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May 5, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA

Matt Eck, the director of the Wolf Pack’s strength and condition program, received the highest honor by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) Thusday night at the organization’s annual conference at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel. Eck, who has been at Nevada since 2001 and directed the department since 2008, was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the CSCCa. He was presented his MSCC “blue jacket” by Rod Cole, the former head strength coach at Kansas State, where Eck played college football. Eck credits Cole for the introduction to the profession. Eck is one of 31 who are being honored, bringing the total of MSCC honorees to 187 in the organization’s history. -Chris Murray, rgj.comRead More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Eric Shore, who has served as Auburn’s men’s tennis coach the last 26 seasons, is retiring announced Athletics Director Jay Jacobs. The winningest coach in the program’s history, Shore compiled a 359-293 record. He will assist with the men’s program until his replacement has been hired. “After giving careful thought and consideration, I’ve decided to retire from coaching at Auburn,” Shore said. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great people. I want to thank all of the former players and assistant coaches for their contributions to the program. It’s been my privilege being their head coach. We did a lot of great things on and off the court over the years, and I’m proud of the many accomplishments.” Under Shore’s leadership, Auburn made 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, including five Top 15 finishes. His teams made three Sweet 16 appearances and two Elite Eight appearances. -Chris Breece,  wiat.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

University of Pittsburgh seeks Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts.  Incumbent is responsible for the overall strategic planning and business administration of Leadership and Principle Gifts for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics. Initiatives and responsibilities focus on soliciting and securing high profile leadership / principle gifts of the $1,000,000 plus range. Responsibilities include campaign strategic planning, high level fundraising activities, special projects, and fostering positive external relations and internal University relationships with appropriate executives, constituents, and areas. Responsible for all fundraising activities at the leadership and principle level, including meeting annual fundraising goals; directing annual giving campaigns; researching, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and securing major gifts from donors; and stewardship activities. Strategic planning includes the development of plans for individual and corporate solicitation, campaign initiatives, programs, and research. Incumbent will report directly to the Deputy Athletic Director for External Affairs as well as update, consult, and collaborate with the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement. Apply here

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

East Carolina University seeks Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.  Reporting to the Head Women’s Basketball Coach, the individual serving in this position is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties: Coordinate and manage all aspects of position/positions assignment as directed by the Head Coach.
Performs planning, organization and execution for on the field coaching duties as described and assigned by the Head Coach for all practice sessions and competitions. Apply here

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Austin Peay State University can now boast having the first Division I beach volleyball program in the state of Tennessee. The athletics department announced it would be adding beach volleyball for spring 2017 as the 16th overall Governors athletic team and 10th women’s program, in a release sent Thursday afternoon. “This is an exciting time to be a Governor,” said Athletics Director Ryan Ivey. “I believe this is an important addition to our athletics offerings and expect it will be a popular sport, both for our student-athletes to compete in and for our community to watch.” – Autumn Allison, The Leaf ChronicleRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The members of Georgia State’s beach volleyball team attended virtually every one of their university’s home football games last fall. It was a gesture of support, but also of gratitude. “We wouldn’t be here if they hadn’t started it,” the senior Alexis Townsend said. What she meant is that when Georgia State created a football team in 2010, that put an immediate strain on athletic department finances but also required a rebalancing to comply with Title IX, the federal law mandating gender equity in higher education. A result was that Georgia State dropped its men’s cross-country and track and field programs, and added one in the nascent women’s sport of beach volleyball.  But the beach volleyball team is by far the more successful new sport. On Sunday, the Panthers were seeded seventh in the eight-team field for theN.C.A.A.’s inaugural championship tournament. They will play No. 2 Southern California on Friday. Beach volleyball, a sport that enters the wider public consciousness every four years at the Summer Olympics, is now a fast-growing N.C.A.A. sport. At least 60 colleges field programs. -Marc Tracy, The New York TimesRead More

PAC-12
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PAC-12

Before we plow into all the problems facing the Pac-12, try to understand this is primarily a football discussion. It’s not so much about an underachieving conference network and the dissatisfaction that surrounds it. This is not as much about the age-old problem of playing games while half the nation sleeps. This is not a dig down the Pac-12’s convoluted, confounding and confusing approach to the satellite camp issue. It’s not even a reminder of commissioner Larry Scott’s sometimes extravagant spending. This about Pac-12 football. From this view in early May, it’s not particularly good. Oregon is down. USC is in transition with a new coach. Stanford is replacing a senior quarterback. Arizona’s junior quarterback — a two-year starter — is trying to keep his job. –cbssports.comRead More

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
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SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

Continuing the strategic shift within the Santa Clara University Department of Athletics, the school will soon unveil a dramatic new basketball and volleyball playing surface in the Leavey Center. The playing surface will feature a large stain painting of a photograph of the University’s iconic Mission Church. Tinker Hatfield, the company’s vice president for design and special projects, created the image, which also incorporates recently unveiled athletics marks. The new floor is part of a series of changes to reinvigorate the Bronco Athletics program. See the new floor here.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Business Operations. Duties and responsibilities include assisting the Senior Associate Athletic Director with the overall management of the athletic business office which includes all business operations, travel, accounts payable and receivable, purchasing, budget management and control, ticket office and foundation reconciliation, payroll and inventory control. Apply here.

