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June 1, 2016

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Former Penn State women’s gymnastics assistant coach Samantha Brown says she has sent a letter to the school’s top administrators, demanding an independent investigation into the program. The letter, obtained by PennLive last week, accuses Penn State of actively avoiding complaints about what Brown calls a hostile environment fostered by head coach Jeff Thompson and his wife, associate head coach Rachelle Thompson. PSU had not responded to the letter as of Wednesday afternoon, Brown told PennLive. -Aaron Kasinitz, Penn Live, Read More

VASSAR COLLEGE
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VASSAR COLLEGE

Director of Athletics and Physical Education Michelle Walsh announced Wednesday morning the appointment of JoAnn Acquarulo as Vassar College’s Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Events. Acquarulo earned her Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York, College of Brockport in 1994 in sociology, attaining her Masters of Science in Sports Administration in 1997 from the Wehle School of Business at Canisius College. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson has been placed on paid administrative leave, new athletic director Mark Coyle announced Wednesday. Shortly before making the trip to the Crow River Country Club for the scheduled Gopher Road Trip caravan stop Wednesday, Coyle met with Robinson and informed him of the decision, Coyle told media Wednesday. Coyle said Robinson will remain on administrative leave through the completion of the school’s internal investigation of the allegations of drug abuse within the wrestling program. –  Star Tribune. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell has agreed to a new contract that will keep him as the Cardinals head coach for the next 10 years, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich announced on Wednesday. McDonnell had five years remaining on his current contract and the new agreement will extend his relationship with UofL through the 2025-26 season. Read More. 

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Georgia Southern University seeks a Head Men’s Soccer Coach. This position will direct and oversee all coaching duties for University intercollegiate sports. Apply here.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Per a report from ESPN’s Joe Schad, Baylor University chancellor Ken Starr will step down. Starr was demoted from president of Baylor last week. Monday Baylor AD Ian McCaw resigned and last week the university fired football coach Art Briles.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration has secured top position in the 2016 SportBusiness International Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings. Ohio completed a clean sweep of the rankings’ awards this year, coming top overall, top among American courses, and also being ranked top course by graduates. It shares the Course Leaders’ choice top ranking with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with both receiving the same number of votes from course leaders. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Women in STEM fields are not the only victims of gender bias in the workplace. A new report released today by the Women’s Sports Foundation confirms that female coaches of women’s sports currently face limitations in pay and professional advancement in the workplace. And it’s a trend showing no signs of improvement. The report, “Beyond X’s & O’s: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s College Sports,” is the first to measure the issue of gender bias in coaching of women’s college sports on a systematic basis. It is the largest nationally representative survey of female and male coaches of women’s college sports, with more than 2,500 respondents. Read More.

NOTRE DAME COLLEGE
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NOTRE DAME COLLEGE

Notre Dame College is seeking a highly motivated individual to be responsible for the organization, administration and implementation of the Women’s Lacrosse program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: recruiting, retention, scheduling, organizing, competition and practice planning and execution, fundraising and student-athlete evaluation. email to: [email protected]

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma Baptist University announced today the appointment of Deonne Moore as Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Promotions. Moore comes to Bison Hill after previously serving in the marketing department at the University of Southern Mississippi. A native of Duck Hill, Mississippi, Moore began his career with the Golden Eagles as a sports marketing volunteer before serving as an intern and graduate assistant with the sports marketing department prior to his promotion to athletics marketing associate. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

Everyone wants a piece of the booming business of eSports, and now that includes college athletics. The Pac-12 Conference announced that it will be the first college conference to sponsor eSports in some capacity, hosting tournaments and likely broadcasting events. But under the Pac-12’s watch, collegiate eSports could have to face an interesting question: Do teams get involved if they have to live under the financial restraints of amateurism? All other athletes in the Pac-12-sponsored sports are not allowed to be paid, due to National Collegiate Athletic Association rules. But that could potentially be different for eSports, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told VICE Sports. Scott said that the conference is “still evaluating options” on regulating payment. – Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports. Read More.

BIG 12
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BIG 12

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said deposed Baylor President Kenneth Starr has not been replaced on the league’s three-man composition committee, which includes OU’s David Boren and West Virginia’s Gordon Gee and studies expansion, but Bowlsby said the board of directors will “likely consider the matter” during this week’s meetings, which start Wednesday. Asked if the league might react to the Baylor sexual assault scandal, Bowlsby said, “Theoretically, there could be conference actions, but that is very premature at this point.” With Starr’s demotion, interim presidents representing Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas State and a fill-in for fired Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw will take part in this week’s meetings. The presidential shakeups could delay any decisive action at the meetings, and most predict few substantive moves. – Kirk Bohls, American-Statesman Staff. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Gary Henderson has resigned as head coach of the University of Kentucky baseball team, Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Wednesday. Henderson has been head coach of the Wildcats since 2009, compiling a 258-199 record over eight seasons. UK won at least 30 games in his each of his last five years, the first time in school history that the Wildcats had won 30 in five straight seasons. He also became the fastest coach to reach 200 wins in school history. Henderson has been at Kentucky since 2004, serving as associate head coach and pitching coach from 2004-08 before taking the reins as head coach. Read More.

