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September 1, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

UW debuted the updated Badger Gameday App over the weekend, just in time for the volleyball team’s season opener. The updated app includes a dynamic new display that makes getting news and updates easier. In addition, the app allows for in-venue video replay and iBeacon technology that allows for personalized use of the app. The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department has partnered with YinzCam, Inc. and Gimbal, Inc., to deliver cutting-edge interactive game day experiences not only at home venues, including Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center, but also on the road beginning with the football season opener in Arlington, Texas, the AdvoCare Classic on September.

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Launching the 2015-16 season with the broadcast of the historic Michigan State at Western Michigan football season opener, the Bronco Radio Network will again reach across Michigan for Bronco fans to follow their team. All Bronco football broadcasts will begin with pregame coverage one hour prior to kickoff. Fans outside the coverage area are able to listen online at z965fm.com. “Voice of the Broncos” Robin Hook returns for his 32nd season of Bronco football play-by-play and will be joined in the broadcast booth by former Bronco John Creek. WMU fans can get a daily dose of Bronco news with “Bronco Update” a two-minute feature that airs Monday through Friday on 15 radio stations around the state.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

The Central Washington athletic department has partnered up with the university’s student radio station 88.1 The Burg to create the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. The network will feature all play-by-play announcing for every home and away football and mens and womens basketball games. The Wildcat Sports Radio Network currently has 15 students with two shows that run Mondays and Fridays from 6-8 p.m., said CWU senior Jeff MacMillian, the program’s coordinator. Games can also be heard online at 881theburg.com, as well as on the station’s smartphone and tablet app than can be downloaded for Apple, Android and Microsoft devices. – Ryan Kuhn, Daily Record, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Kristan Kelly, who has served as the Director of Compliance at the University of Memphis since December, 2013, has been elevated to Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. Kelly began her career in compliance at Saint Louis University as the Compliance Coordinator. She earned her bachelor degree in Investigative and Medical Sciences from Saint Louis University in 2006.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

The area around Williams-Brice Stadium has been transformed from what was a grim and gray fortress at the edge of town into an area offering a pleasant location for pre- and post-game festivities. No longer will USC’s stadium look like a taller version of the numerous warehouses and empty lots that dominated the area. Trees, greenspace, bricked walkways and gates resembling the iconic entries to USC’s Horseshoe are in place. The Springs Brooks Plaza is ready for its Sept. 12 debut, and in a few years when the palmettos are in full bloom, the image will be a staple of the SEC Network and hopefully many more channels. The installation of George Rogers’ statue next week will give fans a meeting place on the stadium’s northwest side, and there is room for more sculptures – a large Gamecock has been discussed. – David Cloninger, The State, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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The University of Georgia Athletic Association’s board of directors approved a $30.2 million budget for the construction of an indoor practice facility during a Monday teleconference. Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said that while $15.1 million is projected to come from the cash reserves, the goal will be to fund-raise more to reduce the athletic association’s responsibility. The practice facility will be built on the Woodruff Practice Fields and adjacent to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. It will be approximately 109,000 square feet. The Nalley Multipurpose Facility will be destroyed in the process of building the new indoor facility. – Jason Butt, The Telegraph, Read More


UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

University of Iowa athletics department administrators ordered a female be hired over male candidates for an assistant track coaching job regardless of qualifications, an internal email from the head coach alleges. “It’s in writing. The administration said, ‘we want a female in that position’,” said Brooke Timmer, an attorney for Mike Scott, now an Assistant at Missouri State. Timmer provided the June 4, 2013 email, which she had sought for nearly two years, exclusively to The Associated Press. In it, Head Coach Layne Anderson tells assistants that he had rewritten the position’s job description in a way to attract more female candidates after earlier searches failed. The email’s release comes at an awkward time for the university, which is also facing scrutiny for alleged bias against women coaches. – Ryan J. Foley, ABC News, Read More

UNIVERSITY COLORADO BOULDER

The University of Colorado Department of Athletics is embarking on an ambitious new initiative between academics and athletics – the proposed creation of a Sports Governance Center (SGC), which would be among the first of its kind in the nation. If approved, the SGC would be an innovative academic unit within Athletics, with a mission that would focus on teaching, research and service. The goal is to conduct leading research, education and outreach related to the governance of sport, including college athletics and professional sports. The center concept is the result of an initial collaboration between the Athletic Director and Pielke, an environmental studies professor whose research in recent years has focused on sports governance.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina’s practice of playing an in-state Football Championship Subdivision program each season will take a one-year break due to a scheduling conflict involving South Carolina State. S.C. State was originally slated to play at USC next season, “but they asked to postpone it another year, because they had some conflicts,” Athletic Director Ray Tanner said. – David Caraviello, The Post and Courier, Read More

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Alabama State is scheduled to receive $515,000 to play at Auburn in 2018 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. In 60 minutes of football, ASU is about to make nearly twice as much money than it spent on recruiting for all its sports in 2013-14. ASU President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd and Interim Athletic Director Melvin Hines, signed the contract for the 2018 Auburn game July 30 and Auburn AD Jay Jacobs signed it Aug. 20. The Mighty Marching Hornets will put on a show that day in 87,451-seat Jordan-Hare Stadium. – Duane Rankin, Montgomery Advertiser, Read More

