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August 8, 2018

UTRGV
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UTRGV

A long-awaited feasibility study shows that the addition of a collegiate football program at UTRGV would meet significant community interest and fit the university’s goals for overall growth, albeit amid concerns regarding funding and Title IX implications for the athletics department. The Monitor acquired the study, which was conducted by College Sports Solutions. “Given the size of the university and its aspirational goals to be recognized as a Tier One research institution, CSS would recommend entry at the FBS level, which will require an invitation from an existing conference,” the report reads. In the report’s executive summary, CSS concluded: “Despite the funding challenges, virtually every university constituent, as well as the surrounding communities, are in agreement that adding football would be a dramatic and positive step in raising awareness of the university, legitimizing the UTRGV athletics program and enhancing the school’s self-image.” The study provided a timeline for UTRGV to begin playing football as early as 2021-22, though the proposed process is already well behind schedule. Under 2017-18, the report lists “funding model studied and determined” and “decision made to add football including necessary governance group approvals.” -Greg Luca, The Monitor, Read More

TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M International University seeks a director, sports information. This position will compiles, develops, disseminates and manages a comprehensive program of sports coverage which focuses on both competitive and non-competitive activities and includes information on student-athletes and teams. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

The Miami Hurricanes football team is hoping it will be able to use its new indoor practice facility in the coming weeks and on Wednesday, the school announced it had received another gift that will help make that a reality. UM alumnus Robert Finizio, the co-founder and CEO of women’s health company TherapeuticsMD, donated $3 million toward the ongoing work at the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility. The playing surface will be named the “Robert Finizio Family Field” in his honor. Finizio, a 1994 Miami graduate, has previously supported the Football Victory Fund at Miami and is a Golden Cane Society member. – Christy Cabrera Chirinos, Sun Sentinel. Read More.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Temple University seeks an assistant director of development. Reporting to the Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts, the Assistant Director of Development (ADOD) for Athletics will devise strategies and be responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with the purpose of advancing donor levels with gifts up to $25,000 on an annual basis. [email protected]

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Northwest Missouri State Director of Athletics Andy Peterson has announced the hiring of Brandon Masters as the head coach for cross country and track and field for the Bearcats. Masters led an expansion of the track and field programs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the fall of 2015. He has served as co-head coach for the Mountain Lions in each of the previous two seasons. In 2017-18, UCCS won the women’s indoor RMAC title and the men’s indoor squad placed second at the RMAC championship. Read More.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Reporting to the Director of Student-Athlete Services, the Associate Director oversees, facilitates, coordinates, and organizes the Student-Athlete Enhancement areas of Community Engagement, Leadership Advancement, and Personal Enhancement for approximately 400 student-athletes. Essential Functions: Assists with planning and execution of events relating to student-athletes as well as additional areas of the Student-Athlete enhancement programs and services. Oversees the planning and implementation of the Scholar/Athlete Banquet/All Athletic Awards Banquet. Supervises learning specialists for Student-Athlete Services. Serves as liaison to the on-campus Academic Success Center and Student Disability Services. –Learn More

 

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Ball State Director of Athletics Beth Goetz announced the hiring of Jeremy Agnew as the new swimming and diving head coach for the Cardinals Tuesday afternoon. Agnew, a Ball State graduate, returns to his alma mater after spending the previous 11 years as Purdue’s men’s swimming and diving assistant coach. Purdue consistently produced its highest finishes in program history at both the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Championship level during Agnew’s tenure. He was instrumental in helping guide 12 swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet and represent Purdue on the biggest stage of NCAA swimming. Agnew also coached numerous Big Ten finalists. –Read More

UNC WILMINGTON
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UNC WILMINGTON

The Senior Associate Director of Athletics serves the Department of Athletics under the direct leadership of the Director of Athletics. This position is heavily involved in the strategic planning, direction and conduct of the UNCW intercollegiate athletics program. This position is responsible for providing leadership and guidance in general policy development, employee and student-athlete development, Title IX/Gender Equity/Diversity planning and assessment, high level management of compliance and regulatory responsibilities, as well as development of a positive, supportive organizational culture. The Senior Associate Director of Athletics also serves as principal liaison to the University community. –Learn More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

The University of Northern Iowa announced the hiring of Jerek Wolcott as assistant athletic director of communications and Nathaniel Smith as the assistant director of development Tuesday. Wolcott will oversee all athletic communication efforts, including media relations, stat keeping, content creation and management of UNIPanthers.com. Wolcott comes to UNI from Carroll College in Helena, Mont., where he worked as the sports information director. Smith’s responsibilities will be to work with and cultivate Panther Scholarship Club donors while also innovating fundraising ideas and opportunities. He comes to UNI from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Ill., where he served as director of athletics. During his two years at Lincoln Christian, he saw annual-giving increase by 300 percent and donors increase by 350 percent and secured the first-ever major gift in department history. He also saw corporate sponsorship dollars increase by 500 percent. –Read More

