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May 20, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

“Power” may not be a strong enough word to describe the financial benefits of being a member of a Power 5 Conference. The term Power 5 Conference refers to the five big, football-dominated college athletic conferences that get the lion’s share of college television revenue. With its membership in the Big 12, the University of Kansas is part of the club. The financial stakes are huge. While the Journal-World’s review of Kansas Athletics showed its finances unbalanced in some regards, it is nothing compared to some of the schools that have been left out of a Power 5 conference. The hallmarks of their budgets often are large amounts of student fees to support athletics, plus multimillion-dollar subsidies from the general university. Kansas’ budget does not show those signs. – Chad Lawhorn, Lj World. Read More.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
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BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Amid incessant rumors that Boston University coach David Quinn has been chosen as the new head coach of the New York Rangers, a source with direct knowledge of the inner workings of the Terrier hockey program said Saturday afternoon that Quinn is in New York, and BU officials expect him to be named to the Blueshirts job early this week. John Buccigross, ESPN’s lead voice on college hockey, tweeted earlier in the day that a source informed him that Quinn agreed to a five-year, $12 million contract with the Rangers, whose general manager is Jeff Gorton, the Bruins’ ex-assistant GM. According to Buccigross, Quinn informed BU athletic director Drew Marrochello of his decision to take the job. – Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe. Read More.

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

The firing of a well-known athletic department administrator by the University of California-Berkeley over sexual assault accusations has brought into focus the decade-long tenure there of Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour and what she may have known about the man’s conduct. Mohamed Muqtar, a Cal athletic department employee for a quarter-century until his firing on May 11, has been accused of various sexual violence and harassment by former Cal female athletes, detailed in an espn.com and Outside the Lines story on Thursday by Kate Fagan. Those claims were substantiated by the university after an internal investigation. According to the espn.com report, Cal’s own investigation, released to the accusers on April 24, detailed the accusations of seven women over a 12-year span from 1999 to 2011. Barbour was Cal athletic director from 2004 to 2014 before coming to Penn State. – David Jones, PENN Live. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

While his golf ball rarely went where he wanted it to, a satisfied smile never left Greg Byrne’s face during his 18-hole round Wednesday morning in the Regions Tradition Pro-Am at the Greystone Golf Club. That’s because, while playing the front nine, Alabama’s second-year athletic director managed to finalize a future home-and-home football series against Texas in 2022 and 2023. Joking later, Byrne sounded more like a business executive that had just secured a multimillion dollar merger. – Alex Byington, Special to the Advertiser. Read More.

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Southern University is expected to announce a five-year deal with Under Armour and BSN SPORTS to become the official apparel and equipment provider of all 15 intercollegiate sports programs on Monday, according to school officials. The agreement will begin on July 1 and runs through the 2022-23 season. As previously reported by The Advocate, the deal with Under Armour will cover the entire University, including the band and cheerleaders, while also allowing fans the opportunity to buy official merchandise such as shirts, polos and authentic game jerseys. Southern athletics will also have access to all Under Armour products. – Mike Gegenheimer, The Advocate. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Contributions slid for the second-straight year to the largest foundation supporting academics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and the UA System, according to IRS records. The University of Arkansas Foundation reported receiving contributions of $49.8 million for the 12-month period that ended June 30, down from $61.1 million a year earlier. The fiscal 2017 total was the lowest going back at least a decade, based on an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette review of tax returns dating to fiscal 2008. Earlier tax returns were not immediately available. Most gifts to support the Fayetteville campus are made to the UA Foundation, according to UA-Fayetteville’s most recent financial statement. – Arkansas Online. Read More.

