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September 19, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

The University of Kansas will ask the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday to approve a $12 million overhaul of the Jayhawks’ baseball stadium and for permission to build a new $10 million volleyball center on the campus in Lawrence. Both projects would be privately financed and designed to enlarge seating for baseball games and volleyball matches to serve at least 3,000 fans. The intent is to enhance 2,500-seat Hoglund Ballpark by ripping out metal bleachers to make room for 2,000 stadium seats and eight luxury boxes with a capacity of 40 people apiece. About 1,000 bleacher seats and 80 field-level seats would be placed along the left field line. Concessions and restrooms would be upgraded within a new concourse, and a new press box would be installed. The KU baseball team’s clubhouse would be improved by addition of a weight room, coaching offices and storage areas. The visitor and umpire locker rooms are to be improved, and the visitor bullpen relocated. The baseball stadium south of Allen Fieldhouse opened in 1990, but has undergone a series of renovations. -Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, Read More

VCU
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VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University seeks Compliance Coordinator. VCU Athletics seeks a Compliance Coordinator to assist the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance & Student Services with the administration, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of strict compliance with Division I NCAA, Atlantic 10, and VCU rules and regulations. – Apply Here

September 18, 2017

WOFFORD COLLEGE
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WOFFORD COLLEGE

Richardson Indoor Stadium, at least part of it, is almost ready for prime time. Wofford’s extraordinary facility, built from money donated by alum and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, along with his wife, Rosalind, will hold its first event 6 p.m. Wednesday when the Terriers play host to Furman in women’s volleyball. The volleyball venue, separate from the main portion for men’s and women’s basketball, still had workers putting on the finishing touches Monday afternoon. The Terriers have had only had a couple of practices in the new place. On Thursday, it will be closed again for a few more days while subcontractors put down one more coat of finish on the playing surface. Fans may get a glimpse inside the main arena, but that part will not be open to the public likely until Wofford men’s basketball plays host Nov. 10 to South Carolina. –  Todd Shanesy, goupstate.comRead More

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

Shockers fans can now buy beer at more Wichita State University athletic events. Beer will be sold during WSU events at Koch Arena and softball games at Wilkins Stadium, said Brad Pittman, the associate athletic director of facilities and operations. “This is becoming more the norm than the exception in our industry,” Pittman said. “We’re excited about the opportunity to provide a different guest experience for our fans. The Sept. 15 WSU volleyball game against Creighton was the first event in Koch Arena to allow beer sales. WSU athletic director Darron Boatright previously made a request to university president John Bardo to sell 3.2 percent beer at athletic events. University officials have reviewed the campus alcohol policy as the Innovation Campus grows, with the potential for future businesses like hotels and restaurants. – DANIEL SALAZAR, kansas.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

John Currie has been Tennessee’s athletic director since April, but he has a Masters degree from the school and spent nearly a decade of his professional career working for the Vols before taking his first AD job at Kansas State. Currie, in short, loves Tennessee athletics. And of course he loves Tennessee football. So, no, Currie isn’t happy about the Vols’ heartbreaking, 26-20 loss at Florida on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. He isn’t happy to see Tennessee open SEC play with a loss that will put it one game back in the standings with plenty of tough games left on the schedule. Anyone expecting Currie to stick a For Sale sign on the front yard of Butch Jones’ Knoxville home at the quarter pole of the regular season will be sorely disappointed, though. Jones’ approval ratings have probably never been lower during any of his four-seasons-and-three-games tenure at Tennessee. – Wes Rucker, tennessee.247sports.comRead More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former Buckeye star Chris Spielman according to USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz. Spielman filed the suit in July over the use of his name and likeness. In the dismissal, Ohio State claims Spielman has not stated a claim that’s viable under antitrust law Berkowitz reports, instead arguing the former Buckeye should pursue his suit in state court.

NCAA
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NCAA

The Division II Championships Committee is recommending the approval of 23 new budgetary requests from Division II governing sport committees, focusing primarily on initiatives that would enhance the championships experience and increase participation opportunities for student-athletes. The requests are for inclusion in the 2018-21 Division II triennial budget and would total more than $1.29 million per year. The division allocated a total of $1.5 million annually for new championships expenses for the coming budget cycle; however, the Championships Committee recommended keeping around $208,000 in reserve for future initiatives in the next triennium. Each Division II sport committee was given the opportunity to submit budget requests based on its championship needs. Before deliberations began, the Division II Planning and Finance Committee identified priority areas for the allocations, including officiating fees and general operational expenses. The Championships Committee considered the priorities when reviewing the requests during its Sept. 11-12 meeting in Indianapolis. – Read More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Coray Keel sat in Kevin Wilson’s Chevy Suburban and listened. Keel had just let Kevin Johns, his wide receivers coach at Indiana, know that he intended to transfer. Wilson, IU’s head coach, told Keel he wanted him to stay, Keel said. “I told him the same thing (I told Johns),” Keel said. “I feel like the relationship that we have, me and him and his coaching staff, the people around here, I feel like this is not the environment for me.” The conversation was, according to Keel, more than a year in the making. Signed out of South Gwinnett High School in suburban Atlanta in 2014, Keel spent one season at Indiana, a season he said was often defined by verbal abuse, mistrust between himself and his coaches and mistreatment through injury. Keel is the latest former Hoosier to tell his version of an increasingly familiar story. – Zach Osterman, usatoday.comRead More

