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March 29, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham-based Protective Life has committed $500,000 — the first and largest corporate gift to the UAB Athletic Foundation to support construction of the proposed $15 million Football Operations Building expected to house office space, meeting and film rooms, athletic training facilities, and locker rooms and a weight room. Read More.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the licensing affiliate of IMG College, today announced an eight-year extension of its global partnership with Auburn University to continue managing the school’s successful trademark licensing program. Since CLC began partnering with Auburn in 1981, the University’s licensing program has generated more than $52 million in licensing royalties. Read More.

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY

Southern Arkansas University and its athletic department is pleased to announce that the main playing field at the newly-constructed Mulerider Softball Complex will be officially named as Dawson Field at the Mulerider Softball Complex following a field dedication ceremony that is scheduled to take place on Friday April 1 beginning at 1:30 p.m. As part of the dedication ceremony, SAU President Dr. Trey Berry will preside over an official unveiling of the name placement of “Dawson Field”, which will adorn the top of the brand new nine-inning scoreboard in right-centerfield. The naming of Dawson Field comes after members of the Dawson Family generously donated the lights at both fields within the complex in honor of their late father, Bill Dawson Sr., as well as their late sister, Melissa Dawson. The field dedication also represents completion of the $1.3 million Mulerider Softball Complex facility project. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

The Executive Committee of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents is scheduled to hold a teleconference Tuesday to discuss the contracts of two new UW coaches — women’s basketball and men’s hockey. According to a source close to the women’s basketball program, Jonathan Tsipis is set to be named head coach. Tsipis, 43, recently finished his fourth season as head coach at George Washington. He guided the Colonials to the Atlantic 10 title and an NCAA berth in each of the last two seasons and compiled an overall record of 92-38. -Jeff Potrykus, Journal Sentinel, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Third-year USC head men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield, who guided the Trojans to 21 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament this season, has had his contract extended through the 2021 season. Enfield came to USC prior to the 2014 season after guiding Florida Gulf Coast to the 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen as a No. 15 seed. After building the foundation of the program during his first two seasons at USC, his 2016 Trojans posted a 21-13 record and tied for sixth in the tough Pac-12 Conference. USC’s 8.5 game improvement during the regular season was the most by any Power 5 conference team in the country. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

The University of Pittsburgh’s introduction of men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings on Monday signaled the end of a weeklong search, scrutinized by some not only for the person but the process. In hiring Mr. Stallings, a head coach of 23 years at Illinois State and Vanderbilt whose selection has been met with hesitation from Pitt fans, athletic director Scott Barnes solicited Collegiate Sports Associates, a North Carolina-based executive search and consulting firm led by Mr. Barnes’ former boss. The company’s founder and president, Todd Turner, was the athletic director at the University of Washington when Mr. Barnes was the school’s senior associate athletic director from 2005-08. Mr. Turner also was the athletic director at Vanderbilt in 1999 when the Commodores hired Mr. Stallings as basketball coach, a position he held until Sunday, when Pitt announced it had selected him to replace Jamie Dixon. At Mr. Stallings’ introductory news conference Monday at Petersen Events Center, Mr. Barnes fended off questions that the arrangement posed a conflict of interest. -Craig Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More

 

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

The North Dakota State University athletic department has reached agreements with three separate media groups for coverage through the 2018-19 athletic seasons.  Football television remains with KVLY-TV and all NBC affiliates in North Dakota, men’s and women’s basketball television were awarded to Midco Sports Network®, and all radio coverage will shift to Radio FM Media. The agreement with Fargo-based Radio FM Media involves exciting new elements for radio coverage.  Bison football and men’s basketball will air on 107.9 The Fox as well as new Radio FM Media-owned affiliates KDLB 94.5 FM in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and KBMW 1450 AM in Wahpeton, N.D., while women’s basketball will air on KQWB 1660 AM.  The rest of the Bison Radio Network affiliate list remains the same. –Read More

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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Columbia University has hired Megan Griffith ’07CC as head women’s basketball coach, Peter Pilling, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, announced. Griffith spent six seasons on the women’s basketball coaching staff at Princeton University, including the last four as an assistant coach and the team’s recruiting coordinator. She also served as the Tigers’ director of basketball operations from 2010-12. The last two years, Griffith helped Princeton make back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament. During that span, the Tigers posted a 54-7 overall record, including an undefeated 30-0 regular season in 2014-15, and a 26-2 mark in Ivy League play. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

