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October 12, 2015

NORTHLAND COLLEGE
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NORTHLAND COLLEGE

Northland College’s new sports talk radio program, “The Jack and Jill Show,” made its debut Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
Northland College (NC) Head Men’s Hockey Coach/Assistant Athletic Director Seamus Gregory, NC Women’s Hockey Coach Kelly Rider and NC Golf Coach/Assistant Hockey Coach Michael Lennon are the hosts of the new show, which keeps up with all news and developments of Northland’s sports scene. “It’s a show that we thought we’d put together on behalf of our varsity club, which is also our booster club to keep our members and fans and community up-to-date on the happenings of Lumberjack and Jill athletics,” Gregory said. – Sara M. Chase, Ashland Daily Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

In case losing to a conference rival by 27 points and falling to 0-6 wasn’t enough of a blow for the UCF football team, its fans showed their disappointment by not showing up for the Knights’ home game against UConn. The announced attendance of 26,669 was the lowest at a home game since Nov. 25, 2011, when UCF beat the UTEP 31-14 in front of 21,127. The streets surrounding Bright House Networks Stadium, normally backed up with heavy traffic, were clear before Saturday’s game. The majority of those who did attend left at halftime. There were only a few scattered groups of faithful supporters by the end. -Shannon Green and Alicia DelGallo, Orlando Sentinel, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

University of Iowa Associate Athletics Director Rick Klatt, has been named Interim Director for Special Communications Initiatives with the UI Office of the Vice President for Strategic Communications. His salary, which was $124,166 in the 2014 budget year, won’t change, said UI spokeswoman Jeneane Beck. The temporary move will help the university cope with the recent departure of three key leaders in the communications office. Klatt will begin in his new role Oct. 15. He told The Gazette the interim assignment is “an important space that has become very short-handed in a very short period of time.” Klatt said his institutional knowledge could be valuable in the role. – Vanessa Miller, The Gazette, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

With two of his three daughters now college-aged and on campus every day, Thorr Bjorn’s perspective has changed. This particular October — Domestic Violence Awareness Month — brings a sobering reality for the University of Rhode Island’s athletic director. Twins Stephanie and Robyn, members of the Rams’ Class of 2019, are now entering what should be some of the best years of their young lives. They also happen to be among the most dangerous. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, some 43 percent of college women will experience some sort of abusive behavior at the hands of their partners. Depression, bouts of substance abuse and other long-term effects could soon follow. -Bill Koch, providencejournal.com- Read More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Texas Tech University Athletics officials announced a $1 million gift from PlainsCapital Bank supporting The Campaign for Fearless Champions on Friday. The gift will support construction of the planned Sports Performance Center, which will house the new indoor track and indoor football practice facilities. “PlainsCapital Bank is an outstanding partner and long-time friend of Texas Tech Athletics,” said Kirby Hocutt, Director of Athletics. “Their sustained philanthropic support has been an important part of our past success and we appreciate their continued commitment to the future of our athletic programs.”

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Multiple sources told HornsDigest.com Texas and Nike officials, including Kevin Durant, met the weekend of Sept. 26 in Austin and are now working on a long-term deal that will continue a 16-year partnership between the Longhorns and the swoosh. After Texas’ meeting with Nike the weekend of Sept. 26 – with Durant present – Longhorns’ Interim Athletic Director Mike Perrin, a Houston lawyer, and UT officials appeared to completely change course from the strategy of Patterson aimed at putting Nike in a bidding war with Under Armour, Adidas or anyone else, sources said. One source close to the situation said Perrin and UT officials are now in deep negotiations to hammer out a long-term deal with Nike. – Chip Brown, Scout, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss is expecting to hear next week when — or if — standout tackle Laremy Tunsil might rejoin the team. Tunsil has missed the Rebels’ first six games this year as the NCAA investigates eligibility issues related to the lineman potentially receiving improper benefits. Tunsil is an elite NFL Draft prospect; the latest Sporting News 2016 mock draft had him projected to go sixth overall.-Marc Lancaster, Sporting NewsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico’s athletics department balanced its budget for just the second time in the past eight years – despite personnel costs rising to an all-time high and ticket revenue slumping in some sports. Thanks in large part to a $1.2 million bump in revenue distribution from the Mountain West Conference in 2014-15, UNM finished in the black by a modest $3,554, according to operating budget figures the Journal obtained through an Inspection of Public Records Act request. Balancing the athletics budget at UNM hasn’t been easy under the Krebs watch. University President Robert G. Frank has expressed concern over the athletics budget but also plenty of understanding, citing the ever-changing financial landscape in college athletics that has created unprecedented challenges. – Geoff Grammer, Albuquerque Journal-  Read More

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Hardly anyone likes to eat more than football players. Except those who are simply eating to survive. Wednesday night, the Northwestern State football team joined with other volunteers to provide life-sustaining meals as part of the global Stop Hunger Now initiative. The First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches hosted the event, in conjunction with the church’s Methodist Men group. Demon football players and coaches were joined by local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the NSU dodge ball club and church members, all working for close to two hours to pack over 20,000 grain-based meals. Stop Hunger Now, established in 1998, is a non-profit organization which “gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people.” Stop Hunger Now has provided 180 million meals in 65 countries utilizing more than 500,000 volunteers in the process. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

