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October 28, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill announced today that he is retiring from his position effective immediately due to medical concerns. Kill is stepping away from college football with a career record of 156-102 and a 29-29 mark at Minnesota. Minnesota Interim Athletics Director Beth Goetz named Tracy Claeys Interim Head Coach this morning. Claeys, who has worked with Kill for 21 years, was previously Minnesota’s Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO

UTEP Athletics officials announced on Tuesday that the 50th Anniversary of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship will be celebrated at the men’s basketball game against Western Kentucky on Feb. 6. The game will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1 with a tip-off time of 3 p.m. Mountain. Full details of all the festivities will be unveiled in the near future. – elpasoheraldpost.comRead More

SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY
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SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY

The entire Susquehanna University community will have input on the selection of a new nickname and mascot. The university’s board of trustees, following the recommendation of President L. Jay Lemons, voted Monday to replace the Crusader name and mascot. The board has asked Lemons to convene a committee comprising alumni, students, faculty and staff to determine the next steps in selecting a new name and mascot. – John Beauge, PennLive–  Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville Athletic Association is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Sales and Marketing. The candidate will be an integral part of the Louisville Athletics marketing and sales team.  The main objective of this position is to drive sales and marketing efforts and develop unique selling and marketing strategies for the Cardinals’ revenue driving sports and post season games. Apply here

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SACRAMENTO
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SACRAMENTO

Sacramento State’s dream of building a 5,000-seat campus events center received a big boost Tuesday, Oct. 27, with a $750,000 donation from Sacramento philanthropist Ernest Tschannen. His gift will be announced during the Men’s Basketball Hall-of-Fame Tip-Off Banquet on Tuesday night at the Harper Alumni Center. Tschannen will be introduced by President Robert S. Nelsen and men’s head basketball coach Brian Katz. Read More

October 27, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman said he believes firing men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold under “without cause” provisions was still the right thing to do despite its $1 million-plus price tag.  Under questioning by legislators, Bley-Vroman defended his Oct. 28, 2014 firing announcement in an appearance before the State House Committee on Higher Education today. Arnold received a $700,000 settlement this month that, in addition to bonuses and legal costs, is expected to cost the school in excess of $1 million, officials have said. –Star-Advertiser- Read More

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
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DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

The DePaul athletics department and its partner CBS Sports Digital unveiled a redesigned DePaulBlueDemons.com on Tuesday. The new dramatic look features high-quality photos while the site is also adaptable for smartphones and tablets. The new DePaulBlueDemons.com is now optimized for mobile users after data indicated that that user views of content are trending towards smartphones and tablets. The new design allows all content to be available on desktop, smartphone and tablet formats. Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

NCAA officials were at Louisville on Monday and Tuesday, interviewing members of the Cardinals basketball program concerning recent allegations made by former escort Katina Powell, multiple sources told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said he “can’t comment on any matter concerning the NCAA investigation.” In a letter to students, Louisville president James Ramsey said the school is also reviewing the allegations and see the charges as “not an isolated athletic issue” but rather something that affects the entire university community. –ESPN.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA LINCOLN
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA LINCOLN

A former professor and director of athletic training at Texas State University and coordinator of medical systems for the San Antonio Spurs is the new director of the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab. Jack Ransone was tapped to lead the department responsible for researching athlete biomechanics, nutrition and sports-related anatomy and physiology at the 50,000-square-foot lab in East Stadium. Ransone has worked in athletic departments at Oklahoma State University, San Jose State University and Adams State College, while also serving as an athletic trainer for three Olympic Games, international cross country, track and field and wrestling events. -Chris Dunker, JournalStar.com– Read More

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
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BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

After eight seasons at the helm of the Binghamton women’s soccer program, BU head coach Sarah McClellan will not return as Head Coach for the 2016 season. BU Director of Athletics, Patrick Elliott, announced the decision on Monday. And while McClellan’s term with BU is not set to expire until December 2016, a national search is already underway for Binghamton’s next head coach. – Jeff Twitty, Pipe Dream, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

