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February 25, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

A bill circulating the state Capitol would allow the transfer of funds from the tourism special fund to support travel expenses for the University of Hawaii athletics program. Senate Bill 83, introduced by state Sen. J. Kalani English, D-Maui, would appropriate $3 million from the special fund to cover travel expenses and travel subsidies for the UH athletic program during the 2016-17 school year. – Lorin Eleni Gill, Pacific Business NewsRead More.

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE

The price of oil is down. Start the dominos. One landing spot will be the University of Alaska Anchorage athletic department, which relies heavily on state funding. In a wide-ranging interview with KTVA, UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett put the word out: brace for significant cuts in his department for a third consecutive year. The contingency plans are already being mapped out. He knows the hammer will fall, but the question is how hard. He should know in four to six weeks, but they’re staring at attrition. To maintain Division II status, the university must field at least 10 teams — the Seawolves currently have 13. But they also must be gender diverse to satisfy Title IX requirements. “If part of our reduction means the UA system and President (James) Johnsen and the Regents say, ‘Hey we need to get down to 10 teams,’ we’re going to have to make some tough choices,” Hackett said. He said cutting the long-standing Great Alaska Shootout is also on the table. With competition from newer Thanksgiving tournaments in the Lower 48 and Hawaii, the Shootout has suffered from low attendance in recent years. Though it has a contract with CBS Sports Network to televise many of its games, it is still languishing. It, too, could go. -Dave Goldman, KTVA, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS

The National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) has announced the recipients of its 2016 Fundraiser of the Year Awards. University of Indianapolis Senior Associate Athletics Director for Athletic Development Matt Donovan was named the College Division winner. Donovan and University Division winner Keith Carter from Ole Miss will be honored Tuesday, June 14 at the Learfield Directors’ Cup Luncheon, held in conjunction with NACDA’s 51st annual Convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. “On behalf of NAADD, I want to congratulate Keith and Matt on being named this year’s NAADD Fundraisers of the Year and for all of their impressive contributions to the industry,” stated NAADD 1st Vice President Scarlett Schneider Ph.D., executive director of athletics development at the University of Pennsylvania. “We are very excited to recognize their accomplishments at the upcoming NAADD Convention in June.” –Read More

CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY
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CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY

John McGillivray, who amassed 375 victories in 42 years of coaching soccer at Cedarville University, announced his retirement as head coach of the Lady Jackets. The University is expected to reveal his replacement on Thursday. McGillivray, 69, established himself as one of the most well-respected soccer coaches in the state of Ohio since coming on staff at his alma mater in 1974. He won 215 matches in 24 years of coaching the Yellow Jacket men and 160 more in 18 seasons with the Lady Jackets. –Read More

February 24, 2016

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA closed a loophole that allowed coaches to tweet about recruits without actually using names. On Wednesday, “subtweeting” was ruled not permissible,according to the Texas A&M compliance office. Subtweeting is the act of tweeting to or about someone without actually using their name. Because NCAA rules do not permit coaches to publicly talk or tweet about a player until they have signed, some coaches have used player nicknames instead. The NCAA’s ruling states that using the nickname of an unsigned player in a public statement is now considered to be a recruiting violation. -Adam Stites, SEC Country, Read More

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has appointed Muskingum University Athletic Director Larry Shank to the NCAA Division III Infractions Appeals Committee. The Infractions Appeal Committee consists of only five people and shall hear and act upon appeals of the findings of major violations by the Committee on Infractions involving member institutions. The committee includes members who not only have experience with the administration of a Division III athletics programs, but also members that have experience with and/or understanding of administrative hearing processes and procedures. -Patrick Chiesa, WhizNews, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

UCF is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. The assistant athletic director for compliance is responsible for maintaining institutional compliance with NCAA, Conference and university rules, and will report to the senior associate athletics director for compliance any violations of those rules. In addition, the assistant athletic director for compliance will assist in the development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive athletics compliance program including development of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable NCAA, Conference and university rules, and regulations. –Apply Here

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Leonard Hamilton is the all-time leader in wins as a coach for the Florida State men’s basketball program, and he’ll get a chance to add to that mark in the coming years. Hamilton and Florida State agreed to a two-year contract extension that will make him the Seminoles’ coach through the 2018-19 season. “We have made a substantial investment in basketball here at FSU, and that commitment is visible to anyone who walks into the Tucker Center these days because construction is ongoing,” Florida State president John Thrasher said. “With that kind of commitment come higher expectations. Leonard has taken our program to great heights during his time here, and we believe and expect that he will again. This extension represents our belief that he will put a first class team on the court, and our continuing commitment to that belief.” -Sam Vecenie, CBS Sports, Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers University has joined in a partnership with IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions (IMGLTS) to lead all new and renewal ticket sales initiatives. Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs announced in a statement that the relationship will enhance the program’s ability to grow ticket revenues and attendance.”Providing our fans exceptional customer service is a top priority,” Hobbs said. “Innovative engagement with consumers is essential to building success in the Big Ten. IMGLTS offers the necessary technology and analytics to grow ticket revenues in our challenging marketplace. We look forward to a very productive partnership.” Rutgers had previously worked with the Aspire Group as its outsource company to service ticket buyers for football, men’s and women’s basketball, and additional Olympic sports. -Keith Sargeant, NJ.com, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Jerry Kill and the University of Minnesota have parted ways, according to people familiar with the situation. Interim athletic director Beth Goetz has had several conversations with Kill since he retired as football coach for health reasons Oct. 28 about his next role at the university, but they did not reach an agreement. Kill, 54, tearfully ended his 32-year coaching career seven games into last season, explaining that his epileptic seizures had returned. Kill was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2005. Read More.

