AD SCOOP - CollegeAD

Get the latest AD Scoop from college athletic directors and athletic departments across the country. Executive Transactions, Jobs, News and More.

Got news? Call/Text/Email/or DM College AD at 775-238-3557, mail@collegead.com, or @collegead. Sources always remain anonymous.
February 16, 2018

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

Grand Canyon University is set to debut its brand new baseball stadium, Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark, on Friday when the baseball program opens its 2018 season against No. 4/7 TCU at 6 p.m. The opening of the facility coincides with the Lopes’ return to Division I postseason eligibility. The ballpark caps off GCU’s “10 in 2” initiative, an unprecedented plan to build 10 new athletic facilities in a two-year span as the athletic department completed its transition to NCAA Division I athletics. Along the way, GCU also has debuted a new soccer stadium, softball stadium, beach volleyball stadium, tennis complex, basketball practice facility, student-athlete academic center, golf practice facility, equipment room and athlete performance center. The GCU 10 in 2 initiative is just one component of the university’s rapid campus expansion. Over the past decade, GCU has invested $1 billion in new facilities and technologies to accommodate a boom in enrollment. –GCU Today, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

The University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation received its first head coaching endowment: a seven-figure commitment to establish the Richard and Kitzia Goodman Head Hockey Coach position for the eight-time National Champion Pioneers, the University announced Thursday. “DU hockey is a cherished tradition for our community,” said Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. “This gift enables our athletics program to reach higher in pursuit of quality outcomes on the ice and academically. We are grateful to Richard, Kitzia and their family for their trust, vision and support of our championship hockey program.” –Read More 

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

New figures from the NCAA show attendance at the six games played in 2017 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium dipped by a little over 5 percent versus the six home games in 2016. In light of that drop-off, UT’s new athletics director promises a “much more dynamic and energetic environment” in and around DKR next year. Chris Del Conte, the new athletics director at UT, says he and his colleagues are “actively addressing” the attendance slump. “We’ve been looking at the numbers, and we recognize the dip in attendance figures in recent years here. It’s an issue that so many schools across the country are dealing with and one that is a top priority for us,” Del Conte tells CultureMap in a statement. Del Conte says he and his team are evaluating every aspect of the game-day experience at DKR. “We have a lot of talented people in the room and are reaching out to all of our constituents — coaches, student-athletes, students, fans, and supporters — to come up with ways to improve,” he says. “I’m excited about the plans we are discussing and really looking forward to the [next] season. We are going to have a much more dynamic and energetic environment in and around our stadium in 2018.” -John Egan, Culture Map, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

The total operating expenses for UNC’s athletic department rose again in 2016-17, reaching $96.5 million, according to the revenues and expenses report that the school submitted to the NCAA in January. UNC’s total operating expenses were about $83.5 million three years ago. Mirroring national trends, cost of attendance at UNC has increased. So have costs associated with coach salaries and facilities, where UNC currently has about $100 million worth of construction ongoing for new facilities for football, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field. “The costs are very concerning as we go forward,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “Our scholarship costs have risen significantly in the last couple of years with the cost of attendance. We used to get an out-of-state tuition waiver for student-athletes. We don’t get that anymore. … “The challenge for us is that we have many more teams than most of our peers, more student-athletes. So, many of those costs are somewhat exacerbated for us.” Thus far, UNC has managed to keep pace with the increasing costs. UNC reported slight surpluses – more total operating revenue than expenses – to the NCAA in five of the last six fiscal years. The school posted a tiny surplus of $10,803 in 2016-17 after having identical revenue and expense figures of just under $95.2 million in 2015-16. Surpluses for the four prior years averaged about $229,000. -Nolan Hayes, Inside Carolina, Read More