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Southwestern University seeks candidates for the position of Head Athletic Trainer. This position will report to the Director of Athletic Training Services and to the Director of Athletics. The Head Athletic Trainer’s duties will include but are not limited to the supervision of assistant athletic trainers and student workers, daily oversight of athletic training facilities, the emergency care for student-athletes, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, medical documentation, insurance, budgeting, inventory management, etc. Experience with intercollegiate or interscholastic football is preferred. This is a 12-month, full-time, exempt position with benefits.  Apply here

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Coastal Carolina’s football stadium expansion project is not on the agenda this time as the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education prepares to meet again Thursday, and university president David DeCenzo said there’s simply no reason to go back to Columbia until the school has something significantly different to show the CHE. -Ryan Young, Myrtlebeachonline, Read More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

On May 19, Texas Tech announced a contract extension for Tadlock that runs through the 2022 season. A-J Media received the terms of that contract Wednesday. The six-year contract is worth just under $2.4 million in annual salary — not including performance bonuses. Tadlock is slated to make $375,000 in base compensation beginning July 1. He will also make $375,000 in the 2017-18 university calendar year and then gets a raise to $400,000 in the following three years. In the final year of the contract he will earn $425,000. -Nicholas Talbot, RedRaiders.com, Read More

SALEM INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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SALEM INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Salem International University is accepting applications for the position of Head Men’s Baseball Coach. The successful candidate will be responsible for the planning, development, recruiting and all administration of the existing Division II Men’s Baseball program. Previous head coaching experience is preferred at the collegiate level. Commitment to the balance of academic and athletic achievement and integration in a small university setting is essential.Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references to: Office of Human Resources, Salem International University, 223 West Main Street, Salem WV 26426. SIU is committed to equal opportunity/affirmative action. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Jack Swarbrick knew he wanted to do this when he took over as Notre Dame’s athletics director eight years ago. Now he’s as close as ever to realizing a department vision driven by innovation more than tradition and guided by science more than history. After scrambling to catch industry leaders for the first half of Swarbrick’s tenure, Notre Dame now resides on the frontline. An athletic department lost in nutrition when Swarbrick arrived has since mastered that discipline while evolving the physical, mental and professional development of its athletes. -Pete Sampson, Irish Illustrated, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO

The NCAA Division I violation by former men’s basketball coach B.J. Hill that’s still unsolved. UNC officials would like everybody to move on from what was a tumultuous April and May when Hill was fired and Jeff Linder was whisked in from Boise State University to replace him. What the heck did Hill do? -Samuel G. Mustari, Greeley Tribune, Read More

May 31, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino says he believes his program won’t face any additional sanctions when the NCAA completes its investigation of rules violations. The NCAA is looking into claims that former basketball staffer Andre McGee hired an escort service to provide strippers and prostitutes to Cardinal players and recruits. U of L self-imposed a ban on tournament play last season and is reducing scholarships after conducting an internal investigation. -Rick Howlett, WFPL, Read More

LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY
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LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

The Lincoln Memorial University athletic department will implement a podcast network to provide weekly audio content for all 21 varsity sports for the 2016-17 seasons, it was announced on Tuesday. The LMU sports podcast network, which will be named Splitter Sound Bites, will officially be unveiled in August. The goal of the LMU sports podcast network will be four-fold: to deliver quality and informative weekly content for each of Lincoln Memorial’s athletic programs; to provide fans with an interactive, personal and entertaining look at Railsplitter athletics as the seasons unfold; to connect fans with the LMU athletic department’s coaches, student-athletes and administrators; and to give those coaches, student-athletes and administrators a platform to discuss their sport, season and a variety of additional topics. Read More