University of Miami Athletic Director Blake James maintained that he will not make any midseason decisions on coach Al Golden’s job status — even if Miami got blown out at No. 12 Florida State Saturday night. James said he received several phone calls and emails after UM’s loss at Cincinnati on Oct. 1. UM pays its fifth-year coach $2,539,315, according to a USA Today report on FBS coaching salaries released this week. His pay, which does not include any potential bonuses, ranks 42nd of the 121 the newspaper was able to report and is behind at least seven ACC coaches. -Matt Porter,Palm Beach PostRead More

October 11, 2015

GARDNER–WEBB UNIVERSITY
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GARDNER–WEBB UNIVERSITY

Gardner-Webb inducted five new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame over homecoming weekend in addition to presenting its meritorious service award to Ron Hooper. The official ceremony was held in Tucker Student Center Friday evening. The Hall of Fame 2015 class included: Terry Guess (football); John Keeter (football); Bill Nix (football, baseball); Linette Ramseur (volleyball) and Zach Ward (baseball).-shelbystar.com– Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

USC Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian will take an indefinite leave of absence, athletic director Pat Haden announced Sunday. Sarkisian is leaving the team to seek treatment, according to multiple reports. Haden sent Sarkisian home from Trojans practice Sunday. “It was clear to me that he’s not healthy,” Haden said. “And I asked him to take an indefinite leave of absence.” Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will be the team’s interim coach. USC is 3–2 this season, coming off a loss to Sarkisian’s former team, the Washington Huskies, on Thursday. -Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The University of Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson announced Sunday that Randy Edsall has been relieved of his duties as head football coach. “We appreciate Randy’s tireless commitment to the University of Maryland,” said Anderson.  “This was a difficult decision, but ultimately this is the best course of action for our football program moving forward.” Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has been named the interim coach for the remainder of the season. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

Dan McCarney has been fired as North Texas coach, the school announced an hour after a disappointing, blowout loss to an FCS program that continued a spiraling season. The Mean Green lost their homecoming game to Portland State 66-7 on Saturday, falling to 0-5. e co-interim head coaches, a source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.-ESPN– Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

For one of the smaller athletic programs in the Big Ten, the University of Illinois athletic department is a big business and getting bigger. Even during an economic downturn, spending on UI athletics has grown by 57.6 percent in the last 10 years, from $48.4 million in reporting year 2005 to $80.8 million last year. The spending increase has been driven by a revenue surge, mostly with proceeds from the Big Ten Network. Spending soared during the 10-year period, from $47.9 million to $83.7 million.-Tom Kacich, The News-Gazette- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

The NCAA has accused the University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns of recruiting violations, the school confirmed Sunday to The Daily Advertiser. The Ragin Cajuns’ responded to a notice of allegations from the NCAA is late August, in which the NCAA accused former UL assistant David Saunders of breaking recruiting-related rules. The allegations involve an academic eligibility issue regarding standardized test scores of multiple recruits signed by current head coach Mark Hudspeth, according to the report. The report says the athletes involved, Hudspeth and recruiting coordinator Reed Stringer had no knowledge of wrongdoing. – Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated- Read More

October 9, 2015

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Coastal Carolina University will add beach volleyball as the school’s 19th intercollegiate athletic program, Director of Athletics Matt Hogue announced. The program will begin competition during the current academic year with the first contest slated for the spring of 2016. The program will also join the Atlantic Sun Conference as an affiliate member. Beach volleyball is one of the fastest-growing NCAA sports with 60 schools now sponsoring. Programs will play in one comprehensive NCAA division — including schools from Divisions I, II and III.

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Beach Volleyball Committee selected the host site for the inaugural National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship. The NCAA’s 90th and newest National Championship will debut May 6-8, 2016 at the Gulf Shores Public Beach and will be hosted by the city of Gulf Shores, Alabama and Orange Beach Sports Commission. The host institution for the inaugural beach volleyball championship will be the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The university and Gulf Shores have also been chosen as the hosts of the 2017 championship, which will be May 5-7, 2017. – Lauren McLaughlin, Gulf Coast News Today. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARY
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UNIVERSITY OF MARY

University of Mary is looking for an Assistant Director of Athletics. The Assistant Director of Athletics is responsible and oversees the daily operations and financial management of the athletics department. Email letter of interest, resume and application to employment@umary.edu.

