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March 2, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Longtime University of Tennessee athletic trainer James Michael “Mike” Rollo died Friday at the age of 59. A 1977 graduate of UT, served as athletic trainer for 25 years and spent more than 30 with the athletic department. He jointed the training staff full time in 1978 under the direction of Tim Kerin, for whom the training room is named. Rollo took over as head trainer when Kerin died suddenly in 1992. Rollo was then promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine in 2001.-  WATE 6. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON

UNCW’s athletic fee has risen as rapidly as any public school in the state recently, but its total remains middle of the pack compared to its counterparts. The university’s fee currently sits at 10th out of the 15 in the UNC system that compete in NCAA athletics. It will move up to seventh by 2016-17. – By Eric Detweiler, Star News Online. Read More

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Huskie Stadium’s turf will be replaced this spring at a cost of up to $460,000 as the Board of Trustees’ Finance, Facilities and Operations subcommittee approved the expenditure at a Thursday meeting. John Cheney, senior associate athletic director of facilities and event operations, said the turf and its installation will be paid out of operational bond funds; the Athletic Department won’t have to do any fundraising. The Board of Trustees will have to approve the costs at its next meeting, March 12. – Frank Gogola, Northern Star. Read More

North Dakota State University

The six athletic scholarships at North Dakota State University funded by the Higher Education Challenge Fund don’t have any academic requirements. In fact, only one even mentions the word. But they all specify which sport they should be used for. At NDSU, these scholarships will count toward NCAA totals, said Colleen Heimstead, NDSU associate athletic director for compliance. – Glyde, Jamestown Sun. Read More

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

The athletics department hope to raise $12 million in additional funds as part of a $100 million fundraising goal the university announced in September. The athletic department plans to spend $7 million on improvements to Alico Arena, including a video board and a separate strength and conditioning center for athletes. – RJ Roan, Naples Herald. Read More

DUKE UNIVERSITY

Forward Rasheed Sulaimon was the subject of two separate sexual assault allegations prior to his dismissal from the basketball team, according to the Duke Chronicle, the school’s student newspaper. “In all cases of alleged misconduct by a student-athlete, the Duke Department of Athletics strictly followes university protocol and student affairs procedures,” Duke’s senior associate athletic director of external affairs, Jon Jackson, said in the statement. – By Kami Mattioli, Sporting News . Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

In a lawsuit filed against his former employer, LSU, new Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis claims that he should not owe a $400,000 buyout stemming from the termination of his contract to coach the Tigers. The lawsuit says that LSU athletic director Joe Alleva sent Chavis a letter on Jan. 2 demanding he pay the money, but Chavis says he gave notice to LSU to terminate his contract on Jan. 5. – Sam Cooper, Yahoo Sports blogs. Read More

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Nearly four decades of commitment to Eastern Michigan University and its student-athletes will be honored Friday, March 6, as the Athletic Media Relations Office will be renamed in honor of Jim Streeter. In addition, Streeter will also be honored at halftime of that night’s men’s basketball game against the University of Toledo. After serving a two-year stint as a sportswriter for The Ypsilanti Press, Streeter joined EMU as an assistant sports information director in 1974. He was named SID in August 1975.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

In his “The Price of Athletics at Stanford” (2/23) op-ed, Jeremy Majerovitz argues that Stanford University is allocating far too many dollars to fund its Department of Athletics (“Athletics”), compromising its commitment to academic and scholarly achievement in the process. Thus, contrary to Majerovitz’s claims, the University is not responsible for paying the $67 million not covered by tickets and TV. In fact, it is not responsible for one penny of that amount. According to Stanford Associate Athletic Director Heather Owen’s gostanford.com bio page, “the athletic department [is] financially independent from the University.” In other words, all the money used to put the Cardinal’s athletic teams on the field, court, track, pool, etc. is self-generated and not redirected away from legitimate academic programs or departments. – Cameron Miller, The Stanford Daily. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Work has already begun on the exterior of the upcoming 6,000-seat basketball/volleyball arena, and academic lab connector, to the south of the DakotaDome, to build footings and retaining walls. The latest example is the staging work that started this week on the south wall of the dome. Crews began tearing down the cinder block wall to eventually construct a support structure that will carry the load when work begins to connect the arena. The track/soccer complex is scheduled to be turned over to USD this fall and the arena is scheduled for completion in summer 2016, according to athletic director David Herbster. – By Jeremy Hoeck, Yankton Press and Dakotan Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

During the next three years, the administrative charge to the athletic department will be reduced by $2 million, giving Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke funds to pay for the upcoming full cost of attendance scholarships and offset ticket income with the reduction of student prices. The athletic department will now pay $1.5 million to the university for internal services compared to nearly $3.5 million during the last fiscal year. Burke said the remaining $500,000 will used for other areas in the athletic department. Mike Carmin – Read More

March 1, 2015

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour today (Feb. 27) announced the appointment of Lynn Holleran as senior associate athletic director for administration. Holleran brings nearly 30 years of University and athletic administrative experience to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA).