BRYN ATHYN COLLEGE
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BRYN ATHYN COLLEGE

Bryn Athyn College is accepting applications for the full-time position of Head Women’s Field Hockey Coach. The successful candidate will supervise, coordinate and manage all aspects of a new women’s intercollegiate field hockey team to begin play in the fall of 2017. Email: matthew.kennedy@brynathyn.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK

Head coach Wes Flanigan has announced the addition of Mitch Cole as Little Rock’s new assistant coach. Cole spent the past five seasons on the staff at Texas A&M and was previously the head coach at Birmingham Southern College. Cole was part of Billy Kennedy’s teams at Texas A&M that won 49 games over the last two seasons, including a program-record 28 in 2015-16. Read More.

CENTRE COLLEGE
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CENTRE COLLEGE

Centre College invites qualified applicants for the full-time position of Head Baseball Coach. This position requires compliance with all NCAA, SAA, and Centre College rules and regulations. Apply here.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Northern Michigan University seeks an Asst Sports Information Director. Assist the Sports Information Director in collecting and communicating department information to the media, campus, and community. Assist with sports information and media relations for intercollegiate athletics, recreational sports, and the United States Olympic Training Site. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PEMBROKE
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PEMBROKE

Athletics department officials at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke announced Wednesday that Grace Moore, the assistant for external affairs at NCAA Division I Canisius, has been named assistant athletics director for marketing partnerships. An upstate New York native and former NCAA Division III student-athlete, Moore comes to Pembroke from Buffalo, N.Y., where she has spent the last two seasons in multiple roles in the athletics department at Canisius. Read More.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said Thursday that the end-of-season reports about coach Les Miles’ job security have been “a great wake-up call for everybody.” Alleva, visiting with Culotta & The Prince on 104.5/104.9 ESPN-FM in Baton Rouge on Thursday morning beamed about the program’s current status by touting his confidence in this season’s experienced squad and the program’s future in recruiting. Alleva spoke on a variety of topics in the interview, including satellite camps, college football’s new text messaging rules, potential Big 12 expansion, SEC basketball scheduling, this year’s Tiger basketball team and more. – The Advocate. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee Athletics seeks an Assistant Marketing Director. This position will play an active role in the development and implementation of marketing, sales and fan engagement strategies/activation for the Tennessee Athletic Department and the sport teams represented. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

The University of Utah announced Tuesday that it has hired Garrett Clegg as its new men’s golf coach. Clegg, a former standout golfer for the Utes, takes over the program after the retirement of 12-year coach Randall McCracken. A native of Bountiful, Clegg is returning to Salt Lake City after serving as coach for five seasons at Washington State. Under Clegg’s guidance, the Cougars recorded six regular-season tournament titles and 15 top-five finishes. – Salt Lake Tribune. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Arkansas announced Wednesday afternoon the hiring of Neil Harper as the head coach of its women’s swimming and diving program. During his lone season in Reno, Harper led the Wolf Pack to a perfect regular season, to just the second MW title in school history and to a 20th-place finish in the NCAA Championships, although all of those points were scored by Nevada’s divers. – Chris Murray, RGJ. Read More.

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY
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WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

Joanna Harris, who has served as Director of Academic Services for Winthrop Athletics during the past five years, has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Academics and Student Services. Harris came to Winthrop after serving as Georgia State University’s Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development/Life Skills for almost five years. – WRHIRead More.

NCAA
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NCAA

This past week the NCAA reversed a weeks-old ban on satellite camps. While it has been portrayed as a simple issue, there are shades of grey. The best way forward for all in the Wild West of recruiting is a strong compromise fitting these camps into the overall recruiting calendar. A satellite camp compromise within the larger context of today’s recruiting offers schools and players a chance to find some balance in the offseason recruiting calendar. With the pressures on coaches, players and schools that balance is needed now more than ever. – Jay Paterno, State College.Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

A race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women’s track coach Bev Kearney can proceed, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. Kearney sued, arguing that as a black woman she was held to a tougher standard than a white male coach.Texas officials had asked the Third Court of Appeals in Austin to dismiss Kearney’s lawsuit. The three-judge panel agreed to toss out her claims she was fired in retaliation for complaining of alleged abusive behavior by colleagues and administrators, but allowed the discrimination claims to proceed. – SportsDay. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

A five-month internal audit are presented to the Board of Regents Audit and Compliance Committee. The focus of the audit was on “P-card” activity between July 5 and Dec. 9, 2015. Those are the dates identified in a Dec. 18 internal email from UNM internal audit director Manu Patel obtained by the Journal . It indicated the university could not account for $55,400 in ATM withdrawals, and there were missing receipts for purchases and travel in that period from the “P-card.” – Geoff Grammer, abqjournal. Read More.

