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July 11, 2016

QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE
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QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE

Queens University of Charlotte Director of Athletics Cherie Swarthout is pleased to announce the addition of Clare Gaeng to the Royals staff as the head women’s lacrosse coach. Gaeng returns to the Royals after spending two seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Gaeng spent a year as the assistant coach with the Royals in the 2014 helping coach Queens to its first South Atlantic Conference Regular Season and Championship titles. Since then, Gaeng has spent two seasons with the Bears leading them to second place finishes in the SAC during the regular season and in the SAC Championship for two consecutive seasons. Read More.

FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY
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FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY

Seven-time NCAA regional champion and six-time ABCA/Rawlings Region Coach of the Year Jayson King has tendered his resignation as head coach of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team, effective later this month, as announced on Friday by the institution. In a corresponding move on Friday, Director of Athletic Bruce Kirsh has appointed assistant coach Mike Chambers as the program’s interim head coach for the 2016-17 academic year.. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

Nick Crowell has been named the head men’s tennis coach at the University of Oklahoma, OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced on Sunday. Crowell has spent the last 13 years as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Florida State University where he helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA tournament in each of those seasons. –Read More

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Head men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis has agreed to an eight year contract extension worth $565,000 per year that will run through the 2023-24 season, Director of Athletics Chris Massaro announced on Monday. Davis has a base package of $465,000 and an additional $100,000 for radio and television. Davis took the helm of the Middle Tennessee basketball program in 2002 and has enjoyed a school-record 276 wins across his 14-year stint while also picking up his 400th career win during the 2015-16 season. –Read More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

A former Boston College star running back has filed a federal lawsuit against his alma mater and the NCAA, claiming they failed to protect players from concussions. Glenn Capriola, who played for BC from 1974-77, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts Thursday. The complaint alleges both BC and the NCAA have known for decades the danger of concussions and failed to implement policies to protect players. -Jordan Graham, Boston Herald, Read More

BIG EAST CONFERENCE
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BIG EAST CONFERENCE

It’s been three years since the “new” Big East was formed and Scout columnist Jim Niendorff takes a look at how commissioner Val Ackerman has rebuild the brand. Neindorff highlights the leagues basketball excellence but points out the park of Ackerman’s vision is to become more than just a hoops haven. In three years the league has seen growth in several other sports, facility improvements at multiple institutions, and academic standards that are second to none. –Read More

BIG 12 CONFERENCE
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BIG 12 CONFERENCE

They might be the Big 12’s biggest rivals, but the schools were in administrative harmony for two decades before, seemingly, getting off track in the last four years. Texas’ Longhorn Network coupled changes at both the president and athletic director posts seemed to put the schools at odds. When they see things differently, it forces others to take sides. OU and Texas battling anywhere but the fields and courts isn’t good for Big 12 harmony. They are the conference’s power brokers. They have the largest fan bases and generate the most revenue for the league and themselves.For now, OU and Texas seem unified with the current state of the Big 12. That also means they could be united if another round of conference shuffling begins when all the Power 5 Conferences’ television contracts start expiring in the next five to eight years. -John Shinn, Norman Transcript, Read More

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

FAMU athletic director Milton Overton Jr., alongside university Trustee Thomas Dortch and Vice President George Cotton, attended a Rattler Boosters Board of Directors meeting Saturday morning at the boosters’ headquarters. After both sides aired a few grievances, they agreed it was time to move forward. “I thought it was very positive,” Overton said. “It was a path forward for us to get things done. The key is, this is all about student-athletes and student-athlete scholarships. When the family comes together, we raise more money together and it helps the university grow. That’s exactly what we’re going to do.” Addressing the rift between the boosters and FAMU’s administration, Overton said change can be difficult. -Jordan Culver, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More

July 10, 2016

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Just six months ago, longtime employees of the Southeastern Conference were picking confetti off the floor of a stadium in Arizona, smiles beaming as Alabama’s razor-thin victory in theCollege Football Playoff championship game had ended any narrative of the league’s decline. After two years without a title — a sacrilege in the recent history of the SEC — the league gathers for its annual media days this week with a sense of order restored. No more questions about whether the Big Ten or Pac-12 have caught up. No more anemic bowl records to explain away. But just as the SEC’s superiority has resurfaced, so has its history of unflattering off-field drama. -Dan Wolken, USA TODAY SportsRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

