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March 22, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO

The University of Montevallo has added two buildings to its athletics facilities. Team members and coaches gathered with members of the community to cut the ribbon in front of the new facilities and celebrate the additions. The new baseball clubhouse has lockers, comfortable seating, a television, a laundry room, showers and table tennis. The track and field locker rooms and lacrosse locker rooms are outfitted in a similar style. The men and women have separate rooms with lockers and seating. The men’s room has an air hockey table and the women’s room has an arcade game. There is also room for athletic trainers to provide physical therapy to students. “In the Division II level, there’s not too many schools that have team rooms or locker rooms and offices at their track and field facility,” track coach Tommy Barksdale said. “I’m just thankful. It’s a great facility … and it’s already helped us out in more ways than one.” -Steven Calhoun, Shelby County Reporter, Read More

WOFFORD COLLEGE
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WOFFORD COLLEGE

Wofford College seeks a men’s golf head coach. Duties include but are not limited to: preparing budget; organizing and conducts practice sessions; recruiting student-athletes; preparing inventory of supplies and equipment; reporting on needs and maintenance of facilities and equipment to the Athletic Director, working with the Assistant Athletic Director to order equipment; attending professional meetings, clinics, workshops, etc. email: linemd@wofford.edu

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
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BOSTON UNIVERSITY

When Kathryn Yates was a freshman at Brown focusing on physiology and biotechnology, she never imagined working for a hockey team. Sports, though, had always been a part of Yates’ life. she envisioned a future working in research and development for a company or analyzing biometrics of various sports. Afterward, Yates enrolled at Boston University’s College of Engineering to earn her master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Yates began working with the team, analyzing video and advanced statistics. In November, after completing her degree, she was hired as the program’s first director of analytics. – Kathryn Yates, ESPN. Read More.

WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Westchester Community College Athletics seeks a head women’s volleyball coach. Under the supervision of the Director of Athletics, the Women’s Volleyball Coach is responsible for leading, administering and managing all aspects of a competitive varsity women’s volleyball program. Email: Michael.Belfiore@sunywcc.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

After four seasons serving as the assistant coach for the Alaska Nanooks men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams, Christina Turman has officially announced her resignation from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Athletic Department on Tuesday. Turman’s last official day will be May 1. Turman was hired on to the Alaska staff in August of 2013 under former Alaska cross country running and skiing head coach Scott Jerome before working under current head coach Nick Crawford for the past two seasons. Since joining the program, Turman, who was instrumental in helping the Alaska Nanooks move to the highly competitive Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) this past season, has turned out 17 qualifiers for the NCAA Skiing National Championships. Read More.

COLLEGE SPORTS
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COLLEGE SPORTS

A former star player at Indiana, Alford is now coaching UCLA, which is a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He previously coached New Mexico and Iowa. Indiana athletic director Fred Glass wants someone with IU ties, and Alford fits the bill. But what will it take to get him to Bloomington? One thing potentially standing in the way is Alford’s $7 million buyout at UCLA. That’s a lot of money, combined with Crean’s $4 million buyout. Adidas might be willing to pay $7 million over a grudge to try to get back at UCLA for moving to Under Armour. Recruits and coaches have long been lured to schools that have contracts with companies with which they’re already tied, either through their own contracts or their AAU team contracts. – Kevin Trahan, the comeback. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
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UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