August 7, 2018

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor officials are disputing a report published Tuesday night that indicated university lawyers have recommended self-imposing a one-year bowl ban this upcoming season as part of the NCAA punishment for the school’s sexual assault scandal. In a statement to ESPN, Baylor officials called the report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram “irresponsible” and “premature,” but they did disclose that the NCAA’s investigation into the sexual assault scandal that cost former Baylor president Kenneth Starr and football coach Art Briles their jobs is “active and ongoing.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the NCAA’s multiyear investigation into the Baylor athletic department had taken a “left turn” to the point that school officials are being advised by lawyers to self-impose penalties. The report said Baylor likely would be charged with lack of institutional control, among other penalties, by the NCAA. The Baylor scandal led to multiple investigations by the Texas Rangers, McLennan County District Attorney’s office, U.S. Department of Education, Big 12 and NCAA. Ten Title IX lawsuits have been filed against the university by a total of 22 women, including 20 who alleged being either sexually assaulted or physically assaulted, and five of the complaints have been either settled or dismissed.  – Mark Schlabach, espn – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma will have an enhanced screening process for fans attending football games this season. OU will introduce a clear bag policy, as well as walk-through metal detectors at all home athletic events, including football. “The safety of everyone in the stadium is paramount to us and that’s the reason we’re implementing these policies,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “These measures have become standard at many sports venues and we have experienced them multiple times as our teams have traveled around the country. Gates will open two hours before kickoff, which is 30 minutes earlier than previous years. Fans are asked to allow extra time for stadium entry. There are 107 detectors at Memorial Stadium, which means multiple units at each entrance. They will be separated by at least 20 feet from ticket scanning to avoid backups. Fans will be asked to empty cellphones, keys and metal objects larger than keys from their pockets. Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and Texas are Big 12 schools that use metal detectors. The SEC will require all of its stadiums to use detectors beginning in 2020. –  Eric Bailey, tulsaworld – Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

In 2008, UConn and Tennessee signed a contract guaranteeing a home-and-home series between the two football programs for 2015 and 2016. Six years later, the two schools agreed to push back the games to an undisclosed date. Now, UConn’s Randy Edsall told The Courant on Monday, the Volunteers are attempting to get out of the contract altogether. Edsall said athletic director David Benedict explained the situation to him recently and that the two agreed they should push Tennessee for at least a game in Knoxville, whether or not the Volunteers honor the home-and-home agreement. A representative from Tennessee told The Courant in an email, “We are currently in discussions with UConn.” He declined to elaborate. Though Edsall sounded resigned to giving up UConn’s home game against Tennessee, he said he hoped the schools could agree to a so-called “guarantee game” in Knoxville. If that were to happen, Tennessee would pay UConn a negotiated figure, possibly above the $300,000 outlined in the original contract between the schools. – ALEX PUTTERMAN, macon – Read More

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

No more bleacher seats for SMU students at football games. The school’s athletic department announced a massive party deck will be the new student section inside Ford Stadium for the upcoming season. Renderings of the party deck show a multi-level party platform that will be built in the north end zone of the Mustangs’ stadium. It features awnings for shade, bar-height table tops and umbrellas along with plenty of areas for students to stand and watch the game. The school is ripping out nearly four sections of lower bowl seating to build the new student area. SMU officials said the area is for students only and no other ticket holders will be allowed onto the decks. The athletic department is asking students to help name the new student section in a contest on Instagram. – Mark Norris, fox4news – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Director of Athletics Heather Lyke announced Tuesday the hiring of former Ohio University head coach Jodi Hermanek to lead the University of Pittsburgh softball program. With 397 career wins and 14 years of NCAA Division I head coaching experience under her belt, including the past 10 with the Bobcats, Hermanek becomes just the third head coach in Pitt softball history. She takes over the Panthers after a successful 2018 season in which the squad won the program’s first ACC Coastal Division Title and reached the ACC Tournament Championship Game for the second time in four years. For the last 10 years, Hermanek has guided the Ohio University softball program to success at both the conference and national level. She has led the team to two NCAA postseason appearances (2018, 2014), including the first in 19 years, as well as two Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament Championships (2018, 2014), a MAC Regular Season Championship (2018) and three MAC East Division Championships (2018, 2017, 2011). “We are proud to welcome Jodi Hermanek as our new head softball coach at Pitt,” said Lyke. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

