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May 21, 2017

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

Pat Mason inherited a Virginia Tech baseball program fresh off five consecutive winning seasons, a stretch highlighted by two NCAA tournament appearances. Unable to sustain that success, he was fired Sunday. The Hokies were 90-126-1 in Mason’s four years, 37-82 in the rugged ACC. His dismissal came less than 24 hours after a 7-5 loss at Miami ended Tech’s season at 23-32. The defeat was far too typical for the Hokies. They seized a 5-2 lead on Rahiem Cooper’s three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning, only to see the Hurricanes win on Edgar Michelangelini’s three-run shot in the bottom of the frame. Tech finished 9-21 in the ACC, 1-14 in league road games, and failed to earn a spot in the conference tournament for the third time during Mason’s tenure. The Hokies rank second among 14 ACC teams with 84 home runs but last in ERA at 5.82. – David Teel, dailypress.comRead More

ULM
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ULM

On the heels of the worst season record in the school’s history, the Warhawk athletic department has released head baseball coach Bruce Peddie. He broke the news to his team prior to Saturdays’ game with Louisiana-Lafayette. In an interview with KTVE on Wednesday, Peddie felt confident that he knew the direction the school was going. “I’m sure the decision has already been made and that’s ok,” Peddie said. “I get paid to coach those young men, and that’s what I’m going to do until I’m told otherwise”. – Chris Demirdjian, myarklamiss.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

The University of North Dakota announced in late March that it would be cutting three sports: women’s hockey and both men’s and women’s swimming and diving. According to ​USA Today, $1.3 million must be cut from the UND athletics department in order to keep up with ongoing budget cuts throughout the university that are a trickle down effect from the state’s grim financial future. According to the ​Grand Forks Herald​, the cutting of the programs adds up to about $3 million, with about $900,000 coming from the swimming and diving programs. Less than a week later, the University at Buffalo announced that it would be cutting its men’s swimming and diving program. According to an FAQ page released by UB, there were five factors considered when deciding which of the 20 programs would be cut: ​program costs, facilities, Title IX, geographic location, ​and ​a ​comparison of programs​ at other Mid-American Conference schools. – Emma Hruby, floswimming.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Former UCF football player Jah Reid is suing the UCF Athletics Association and a separate corporation led by football coach Scott Frost for improper use of his likeness. Reid, an offensive lineman who played at UCF from 2006-10, was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and most recently was on the Kansas City Chiefs roster. The civil lawsuit filed in Orange County Circuit alleges UCF Athletics Association and Rise and Conquer LLC used Reid’s name, accomplishments and picture to promote football summer camps. The lawsuit notes one camp brochure states, “come to camp and have a chance to earn an offer like Jah Reid.” Reid’s attorney stated in the lawsuit he reached out to the UCF Athletics Association and Rise and Conquer LLC for an explanation why his likeness was used without permission. The lawsuit stated UCF officials denied they improperly used Reid’s likeness, while Rise and Conquer did not respond to the inquiry. – Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.comRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Matt Rhule keeps pulling in recruits. If he’s doing this with the scandal fresh in people’s minds, seems like he could eventually really pull in a great class if Baylor can have a decent, trouble-free season. What do you think? Mosley: I think Matt Rhule certainly understands the depth of this awful scandal, but he wasn’t around for it and didn’t play any role in it. His focus is on moving the program forward. And I think with all the community service and his belief in high character type players, he can eventually turn this program into something alums can be proud of once again. I don’t see recruiting being an issue for him. Texas high school coaches have really taken a liking to Rhule. And in Joey McGurire and Wetzel, he’s hired two of the most respected high school coaches in the state. And I think these guys can flat-out coach, too. – Matt Mosley, sportsday.dallasnews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee athletic director John Currie has made his first hire, and he didn’t have to look far to do so. Chris Woodruff was promoted from interim coach to head coach of Tennessee’s men’s tennis program, fulfilling a career dream for a Knoxville native and former NCAA singles champion at UT. “I grew up here,” Woodruff said Friday at his introductory press conference. “This place was the springboard to who I am today.” Woodruff, a graduate of Bearden High School, has been an assistant coach for 13 years, the past 11 as associate head coach under Sam Winterbotham. Currie, who took over as athletic director April 1, fired Winterbotham on May 4 and named Woodruff interim coach. The interim is off. Woodruff receives a five-year contract with an average base salary of $141,000. Winterbotham was earning $181,873. – Mike Strange, knoxnews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