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Women’s Soccer: CSU, led by first-year head coach Dallas Boyer, finished the non-league schedule with a 4-5 mark that included wins over local rivals Kent State and Akron, the first time women’s soccer has defeated both teams in the same year. Freshman Jenna Prathapa leads the team with five goals and 11 points, while three of the four wins have been shutouts. Men’s Soccer: First-year head coach Kirk Harwat earned his first career win in CSU’s season opening 3-1 win over Robert Morris. The team is 2-3 this year, including a 1-0 mark in the Horizon League after a 2-1 victory at IUPUI in the League opener. Volleyball: CSU, under the direction of 18th-year head coach Chuck Voss, was picked as the favorite in the Horizon League preseason poll and is off to a 5-3 start this year and won the Chippewa Classic. The team will open Horizon League play on Sept. 29 against League newcomer IUPUI in Woodling Gym. – Read More

BIG SKY CONFERENCE
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BIG SKY CONFERENCE

The Big Sky Conference men’s and women’s basketball championships are bound for Boise. The Big Sky Conference Presidents’ Council unanimously voted to award the Big Sky Conference men’s and women’s basketball championships to CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The three-year contract begins with the 2019 event. “The Conference is excited to take our most recognizable championships to Boise, which lies right at the heart of Big Sky country,” said Big Sky Conference Commissioner, Andrea Williams. “We’re looking forward to partnering with CenturyLink Arena and the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau for three years of competitive Big Sky basketball. We believe that the proximity of Boise to our campuses will benefit league institutions, and that our fans will enjoy the venue and city walkability.” – montanasports.comRead More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

The Boston College men’s and women’s hockey teams moved into newly redesigned and expanded locker rooms inside Conte Forum on Monday. Through the generosity of many donors and former players, both projects were privately funded. Lead gifts from Art Bryne ’67 (men’s project) and David ’68 and Janet Griffith (women’s project) made these projects possible. The new locker rooms were designed by S3 Design, based in Braintree, Mass., and built by Shawmut Design and Construction, based in Boston. The interior design and graphics were concepted by Advent Results, based in Nashville, Tenn. The redesigned spaces were both enlarged, and now include separate wet and dry locker rooms, coaches’ areas, equipment spaces and lounges. Saunas were also installed in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Each student-athlete now has two separate lockers: one for their hockey equipment and one dry space for their personal belongings. – Read More
  

CLAYTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLAYTON STATE UNIVERSITY

With 112 combined seasons in the sport under his belt, Clayton State head coach Mike Mead has recently been named to the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Rules Committee. A four-year appointment that began earlier this month and runs through August 2021, the position will have an impact on the interpretation of rules for both cross country and track and field at the NCAA level. The committee itself is comprised of nine members, four of which will be from Division I and two each from Division II and Division II. The ninth member is a secretary-rules editor. As a group, these individuals are responsible for meeting monthly via teleconference and will meet in June of each year at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. At the latter, they will address any proposals dealing with potential rule changes for the sports of cross country and track and field at all levels. – henryherald.comRead More

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

From the outside looking in it appears Winston-Salem State has everything rolling along nicely. Its athletics department has good facilities, quality coaches and scholarships galore. But it’s not as rosy a picture when it comes to the budget, which is likely to be cut in the coming months. Athletics director Tonia Walker and chancellor Elwood Robinson of Winston-Salem State are well aware of cuts that will come and have come from being a state-supported school. Those cuts, however, are not coming exclusively to athletics. Robinson, who can be seen during football season on the sidelines cheering on the Rams, is a big proponent of what athletics can do for a university. The reality, however, is that Robinson will have to make some cuts as it relates to the school’s overall budget. In athletics, Walker has already made some tough decisions. – John Dell, journalnow.comRead More