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Built in 1981, Allie P. has seen dozens of talented Cowboy players walk its halls, including Robin Ventura, Pete Incaviglia and OSU coach Josh Holliday. Although Allie P. is the fifth-oldest ballpark among Big 12 schools, it’s the oldest to have not undergone a major renovation to the main stadium complex. The announcement for a new ballpark from OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder could come sooner rather than later, Holliday said. “We’ve had a really aggressive position on our stadium for a long time,” Holliday said. “It’s a huge project. It’s an exciting project, and we’re getting very close to having, I think, the funds that Coach Holder and administration feels necessary to make that project come to life.” “I don’t have any exact dates on it or anything, but that’s something that (Holder) works at every single day,” Holliday said. “I really appreciate how important it is to him and the school that we have a new stadium. “We’re close. When you see what it’s going to look like and the type of project it is, it’s pretty magnificent. It’s not small.” Holder has stated in the past that the estimated cost of the new ballpark is about $40 million, with the price of naming rights set at $20 million. -Jeremy Kolok, OColly, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

The University of Texas fired track coach Mario Sategna on Thursday after five years and multiple Big 12 championships, with new athletic director Chris Del Conte saying the program needs a new direction. Sategna took over the program in 2013 after Texas dismissed former coach Bev Kearney following revelations she had a relationship with a student-athlete a decade earlier. Sategna took a personal leave in late 2016, followed by an administrative leave while he was under a school ethics and misconduct investigation. Sategna was allowed to return to the program in early 2017, with no explanation of what Texas was investigating. At the time, then-men’s athletic director Mike Perrin and women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky said in a joint statement that all the school’s concerns had been addressed, but Sategna must meet ”appropriate responsive measures” in the future. The school has previously said the investigation didn’t involve NCAA compliance or gender discrimination issues. -AP, Read More

USC
AD SCOOP
0

USC

The uncertainty among USC’s revenue sports has mostly been reserved for men’s basketball. Associate head coach Tony Bland was arrested in September as part of an FBI investigation into bribery and corruption throughout college basketball, four days before the Trojans began practices for the season. Bland, first put on administrative leave, was fired last month. The probe also cost the team sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton, who was ultimately suspended for the season by the university after it determined a family friend had received impermissible benefits. On the court, the Trojans have had trouble despite their first preseason top-10 ranking in four decades and expectations of a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament. A pair of three-game losing streaks have instead put them on the edge of the tournament bubble. In the first of a two-part interview, USC athletic director Lynn Swann discussed the up-and-down season and the FBI investigation, plus other topics. -Joey Kaufman, OC Register, Read More

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

University at Buffalo seeks Director of Athletics. The Director of Athletics has overall responsibility for the Division of Athletics comprising all athletic, recreation and intramural programs, and basic (non-degree) physical education instruction, including the administration of UB’s Division I intercollegiate athletics program, with a commitment to student athlete excellence in the classroom and on the playing field; the welfare of student athletes; clear compliance with all NCAA, conference and university policies; and fiscal integrity and responsibility. – Apply Here

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State president Michael Crow ultimately could make the final call on the Sun Devils’ out-of-the-box hire for their most public and well-paid job. Herm Edwards indeed met with Crow to earn his trust before being named ASU’s head football coach, but the school president saw the hire of Edwards, who’d been out of coaching for nine years, from a different perspective. It was athletic director and vice president for university athletics Ray Anderson who Crow trusted in making the decision. “So it’s really jump on the Ray Anderson train,” Crow told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “Just look at the coaches that have been hired and how we’re doing.” Those outcomes, Crow said, were enough to convince him that Edwards and a restructured football department would lead to success. “When I met Herman and had the chance to sit down with him for a few hours, I could see immediately that the skillsets that Ray has been moving toward in all of our coaches was present and abundant in Coach Edwards,” Crow said. -Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Sports, Read More

NCAA
AD SCOOP
0

NCAA

The NCAA was back in front of a 9th Circuit panel on Thursday presenting oral arguments as the association appeals the $42.3 million that was appointed to the lawyers for fees and costs of the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannan case. USA TODAY’s Steve Berkowitz reports that because the plaintiffs in the case were awarded less than they sought, the NCAA argued attorney’s fees and cost should have been less as well. –Read the full exchange 

KALAMAZOO COLLEGE
AD SCOOP
0

KALAMAZOO COLLEGE

Kalamazoo College seeks Athletic Director. The athletic director supervises the athletic program, including fitness and wellness; coordinates the physical education graduation requirement; and develops, implements, and coordinates the department’s philosophy and goals in conjunction with Kalamazoo stakeholders including faculty, alumni, and student-athletes. – Apply Here

