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March 1, 2016

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

It’s not hyperbole, it’s reality, says LSU President F. King Alexander. If the mid-year cuts to higher education are deep enough that campuses close early or that summer school is cut, then athletic programs will suffer, he told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday afternoon. Alexander, in his address, said that higher education institutions are trapped in “a fog” of uncertainty where school leaders are anxiously awaiting to find out from legislators how severe the damage will be on their individual campuses. “I know a lot of people will say, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen,’” he said referring to the prospect of LSU football being hurt. “Well, that will happen if we don’t have summer school. We’ll only have half of our football team eligible.” Louisiana’s colleges and universities will be cut a minimum of $70 million for the remaining few months of the school year, but that number could grow to more than $200 million if state legislators do not increase state revenue through tax hikes. If LSU gets hit with the most modest mid-year cut being proposed, it would amount to about $17 million at the Baton Rouge LSU campus, and $33 million for the LSU System. -Rebekah Allen, The Advocate, Read More

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
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JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

The Johns Hopkins University, an NCAA Multi-Divisional member, and participant in the Bluegrass Mountain Conference in swimming, is accepting applications from qualified candidates for the Head Coach of the varsity men’s and women’s swimming teams. This position upholds the integrity, academic profile, and mission of the swim program, Department of Athletics and Recreation, and university. The head coach works closely with other coaches, the athletics administrative staff, and the broader university community to ensure the best experience possible for all student-athlete. Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a bid from the NCAA and 11 major conferences to appeal a district judge’s decision to grant class-action status to a pair of lawsuits seeking an injunction against the NCAA’s current limits on the compensation athletes can receive while playing college sports. The ruling was made Friday and filed with the district court Monday. In early December, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken decided to allow the cases to proceed as class actions, rejecting the NCAA’s and the conferences’ argument that lifting the limits would result in star athletes getting much greater compensation than they can now while scholarship and playing opportunities for other athletes would be eliminated because schools would need ways to find the money to pay the stars. On Dec. 18, the NCAA and the conferences field documents seeking permission to appeal that ruling. On Monday, Judges Ronald Gould and Johnnie Rawlinson — without comment — denied that permission. This means that, barring further appeal, the cases will be allowed to go forward as class actions seeking injunctions against the NCAA’s compensation limits. -Steve Berkowitz, USA Today, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse head women’s basketball coach Lois Heeren has announced she is stepping down as the Eagles’ coach after completing her 17th season in 2015-16. “It has been a privilege working with outstanding student-athletes over the past 17 years on the women’s basketball team,” said Heeren. “I am proud of their success on and off the court as well as their commitment to community service throughout the years, including Kid’s Night Out, the Veterans Day Breakfast, Rotary Lights, Riverfront and visiting local nursing homes. I want to also thank the student-athletes for their involvement with our camps and clinics.” UWL finished 7-18 overall and 1-13 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in 2015-16. –Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Diagnoses of learning problems are increasing for all college students, as awareness of the conditions has grown. But the increases among athletes are especially pronounced. Experts in special education commend the focus on testing and intervention, which they say can help more athletes succeed academically. Some psychologists, though, worry that athletes are being overdiagnosed to get accommodations that help them stay academically eligible. In the past five years, at least one in five big-time athletic departments has created a new learning-specialist position, with some programs adding several to their staff. Between 2012 and 2015, the number of learning specialists grew nearly 70 percent among the membership of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, according to the group. In 2012, 51 learning specialists from the biggest athletic departments were members of the association; last year there were 85. The number of jobs has grown as colleges have spent more time and money testing players for learning and attention problems, and as programs have beefed up their budgets to help students with the most serious academic challenges. Some universities now spend more than $3 million a year on academic support for athletes. -Brad Wolverton, Chronicle of Higher Education, Read More

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

University of California, Berkeley seeks Assistant Director, Compliance.  The Assistant Director, Compliance will assist with developing and implementing the rules education program; provide rules interpretations to coaches and staff; lead the department’s monitoring efforts; and assist with investigations and self-reports. Apply here

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt’s poor crowd control has resulted in a $100,000 fine, and athletic director David Williams knows the Commodores need to do a better job after fans stormed the court following a 74-62 upset of Kentucky. “We didn’t take care of our business,” Williams said Monday, “and rightfully the SEC did what they should do.” What the Southeastern Conference did Monday was levy the hefty fine on the school. Fines start at $50,000 for a first offense and go up to $100,000 for a second offense and up to $250,000 for subsequent offenses after being increased at the SEC spring meetings last year. “Unfortunately, I’m going to be one that pays one of the penalties,” Williams said. Vanderbilt was fined $100,000 because it was the school’s second offense. Vanderbilt fans also stormed the court after a men’s basketball victory over No. 1 Florida in 2007, and the Commodores aren’t the first. Auburn was fined $100,000 in January also after a win over Kentucky. -Associated Press, Read More