University of Mississippi Athletics Department seeks Head Women’s Rifle Coach. Duties: Organize and direct all aspects of the NCAA Division I Women’s Rifle program. Specific responsibilities include identifying and recruiting athletically and academically qualified student-athletes; scheduling and conducting regular practice sessions; developing, implementing, and enforcing team rules; overseeing the administrative process for team travel, budget, student-athlete eligibility and academic progress; participating in fund raising and public relations activities; and promoting the philosophy and objectives of the Intercollegiate Athletics program that student-athletes should be successful athletically and academically. Knowledge of and commitment to compliance with all NCAA, Conference and University rules and regulations as well as dedication to full academic development of student-athletes are essential. Apply here

BERRY COLLEGE
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BERRY COLLEGE

Berry College, Inc. seeks Director of Sports Information & Promotions.  Reporting to the Director of Athletics, the successful candidates will be responsible for overseeing all areas of the sports information and promotions for the College’s Division III athletic programs. Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: • Development and implementation of marketing and promotions plans for 23 NCAA Division III championship sponsored sports as well as equestrian • Providing statistical coverage for all athletic events. Apply here

March 28, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Sports and entertainment-focused executive recruiter Turnkey Search has been selected by the University of Minnesota to lead its search for a new athletics director. Beth Goetz has served as interim AD since Norwood Teague resigned in August after allegedly sexually harassing colleagues. “We are lucky to have a woman who’s been a good interim AD,” said Eric Kaler, president of the University. “She’s going to be a candidate for the job, but she is a not a lock for this.” The search process is expected to roll on through the spring, with a selection likely to be made by early summer. The University is paying Turnkey Search $150,000 plus expenses to recruit and vet candidates for the position. It has assembled a 16-person search committee comprised of faculty members, current and former athletes, statewide business leaders and a head coach. – huntscanlon.com- Read More

CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

Cal Poly Athletic Department seeks Marketing and Fan Experience Coordinator. Under the general direction of the Associate AD, Advancement, this position is responsible for the marketing, promotions and fan experience for all sports; contributes to the development and implements marketing, game operations and promotional plans to enhance the brand and revenue of Cal Poly Athletics; coordinates fulfillment of business sponsorships with Mustangs Sports Properties; provides oversight of the Mustang Kids Club and community outreach programs which includes Adopt-A-School program; assists with the annual scholarship drive; advises and coordinates the spirit group (Mustang Maniacs) and cheerleaders; and coordinates with the Cal Poly Band for performances at Athletics events. The position works closely with campus groups to enhance the student participation in sporting events, and manages the internship program. Apply here

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt has turned to Eddie Fogler to help find someone to take over the men’s basketball program, and athletic director David Williams has given the former coach a must-have for candidates: Someone who will make the Commodores a regular in the NCAA Tournament. Fogler will consult with Williams; no search firm but a streamlined interview process to identify the Commodores first new men’s hoop coach since 1999. Williams said Monday he wants Vanderbilt to be center stage as the SEC tries to emulate the Atlantic Coast Conference, which sent a handful of teams to the NCAA Tournament this month. The AD said the Southeastern Conference wants to regularly send seven or eight teams to the tournament. -Mark Humphrey,  pilotonline.com- Read More

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Temple has taken another step toward the construction of an on-campus football stadium.  The University announced Monday that it has hired architecture firm Moody Nolan to “lead the design” of the proposed stadium, which would be located on the school’s campus in the heart of North Philadelphia. The school’s board of trustees voted unanimously last month to approve a $1 million design plan for the 35,000-seat stadium, which would cost approximately $126 million to build. The plan has been met with resistance by local community members, who, along with some student groups, protested outside the trustees’ February meeting. In its release announcing the plans, Temple noted that Moody Nolan is “the largest African-American owned and managed architecture firm in the United States.” The release also stated that Moody Nolan has “already held meetings with nearby residents to start the engagement process with the community about initial steps related to design.” – Sam Cooper,  sports.yahoo.comRead More

FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Fort Valley State University head football coach Donald Pittman was fired today, according to a release from the FVSU Athletic Department. Assistant head coach Keithen DeGrate will serve as interim head coach. Director of Athletics Joshua Murfree issued a statement thanking Pittman was his tenure as coach. Pittman served as head coach since December 2009 and compiled a 40-33 record in his seven seasons. –13wmaz.com Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Within the next year, we should get a peek at the future of how we will get our sports on television. The networks and three of the Power 5 conferences will have to make decisions that should offer clues about how we should expect to watch sports in 2026. The world of cable television and rights fees has changed considerably since schools tore up the conference landscape in the Great Cash Grabs of 2010 and ’11, and we may find that the ecosystem the schools created in that round of realignment is only temporary. The Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC are all in the process of discussing media rights contracts. (It simply is not correct to call them “TV deals” anymore.) Only one of those leagues (the Big Ten) actually has any rights up for sale, but the talks in the Big 12 and ACC should shed further light on where everything is going. -Andy Staples, Campus Rush, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico (UNM) Ticketing Services is seeking a highly motivated, goal-driven professional with proven leadership skills to oversee the department as Director, Ticketing Services. Ticketing Services handles over 550 events and distributes 961,000 tickets annually. Ticketing Services handles all of the ticketing for UNM including: Popejoy Hall, Athletics, College of Fine Arts, concerts and other special events. UNM Ticketing Services strives to be known for excellence in customer service, financial stability, friendly and positive attitude and strong leadership. The Director, Ticketing Services is key to the overall success of the department. –Apply Now

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

Tulane Director of Athletics Troy Dannen announced today the hiring of long-time NBA coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr., as the 24th head men’s basketball coach in the 106-year history of the program. Dunleavy will be formally introduced at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29 inside Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. The 1999 NBA Coach of the Year, Dunleavy, 62, brings over 30 years of NBA experience, either as a player, general manager or head coach to the Green Wave. –Read More

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

A series of email from the last four months illustrate a breakdown in communication leading up to the Florida A&M University administration decision to wrest control of potentially lucrative game-day parking from the Rattler Boosters. The email, which describe acrimonious exchanges, foreshadowed FAMU’s Board of Trustees handing control of game-day parking for all sports to the athletic department, a move Athletic Director Milton said was justified. Boosters Executive Director Mickey Clayton was unflinching in his position to maintain control of the potential revenue stream, according to email obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat. Under the new plan, parking would be solely under the control of Overton and the school’s athletic department. -Jordan Culver, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

NCAA President Mark Emmert said he talked to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCroryon Friday about how opposition to anti-discrimination legislation that protects people based their on sexual orientation and gender identity might affect championships scheduled to be held in North Carolina. Emmert said he did not threaten to pull the events out of North Carolina and that decision would be left up to the NCAA’s individual sports committees. But Emmert did say he made clear that the the NCAA and member universities are committed to holding events in an “inclusive’’ environment. “The issue of creating inclusive environments and making sure that all of the people that are involved in the athletic event is one of the most fundamental bedrock issues for higher education,’’ Emmert told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “This isn’t a sports issue. It’s a social justice issue and for our member universities this is a very, very important issue. So it’s one that everybody in the membership is tracking very closely.” -Josh Peter, USA Today, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PEMBROKE
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PEMBROKE

UNC-Pembroke is seeking an Assistant AD for Marketing Partnerships. The ideal candidate will be charged with managing all external relations within the department including marketing and promotions, ticket promotion, licensing and corporate partnerships and contracts. The position will also be handling broader external revenue and is responsible for pursuing, packaging, and cultivating corporate partnerships. –Apply Now

NCAA
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NCAA

Gov. Nathan Deal said he will veto the “religious liberty” bill that triggered a wave of criticism from gay rights groups and business leaders and presented him with one of the most consequential challenges he’s faced since his election to Georgia’s top office. The measure “doesn’t reflect the character of our state or the character of its people,” the governor said Monday in prepared remarks. He said state legislators should leave freedom of religion and freedom of speech to the U.S. Constitution. The governor, though, had ample cover from the measure’s critics. Executives from dozens of big-name companies, including Disney, Apple, Time Warner, Intel and Salesforce, called on the governor to veto the bill. The NFL warned it could risk Atlanta’s bid for the Super Bowl and the NCAA hinted it could influence the state’s ability to host championship games. -Greg Bluestein, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Read More