All Mike Martin has known as a college baseball player and Coach over the past five decades is Florida State University. When Martin, 71, signed his two-year contract extension last June, he wanted to again show his appreciation to his beloved university. Martin recently contributed $50,000 to the athletic department. The gesture matched a total that he and wife Carol had donated over a five-year span to Seminole Boosters, Inc., ($40,000) and the Bullpen Club ($10,000) more than 10 years ago. -Jim Henry, Tallahasse Democrat, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was reinstated Sunday after serving what amounted to a four-week suspension for violating undisclosed team rules, multiple sources told the Post-Dispatch. Mauk has rejoined team activities during MU’s bye week, but it’s unclear if he’ll play in the Tigers’ next game, Nov. 5 against Mississippi State. – Dave Matter, STL Today, Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The Ohio State University is looking for an Associate Director – Event Management. The Associate Director, Event Management is a member of the event management team that is accountable for providing a safe and welcoming environment for all OSU game day participants and fans. This position reports into the Director, Event Management and is responsible for the oversight and direction of the 30 part-time, seasonal supervisors who direct the Redcoat and Usher teams. Apply Here

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Nittany Lion Club members can begin renewing their Penn State football season tickets for the 2016 season online. The early renewal deadline for Nittany Lion Club members and season tickets is Sunday, November 1, with NLC members having an opportunity to receive 13 NLC bonus points or more for their early and online renewals. Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The Ohio State University is looking for an Assistant Director, Compliance. The Assistant Director serves as a member of the compliance team that is committed to excellence and advancing the Department of Athletics through its strategic plan. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The University of Maryland Athletic Department announced today a new partnership with ReplyBuy to provide fans with capability to instantly purchase tickets via text messaging. Fans who register for the new Maryland program will receive personalized notifications when tickets become available, enabling them to purchase tickets on-demand in a matter of seconds with a quick text message. The faster fans respond, the better their seat locations will be — based on the best-available seat locations remaining for the game. Once the purchase is completed, electronic tickets will instantly be delivered to a buyer’s phone and can be scanned at Maryland venues.

NCAA
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NCAA

The road to the NCAA Division II football championship will take a different path for teams in the MIAA starting in 2017. The NCAA announced Monday the Division II Management Council approved recommendations from the Championship that included realignment for men’s football and lacrosse. The change puts the MIAA in the same regional assignment as the Great American Conference, the Grand Lake Valley Conference and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Currently the MIAA is paired with the Northern Sun, Great Northwest and Great American when it comes to competing for playoff spots. With the change could come an improved chance for the MIAA to have a better shot at playoff berths. – Cody ThorN, News-Press Now, Read More

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Four students will trust “Swoop,” Eastern Michigan University’s mascot, with a chance to win them tuition for a year. EMU is giving away a year’s-worth of in-state tuition at two upcoming football games in a promotion the athletic department is calling “Tailgate Toss.” To be eligible, students must check in at a registration table at “Tailgate Town,” the student pre-game tailgate. There, they must confirm they have downloaded the My Eagle Rewards smartphone application. According to an EMU press release, “Two students will be randomly selected with each having the chance to choose a Swoop mascot who will toss footballs into a customized football container from 10 yards out. Whomever gets the most footballs through the container within 60 seconds will win the year of tuition to EMU.” – Eric Coughlin, The Eastern Echo, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE
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UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE

Callum Morris, the winningest head coach in the history of the University of Rio Grande’s women’s soccer program, announced his resignation from the position in a Sunday morning meeting with his team. Morris’ resignation, which is effective immediately, came just hours after the RedStorm snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 Senior Night win over Carlow University at Evan E. Davis Field. Morris, who recently stepped down from his position in the school’s Admissions Office to take a job closer to his home in the Columbus area, said the strain of trying to juggle his new job with his coaching duties – not to mention the travel – became too much. – Victory Sports News, Read More

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Drew Pariano has been relieved of his head coaching duties at Northwestern University. Pariano, who wrestled for Northwestern, assumed the head coaching position in 2010. He had previously served as the program’s Associate Head Coach and Assistant Coach prior to becoming Northwestern’s Head Wrestling Coach. Matt Storniolo has been named Interim Head Coach for the 2015-16 season. – InterMat, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Teamworks, a leading provider of collaboration and communication software for athletic organizations, has been selected as the Collaboration Software Provider to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. NCAA tournament and regional game-site staff as well as the 68 participating teams, their representatives and game officials will utilize Teamworks’ platforms. Teamworks will facilitate tournament information and allow it to be easily shared with NCAA staff and teams. Teams will be able to electronically fill out required forms, rather than having to physically submit or scan paperwork.  The process will alleviate teams from repeatedly having to complete tournament documents as they advance throughout the tournament.

