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November 9, 2015

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

With the hire of Kevin Sumlin, the move into the SEC and the phenomenon of Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M — and College Station with it — has seen rising revenues from the football program. Eric Hyman, Texas A&M Athletics director, said each home game at Kyle Field may bring in upwards of $5.5 million in ticket sales and concessions. Hyman said $500,000 to $750,000 comes from concessions and that this number fluxuates depending on the weather and team. Jeff Toole, the Texas A&M Athletics chief financial officer, said approximately $946,000 of the $5.5 million game revenue comes from student ticket sales. Besides the individual home games, Texas A&M Athletics receives football-related revenue from several other sources. Toole said of the approximated $32 million they expect to receive in donations through the 12th Man Foundation in the 2016 fiscal year, $26.6 million can be attributed to being football related. -Sam Scott, The BattalionRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Associate AD Warren Hood with a video update on the construction taking place at the State Farm Center.  The State Farm Center is set open on December 2nd when Illinois welcomes Notre Dame to town. -Elise Kozal, Illini InquierRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Missouri would owe BYU $1 million if Saturday’s nonconference game in Kansas City, Mo. is cancelled. The possibility exists, CBS Sports has learned, after the football program joined a protest against Missouri’s system president, Tim Wolfe, that includes a hunger strike by student Jonathan Butler. Missouri’s players will not take place in any football-related activities until Wolfe resigns. As of Sunday, Wolfe said he has no intention to step down. The Missouri players joined a student group protesting Wolfe’s lax oversight of race relations on campus. -Dennis Dodd, CBS SportsRead More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will delay the release of its final standings a week if Navy is in the running for a New Year’s Six bowl, CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock told CBS Sports on Sunday. The annual Army-Navy game is scheduled for Dec. 12, a week after all other FBS programs will be finished with the regular season. The Midshipmen are currently 7-1 after upsetting Memphis. In their first season of conference play, Navy most likely would be in the running for a Fiesta or Peach Bowl spot if it finished as the highest ranked team among the so-called Group of Five conferences. If Navy is in the running for a playoff spot (top four), the committee would delay releasing the four-team bracket. Hancock said in that scenario the final standings would probably come out the Saturday night of Dec. 12.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY

With ESPN and USA Today both circulating separate reports that Sonny Dykes might be considering other opportunities once the season ended, the Cal Athletic Department chatted with Ryan Gorcey at Scout to refute any such claims. All of the rumors have been categorically denied. The athletic department was quick to assure that Dykes and athletic director Mike Williams have a strong relationship and contract talks are ongoing. The main component of Mallette’s statement focuses on the importance in turning around academics and the promise of improving APR and graduation rates. – Avinash Kunnath, californiagoldenblogs.comRead More

November 8, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

The Southern Miss men’s basketball team will undergo a self-imposed postseason ban for the second consecutive season, the school announced on Sunday. The decision is the result of allegations of NCAA rules violations committed under the watch of former coach Donnie Tyndall during his two years as head coach from 2012-14. USM will not take part in the NCAA Tournament or Conference USA Tournament during the 2015-16 season. USM and Tyndall are set to go before the NCAA this spring to address seven Level I allegations, which are judged as the most serious by the NCAA. -Patrick McGee, SunHeraldRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

A legal agreement reached late Friday night means current and former college athletes who are entitled to shares of the $60 million in settlements related to use of their names, images and likenesses in video games could begin seeing checks within about 60 days, a lawyer involved with the case told USA TODAY Sports. Distribution of the settlement money was being delayed by objections from former football player Darrin Duncan and former basketball player Nathan Harris, who had asked the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals to overturn U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s final approval of the settlements in August. – Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports– Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The latest development in the growing protest among University of Missouri football players is coming from Athletic Director Mack Rhoades and Head Coach Gary Pinkel. Rhoades and Pinkel issued the following statement Sunday afternoon. “Today, Sunday, there will be no football practice or formal team activities. Our focus right now is on the health of Jonathan Butler, the concerns of our student-athletes and working with our community to address this serious issue. After meeting with the team this morning, it is clear they do not plan to return to practice until Jonathan resumes eating. We are continuing to have department, campus and student meetings as we work through this issue …” – Chris Oberholtz and Dave Eckert, KCTVRead More

