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December 8, 2015

NCAA
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As much as college football needs an eight-team playoff, there are more pressing concerns right now. Like fixing the rest of the bowl system. With a whopping 40 of them this year, bowl games have become college football’s equivalent of the participation trophy. Seriously. There are 127 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, which means only about a third will miss out on the headphones, sunglasses, watches, gift cards and whatever else is stuffed into those goodie bags. There are so many bowl games the NCAA had to amend its rules — again — just so there’d be enough teams to fill all of them. Long gone are the days when teams had to have seven wins to earn a trip to a bowl game. Now you don’t even need a winning record. It’s so bad, in fact, that more than a dozen teams with records of .500 or below “earned” the privilege of playing in the postseason. -Nancy Armour, USA Today, Read More

AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE
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AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the America East Women’s Basketball Championship is heading to the state of Maine. The 2017 and 2018 tournaments will be played at the Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland, marking the first time in conference history that the championship will be played at a neutral site.  America East, in conjunction with Shamrock Sports & Entertainment and the Maine Sports Commission, will make the official announcement at a press conference at the Cross Insurance Arena on Thursday. The decision was supported unanimously by the conference’s Athletic Directors. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

Sources tell College AD that the pool of candidates to replace Todd Berry at Louisiana Monroe has dwindled. We are told the field was narrowed to five on Monday, and interviews are expected to begin this week. ULM is using Atlanta based College Sports Solutions to assist an eight member search committee. College AD will keep you updated as we hear more.

BIG XII CONFERENCE
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BIG XII CONFERENCE

The Big 12 has announced it will require Conference football programs to annually play at least one non-conference game against an autonomy conference institution (ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, plus Notre Dame). “Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations,” commented Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round robin Conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the Conference.” Additionally, no Big 12 program shall play more than one game annually against a non-Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Investigators found little evidence of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior at the University of Minnesota’s athletics department during Norwood Teague’s three-year tenure as athletic director, according to a report by two outside lawyers. But an internal audit found that the athletics department “needs improvement” in handling its more than $100 million budget. The audit found, among other things, that senior leaders had inappropriately spent several thousand dollars on alcohol, parties, clothing and hair stylists. -Maura Lerner and Emma Nelson, Star Tribune, Read More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Dos Equis announced an historic, multi-year agreement with ESPN to become the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff (CFP). The sponsorship deal further establishes Dos Equis’ standing in sports, giving the brand a strong platform to drive fan engagement in one of the country’s most exciting and growing franchises. Through the sponsorship, Dos Equis will leverage the CFP on ESPN to bring unparalleled and interesting experiences to help fans “Stay Thirsty” throughout the college football season and Playoff. As part of the College Football Playoff, Dos Equis will have the opportunity to leverage a year-round marketing platform inclusive of rights to CFP marks, the opportunity to execute fan engagements on-site at CFP games, and logo usage rights on-pack for Dos Equis brands, as well as other content for the College Football Playoff Semifinals, College Football Playoff National Championship and the “New Years‘ Six” bowl properties. In addition to extensive integration throughout ESPN’s CFP coverage, Dos Equis will have a significant presence across ESPN’s platforms throughout the regular season. Through the course of the deal, Dos Equis will promote a variety of “Drink Responsibly” communications for fans 21+, alongside promotion of its various products. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams (’98) announced on Monday, Dec. 7, that the finalists for the 81st annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN2’s 6:00 PM EST telecast of SportsCenter. The three finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 12, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan North America. -Chris Hudson, Heisman, Read More

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
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MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

NCAA men’s basketball rules secretary-editor Art Hyland received a request for a rules interpretation regarding Monmouth’s boisterous bench celebrations, NCAA spokesman David Worlock told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. But, because the rules allow for spontaneous reaction as long as bench players are not coming onto the court to interfere with the game itself, Hyland felt there was no harm involved — just fun. Monmouth’s choreographed bench celebrations are among the highlights of college basketball season so far. -Nicole Auerbach, USA Today, Read More

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
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DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