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Conference USA announced today the hiring of Shonna Brown as Associate Commissioner for Business Affairs/CFO. The appointment begins on Oct. 10 and will encompass all financial, human resource and ticketing operations.  Brown will also serve as a member of the senior staff. Brown arrives at C-USA from the America East Conference, where she served as the league’s deputy commissioner. While in the senior staff role, she advised on all conference business including, but not limited to, strategic planning, budget and finance, championships, external relations, student-athlete engagement, governance, Title IX, human resources and IT services. Within the collegiate athletics landscape, Brown represented the America East on the NCAA Division I Council, Council Coordination Committee, NCAA Competition Oversight Committee and NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee (2011-2016). – Read More

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
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MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today it has secured a $1 million-dollar grant* to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) over a five-year period for TEACHing Cleveland, a program to focus on teacher recruitment, mentoring and retention. The MAC secured funding for this program from the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation through its Extra Yard for Teachers platform with a $500,000 contribution toward TEACHing Cleveland. The MAC also secured $250,000 from The George Gund Foundation over the next five years and $150,000 from the Cleveland Foundation over the next three years.  The MAC will reapply for additional funding from the Cleveland Foundation in three years. “The Mid-American Conference is proud to partner with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to provide funding for this important initiative,” said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. “Teachers are a critical factor in a child’s educational success.  – Read More

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Liberty University chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. leaves no doubt about where he stands on most issues. He’s outspokenly conservative, ardently Pro-Life and a dedicated supporter of President Trump. So perhaps it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he expressed a pretty sharp opinion on the recent revelation that Conference USA turned down a $24 million offer from Liberty last fall to join the league. I broke the story in a column that ran in The Virginian-Pilot on Sept. 8. Falwell Tweeted a link to my story with the following comment: “Few bigoted U pres big on diversity & inclusion (except 4 conservatives) vetoed LU from Sun Belt, CUSA. It backfired:” Yes, his Tweet could have been phrased better, but his message was clear: He believes some league presidents were biased against Liberty because it’s an evangelical Christian, conservative school. – Harry Minium, pilotonline.comRead More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

For the first time, the Rose Bowl’s storied field — home to hundreds of gridiron and soccer clashes and live performances by the world’s top musicians — could bear a name. But it won’t be of a corporate sponsor. The field will be named for Silicon Valley real estate investor and UCLA alum Richard “Tod” Spieker, who is prepared to donate $10 million to kickstart a $40 million fundraising campaign for stadium improvements. Stadium staffers say the upgrades are necessary to keep the Rose Bowl financially viable and preserved for future generations. The Rose Bowl Operating Company. will seek city approval Monday for new name. Its goal is to raise a total of $40 million by the stadium’s 100th birthday in 2022. The most prominent place Spieker’s name will be seen is on the hedges that surround the field, not on the field itself, said Darryl Dunn, CEO and general manager of the Rose Bowl. – Christopher Yee, mercurynews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) President Taylor Eighmy today announced the establishment of a search committee, comprised of university representatives, supporters and community partners, to initiate a nationwide search for a new Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. In establishing the committee, Eighmy emphasized that the group’s goal should be “to identify an exceptional leader who is committed to the university’s advancement to excellence in academics, research, engagement and athletics.” Concurrently, the university has engaged Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA), one of the nation’s leading executive search and consulting firms specializing in NCAA Division I athletics, to conduct the candidate search. CSA assisted the university in 2016 in its successful recruitment and selection of Frank Wilson as UTSA head football coach. Its president and founder, Todd Turner, has been involved in collegiate sports for more than 30 years including serving as Director of Athletics at four major NCAA Division I universities.  – Read More

SPORTS TECHNOLOGY
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SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

When NBA players put on their Nike uniforms this upcoming season, they wont only be wearing a piece a clothing — they will be wearing a piece of technology. The technology of the new uniforms ranges from the make and fabric of the jersey to an NFC chip located in the bottom left corner of the jersey, opening up a plethora of player information for fans. Body mapping of athletes allowed Nike to determine where to incorporate mesh exactly where the players’ sweat glands are located, targeting muscles, sweat zones and circulation issues. The new jerseys also feature nodes which lift the jersey off of the athlete’s skin and allows for air to come in through the front of the jersey, move around and exit out the back. On jerseys available for purchase starting Sept. 29, fans can find NikeConnect located on the lower left hand corner of the jersey on the jock tag. With that jersey and an NFC-enabled smartphone (almost all Android devices and iPhone 7 and newer), fans can open up a whole new world with one single tap. Built into the jock tag is an NFC chip. When tapped with a smartphone using the NikeConnect app, fans will unlock exclusive content and experiences based upon which jersey you have. -Kendra Andrews, SportTechie, Read More

ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE
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ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE

Collegiate marketer Learfield, named rights partner for the Atlantic 10 Conference last month, announced today that Chuck Gray will serve as general manager for its newly established A-10 Sports Properties team. Gray joins Learfield and the A-10 from Old Dominion University Athletics in Norfolk, where he served in the same capacity. During his nine-year tenure as general manager for ODU Sports Properties, a division of OUTFRONT Media, Sports, Inc. Read More.

