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July 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the 2016 season was a year of “almost.” He says he has a different phrase in mind for 2017. McGarity told a crowd at the Rotary Club of Athens this week that he believes the Bulldogs are ready to “get over that hump,” the Athens Banner-Herald reported. “We were so close, but I really, truly now feel this is the year we’re going to get over that hump,” he said. McGarity also made a point that’s not something athletic directors typically say when addressing a crowd of supporters which likely includes potential donors: Facilities aren’t king. – gridironnow.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

Wren Baker doesn’t recall the name of the professor he credits for changing the course of his life. He can barely remember his face. The advice that teacher gave a fellow student as Baker listened in more than 20 years ago is another matter entirely. That conversation changed Baker’s life and set him on course for a career in athletics that has led him to the University of North Texas. On Aug. 22, Baker will complete a busy first year as UNT’s athletic director that has seen him revamp the school’s staff, make plans to build two multimillion-dollar facilities and hire a new men’s basketball coach. Those are challenges Baker, 38, never anticipated facing before sitting down with a professor he’d never met at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Baker was a member of the school’s honors program and teamed up with the professor to interview a candidate for the program. – Brett Vito, dentonrc.comRead More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Among the hottest topics, the ones that make message boards explode and showcase the vast chasm between generations, is student attendance at WVU. There are two sides, those shouting that it was different in their day, and those espousing the myriad of entertainment options now, and that, frankly, it’s easier and at times a better experience to simply watch on high-definition TV. It’s little wonder that attendance across the country declined for the sixth consecutive season last year, with FBS crowds averaging 43,106 fans, down by one percent from the 2015 season according to CBS. While that was better than the four percent drop from 2014 to ’15, and shows a gradual slowing of the trend, the numbers remain way off of 2008’s peak of 46,565, with last season being the worst-attended year at the major collegiate level since 2000. – theet.comRead More

 

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

When looking at the competition and schedule for Western Illinois athletic programs, you’ll notice quite a change in Summit League schedules. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) officially left the Summit League on July 1 to join the Horizon League, leaving a gap for the eight remaining Summit teams. And while the loss of IUPUI does hurt, losing teams is nothing new to the Summit and nothing new around college athletics.  “It’s very fluid and I say that regularly, and I think it will remain fluid,” WIU director of athletics Matt Tanney said of conference realignment. “Going into this next year we’ll be at eight in the Summit League, Fort Wayne is our nearest partner to the east and Omaha is our nearest member institution to the west. As a league, I think we have to continue to be conscientious and aware of those changes and be ready to take the necessary steps. “Conference realignment is always going to be out there.“ – SCOTT HOLLAND, mcdonoughvoice.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

A former Board of Regents president. A former Lobo basketball star who made millions in the NBA. A local businessman who himself once pledged millions to the University of New Mexico to put his company’s name on the Pit. Those were among the Lobo athletics boosters whose names or companies showed up on a list released by UNM this week showing $432,000 has gone uncollected for the use of suites inside the Pit since the 2010-11 basketball season. But the list only seems to have created more questions than answers about the financial management practices of UNM athletics and the Lobo Club, the department’s independent fundraising arm tasked with selling and collecting money for the suites in the 51-year-old basketball venue recently renamed Dreamstyle Arena. –  Jessica Dyer and Geoff Grammer, abqjournal.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Wrestlers who violate NCAA weight certification protocols, use prohibited weight-loss practices or commit a severe weigh-in or medical examination violation will face stiffer penalties in the 2017-18 season. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a penalty change that requires a wrestler to miss eight consecutive competitions for a first offense in those areas and to sit out a year for a second offense. Wrestlers found to be in violation also would be required to recertify their weight at some point during the suspension period. Examples of violations covered under this rule include urine manipulation during weight assessments; use of rubber suits, saunas, diuretics or intravenous rehydration; and skin check forgery or deception. – Read More