Dartmouth College, a member of NCAA Division I and the Ivy League, seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations. The Assistant Athletic Director reports to and assists the Associate Athletic Director for External Relations in developing and managing athletic donor communications, events, and other stewardship ventures in support of annual giving programs. Responsibilities include the creation and distribution of annual solicitations, newsletters, and mass emails; and the planning and execution of donor events in assigned sports including but not limited to post-game receptions, alumni games, golf outings, championship team reunions, sport anniversaries, and other stewardship events. Apply here

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Sources tell LEX18 that Tennessee tight ends and special teams coach Mark Elder is the new football coach at Eastern Kentucky. Tennessee’s football web site says Elder is a  2000 graduate of Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in economics.  He was a three time all-conference selection as a defensive back.  Elder earned his master’s degree in education from Akron in 2001. Elder, who has been on Butch Jones staff since 2007, starting at Central Michigan, then went to Cincinnati for three years, before moving to Tennessee with him. –Lex18.com, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The NCAA disregarded the truth in the Reggie Bush case to reach a “predetermined conclusion” against the USC football program, casting new doubt about whether the Trojans should have been slammed with penalties in the case, according to a ruling Monday by a California appeals court. At issue was whether former USC running backs coach Todd McNair was aware of NCAA violations involving Bush when Bush was a USC running back. McNair said he didn’t know about the violations, and he sued the NCAA for defamation after the organization hammered USC with severe sanctions in 2010. A three-judge panel reviewed evidence as part of an appeal by the NCAA to have McNair’s case thrown out. -Brent Schrotenboer, USA Today, Read More

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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

A gift from FedEx Corp. will help University of Mississippi student-athletes succeed in the classroom and beyond. The company recently donated $2.5 million to the Ole Miss Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to enhance the existing FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center. In addition to the FedEx gift, an anonymous donor has contributed $2.5 million, for a total of $5 million to support the center. “At FedEx, we’re all about connecting people and possibilities around the world,” said Mike Glenn, executive vice president of market development and corporate communications for FedEx Corp. and a 1977 graduate of the UM School of Business Administration.  – Robert Davidson, wcbi.comRead More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Indiana University Athletic Director Fred Glass announced Monday that the school’s athletic department will sell tickets for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl to students for $10. The game features IU taking on the Duke Blue Devils at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, December 26 at 3:30 p.m. The tickets in the IU ticket allotment cost $55, however IU athletics decided to use departmental funds provide students with a deeply discounted opportunity to attend the game. – wishtv.com- Read More

December 7, 2015

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Longtime Texas A&M athletics staff member and highly decorated field manager Leo Goertz passed away at his home in College Station earlier today. Goertz, born Aug. 5, 1960, started his association with Aggie athletics in 1978 as a student baseball trainer and manager working with legendary Coach Tom Chandler and under the tutelage of Aggie and training mentor Billy Pickard. Goertz continued to be the man responsible for the pristine playing surface at Olsen Field as Mark Johnson succeeded Coach Chandler and Johnson went on to become the winningest Aggie baseball coach. Goertz has remained close to current Aggie head coach Rob Childress and to all Aggie baseball players who have come through Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park since 1978. – wtaw.com- Read More

MIDLAND UNIVERSITY
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MIDLAND UNIVERSITY

Midland University has a new football coach: Jeff Jamrog, a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant and NCAA Division II head coach, the university said in a release Monday. He most recently served as UNL’s Assistant Athletic Director of Football Operations. Jamrog, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship with the Huskers, took a lead role in the resurgence of the program, according to the release. –ketv.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

20 student athletes from ULM participated in the Big Whit 77 Foundation’s “Wish List” project this past Thursday, which surprised 10 families in northeast Louisiana with dinner and games at Chuck E. Cheese followed by a Christmas shopping spree at Toys “R” Us. The foundation chose five families from Ouachita Parish and five families from Lincoln Parish. The athletes were chosen through the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a group comprised of athletes from various sports who serve as the voice for student-athlete issues on and off the field. “The Big Whit foundation is a great organization and we hope to keep the partnership going,” redshirt senior infielder and president of SAAC Josh Faciane said. This is Faciane’s second straight year volunteering for the event. Read More