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz was one of the few Conference USA coaches to not receive a salary bump from 2014 to 2015. Instead, Holtz, who receives an annual salary of $500,000, and the university dished out pay raises to almost the entire staff for 2015. Tech’s assistant pool was $999,700 in 2014, the seventh-most in the conference, and has since been elevated to an all-time high of $1.05 million, or an increase of $55,300. Throw in a raise to strength and conditioning coach Kurt Hester, and Tech’s staff received a total increase of $83,100. “What we tried to do is we really tried to focus on the guys who were on the lower end when we first came in here,” Holtz told The News-Star on Wednesday. “We worked hard to take the monies that were available to try and elevate the people that were on the bottom to make their salaries more competitive. – Sean Isabella, The News Star, Read More

HOWARD UNIVERSITY
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HOWARD UNIVERSITY

Howard University is looking for a Senior Associate Athletic Director (Job ID 30693). To serve as primary advisor and liaison to the Director of Athletics. The Senior Associate Athletic Director, Athletics is the most senior among the administrative staff in the department. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA

The University of West Florida announced the promotion of Brett Berg to the position of Director of Development for Athletics in the Division of University Advancement. Berg, previously the University’s Associate Director of Development, earned the promotion after successfully growing and advancing UWF’s athletic fundraising efforts for six years. As the Director of Development for Athletics, Berg will take a lead role in building relationships and soliciting gifts for UWF athletics and the University.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

New Mexico announced on Thursday the hiring of Eugene Canal as the new Associate Director of Communications for UNM. Canal spent the past several years at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. He will handle media relations at UNM for the men’s basketball program and the women’s soccer program. – Thomas Romero-Salas, Daily Lobo, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF GUAM
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UNIVERSITY OF GUAM

University of Guam officials, students and island dignitaries were among those who attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at the University of Guam Calvo Field House to celebrate renovations made to the facility. The facility now features a refinished 24,000-square-foot wood floor and an energy-efficient air condition system. An automated, retractable bleacher system also was installed. The renovations to the field house are the second part of a two-phase project. The first phase was the $1.9 million revamping of university’s Triton Fitness Center. – Maria Hernandez, Pacific Daily News. Read More.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

CSU’s newest live mascot – CAM 25 – will make his official debut Saturday when the Rams host Boise State in a 5 p.m. game at Hughes Stadium. The unveiling is part of a busy day with lots of fan-friendly promotions designed to thank students, faculty, staff and other fans for their support of CSU and Ram athletics. In addition to CAM’s debut, the CSU athletic department is sponsoring student giveaways – including a trip for two to Cancun.

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Four Texas Tech football practices have been delayed by 90 minutes because of lightning, Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt told the Tech System Board of Regents Thursday afternoon. One of the practices was before the Texas Christian University game. “So that’s what happened,” a voice called out near the regents’ table before the crowded room broke out into guffaws. But lightning wouldn’t be a danger if the team had an indoor practice facility, and Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning and Construction Michael Molina presented a plan for Regents to authorize a second-stage design budget of $1.12 million. – Karen Michael, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Read More

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Liberty University’s new 60,000-square-foot Academic and Performance Center (APC), currently under construction next to the Liberty Baseball Stadium, will integrate study areas with state-of-the-art rehabilitation and strength and conditioning facilities. The building, situated behind Osbourne Stadium and the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex near the new Freedom Tower, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. Approximately one-third of the space will be reserved for academic offices, tutoring centers, and study halls. It will also feature an Olympic sport weight room and space for short- and long-term rehabilitation of Liberty’s NCAA Division I athletes. Kristie Beitz, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Affairs, said the floorplan will promote cooperation between student-athletes and various Department of Athletics personnel.

NCAA
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NCAA

Should the NCAA require schools to lock down their buildings one day a week with no athletic activities or travel for players? That’s one idea the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is asking Division I athletes in a survey for their perspective about the amount of time they put into athletics. For years, NCAA studies have shown many athletes spend more than 40 hours a week on their sport, well beyond the association’s 20-hour rule that everyone knows gets abused. A recent Pac-12 study showed its athletes spend an average of 50 hours per week on their sport and are often “too exhausted to study effectively.” An informal CBS Sports survey of elite SEC football players found that 55 percent said they spend more than 50 hours a week on football. – Jon Solomon, CBSSports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

ULM Head Coach Todd Berry’s total salary of $360,600 per-year remains the lowest of any head football coach in the FBS and the Sun Belt Conference. The average base compensation for an FBS Head Coach is just over $2 million. Based on an accompanying USA Today database, there are 139 assistant football coaches in FBS that made the same amount of money or more than Berry in 2014. Berry was paid $360,000 by ULM and received an additional $600 from “other sources.” He has been eligible for a total of $47,500 in incentive bonuses the past two seasons and did not receive the bonus in 2014. -Adam Hunsucker, The News Star, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FARMINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FARMINGTON

Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation Julie Davis is pleased to announce the hiring of four Assistant Coaches to the University of Maine at Farmington coaching staff. David Yates joins the UMF men’s soccer coaching staff after assuming successful coaching positions with various college summer camps. Erica Fredrick-Rock joins the softball coaching staff after graduating from the University of Maine at Augusta in May 2015. Ashley Peaslee joins the UMF softball program after spending the past two seasons at Plymouth State College as a women’s basketball assistant coach. Ryan Wagner returns to the University of Maine at Farmington as a men’s and women’s cross country and track and field assistant coach. – Daily Bulldog, Read More