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August 7, 2016

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University and former football coach Art Briles each filed new motions this week to dismiss the civil rights lawsuit brought by former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez. The motions to dismiss claim an individual school employee cannot be sued under Title IX and that the statute of limitations has passed for Hernandez to file suit. Documents also claim a university can’t be held liable for criminal acts perpetrated by students against other students off campus. Baylor and Briles had previously filed motions to dismiss in the case. This week’s filings are in response to Hernandez amending the lawsuit last month. –wacotrib.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Something that hasn’t happened in 85 years, and possibly ever, will occur on Sept. 3. Arizona and Arizona State will play football games at the same time in the Valley. Preceding ASU’s 7:45 p.m. kickoff against Northern Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium will be the Wildcats’ 7:30 p.m. meeting with Brigham Young at University of Phoenix Stadium. The latter is the first game of a series involving the schools. Subsequent games will be in Tucson in 2018 and Las Vegas in 2021. Two more games were added last season: in Provo in 2026 and Tucson in 2027. The Wildcats saw this season’s contest as an opportunity to bring the program closer to their large alumni base in the Phoenix area. -Paola Boivin, azcentral sports- Read More

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

The ACC’s possible expansion to a nine-game conference schedule may be arriving at a decision. The conference’s athletic directors are scheduled to have a conference call Friday and Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski said Saturday that he expects the issue will be on the agenda. Speaking at Tech’s media day, Bobinski brought up an intriguing alternative to the nine-game league schedule – keeping the league schedule at eight games but requiring that teams play two non-conference games against power-conference teams. The ACC already has a mandate that goes into effect in 2017 that league teams play one such game. -Ken Sugiura, ajc.comRead More

BIG 12
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BIG 12

The announcement last month that the Big 12 Conference is open to expanding by as many as four teams by 2017-18 has set off fevered jockeying among schools to land a home in the gilded community that is a power-five league. Citing sources, the Dallas Morning News reported last week that no school currently has the eight votes from among the 10 existing Big 12 universities to gain admission to the league. However, the paper reported the likely expansion candidates can be grouped in tiers from those with the best chance to the worst. -MARK STORY, kentucky.comRead More

 

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY
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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY

Gonzaga announced a 12-game nonconference schedule Friday, including neutral-court clashes against Arizona and Tennessee and home dates with San Diego State and Washington. However, the 2016-17 slate doesn’t include the Battle in Seattle, a fixture on the schedule since 2003. Gonzaga was close to securing a Big Ten opponent, but it didn’t work out. Roth stressed the importance of scheduling a marquee opponent, which essentially requires a return game. Facing lesser-known opponents has resulted in mediocre attendance — 9,140 for South Alabama in 2013 — and the potential for a résumé-damaging loss on a neutral floor. –seattletimes.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

Brenda Tracy, victim of an alleged rape she said happened in 1998 at Oregon State, will speak to the Oklahoma football team on Monday. Tracy said her attackers, two of whom were allegedly Beavers’ football players, drugged and sexually assaulted her during the early morning hours of June 24, 1998. All charges were dropped against Tracy’s alleged assailants and then-Oregon State head coach Mike Riley suspended the two players one game for the incident. – sportsday.dallasnews.comRead More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

SIU women’s tennis coach Audra Anderson has been promoted to the director of tennis and will coach both teams this season, according to a news release from the school on Friday. Men’s tennis coach Dann Nelson was announced as the new head coach at Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Thursday in Edinburg, Texas. Nelson, the second-winningest coach in school history, went 122-110-1 at SIU with two Missouri Valley Conference championships (2009 and 2016). Jonny Rigby will serve as a graduate assistant with Anderson this year. -Todd Hefferman, thesouthern.comRead More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Tom Osborne spent two years helping decide which four college football teams would play for a national title, but that run has come to an end. Osborne was replaced on the College Football Playoff selection committee by former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr for the 2016 season, and the former Husker coach and athletic director recently spoke with ESPN about his time with the group. ESPN also received input from former USC athletic director Pat Haden, former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese and Lt. Gen. Mike Gould — all of whom are no longer on the committee. –omaha.comRead More

EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY

After 11 months and $14.6 million spent, the new Eastern New Mexico University multi-purpose stadium will be completely operational by Aug. 15. Officially called the Al Whitehead Field at Greyhound Stadium, named in honor of the biggest donor for the project, the stadium is set to house ENMU football, soccer and track and field, as well as Portales High School football.  -Matthew Asher, pntonline.comRead More

MIDLAND UNIVERSITY
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MIDLAND UNIVERSITY

Midland University announced Friday morning the addition of varsity men’s and women’s swimming for the 2017-2018 school year. As a university committed to creating opportunities for students to excel in competition while graduating in four years, Midland will now offer 31 varsity programs. Since 2009, Midland University has experienced record growth with students drawn to the institution’s unique four-year graduation guarantee and robust options for participation in athletics and the performing arts. Now home to more than 800 student-athletes and more than 250 opportunities in the performing arts, Midland guarantees students a path to on-time graduation as they advance their skills in the classroom and beyond. – fremonttribune.comRead More

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

San Jose State University and the Citizens Equity First Credit Union (CEFCU) have forged an $8.7 million, 15-year partnership agreement to rename the football stadium.  Home of the Spartans” will host its first football game Sept. 10 against Portland State. The California State University Board of Trustees approved the stadium renaming and broader agreement at its July 19 meeting. “We are very pleased to extend and enhance our relationship with CEFCU to include the naming of the stadium. Since 2011, CEFCU has been a loyal partner with San Jose State Athletics and we’ve valued its presence in Spartan Stadium. Today’s announcement is a long-term extension of our ongoing relationship with CEFCU,” Athletics Director Gene Bleymaier said about the renaming of the 30,456-seat venue built in 1933. This is the only such agreement for a football stadium in the California State University system and one of three in the Mountain West Conference. Read More

 

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA-MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA-MONROE

ULM may have just opened its long awaited end zone football field house, but that doesn’t mean athletic director Brian Wickstrom is done with facility upgrades. Wickstrom and the ULM athletic department have a few new projects in mind on their half of Bayou Desiard. Wickstrom said a new training room, a new track at Brown Stadium and upgrades to the restrooms and concession areas at Fant-Ewing Coliseum are among his future priorities. -thenewsstar.com, thenewsstar.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Friday was football media day for the South Dakota Coyotes, but before the team gathered on the DakotaDome turf for the annual routine of photo shoots and interviews, USD officials gave the gathered media a tour of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, the new basketball facility which the Coyotes will open this season. When finished it will be a spectacular addition to the USD campus and one of the best basketball facilities in the Summit League, but while the Coyotes’ basketball and volleyball teams are the ones who’ll be playing on it, it became clear on Friday that the new facility will offer significant benefits to the football program as well. – Matt Zimmer, argusleader.comRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

As the Purdue football team opens training camp this week, construction continues on the Football Performance Complex, the new everyday home of the Boilermakers. Shoring is in place to allow foundation work, and auger cast piles and aggregate piers are being installed to support concrete for the foundation of the building. At the same time, the installation of water lines and storm lines is complete in the area between the Mollenkopf Athletic Center and Brees Academic Performance Center, and communication lines now are being installed. -purdueexponent.orgRead More

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY

The partnership between the Valparaiso University athletic department and Nike will continue through at least the 2020-21 school year, as the two entities announced today that they had reached an agreement to make Nike the official provider of Crusader uniforms and apparel for the next five years. Nike became the official provider for Valparaiso University athletics beginning with the 2009-10 school year, providing uniforms and apparel for all 21 Crusader programs. The new five-year contract between Valpo and Nike represents a significant increase in value to the Valpo athletic department. BSN Sports will serve as the supplier of Nike products to Valpo. Read More