HESSTON COLLEGE
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HESSTON COLLEGE

Hesston College seeks a Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach. As part of the Athletic Department, this 3/4 time, benefits eligible position will be responsible for all aspects of the tennis program at Hesston College. email [email protected]

SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
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SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE

Saint Anselm College Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery announced recently that Michael Abdella has been named the new Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. He assumed the role on Monday. Abdella comes to Saint Anselm after serving as the Sports Information Graduate Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point since the fall of 2013. Prior to his time at UW-Stevens Point, Abdella worked in the sports information department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY

University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley seeks Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations Responsible for directly overseeing the department business operations and assisting the Director of Athletics in the organization, management and control of the department budget. Apply here.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Southern Virginia football head coach Joe DuPaix announced today that Danny DuPaix, brother of Coach DuPaix, will serve as the Knights’ assistant head coach and running backs coach. Most recently, Danny DuPaix comes from West Jordan High School, in greater Salt Lake City, where he served as the head coach and offensive and special teams coordinator from 2014 to 2015. In 2014, West Jordan ranked in the top three rushing offenses for 5A. Read More.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Which SEC fan bases invests the most in its athletic department? The Business of College Sports Kritsi Dosh takes a look at the numbers. –Read More

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State spring football practice begins March 14 and concludes with a breakfast event for season ticket holders during the final practice April 16. There will be no spring games this year or in 2017 during the final two phases of Sun Devil Stadium renovation. All practices will be held at Kajikawa practice facility and are closed to the public. Invitations will be sent to season-ticket holders for the breakfast practice. – Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral sports. Read More.

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Scheduling North Carolina and Vanderbilt could positively impact several areas of Georgia State’s football program: the fan base, the development of the program and its home conference’s TV negotiations. The Panthers will host the Tar Heels on Sept. 10, 2022 and the Commodores on Sept. 28, 2024. Unless scheduling changes occur, they will be the first teams from the Power Five conferences that Georgia State will host in football.  “There’s something exciting about having an ACC or SEC school come and play us here,” senior associate athletic director Doug Justice said. “Doing a home and home with a Power Five is a good draw. Our fan base wants to see games like that. It’s a great thing with our future, where we are going with our program. The goal, hopefully, is to win.” That excitement is worth the trade of not playing in Nashville, Tenn., or Chapel Hill, N.C. as a guarantee game that could pay Georgia State in the range of $1 million. Some of that revenue will be made up in what should be increased ticket sales, parking and concessions. Commissioner Karl Benson points out that home games against power conferences are also good for the Sun Belt’s TV package with ESPN. Arkansas State’s home game against Missouri attracted the most unique viewers (136,960) and minutes spent (8.1 million) of all the conference’s games on ESPN3 last year. -Doug Roberson, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Athletics has reached an agreement with The Aspire Group, the global leader in sport & entertainment revenue enhancement, to build an on-campus Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC). The FRMC will provide Ticket Marketing, Sales and Service support for football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey, men’s lacrosse and softball. The UMass FRMC will include a Manager, Database Coordinator, Group Sales Consultant, and two Sales and Service Consultants. Read More.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Teamworks has partnered with the Mountain West to become the  Conference’s Official Mobile Collaboration Software Provider.  Teamworks will modernize the 2016 Mountain West Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship experience, centralizing information and streamlining information for conference and game-site staff as well as the participating teams. Conference and game-site staff as well as the participating teams will use Teamworks’ mobile platform to centralize information and streamline communication. The new partnership positions the Mountain West at the forefront of collegiate athletics as well as reinforces Teamworks as an industry leader for championship level programs and postseason events. Teamworks will facilitate tournament information and allow for it to be easily shared with MW staff and teams. Parties will also be able to communicate through the mobile application. An opportunity for the MW to more widely adopt mobile technology, the Teamworks partnership will alleviate teams from physically submitting or scanning paperwork and ensure that personnel and teams are in the right place at the right time. The MW follows the lead of the NCAA who will be utilizing Teamworks tools for March Madness. –Learn More