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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Eastern Kentucky University athletics is making changes to its communications department, Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and Branding Kevin Britton announced today. The department, formerly known as athletics public relations, will now be called EKUSports Communications to better fit the comprehensive communications plan that Britton intends to install. In addition, longtime Assistant Steve Fohl has been promoted to Associate Director and Brandon Johnson has joined the department as Assistant Director.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Held in conjunction with Homecoming and K-Club weekend, an array of former players are dusting off their gloves in preparation for the Fourth-Annual Floyd Temple Alumni game, held each year to honor legendary KU baseball coach Floyd Temple, at Hoglund Ballpark Saturday, October 31.The parent weekend festivities kickoff with a team scrimmage scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 30. The first pitch of the alumni game is slated for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Prior to the three-inning game, alumni are welcome to take batting practice off of coach Price and a buffet will be served in the Trombold Lounge of the McCarthy Family Clubhouse from 10 a.m. to noon for alumni and their guests.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Southern Illinois University seek an Assistant Athletic Director (Compliance). Responsibilities include overseeing the University-wide efforts, as well as the athletic department’s efforts to operate the intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with all NCAA, Conference and University rules and guidelines, designs and implements compliance monitoring systems, provides rules education for student-athletes, staff and various constituencies, supervises compliance office staff, investigates and responds to allegations of noncompliance, prepares and submits official reports, appeals, waiver requests as well as other official correspondence between the athletics program and the NCAA or Conference. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
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UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC

The NCAA is investigating, among other things, allegations of academic misconduct committed by former assistant Joe Ford within Pacific’s men’s basketball program, a source has told CBS Sports. The NCAA’s policy is to refrain from commenting on investigations. A source told CBS Sports that the NCAA has already interviewed former Pacific staff members, current players, former players and at least one professor. The NCAA is expected to continue interviews this week. -Gary Parrish, CBS SportsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is in the midst of an NCAA investigation into a system of fake classes taken by thousands of students, roughly half of them athletes, that spanned three decades.  The legal and public relations costs from UNC-Chapel Hill’s fake-class scandal have climbed well past $10 million, according to billing records released Monday. The records show the university paid another $2.7 million to the Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft legal firm after it released a report that represents the most comprehensive investigation into the scandal to date. The firm had previously been paid $3.1 million to conduct the investigation. -Dan Kane, The News & ObserverRead More

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Although the University of Central Florida football team is 0-8, this season hasn’t been a total loss for Knights fans. They are at least getting some perks out of their team’s poor performance. Earlier this year, a bar in Orlando, Florida, made the bold move ofoffering free beer during UCF games until the Knights won a game—because they needed a reason to get excited about game day. Now, another company is taking the initiative to help out Knights fans during a tough time. Uber is offering new riders—presumably within a certain radius of the UCF campus—a free first ride with the service until the Knights win a game. – Kyle Newport, bleacher report- Read More

 

October 26, 2015

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Conference USA made history Monday, naming Judy MacLeod as the conference’s new commissioner and the first female commissioner at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. The announcement came after the board of directors unanimously approved her appointment Monday morning. She is just the third commissioner in C-USA history. MacLeod, who has been with the conference since 2005, most recently served as the executive associate commissioner and COO for C-USA. She has spent the last six weeks as C-USA’s interim commissioner after Britton Banowsky announced he was stepping down in July. -Sean Isabella, The News-Star, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Danville native John Stevenson received an Honorary “I” from the Varsity “I” Association at a formal ceremony Oct. 23 in the Colonnades Club at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. Stevenson also was recognized during the Oct. 24 Illinois homecoming football game against Wisconsin.
Stevenson said the Honorary “I” is one of the highest awards given by the university and was given for his long-standing loyalty, service and contributions to Fighting Illini Athletics. He has been a volunteer and financial supporter of Illinois Athletics for more than 50 years. –Commercial NewsRead More

MIDLAND UNIVERSITY
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MIDLAND UNIVERSITY

Midland University relieved Josh Gehring of coaching duties on Monday, and will immediately begin a national search for the institution’s next head football coach. The Warriors have compiled a 1-7 record in the 2015 campaign, following a 2-8 mark in 2014, and an overall record of 11-27 during Gehring’s tenure. The university’s search for its next head football coach will begin immediately with officials conducting a comprehensive national search to lead the largest program in Midland’s 27-sport athletic department. The university is focused on taking the time necessary to secure a top quality candidate to the position. – Victory Sports NetworkRead More