ACC
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ACC

It was thought when ACC Commissioner John Swofford last year announced plans to launch an ACC Network by ’19 that the ESPN-owned channel would operate out of Charlotte and share its headquarters with SEC Network, which has been based in Charlotte since its launch in ’14. ESPN has invested significantly into its studios and office space for ESPN Events in the city, about 100 miles south of the ACC’s Greensboro HQ. However, ESPN told network staff today that ACC Network’s primary studio home will be on its Bristol, Conn., campus, where it built a 194,000-square foot studio three years ago for more than $100M for shows like “SportsCenter” and ESPN’s NFL studio programming. – John Ourand & Michael Smith, Sports Business Daily. Read More.

NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Although not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, eSports (professional video gaming) is taking campuses by storm. Clubs from Big Ten schools now have an eSports league televised by The Big Ten Network. University of California, Irvine christened a 3,500-square-foot gaming arena last fall that includes 80 computers. “The team competed in select tournaments last spring to mainly get our feet wet,” said Dan Vélez, director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation. Vélez has high hopes for the CyBears. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

As Adidas opens its checkbook to sell more shoes, apparel and gear to college athletics programs, two bell cows with the familiar three-stripe brand are leading the push. Indeed, Nebraska’s $128.7 million contract to wear Adidas gear over the next 11 years is the richest ever signed by the athletic department, said John Jentz, the department’s chief financial officer. Likewise, Louisville’s $160 million contract is that school’s biggest-ever sponsorship. – Steve Rosen, Husker Online. Read More.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Despite any ridicule towards men’s basketball or football, Wolfpack fans should take pride in what Director of Athletics Debbie Yow and her team have been able to accomplish across the board since she was hired in June 2010. During her tenure, Yow has made at least one new hire for 15 of the 19 head coaching positions at the university, with the overwhelming majority of these hires being phenomenal and shifting the direction of the program. – Alec Sawyer, Technician Online. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

University Of New Hampshire seeks a digital media manager, athletics. The Digital Media Manager serves an essential communications role utilizing various social media, web-based and electronic tools to achieve key organizational goals. Apply here.

RICE UNIVERSITY
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RICE UNIVERSITY

Rice head women’s tennis coach Elizabeth Schmidt announced the hiring of Matej Zlatkovic as the Owls new assistant women’s tennis coach. “We are excited to welcome Matej to Rice,” Schmidt said, “He not only brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience, but he also has a contagious positive energy. Matej has hit the ground running and I know he will have an immediate impact on our program.” Zlatkovic holds a degree in marketing sales from Illinois State’s College of Business. Read More.

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

The Duke Club at James Madison University (JMU) is accepting applications for the Director of the Annual Fund. The Duke Club is the fundraising vehicle for JMU Athletics, raising contributions in support of student-athlete scholarships, the general operating budget and capital improvements. Apply here.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY

Cal State East Bay Director of Athletics Jason Carmichael announced Thursday the hiring of Bryan Rooney as the ninth head coach of the CSUEB men’s basketball program. Rooney earned his bachelor’s degree in literature from Dominican in 2003, then served for two seasons as the head assistant coach for the Penguins while completing his master’s degree in education. He then spent one season each on the coaching staffs at San Francisco State and Claremont McKenna College before accepting the head coach position at Cal Maritime in 2007. Read More.

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY
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FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY

Head coach Peter Cinella and the Fairleigh Dickinson women’s basketball program have announced the hiring of Cathy Inglese as an assistant coach. Over her 27 years on the bench, Inglese has reached 20 wins 11 times, made 10 NCAA Tournaments, coached six WNBA Draft picks, was a four-time conference coach of the year, three Sweet 16 appearances, three conference tournament titles, two regular season titles. Inglese also coached back-to-back perfect regular seasons at Vermont. Fifty-two players have made all-conference teams under Inglese, who maintained a perfect graduation rate, and who has won over 400 games. Read More.

ELON UNIVERSITY
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ELON UNIVERSITY

Mike Ward has been named Elon University’s new Deputy Director of Athletics, Director of Athletics Dave Blank announced on Monday, Sept. 18. Ward brings over 15 years of experience as a college athletics administrator to Elon, having most recently served as the Senior Associate AD for Sport Programs and Administration at the University of Tennessee. Read More.