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Colorado State Director of Athletics Joe Parker presented to the CSU System Board of Governors on Friday at its regular board meeting, and outlined positive financial progress for the department and significant increases in self-generated revenues for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016. FY 16 self-generated revenue exceeded the budget target by $577,239. Self-generated revenue consists of items such as ticket sales, donor contributions, parking and concessions, sponsorships and apparel licensing and Mountain West and NCAA revenue distributions. The strong increase in self-generated revenue, disciplined spending on expenses, and growth in student enrollment leading to higher total student fee revenue contributed to a net reduction of $1,059,105 from the budgeted amount of University support for the Athletic Department. The department was budgeted to receive $4,028,447 in one-time University support for FY 16, but instead received $2,969,342. Of that amount, $769,000 was funded from payments due to the buyout of former head football coach Jim McElwain’s contract. Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

The start of West Virginia University’s fall semester is only days away, and the start of football season isn’t far behind it. When the University of Missouri comes to town on Sept. 3, fans will get their first in-person look at upgrades to Milan Puskar Stadium, the home of WVU’s Mountaineer Field. WVU athletics officials unveiled the stadium Friday, showing how the upgrades to the stadium’s east side will make it easier for fans to enter the stadium and feel more comfortable once inside. For about $50 million, WVU officials have done a lot with the 36-year-old stadium, and they aren’t finished yet. -Jake Jarvis, wvgazettemail.comRead More

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

The Utah State athletic director is vowing to fully cooperate with a university investigation of how the school handled sexual assault allegations against a former player who was cut this week by the Atlanta Falcons. John Hartwell said in a statement Friday that his department takes sexual assault allegations seriously. Hartwell says football coach Matt Wells has a proven track record of disciplining players when necessary. Wells said Thursday he found out this week about the allegations. The allegations became public Thursday when the Falcons cut linebacker Torrey Green because they found out Utah authorities had investigated four allegations of sexual assault made against Green last year. – kutv.comRead More

August 5, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Sarah Reesman has worked in Mizzou’s athletics department for 23 years, and while the school looks to find its next athletics director, chancellor Hank Foley has appointed her to lead the department as interim AD. She’s the third person to hold that title since July 13 when Mack Rhoades was announced as the next AD at Baylor. On Friday, her first official day with the new title, Reesman spoke to the Post-Dispatch. -Dave Matter, Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Given what Hobbs has witnessed over the past eight months, he’s confident the scene will be dramatically different when the Scarlet Knights take the practice field for the first time this summer on Monday, just 26 days before the opener at Pac-12 favorite Washington. As he prepares for his first taste of big-time college football, Hobbs, who served as the interim athletic director at Seton Hall, is pragmatic about the situation. “Hopefully we will have more wins than people predict, but I’m not going to put a number on it because for me this is a process. It’s going to take years,” he said. When it comes to the $100-million fundraising drive Hobbs embarked on in his effort to remake the school’s athletic facilities, particularly the Rutgers Athletic Center, any early success by its flagship program would be greatly appreciated. -Stephen Edelson, Asbury Park Press, Read More

MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN

Mississippi University for Women has announced a nationwide search to fill four head coaching positions for the 2017 seasons. “We are extremely excited to begin the first step of developing quality intercollegiate teams here at the W,” said Jason Trufant, The W’s athletic director. “A thorough and exhaustive search for the right fit for our staff will be conducted for each of the new postings to ensure a high level student-athlete and collegiate experience will be brought back to campus.” For the 2017 seasons, Trufant is looking to bring aboard head coaches for men’s soccer and baseball and women’s volleyball and softball. Both men’s and women’s cross country will be added to The W’s athletic department, bringing a total of six intercollegiate sports to The W in 2017. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

A woman who accused Florida football players Antonio Callaway and Treon Harris of sexually assaulting her in December is boycotting a Title IX hearing because the university appointed a Gators football booster to adjudicate the case. According to a letter obtained by ESPN, the woman’s attorney, John Clune of Boulder, Colorado, informed Florida’s deputy general counsel that the complainant, her parents and five witnesses will not attend Callaway’s student conduct code hearing, which is scheduled for Friday in Gainesville, Florida. “This has been a difficult decision but as I previously indicated to you, the fact that UF has hired a football booster to adjudicate a sexual assault allegation against one of the team’s own football players is a fundamentally skewed process in which [the complainant] refuses to participate,” Clune wrote in letter sent Friday morning to UF deputy general counsel Amy Hass. “To be clear, [the complainant] remains very willing to participate in a fair and unbiased disciplinary process. Mr. Calloway’s behavior has had a great impact on her life and continuing as a student at UF is of great importance to her and her future.” -Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach, ESPN, Read More