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

This Aggie knew that he needed to unify Kyle Field by making it symmetrical. And doing that bumped capacity to 102,512, the largest football stadium in the SEC and fourth largest in the nation. And those 102,000 folks will filter into the completely overhauled Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 12, when the Aggies host Ball State. Sharp says the renovation’s most important piece was making the building symmetrical, building a true bowl. For Craig Kaufman, the Populous architect on the project, just bringing the stadium up to standards was a major step. But they didn’t stop at that. – Tim Newcomb, Sports Illustrated, Read More

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

The Western Kentucky University athletic department and Russell Athletic announced Monday a five-year, $3.5 million renewal to supply athletic apparel for its intercollegiate athletic teams and partner on uniform designs and technology. The extension, which will run from July 1 to June 30, 2021 allows WKU to continue providing athletes with uniforms, sideline, workout and travel apparel from Russell Athletic. A redesign of the Hilltoppers’ football uniform, as well as other teams, will be part of the new extension. Russell Athletic has been an official partner of WKU since 2007. In that span, both groups have worked together on uniform and product designs. – WBKO, Read More

VIRGINIA TECH

Virginia Tech unveiled metallic orange helmets for its season-opening game against Ohio State on Labor Day night, but it’s what the Hokies added to them that has extra meaning. The Hokies’ helmets will be adorned with special stickers to honor the two WDBJ (Channel 7) television journalists — Alison Parker and Adam Ward — who were killed in a shooting Wednesday at Smith Mountain Lake. Virginia Tech’s athletics department honored the WDBJ victims at this weekend’s sporting events, holding moments of silence at the volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer matches. – Andy Bitter, The Roanoke Times, Read More

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Northeastern director of athletics Peter Roby announced the addition of Pamela Wetherbee-Metcalf as the department’s Senior Associate Athletic Director – Campus Recreation and Club Sports, effective Sept. 1, 2015. In her new post, Wetherbee-Metcalf will be responsible for stewarding Northeastern’s vision of being the best urban campus recreation and club sport program in the nation, and will oversee all Campus Recreation operations, facilities, intramurals, fitness, non-credit instruction, aquatics, club sports programs and special projects. Prior to her arrival on Huntington Avenue, she spent 14 years as the director of recreational sports at Loyola University Maryland. There, she directed the day-to-day operations and services at the newly constructed Fitness and Aquatic Center, a 115,000 square foot multipurpose facility.

August 31, 2015

COASTAL CAROLINA
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[UPDATED:] Independent sources confirm reports. Coastal Carolina will join the Sun Belt Conference in 2016. The Chanticleers, who will begin their quest for a fourth straight Big South title are expected to make the announcement Tuesday.  The news was first reported by SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey. – Billy Gomila, SB Nation Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

The University of Montana’s athletic department has issued an apology to North Dakota State University football players, coaches and staff after a postgame incident Saturday involving a fan who confronted a Bison player on the field.  Montana’s statement apologized for what it called “this regrettable incident” and said the school’s athletic department is continuing to investigate. -The News and Observer, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

The lawsuit filed by a former University student and swim team member who alleges he was hazed by other members of the team has been scheduled for trial in September 2016. The suit names his former teammates Kyle Dudzinski, Luke Papendick, Charles Rommel, David Ingraham and Jacob Pearce as defendants, listing their actions “outrageous and intolerable.” The five men were suspended from the swim team for the fall semester on Oct. 22 due to violations of University policy and athletic department rules.  -Hailey Ross, The Cavalier DailyRead More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Manhattan College is seeking applications for the position of Associate / Sr. Associate Director of Athletics (exact title to be commensurate with experience). The successful candidate will report to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and serve as a key decision maker and integral member of the Manhattan College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics senior leadership team. Please direct any position related questions to Noah D. LeFevre, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, at noah.lefevre@manhattan.edu.

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERISTY

New Mexico State is reportedly a long shot for inclusion into the Sun Belt Conference for all sports. NMSU, already a member of the FBS and a football-only member of the Sun Belt, is hoping for an invite to find a permanent home for its football program and a more stable situation for the rest of its 15 sports. In a recent visit to Las Cruces by Sun Belt officials, New Mexico State’s presentation likely included athletic and university budget numbers and a tour of current and future facility improvements. It’s believed NMSU also offered a substantial travel subsidy to try to offset costs that could make a vote for NMSU more attractive for the presidents of the league’s eastern universities. The Sun Belt requires 75 percent approval from the 11 presidents or chancellors from the full members to extend an invitation. – Jason Groves, Albuquerque Journal, Read More

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Fighting Leatherneck athletic department has announced it will again partner with the Veteran Tickets Foundation, which provides free tickets to WIU sporting events in 2015-16. Vet Tix provides free event tickets to current active U.S. military, veterans of military who were honorably discharged and family members of troops killed In action. More than 1.5 million tickets have been given out in all 50 states and Washington D.C. to the military, veterans and their families.