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

Hal Mumme has been gone since 2008, but the New Mexico State athletic department remains on the hook for the former Aggies football head coach’s contract. The New Mexico State University Foundation paid Mumme’s buyout after he was fired after a 3-9 season in 2008 with two years remaining on his contract, with the understanding that the athletics department would repay the money. NMSU Director of Athletics Mario Moccia was notified in the past year that there remains a $375,000 balance owed to the Foundation.  In a “Settlement agreement and release” document obtained by the Sun-News, the total buyout amount was $480,918.  – Jason Groves , lcsun-news.com – Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

In a surprising development that surfaced on Friday, Chris Spielman is suing Ohio State and IMG for the improper use of images of players for promotional purposes. Spielman’s image was specifcally used in a promotion for a car company without his permission. The former Buckeye and NFL standout linebacker says he will donate any money he wins in the lawsuit to Ohio State’s athletic department. – Dave Biddle, ohiostate.247sports.comRead  More

CAL STATE SAN MARCOS UNIVERSITY
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CAL STATE SAN MARCOS UNIVERSITY

The probationary period is over, and the shackles are off. Cal State University San Marcos’ transition from an NAIA program to NCAADivision II was completed Friday, so it’s full speed ahead for the Cougars. CSUSM President Karen Haynes and Director of Athletics Jennifer Milo received a call from the NCAA Membership Committee notifying them the university is now a full-fledged Division II member. An NAIA power for years, the university’s teams had been participating in the California Collegiate Athletic Association the last three years but were not eligible for postseason play. That ended with Friday’s announcement. Foster’s team would have been eligible for the CCAA postseason tournament last season had the Cougars been a full conference member. In fact, 10 of 13 teams at the university, which offers athletic scholarships, would have been eligible for the postseason. – John Maffei, sandiegouniontribune.comRead More

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Much like every department of every public institution in the state of Illinois, the last couple of years have not been easy for the Western Illinois University athletic department. Hampered by a lack of an Illinois state budget, the department has had to pause project plans and go it alone. Much like every department of every public institution in the state of Illinois, the last couple of years have not been easy for the Western Illinois University athletic department. Hampered by a lack of an Illinois state budget, the department has had to pause project plans and go it alone. Despite the financial struggles, director of athletics Matt Tanney is still pleased with how the Leathernecks performed on and off the field of play in the 2016-2017 athletic and academic year. – mcdonoughvoice.comRead More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Former Buckeyes football great Chris Spielman has sued Ohio State University and its sports marketing agency, IMG, on behalf of past and current football players, accusing the school of profiting from “commercial exploitation of their images.” The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Columbus also names as “co-conspirators” Nike USA Inc., which makes licensed OSU apparel, and American Honda Motor Company Inc., which sponsored a series of banners with former star players’ names and photos hanging in Ohio Stadium. Spielman is seeking class-action status. The university profits from broadcast contracts, including replays of classic games and sales of DVDs, photos, jerseys and other merchandise with players’ likenesses. – Carrie Ghose, bizjournals.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA men’s basketball committee’s conclusion on Friday to incorporate game location into how it determines the quality of a win or loss is a step toward increasing the use of analytics in its decision-making — though it still has a ways to go. The committee previously defined a quality win as any victory over a team with an RPI rank from 1 to 50. Now, it has changed the definition of quality win to mean one that comes at home against an opponent ranked 1 to 30, at a neutral site over a foe ranked 1 to 50 or on the road versus a team ranked 1 to 75. That roughly jibes with BPI-based analysis indicating that in the 2016-17 season, a road victory by the 50th-ranked team — your average bubble team — over the 75th-ranked team would more or less be equivalent to that same team beating the 29th-best team at home. – Seth Walder, espn.comRead More

July 14, 2017

METHODIST UNIVERSITY
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METHODIST UNIVERSITY

Methodist University Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Eavenson announced the promotion of DeeDee Jarman from Senior Associate Director of Athletics to Deputy Director of Athletics on Friday afternoon. With the promotion, Jarman, who has served as the women’s basketball coach at MU since 1997, will step away from the sidelines and long-time assistant Cheryl McNair will assume the head coaching position on an interim basis for the 2017-18 season. Jarman will also retain the Senior Woman Administrator role within the department. Her promotion is effective immediately. Read More.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

NIU Athletics has launched a new online hub for the Campaign to Sustain at NIUSustain.com. The new website contains all the information on how the Huskie community can get involved in providing the best possible experience for NIU student-athletes today and in the future. NIUSustain.com provides the opportunity for NIU alums, fans and friends to explore all elements of the Campaign to Sustain and how you can get involved in helping to ensure NIU Athletics’ ability to carry on the rich tradition established by previous generations, while lifting future Huskies to new heights and instilling our alumni and entire campus community with pride. Read More.