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

John Lucas has been added as an assistant coach to the College of Charleston volleyball coaching staff as announced by head coach Jason Kepner on Thursday. A former collegiate volleyball player, Lucas previously served as an assistant coach at William & Mary during the 2015 season. Leading up to his collegiate coaching career, Lucas assisted with a number of camps in the North Carolina and South Carolina area including at CofC and Appalachian State. In his full-time work, he was a videographer with Sierra Ford Photography, producing, editing and distributing videos of major events such as weddings. He also worked as a freelance production assistant. Read More.

ARMSTRONG STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARMSTRONG STATE UNIVERSITY

The Armstrong State University athletic department announced the hiring of Kim Dean as the Pirates’ new head softball coach today. Dean becomes the third head coach of Pirate softball since the sport was reinstated as a fastpitch varsity sport in 1998. Dean will be introduced to the Savannah community at a welcome reception on Wednesday, August 24th, at 2:00 p.m. in the President Dining Room of the Armstrong Student Union. Armstrong State University softball went 43-15 in 2016, advancing to the DII Championships in Denver, Colo., as a part of the DII Spring Sports Festival and finished third nationally. The Pirates return 13 players from that squad for the upcoming 2017 season. -Stefanie Frerotte, WJCL. Read More.

NEWBURY COLLEGE
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NEWBURY COLLEGE

Newbury College, Brookline seeks Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Coach. The full-time, 10-month Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Coach is responsible for planning and directing the recruitment, conditioning, training, and performance of student athletes, along with fiscal program management, for Newbury College’s NCAA Division III intercollegiate program. [email protected]

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Charleston Southern University is seeking a director of the sports information office. CSU is a member of the Division 1 Big South Conference and located in beautiful Charleston, SC. Apply Here.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) announced the hiring of Dann Nelson as the Vaqueros new men’s tennis coach. Nelson comes to Edinburg after spending the last 11 seasons in Carbondale as head coach of Southern Illinois. Nelson led SIU to a share of the regular season conference championship last season despite the program spending most of the season on the chopping block due to the state of Illinois’s budget woes. SIU got a one-year reprieve and will be back this fall but Nelson probably made a wise decision to secure his future for many years to come. College Tennis Today. Read More.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

The new sports complex just south of Temple’s Main Campus is nearing completion, with the university’s men’s and women’s soccer teams scheduled as the first to take the field in mid-August at a facility that will also serve intramural and club sports. The new sports complex is one of a number of new and renovated facilities designed to enhance the experience of Temple student-athletes. Other recent projects include expansion of the Resnick Academic Support Center, the renovation of McGonigle Hall, and renovations to locker rooms, athletic training and strength and conditioning rooms. Read More.

FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY

Director of Athletics Tim McNeely has announced the hiring of Sarah Ray as head women’s cross country coach at Fairmont State University. Ray is a 2013 graduate of Fairmont State University and a former member of the FSU women’s cross country team. Ray still races competitively, having competed in numerous road races over the past 15 years, including five half-marathons, two marathons, an ultra race and countless races at the 5k to 10k distances. She is also an active member of the West Virginia Hash House Harriers (WVHHH), a local running club. Ray graduated in December 2013 from Fairmont State with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Contemporary Fine Arts Technology. Ray graduated Cum Laude, being named to the President’s List in the Spring of 2013. Read More.

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
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WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

West Chester University Director of Athletics, Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic, announced the hiring of Ryan Comstock as the new men’s and women’s Cross Country head coach Wednesday morning. Comstock, a local product from West Chester, Pa., and a graduate of nearby Henderson High School, comes to the Golden Rams from Conestoga High School where he coached the boy’s and girls’ cross country programs as well as the winter and spring track & field teams since 2002. He succeeds Andy Huber, who stepped down earlier this summer after 11 years as head coach. Read More.