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May 15, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

Tonia Walker, the athletics director at Winston-Salem State, can’t help but smile these days when she considers the state of her Division II program. Cultivating a winning attitude and stressing graduation of athletes isn’t easy, especially when funding continues to be a problem. There are other issues Walker faces in the coming years, but she is ready to tackle those one at a time. It’s a good thing she’s a natural problem solver, and that comes with her years of experience in college athletics. Personally, Walker and her husband, Wayne, became grandparents for the first time and in between spoiling their granddaughter, Skylar, she is intent on making sure WSSU stays on top in the CIAA. –journalnow.comRead More

BIG 12 CONFERENCE
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BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Big 12 presidents and athletic directors will discuss expansion and creation of a league-wide network when they meet later this month in Irving. But in the finest tradition of academia, they are expected to delay making the decision on the two critical issues for the league’s survival for several months and perhaps until the end of the year.  Truthfully, proceeding cautiously is the wisest course for the Big 12. A hurried move might mean the end of the conference as we currently know it. Boren has been one of the most strident supporters of expansion and a championship game over the last several years. But reports surfaced earlier this week that his opinion might not be shared universally among OU’s board of trustees. -Tim Griffin, expressnews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine called Friday for an end to his team’s protest of the Tigers’ athletic department, which is investigating several allegations from inside and outside the program against him. In a text message to The Star and other media outlets, Earleywine wrote that the support from his players was “the greatest compliment I’ve ever been paid … in 23 years of coaching,” then he publicly asked his players to end a protest that started Saturday and to “allow (Tigers athletic director) Mack Rhoades and his staff to do their job uninterrupted.” Earleywine has been under investigation by the Mizzou athletic department for more than a month for alleged verbal abuse of players. Rhoades told KTGR (103.1 FM) in Columbia on Thursday that the investigation was ongoing. -Tod Palmer, kansascity.comRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
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UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

FOX 61 is supporting our communities with a new campaign called HOPE–Helping Organizations Promote Education. One of our new initiatives is a partnership with UConn through a scholarship program called the Drive for 5K–a goal of increasing the number of contributors towards athletic scholarship funds from 4,400 to 5,000 (or 5K). UConn Athletic Director David Benedict joined FOX 61’s Lorenzo Hall and our station’s general manager, John Hitchcock, to discuss the new campaign. -Samantha Schoenfeld,  fox61.comRead More

May 13, 2016

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Kennesaw State University seeks a Head Coach – Women’s Lacrosse. The head coach is fully responsible for the academic achievement, retention and graduation of each student-athlete on the roster. Assume a leadership role in department-wide priorities and initiatives. Apply here.

NCAA
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NCAA

Infiniti, an NCAA corporate partner since ’11, has agreed to renew the deal for multiple years, industry sources said. Financial terms were not available, but the renewal has been in the discussion stage since March Madness and the two sides finalized it this week. Many of the deal points will remain the same, including the Infiniti “Round by Round” bracket challenge, which donates money to the NABC’s Coaches vs. Cancer initiative for every correct pick. Infiniti touted that it would generate close to $700,000 in donations this year. Infiniti works with OMD and Optimum Sports on its NCAA program. Read More.

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT POTSDAM
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STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT POTSDAM

The Athletics Department at SUNY Potsdam is accepting on-line applications for a Diving Coach. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Assist with all aspects of running a men’s and women’s diving program at the Division III level including recruiting qualified student athletes. This is a part-time, temporary position with a salary of $6,500. email employment@potsdam.edu

OAKLAND CITY UNIVERSITY
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OAKLAND CITY UNIVERSITY

Oakland City University, a member of the NCAA Division II is seeking a qualified individual to lead our men and women’s tennis program. Master’s Degree required, Doctorate Preferred. Successful candidate will teach in one of the following areas: criminal justice, business, special education, or sports administration, in addition to coaching responsibilities. The head coach’s responsibilities will include, but not limited to, managing all aspects of an intercollegiate program, including practice and game planning and management, recruiting, fund-raising, budget management, travel, public relations, facility use, and compliance to the rules and regulations of NCAA and University rules, policies, and guidelines. Apply here

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Conference USA is re-negotiating contracts with Fox Sports, the CBS Sports Network and the American Sports Network, and they are expected to carry the bulk of the league’s TV coverage. But it was also learned recently that ESPN is close to cutting a deal that would return C-USA games to the nation’s most popular sports cable channel. And evidence has begun to leak that the deal is all but sealed. ESPN and Conference USA have made no official announcement yet, but some national TV schedules already indicate ESPN2 will televise the game. Although ESPN has televised Conference USA’s football championship game and most of it bowl games, regular-season C-USA contests haven’t been on the network since 2011, when C-USA signed new agreements with Fox Sports and the CBS Sports Network. Those contracts, as well as one with the American Sports Network, expires at the end of June. Getting Conference USA back on the nation’s oldest and most popular cable TV sports network was a priority for league officials. -Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot, Read More