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

Seton Hall University Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation Patrick Lyons has announced the promotion of eight department administrators across eight different areas that combine to work tirelessly to support Seton Hall student-athletes. The eight administrators are Christopher Carl, Thomas Chen, Brian Connor, Cameron Harty, Jay Judge, Alex Keddie, Loren Peterson and Roberto Sasso. Read More.

MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Four finalists will make trips to campus over the next two weeks to plead their cases to become Missouri Western’s next director of athletics. The Griffons named a group of four final candidates to take over for Kurt McGuffin, who left Western last month to take over the athletics department at Tennessee-Martin. Josh Looney, David Miller, Marty Bell and Todd Thurman will try to make the jump from director of athletics to becoming the eighth A.D. in Western’s history. – Brandon Zenner, News-Press Now. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is examining options to absorb its part of a recently announced $8 million cut to the university system’s fiscal 2018 budget. UAF’s share of the reduction is $2.7 million. With little excess to cut, academic programs, scholarships and athletic funding are up for reductions, UA President Jim Johnsen said. The university’s statewide department has been reduced 38 percent in the past four years and likely will continue to bear the brunt of the budget cuts, Johnsen said. – Erin Granger, Newsminer. Read More.

BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY
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BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY

Bemidji State University alumnus Jake Sobieck has joined BSU Alumni & Foundation as director of annual giving for Beaver Athletics. Sobieck will oversee all annual giving activities for Beaver Athletics, coordinate the foundation’s Beaver Pride club and serve as a liaison to the B-Club — a sport-specific alumni program for former Beaver student-athletes. He will also coordinate athletics fundraising events such as the bi-annual Green and White Dinner and Auction. – Josh Peterson, LPTV. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

The University of Wyoming released a statement from Athletics Director Tom Burman late Thursday afternoon disputing a claim made by an anonymous source in a story in Wednesday’s Star-Tribune. In the story, which talked about the sudden departure of UW Director of Sports Performance Russell Dennison, the source said that Dennison and Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl disagreed on the time it took players to return from injury. According to the source, Bohl would often push for shorter recovery times. – Star-Tribune. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

The rain went away just in time Thursday for Louisiana-Lafayette to cut the ribbon and formally dedicate its new 4,000-square-foot golf facility at Oakbourne Country Club. But even if the rain hadn’t abated, junior Triston Elston would still have been able to hit the ceremonial first shot out of the all-weather and technology-filled hitting bays that highlight the $600,000 facility. Fittingly, Elston hit a throwback 8-iron that was in coach Theo Sliman’s bag when he played for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Thursday’s ceremony was the third attempt at an official opening after rain pushed back the ribbon-cutting twice. The skies were still threatening during the 45-minute ceremony, but UL-Lafayette president Dr. E. Joseph Savoie said the weather wasn’t going to dampen his enthusiasm. – Dan Mcdonald, The Advocate. Read More.

SEC
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SEC

During this year’s Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting, Arkansas’ head coach, Bret Bielema, and athletic director, Jeff Long, approached Muschamp with an unusual request. They asked whether the South Carolina coach would allow senior running back David Williams to transfer to the Razorbacks — an inner-conference move that’s rarely done, even by a player, like Williams, who had graduated. Some coaches block players from transferring to schools outside of the conference, too. That’s what happened earlier this summer with former LSU tackle Willie Allen. Coach Ed Orgeron blocked Allen from transferring to his top choice, TCU, after the Horned Frogs made what LSU officials said was impermissible contact with Allen before LSU gave him his release. – Ross Dellenger, The Advocate. Read More.