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
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BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

Linda Cimino has vacated the head women’s basketball coaching position at Binghamton University following four seasons in which the Bearcats played to a 51-72 record. She has been appointed head coach at St. Francis Brooklyn College, a member of the Northeast Conference. BU won 20 of 32 games last season — the program’s first 20-win season in 17 years — and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational after losing to sixth-seeded Hartford in its America East Conference Tournament opener. – Pressconnects. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

Three current University of Maine head coaches, a player on the men’s basketball team and a former Black Bear All-American football player are among the 14-member search committee that will be help choose the institution’s next athletic director. Jim Settele, the chief of staff to UMaine president Susan J. Hunter, has been serving as the interim athletic director. Robert Dana, the chairman of the committee and the school’s vice president for student life and dean of students, called it a “very robust and energetic” committee and said “there isn’t a member of the committee who doesn’t bleed blue for the entire institution.” University of Maine women’s soccer coach Scott Atherley, men’s hockey coach Red Gendron and women’s basketball coach Amy Vachon; men’s basketball player Vincent Eze from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and former All-American defensive lineman and current business owner JoJo Oliphant will serve on the committee. – Bangor Daily News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

The University of Arizona Athletics Department and Vice President/Director of Athletics Dave Heeke have announced a pair of staff promotions. Dr. Amy Athey has been named Associate Athletics Director, Psychological Services and Wellness while Jim Krumpos has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director, Sports Performance. Dr. Athey joined the department in 2015 as the Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology Services. She is responsible for directing and providing mental health services and sport performance consultation to student-athletes. Dr. Athey also consults with coaches and sport programs around issues related to performance optimization and mental health. Read More.

BIG 12
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BIG 12

Online speculation begins anew about the Big 12 possibly making a pitch to add Arizona and Arizona State before the next round of TV negotiations sometime in the next decade. Arizona and Arizona State joined the Pac-10 in 1978. For all the athletic concerns, there’s no doubt the academic types at each school like being in the same league with prestige institutions like Stanford and Cal and USC and UCLA. Right now, the Big 12 seems to have come to grips with the advantage of being a 10-team league. Oklahoma made the College Football Playoff last season. Men’s basketball teams boosted the bottom line in the NCAA tournament. The round-robin schedule has become part of the conference’s identity. Travel within the conference is reasonable compared to its peers. David Boren’s assessment of the Big 12 as being “psychologically disadvantaged” because of its size has receded. – Chuck Carlton, SportsDay. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer is taking a wait-and-see approach to evaluating the impact legalized sports betting could have on his athletic department. “Right now, we’re looking at it and kind of see, what, if any, consequences it has to college football as we go along,” Fulmer said Thursday. – WN. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

NCAA athletic programs are examining ways to be compensated for any increased compliance costs caused by the legalization of sports betting in some states. On Thursday, representatives from Missouri, Rutgers and UConn participated in a conference call with Major League Baseball to consider options, including potentially creating a mechanism where a percentage of the amount wagered on events involving college teams would be funneled back to the schools. Major League Baseball, along with the NBA and PGA Tour, has been lobbying for similar fees to be paid to the professional leagues based on the amount wagered. – David Purdum and Darren Rovell. ESPN. Read More.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

In the wake of an internal audit that garnered unflattering headlines, Washington State President Kirk Schulz this week said a culture needs to be created to emphasize compliance and accountability. As Glenn Osterhout noted in a recent column, the football ticketing audit at WSU found places to tighten up. But the media furor over the audit, as both Osterhout and the Mercury News’ Jon Wilner said, was way too much about far too little. Schulz, however, took the opportunity this week to issue a very strong statement; ‘We clearly need to create a culture within Athletics that emphasizes compliance and accountability.’ – 247sports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford announced Friday afternoon a one-year extension to the current contract of men’s basketball head coach Matt McCall. The updated contract is now extended through March 28, 2023. In his first year at UMass, one marked by the typical transition associated with a coaching change, McCall led the Minutemen to a 13-20 overall record that showed signs of great promise for the future. McCall’s squad had early signature wins over Georgia and Providence while defeating Dayton twice in conference play. Read More.

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Ball State University Monday will name a new director of intercollegiate athletics. Mark Sandy, who has served in the position for more than three years, announced his retirement in January. During Sandy’s tenure, eight teams won Mid-American Conference league championships or division titles. Three new facilities projects have been completed during his time in Muncie — the Earl Yestingsmeier Golf Center, Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex and the Ron and Joan Venderly Football Center — and another, the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center, will open this summer for the basketball and volleyball programs. – Dan McGowan, Inside Indiana Business. Read More.