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

New Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward said Tuesday during a wide-ranging interview with The Dallas Morning News that a new deal could be on the way for men’s basketball coach Billy Kennedy.  Kennedy has two  years remaining on his contract, but they were essentially added to his original five-year deal for cosmetic reasons. Neither party has any financial obligation to the other after this season. No. 21 A&M (20-7) is expected to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in Kennedy’s five seasons. “We will be,” Woodward said when asked if negotiations are underway. “And I’ve assured coach Kennedy that we want him here and we have strong feelings to keep him here. And I think there will be something forthcoming in the near future.” -Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News, Read More

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Antwon Murray, the Boise State football team’s recruiting director/assistant director of player personnel, has taken a position as an NFL scout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while director of football operations Brian Wilkinson will not return to Boise State next season. Murray, a former cornerback for the Broncos, joined the staff after coach Bryan Harsin was hired two years ago, coming from Arkansas State, where he was the director of player personnel for one season. He grew up in Lakeland, Fla., about 30 miles east of Tampa. Former Boise State head coach Dirk Koetter is Tampa Bay’s head coach. – Idaho Statesman. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Chicago State University announced Tuesday the elimination of spring break this year to ensure its students will finish the semester before the school may be forced to close down due to a lack of state funding. In a memo to faculty and students, university President Thomas Calhoun said the spring semester will end April 28, when graduation ceremonies will take place. The semester was scheduled to end May 13. “These changes are occurring to fulfill the university’s commitment to students regarding the completion of the semester,” Calhoun wrote. Illinois’ public universities and community colleges haven’t received state money since summer because of the budget stalemate between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly. –Chicago Tribune, Read More

DEPAUW UNIVERSITY
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DEPAUW UNIVERSITY

DePauw University invites applications for the position of Part-Time Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach. DePauw University, a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference and Division III NCAA, is seeking an outstanding candidate for a Part-Time Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee wants to strike a reference to a 20-year-old training room episode involving quarterback Peyton Manning from a federal lawsuit, arguing it’s “immaterial, impertinent and scandalous.” “The allegation does not involve the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs do not allege they were students at UT in 1996, nor that any of the current administrators were employed by UT at that time,” the motion states. The only purpose, UT argues, for including Manning’s name in a lawsuit focused on events of the past several years involving UT students “is to unduly prejudice the University by means of negative press coverage.” -John North, WBIR, Read More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Texas Tech University seeks Senior Associate Director Athletics, Finance and Administration.
The Senior Associate Athletics Director for Finance and Administration in the Texas Tech University Athletics Department is responsible for ensuring financial stability of the department by planning, implementing, and managing the $80 Million departmental budget, and overseeing all financial, contractual/legal, public records, and personnel/payroll activities of the department. This position reports to Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech University’s Athletic Director, and serves as a member of the Athletic Director’s Executive Committee. Apply here

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

East Carolina University seeks Assistant Director for Compliance. Under the direction of the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination of all aspects of the eligibility certification process. Duties include, but are not limited to, the coordination and facilitation of both the initial and continuing eligibility certification processes for prospective and continuing student-athletes respectively; oversight of employment of student-athletes; rules education related to eligibility; approval of outside competition by individual student-athletes; liaison to the University’s Office of Admissions and the Registrar’s Office; and other duties as assigned by the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. Apply here

February 23, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Pat Ivey still has a home at the University of Missouri. Ivey, the former MU football player and strength coach for the athletic department, was hired as the university’s assistant vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity effective Feb. 15, spokesman Christian Basi wrote in an email Tuesday. Ivey will earn an annual salary of $150,000 and report to interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity Chuck Henson, who was appointed to the newly created position Nov. 10, the day after University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe resigned in the midst of the Concerned Student 1950 protest over racial conditions on campus. -David Morrison, columbiatribune.comRead More

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

St. John’s University seeks an Assistant Athletic Trainer.  Reporting directly to the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, this position’s primary responsibility is to perform a variety of duties involved in the evaluation, treatment, care and rehabilitation of STJ student athletes. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university; Certification by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC); and Eligible for New York State AT licensure. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

A survey of college athletic directors by the Ohio University Center for Sports Administration in Athens, and AECOM, a global leader in sports venue design and construction, reveals new insight into the facility investment plans of NCAA programs across the country. Of participating athletic directors, nearly all (99 percent) said they plan to invest more than US$500,000 in athletic facilities over the next five years, and half (50 percent) plan to invest at least US$25 million in that time. Athletic directors who participated in the survey perceive fan amenities to be of increasing importance to the game day experience, while training facilities and locker rooms remain top priorities for attracting recruits, with a growing emphasis on academic spaces. The survey was administered in November 2015 to 87 NCAA athletic directors from 25 Division I conferences. It is a follow-up to a survey conducted in 2014. –Read More

MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY

McNeese State University is seeking candidates for its Ticketing Assistant position opening and Marketing Assistant position opening. The anticipated start dates would be June 1 or July 1. Email a Cover Letter, Resume, and List of 3 References to Steve Gugliucci at [email protected] Please specify which position you are applying for.