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

In the fifth installment of the 24-hour fundraising period, Pirate Blue raised a record amount of over $207,000 from over 350 donors of alumni, fans, friends and current and former student-athletes. The highlight of the day was receiving a donation from a supporter in each of the 50 U.S. States, which triggered a $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor. Pirate Blue secured the final state, South Dakota, in the 7 p.m., hour. Read More.

CALVIN COLLEGE
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CALVIN COLLEGE

Calvin College invites applications for a Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach. Head coaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to, adhering to NCAA/MIAA bylaws, staff management, budget management, practice planning and game preparation, coordinating team travel, coordinating on and off campus recruiting, student-athlete evaluation, in game coaching, and daily operations. Other duties will be assigned within the Kinesiology department based on needs and qualifications and may include teaching, event or facility administration, or other responsibilites. A full-time position. Calvin College is a member of NCAA and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Calvin College has a strong tradition of excellence in athletics at the conference, regional and national level. Apply here

ORANGE COAST COLLEGE
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ORANGE COAST COLLEGE

A proposed ban on postseason competition for all Orange Coast College sports teams in the 2016-17 school year will now include only football, the state governing body for athletics announced Wednesday. A three-person arbitration panel that heard a written OCC appeal of sanctions imposed by the California Community College Athletic Assn. in late February, ruled that football would be banned from postseason competition for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. All OCC sports are on probation through the spring of 2018 and any violations during that time could prompt further penalties. But all sports except football are free to participate in postseason competition. The decision prompted relief and validation from OCC officials and coaches, who had been outspoken during three-month appeal process that the sanctions were excessive and violated due process under CCCAA bylaws. -Barry Faulkner, LA Times, Read More

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

A former redshirt freshman at Bowling Green State University who suffered three concussions during football practices is to receive a $712,500 settlement from the university. The Ohio Court of Claims on Monday approved the settlement for Cody Silk of Sterling Heights, Mich., whose career as an offensive lineman and college education came to a halt during his first year in 2010. Mr. Silk sued the university in 2012, claiming coaches and medical staff at BGSU failed to withhold him from practices after he suffered the concussions that led to permanent brain injury. The lawsuit was headed toward trial when the parties agreed to the settlement. In it, the university did not admit to any fault and Mr. Silk agreed that he would not bring any future claims against BGSU. -Jennifer Feehan, Toledo Blade, Read More

BIG 12
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BIG 12

The Big 12’s athletic directors and football coaches emerged Wednesday afternoon from a conference room at the Arizona Biltmore to announce, well … A decision on the huge issues – the biggest is whether to expand membership from 10 teams – won’t come before the presidents and chancellors meet May 31-June 3, and more likely until later in the summer. At least for a few more weeks, the Never-Ending Story continues.“Nothing earth-shattering,” Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said. “I hate to disappoint you.” But it’s very possible that whenever the process finally ends, the earth won’t shatter, and that people hoping for expansion will be very disappointed. Research shows a 12-team league playing an eight-game football schedule with a conference championship game has an increased likelihood of reaching the College Football Playoff. The football coaches got that information, along with a whole lot more, during a presentation Wednesday from Navigate Research, the Chicago-based firm hired by the Big 12. But all of that data notwithstanding, it remains highly uncertain the Big 12’s end result will be expansion. -George Schroeder, USA Today, Read More

CALDWELL UNIVERSITY
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CALDWELL UNIVERSITY

Caldwell University invites applications for a full-time Athletic Administrator/Head Coach, Sprint Football. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President and Director, Athletics, the Administrator/Coach will organize a comprehensive recruiting program for the Caldwell University Department of Athletics in accordance with University and NCAA policies, rules and regulations and be charged with the responsibility of planning, programming, directing, supervising, and implementing the duties and functions for the sprint football program. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

Annie Brown of Reveal News takes a long look at the inequality of women in collegiate athletics. The form highlights former Iowa field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum and her dismissal as well as looking at the number of women that are currently head coaches. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

When the Panthers hired Pat Narduzzi as their fifth football coach in as many years in 2014, Dan Marino asked people he knew around the NFL what they knew or thought about the former Michigan State defensive coordinator. What he heard impressed him. While he can’t identify the ills that have prevented the program from becoming the kind of national power it was when he was quarterback in the early 1980s, Marino has confidence in the school’s second-year coach. “I think it starts with the head coach,” Marino said. “If you ask anybody I’ve talked to, they’ll say we’re going in the right direction with Pat. That’s the most important thing. And we’ve got to get our guys to stay here and go to Pitt.” Marino spoke Wednesday at an event in Robinson in which he and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza presented a check of $2,500 to the Panther Club Scholarship Fund, a fundraising unit for Pitt athletics. -Craig Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More