If there was any doubt before, there isn’t now. Chrissi Rawak, the new athletic director at the University of Delaware, has indelibly put her stamp on the Blue Hens’ sports programs and what happens now – good and/or bad – is a direct result of the direction she has taken them. In the space of a few months, Rawak has gotten rid of the coaches of the three most important sports at UD – football and men’s and women’s basketball. It was hard to argue with her first two decisions, when she fired football coach Dave Brock and men’s basketball coach Monte Ross, replacing them with, respectively, Danny Rocco and Martin Ingelsby. – Kevin Noonan, townsquaredelaware.comRead More

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

Under Armour isn’t an underdog shoe and apparel company, not with Stephen Curry endorsing and Notre Dame, UCLA and Maryland on board. But it’s not Nike and not even quite Adidas in the world of brand recognition. Perhaps that suits Wichita State, which will become an Under Armour school, under terms still in negotiation, on July 1 to start an eight-year contract. Kansas is an Adidas school. Kansas State is Nike. Wichita State didn’t want to feel like its apparel rep squeezed in a visit while in the neighborhood. Kayla Blanding, WSU director marketing and communications, visited the Under Armour campus in Baltimore earlier this month while in the area for an American Athletic Conference marketing meeting in Annapolis, Md. – PAUL SUELLENTROP, kansas.comRead More

 

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma State basketball coach Mike Boynton has appointed longtime OSU administrator Lance Troester as the program’s assistant athletic director for men’s basketball. Troester arrived in Stillwater in 2006, and has worked closely with the basketball program as OSU’s assistant AD/compliance. No stranger to his new role, Troester previously served as the assistant director of men’s basketball operations at Florida State under former Cowboy head coach Leonard Hamilton. “Lance brings tremendous value to our staff as our new assistant AD for basketball, and we’re excited to have him come on board with us,” Boynton said. “He’ll obviously be involved in the day-to-day operations of our program, but he’ll also be heavily involved with our on-campus activities from a recruiting standpoint. Most importantly, he’ll be someone who keeps the staff organized internally. He has great experience in this role from his time at Florida State, and he’s someone that brings a great deal of compliance knowledge as well. I look forward to working with him going forward.” – m.newson6.comRead More

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Marshall University’s softball team enjoyed unparalleled success this spring with home-field advantage being one of the major components of the program. As Marshall took part in the NCAA Softball Lexington Region at Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium, athletic director Mike Hamrick said uprades to the Dot Hicks Field playing surface are coming. In the next few weeks workers will get to work replacing the outfield surface, which is artificial turf. “Our facility is outstanding and we’re really going to add a big upgrade to that this summer,” Hamrick said. “We have to re-do the turf and we did the fence last year. All that stuff was getting old and it was getting to the point where, possibly down the road, it could’ve been dangerous, so it was time to upgrade. – GRANT TRAYLOR, herald-dispatch.comRead More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

A number of projects and upgrades are ongoing or nearing completion at Michigan State. One major one remains in limbo. The $18-$20 million addition to Munn Ice Arena has been on hold because of a lack of donations, athletic director Mark Hollis said this week, but revitalizing the Spartans’ hockey home remains “a high priority.” “It’s just about getting the lead gift in place so something like that can happen,” Hollis said this week at the Big Ten athletic directors meetings. Deputy athletic director Greg Ianni said in 2013 Munn upgrades were on the horizon after the completion of the north end zone addition at Spartan Stadium. However, a number of other projects — including more updates at Spartan Stadium, Breslin Center and Jenison Field House — moved in front of the major Munn project. – Chris Solari, freep.comRead More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Weather delays have pushed back the completion date of Texas Tech’s new Sports Performance Center — but take a breath: The football team will be able to use its side if necessary in August. The new center, which will house an indoor track facility and an indoor practice field for the football team, is under construction and was expected to be completed in July. Regent Christopher Huckabee quizzed a Tech official about the delays in a recent meeting of the Tech Board of Regents that also saw action taken regarding capital projects tied to Amarillo. Michael Molina, vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction of the Tech system, said Flintco LLC has run into a few problems in building the sports center. – Karen Michael, amarillo.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