February 15, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Pitt Athletics has added three new positions to aid in the development of a first-of-its-kind mentorship program within the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program, Pitt Director of Athletics Heather Lyke announced Thursday. As part of this robust investment in mentoring student-athletes, Lousaka Polite and John Pelusi have joined the Pitt athletic department, with both garnering the title of Assistant Athletic Director of Varsity Letter Club and Mentorship. In addition, Lisa Auld has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Student Life. In their new roles, Polite and Pelusi will both focus primarily on mentor recruitment for Pitt student-athletes. Auld, who has been with Pitt Athletics since 2011, earns a promotion that will also see her play a key role in the mentorship program, in addition to her duties working with student-athletes on career and personal development and health and wellness initiatives. –Read More

FAU
AD SCOOP
0

FAU

In the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Parkland’s Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida Atlantic University is prepared to upgrade security at its baseball games, the school told The Post on Thursday. “We will implement the same procedures at baseball that we do at football as well as men’s and women’s basketball,” interim athletic director Brian Battle said through an FAU spokesperson. Those procedures, which have been used at football games for years and began at basketball games last month, include full metal-detector scans and increased police and security for all ticketed events. Officers from both the school’s police department and Boca Raton’s own department join staffers in making sure those attempting to enter the stadium do not have anything dangerous. Fans who leave the ballpark/stadium may be forced to go through the metal detector again upon re-entering. The new security plan will begin Friday night when the Owls baseball team begins its season against George Washington University (6:30 p.m., FAU Baseball Stadium). –Palm Beach Post, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville board of trustees voted Thursday to terminate Kimberly Maffet, one of three athletics department employees fired this month. Maffet, a special assistant to the president and provost who served as associate athletic director of human resources, was considered an at-will employee. Her termination is effective immediately. Maffet’s termination was among the items discussed by the board of trustees during a 90-minute closed executive session. Interim university President Greg Postel said no one representing Maffet was present during the executive session. On Feb. 2, the university announced Maffet and two other employees had been let go: senior associate athletic director of development Mark Jurich and associate athletic director of marketing Julianne Waldron. Interim athletics director Vince Tyra cited departmental “restructuring” as the reason for the firings. -Danielle Lerner, Courier Journal, Read More

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Alabama State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Adidas today announced a five-year partnership in which the Portland (Ore.) based company will be the official athletic footwear, apparel and accessory brand of the Hornets through the 2022-23 season. “We are excited about partnering with Adidas over the next five years,” Alabama State interim athletic director Jennifer Lynne Williams said. “Adidas is one of the world’s most recognizable companies in the industry. The brand speaks for itself and is respected worldwide. We think Adidas and Alabama State are natural fit as they will help continue to push our brand worldwide.” With the new all-school, multi-year deal, Adidas will supply the Hornets with custom uniforms, apparel, football and accessories for the Hornets’ 18 intercollegiate varsity teams. Alabama State will annually be a part of Adidas elite branding, providing Alabama State student-athletes and coaches with Adidas elite products and performance gear. Additionally, through the new partnership, Alabama State athletics will extend its ability to provide apparel allocations to the Alabama State cheer squad and the Mighty Marching Hornets. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

After two decades leading the Penn men’s soccer program, head coach Rudy Fuller is departing the post to take a senior leadership position in the Ivy League school’s athletic department. Fuller has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Intercollegiate Programs, the university announced on Thursday. Fuller will provide administrative oversight for all 33 intercollegiate sports with specific responsibility for football and men’s and women’s basketball, in addition to overseeing compliance, student development and sports performance. Prior to Fuller arriving in West Philadelphia, the Quakers had only one winning season in program history. Fuller’s teams won seven Philadelphia Soccer Six championships, reached the NCAA Championship four times (2002, 2008, 2010, 2013), and won three Ivy League titles (2002, 2008, 2013). Penn advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on two occasions, in 2002 and 2010. –  Matt Ralph, brotherlygame.comRead More