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND
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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND

Three-time All-American and reigning Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year Joe Fletcher has joined the Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse staff as the program’s director of operations. Fletcher, who graduated from the University in 2014, was a three-time All-American for the Greyhounds, earning first team honors as a junior and senior while also being named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association William C. Schmeisser Defensive Player of the Year for 2014. Earlier this year, Fletcher was named to the Patriot League’s 25th Anniversary Team as one of the top 25 players in conference history despite playing just one season in the League.-laxmagazine.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Pat Ivey will be a part of Coach Barry Odom’s staff at Missouri. Ivey, the football team’s head strength and conditioning coach as well as the Tigers’ associate athletic director for athletic performance, told the Tribune on Sunday that he will stay on with Odom. He was FootballScoop.com’s Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2013 and is also a key part of Missouri’s “Men For Men” program, a series of moderated discussions that address off-field issues with the Tigers’ male athletes.  -David Morrison, columbiatribune.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The president of the University of Maryland is recommending that Byrd Stadium be renamed, saying the racist and segregationist legacy of the long-honored alumnus and former leader does not align with the university’s mission. Wallace Loh announced to the U-Md. campus community Monday afternoon that he believes the new name should be Maryland Stadium. It’s an emotional issue for many, as the football stadium is one of the most visible symbols of pride and commitment to the flagship campus in College Park, with a name that for some is tied to tradition and for others to racism. The University System of Maryland Board of Regents, which has the authority to change the name, is scheduled to vote on his proposal Friday morning. -Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, Read More

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

Providence College and the City of Providence announced the Providence College Junior Friars Partnership, a new initiative connecting PC’s student-athletes with students from Providence schools. “This is a great opportunity for the young people of our city to learn from some of the nation’s finest student-athletes,” said Councilman David A. Salvatore (Ward 14). “I want to thank Father Shanley, Athletic Director Bob Driscoll, and everyone else at PC for creating this new partnership benefiting our children.” Through the Junior Friars Partnership, students selected by the Department of Recreation will have the chance to attend PC athletic events, meet student-athletes, and learn important life lessons about physical activity, teamwork, and fair play. –ABC6, Read More

RUTGERS
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RUTGERS

Rutgers University’s governing board on Monday unanimously approved a five-year deal valued at more than $11 million for its new head football coach, Chris Ash. The university’s president, Robert L. Barchi, described the deal with Ash, who served most recently as defensive coordinator at Ohio State, as “historic.” Ash will be paid $2 million in the first year of the contract, according to a resolution that the board approved a public telephone meeting coordinated from New Brunswick. The agreement includes other raises and incentives that could boost Ash’s compensation considerably. Ash is due a $100,000 each year and is eligible for a host of incentives, including a $500,000 bonus if the Scarlet Knights win a playoff championship, according to a copy of a memorandum of agreement signed on Monday. -Patricia Alex, North Jersey, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Former USC football coach Steve Sarkisian sued the school Monday, saying it fired him in instead of allowing him to seek treatment for alcoholism in October. Filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the 31-page complaint said USC didn’t give Sarkisian the “reasonable accommodation” of allowing “time off to get help for his disability.” The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, discrimination on the basis of disability and invasion of privacy. -Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, Read More

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Putting an end to speculation that he would leave for a different job, Temple football coach Matt Ruhle has agreed to a new contract to remain the Owls’ head coach, the school announced Monday. Ruhle has signed a six-year deal that keeps him at Temple through 2021.Financial terms were not disclosed. The new deal comes following Temple’s most successful season in years, in which they finished 10-3, defeated Penn State, were ranked in the Top 25 for a time and welcomed College Gameday to town. Temple will play Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 22. –WTXF, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Will Muschamp has received a 5-year, $16 million deal to lead the South Carolina football program. University trustees approved the contract Monday morning, a day after South Carolina announced he would replace Steve Spurrier. Muschamp’s contract pays him $3 million in the first year, increases each year after by $100,000 and contains a variety of incentives. The deal also includes a buyout on a sliding scale. If Muschamp leaves in the first of the contract, he would have to pay the school $7 million; if he left in the final year of the deal, he would owe South Carolina $3 million. – Pete Iacobelli, AP, Read More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