YORK COLLEGE
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YORK COLLEGE

The York College athletic communications office unveiled the newest version of the Spartans athletics website on Friday morning. The Spartans again partnered with Presto Sports for the redesign, the third time the site has been overhauled since 2007. The initial effort with Presto elevated the site from an in-house design to an organized and visually pleasing presentation. The next redesign came in 2010 and emphasized the importance of photography and video presentation.  Read More

MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Alese Woolard has resigned as women’s soccer coach at Missouri Southern, athletics director Jared Bruggeman announced in a news release on Friday. MSSU assistant coach Stephanie Kirvan will serve as the interim head coach while a nationwide search is conducted. Woolard coached 19 all-MIAA student-athletes including one first-team selection, three second-team picks, one third-team pick and 14 honorable mention selections. The Joplin GlobeRead More

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

With college athletic programs now multimillion-dollar businesses, the price of hiring and retaining top-notch football coaches has soared over the past three decades. Beamer, who announced a week ago that he’ll retire at season’s end, is paid about $2.72 million annually, 30 times his pay when he first arrived in Blacksburg as the coach. Athletic department revenues have likewise increased dramatically, with the Hokies producing $73 million last year. Some 20 programs brought in $100 million or more last school year, according to research by USA Today. -Andy Bitter, The Roanoke TimesRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Members of the University of Missouri football team say they “will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed.” Wolfe has been criticized for his response to student concerns over racism. The players joined campus groups who have been protesting the way university President Tim Wolfe has dealt with issues of racial harassment during the school year. Jonathan Butler, a black graduate student, is in the sixth day of a hunger strike to call attention to the issue. –USA TODAY SportsRead More

November 6, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Georgia football coach Mark Richt, under fire for his team’s performance this season, has yet to sign a new contract drafted more than nine months ago. As a result, he has already foregone $600,000 of the $800,000-a-year raise called for in the deal approved by the athletic association’s board. Nevertheless, UGA has vowed to honor the terms of the proposed agreement retroactively. That’s particularly beneficial to Richt in the event that he gets fired this year. It means he will be paid $2.5 million more than he would under his existing contract, for a total payout of $4.1 million. According to the current contract on file with the athletic association, he would be owed $1.6 million, or $800,000 per year remaining in the term. -Chip Towers and Matt Kempner, DawgNationRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota associate athletic director Mike Ellis resigned from his job Friday, according his attorney, Chris Madel. Ellis was the second in command at the athletics department under Norwood Teague, who resigned last summer in the wake of a sexual harassment complaints. Ellis has been on voluntary leave at the U’s request since late August pending an investigation into unspecified complaints against him. – Dan Browning and Brandon Stahl, Star TribuneRead More

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell announced the Aggies’ 2016 non-conference football schedule, which includes road games at USC and at BYU. Utah State begins the 2016 season at home against Weber State on Thursday, Sept. 1, followed by a road game at USC on Saturday, Sept. 10. USU then plays host to Arkansas State on Saturday, Sept. 17, and concludes the regular season at BYU on Saturday, Nov. 26. -Doug Hoffman, Deseret NewsRead More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson Athletics, IPTAY and University officials celebrated the groundbreaking of a new football complex on Friday afternoon. Construction of the new complex will begin in December with a targeted opening date of February 2017. The new 140,000 square-foot facility recently received final approvals from the Clemson Board of Trustees and all government agencies. The $55 million project will be financed completely by the athletic department and IPTAY, including $19.5 million of athletic revenue bonds along with private support. – Stephanie Towers, WYFFRead More

GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

A former Grand Valley State University employee faces felony charges after being accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from the school. Lynnea MacGeorge was an office coordinator with the university’s athletic department. –WZZMRead More