 

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN STOUT
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN STOUT

UW-Stout athletics director Duey Naatz recently announced a partnership agreement that will make the Blue Devil athletic department an Adidas-branded school. The Blue Devils will partner with BIG Athletics to supply Adidas apparel, footwear, equipment and athletic accessories to all Blue Devil sports teams over the five-year partnership. “The partnership allows Adidas, UW-Stout athletics and BIG Athletics to come together for our student-athletes,” Naatz said. “It creates a partnership that will benefit UW-Stout and the student-athletes as we team up with an internationally recognized brand. This partnership will allow UW-Stout to present a uniform image across all our sports as we continue to expand the Blue Devil brand.” –Read More

February 29, 2016

NCAA
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NCAA

Nearly 40 members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), along with ESPN’s Rece Davis, will receive national awards for outstanding contributions to the organization at its 49th annual national convention June 12-15 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

Members of the 2016 Hall of Fame class are university representatives Doug Dull, CoSIDA past president and Associate Athletic Director for Communications at American University; Tim Tessalone, Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Southern California; and Julie Bennett, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at Baylor University. College representatives are Rick Leddy, former Sports Information Director at Southern Connecticut State University; and Steve McCloskey, the Director of Athletic Operations and Sports Information at Mansfield University. Nordy Jensen, whose career as a sports information director spanned over 20 years and included a tenure on the CoSIDA Board, serving as president in 1984-85, was selected as a member of the 2016 Hall of Fame class by the Veterans Selection Committee.

ESPN commentator Rece Davis will receive the Jake Wade Award which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the media to the field of intercollegiate athletics.

CoSIDA will recognize Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, with the Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award.

In addition, CoSIDA will recognize 11 professionals with its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to CoSIDA members who have served at least 25 years in the profession (as of June 2016) and are retiring or leaving the profession. The Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are:
• Julie Bennett, Baylor University
• Howie Davis, University of Massachusetts and Springfield College
• Bob Guptill, Great Northwest Athletic Conference
• Rich Herman, Clarion University
• Debbie Harmison White, Old Dominion
• Debby Jennings, University of Tennessee
• Wally Johnson, St. Lawrence University
• Bill Little, University of Texas
• Paul Madison, Western Washington University
• Kevin Southard, University of Scranton
• Ed Syguda, Otterbein University

You can see the entire list of award recipients here.

 

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

The Virginia Tech Department of Athletics announced the date of its inaugural Celebration of Women’s Sports Luncheon presented by Coca-Cola and online auction fundraisers to benefit the women’s athletics programs. This year’s luncheon theme of “She Is” celebrates all that women are and can be as a result of college athletics. “Our student-athletes here at Virginia Tech are an outstanding group,” Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. “The successes of our women’s athletic teams are one of our biggest points of pride and each of these teams really exemplifies our core values of Service, Honor, Excellence, Integrity andStrong together. This luncheon is an opportunity to introduce some of our university’s best ambassadors to the community.” –Read More

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

The Little Rock Department of Athletics has announced the establishment of the Locker club for the Trojans’ men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Locker Club was created in an effort to provide annual support directly to Little Rock basketball. Donations to the Locker Club can be designated to men’s or women’s basketball and provide critical funding that will enhance the student-athlete experience, support the coaching staff and sustain a program of excellence. Membership to the group requires a minimum donation of $5,000 per year for five years. Nearly $200,000 has already been raised through the Locker Club’s efforts. –Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

he Syracuse athletic department announced that it will begin selling season tickets for football on Tuesday at 10 a.m., with the most affordable ticket packages starting at $99. Syracuse hasn’t had a major increase to that price tag since 2007, when the cheapest season tickets were sold for $100. The only power-five school to offer a season-ticket option at a lower price last year was Illinois, which charged $77. A university press release said that lower bowl tickets are available in the lower-level end zone for as little as $125 this year. According to Mike Morrison, Syracuse’s Assistant Director of Athletic Communications for football, those tickets cost $205 last year. -By Chris Carlson, syracuse.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Billy Devaney will make $300,000 a year in his new position as the executive director of player personnel and special assistant to the head coach. That salary info was released by the NU athletic department upon request. Devaney, whose hiring was announced this past Wednesday along with defensive line coach John Parrella, comes to Lincoln after having spent three decades in the NFL in administrative and player personnel roles. Most notably, he served as general manager of the St. Louis Rams from 2008 to 2011. – Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal StarRead More

