who retired after 18 years as the Salukis’ SWA/associate athletic director in December. Jarnigan served as a member of the Air Force Academy’s senior leadership team and oversaw men’s and women’s programs at Colorado Springs, according to her online bio. The Falcons compete in 27 sports, 10 on the women’s side, including fencing, gymnastics and rifle. – TODD HEFFERMAN, thesouthern – Read More

USC
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USC

Steve Sarkisian’s outburst at USC’s annual “Salute to Troy” preseason booster rally on a Saturday night in August 2015 gave the public its first glimpse into the issues with alcohol that plagued the Trojans’ former football coach during the final months of his tenure. Similar incidents of erratic behavior, including the use of alcohol, had also been reported earlier that year to those in USC’s athletic department, including then-Athletic Director Pat Haden, according to documents filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. Staff members and donors told Haden that Sarkisian had appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at a booster event on April 28, 2015, at the Jonathan Club, a private club in downtown Los Angeles. They described Sarkisian’s “presentation” as “not good,” according to Haden. Haden described both incidents in a signed “last-chance agreement” between the university and Sarkisian four days after his highly publicized “Salute to Troy” speech, when he shouted a profanity and slurred his speech in front of the team, boosters, alumni and other fans. –  JOEY KAUFMAN, ocregister – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

When Jeff Long met with KU alumnus Drue Jennings and vice chancellor Reggie Robinson as part of the search for a new Kansas athletic director, he said it made “immediate impact” on him. Long was officially announced as the new KU athletic director at a press conference on Wednesday morning. He will first take over the position on August 1, which happens to be his 26th anniversary with his wife, Fanny. Long echoed that statement of priorities, addressing what he referred to as his vision. I have a vision for KU athletics,” Long said. “My vision starts with the student athlete, and it starts with the three Cs. And those Cs are compete, compete, compete.” – Scott Chasen, 247sports. Read More.

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

This week Grambling State University announced that applications are now open for the Grambling State University Athletics Varsity Club, an alumni network of former student-athletes. The Athletics Varsity Club is open to any former GSU student-athlete who competed for one full season. Members will receive a variety of benefits through the University and Athletics department including game day recognition, exclusive apparel, access to social events across the U.S., special discounts at GSU’s bookstore, ticket office, and priority purchase opportunities for major events like the State Fair and Bayou Classic games. Read More.

THE CITADEL
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THE CITADEL

The search for The Citadel’s next athletic director is “picking up momentum” and should meet the school’s goal of landing a new AD by the time football season begins on Sept. 1. That’s what officials from the search firm hired by The Citadel, Parker Executive Search, told the military school’s search committee during a meeting on Wednesday morning. Parker Executive Search has 67 candidates on file to replace Jim Senter, who left The Citadel last November to become athletic director at UTEP. Those candidates have submitted a letter of interest or some other form of application, said Daniel Parker of Parker Executive Search. – Jeff Hartsell, Post and Courier. Read More.

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Western Kentucky athletic director Todd Stewart is proud of the school’s ongoing success in competition and classwork. The Hilltoppers earned Conference USA titles in women’s basketball and volleyball this past year, bringing the total to 24 since entering the league in 2014. Stewart noted that his school has twice the hardware of the next closest conference member, Middle Tennessee, over the same time period.WKU also posted a graduation rate of 85 percent with 11 of 14 programs registering at least 970 in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. Four posted perfect 1,000 scores, making Stewart proud on multiple levels as he enters his seventh year as AD. – Tampabay. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

The University of Pennsylvania announced today that it has received a $1 million gift from the Harris Family Charitable Foundation to support the wrestling program’s growth and development. The Harris Family Charitable Foundation was founded by Josh Harris, a former University of Pennsylvania wrestler, and his wife, Marjorie. The gift, which will be distributed over five years, includes $500,000 of which the university will use to create the Joshua J. Harris Wrestling Assistant Coach Endowment. An additional $500,000 will be applied to team travel, recruiting, nutrition, equipment and salaries, along with planned facility renovations. Read More.

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

Ohio University seeks an Assistant Athletic Director for Communications. Administer all components of sports information for Ohio University’s 16 sports, to include the communication and distribution of sports related information to local, regional and national media outlets, the Mid-American Conference and NCAA offices. Other responsibilities include game day media operations, preparation of game notes and maintenance of statistical information. Apply here.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

South Dakota State University is seeking applications for a Director of Ticket Sales and Service. This position will be responsible for generating ticket sales revenue through season tickets, group tickets, single game tickets, and premium seating; implementing strategies to improve customer relations and will also assist with other revenue generating activities such as donations to the Jackrabbit Club. For questions on the position, contact Scott Brown, Search Chair, at (605) 688-5625 or Scott. [email protected]

REGIS UNIVERSITY
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REGIS UNIVERSITY

Regis University Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics, David Spafford, is excited to announce a five-year contract extension for Head Regis Men’s Basketball Coach, Brady Bergeson. The extension for Bergeson comes as a direct result of the success he has produced over the past three seasons, featuring the program’s first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Tournament Championship. Read More.