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Bobcat Athletics has signed a new agreement securing Under Armour as the department’s official shoe and apparel partner through the summer of 2023, MSU Director of Athletics Leon Costello has announced. The contract increases annual product allotment nearly two-and-a-half times, and covers each of the University’s varsity athletic teams. It includes two option years, and provides Montana State’s branding efforts strong local and national platforms. In addition to the five guaranteed years, the contract also features two option years (2023-24 and 2024-25). Costello is pleased with the stability and growth potential the contract brings to MSU’s branding and apparel efforts.  Montana State remains Under Armour’s lone Division I partner in the Treasure State, and is among a large number of Division I partners that span all geographic regions and major conferences. – Nick Petraccione, montanasports.comRead More

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Two projects designed to upgrade amenities in Northern Illinois University’s Convocation Center and expected to cost more than $1.5 million were recommended to the Board of Trustees for approval during a committee meeting Thursday. The university’s Finance, Audit, Compliance, Facilities and Operations Committee first reached consensus on a plan to update and renovate the Nelson Suite in the Convocation Center’s main arena. The suite, which is available for rent for NIU fnas during athletic games and events, would receive new lighting, seating, flooring material and a lounge and food service area. The project would be funded with $275,000 from a donation directed to Intercollegiate Athletics. A second proposal was made to replace the video board and scoreboard in the main arena, which have been in the building since its construction in 2002. –  DREW ZIMMERMAN, daily-chronicle.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Earlier this week, Miami Hurricanes athletic director Blake James said construction on the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility was on target to be completed in time for the start of fall camp in August. Thursday, the school announced another major gift from a former football star that will help bring the project closer to completion. Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who played at Miami from 2004-2006, donated $100,000 toward the facility. With Olsen’s gift, Miami has now raised $2 million for the $34-million facility from more than 80 former Hurricane football players who have donated to the project. Among those former players to donate was coach Mark Richt, who donated $1 million toward the project in 2016. – Christy Cabrera Chirinos, sun-sentinel.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Former University of Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch dropped his appeal Thursday of his expulsion over allegations of raping two women, while insisting “I did not commit any of the acts that I am being accused of.” Flanked by his lawyer and mother, the senior center appeared at a news conference rather than as scheduled before a student panel on sexual misconduct. His mother, Marlene Lynch, said she believed him “100 percent.” Attorney Ryan Pacyga said they decided to drop the appeal over concerns the disciplinary process is unfair, while acknowledging that failing to appear meant the expulsion will take effect. He said Lynch has completed his coursework and, since the season is nearly over, would pursue basketball career opportunities. He declined to say if he would sue the university. – STEVE KARNOWSKI, usnews.comRead More

NCAA
AD SCOOP
0

NCAA

It has been five months since the FBI arrested 10 men in a sweeping federal probe into the underbelly of the basketball world. As the three ongoing criminal cases resulting from the investigation plod along, it’s increasingly unlikely there will be another wave of double-digit arrests. More legal charges still could come, but what’s becoming increasingly clear as the discovery portion of the case comes to a close is that the breadth of potential NCAA rules violations uncovered is wide enough to fundamentally and indelibly alter the sport of college basketball. The soundtrack to the three federal basketball corruption cases is essentially a ticking time bomb, which will inevitably explode. It will impact every major conference, Hall of Fame coaches, a score of current top players and some of the nation’s most distinguished and respected programs. – Pete Thamel, sports.yahoo.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville board of trustees voted Thursday to terminate Kimberly Maffet, one of three athletics department employees fired this month. Maffet, a special assistant to the president and provost who served as associate athletic director of human resources, was considered an at-will employee. Her termination is effective immediately.  Maffet’s termination was among the items discussed by the board of trustees during a 90-minute closed executive session. Interim university President Greg Postel said no one representing Maffet was present during the executive session. On Feb. 2, the university announced Maffet and two other employees had been let go: senior associate athletic director of development Mark Jurich and associate athletic director of marketing Julianne Waldron. Interim athletics director Vince Tyra cited departmental “restructuring” as the reason for the firings. – Danielle Lerner, courier-journal.comRead More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Former Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis broke his silence with an email Tuesday to MSU’s athletic department staff that was critical of reporting by ESPN. The email, which was forwarded to multiple media outlets, had a header “Thank You” and was sent from Hollis’ MSU email account. Hollis — who announced his retirement Jan. 26, about two hours before ESPN published a story examining MSU’s handling of allegations of sexual assault and violence against women in its football and basketball programs — wrote “there were inaccurate, incomplete and misleading statements made and then reported by ESPN.” The ESPN story cited Hollis’ role in the aftermath of an alleged 2010 sexual assault involving Travis Walton, who was a student assistant coach at the time, and two unnamed players. – Chris Solari, freep.comRead More