February 27, 2015

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

FSU is looking for an Athletics Coordinator for facilitates responsible for assisting the Assistant Athletics Director for Operations and Event Management and the Director of Facilities with the planning, coordination, and execution of home event management/game operations for all sports with the exception of Swimming and Diving. Apply here.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

LSU seeks an Assistant Soccer Coach to assist with all aspects of the Women’s Soccer program to include: on-field coaching during competitions, daily practices; recruitment of student-athletes, academics, NCAA compliance, strength and conditioning and administrative responsibilities. Apply here.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

FSU is looking for an Assistant Coordinator of Ticket Operations. This new hire will coordinate the checkout, collection, and balancing of tickets and cash for all ticketed events including verification of deadwood, invoicing of balance dues, maintenance of necessary records for NCAA compliance, and other post-event accounting/auditing duties as assigned. Apply here.

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Western Washington is looking for an Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs to play a critical role in developing, evaluating and implementing the overall strategic plan of the Athletic Department. Apply here.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Temple Senior Associate AD/Communications Larry Dougherty was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA) Hall of Fame. Dougherty will be inducted on June 15 in Orlando.

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State athletics announced on Thursday that it will co-sponsor the Athlete Well-Being Summit, set to take place on April 23-25 at the Penn Stater Conference Hotel. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will be a keynote speaker, alongside former Penn State basketball player and Homecoming Grand Marshall John Amaechi.

ILLINOIS COLLEGE

Illinois College seeks a head soccer coach responsible for administering all aspects of a competitive Division III athletic program. Apply here. Send a letter of interest, resume and three references to ICHR@mail.ic.edu

FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY

New Athletic Director, Jim Bartko laid out his vision for empowering excellence at Fresno State earlier today detailing a five-point plan that will be directed to “Achieve Highest Standards, Strengthen the Pack, Build Our Home Field Advantage, Expand Competitive Opportunity, and Swell the Red Wave”. The Bulldogs currently rank 8th in the MWC in revenue which generated $33,734,773. Fresno State athletic department is planning to increase their athletic budget by “roughly $3 million” according to the school, for the 2015-16 fiscal year. – Scott Tejerian- Read more.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Two days after criticizing Rutgers officials for not doing enough to support their men’s basketball program, state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) sent a letter to Robert Barchi that urged the university President to invest in a new facility. “It’s time for Rutgers to step up in class,” Lesniak wrote. “It’s time to be bold and not time to be timid. … The investment required is small compared to the return which will enhance the Rutgers experience and attract a significant increase in foundation support. – Keith Sargeant, NJ.com

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

USC announced today it will play nonconference football games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against Utah State in 2016, Western Michigan in 2017 and UNLV in 2019. The idea for the Sept. 2, 2017 game against Western Michigan, which will be USC’s season opener, was initiated by Alec Gores, a billionaire investor who lives in Beverly Hills and played football for Western Michigan in 1974 and 1975, according to Adam Bodnar, an assistant director of media relations for Western Michigan’s athletic department.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

The University of Hawaii is hoping that a $1.2 million gift by an anonymous fan will inspire others to contribute to the financially-challenged athletic department. The estate planning gift, which is said to be one of the biggest ever earmarked for athletics, is scheduled to be celebrated with a ceremonial check presentation at halftime of Thursday night’s UH-Long Beach State men’s basketball game. -Ferd Lewis, Star Advertiser-

UMASS

While UMass searches for a new athletic director, the school is set to utilize the services of ESPN’s Dave Brown to help fill the 2016 football schedule. UMass needs to add at least three home games for that season. According to athletic department sources, the school has approached the ESPN vice president for college sports programming to help serve as a scheduling matchmaker of sorts. -Matt Vautour, Gazettenet-

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

Marie Tuite, one of San Jose State University’s two deputy directors of athletics and a former star student-athlete at Central Michigan University, is returning to her alma mater as a panelist for the University’s fifth-annual Sports Management Association Conference. The two-day conference takes place, Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28, in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium on the Central Michigan University campus. – Read More

February 26, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

Brad Evans recently resigned as head soccer coach at Toledo due to inappropriate relations with co-workers in the past. Evans spoke to The Blade in a phone interview yesterday. When asked if his interactions with the co-worker were sexual, Evans declined to elaborate, saying, “I think going into detail would not be productive or respectful.” He did say that no students were involved. Evans, who is married with two children, said he resigned of his own free will and UT did not force him.-Nicholas Piotrowicz, The Blade

 

RICE UNIVERSITY

Sources tell College AD that Taylor Hess, Compliance and Eligibility Assistant at Southern Methodist University will join the Owls as Compliance Coordinator. Hess was selected from a pool of over 150 applicants. He will begin with the department, Monday, March 2nd.

FRESNO STATE

Fresno State Director of Athletics Jim Bartko will unveil a five-point vision for Bulldog athletics in a press conference at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 26. It will be Bartko’s first major press conference since he started his job Jan. 1 and will be streamed on the Mountain West Network.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Proposed renovations to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center originally scheduled to start in March have been postponed for one year, the University of Florida and the University Athletic Association announced Wednesday. An aggressive schedule, escalating costs associated with the rehabilitation project and a change in the construction management team contributed to the decision. Current cost estimates for the project are approximately $60 million.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

The dismissal of a Baylor University football player who was homeless a year ago prompted widespread outrage directed at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Wednesday after the player tweeted that the N.C.A.A. declared him ineligible for accepting help from a family friend. The N.C.A.A. said on Wednesday that it did not declare Nacita ineligible and that Baylor has not requested a waiver for him. Baylor confirmed later that day that it was the university that declared Silas ineligible, not the N.C.A.A. -Inside Higher Ed- Read more