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June 5, 2016

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

The College Sports Solutions report on Wichita State athletics may not be released for another week or longer, interim athletic director Darron Boatright said. Boatright, on Friday, said the consultants are waiting on conference meetings that are ongoing this month. Early June is the traditional time for conference administrators, presidents and coaches to gather — Missouri Valley Conference administrators met last week and the presidents council meets later this month — to discuss issues and set policy. “Some of the conference meetings that are continuing to linger on, that could affect any possible outcomes are probably going to delay it,” he said. -PAUL SUELLENTROP, kansas.com- Read More

 

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

The New Mexico State University athletics department recently had to cut about 2.3 percent, or $424,800, from its current operating budget. The athletics staff was made aware earlier this year of reductions to its budget caused by a $250,000 ticket revenue shortfall, a $154,400 student fees cut and a $20,400 midyear reduction by the state of New Mexico. Programs within the department each had to make cuts to their operating budgets in order to balance the department’s budget, which was $17.9 million to start the fiscal year. All 15 coaches made sacrifices, sometimes dipping into fundraising accounts or taking coaches off the recruiting trail in an effort to cut spending, university officials said. The athletic department also elected to keep some internal positions open. -Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-NewsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Gifts to the public charity supporting Arkansas Razorback athletics totaled $39.2 million during the 12-month period ending June 30 of last year, about an $11.3 million increase compared with the previous fiscal year. The rise in fundraising for the Razorback Foundation can in part be attributed to a land gift from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene. The foundation listed a “fair market value” of $8.7 million for a single real estate gift in its 2014 annual report required by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS report does not state the specific donation, but the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in January 2015 announced the approximately 256-acre gift in southwest Fayetteville, property west of South Cato Springs Road and Interstate 49 that is adjacent to a city-owned park site. – Jaime Adame, arkansasonline.comRead More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State University officials are keeping a close eye on three major building projects that are running over budget before construction has even begun. Jay Kasey, senior vice president for administration and planning, said on Thursday that administrators won’t ask for any construction money “until we understand these numbers.” The expected price tag has risen substantially for the Covelli multi-sport arena, as well as a training, classroom and dining center for athletes and a major renovation of Oxley and Pomerene halls. -Mary Mogan Edwards, dispatch.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

Over the course of the last few years, it wasn’t really tough to discern what North Texas’ goals were in terms of the growth of the athletic department. UNT focused largely on upgrading its facilities in the short-term. The long-term No. 1 goal the last five years or so always appeared to be getting a baseball team on the field. To the credit of outgoing athletic director Rick Villarreal and the people who worked with him, UNT got a ton done. UNT built the Mean Green Athletic Center, purchased the old Liberty Christian campus and renovated it to create a whole batch of athletic facilities. The school also built the Waranch Tennis Center and Lovelace Stadium, which houses the school’s softball program. -Brett Vito, Mean Green SportsRead More

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

UCF President John Hitt helped approve a unanimous vote from American Athletic Conference presidents to allocate $12,500 dollars per school to support the league’s first-ever academic consortium. Several conferences like the ACC, SEC and Big Ten already have an academic consortium but the AAC will differentiate itself by focusing solely on the research and programming for student-athlete welfare. Faculty representatives initially came up with the idea about six months ago and a committee of five reps drafted the plan and budget to pitch to athletic directors and university presidents at the 2016 American Athletic Conference spring meetings in Key Biscayne, FL. –orlandosentinel.comRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

New Baylor coach Jim Grobe is moving forward after the sexual assault scandal that rocked the football program and led to the dismissal of former coach Art Briles. In an attempt to create some stability, Grobe said Friday at a news conference that he will retain Briles’ assistant coaches and also will work to keep the Bears’ incoming recruits. Among the assistants are Briles’ son, offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, and his son-in-law, passing game coordinator Jeff Lebby. Grobe, a former head coach at Wake Forest and Ohio University, was appointed Baylor’s interim coach earlier this week. –wptz.comRead More

EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY

Greg Waggoner envisions a year of assessment as the new athleic director at Eastern New Mexico University. That year officially began Friday morning, as he was introduced during a morning ceremony. Waggoner, hired last week by the college, comes from a 20-year term as athletic director at Western State Colorado University. He was introduced by ENMU President Steven Gamble, who stressed the importance of athletics at the school. “You look at our distinguished alumns you can see how many student athletes, who probably came here to play sports maybe even ahead of what they wanted a degree in,” Gamble said. “Sports may have brought them in here and they’ve gone out and done wonderful things (in the world). -Matthew Asher, cnjonline.com Read More

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
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ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY

Academy of Art University athletics and President Dr. Elisa Stephens have announced the appointment of Ben Jay as the department’s Director of Athletics. Jay, who brings over 25 years of collegiate athletics experience and was most recently Director of Athletics at the University of Hawai’i, will be handed the baton from Senior Advisor of Athletics Terry Tumey who departs Academy of Art to become Director of Athletics at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps. “Ben is a national leader in collegiate athletics,” said Tumey. “From his background with University of Hawaii, the Pac-10 Conference, and The Ohio State University, we are both confident and honored to have him guide us into this next chapter of Academy of Art University Athletics.” At the start of 2013, Ben Jay was formally introduced as the University of Hawai’i’s Athletics Director where he would oversee 145 staff members and coaches along with the nearly 500 student-athletes who competed for the Rainbow Warriors’ 21 sports. His time there was highlighted by a cumulative 3.04 department grade point average, 73 percent graduation success rate, multi-million dollar radio and television rights agreements, and $29 million in construction or renovation of facilities. Jay was involved in all facets of financial planning, budget management, strategic planning, compliance, development, and administration. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

The long-standing relationship between UL baseball players and their fans at The Tigue is well-chronicled. UL announced an average attendance count of 4,258 in 2016, and that ranks 12th in the country. They also announced a total attendance of 114,953 for the year, which ranks 15th nationally. That makes the Cajuns the only NCAA team not from a Power 5 conference — they belong to the Sun Belt, from the lower-level Group of Five — to rank in the top 15 in both categories. They also sold 3,002 season tickets in 2016, good for $400,000 in revenue for the UL athletic department. – Tim Buckley, theadvertiser.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

The University of Wisconsin’s new apparel contract with Under Armour — worth as much as $96 million over the next 10 years — might not even be the largest form of revenue increase heading the athletic department’s way. College athletics continue to attract more and more money, and the Big Ten Conference and its member schools are in position to take advantage. The conference is negotiating a new television rights contract that will begin in 2017, and reports of an impending new deal with Fox indicate the Big Ten could dwarf the dollar amount of every other major conference’s media rights deal while also having the flexibility to renegotiate again before anyone else. -Jason Galloway, host.madison.comRead More

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY

One of the world’s largest sportswear manufactures, adidas®, will serve as the Official Athletic Apparel Provider for Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics through 2021, SLU Director of Athletics Jay Artigues announced on Friday. Southeastern Athletics and adidas® will continue a long-time relationship. Artigues is pleased to have adidas® provide all manners of sportswear for the student-athletes that represent the university in 15 Division I sports. “We’re extremely excited to continue working with adidas®,” Artigues commented. “Several other companies were interested, but adidas® showed us its commitment to Southeastern Athletics.” In addition to providing Southeastern athletic programs with footwear and apparel, as well as other accessories and equipment through the adidas® Team Program, adidas® will provide an annual apparel/equipment credit and incentives for success on the field for all of Southeastern teams. Read More

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

Wichita State men’s tennis coach Brad Louderback resigned on Friday, according to the athletic department, ending a suspension that began on May 4. Louderback did not return a request for comment. He did not coach the Shockers in their NCAA regional last month after WSU suspended him during an “internal review into team operations.” WSU said the review was not related to NCAA violations. Louderback came to WSU in 2007 and won the MVC tournament in 2010, 2013 and 2016, qualifying for NCAA play each time. The Shockers also won their first MVC regular-season title since 1997 this spring. -PAUL SUELLENTROP, kansas.comRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