The foundation supporting athletics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville saw a surge in contributions the same year a different foundation that manages academic program donations reported an annual decline of $12 million, according to IRS returns for the 12-month period that ended June 30. For the Razorback Foundation Inc., Internal Revenue Service returns reaching back to 2010 show that fiscal 2016’s $48.9 million in contributions are the most this decade and up about 25 percent from the previous year’s $39.2 million. The time period covered by the return included a fundraising campaign for adding new suites to an expanded Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Meanwhile, the University of Arkansas Foundation Inc., which manages funds supporting UA and other parts of the UA System, received contributions of $61.1 million in fiscal 2016, down about 17 percent from $73.2 million a year earlier. The biggest year-over-year change, however, came with investment income: $682,115 in the most recent fiscal year, down about 99 percent from the previous year’s $44.7 million. –  Jaime Adame, m.arkansasonline.comRead More

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

Almost two decades of Division II. Students at SF State have been questioning why the university’s sports teams don’t compete under Division I.  The Gators have been a part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II for 19 years. With the men’s basketball team being ranked as high as 13 in the NABC Coaches Poll last season, and making it into the NCAA Division II West Regionals the previous season, students are beginning to ask questions about testing Division I schools.   “I’ve been to almost every men’s basketball home game this season and seen division one teams play on tv,” said SF State biology major, Natalie Avila. “I truly believe our team can keep up and beat some of these division one schools.” A long and complicated five-year process needs to take place if SF State wants to join the NCAA Division I, according to the NCAA handbook. California State University, Bakersfield completed the reclassification process, which began in 2005 and was completed in 2011. – IVAN CORONA, goldengatexpress.orgRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

In less than 100 days, the college football season will open and the NCAA can slip back into its protective cocoon. Because then it won’t be about just scandals and Title IX lawsuits and cover-ups of heinous criminal actions by athlete, it will be about games and rankings and crowds and tailgates and revenue. Especially revenue. College football generates more than $3.4 billion, and Nick Saban’s new contract at Alabama pays him $11 million annually, which isn’t bad for an amateur sports enterprise that has balked at paying its players more than tuition and a free trip through the sandwich bar. I bring this up now because Baylor, whose football program generated $38.3 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year, hasn’t heard a peep from the NCAA, despite the school’s failure to properly respond to a series of alleged sexual assaults that date to 2012. – Jeff Schultz, myajc.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT MARTIN
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT MARTIN

According to an online report, Kurt McGuffin’s six-year tenure at Missouri Western could be coming to an end. Footballscoop.com reported Missouri Western State University Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin is headed to the University of Tennessee-Martin. Sources told the website that UT Martin “has reached an agreement to hire Missouri Western State AD Kurt McGuffin to be their new director of athletics.” Kent Heier, assistant director of public relations for Missouri Western, couldn’t confirm the report. “Any information about UT Martin’s athletic director would have to come from UT Martin,” Kent Heier said. “If they have announced something then we might have some comment but until then there’s nothing that we can say.” The move comes just months after McGuffin decided to take the Griffon football program in another direction. In November, Jerry Partridge was fired after 20 years as the Griffons head football coach. Western hired Matt Williamson to take over the program in December. – newspressnow.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

While the university is pinching pennies, the U of L Athletic Association presented its 2017-18 budget today asking for an eight percent increase in funds. ULAA proposed a $104 million budget for 2017-18, $8 million more than 2016-17. Revenue is up by four percent from 2016-17 according to Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Kevin Miller. Miller explained the football program makes up 38 percent of the department’s revenue and men’s basketball accounts for 28 percent. “The biggest increase there is is on the television revenue side,” Miller said. Marketing of floor seating has also increased revenue. “We were able to sell more seats this past year and have more commitments in place for the current year,” Miller said. In April, ULAA outlined plans to build a TV production studio and a soccer practice facility. – Shelby Brown, louisvillecardinal.comRead More