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia State’s athletic department finished the 2014-15 fiscal year with a surplus of slightly more than $630,000. The extra revenue went toward paying down the department’s debt, which is now $1.3 million. “We’ve been trying to streamline the budgets for the past 10 months to better serve the student-athletes and for strategic planning for the future,” senior associate athletic director Doug Justice said. The budget was set before Charlie Cobb took over as athletic director in August 2014. The budget he inherited projected revenues of approximately $27.2 million and expenses of $27.1 million. Actual revenues were approximately $27.1 million, but expenditures were $26.4 million. Student fees continue to be the main source of revenue for the department, accounting for $18.7 million, or 69 percent, of the income. Ticket sales and associated revenues came in almost $800,000 less than the budgeted $3.3 million. If you will look at the second document below, the $950,000 in conference revenues budgeted isn’t included in the actual revenues. There is $1 million in Sun Belt revenue included. – Doug Roberson, Atlanta-Journal ConstitutionRead More

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Northwestern University will break ground on the next step in its new Lakefront Athletics and Recreation Complex on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Construction will begin immediately. In support of the project, Northwestern Athletics and Recreation recently received a new leadership gift of $23 million from University trustees Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson as part of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern. The Lakefront Athletics and Recreation Complex will include a fieldhouse that will provide a large, indoor multipurpose facility for football practice as well as Olympic sports team practices and competitions, recreational activities and non-sporting events. It will be named Ryan Fieldhouse in honor of the generosity of alumni Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan. The playing surface within Ryan Fieldhouse will be named Wilson Field in honor of a $15 million gift from alumni Stephen R. and Susan K. Wilson. The complex also will include the Walter Athletics Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will house academic support services for more than 500 student-athletes, a nutrition center and dining facility, a sports performance center, and office space for coaches and administrators. The building is being named in recognition of a $40 million gift from alumni Mark and Kimbra Walter. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Thought provoking piece from USA Today’s Josh Peter on LSU star Leonard Fournette’s family and whether or not they broke any NCAA rules by producing BUGA Nation apparel to be sold online. The website launched the week of LSU’s 2014 season opener, but the business went no further — sales of T-shirts and hats were stopped within 24 hours after the NCAA learned of its existence, according to Lory Fournette. “There’s certain rules that just can’t be broken,” she told USA TODAY Sports. Lory Fournette told USA TODAY Sports that the NCAA views “BUGA Nation” as Leonard Fournette’s brand. However, when asked whether the NCAA was aware of the matter, spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the governing body has no record of correspondence with the Fournettes. Any communication with the Fournettes on the issue would come from the school or conference, she said. In an email to USA TODAY Sports, the Southeastern Conference responded on Thursday that it also has no record of correspondence with the Fournettes. -Josh Peter, USA TodayRead More

 

NCAA

Nissan today announced a historic deal to become an Official Sponsor of 100 colleges and universities nationwide, and a proud supporter of select NCAA Championships. The four-year agreement marks the widest-reaching sponsorship in the history of collegiate sports. This announcement is part of Nissan’s “go big” marketing strategy, which was put in place to create significant, unforgettable marketing moments such as Nissan’s return to the Super Bowl last season and its partnership with the Heisman Trophy Trust. Specifics of each sponsorship were negotiated throughout the summer with the media rights holder for each school involved, including IMG College, Learfield Sports, Outfront Media Sports, FOX Collegiate Sports Properties, JMI Sports and Sun Devil Athletics. The series of sponsorships will cover 22 sports (men’s and women’s), 100 schools, thousands of student-athletes, 22 million alumni and 188 million fans across the nation. – Business Wire,  Read More

CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

A former assistant basketball coach and athletic relations manager has sued California University of Pennsylvania and interim President Geraldine Jones. The lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of Anne Malkowiak of Uniontown in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Malkowiak claims discrimination based on age, race and sex. Malkowiak contends in the suit that after she filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Jones retaliated against her. According to the suit, three black players complained about playing time and Malkowiak’s coaching style. The complaint contends Jones, who is black, granted “special audiences” to the players and their families and bypassed standard university procedures that require contact first with the head coach, then the athletic director and finally the vice president of student affairs. – Jeremy Sellew, Trib LiveRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