The controversy at Baylor that cost Art Briles his job and sent the program into complete turmoil has had repercussions throughout the country. Athletic departments are trying to learn whatever lessons they can to prevent the next “Baylor” from occurring at their school. It does not take too much common sense to know Baylor mishandled reporting sexual assaults on campus and the football program was complicit either by its silence or, worse, willfully to protect the football program. It is a situation that athletic directors across the country are hoping to prevent. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is being proactive with his approach to prevent this misstep from occurring in Gainesville. –seccountry.comRead More

DRURY UNIVERSITY
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DRURY UNIVERSITY

Drury University’s Athletics Department has named Ed Beach its new Assistant Athletic Director-Media Relations/Marketing. Beach begins his duties at Drury on June 14. He will oversee all sports information, media relations and athletics marketing duties for Drury’s tradition-rich NCAA D-II programs. Beach earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Drury and is currently the Director of Communications at the Evangel University Athletics Department, where he as worked since 2002. Prior to that, Beach spent seven years in sports broadcasting media relations and sponsorship sales for professional minor league baseball, basketball and hockey teams in the Midwest. He has also been a radio sports reporter and has extensive experience broadcasting play-by-play at all levels of competition. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Deciding the Duck athletics brand is worth much more than the Athletics Department was getting from its multimedia licenser, the University of Oregon reopened negotiations in the middle of its 10-year contract — and scored. Now, IMG College has agreed to pay the Ducks at least $57 million over the next six years, and maybe considerably more, depending on how royalties stack up. That’s at least a 40 percent boost from the old contract.  “For the last few years, we’ve been way undervalued in our old deal,” athletic director Rob Mullens told the UO Board of Trustees on Thursday. North Carolina-based IMG College is in the business of selling college sports to sponsors for the maximum dollar, according to the company. -Diane Dietz,  registerguard.comRead More

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey distanced himself on Friday from Mississippi State’s decision to enroll five-star recruit Jeffery Simmons, saying he was not comfortable with the decision, but it’s up to the university. On Thursday, Mississippi State announced it was enrolling Simmons and suspending him one game due to his arrest for repeatedly hitting a woman on the ground in an incident caught on video. Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin had said the SEC was “comfortable with the decision.” “It’s interesting to hear that and read that and to be asked that question because I’m quite protective of that communication,” Sankey said on the final day of the SEC spring meetings. – Jon Solomon, cbssports.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Georgia and Kirby Smart have signed the first-year football coach’s contract that pays him $3.75 million annually through the end of the 2021 season, according to a document obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald on Friday through an open records request. Smart had previously signed a memorandum of understanding with the school at the time of his hire on Dec. 6, 2015. Smart, athletic director Greg McGarity and president Jere Morehead have now signed the full contract. The breakdown of the $3.75 million is $2.27 million for media compensation (radio/TV and public relations), $1.08 million for equipment endorsements and a $400,000 base salary. – Marc Weiszer,  onlineathens.comRead More

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

The Southeastern Conference anticipates continuing dialogue and maybe even broadening the scope of its “serious misconduct” rule. It might eventually be expanded to include incoming freshmen.
For now, though, the league has no means of preventing Mississippi State from enrolling highly touted defensive end Jeffery Simmons. League presidents and chancellors voted Friday to add “dating violence, stalking or conduct of a nature that creates serious concern about the safety of others” to its current legislation regarding transfer students, a bylaw that was passed in 2015. – Mark Long, usnews.comRead More

June 3, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

The rising costs for investing in student-athletes coupled with declining attendance at Husky Stadium has led to a projected deficit of $14.8 million for the University of Washington athletic department in the 2015-16 fiscal-year budget. The 2016 deficit will be covered by the athletic department’s reserve fund, which includes more than $30 million, according to sources with knowledge of UW’s finances. It’s the second year in a row — and eighth time in the past 25 years — UW has projected a deficit in athletics. The department’s deficit was $863,136 for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The 2015 deficit would have been greater if not for a one-time advance payment of $7.3 million that UW received from the Pac-12 Conference as part of a new multimedia rights agreement. Further, UW is projecting a budget deficit for 2017 and 2019, with an expected surplus in 2018. -Adam Jude, Seattle Times, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The graduate transfer exception was created with the intent of providing educational opportunities for college athletes who have earned a degree and want to pursue a grad degree not offered by their current school. What it has turned into is pseudo-free agency for players looking for a better football situation. “I just think it’s got a lot of phoniness to it,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who is also the chairman of the NCAA’s football oversight committee. “If it’s about going out and employing a hired gun to come in and be a player, then that’s one set of discussions. If it’s really about continuing to pursue education, the statistics indicate that’s not happening.” -Ralph D. Russo, AP, Read More