The University of Toledo and head football coach Jason Candle have agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 season, UT vice president and athletic director Mike O’Brien announced today. Candle led the Rockets to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in his first full season as Toledo’s head coach in 2016. Candle took over the head coaching position at the end of the 2015 regular season, leading UT to a 32-17 victory over No. 24 Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. Before assuming the head coaching position, Candle had been an assistant at Toledo for seven years, the last four as the program’s offensive coordinator. Read More.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Former University of Alabama wide receiver Antonio “A.C.” Carter has filed a fraud lawsuit against coach Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic and the state of Florida. However, after believing he had been hired and the prospect accepted a scholarship with the Owls, Carter was notified by school officials that he didn’t pass the required background check and would not be employed “due to two prior minor misdemeanor criminal charges.” The lawsuit doesn’t mention the primary recruit by name, but it refers to him as being a former 4-star prospect who at one point signed a letter of intent with Florida, became a junior college player and hailed from Carter’s hometown of Tallahassee, Fla. Carter was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide before a leg injury ended his career in 2001. Although his comeback attempt lasted until 2004, he finished with 106 receptions for 1,294 yards. – Christopher Walsh, SEC Country. Read More.

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Athletic director John David Wicker says San Diego State is prepared to build a new football stadium on its own if it isn’t involved in a billion-dollar development that would include a stadium for an MLS team. The university has concerns with the SoccerCity concept, including the proposed size of the stadium. The Aztecs would like a stadium that seats between 35,000 and 40,000. He estimated the cost at between $125 million and $150 million. – USA Today. Read More.

NEWBURY COLLEGE
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NEWBURY COLLEGE

Following his first season, Women’s Basketball Head Coach Marc Taney has been promoted to Director of Basketball Operations and Full-Time Women’s Basketball Head Coach effective immediately as announced by Director of Athletics Jonathan Harper on Tuesday. Taney, who led the Nighthawks to the New England Collegiate Conference Quarterfinals in 2016-17, finished 8-10 in the NECC; the most conference victories for the Nighthawks since 2012-13. Taney, who has been involved in collegiate coaching since 2012, earned his first collegiate head coaching job at Newbury College in 2016. Read More.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY KOKOMO
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY KOKOMO

Indiana University Kokomo announces the appointment of Tom Church as its men’s basketball coach. Church previously was head men’s basketball coach at Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer. Athletic Director Greg Cooper said Church brings the leadership style, professionalism, and coaching background to lead the program into the next phase of its growth. Church, who is from Conneaut, Ohio, played at NCAA Division II Ashland University in Ohio. He had been an assistant coach at Hiram College in Ohio, Saint Joseph’s College, and Florida Southern College before earning the head coaching job at Saint Joseph’s College. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

University of Pennsylvania seeks a director of equipment operations. Under the direction of the CFO, the selected candidate is responsible for the administration, organization, and supervision of the Athletics Equipment Operations for 33 NCAA Division I sports. Must have knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations, as well as National Operating Committee on Standard Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards. Apply here.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
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NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

The dawn of a new era is about to take place for the Nova Southeastern University men’s basketball program. On Tuesday, March 21, Director of Athletics Michael Mominey has announced the hiring of NCAA coaching legend Jim Crutchfield as the next head coach. Crutchfield takes over the Sharks men’s basketball program after 13 successful seasons at NCAA Division II West Liberty. Since he took over the Hilltopper program, West Liberty is the only team in the country to advance to the Elite Eight four consecutive years since the tournament expanded to 64 teams. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

The University of Notre Dame (ND.jobs) is accepting applications for a Strength & Conditioning (Olympic Sports), Director.  As an executive member of the Notre Dame Student-Athlete Services team, the Strength & Conditioning, Director for Olympic Sports will lead, manage and help set the strategic vision for a team of dedicated and invested professionals whose mission is to maximize the genetic potential of each student athlete. Seven strength & conditioning coaches will report to this position, and the Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of personnel, facilities, and budget matters. This position will also serve as a coach to two teams, including the Women’s Basketball program, designing tailored training programs aimed at reducing the risk of injury while increasing strength, power, endurance and body awareness. The Director, reporting directly to the Senior Associate Athletics Director – Student-Athlete Services and working closely with the Under Armour Vice President of Athlete Performance, will collaborate with fellow Student-Athlete Services staff members to help fulfill the vision of Notre Dame Sports Performance. The Director will work to empower the strength & conditioning staff by promoting teamwork and collaboration, a coach-driven student-athlete centered approach and cutting-edge methodologies aligned to best practice. Apply here