In the wake of a Pepper Hamilton report on theFindings of Fact that called Baylor’s handling of sexual assaults a “fundamental failure,” the universityannounced in a press release on Thursday the members of the Spiritual Life and Character Formation Task Force, focused on renewing the “distinctive mission” of the university and providing long-term strategic direction. The 21-member task force is composed of university faculty, staff and a pair of students. It’s goal is the “re-energize a focus around the University’s Christian mission,” and it will do this by emphasizing spiritual life and cultivating character across campus. –USA TODAY SportsRead More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Les Miles has more to worry about than readying his team for the 2016 football season. He’s being deposed later this month. Miles, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and Aggies defensive coordinator John Chavis are all scheduled for depositions this month in the on-going civil case between LSU and its ex-assistant, Chavis, multiple sources told The Advocate. Attorneys for both sides – LSU and Chavis – are attempting to perform day-long depositions ahead of the football season, the latest chapter in a case that’s spanned more than 16 months. -ROSS DELLENGER, theadvocate.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The Ed O’Bannon antitrust case against the NCAA — already uncommon in generating competing requests for hearing by the Supreme Court — has taken another unusual turn in its filings with the high court. Lawyers for the O’Bannon plaintiffs recently submitted a brief in which they agreed with the NCAA’s argument that the court should consider whether the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals properly applied a 1984 Supreme Court ruling that the association historically has relied on in defending its amateurism system.  Predictably, the plaintiffs vehemently dispute the NCAA’s contention that the 9th Circuit erred when it unanimously upheld a lower court decision that NCAA rules limiting athletes to receiving tuition, fees, room, board and books violated antitrust laws. The plaintiffs, in a filing dated July 1, also argued that the high court should deny the NCAA’s request that it consider whether First Amendment protections should have come into play regarding the use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses in videogames. -Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY SportsRead More

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt Associate Head Coach Travis Jewett has been hired as the new head baseball coach at Tulane University, according to multiple sources. The Commodores recruiting coordinator and hitting takes over the Green Wave program following the departure of David Pierce to Texas.  D1Baseball national writer Kendall Rogers was the first to break the news on Friday night.  Jewett just concluded his fourth year with the Commodores as Tim Corbin’s lead assistant. His tenure included two College World Series championship game appearances, including the school’s first national championship in 2014.  -Jesse Johnson,  vanderbilt.247sports.comRead More

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Georgetown University athletics teams will begin returning to the Hilltop for the start of the 2016-17 academic year in just about a month. The start of the year also means that college basketball season is just around the corner as well. The Georgetown Athletics Department recently announced a new renewal incentive program for the coming season. The program rewards season ticket holders for renewing their season tickets before the deadline. Every week leading up to the renewal deadline, the Georgetown Ticket Office will choose a winner to win one of five prizes that are outlined below: • Floor seats to a home game at Verizon Center • Free season tickets • Tour of the John R. Thompson Intercollegiate Athletic Center • BIG EAST Tournament tickets • Meet-And-Greet with Jack the Bulldog. Read More

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
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BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

A former star linebacker on BYU’s 1974 football team is suing the university, its then-conference and the NCAA for $5 million over concussion-related injuries suffered during his playing career. Larry Carr, who helped the Cougars to a Western Athletic Conference title and Fiesta Bowl berth in 1974, filed a class-action complaint and demand for a jury trial Thursday against the three institutions seeking to “obtain redress for all persons injured by their reckless disregard for the health and safety of generations of BYU student athletes.” Carr’s filing alleges BYU, the WAC and the NCAA “knew about the debilitating long-term dangers of concussions, concussion-related injuries, and sub-concussive injuries that resulted from playing college football, but actively concealed this information to protect the very profitable business of ‘amateur’ college football.” -Sean Walker, ksl.comRead More

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
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DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