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard announced today that Patrice Feulner has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services. Feulner, who began her Iowa State tenure in 2014 as an Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development, will serve as one of six members of the department’s Senior Management team. She will supervise the Office of Student-Athlete Development and the Office of Athletics Compliance. “We are very excited to promote Patrice to our Senior Staff leadership team,” Pollard said. “Patrice is a very talented administrator with an extremely bright future in our industry. It is always exciting and rewarding when you can provide talented staff members from within our organization an opportunity to grow professionally. Patrice has done an outstanding job leading our academic unit and I have complete confidence in her ability to continue to be an outstanding administrator with her additional duties of compliance and student services.” The Office of Student-Athlete Development has thrived under Feulner’s leadership, as Iowa State student-athletes are excelling academically at extremely high levels. Feulner and her passionate staff have created a consistent and systematic process for evaluating academic risk and assigning support to all student-athletes. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Hundreds of University of Tennessee football jerseys are arriving in Israel after the university donated much of its old gear to the Israel Football League. According to the IFL’s coaching coordinator Dan Phillips, UT is the league’s largest donor by far, donating more than 700 practice jerseys along with compression gear and other. Last year, UT switched its sponsorship contracts from Adidas to Nike, rendering hundreds of items – including some completely unused gear – unusable. -Raishad Hardnett, WBIRRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Art Briles wasn’t the only Baylor football staffer let go last week as a result of the school’s investigation into how sexual assaults were handled, USA TODAY Sports has learned. Colin Shillinglaw, the athletics director for football operations, and longtime staffer Tom Hill were also fired, a person with knowledge of the matter told USA Today Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Baylor has not released those names publicly.  -Dan Wolken, USA TODAY SportsRead More

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Rebekah Gasner has been hired as the permanent director of compliance for the Montana State Billings athletic department. Gasner, who began her official duties on Wednesday, replaces Michael Bazemore who accepted an associated athletic director position at Truman State in Kirksville, Mo. Gasner, a former standout pitcher for the Yellowjackets, served as MSUB’s interim softball coach this past season. –billingsgazette.comRead More

SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE
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SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE

South Plains College athletic director Joe Tubb announced his retirement after 33 years of service on Tuesday morning at the Texan Club on the campus of South Plains College in Levelland. Tubb spoke in front of a large crowd of family, friends, colleagues and former coaches, conveying upon his time at South Plains and the accomplishments made throughout the athletic department over the past three decades. During his tenure in Levelland, which began in 1983, Tubb led South Plains to 42 NJCAA national championships, most recently the 2016 NJCAA Track and Field Outdoor national title on May 19, which saw the Texans make collegiate history, capturing an unprecedented 10 consecutive national championships. – Pete Christy, kcbd.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO

Undergraduate students at the University of California San Diego voted to raise student athletic fees, the first step in the long process of jumping from the NCAA’s Division II to Division I. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that students voted to more than double their student athletics fees (the amount built into student tuition that helps fund a school’s athletic department) in order to help UCSD make the leap, with almost 70% of students supporting the move. The Union-Tribune said the results “could be a historic vote,” especially after two previous votes to move to Division I failed. The most recent was in 2012 – that proposal saw 51% of the student population vote, while the current vote included only 35% of eligible voters, according to The Union-Tribune. The vote is only one step in what would be a long adjustment process – the current target wouldn’t see UCSD as full-fledged Division I members until 2023 at the earliest. –swimswam.comRead More

HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Nate Metzger has resigned as Heartland Community College head baseball coach after a highly successful run that included 414 victories and three trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series. Metzger’s resignation comes a little more than a month after the Heartland board of trustees approved the elimination of 23 positions, including Metzger’s post as Director of Athletics effective July 1. Metzger sent a letter of resignation via email early Tuesday to Heartland president Rob Widmer and board of trustees chairman Gregg Chadwick. -Randy Kindred, pantagraph.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

If the international Florida Cup soccer tournament moves some games to UCF, it could attract new fans to campus and generate six figures in revenue per event, the university’s athletic director Danny White said Tuesday. “We’re only seeing upsides at this point,” said White as University of Central Florida trustees approved hosting the soccer games at Bright House Networks Stadium in January. The Florida Cup games were previously played at Florida Atlantic University and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports on Disney property. Tournament organizers are interested in using a larger venue, looking to the UCF football field that holds 45,000, White said as he presented during Tuesday’s trustee meeting. -Gabrielle Russon, Orlando SentinelRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Alabama coach Nick Saban started his rant about satellite camps by bringing up the never-ending topic himself and saying he didn’t want to talk about it. So naturally, Saban went off for several minutes by strongly criticizing the NCAA’s decision to reverse the ban on satellite camps and describing what’s happening now as “the wild, wild West at its best.” Satellite camps are the subject the SEC loves to keep returning to discuss, and Saban is often the conference’s top attack dog. He pounded home his points Tuesday at the SEC Spring Meetings. At one point, he literally pounded a podium as his voice rose in anger about the practice of college coaches traveling around the country to help at summer camps.  -Jon Solomon, cbssports.comRead More