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The University of Akron, which says it has a $60 million financial problem, will begin paying stipends to athletes that could cost as much as $700,000 a year. The university will provide the $2,400 for each athlete on a scholarship to stay competitive with other universities that have begun the “cost of attendance” payment, UA officials said. -George M. Thomas, Ohio.com, Read More

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERISTY

The Central Michigan Athletic Department announced today the promotion of Mike Dabbs to Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Ticketing. Dabbs, who joined the department in 2005, has worked in various roles in marketing, promotions and community relations throughout his 10-year career at CMU. Dabbs, who holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CMU, will oversee development of marketing plans and implementation of promotions; develop engagement strategies while working with alumni and campus and community groups; will coordinate cheer, dance and bands; and will oversee a staff of marketing representatives and student staff.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Each of the 14 institutions in the Southeastern Conference have once again taken steps to improve the fan experience going into the 2015 football season as the SEC continues its league-wide initiative to enhance fan engagement. “Our institutions recognize the passion and loyalty of its fans and are committed to applying resources to maintain and improve their in-stadium enjoyment and satisfaction of SEC events,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “This is the continuation of the commitment our schools have made to address the fan experience and recognition of the importance of our fans to the future success of this conference.” At least 10 SEC institutions are making improvements to its concessions operations, including such features as themed food kiosks, refillable beverage cups, improved points of sale in stadiums, additional menu choices, addition of local fare to menus, additional in-stands sales persons and increased number of locations to decrease wait times. – KBTX, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

More fall out from Friday’s firing of former head coach Tim Beckman. As there are now a growing number of people who believe AD Mike Thomas should be the next one to go.  CBS Chicago’s Chris Emma echos those feelings. Emma wrote “Thomas claiming that he was unaware of Beckman’s misconduct because of the size of Illinois athletic department is more laughable than any football program acronym. It’s his job to oversee this large, signficant department — or at least it’s his job for now.What Illinois so desperately needs is a fresh start. Beckman is out, and Thomas should be gone, too. There’s no excuse for Thomas, and simply booting Beckman wasn’t enough to claim responsibility for egregious incompetence in a critically important job.” – Read More


August 28, 2015

UCLA

UCLA broke ground Thursday on two facilities that members of the athletic department vow will change the course of three prominent school sport programs: football and men’s and women’s basketball. Fundraising campaigns for the The Mo Ostin Basketball Center and the Wasserman Football Center began less than two years ago as part of the campus-wide UCLA Centennial Campaign. The football center will feature a strength and conditioning center with training rooms tailored specifically to football training, as well as a locker room, players’ lounge, equipment room and offices. – Claire Fahy, Daily Bruin Read More

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State students will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for a trio of sports and receive a complimentary Student Nittany Lion Club membership during “Student Ticket Week,” set for August 31-September 10. Students will have an opportunity to secure their seats for the season opening football game at Temple, buy season tickets for Nittany Lion basketball and men’s hockey as well as some special hardwood and hockey games. The football ticket sale will be in-person and the basketball and hockey sales will be online. Students who purchase season tickets to join the Nittany Nation student section will receive priority for ordering tickets to Penn State’s two contests in Rec Hall on Dec. 10 and 12 as part of the Las Vegas Classic. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

University of Idaho is looking for an Associate Director, Development. The Associate Director of Development, Athletics in concert with the Associate AD for External Operations and Executive Director of the VSF, works on all fundraising activities of the Department of Athletics. Apply Here

MOLLOY COLLEGE

On Aug. 20, Molloy College Director of Athletics Susan Cassidy-Lyke announced that Rick Rissetto would be taking over as the new Director of Athletic Communications. Rissetto comes back to Molloy after a one-year stint as the Athletic Media Relations Assistant at LIU Post. Upon graduating from Hofstra University in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Rissetto spent that summer working with the Albany Dutchmen, a summer collegiate baseball team in New York’s state capital.

CONCORD UNIVERSITY

The Concord University Athletic Department has announced a partnership with Nike and BSN apparel to be the primary athletic supplier of all Concord sports teams. BSN SPORTS has become the Best Supply Network in Sports through the growth of its core sporting goods business and through the acquisition of leading team dealers since 2004, representing hundreds of years of combined experience. BSN also has 50 offices and 500 local sales representatives working nationwide.

CENTRE COLLEGE

Centre College completed a $750,000 renovation of 10,000 square feet in the locker rooms and team areas. The renovation of the back of Sutcliffe Hall was something on the agenda of many in the athletic department for many years. When a private donor stepped up and pledged half of the amount to get the project started, the blocks were taken out from under the wheels and the process started. The South Fields project allowed flexibility with the locker rooms. With a new auxillary locker room building going up in that area, it alieviated the need to house five teams at Sutcliffe Hall. – Jeremy Schneider, Central Kentucky News, Read More