Longtime Dartmouth women’s lacrosse coach Amy Patton has resigned after the university determined she had “engaged in conduct inconsistent with the standards of Dartmouth Athletics,” the school announced Friday. Dartmouth did not specify the nature of Patton’s misconduct. Its inquiry began in April in response to a grievance and included interviews with Patton, current and former team members, assistant coaches and other athletic department and college staff. Patton was the head coach at Dartmouth for 24 seasons. She was the second-longest tenured coach in Division I women’s lacrosse, behind Princeton’s Chris Sailer (30 seasons). Patton’s Big Green teams compiled a 248-138 record, qualified for 13 NCAA tournaments and made four trips to the final four. Dartmouth advanced to the NCAA championship game in 2006, falling to Northwestern. Patton also is the head coach of the UWLX’s Boston Storm. She spent two seasons as a Big Green assistant before taking the reins. – laxmagazine.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

The Texas Longhorns are a decade removed from a time when success on the football field, the basketball court and the baseball diamond came at a level on par or better than other collegiate athletic department in the country could boast. From the summer of 2005 through the spring of 2006 the Longhorn baseball team won the College World Series, the football team won a national championship and the men’s basketball team advanced to the Elite Eight. Since that time and throughout the current decade the Longhorns have gone through numerous changes in the athletic department, including the coaches in all three of those sports having changed with the recent hiring of David Pierce as the successor to Augie Garrido. -Jeff Howe, texas.247sports.comRead More

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Coastal Carolina’s baseball team has given fresh hope to every mid-major school that dreams of succeeding against the Power 5. As was the case when VCU and George Mason went to college basketball’s Final Four, the Chanticleers’ recent victory over Arizona in the College World Series championship game shows the little guys can win once in a while. But competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision? That’s a much bigger challenge, something Coastal Carolina has discovered a full year before the Chanticleers begin playing big-boy football. -Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot Read More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

K-State Athletics, Inc., produced a balanced budget in fiscal year 2016 and achieved a surplus for the seventh consecutive year while also setting a new cash contributions record through the Ahearn Fund annual giving program. Athletic director John Currie announced the surplus in a letter on Friday. In the midst of a transformational time for intercollegiate athletics, which includes many prominent schools across the country recently reporting annual operating deficits and ballooning debt, the collective support of nearly K-State friends and alumni across the country and around the world has enabled the department to experience among the most successful seven-year periods in its history while completing $210 million in athletics facility upgrades in a fiscally responsible manner.  – themercury.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

There are currently no legislative proposals to increase college baseball scholarship limits. However, the topic is hot among coaches and athletic directors. Make baseball and softball “head-count” sports, restricting the number of athletes who can be on scholarship. What it really means is that if you’re on scholarship, you’re on full scholarship. No partials. That’s the rule in football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s gymnastics and women’s tennis. The more sports we can do that, Byrne says, the better. –omaha.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The fundraising and construction project that has been a decade in the making is now reality. The official grand opening date for the Sanford Health Athletic Complex will be Nov. 11 when North Dakota State hosts Arkansas State in men’s basketball. Scheels and Sanford are two of the prime donors in the $41 million project, that Larsen said with “soft costs” like finance fees and equipment, the final price tag will end up being closer to $50 million. The extra costs are not a required portion of the $41 million in construction costs approved by the North Dakota state Board of Higher Education. All funds are externally raised. The NDSU administration, coaches, sports medicine and strength and conditioning staff are moving into the complex starting July 18. The administration and coaches have been working out of a building in Fargo’s industrial park while sports medicine and the strength staff have occupied space to the north of the Fargodome at what once was Sunmart Foods. -Jeff Kolpack, inforum.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS

The newest addition to the University of Central Arkansas athletics administration team is Matt Whiting, who came on board July 1. Whiting, who comes to UCA from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, is the new Assistant Athletic Director for Development for the Bears and Sugar Bears. Whiting received his bachelor of business administration-marketing from UAM in May 2010, and his masters of business administration from UALR in May 2012. “Matt is a quality person of character and class,’ said Dr. Brad Teague, UCA director of athletics. “He fits in perfectly with our staff and has already contributed to our success. We are proud to add someone of his experience in fundraising to our staff. He will help us greatly in donor relations and all external fundraising.  Whiting has been at UAM since August 2012, serving as Associate Athletic Director for External Operations. His responsibilities there included serving as executive director of the UAM Sports Association (UAMSA), restructuring and rebranding the organization, oversight of the UAM Athletics Partnership Program, serving as major gifts officer for UAM Athletics and serving on the Athletic Director’s senior adminstrative staff.  Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

