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March 19, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

The University of Pennsylvania’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, M. Grace Calhoun, has announced that Nicole Van Dyke will be Penn’s new head coach of women’s soccer.Van Dyke has spent the last four seasons at Stanford University — three as an assistant coach, and the fourth as the Associate Head Coach under Paul Ratcliffe. She was invaluable in helping guide the Cardinal to three NCAA College Cup berths including the 2011 national championship. Stanford went a combined 81-9-7 and won two Pac-12 titles during her four seasons on The Farm.

STILLMAN COLLEGE

Like most private institutions around the country, Stillman Athletics acknowledges the financial challenges facing the college at this time and has embarked upon cost-saving measures. These measures included the cancelation of non-conference events and do not jeopardize the post season eligibility of the Tigers and Lady Tigers. A full list of cancellations will be released on StillmanAthletics.com by the end of this week as we work with the schools involved and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference office.

UMBC

A co-head coach of the University of Maryland Baltimore County women’s lacrosse team has been fired following a texting scandal that led to five players being suspended. The school’s athletic department said in a statement Wednesday that Tony Giro is no longer with the program and is “on leave from the university.” Amy Slade is now head lacrosse coach. She had shared coaching duties with Giro. ESPN. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Jack Swarbrick has this vision. In it, schools that want to pay their athletes and those that want to adhere to a strict educational mission have a decision to make. The Notre Dame athletic director says there is currently a “cultural divide” in college athletics, one that may make the traditional version of conference realignment look like a game of jacks. – by: Dennis Dodd, CBSSportsRead More.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

A Clemson press release revealed that Clemson Athletics received the final approval Wednesday from the South Carolina Budget and Control Board to begin renovation of Littlejohn Coliseum. The Board approved the construction project and issuance of bonds for the project, which is slated to cost $63.5 million to be financed completely by the athletic department and IPTAY.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

A source confirmed that a memo was sent to SU athletics staff today, to announce that Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director/External Affairs and Chief Communications Officer Joe Giansante would no longer serve in that role at the university. He’d been in the position since 2013, after coming over from Oregon. – By John Cassillo, SB Nation. Read More.

UTSA

The Roadrunner Athletic Fund, UTSA Athletics Department’s fundraising arm, has unveiled the Student-Athlete Society, an organization with free membership to all former and current UTSA student-athletes. Joining the Student-Athlete Society gives members access to Student-Athlete Society apparel, discounted season tickets, invitations to exclusive UTSA Athletics events and the opportunity to network. The application for free membership and listed benefits can be found online at goUTSA.com/StudentAthleteSociety.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced today, during an informal media session, that newly hired athletic director Mack Rhoades will officially start no later than April 27th.  Mike Alden will remain inside the athletic department until the end of August.

March 18, 2015

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Blayne Beal, Texas Tech’s lead athletic department spokesman and a 15-year employee of the university, announced his resignation Wednesday in a letter to media. Asked if Beal resigned of his own accord or was forced to do so, Hocutt said, “Blayne submitted his resignation this morning to accept another job opportunity, and I accepted that resignation and appreciate his 15 years of service to Texas Tech -Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal-

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse tapped Pete Sala, a longtime athletic department employee, to serve as interim athletic director in the wake of Daryl Gross’ departure. Sala will serve as interim athletic director until Syracuse completes a search for a new, permanent athletic director. – by Nate Mink,Syracuse.com. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

The University of Nebraska Athletic Department is working on a new airship that will be patterned after everyone’s favorite Husker mascot, Lil Red. The airship, codenamed “Lil RedAir”, will be a blimp should be unveiled this August just before the start of the 2015 football season. If successfully launched, Nebraska will be the only university and athletic department in the nation with its own airship mascot. – Corn NationRead More.

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

Grambling State University seeks an Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance. Be responsible for all aspects of NCAA requirements including recruiting, playing and practice seasons, squad lists, camps and clinics, summer leagues, financial aid, and official visits, and National Letter of Intent forms and procedures millagea@gram.edu.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The Ohio State University seeks a Sr. Associate Athletic Director, Finance/CFO. This position serves as a member of the department’s leadership team that is committed to excellence and advancing the Department of Athletics through its strategic plan. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Sources told College AD last night that the search advisory committee recommended Dave Matlin as the next athletic director of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Matlin, is the executive director of the Hawaii Bowl and the Diamond Head Classic, We were also told that Keith Amemiya has found his way into the mix, through what our sources say has been a “back door” method. Amemiya, is an insurance executive and was seen on campus with Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman last week. He was not interviewed by the committee. We are told the committee never considered Amemiya because he did not meet their qualifications.

March 17, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Sources tell College AD, University of Houston has hired College Sports Solutions to conduct the program’s athletic director search. Founder and President Jeff Schemmel, directs all business development and intercollegiate industry relations for CSS, while managing an internal and external team of industry-leading consultants.

YUBA COLLEGE

Yuba Community College District seeks a Director, Athletics, Health and Physical Education. Application materials may be sent via regular mail, dropped off at one of our various locations, faxed to 530 741-1017 or emailed to: mgaytan@yccd.edu

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY

Humboldt State University invites applications for an academic year Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach to begin in August. Apply here.

CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY

Campbell University seeks an Asst. Director of Marketing (Intern). The Assistant Director of Marketing is a paid part time internship position beginning on April 1, 2015 and ending on May 31, 2016. (Start and end dates are negotiable.) Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

A dissatisfied Texas booster has created a website, FireStevePatterson, presumably in hopes of rallying fellow Longhorns to the cause of ousting the athletics director for whom the site is named. Among the site’s grievances are ticket price increases, more expensive gameday parking, Patterson’s occasionally flamboyant manner of dress, and – in the opinion of the site – his ham-handed attempts to inject some excitement into the gameday atmosphere. -Connor Tapp, Horns247-

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The president of the University of Akron says changing the school’s name is among the ideas being considered in the school’s strategic planning. “to reflect its unique strengths in polytechnical and professional fields, along with career-focused applied learning,” President Scott Scarborough said in a statement this week. “This is only one of the many ideas that is being evaluated as part of ongoing strategic planning.” – LimaOhio , Read More.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

The University of Mississippi seeks an Assistant Director – Athletic Academic Support. Only applicants who apply online will be considered for position. Apply here.

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Old Dominion University coach Bobby Wilder has hired Sam Perryman as cornerbacks coach, Wilder announced on Monday. Perryman joins the Monarchs after two seasons at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne. “We are excited to welcome Coach Perryman to the Old Dominion football family. Sam worked with Coach Buggs at Penn State from 2005-2008 and comes highly recommended,” Wilder said. “He has experience coaching both sides of the football, with special teams, and he has been a recruiting coordinator. Our players will be excited to work with him.” – AFP, Read More.

UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill is paying former learning specialist Mary Willingham $335,000 to settle her claim she had been retaliated against for blowing the whistle on the longest-running academic fraud in NCAA history.Willingham said once legal fees are deducted from the $335,000, she will have the equivalent of three years’ salary. She made roughly $60,000 a year. – BY DAN KANE, The News & Observer. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

The Miami Hurricanes have already had some turnover on staff this off season with Kevin Beard taking over Wide Receivers and Randy Melvin taking over the Defensive Line. Today they announced a few more changes/additions with the promotion of current staff members Larry Scott, Kareem Brown, Eric Josephs and Jorge Baez. Miami also announced the addition of Josh Darrow, Evan Cooper and Jake Flaherty to the Hurricanes staff. – By Jerry Steinberg, STATE OF THE U. Read More.

March 16, 2015

OHIO UNIVERSITY

Ohio University Athletics is seeking candidates to join its Emmy Award winning Multimedia Marketing department in the internship position of Assistant Director. The Assistant Director of Multimedia Marketing is a ten (10) month internship position beginning on July 1, 2015 and ending on May 1, 2016.To apply, please email resume, cover letter, links to online samples of your work, and a list of 3 professional references to E. Tanner Smith, Assistant Athletic Director of Multimedia Marketing, at smithe10@ohio.edu.

SPRING HILL COLLEGE

Spring Hill College seeks an Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Affairs and Compliance.  This position is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive compliance program that will ensure the institution’s adherence to SIAC/GSC and NCAA regulations. Interested applicants should submit the following required documents: letter of application, resume, and four current references to: compliancecoordinator@shc.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

The Michigan athletic department remains a healthy, viable business. In the 2013-14 fiscal year, the department produced $157.9 million in revenues and spent $144.86 million, for a $13.04-million surplus, according to the financial sheet sent to the NCAA. That was an increase over its $11.3-million surplus in 2012-13. – By Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press. Read More.

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour today announced changes within the Intercollegiate Athletics structure to better position the Nittany Lions’ broad-based program and 850 student-athletes for the future. The reorganization of Intercollegiate Athletics introduces a more vertical structure, which will encourage communication and collaboration across business units and sports. Four administrative divisions, aligned with how Penn State will best serve its student-athletes and key stakeholders, have been formed. These include business and finance; student-athlete performance, health and welfare; internal and external operations; and administration. Included in this reorganization are a redistribution of sport responsibilities and several promotions.

UMBC

Five women’s lacrosse players have been suspended for reportedly threatening to physically hurt their freshmen teammates. University of Maryland Baltimore County announced the suspensions, but did not provide specifics of why the students were suspended. The Post-Examiner reported one of the team’s co-head coaches, Tony Giro, refused to attend a game against Drexel unless the administration removed the players accused of threatening the freshmen from the team. – By Neal Augenstein WTOP, Read More.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director Sean Frazier ironing out cost of attendance which he approximated at $800,000 minimally, by June or July. Frazier said generating the revenue that will be needed to cover the cost of attendance scholarships in the future will be on the Athletic Department, especially with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts reducing funds to schools. The Athletic Department has been able to generate more revenue through the new multimedia rights contract with Learfield Sports, premiums seating areas at football and basketball games and shows at the Convocation Center, most recently Brad Paisley and Monster Truck Nationals, Frazier said.- By: Frank Gogola, Northern Star. Read More.