What’s the best way to turn San Jacinto Boulevard into a festive atmosphere before all Longhorns games? Food trucks and $5 beer is a great start. The Texas athletic department released details about its revamped gameday changes on Tuesday and gave clues about what fans can expect at Royal-Memorial Stadium this season. UT athletic director Chris Del Conte said in April he wanted to turn San Jacinto Boulevard into a carnival-like atmosphere by removing cars and having a party. The new concept along “Bevo Boulevard” will certainly be a radical change, for sure.  Leading up to the game, fans can choose from what UT called “the finest food truck flavors in Austin with different vendors each gameday.” Vendors will also sell $5 16-ounce domestic beers, $6 16-ounce premium beers and $5 win spritzers. Those prices increase after kickoff, according to UT. – Brian Davis, hookem – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
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UNIVERSITY OF TULSA

On Tuesday morning, a literal dark cloud hovered above the building that houses the office of University of Tulsa athletic director Derrick Gragg. At the same time that the TU campus was soaked with rain, and as Gragg provided a fairly startling revelation about his department, there seemed also to be a figurative dark cloud above Golden Hurricane sports. Not true, Gragg said. TU’s current budget situation is a difficult circumstance, he acknowledged, but not a crisis. Specific numbers aren’t known, but recent budget cuts have affected all aspects of TU’s operation. In an effort to avoid a reduction in services for student-athletes, Gragg said, Hurricane football coach Philip Montgomery, men’s basketball coach Frank Haith and Gragg himself all have accepted pay cuts. At the major-college level, this could be unprecedented — that a football coach, men’s basketball coach and an AD simultaneously and willingly absorbed salary reductions for the sake of the greater good of a money-starved school’s sports programs. –  Bill Haisten, tulsaworld – Read More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor’s hope to avoid any serious penalty with the Big 12 and NCAA has hit a snag. According to multiple sources, the NCAA’s multi-year investigation into the Baylor athletic department has taken a “left turn” to the point that school officials are being advised to self-impose sanctions. Sources said the law firm representing Baylor in its investigation with the NCAA has recommended to school officials that it impose a one-year bowl ban for the 2018 season. The “Lack of Institutional Control” infraction, which is so vague it can cover virtually any scenario, is the likely potential NCAA violation. Sources said the NCAA has recently interviewed former Baylor football coach Art Briles, former Baylor president Ken Starr and former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw; those interviews could have changed the NCAA’s direction on this case. Baylor athletic department officials are not permitted to publicly comment on the investigation until its completion, which should be within the next 60 days. – MAC ENGEL, star-telegram – Read More

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Online retailer Fanatics apparently didn’t have an accurate gauge on how much Georgia Tech fans want Adidas gear. As a result, Fanatics sold out of the new replica football jerseys made by Adidas in less than 48 hours. The $100 item went up for sale Friday night and by Sunday afternoon was out of stock. “I think they didn’t anticipate the run that they had,” athletic director Todd Stansbury told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It is pent-up demand. I don’t even know if the Adidas guys realized what an impact this was for us in this partnership, and so I think that, one, they’re pretty happy, and, obviously, it’s something that we’re pretty excited about because, of course, this is just the beginning.” – Ken Sugiura, myajc. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The NCAA will have 30 more days to respond to a civil complaint in which former University of Louisville basketball players accuse the organization of portraying members of the 2013 team in a false light and seek to restore the university’s vacated national championship. Despite objections from an attorney representing the former players, Judge Olu Stevens granted the NCAA’s motion for an extension of time Monday morning in Jefferson Circuit Court, moving the deadline for a response to Sept. 6. Five former Louisville players are suing the NCAA over the loss of the 2013 championship, which was vacated by the NCAA along with 123 wins as a result of the escort scandal. – Danielle Lerner, Louisville Courier Journal. Read More.

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Stadium, a 24/7 multi-platform sports network, has announced a coast-to-coast lineup of 32 regular season football games from three conference partners that will run across Stadium’s OTT network available on WatchStadium.com, Facebook Watch, and Twitch. Under the partnership with Facebook, all 32 games will air on Facebook Watch. Fourteen of those games will stream exclusively on the platform via the Stadium: Live College Football Show Facebook Page. In addition to these games, Stadium’s new partnership with Facebook includes a wide variety of live college programming during the upcoming season. – Matt Lopez, thevideoink. Read More.