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

President Mary A. Papazian announced today that she has appointed Marie Tuite to serve as the university’s next athletics director. A seasoned administrator and committed Spartan who had been heading Spartan Athletics on an interim basis, Tuite brings to the office a lifetime of professional experience in athletics leadership that she began as an aspiring teacher and outstanding collegiate basketball and field hockey player. “We searched nationally for the best athletics director we could find–and we found her, right here,” President Papazian said. “Marie Tuite has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the success of all students, to our university’s mission, and to the principle that athletics should be woven into the fabric of the university.” As the search committee found (members listed below), Tuite’s accomplishments are many. She spent five years working in the NCAA head office. She has served in leadership roles on six college campuses including the past seven years at San José State. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

Like most athletic directors these days, David Harris has a lengthy to-do list at the University of Northern Iowa. UNI competes at a high level in nearly every sport, but Panther athletics are playing catch-up with the competition in many regards when it comes to infrastucture. From the needs of today’s Division I student-athletes to staffing, coaching salaries and facilities, Harris won’t run out of things to do anytime soon. It all starts with fundraising. The cost of doing the daily business of athletics continues to rise, while generating revenue for facilities is another ongoing challenge. There is good news. The Panther Scholarship Club, under the direction of Nathan Christensen, is on track to meet its fundraising goal of $1.5 million. That money helps pay the athletic department’s scholarship expenses each year. – DOUG NEWHOFF, wcfcourier.comRead More

INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Universities and their athletic departments are in a perpetual state of fundraising, so it’s not a surprise when an athletic department declares it’s desire to raise money. What does make Indiana State’s Elevate fundraising campaign — which was publicly rolled out on Friday — different and noteworthy is how specific it’s particular goals are. ISU’s athletic department — working in conjunction with the ISU Foundation’s Sycamore Athletic Fund — wants to raise $600,000 within a two-year span and has specific goals in mind for the money. • Sports Performance and Nutrition Center — The current renovation of the north side of ISU’s arena complex will include the Sports Performance and Nutrition Center. In its release, ISU’s athletic department said, “The new Sports Performance Center will provide a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to improving individual and team performance and serve as common ground for cultivating an atmosphere focused on competition and discipline combined with an emphasis on proper nutrition.” – Todd Aaron , tribstar.comRead More

ACC
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ACC

Five consecutive years of revenue growth ended for the ACC in fiscal 2015-16, and though expected, the decline left the league last among Power Five conferences in average distribution to its members. The ACC on Friday released its 2015-16 federal tax return, Form 990, which reported $373.4 million in total revenue, down 7.4 percent from the previous year’s $403.1 million. The decrease was caused by two factors: Maryland’s one-time, $31.4 penalty for leaving the ACC for the Big Ten inflated 2014-15 revenue. Plus, in 2015-16 the Orange Bowl, the ACC’s contract bowl, hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal, and in such seasons, the conference receives less money. While ACC revenue for media rights ($217.9 million to $226.1 million) and NCAA basketball ($18.4 million to $20.6 million) increased, the conference’s average distribution to its 14 full-member schools fell 10.1 percent, to $23.8 million from $26.2 million. Partial member Notre Dame received $4.3 million, and the league distributed 90.4 percent of its revenue back to its campuses. – dailypress.comRead More

May 19, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Michael Moll has been hired as Wisconsin’s Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine, UW Senior Associate Athletic Director Doug Tiedt announced on Friday. Moll has served as an athletic trainer for the Badgers since September of 2000, including spending the last five seasons as head football athletic trainer. During his time at UW, Moll has served as the primary athletic trainer for a variety of sports including softball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s basketball and wrestling. In his new role as Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine, Moll will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering the overall sports medicine program for UW. He will serve as the athletics health care administrator and oversee UW’s athletic health care administration and delivery. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements their attorneys called historic Friday. Iowa will pay $2.33 million to Meyer and $1.49 million to Griesbaum to cover lost wages and emotional distress damages. The school will also pay $2.68 million to Newkirk Zwagerman, the Des Moines law firm that represented both women. In exchange, Meyer and Griesbaum will drop their lawsuits and requests for reinstatement. The deals end litigation that has prompted criticism of Athletic Director Gary Barta’s management. Meyer had served as Iowa’s senior associate athletic director for 13 years, while Griesbaum had led the largely successful field hockey program for 14 seasons. -Ryan J. Foley, AP, Read More