GREAT BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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GREAT BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Great Bay Community College is in the market for a pair of basketball coaches after men’s coach Dave Sokolnicki and women’s coach Allyson Britton made the decision to step down from their posts following seasons that concluded earlier this month. The decision by Britton, who works full-time at the college as assistant director of student life/athletic director, wasn’t a complete surprise, as she resigned to devote more time to administrative duties within the athletic department. But losing Sokolnicki, a former Division III college and local high school coach, was more unexpected. The Portsmouth resident told the school of his decision to step down last week. -Mike Zhe, fosters.comRead More

SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

Rick Leddy, who served Southern Connecticut State University and its athletic department for parts of five decades, has been selected for induction in the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. Leddy will be formally inducted at the organization’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas on June 13. Leddy, also a member of the SCSU Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, adds another honor to an impressive career. He began as Southern’s sports information director as a student in 1969, and continued until his retirement in 2007. He added the title of associate director of athletics in 1993. During his career, he developed athletic guides for women’s sports teams and developed the Southern athletics Web page. He also trained and developed many students and assistants who went on to work in the field of sports information. As director, he was responsible for publicity, game coverage, athletic guides, compilation of statistics and conference and NCAA reporting for all of Southern’s athletic teams. Read More

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
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COLUMBIA COLLEGE

Columbia College baseball is making its big debut next February after a 35 year hiatus. The reinstatement of the team is a product of the athletic department’s five year plan.  The college has added 10 varsity National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics teams to the school’s roster since 2012, but this hasn’t had a significant impact on enrollment at the school. Director of Admissions Stephanie Johnson believes adding sports has and will continue to increase the school’s familiarity among high schools they recruit from. -Hannah Husmann,  kbia.org- Read More

SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY
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SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY

Assistant Coach and offensive coordinator Zack Tinker has been promoted to head football coach of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The school announced earlier Friday that head football coach Stacy Collins has resigned to take the special teams coordinator position at Utah State. Tinker was introduced as head coach during a news conference Friday afternoon. – Pilot Online. Read More. 

NEWBERRY COLLEGE
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NEWBERRY COLLEGE

Newberry College is looking to fill the position of Assistant Football Coach.This position is responsible for recruiting, skill instruction, scouting of opponents, correspondence, organizing home visits, organizing official visits and unofficial visits, and coaching members of the Newberry College Football Team during competition. Electronic resume materials (preferred) may be emailed to hr@newberry.edu

DEFIANCE COLLEGE
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DEFIANCE COLLEGE

Defiance College, an NCAA D-III institution located in Northwest Ohio, seeks qualified applicants for an anticipated opening for a graduate assistant women’s soccer coaching position. email: mtrubey@defiance.edu, fax: 419-783-2369.

SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY
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SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY

South Dakota School of Mines announced Friday that Stacy Collins has resigned as the Hardrocker football head coach to take the special teams coordinator position at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Collins served at the helm of the Hardrocker program for four seasons where he amassed a won-loss record of 16-27. In that time, he guided the Hardrockers to two winning seasons (2015, 2013). Read More.

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Eddie Hicks joins the Austin Peay State University football coaching staff as the Governors cornerbacks and nickel defensive backs coach after spending the 2015 season at Murray State. Prior to Murray State, Hicks was defensive quality control assistant at Cal (2014), and a graduate assistant at Cincinnati (2013) and Alcorn State (2012). The Clarksdale, Mississippi native hopes to have found a home after a series of one-season stints around the country during his early coaching life. – clarksvilleonline. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Kelvin Bell, who has served as director of on-campus recruiting for the University of Iowa football program the past two years, has been named recruiting coordinator and defensive assistant coach on the Iowa football staff. Bell joined the Iowa staff after serving as an assistant coach at Trinity International University, where he served as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator in 2011. Two of his offensive linemen earned all-conference honors in 2011. – HawkeyeNation. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Kansas football head coach David Beaty announced that Joe DeForest has joined the KU coaching staff and will serve as the Jayhawks’ special teams coordinator. In addition to his role as special teams coordinator, DeForest will be an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball. Read More.

NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame is in the midst of a significant construction project to remake the area around Notre Dame Stadium. But once the Campus Crossroads project is complete in the summer of 2017, the Irish are open to hosting an outdoor NHL game at Notre Dame Stadium, and there may be mutual interest from the NHL. A report from Sportsnet on Saturday indicated the NHL was exploring the option of hosting an outdoor hockey game at Notre Dame, and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told the Tribune the school would have interest in hosting one. But Swarbrick said no talks have taken place. “Once the Campus Crossroads project is finished, we do anticipate that Notre Dame Stadium will be an excellent venue for more than just Notre Dame football games, but no additional events have yet been scheduled,” Swarbrick said in a statement to the Tribune. “And while we would certainly have an interest in exploring the possibility of playing host to outdoor hockey games, we have not had any discussions with the NHL about doing so.” -Chris Hine, Chicago Tribune, Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