LSU
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LSU

LSU is offering a new option for buying football tickets, formerly one of the hottest commodities in Louisiana before high definition TV’s and other changes shook up the ticket marketplace. The offer, called the flex pass, allows buyers to spend $360 for seven vouchers that can be redeemed for any of the seven regular season games in Tiger Stadium. Seat locations vary, and only two vouchers can be used for the season’s highest profile games — Georgia on Oct. 13 and Alabama on Nov. 3. Tickets are delivered digitally to iPhone or Android mobile devices. “It is brand new to the public,” said Associate Athletic Director Brian Broussard, who oversees ticket sales. – Will Sentell, theadvocate. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

After initially deciding against switching sidelines on Faurot Field, the Missouri football team will indeed move to the west sideline for the 2018 season. The ongoing construction of Memorial Stadium’s new south end zone complex factored into the move, helped by a waiver from the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers have been on the east sideline since the 2001 season, Gary Pinkel’s first year as head coach. With the south end of the stadium under construction, Missouri will use portable trailers as their game-day locker rooms this season while visiting teams will continue to be placed in the southeastern corner of the stadium. Both teams will enter and exit the field from the same tunnel, which will be divided by a 7-foot fence with a windscreen cover. The south end zone complex is slated to open for the 2019 season. – Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Read More.

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

The Chicago State University (CSU) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics today announced the selection of two new head coaches for the school’s women’s and men’s basketball teams. Misty Opat will lead the CSU’s women’s team and Lance Irvin will lead CSU’s men’s team. Both coaches bring significant Division I experience, a passionate commitment to off-court achievement and award-winning track records of success at both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) levels. Read More.

MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE
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MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE

Manhattanville College has appointed Alex Falk as the new Director of Athletic Communications, the Athletics Department announced. Falk comes to Manhattanville after two years with Catalyst Public Relations in both New York and Los Angeles. Prior to that, he spent nearly four years as the Assistant Sports Information Director with fellow Division III institution New York University. Falk began his career as an Athletic Communications Assistant with Division I University of Pennsylvania. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein underwent a successful, scheduled double-bypass heart surgery Monday in Ann Arbor and won’t be able to make the team’s upcoming summer trip to Spain. Beilein, who is expected to leave the hospital in “a few days,” hopes to be fully active by the time the Wolverines begin fall practice in October. Michigan assistant Saddi Washington will serve as the team’s interim head coach during Beilein’s absence, with assistants Luke Yaklich and DeAndre Haynes continuing their roles on the bench. – Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

Had you turned on ESPN at some point last Tuesday, chances are you saw Stanford coach David Shaw. He appeared on numerous shows as part of the so-called ‘car wash,’ in which college coaches make the trek to Bristol for a one-day barrage of interviews with ESPN reporters, appearances on ESPN shows and chats with ESPN executives. Shaw was the only Pac-12 coach to visit ESPN headquarters. They didn’t take advantage of an opportunity to visit some of the most influential opinion-shapers and decision-makers in college football. For all of its much-publicized subscriber losses, ESPN remains the most powerful media entity in the sport by an order of magnitude. That face time was undoubtedly worthwhile, and the presence of key strategists was certainly better than no presence. But there’s a larger issue at play: What, if any, role should head coaches play in marketing their players, teams and the conference … in building the Pac-12 football brand? – Jon Wilner. Mercury News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

AboutBoulder.com is kicking off the fall semester by announcing a partnership with the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder’s Athletics Department. AboutBoulder.com will feature the CU athletic departments branded content including events and scores. Readers will gain access to more extensive university related content, as well as opportunities to enter promotional contests for sports tickets. AboutBoulder.com has added a University contributor who will be covering athletics games and student life. – Forwardgeek. Read More.

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY
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LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

Director of Athletics Debbie DeJong announced that Stephanie Sheehan has been elevated to the position of head women’s volleyball coach for the 2018 season June 25. Sheehan who served as an assistant coach for the 2017 season, will take over for Amanda Ostapow after the two-year head coach stepped down last week due to professional conflicts. Read More.

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Western Washington University Director of Athletics Steve Card has announced that Sheryl Gilmore has been named the head coach of the Vikings softball program. Gilmore returns to her alma mater after a successful four-year tenure as the head softball coach at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington. Gilmore is a graduate of WWU, holding an bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and master of science in human movement and performance. Gilmore will be WWU’s fifth head coach during the 26-year history of the program, and follows Amy Suiter who stepped down from the position after a successful eight-year run to spend more time with her family. Read More.

SUNY MARITIME COLLEGE
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SUNY MARITIME COLLEGE

SUNY Maritime College seeks a sports information director. This is responsible for assisting with all aspects of media and sports information relating to the college’s 15 intercollegiate sports: Men’s & Women’s Cross Country, Football, Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s & Women’s Rowing, Baseball, Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse, and Co-Ed Dinghy & Offshore Sailing teams. Apply here.