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Louisiana State University seeks Director of Student-Athlete Mental Health. Job Responsibilities: 75% Responsible for assessing and treating common psychological issues such as anxiety/depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, grief, sexual trauma, personality disorders (especially borderline) and sports performance issues. 10% Responsible for program development for coaches and teams that addresses the importance of team dynamics and team building to enhance overall team performance. 5% Works closely in collaboration with team physicians regarding appropriate NCAA documentation as well as making medication recommendations for these disorders/disabilities. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

For the second year in a row, the NCAA has teamed up with Oculus to offer the free NCAA March Madness Live app, which attempts to immerse users in the excitement of the annual college hoops tournament. Users will be able to start watching games on March 23, with in-app purchases of $1.99 per game for a single camera view or $2.99 per game for a multi-angle, fully produced live VR game viewing experience ($7.99 will get you all six games in the series). -Adario Strange, Mashable, Read More

BIG SKY CONFERENCE
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BIG SKY CONFERENCE

The Big Sky Conference and the AT&T Sports Networks have agreed to a multi-year extension to continue their partnership to air Big Sky football beginning with the 2017-18 season. All games will air on its ROOT SPORTS-branded regional networks. The extension continues a relationship that is entering its sixth year. ROOT SPORTS will air a minimum of eight games each season with at least one of those games slated to include the league’s defending football champion. “The Big Sky is pleased to announce its continued partnership with ROOT SPORTS as the league’s football premiere TV network and appreciates the long-standing relationship,” said Big Sky Conference commissioner Andrea Williams. “The conference enjoys the Emmy-winning production and commitment of ROOT SPORTS to bring high quality football programming to our alum and fans across the country.” –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to the proposed $209 million settlement of a lawsuit related to the difference in the value of a traditional college athletic scholarship and a new version that covers the full cost of attendance. Wilken had strongly indicated during a hearing two weeks ago that she would take this action, but she wanted changes in the method used to notify the tens of thousands of athletes who would be covered by the agreement. She also wanted the creation of procedure under which athletes could either dispute the amounts they would receive or claim that they are entitled to a share of the settlement if they are not initially identified as being covered by the agreement. Those issues were addressed in a filing made Tuesday. The filing said that by late August, a website will be established that will allow athletes to see an estimate of the amount of money to which they would be entitled if the settlement receives final approval from Wilken in November. -Steve Berkowitz, USA Today, Read More

March 21, 2017

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

At the end of the basketball season, Missouri State completed its first season of alcohol sales at sporting events, and it was a success. On Dec. 15, 2016 Missouri State University announced they would sell alcohol to fans attending athletic events at JQH Arena and Plaster Stadium. This news was big at the time, but alcohol sales at college sporting events is nothing new. According to CBSsports.com in 2016 approximately 40 schools offered alcohol at stadiums and many more schools are considering adopting sales. Missouri State Athletic Director Kyle Moats explained that the athletic department watched other schools who made the move for about a year and a half to see if they should adopt the idea. The ultimate decision came down to how Missouri State could we increase the overall atmosphere and how to increase revenue. -Blaine Wheeler, the-standard.orgRead More