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

Virginia Tech President Dr. Timothy D. Sands, Director of Athletics Whit Babcock and the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors announced Monday that Kenny Brooks has formally accepted an offer to become Virginia Tech’s head women’s coach. Brooks will be officially introduced at an 11 a.m. press conference on Wednesday. The 47-year-old Brooks joins the Hokies after an impressive 14-season stint as head coach at James Madison University where he compiled a record of 337-122 (.756), making him the winningest coach in that school’s history. Brooks guided the Dukes to 11 consecutive postseason appearances, including six NCAA bids and five trips to the WNIT. Under his direction this past season, JMU compiled a 27-6 record, including a 17-1 mark in conference play, as the Dukes made a third straight trip to the NCAA tournament. –Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Many faculty union contracts include clauses that say the administration retains the right to make necessary financial and academic decisions. Likewise, many of these contracts include clauses that require any changes in faculty wages and working conditions proposed by the administration to be negotiated through collective bargaining, not imposed by fiat. Sometimes these principles may appear to clash. In a case that has been controversial for several years, the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week, 2 to 1, that Columbia College Chicago violated federal labor law when it, in 2010 and 2011, unilaterally reduced the number of credit hours associated with 10 courses. The move was challenged by the Part-Time Faculty Union at the college, which is known as P-FAC. The college also refused to talk to the union about the issue until the union detailed exactly how it wanted to resolve the issue and for months refused to engage in any negotiations at all — also moves the NLRB found violated federal labor law. The NLRB found the college’s actions were so egregious that it ordered Columbia College Chicago to pay the union’s negotiating expenses. The credit hour issue is directly related to wages, the NLRB found. P-FAC’s contract with the college stipulates that adjuncts are paid various wages for each three-credit course they teach and that courses for more or fewer than three credits are accompanied by prorated wages. So all those who taught the formerly three-credit courses received pay cuts. -Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Read More

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt University seeks Marketing Coordinator.  This is a full-time, non-exempt term position lasting six months to one year. This position will assist in all aspects of marketing and promoting Vanderbilt University’s Division I athletics program. The candidate will serve as the primary marketing contact for assigned sports and secondary contact for additional sports.  Apply here

UNLV
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UNLV

Chris Beard oversaw a 17-game turnaround this season at Arkansas-Little Rock, and UNLV hopes he can pull off a similar feat at UNLV. He agreed in principle Sunday to become the Rebels’ next basketball coach, according to sources close to the search. Beard’s agent is scheduled to meet with UNLV officials this morning, one source said, and this time it probably will be to finalize the details of what is expected to be a five-year deal. According to his Little Rock contract, Beard earns an annual salary of $260,000 in base pay and for media compensation. He also made more than $90,000 in bonuses this season. UNLV paid former coach Dave Rice an annual salary of $750,000. The buyout for Beard is $200,000 spread out over two years. Beard, 43, has been at Little Rock just one season but turned around a program that won only 13 games the previous season. The Trojans went 30-5 this season, won the Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament championships and defeated Purdue 85-83 in double overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. -Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Given the state of college sports, North Carolina-Syracuse is quite possibly the most fitting Final Four game ever. The NCAA will dread a whole week on the topic. We all get to remember Syracuse’s self-imposed postseason ban; Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension this year for failing to monitor his program; a report that North Carolina’s 2005 championship team had players accounting for 35 enrollments in classes that didn’t meet and produced easy, high grades; and the NCAA dragging its feet for years about truly investigating North Carolina until it had virtually no choice. North Carolina-Syracuse gives more media members a timely and important reason to dig deeply into how pockets of college athletes get passed through the system without being educated. No matter what fans and coaches of North Carolina and Syracuse say, that’s a good thing to scrutinize education instead of buying into the NCAA propaganda. Having said all of that, it’s important to point out these are different Syracuse and North Carolina players. They get to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience and understandably don’t give a damn about questions from the past. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Western Kentucky has hired Texas A&M assistant coach and former Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury as its next head basketball coach, sources told CBS Sports. A press conference is expected Monday afternoon. Stansbury was the head coach of Mississippi State from 1998-2012 and had an overall record of 293-165. He led the Bulldogs to six NCAA Tournament appearances during that span. – Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports, Read More

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

Northern Arizona University seeks Assistant Director for Marketing.  The Assistant Director for Marketing will assist in the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing and promotional outreach programs and plans for 15 NCAA Division I sports. He or she will oversee Women’s Basketball and Volleyball, with support of a Graduate Assistant for Soccer and Indoor Track. This position will assist with all in-game and special event promotions including planning, design, and execution of plans to build crowd awareness and game-day atmosphere. He or she will assist with the development of schedule cards, posters and other marketing collateral. Apply here

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State’s managers will play in the inaugural manager games Final Four this weekend in Houston, along with manager groups from Iowa State, Tennessee and Kansas. The first-of-its-kind event will crown a national champion among teams made up of managers for Division 1 college basketball programs. Making the manager games Final Four a reality has been the work of two Michigan State managers, Andrew Novak and Ian May, and a former manager, Kevin Pauga. In short order, they’ve taken a longstanding but little-known tradition and catapulted it onto college basketball’s biggest stage. Part of May, Novak and Pauga’s motivations for organizing the first-ever manager games Final Four was to shine a light on the little-known jobs of manager. -Kyle Austin, MLive, Read More