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY

Fairfield University Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Council, as announced by the NCAA office. Schlickmann will serve a four-year term on the national committee beginning July 1, 2018. “It is an honor to serve on the Division I Council alongside so many colleagues whom I hold in such high regard,” said Schlickmann. “I look forward to engaging in the critical process of helping to shape and support the NCAA’s mission and direction at such a pivotal time for college athletics.” Read More.

NCAA
AD SCOOP
0

NCAA

Five research teams will receive a total of $100,000 through the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program, designed to enhance college athletes’ mental health and well-being. The program is aimed at funding projects that will bring tangible benefits to college athletes when used by individuals or by NCAA member schools’ athletics departments. This year’s grant recipients will produce work that touches a wide range of areas, including bystander intervention, financial literacy, sleep wellness, coach mental health education and student-athlete mental health literacy. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletics is a multi-million dollar business. And that business has a new CEO. Bill Moos became director of athletics last October. For the NET News “Speaking of Nebraska” program Memorial Stadium to talk about challenges, expectations and broader issues connected with big-time college athletics. “Very proud athletic program, again at a great university. Wonderful, hard-working people. Good quality student athletes. I’ve been quite impressed. We will be making some changes, but as is my way of doing things, wait a little bit after I’ve observed and assessed things, and then put my touch on it and we take off and go.” – Mike Tobias, Net Nebraska. Read More.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Football players at Florida A&M now have the choice of staying on or off campus, as long as they are not a freshman. Players who are awarded an athletic scholarship are assigned to live in the on-campus apartments, Palmetto Phase III. As of Aug. 1, 1996, the NCAA eliminated athletic residence halls. Due to this, athletes cannot make up more than 50 percent of a dorm, wing, or floor. There is no doubt that a student-athlete considers several factors when choosing the school of their choice and housing placement does play a part in that decision. The condition of the facilities also has an influence on the athlete’s overall experience at the university. – Kiara Buckner, The Famuan Online. Read More.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY
AD SCOOP
0

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

The streaming media revolution has thrust the nation’s top college athletics departments into the role of full-fledged college sports broadcast networks. Using Telestream Wirecast live streaming production software, the athletics department at Cornell University is able to meet the challenge, delivering HD-quality live streams of Big Red home games to ESPN3, Facebook Live and the Ivy League Digital Network, a 9-channel Internet sportscasting service that broadcasts Ivy League games. Cornell also delivers Big Red games directly to their alumni and other fans that are passionate about following their teams through Facebook Live. – Broadcasting Cable. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY

Charles Guthrie has spent 100 days as athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and among the biggest issues he’s had to deal with in his short time here is the future home of the men’s basketball team. UWGB’s five-year contract with the Resch Center expires at the end of the season. Guthrie said the school is talking to PMI Entertainment, which manages the venue, and added there is “an open dialogue and transparent discussions about opportunities for the future.” It receives $1,000 back for a turnstile count of 4,000 or more, $2,000 for 5,000 or more, and $4,000 for a crowd greater than 6,000. But attendance has gone down each season since the beginning of the agreement, despite the team breaking its 20-year NCAA tournament drought in 2016. – Scott Venci, USA Today. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
AD SCOOP
0

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

Faculty and student leaders at the University of New Mexico are decrying the possibility that the UNM athletics department may not have to repay its $4.7 million deficit to the school, raising concerns about fairness and institutional values. Doughty told the Journal he wants to have multiple options to consider and that the discussion deserves “campuswide involvement.” UNM budget staff members have introduced a preliminary plan for athletics to make annual payments of $350,000 to tackle the debt but say they would have a more detailed plan next month. – Jessica Dyer, ABQ Journal. Read More.