COTTEY COLLEGE
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COTTEY COLLEGE

The Cottey College Athletic Department is pleased to announce several changes over the summer with the addition of two new coaches and the expansion of duties to include a Sports Information Director. Leah Killen has been hired as the inaugural tennis coach for the Comets; Anthony Skiles has been hired as the new cross country and track coach; and head softball coach Mark Skapin has accepted the additional responsibilities of sports information director (SID) for the entire Comets athletic program. Read More.

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens announced Friday that Matt Griffin will serve as the interim director of athletics. Griffin is no stranger to Kennesaw State, having spent two years as the Owls’ assistant athletics director for internal operations and the two years prior as director of athletics at Southern Polytechnic State University before the two institutions consolidated. Since 2015, Griffin has served as KSU’s director of trustee relations and development. Read More.

MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
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MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE UNIVERSITY

Mount Vernon Nazarene University announces the hire of Jon Erny to the position of Sports Information Director. Jon Erny comes to Mount Vernon Nazarene University after serving two years as the Assistant Sports Information Director at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., and two years as a Graduate Student Assistant for Sports Management at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Erny served as the primary media contact for various sports and managed game statistics at Taylor University. At Liberty University, Erny assisted in organizing and planning the Liberty University Department of Sport Management Golf Classic, as well as contributing to facilitating and grading undergraduate and senior-level athletic courses. Read More.

YORK COLLEGE
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YORK COLLEGE

Tree Burks was named Head Coach of the men’s basketball program at York College on Thursday morning. Burks is no stranger to the program after playing for the Panthers from 2009-12 and having been an assistant coach for four years, helping the team to three NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances. He has been the Associate Head Coach for the past two seasons. Burks is a 2012 graduate of York College and finished his Masters in Sports Administration in 2015 from NCAA Division I Northwestern St., where he was a graduate assistant. He is married to Jordeyn Burks; they have one daughter, and a boy on the way. Read More.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY ALEXANDRIA
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY ALEXANDRIA

The Generals filled an open spot on the men’s basketball coaching staff as head coach Larry Cordaro announced the hiring of Jimmy Wenslow III to round out his staff for next season. Wenslow, a native of nearby Pineville, comes to LSUA after six years as an assistant coach at Tioga High School in Ball, La. During his stint at Tioga, he’s seen the Indian team grow to new heights, taking three of the last four district championships and clinching a spot in the LHSAA Class 4A Quarterfinals last season, the deepest playoff run by the Indians in a number of years. Read More.

AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY
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AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY

The Augusta University men’s basketball program has added Drew Gibson to the staff, as announced by head coach Dip Metress. Gibson, who was a former player and the Director of Basketball Operations at Wofford College, will serve as the top assistant coach for the Jaguars. Gibson (Los Angeles, Calif.) was a four year starter for the Wofford Terriers basketball team from 2004-2008 and he joined the staff in 2014 as the Director of Basketball Operations. Gibson graduated from Wofford with a B.S. in finance in May of 2008. He is the son of Kevin and Floydette Gibson and his brother, Kyle, plays professional basketball in Italy.. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

University of Northern Iowa seeks Athletics Operations Coordinator. Serves as administrative assistant for Athletics; leads, plans, organizes and coordinates special projects, events, and meetings for the department; assists the Athletic Director in prioritizing activities and events; responsible for budget oversight; responsible for game contract administration for all sports; serves as liaison to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) office; and provides back up to the Athletic Business Manager as needed. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

University of Maryland seeks Senior Assistant Athletic Trainer. The Senior Assistant Athletic Trainer will be responsible for the day-to-day sports medicine/athletic training operations for men’s soccer and other assigned teams, to include prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of student-athletes; pre-participation physicals; inventory management of supplies and equipment; maintaining medical records; completing required insurance claims; daily interaction and communication with coaching staff, fellow athletic trainers, and administration.  – Apply Here

July 13, 2017

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Austin Peay State University seeks Assistant Director of Athletics Communications. Reporting to the Director of Athletics Communications, assists with the day to day communications and media relations for all 16 NCAA Division I sports as directed by the Director of Athletics Communications. – Apply Here