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February 28, 2016

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

Friday, SMU broke ground on a $22 million facility on SMU’s East Campus, across Central Expressway, scheduled to open fall of 2017. The new natatorium will be home to both the men’s and women’s swim teams. -Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Three state Senate committees on Friday passed a bill that would take $3 million from the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s budget and give it to financially strapped University of Hawaii athletics programs. The ways and means, tourism and education committees of the Senate each passed the bill after a joint hearing. “This can be a unique opportunity and approach to support our student athletes as they venture out as ambassadors of aloha across the country and other countries,” said Sen. Jill Tokuda, who represents Kaneohe. The legislators noted in a committee report that the bill was intended to cover athletics in the entire university system, including the Hilo campus as well as the flagship Manoa campus. -Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press, Read More

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Louisiana-Lafayette wide receivers coach John Simon will be the new running backs coach for Arizona State coach Todd Graham, according to sources. It’s a reuniting of Simon and new Sun Devils offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey. The duo spent the past two seasons together in their current roles at Southern Miss. Simon replaces former Arizona State running backs coach Kodi Burns, who left after just over a month to become Auburn’s wide receivers coach. -Thayer Evans, Sports IllustratedRead More

LEE UNIVERSITY
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LEE UNIVERSITY

The Tommy Brown era of Lee University basketball came to an end Saturday, after 11 years, when school officials announced a search committee is being formed to seek his successor. Brown took the helm at Lee in 2005 and led his team to numerous winning seasons in the NAIA, before faltering in three years of competition in NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference (GSC). Since joining the GSC, Brown and the Flames are 23-41 and failed to make the conference tournament (top eight teams qualify) in its first official year as members of the 12-team league. Brown leaves Lee with an overall record of 244-108. Read More

ASHLAND UNIVERSITY
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ASHLAND UNIVERSITY

OhioHealth is now the official healthcare provider for Ashland University Athletics. OhioHealth will provide medical counsel and coverage to the university’s 18 intercollegiate sports, according to an agreement announced in a joint press release Thursday afternoon.  OhioHealth’s sports medicine team provides services to seven collegiate athletic programs, nearly 50 high schools, the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets and Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, the release states. -Curt Conrad, richlandsource.comRead More

February 26, 2016

NCAA
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NCAA

The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, National Consortium for Academics and Sports and The No Hate Zone have proposed the Eddie Robinson rule to the NCAA. Named for the legendary Grambling State football coach and similar to the Rooney Rule, it would require NCAA institutions to interview at least one minority candidate for all administrative and coaching positions. – Danielle Eurich, Cronkite News, Read More.

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

Southern Utah is seeking a Senior Women’s Associate Athletic Director. The ideal candidate will provide leadership and direction with respect to academic services, student-athlete welfare, community relations, and sport supervision. As the Senior Woman Admin, serve as a senior administrator involved with the management of the athletic department. –Apply Here

UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director, Development. This is a career, full-time position with a targeted salary of $43,703/year with full health benefits and membership in the UC Retirement Plan. Under the general direction of the Assistant Athletic Director of Major Gifts, the Assistant Director will have responsibilities that include implementing and overseeing strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospective donors to UCLA Athletics. Incumbent will regularly interact with prospects and donors through personal meetings, telephone conversations, correspondence, and attendance at special events including UCLA Athletics competitions. The Assistant Director will work to achieve aggressive UCLA Athletics fundraising goals which include raising $15 million dollars annually through the Wooden Athletic Fund and $105 million through capital campaigns for facility improvements. Incumbent will assist in the management of a variety of fundraising programs and special events in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, with emphasis on the stewardship and engagement of donors. The Assistant Director will determine overall goals and objectives for annual gifts, planned gifts, special projects, and capital projects. –Apply Now

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams’ new contract with the university includes a variety of significant changes in Williams’ duties and the circumstances under which he can be fired for cause. USA TODAY Sports obtained a copy of the agreement Friday as part of the university’s response to an open-records request. The agreement, whose basic financial terms were announced by the university in June, became effective April 1, 2015. The signatures on the contract carry dates ranging from Aug. 1, 2015, when Williams signed it, to Nov. 19, when chancellor Carol L. Folt was the final person to sign it. That means the new terms might not be applicable to actions or inactions by Williams in connection with the academic scandal at the university. -Steve Berkowitz, USA Today, Read More

OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY

Kelly Cummings has been named the head football coach at Ohio Dominican University, Athletic Director Jeff Blair announced today. Cummings has been Ohio Dominican’s defensive coordinator since the 2013 season and has served as the interim head coach since Jan. 8. He becomes the third head coach in school history. – myfox28columbus. Read More.

CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY

Veteran women’s collegiate soccer coach Jonathan Meade has been chosen as the new head coach of the Lady Jackets. Meade led Ohio Dominican to a record-setting 15-5-1 record in 2014. The Panthers won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title and achieved a bid in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to his stint at ODU, Meade started the women’s soccer program at his alma mater, Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He coached the Cougars from 2000-08 posting a 134-61-7 record including a 20-3-1 slate in 2003. Read More.

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Lou Spiotti Jr., Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at RIT, is proud to announce the appointment of Lauren Packer Webster as Associate Director of Athletics at the university. Packer Webster will begin at RIT on March 21. Packer Webster arrives at RIT with a wealth of experience in virtually all aspects of athletics administration in Division I, II, and III. Read More.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Southern Virginia University’s head football coach Joe DuPaix announced the hiring of four new coaches on Friday naming Mike Rigell, Toniu Fonoti, Edwin Mulitalo, and Patrick Hofmann to his staff. Mike Rigell will serve as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach. Toniu Fonoti will be joining the Knights as the offensive line coach. Fourth-round NFL draft pick Edwin Mulitalo also joins the staff of the Knights and will serve as the defensive line coach. Patrick Hofmann will serve as an assistant offensive line coach. Read More.

ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY
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ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY

St. Andrews University Director of Athletics Glenn Batten has announced the hiring of Taylor Cooper as the new head Men and Women’s Swim coach for the Knights. Cooper will be replacing the departing Brooks Teal, who has been the SAU coach for the last three seasons and will now be moving on to tackle a new challenge after he takes the current team to NAIA Nationals on March 3-5. – College Swimming. Read More.

MARIST COLLEGE
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MARIST COLLEGE

The Athletics Department at Marist College invites applications for the part-time position of Assistant Football Coach. This position will assist the head coach in organizing, directing, recruiting and administration of the football program in compliance with the rules and regulations of NCAA, Marist College and PFL. Apply here.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY

IU is seeking a Assistant Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach. This will assists the head coach in the development of a competitively successful team which represents Indiana University positively and responsibly, and which provides student-athletes the opportunity for a positive experience and climate in which to achieve their academic, athletic and personal goals. Apply here.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

In a controversial and unusual move announced Thursday, the University of Missouri Board of Curators voted in closed session this week to fire Melissa Click. The assistant professor of communication at the university system’s flagship campus at Columbia was suspended with pay in January due to her behavior during student protests this fall — including asking for “muscle” to remove a student journalist from a protest in a public area. While Click’s actions proved divisive even among faculty members, her colleagues were quick to criticize the board Thursday for circumventing normal, faculty-driven channels of review. The board, meanwhile, said it was forced to act after criminal charges were brought against Click by a local prosecutor. “The board believes that Dr. Click’s conduct was not compatible with university policies and did not meet expectations for a university faculty member,” said Pam Henrickson, chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, at a press briefing Thursday afternoon. “The circumstances surrounding Dr. Click’s behavior, both at a protest in October when she tried to interfere with police officers who were carrying out their duties, and at a rally in November, when she interfered with members of the media and students who were exercising their rights in a public space and called for intimidation against one of our students, we believe demands serious action.” The board voted 4-2 to dismiss Click. -Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

University of Massachusetts’ Molly O’Mara, Associate Athletic Director for Communications and Public Relations, has been honored with the Kathy Slattery Division I Communications Award, given by the Metro New York Football Writers’ Association in conjunction with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). She was recognized Thursday at MetLife Stadium as part of the annual ECAC Football Awards. Read More.

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Wake Forest University formally cut the ribbon on McCreary Field House, the new indoor practice facility for Demon Deacon athletics Wednesday. The 80,000-square foot structure features a 120-yard football field and weightlifting facilities for the Deacon football team. McCreary Field House is the first phase of a planned $58 million project that will include the Sports Performance Center. Read More.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Florida A&M’s athletic department on Thursday confirmed the NCAA has lifted the APR-related sanctions on the men’s basketball program. FAMU’s men’s team has been banned from the postseason since the 2014 season. The team will be eligible for the 2016-17 postseason. In May of 2015, the NCAA announced FAMU would be placed under Level 3 sanctions, which included a reduction in games to go with the postseason ban. “I’m ecstatic for out student-athletes and Coach Samuels,” Athletic Director Milton Overton said in a statement. “‘Building Champions’ is our charge, and now we will have an opportunity to work towards a championship goal for the 2016-17 academic year. “This could not have been possible without the support of president (Elmira) Mangum and her staff. The administrative support allowed this to be successful, while assisting in the building of a championship academic culture at FAMU. The is a positive step toward our mission of building champions in the classroom, on the field and in life.” -Jordan Culver, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell University is seeking applications for an Assistant Volleyball Coach within the Department of Athletics and Recreation. Bucknell is a highly selective, privately endowed comprehensive university of 3,400 students that is a member of the NCAA Division I (FCS in Football) and the Patriot League for 23 of 27 varsity sports. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Utah’s athletic program soared to a record $62.4 million in revenue during the 2014-15 fiscal year — the most recently released data — in its first year receiving a 100 percent revenue share from the Pac-12, according to school expense report records obtained by the Deseret News. The 2015 revenue is roughly a $6 million increase from the program’s 2013-14 report. In fact, revenues have doubled in the last five years. In 2009-10, Utah recorded roughly $30.9 million in revenue and those numbers have ballooned since the school joined the Pac-12, from which the Utes received an increasing percentage of the conference’s yearly revenue share until reaching 100 percent in 2015. Utah received $23.1 million total from its affiliation to the conference in 2015, Utah athletics’ chief financial officer Steve Smith said. -Carter Williams, Deseret News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