BLACK HILLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Black Hills State University Director of Athletics, Jhett Albers, has announced that Ryan Thompson has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at BHSU. Thompson takes the helm of the Yellow Jackets after serving as an assistant for three years. During those three years, the Green and Gold emerged as a strong defensive team, finishing in the top three in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in points allowed per game the previous two seasons. BHSU earned a spot in the RMAC tournament for the first time in school history following the 2017-18 season, ultimately falling to Regis in the tournament quarterfinals. Read More.

BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY
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BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY

Bellarmine University Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt announced today that Annie Coryell has been appointed assistant director of athletics for compliance. In that role, Coryell will oversee all 22 of Bellarmine’s sports with respect to NCAA compliance as well as have direct sport oversight. Coryell comes to Bellarmine with a wealth of experience in compliance and NCAA rules education. Since 2013, Coryell has served as the compliance officer for Lewis University, so she possesses a deep knowledge of the history and personnel of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Read More.

FORT WAYNE
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FORT WAYNE

While the switch from “IPFW” to “Purdue Fort Wayne” has been in effect since July 1, the transition has been slow and steady and will continue to be that for, potentially, years to come. The Purdue Board of Trustees approved the separation of Purdue and Indiana universities at the Fort Wayne campus on Dec. 16, 2016. The Indiana University trustees had OK’d the split Dec. 1, 2016. Purdue has control of most academic programs under the split; IU has a smaller presence in Fort Wayne and has control of health-related fields. The trustees’ votes left plenty of time to iron out the details, particularly how it would affect student-athletes majoring in health-related fields. – Aubree Reichel, The Journal Gazette. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

A new innovative ticket option allows University of Oklahoma fans the opportunity to see nine Sooner sports and more than 80 events. One Pass provides one low price allowing fans to support baseball, women’s basketball, men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics, soccer, volleyball and wrestling events plus non-conference contests for men’s basketball and select softball games. Valued at over $800, the One Pass is priced at only $150 for adults and $100 for youth (13-17 years old) and senior citizens (55+). The One Pass is automatically included in the OG&E Sooner Jr. Kids Club, available for children 12 and under for just $50 a year. Sooner supporters who join the One Pass network of fans will receive a unique hard stock ticket and lanyard for use at all home venues included in the program. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

The University of Idaho has found a new women’s soccer coach with less than a month before the start of the season. Acting Vandal Athletics Director Pete Isakson first announced the hiring of Jeremy Clevenger during an exclusive interview on the Wednesday Morning News. Clevenger has been an assistant coach at Northern Iowa. He will arrive in Moscow a week from Thursday. The job opened up in the middle of the off season in May when Derek Pittman left the UI to lead women’s soccer at the University of Texas San Antonio. Idaho women’s soccer opens the season August 10th at Utah. – Evan Ellis, pullmanradio. Read More.

BIG 12
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BIG 12

College football fan bases have learned during the past two decades, first with the Bowl Championship Series era and now as a part of the College Football Playoff, the importance of scheduling. Each fall, it’s one of the more scrutinized aspects of determining which teams will play for a national championship. And every so often, generally around the weeks and months leading up to football season, proponents of standardized scheduling call for uniformity. – Sean Isabella, CNHI Sports. Read More.

JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

Jacksonville University Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert announced this week the hiring of Matt Moretti III as Associate Athletic Director for Athletics Communications. He joins the Dolphins after spending the previous three years at the University of Richmond as the Assistant Director of Athletic Public Relations. Moretti will guide and set the strategy for planning, development and implementation of all communications, website, social media and public relations messages from the athletic department both external and internal. Read More.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced two external relations staff additions, as well as two inter-department promotions ahead of the 2018-19 academic year. Mike Gambardella will begin at the conference office as Director of Communications effective July 16, and Cory Kamerschak has joined The American as Assistant Director of Video and Creative Services. Hali Oughton has been promoted to Director of Digital Media and will continue in her role as The American’s reporter. Greg Barlow assumed the role of Assistant Director of Communications following his position as Communications Assistant in 2017-18. Read More.

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Lou Spiotti, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at RIT, is proud to announce the promotion of Bethany Schlegel as Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance at the university, effective immediately. Schlegel spent the last two years as Assistant Athletic Director at RIT. She was the lead administrator for the university’s Division I men’s and women’s hockey teams and served as main supervisor of the department’s game-day operations, among other administrative duties. In her new role, Schlegel will oversee and manage the NCAA, university and governmental compliance requirements and NCAA team and individual eligibility process for the RIT Intercollegiate Athletics program. Read More.

TCU
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TCU

TCU seeks an Assistant Director of Athletics Marketing. Duties and Essential Job Functions: Develops collegiate athletic marketing plans and promotion schedules for assigned sports. Create and implement season ticket, single game and group sales campaigns. Establish goals and strategies for assigned projects. Support broadcast and promotion of events by working collaboratively with communications, creative and video staffs. Assist with developing and implementing corporate relationships with IMG staff. Develop and execute strategies to elevate game atmosphere for assigned sports. Maintain a working relationship with coaching staffs for assigned sports to ensure marketing goals are being met. Adhere to the financial objectives for the department and participate in budget planning. Research growing trends in the industry by collecting and analyzing data to continually enhance job functionality and goals. Assist in managing graduate students and student workers. Cultivate relationships across campus to collaborate and implement projects that are mutually beneficial. Performs other related duties as assigned. –Learn More