BIG 12
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BIG 12

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Oklahoma President David Boren addressed the media Friday afternoon after wrapping up the Big 12 Spring Meetings. The duo announced that the league has unanimously decided to bring back a football conference championship game beginning with the 2017 season. While the league has agreed to the return of a championship game no decisions have been made about how the two representatives will be chosen or divided up. As far as expansion goes, Bowlsby and Boren  did not rule out the league adding teams. They reiterated that league and university officials will discuss the expansion issues later on this summer. The Big 12 officials also noted that the league will equally distribute $304 million to its ten members.

UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA

University of West Florida seeks an Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to assisting the Athletic Communications staff with coverage of all 15 intercollegiate sports; serving as the primary contact for select sports; coordinating multimedia production, including play-by- play broadcasting and producing video/audio segments for GoArgos.com and multimedia rights partners. email jobs@uwf.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina women’s soccer coach Shelley Smith announced the addition of Clark McCarthy to her coaching staff on Thursday. McCarthy, who joins the Gamecocks as an assistant coach, will work primarily with South Carolina’s goalkeepers. McCarthy has spent much of his coaching career specifically developing goalkeepers. He was the goalkeeper coach for the Columbia College women’s soccer program this past fall, and he also worked with goalkeepers as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the 2010 season. Read More.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

The SEC will keep its baseball tournament in Hoover, AL. The vote Friday to keep the tournament at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium was unanimous. The length of the upcoming contract has yet to be determined, commissioner Greg Sankey said. The event will enter its 20th straight year in Hoover starting in 2017. Five cities submitted bids: Hoover, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Jacksonville. -Brandon Marcello, SEC Country, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH

UAFS volleyball coach Jane Sargent has announced the hiring of Tyler Kanelos as assistant coach. Kanelos, a native of Harrisburg, Penn., was previously a volunteer assistant coach at NCAA Division II West Florida this past season and prior to that was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Lock Haven for three seasons. He fills the vacancy on Sargent’s staff left by the departure of former assistant coaches Jonny and Stephanie Neeley. Read More.

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Western Illinois University seeks an Assistant Coach, Football. The Assistant Football Coach is responsible for all aspects related to assisting the head coach with conducting practices and games, including student-athlete instruction and development, supervising pre-season and conditioning programs, assisting with recruiting and contacting prospective student-athletes and promoting and maintaining positive public relations. email at eoa-office@wiu.edu.

KENYON COLLEGE
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KENYON COLLEGE

Kenyon College, a highly selective national liberal arts institution, invites applications for the full-time position of Head Athletic Trainer. A member of NCAA Division III, Kenyon College is a founding member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. Kenyon offers twenty-two varsity sports, eleven for men and eleven for women. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL

University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks an Assistant Athletic Director. Under the direction of the Sr. Associate Athletics Director, the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance will oversee a comprehensive Division I compliance program within NCAA Bylaws, America East, Hockey East, and University policies and procedures. Apply here.

SOUTHERN VERMONT COLLEGE

Southern Vermont College Director of Athletics Michael McDonough announced on June 1 the naming of Ashley Hodges as the new Assistant Director of Athletics for SVC, as the Bennington college was one of 26 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III members to be awarded with the Association’s diversity grants for the 2016-17 academic year. Hodges has been the head athletic trainer for Southern Vermont athletics since the fall of 2009, and she assumed the Senior Woman Administrator role in the fall of 2010. Hodges will continue to oversee athletic training at Southern Vermont as the head athletic trainer. Read More.