After a college football season filled with stunning late-game moments and high-profile injuries that swung the fortunes of many teams, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee got as easy a top-four decision as it will ever have. There was no chaos so there were no great debates. “If you ask me which one is a little more challenging, I’d say last year,” committee chairman Jeff Long said Sunday after Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma were announced as the top four seeds in that order. Long said No. 3 Michigan State moved “slightly” ahead of No. 4 Oklahoma in the final rankings because of a stronger resume. Both teams had four wins over top-25 teams. Long cited the Spartans’ two top-10 victories, including a win on Saturday over Iowa, which was the committee’s No. 4 team last week. “Just that little bit of difference pushed Michigan State ahead,” Long said. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

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BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
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BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Utah’s reward for its best Pac-12 season is a repeat appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl and a second heated rivalry game in the next nine months. The news that the Sun Bowl had selected Washington State and left Utah as the default pairing with BYU in Las Vegas was met with dismay by Ute fans on social media Sunday afternoon. But at risk of being said to have orchestrated it, Utah’s Dec. 19 matchup presents story lines aplenty. The 9-3 opponents will vie for in-state bragging rights for the 96th time. In Bronco Mendenhall’s final game as BYU’s head coach, he’ll have an opportunity to snap a four-game skid against the man BYU first offered his job, Kyle Whittingham, and to earn his 100th win. Three U. coaches played for the Y. And there are the usual family conflicts: Utah junior kicker Andy Phillips is the brother of BYU women’s soccer midfielder Bizzy, BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae is the uncle of Utah women’s volleyball standout Adora, Utah freshman wideout Britain Covey is the brother of former BYU wideout Stephen, etc.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

For the first time in NCAA history, an insufficient number of deserving bowl-eligible teams (i.e., 6-6 record or better) are available to fill all the bowl games which make-up the current landscape. Today, we have come to the unfortunate realization another dubious milestone has been reached – two teams from the same conference will face each other in a bowl game later this month. Neither of these developments is good for college football. While the expansion of the pool to provide additional teams was a necessary step at the end of this season to protect the college football bowl partners, and one which the Mountain West supported for at this moment, a conference match-up in a bowl game did not have to happen. The NCAA decision to allow 5-7 teams to be added to the pool on an equal footing with 6-6 teams was flawed. Our Conference representatives argued steadfastly for an approach whereby all 6-6 teams would first be placed according to primary and secondary agreements among the conferences and bowl games. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said Sunday evening that newly appointed Georgia Coach Kirby Smart called him early Sunday to inquire about talking to offensive coordinator Dan Enos. Speaking at a press conference to discuss the Razorbacks’ Liberty Bowl bid, Bielema was asked about Internet chatter regarding Enos, who has directed Arkansas to the No. 33 ranking in total offense with 456.8 yards per game in his first season in the SEC. “Kirby called me early this morning, asked me for permission to talk to Dan and I just basically said, I understand if you’ve got to talk to Dan, if that’s something you want to do, but he’s got a non-compete clause in the SEC,” Bielema said. “So that kind of null and voids those things from really becoming real within our conference.” Bielema credited Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long with encouraging him to put the non-compete clause in the contracts of his most recent hires. -Tom Murphy, Whole Hog Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

The Georgia Bulldogs officially named Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as their new head coach. Smart agreed to a six-year deal that will pay him at least $3.75 million per season, with a base salary of $400,000 and $3.35 million from apparel deals, television and radio appearances, and other endorsements. He also could earn performance bonuses of up to $1.6 million if the Bulldogs win a national championship. Smart, who played at Georgia and has been Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator at Alabama since 2008, was formally approved as Mark Richt’s successor during a meeting Sunday by the Georgia athletic association executive committee. –ESPN, Read More