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

Later this year, the Colorado athletic department will be allowed to offer more financial stability to its coaches. On Monday afternoon, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate bill 17-041, the final step to it becoming a law and allowing more multi-year contracts in the athletic department. For years, state legislation has limited CU and other in-state schools, including Colorado State and Northern Colorado, to six multi-year contracts per campus, with a cap of five years in length on those deals. That legislation will stay intact for the university, but this new law makes employee positions in self-funded auxiliaries, such as athletics, exempt from that legislation. There will no longer be a cap on the amount of multi-year contracts that CU and other in-state schools can offer to coaches and staff in athletics. The 71st General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on May 10, and the new law will go into effect 90 days later, on Aug. 9. -Brian Howell, dailycamera.comRead More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Some North Carolina lawmakers want to create a commission that would advocate for college athletes. A bill filed Tuesday in the North Carolina Senate would create the Legislative Commission on the Fair Treatment of College Student-Athletes, which would “examine the needs and concerns” of athletes in the University of North Carolina system. The bill is sponsored by three Republican Senators — Warren Daniel of Burke County, and Dan Bishop and Jeff Tarte of Mecklenburg County. The commission would study issues related to athletes’ health insurance, injuries, unionization and profit-sharing for the use of their image. It would also consider athletes’ rights to be represented by attorneys, agents or financial advisors, and would review rules and punishments imposed by the NCAA and other organizations that limit transfer options or restrict an athlete’s ability to find outside work. –usnews.comRead More

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced Tuesday that Tony Robie has been promoted to head wrestling coach at Virginia Tech after serving as interim head coach since February. Robie led the Hokies to the team title at the ACC Championship and a sixth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis – Tech’s fifth-straight top-10 finish at nationals. Robie has been an integral member of the Virginia Tech wrestling staff for 11 seasons, serving as associate head coach since joining the Hokies in 2006 before assuming interim head coach duties for the ACC and NCAA Championships this season. A former head coach at Binghamton University, Robie was a two-time All-America selection and an NCAA runner-up as a student-athlete at Edinboro University. His resume also includes assistant coaching tenures at Michigan, West Virginia and his alma mater. “We are proud that Tony Robie will continue to lead our wrestling program at Virginia Tech,” Babcock said. “Tony has been loyal to Virginia Tech over the years and is respected by our student-athletes, as well as his peers in the wrestling community across the nation. He has done a very good job as our interim head coach, and we recognize the role he played over the past 11 years in building our program into a nationally elite one. We aspire to keep it that way and elevate it even further. Tony has proven his meddle as a leader, a recruiter and a teacher who represents all that we stand for at Virginia Tech. We looked at a number of candidates and Tony rose to the occasion. We have great confidence in him.” Read More

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Coastal Carolina University dignitaries held an official groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the expansion on Brooks Stadium, the Chanticleers’ football facility. The ceremony featured University President David DeCenzo, Board of Trustees Chair Wyatt Henderson, Director of Athletics Matt Hogue, Head Football Coach Joe Moglia, members of the Chanticleer football team and representatives from both McKinght Construction and Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects. The expansion of Brooks Stadium, with a current seating capacity of 9,214, will consist of two phases. The first phase will boost the seating capacity to at least 15,000 and be completed before CCU’s 2017 season opener on Sept. 2, when the Chants welcome their first NCAA FBS program, UMass. The initial project will include adding seats to both corners of the end zone nearest the field house, expanding the sections closest to the field on both side toward the scoreboard and expanding the upper deck on the east side (press box side) to match the length on the lower deck.  Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

The University of North Dakota’s plan to trim $1.3 million from the athletic department budget is expected to be announced next week, according to President Mark Kennedy. The athletic department was originally given a March 6 deadline but Kennedy extended that timeline to April on March 2. “The process is the athletic director will give me a recommendation that I will consider,” Kennedy told the Herald during a conference call on Tuesday. “There are conference considerations and Title IX considerations. Those are all complex and we want to make sure that when we make a decision—and I have no doubt the decision will be challenged—but when we make the decision, we can withstand what kind of challenge comes against that decision.” UND recently hired the firm Baker Donelson to provide Title IX consultation to the university. -Tom Miller, inforum.comRead More

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

The new Ragin’ Cajuns athletic director is getting to know residents in Acadia Parish. Bryan Maggard spent the afternoon at Brew and Bake Coffee House in Crowley where he heard from Cajuns fans. “UL athletics has many, many great things going on, and we’ve had a lot of great success athletically,” said Maggard. “We just want to grow that, and although it may be a little premature for me to talk about specifics because again I’m still trying to learn and assess, the ultimate goal is we just want to take a good thing and make it even better.” –katc.comRead More