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY–CORPUS CHRISTI

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi seeks Head Softball Coach. This position is responsible for overseeing the women’s NCAA Division I softball program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Responsibilities include coaching, recruiting, promoting, and making grant-in-aid recommendations for the sport of women’s softball and maintaining compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations as they pertain to the sport of women’s softball. Responsible for scheduling, making travel arrangements, requisitioning equipment, and supervising all assistants for the sport of women’s softball. Apply here

HARVARD UNIVERSITY
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HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Behind the scenes, Harvard’s athletic department is working to push its ticketing operations into the digital age and has quietly instigated a steady rise in attendance over the past five years, bucking trends that have set in at other schools. The recent success of Harvard’s football and basketball teams has increased excitement around athletics, and the athletic ticketing office has worked to capitalize on the momentum. The ticketing office is staffed by five full-time employees who oversee everything from season ticket holder outreach to game-day sales. Increasingly over the past few years, technical projects and active outreach to potential customers have taken on a larger portion of the department’s resources. -Nathan P. Press and Samuel E. Stone, The Harvard Crimson, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

College students have been banding together to play video games for decades. But the popularity of online gaming has grown so much that colleges are now offering athletic scholarships for “e-sports” participants. University of Kansas researchers have authored a study in which they interviewed e-sports athletes who compete at a university where they receive athletic scholarships for their gaming abilities. The study examined if the e-sports athletes do in fact consider themselves athletes, what their motivations are for taking part in the new venture and if the experience adds to their social capital like that of a more traditional college athlete. –Read More

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
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DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

1980 DePaul graduate Ed Fellin is funding the Edward J. Fellin, CPA Endowed Scholarship to help a Blue Demon student-athlete who is majoring in accounting. In the midst of DePaul Athletics’ Scholarship Month in which alumni from DePaul teams engage in a friendly fundraising competition, Fellin’s story resonates in a community that is a huge advocate of first-generation students. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH

University of Minnesota Duluth assistant athletic director, Abbey Strong, has been appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Committee. Strong will begin her tenure immediately and will serve on a committee that oversees, among other things, the selection, seeding and bracketing for the annual NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Championship. –Read More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

After multiple emotional abuse accusations against women’s hockey coach Josh Brandwene, Penn State Athletics has submitted a review of the allegations to the university’s Office of Ethics and Compliance. This comes after the program’s annual postseason evaluation was recently completed, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a phone interview Wednesday. “The postseason evaluations are done as the seasons finish up depending on certain situations in the program or availability of coaches, players and support staff,” Barbour said. “Based on some student-athletes’ concerns, there’s a review that has been turned over to our ethics and compliance office that is not completed yet.” The review is a byproduct of a series of accusations against Brandwene, the four-year Nittany Lions coach. -John McGonigal, Centre Daily, Read More

May 12, 2016

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

The Concordia University Athletic Department is pleased to introduce Amy Wooten as Athletic Marketing, Sponsorships and Game Day Coordinator starting with the 2016-17 academic year. Working with the Cavaliers and the student-led club The Navy, Wooten will create and manage marketing plans and game day entertainment for all athletic events across the department’s 15 varsity sports. Wooten will coordinate giveaways, games and other promotions during campus events and will also be active as a social media assistant. Read More

BIG 12 CONFERENCE
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BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Once again, on the topic of Big 12 Conference expansion, University of Oklahoma president David Boren provided the sound. Speaking to reporters after the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting Thursday, Boren, the most outspoken official from a Big 12 school when it comes to expansion, tied league growth to a potential Big 12 television network. “If you’re going to have a network, you’re probably going to have to have 12 or 14 members,” Boren said. Without the expanded total, Boren said there wouldn’t be enough content to supply a network. -Blair Kerhoff, kansascity.comRead More

 

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

At the end of the ACC’s spring meetings Thursday, conference commissioner John Swofford said little concrete about negotiations with ESPN for a possible ACC Network, as is his wont. But just about everything he said suggested that the two entities are still confidently moving towards some sort of network. “We’re bullish about it, and I’d say they’re bullish about it,” Swofford said. ESPN and the ACC have been negotiating over a possible channel similar to the SEC or the Big Ten network going back at least to 2013. That was when the league’s member schools bound themselves together with a grant of media rights agreement. The contract obligates any school leaving the conference to forfeit its rights to television revenues for the duration of the agreement, which is through 2026-27. -Ken Sugiura
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The Missouri softball team continues to play hard ball with Tigers athletic director Mack Rhoades. The softball team’s four-player unity council, which announced a protest of the university’s investigation into coach Ehren Earleywine last weekend, released a second statement Thursday that clarifies and expands on its actions. “There is a motto here at MU known as ‘See it, Hear it, Own it,’” the statement read, in part. “Student-athletes are expected to speak up when they see someone being treated unfairly. We believe the administration should be held to the same standard, and should take action to put an end to Mack Rhoades’s long road of lies and hidden agendas. See email here -T0d Palmer, The Kansas City StarRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