As more states embrace the SAT or the ACT as their mandated high school test, a new gulf is opening between students with disabilities and those without, and it’s caught the eye of the U.S. Department of Justice. The department’s civil rights division is gathering information about the practices of the College Board and ACT Inc. after persistent complaints that the testing organizations reject many requests for accommodations that are routinely provided by schools, such as extra time or frequent breaks. That practice puts students with disabilities in a tough spot, particularly in the 23 states that now require high school students to take one of the two college-entrance exams. Students who can’t get the testing accommodations they’re used to can take the exams without them and risk a compromised performance, or, in some states, they can insist on their usual accommodations and give up a key benefit their non-accommodated peers receive: a “college-reportable” score. That’s because the College Board and ACT Inc. won’t certify scores for use in college admissions if their tests aren’t taken with accommodations they approved. The organizations defend their practices, and say relatively few students end up with non-reportable scores. -Catherine Gewertz, Education Week, Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

An alumni couple’s $1 million gift to MSU’s Broad College of Business will be used to create a named professorship in the School of Hospitality Business, and a $1.5 million gift to Michigan State University Athletics will help construct a basketball hall of history and other improvements at Breslin Center. The gifts are pledged by MSU alumni John Duffey and Becky Duffey. John Duffey is the recently appointed president and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the world’s largest regional theme park company. “MSU Athletics has meant a lot to our family and we are excited to have the opportunity to support MSU basketball. We also are pleased to support the business college with a named professorship. It is vital in this challenging and competitive environment for alumni to step up and give back to Michigan State University,” said John Duffey, who received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1982. “As proud alumni and parents of a current MSU student, we understand that attracting and retaining the best educators is key to attracting and developing the next generation of business leaders.” John and Becky Duffey previously have provided significant support to MSU Athletics including a $1.5 million gift to upgrade the football practice facilities, now called the John and Becky Duffey Football Practice Field. In addition, they provide support as members of the Athletic Director’s Campaign Leadership Council, a group of leadership donors and campaign volunteers from around the country. –Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

The WVU football team will have the luxury of a new playing surface for the 2016 season. Currently, construction crews are inside the stadium tearing up the old turf. Six months ago, the university committed more than $100 million to facility upgrades across the Morgantown campus. For Mountaineer Field, $45 million has been committed to expanding the concourses at the stadium. It may not seem like much, but this will drastically improve the fan experience at Mountaineer Field. This should alleviate long lines at the bathrooms and concession stands. It’s a small step to compete with other programs and stadiums across the country, according to WVU assistant athletic director in charge of facilities and operations. “We are not alone with the construction project going on at the stadium,” she pointed out. “This is happening at a number of stadiums across the country and we stress fans need to be patient as we make these necessary improvements.” -Matthew Peaslee, HailWV, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

University of Wisconsin Madison seeks Director of Men’s Basketball Operations. Under the general supervision of the Head Coach, act as the Director of Operations for a Division I Men’s Basketball program in accordance with NCAA, Big Ten, and University regulations. Duties include: assisting in the day-to-day operations of the Men’s Basketball office; developing and maintaining the annual budget; coordinating all travel; coordinating practice, game and facility schedules; serving as a liaison with compliance office ensuring adherence to Big Ten and NCCA rules; serving as a liaison with the Men’s Basketball Sports Administrator; serving as a liaison with the Academic Services Office, Sports Medicine, Athletic Business Office, Video Services and Equipment Room, etc.; and other duties as assigned. Apply here

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Coyotes have been in talks with three suitors shortly after the team’s latest arena troubles began. LeBlanc said all three options — a shared arena with the Phoenix Suns in downtown, a partnership with Arizona State University or a rumored arena in Scottsdale’s Loop 101 corridor — are being pursued aggressively. “I feel very strongly that multiple options will be on the table and that will transpire over the next several weeks,” he said. -Carter Nacke, Arizona Sports, Read More

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Those Temple Owls caught a lot of passes this season, but they also apparently caught something else: the attention of prospective applicants to the university. With the deadline to apply this week, Temple has seen an increase of more than 15 percent in applications for the fall 2016 class compared with this time last year. University officials are attributing at least some of that increase to the success of the football team, which went 10-4 and beat Penn State for the first time in 74 years. “College football is the ‘front porch’ of university life,” Temple President Neil D. Theobald said in an email Sunday morning. “The success we’ve had under [Coach] Matt Rhule – not only the wins but the exemplary way that the program represents Temple – has gathered many more friends and passersby with whom we interact on the university’s ‘front porch.’ ” The university drew 32,655 applications as of last week, and William Black, Temple’s senior vice provost of enrollment management, said he expects to end the year with about 34,000. Last year, the university received 30,043 applications, which was another record. -Susan Snyder, Philly.com, Read More