After he served in a temporary role this summer, Illinois hired Dee Brown full-time as a special assistant to athletic director Mike Thomas. Brown, who retired in September from a professional playing career overseas, called the goodwill ambassador position a “dream job.” While Brown’s look and role have changed, though, his passion for orange and blue is the same.”Everyone asks, ‘What do you do?’ ” Brown, 31, said this week. “I speak Illinois athletics. I am Illinois athletics.” Capitalizing on his reputation as a catalyst of Illini basketball’s most recent glory days, Brown makes public appearances, connects with donors and alumni, builds relationships with current student-athletes, helps with fundraising and talks to recruits in all sports while they’re on campus. – Shannon Ryan, Chicago TribuneRead More

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

The news of Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer’s retirement surprised a lot of people. It also inspired them to grab tickets to his last home game. Fans say ticket prices jumped significantly for the home game against UNC on November 21st. Tech athletic leaders say that’s because there’s a lot of interest in seeing Beamer coach his last game at Lane Stadium. WDBJRead More

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Over the past several weeks, App State has hosted mid-week contests against Sun Belt Conference foes and prior to each of those games, App State students have protested. The range of issues addressed by the organization and in the protests ranges from complaints over steadily rising student costs, slowly rising faculty wages, student subsidization of athletic costs and the disproportionately large percentage of black student athletes when compared to minority representation in the student population. – Carl Blankenship, The AppalachianRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

The Miami Hurricanes received a mea culpa from the Atlantic Coast Conference regarding the officiating of their game against Duke, too. It just wasn’t as public as the one the Blue Devils received. Still, it makes clear what the Hurricanes and their fans felt all along about Saturday’s controversial game — Duke wasn’t the only team severely harmed by bad officiating. Days after suspending the on-field officials and the replay official who worked Miami’s 30-27 victory for two games and admitting that Miami’s game-winning kickoff return on the final play should not have counted because of a series of missed penalties, the ACC has acknowledged — albeit privately — that the officials also made “multiple incorrect calls” against Miami in the game. – AP Reports, Palm Beach PostRead More

PAC-12
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PAC-12

The Arizona State Sun Devils football team has agitated its opponents over the past couple of weeks by allegedly stealing play-calling signals, but the Pac-12 does not seem to be particularly concerned about any illegal actions. Doug Haller of AZCentral Sports passed along the conference’s comments regarding the Arizona State controversy. While many frown upon stealing signals and consider it to be cheating, the statement highlights the fact that it is not technically against any NCAA rules. -Scott Polacek, Bleacher ReportRead More

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma Baptist University is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing/Promotions. This position provides marketing for all athletic teams, enhances the game day experience, and manages the entire ticketing process. In completing these tasks, this position will enhance our overall athletic image and assist in boosting game attendance and overall visibility of the athletic department by helping to create a collegiate environment at all varsity athletic contests and events. Apply here

November 5, 2015

GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY
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GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

Lawrence Moten, who has scored more points than any player in Syracuse University basketball history, will be sharing his basketball knowledge with players at Gallaudet University. The former Orange great has taken an assistant coaching position for Gallaudet, a Division III school in Washington, D.C., with a worldwide reputation for educating the deaf and hard of hearing. Moten grew up in D.C. and attended Archbishop Carroll High School before landing at SU, where he set the Big East record for career points. – Donna Ditota, syracuse.com–  Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

UCLA senior center Jake Brendel was named on Thursday to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Football team. Brendel has served as a team co-captain the past three seasons. He has been selected a finalist for the 2015 Campbell Trophy and the Pop Warner Award. The Plano, Texas native was also on the Rimington and Outland watch lists prior to the season. He is also a Senior CLASS Award and AFCA Good Works Team nominee. Brendel was selected to the first-team All-Pac-12 Academic team in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Read More