University of Pittsburgh athletic director Scott Barnesannounced today the appointment of Dustin Gray as senior associate athletic director for compliance and sport services. In this capacity, Gray will lead all aspects of Pitt’s compliance and eligibility services division. He will also serve as the sport administrator for the Panthers’ volleyball program. Gray spent the past decade as a compliance professional at Iowa State. Beginning as an assistant director, he ultimately elevated to the position of associate athletic director and oversaw all aspects of ISU’s compliance program the past five years. –Read More

BIG 12
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BIG 12

Later this month the Big 12 presidents and chancellors will gather in Irving, Texas, for the league’s most crucial meeting in the past five years. There, the leadership will weigh in on the merits of expansion and a championship game, and whether both or either could help put the Big 12 on equal ground with the other Power 5 conferences in the era of the College Football Playoff. Yet the most complicated issue the league will debate in late May will be whether it will — and whether it can — pool its tier 3 media rights together to form a single conference network entity. -Jake Trotter, ESPNRead More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Leonard Fournette wasn’t comfortable when confronted with his athletic mortality. Did it ever cross his mind — LSU’s junior tailback was asked recently — that his talents are insured by two policies, each worth $10 million? Those policies are believed to make him one of the most heavily insured players in college sports history. “I don’t think about it,” Fournette told CBS Sports. “This is the second time I’m actually talking about it. I leave everything in God’s hands.” In the largely unregulated world of disability insurance for college players, God might be the best option if Fournette is ever seriously injured. – Dennis Dodd, cbssports.comRead More

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

ACC commissioner John Swofford has not made a decision on whether or not the conference will pull any events from North Carolina as a result of the HB2 legislation against transgender people in the state, according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson. North Carolina passed a law requiring public school and university students to use public bathrooms according to the gender stated on their birth certificates. The law has been criticized as being anti-LGBT. “As long as that venue and city can provide us with a statement of fairness and non-discrimination in every respect and assure that our student-athletes and fans and everybody associated with the event will be treated in a non-discriminatory way, then we will maintain the commitments that we have,” Swofford said. –Sports IllustratedRead More

BIG EAST CONFERENCE
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BIG EAST CONFERENCE

Former Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro has been named deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the Big East Conference. Commissioner Val Ackerman announced the appointment to the newly created position on Thursday. Nicastro was the athletic director at Villanova from 2000-2015. –dailyjournal.net- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota’s contract with its new athletics director includes restrictions that reflect lessons learned from the last one. The new contract allows the university to discipline or fire Athletics DirectorMark Coyle for consuming alcohol, drugs and controlled substances if they “materially impair [his] ability to perform [his] duties and responsibilities.” The clause excludes medications prescribed by a doctor and taken as ordered. Former athletics director Norwood Teague’s contract had no such provision, though his contract allowed his firing if he violated a university policy or law “involving moral turpitude.” -Jim Hammerand, bizjournals.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday released more than 240 pages of exhibits from the NCAA that support that body’s allegations of five major rules infractions. The updated allegations kept the charge of “lack of institutional control,” but dropped mentions of men’s basketball, football and women’s soccer – all of which were mentioned in the initial set of allegations. The NCAA’s exhibits released Thursday list Crowder’s name 32 times, including a July, 22, 2014, note of refusal on her part to cooperate and a July, 1, 2009, email from Crowder to the AFAM faculty which mentions that she will “no longer add fictitious courses.” See the exhibits here . – wralsportsfan, Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

A policy that would nearly triple the number of University of California student-athletes guaranteed continued financial aid in the event of a career-ending sports injury received unanimous approval Wednesday from a committee of the university’s governing board. The policy would apply to students who are injured while practicing or competing and who receive athletic merit scholarships in Division I and Division II programs. It does not cover student-athletes at UC Santa Cruz, which is Division III, or UC Merced, which is not a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Neither school offers sports scholarships. – Lisa Leff, Sacramento Bee. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

The University of Oregon has accepted a $242,000 settlement deal to end a legal dispute over bonuses the UO paid to then-head football coach Chip Kelly and his staff for the 2012-13 season.The settlement, a copy of which the university provided to The Register-Guard in response to a public-records request, states that Gallagher will pay the UO $125,000, with Marsh paying the UO another $117,000. The agreement includes a nondisparagement clause and allows both insurance brokers involved in the litigation to deny all allegations. – Jack Moran, The Register-Guard. Read More.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND
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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND

Bill Wnek, an associate director of athletics at Loyola University Maryland, has been named the chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee effective September 1, the national governing body announced this week. The national committee represents the membership and performs several duties, including the selection of teams to the NCAA College Cup, administration of the championships and other issues regarding the sport. Read More.

ST. OLAF COLLEGE
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ST. OLAF COLLEGE

St. Olaf College, a NCAA Division III institution and member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, invites applications for the full-time position of Head Men’s Hockey Coach. Apply here.