One year after getting a contract extension from Syracuse University, Orange women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman has earned even more job security at the school. Hillsman confirmed on Friday that he and SU have agreed on a new multi-year contract extension. Hillsman did not reveal the terms. Hillsman is coming off a 2015-16 season in which he guided the Orange to its greatest season ever, reaching the title game of the NCAA Tournament before falling to UConn. Hillsman said interim Orange athletic director Dan French recently approached him about lengthening the revamped pact Hillsman agreed to about a year ago. Hillsman, who is entering his 12th season at the school, said the two sides were quick to reach a deal. – Lindsay Kramer, syracuse.comRead More

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Charleston Gazette-Mail newspaper sports editor Chuck McGill is joining the Marshall University athletic staff as Assistant Athletic Director for Fan/Donor Engagement and Communications. Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick announced the hiring in a news release. McGill, 35, will be a regular contributor to HerdZone.com while working with the Marshall Sports Information office. He becomes editor of Thundering Herd Illustrated, the department’s new monthly publication for qualified members of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation based on giving level. Thundering Herd Illustrated will have a magazine format produced and distributed in conjunction with IMG College, the Marshall media rights holder, the release said. –The Herald-Dispatch Read More

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Attorneys for three former Penn State administrators have launched what they hope is their final assault against the last criminal charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. If successful, former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz could all walk away from the case with clear records, and without ever going to trial. – Charles Thompson, pennlive.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle has been in his new job for a little more than a month — enough time to meet with almost all of his head coaches and begin the process of evaluating the department’s future. Coyle, who certainly takes a measured approach to problem-solving and will not rush into any decisions, chatted Friday with the Star Tribune. I had a chance to ask him several questions, many of which will run as a Q&A at a later date. But here is a sampling of Coyle’s thoughts on some of the bigger questions ahead: -Michael Rand, startribuneRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse wrestling coach Dave Malecek more than occasionally woke up to evidence of Josh Whitman’s commitment. He’d find an email sent at 3 a.m., and the text message sent an hour later. While others slept, Whitman, kept grinding away, pushing his coaches at the Division III school to improve and securing the resources needed to help them win. “He will work twice as hard as you to help you reach your goals,” Malecek said. -Nathan Baird, jconline.comRead More

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

Dickenson, North Texas’ interim athletic director, went to Kansas and watched Jankovich dribble all over his Jayhawks during Jankovich’s playing days at Kansas State. “I couldn’t stand him when he was wearing the purple,” Dickenson said of Jankovich’s old primary jersey color. Jankovich took over as SMU’s head coach Friday after Larry Brown abruptly resigned the post in the midst of a contract dispute. One of his former co-workers, Florida Gulf Coast coach Joe Dooley, said Jankovich’s lengthy tenure puts him in an excellent position to take over the Mustangs. -Ben Baby, sportsday.dallasnews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler recently got some good news when the Big Ten announced its new television agreement with Fox, ESPN and CBS, one worth an estimated $2.64 billion over six years, or about $440 million per season. With that revenue being split among the 14 conference schools, Kaler said it’s a big help. “It will put us on a per-school basis at the highest amount of any conference in the country,” he said. “We’re going to invest that in the welfare of our student-athletes, our athletics village, and we’ll also be able to benefit the larger university. It’s a big win in the media space for us right now.” The rough estimates are each school will get $31.7 million per season. -SID HARTMAN, startribune.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE

UC Riverside Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tamica Smith Jones is scheduled to speak next week at the Emerging Administrators Academy (Emerging AD) on the campus of Clayton State University in South Metro Atlanta, Georgia. The fourth annual event runs from July 10-12, and was developed to fill a gap in the professional development lifecycle of Intercollegiate Athletic Administrators. Emerging AD provides hands-on training by athletic directors whose experience and insight working in the industry helps in the development and training of collegiate athletic administrators to advance their careers. Read More