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

Wichita State University fans may be able to drink a toast to the American Athletic Conference at all home games, matches and tournaments. WSU athletic director Darron Boatright said he made a request to sell 3.2 beer at athletic events to university president John Bardo. The request comes as Bardo is evaluating the campus alcohol policy with hotels and restaurants under consideration for the university’s Innovation Campus. “I believe it’s at a stage where a decision will be made soon,” Boatright said. “The request I’ve made is for all athletic facilities. I would be interested in offering consistent concession stands at all of our events, if possible.” Beer and alcohol sales at college sports events is no longer a rarity. Boatright’s request would bring the rest of WSU’s athletic events in line with baseball at Eck Stadium for beer sales. It would also bring WSU up to date in comparison with most schools in the American Athletic Conference. -Paul Sullentrop, Kansas City Star, Read More

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees approved a new five-year contract for Appalachian State football head coach Scott Satterfield at its March 24 meeting. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved the contract at its May 18 meeting. The contract lasts through the 2021 season. In addition to changes to his compensation package, Satterfield has also agreed to take on an active and expanded role in A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence, a fundraising initiative designed to generate and provide essential resources for the entire Appalachian State athletic department. –Read More

DAEMEN COLLEGE
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DAEMEN COLLEGE

Daemen College director of athletics Bridget Niland announced the hiring of alumnus Kyle Harman to the part-time position of head men’s golf coach today. A 2013 graduate of the college, Harman returns to his alma mater and the program for which he played as a collegiate student-athlete from 2011-13, helping the team capture the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national championship as a senior. Read More.

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
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WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY

Wright State University announced today that Intercollegiate Athletics will implement cost-cutting measures that will eliminate men’s and women’s swimming & diving, effective immediately. Athletics expects to save approximately $500,000 annually in scholarship costs, salaries, team budgets, travel and facility maintenance, once all of the cutbacks are fully realized. The department will continue to honor the financial aid of all student-athletes affected until they graduate. These student-athletes will be permitted, by NCAA rules, to transfer to another institution without penalty. Read More.

NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Northwestern Oklahoma State baseball coach Sam Carel — citing personal reasons — submitted his resignation Thursday. Carel had a 47-98 records with the Rangers with seasons of 19-29 in 2015, 14-35 in 2016 and 14-34 in 2017. NWOSU was 11-22 in the Great American Conference in 2016 and 8-24 in 2017. Carel said he is leaving with “great sorrow.” He thanked athletic director Brad Franz for his support. The Rangers saw facility upgrades in Carel’s three seasons, a new warning track in the outfield, a much-needed full irrigation system and a repainting of the entire outfield wall. – Enid News & Eagle, Enid News. Read More.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M University 12th Man Foundation seeks a Group Ticket Sales Director. Under the general supervision of the Senior Vice President of Ticketing Operations, the Director of Group Ticket Sales will serve as the manager of the Group Ticket Sales Department with immediate supervisory responsibility for the Group Ticket Sales staff. Apply here.

NCAA
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NCAA

When the NCAA Division I Council passed a sweeping reform package last month, recruiting changes grabbed the headlines. But a much less-publicized change fostered debate during the recently completed ACC spring meetings: the immediate elimination of two-a-day practices. Though most schools have already moved away from relying heavily on two-a-days, the new rule means coaches across the country must decide how to squeeze in the allotted 29 practices before the season begins. Overall, ACC coaches were not pleased with the package that passed, taking issue with the official spring visits and new December signing period, along with the two-a-days provision that ended up getting tied into the proposal. – Andrea Adelson, ESPN. Read More.