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

ACU head baseball coach Britt Bonneau announced he is resigning after 22 years as the Wildcats’ skipper. Bonneau’s announcement came on the heels of a season-ending loss to the Islanders on Saturday afternoon, capping the Wildcats’ season at 21-33 overall and 5-25 in the Southland Conference. The loss leaves Bonneau with a career record of 756-511-1 in those 22 seasons in charge of the ACU program. – Evan Nemec, KTXS. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

University of Washington head track and field and cross country coach Greg Metcalf has resigned from his position. A press release from the Huskies describes his departure as “a mutual separation.” “I have decided that it is in the best interest of the program for me to step down,” Metcalf said. “I want to thank the UW community who has made the past two decades such a special experience for me and my family.” He was head coach for 16 years. – Johanna Gretschel, Flotrack. Read More.

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Special guest Judy MacLeod of Conference USA, joins the Underdog Pawdcast to have a chat with Joseph Londergan and Satchel Ziffer. Judy takes part in a fun, candid conversation about the state of C-USA, the AAC’s Power 6 initiative, C-USA’s recent TV deal with CBS Sports, the possibility of expansion, and the landscape of college football among other things. This is a fun listen for fans of Conference USA and C-USA member institutions in staying up to date with Conference USA. – Cyrus Smith, under dog dynasty. Read More.

May 18, 2018

FAU
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FAU

Florida Atlantic University reported false numbers to the government, exaggerating how many women played for its sports teams, just a year after it ranked among the worst in the country for female representation in sports. In 2016, women represented more than half of the Boca Raton school’s enrollment but only 31 percent of its athletes. The percentage was the lowest of all 127 schools participating in the highest level of college sports. Just one year later, FAU claimed it had erased its female participation gap. It told the U.S. Department of Education in 2017 that 51 percent of its athletes were women. – Kenny Jacoby, Palm Beach Post. Read More.

CALVIN COLLEGE
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CALVIN COLLEGE

USA Triathlon today announced Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as the first school in the state of Michigan and the 10th at the NCAA Division III level to add women’s triathlon as a varsity sport. Calvin will use the upcoming 2018-19 academic year to hire a head coach and build the foundation for its first year of varsity competition, set for the 2019-20 season. A national search for a head coach will begin immediately. The addition of women’s triathlon to Calvin’s varsity sport portfolio was made possible through a grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation, which will fund the operating expenses of the program for its first three years. The USA Triathlon Foundation Women’s Emerging Sport Grant is distributed to select NCAA membership institutions to develop, implement and sustain women’s triathlon programs at the NCAA varsity level. – USA TRIATHLON, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – OSHKOSH
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – OSHKOSH

Matt Lewis has been named the interim head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh men’s basketball team, the university announced on Thursday. Lewis served as the top assistant under coach Pat Juckem for the past six seasons. He will lead the UWO program through the 2018-19 season before the university conducts a national search for the position next year. UWO is coming off a record-setting season in 2017-18, tying the school record with 25 wins and reaching the NCAA Division III title game for the first time in school history. – Steve Clark, USA Today. Read More.

ANGELINA COLLEGE
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ANGELINA COLLEGE

Kyle Manary has resigned as the head basketball coach at NJCAA Angelina College (TX) to pursue my eventual dream of becoming a Division 1 Head Coach. Manary had been the Roadrunners head coach for the past two seasons where he won 37 games. – Hoopdirt. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Trustees Thursday also took action on 10 building projects worth $235 million, athletic contracts and financial items: Seven assistant coaches in men’s and women’s basketball received contract extensions through April 2020: in men’s basketball, Orlando Antigua ($350,000), Jamall Walker ($275,000), Ron Coleman Jr. ($225,000) and head strength coach Adam Fletcher ($160,000); in women’s basketball, Kenisha Malone ($230,000), Tianna Kirkland ($200,000) and Steven Cochrane ($160,000). Urbana students will see no increase in the $62-per-semester transportation fee for MTD bus service on campus in 2018-19 under a new three-year contract with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District. The agreement runs through June 2021 and requires the UI to pay MTD about $5.55 million the first year and $5.81 million by 2020-21. – Julie Wurth, news-gazette. Read More.

WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Winona State University Director of Athletics, Eric Schoh, has announced the hire of Melanie Brunsdon as the new Associate Athletic Director for Warrior Athletics. Brunsdon will begin her appointment on July 2nd and is replacing current Associate A.D./SWA Myranda Nash who is departing for another opportunity. Brunsdon has spent the past five years as the Assistant Athletic Director at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky where she oversaw compliance along with direct supervision over the men’s and women’s golf programs. At Bellarmine, she was a member and chair of the Staff Council, served on the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee and the Title IX Committee. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA

UNO softball coach DJ Sanchez is stepping down to spend more time with her family. The announcement was made by the UNO athletic department Friday, one week after the Mavericks wrapped up a 20-31 season by going 2-2 at the Summit League tournament in Fargo, North Dakota. Sanchez, an All-American pitcher at Oklahoma, came to UNO after spending four seasons at St. Gregory’s in Oklahoma. The Mavs went 45-61 in her two seasons, including an 11-17 Summit mark. – Tony Boone, World-Herald. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

The NCAA won by losing this week with the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the federal ban on sports wagering. The governing body took one in the gut, but member schools stand to grow their coffers. The decision in Murphy v. NCAA, handed down Monday by a 6-3 vote, was reminiscent of the 1984 SCOTUS ruling that the association’s ownership of television rights violated antitrust law. Legalized gambling could have a similarly momentous impact. The issue is in congressional hands at the moment, but more than 30 states are expected to eventually allow sports wagering. (Some, it seems, could do so within the next year.) It’s a galaxy changer for all sports, not merely those of the “amateur” variety. – Jon Wilner, Mercury News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Two months have passed since the University at Buffalo hired Mark Alnutt to replace Allen Greene as athletic director. He became the fourth AD since 2015, when Danny White left for Central Florida. The list includes interim Kathy Twist, who took over on an interim basis when Allen Green left for Auburn. Alnutt was juggling his new job with family responsibilities in Memphis, where he served as deputy athletic director for three years after spending three years as athletic director at Southwest Missouri State. During a 40-minute conversation last week from his Alumni Arena office, Alnutt addressed a variety of topics ranging from the future of UB football to whether he plans to remain in Buffalo for an extended period and provide stability at the top of the athletics department. – Bucky Gleason, Buffalo News. Read More.

NORWICH UNIVERSITY
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NORWICH UNIVERSITY

Norwich University Director of Athletics Tony Mariano announced the promotion of Heather Faasse to the role of head women’s soccer and lacrosse coach on Friday. Faasse came to Norwich in January of 2017 and has served as an assistant coach for women’s soccer and lacrosse programs for a year, before being named the interim head lacrosse coach on January 26, 2018. Faasse guided the women’s lacrosse program this spring to a 7-8 record and its best winning percentage since the 2014 season. The Cadets also finished 5-5 in GNAC games under Faasse, earning the No. 6 seed for the GNAC Tournament. She tutored two GNAC All-Conference selections in Kate Albretsen ’19 and Olivia Bloom ’20 in her inaugural season as head coach. Read More.

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Diego State University seeks a senior associate athletic director of development. Under the direction of the Director of Athletics, the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development will support and enhance the mission of the San Diego State University Athletic Department. The incumbent will establish, develop, and implement goals and be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors/prospects for major gifts. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville has reached a settlement with ex-athletic director Tom Jurich following his firing amid a college basketball recruiting scandal. U of L’s board of trustees and athletic association board of directors approved the settlement at a special joint meeting Friday. The settlement is for $4.5 million. His personnel file will say he was terminated without cause as a result of his resignation. Former men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino also was fired and quickly sued the university’s athletic association, claiming breach of contract. Jurich didn’t take his controversial dismissal to court, though sources close to him recently said a lawsuit had been prepared. – Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal. Read More.