The interest in UH football is at an all-time high, and why not? UH was one of the biggest surprises in college football last season, finishing 13-1, winning the American Athletic Conference title, beating Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and earning a No. 8 ranking that’s the school’s highest at season’s end in 36 years. An earlier than usual start to the season-ticket sales campaign translated into a record January and even bigger February with more than 2,000 new sales for the seven-game home package, which includes a marquee season opener against Oklahoma in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium. Although complete numbers were not immediately available, UH has sold at least 2,500 during the 23-day streak. The school had only two such days of 100 new sales a year ago. At the current pace, UH is projecting at least 18,000 paid season-ticket packages for the 2016 season, a nearly 23 percent increase from a year ago. UH sold 15,022 season tickets in 2014 and had a slight dip with 14,650 in 2015. -Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, Read More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

As construction continues on schedule for completion this summer of the latest enhancement of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, K-State President Kirk Schulz and Athletics Director John Currie today announced a major $2.9 million gift from longtime supporters Steve and Kay Theede benefiting both Phase IIIB of the BSFS Master Plan and the Ahearn Fund. In recognition of the gift, which is the 26th seven-figure donation to the department since 2009, K-State Athletics will name the West Stadium Club Level the Steve and Kay Theede Club. A ceremony to honor the family and dedicate the newly-named Theede Club, in addition to a special on-field presentation, will take place surrounding a home football game this fall. –Read More

TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Steve Trachier, athletics director, announced seven-time TAPPS state football champion Joe Prud’homme as the new head coach of Texas Wesleyan’s reinstated football program in a press conference at the University Thursday. Prud’homme will begin his duties as coach Monday, Feb. 29.“Recruiting starts now,” Prud’homme said. “This is an opportunity to write history and build something special.” Prud’homme previously served as head football coach at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth for 24 years, where he built a perennial powerhouse in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 5A division. –Read More

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Alabama State University seeks Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. The Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance serves as a member of the Athletics Compliance Office that is committed to fostering the standard of institutional control for the University’s NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program, which consists of 18 sports and 400 student-athletes. The position reports to the Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations, and works in conjunction with the Department of Athletics to implement NCAA, Southwestern Athletic Conference and Alabama State University regulations. Apply here

ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE
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ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE

St. Joseph’s College-Patchogue, NY seeks Athletic Facility Manager. The Athletic Facility Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the St. Joseph’s College 24.8 acre Outdoor Athletic Complex. The complex includes four individual stadiums for participation in track & field, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, baseball and softball all of which contain press boxes and are fully illuminated. Apply here

February 25, 2016

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

At least five cities submitted bids to host future Southeastern Conference baseball tournaments, and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation confirmed Thursday that the Crescent City is in the mix. New Orleans joined Jacksonville, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; and Nashville, Tennessee, as cities trying to land the event. Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, the site of the tournament for the past 18 years, is attempting to keep the event with a bid of its own. Representatives from all five cities have confirmed their bids this week. The bidding deadline was Wednesday. An SEC representative declined comment Thursday. -Ross Dellenger, The AdvocateRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Forbes’ Jason Belzer took a look at the 25 most influential minorities in sports. NBA legend Michael Jordan tops the list, but also included are two P5 athletic directors. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith checks in at 16 and Arizona State AD Ray Anderson was listed at 21. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

University of New Hampshire senior associate athletic director for external affairs Jon Danos announced Thursday a reorganization of the athletic department that includes the hiring of Ciaran Cullen as associate athletic director for business development and A.J. Lewis as the box office manager. Cullen had served as UNH’s associate director of athletics development since November 2013. In that role, he assumed a leadership role in moving forward a number of current-use fundraising priorities for the director of athletics and worked with all 20 varsity athletic programs and coaches in creating and implementing sport-specific fundraising strategies.   Most recently, Cullen was pivotal in establishing a donor-based seating program for the club seats in the new Wildcat Stadium.  Read More