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

Navy athletics held a spring football preview luncheon on Tuesday at The Boatyard Bar & Grill with head coach Ken Niumatalolo the featured guest. Navy footbal beat writers Gene Wang from the Washington Post and Bill Wagner from the Baltimore Sun Media Group were in attendance. Patrick Stevens, who has covered college athletics for many publications over the years and is currently with The Washington Post, was also on hand. Heather Dinich, a national college football writer for ESPN.com and also a longtime Anne Arundel County resident, was a welcome addition to the gathering. Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Tim Murray represented the Navy Radio Network. Scott Strasemeier and Stacie Michaud from the Navy Sports Information Department rounded out the group. Dinich asked Niumatalolo about the Power Five Conferences and that began a lively discussion on that topic. Niumatalolo said the Power Five has “upped the ante” for all of college football. Niumatalolo once again panned the idea of a separate Group of Five playoff. “We’re not into that,” he said. -Bill Wagner, capitalgazette.comRead More

 

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
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VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

After the Rams loss to St. Mary’s College in the NCAA tournament last week, Ram Nation found themselves in a familiar position, waiting to see if the coaching carousel would swing ’round one more time on Broad St. Late Monday night, news broke that VCU men’s basketball coach, Will Wade, accepted an offer for the same position at Louisiana State University. After hot stepping through the 5 stages of the grieving process in record time, VCU fans and alumni made it known who they wanted at the helm of VCU basketball. Their voices were heard and answered, as Athletic Director, Ed McLaughlin, announced that former VCU assistant, Mike Rhoades, is the next coach for VCU men’s basketball. -Michael Hagan, vcuramnation.comRead More

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

The possibility of Wichita State joining the American Athletic Conference has been discussed at the presidential level and is seen as increasingly likely, according to several sources in college athletics who recently spoke on the topic on the condition of anonymity. A source directly connected to AAC members described Wichita State’s candidacy as strong and expectations among many schools are that the Shockers will be added. Another source involved in college athletics termed it “almost inevitable.” A timetable is unclear for the possible addition of the Shockers, who would join the AAC for all of its current sports and give the conference a 12th basketball member. – PAUL SUELLENTROP, kansas.comRead More

 

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Florida Atlantic president John Kelly said the school discovered nothing connecting new Owls offensive coordinator Kendal Briles to the sexual assault scandal at Baylor before hiring him. “We didn’t find anything that we would be concerned about at that time,” Kelly said Tuesday morning. Kelly — who attended FAU’s first spring football practice of the season — spoke publicly about Briles for the first time since Briles was named in a lawsuit against Baylor in January. In the suit, Briles allegedly pitched recruits by saying white women at Baylor loved football players. “Do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor and they love football players,” Briles allegedly said to a Dallas-area recruit, according to the lawsuit. -Matthew DeFranks, Sun SentinelRead More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

The Clemson athletic department’s announcement of adding varsity softball as early as 2020 was met with a common response: finally. The idea of a Clemson softball team is nothing new. Proposals stretch back as far as former Tigers athletic director Bobby Robinson’s tenure (1985-2002). For Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, it’s one less query he has to field now. “Since I arrived at Clemson in late 2012, the most common question I’ve received from our fans, supporters and young women throughout the state has been, ‘Are you going to add softball?’” Radakovich said, “and I’m happy to now have a definitive answer.” A change in the college sports atmosphere helped clear a path for softball at Clemson, and what’s next for the program is plenty of planning before the finished product. An ESPN-sponsored linear ACC Network is certainly a big factor. The Clemson softball target date of February 2020 is line with the first season ACC softball will air on a conference television network, and that was noted as much in the university’s statement announcing softball as a substitute for women’s diving. -Brandon Rink, Independent Mail, Read More