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January 20, 2016

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn University Athletics is recruiting for the newly established position of Assistant Athletics Director, Human Resources. This important addition to the management team reports operationally to the Senior Associate Athletics Director & Chief Financial Officer for Athletics, and functionally to Auburn University’s Human Resources Department. – Apply here.

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Boise State just named Andy Avalos the new defensive coordinator just a few hours after the Yates news became finalized. Avalos had been serving as linebackers coach for the last two seasons for the Broncos…a position he played from 2001-2004 at Boise State. Prior to that, Avalos had been coaching the Bronco D-line since 2012. –  Drew Roberts, SBNation. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen spent last week in Phoenix at an NCAA advisory group meeting for ADs, the college football national championship game and basking, not in the desert sun but in the adulation from resurrecting a football program. Tiger football, after a three-year stretch from 2009 to ’11 in which it won five games, completed its second straight nine-win regular season in November and the winningest two-year stretch (19 victories) in school history. The success cost the U of M its head coach (Justin Fuente left for Virginia Tech) but not its momentum. Bowen said the football program’s recovery triggered a remarkable turnaround, from significantly increased season-ticket sales and attendance to a national image makeover. The Tigers opened the season 8-0, were ranked in the Top 15 of The Associated Press poll for the first time and were discussed as a candidate for a New Year’s Six bowl. Season ticket sales, Bowen said, have grown from below 10,000 when he arrived to 16,000. “We’re this close to something extraordinary,” Bowen told a Tuesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Memphis. “Our perception of what we’re building here has never been better.” – Phil Stukenborg, The Commercial Appeal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

It’s now official: a new University of Illinois athletic director will not be voted on at Thursday’s board of trustees meeting. The meeting agenda had to be finalized by Tuesday morning, and that deadline came and went with no mention of an athletic director on the agenda. UI President Tim Killeen earlier said that a athletic could be named by late this month or early next month.  He says trustees can meet by phone outside of their regular schedule to take a vote on the athletic director. -Michael Kiser and Tim Ditman, The News-Gazette

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

The University of Oregon’s decision to cut back its multi million-dollar branding campaign has many faculty at the institution cheering. The university has spent some $5 million in a campaign to rebrand itself, and until recently had the intention to spend another $15 million. But officials announced last week that the university is changing course. Instead of fund-raising for another $15 million to put toward branding — part of a far-reaching $2 billion fund-raising campaign underway at Oregon — the university is canceling its existing contract with a marketing firm early and looking for ways to streamline and centralize its internal marketing programs in an effort to save money. Kyle Henley, vice president for university communications at Oregon, said the university’s original goal of raising a full $20 million toward branding is “not realistic,” and that many of the objectives for which Oregon planned to use outside firms can be accomplished in-house. However that will require a much more coordinated marketing enterprise than currently exists at the university, where the branding efforts and staffs of most colleges and programs are separate from the university’s central efforts. -Kellie Woodhouse, Inside Higher Ed, Read More

JUNIATA COLLEGE
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JUNIATA COLLEGE

Juniata College has received a sizable donation to build a new athletics complex, and also has announced the addition of three new sports. Juniata will add women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s golf, starting in the fall of 2017 to give the college 22 varsity intercollegiate sports. Men’s golf returns to varsity status after the school fielded a team from 1947-94. Juniata will field club programs in the sports to help prepare for the transition. The Eagle athletic department is searching for a course to use for the golf programs, while lacrosse will play at the Winton Hill Athletic Complex, which will begin construction in the spring. That facility also will feature the Henry H. and Joanie R. Gibbel Stadium. Juniata announced a $500,000 gift from the Gibbels on Tuesday to fund an artificial turf soccer field and stadium, to be a part of the $3.5 million complex. -Staff Reports, Centre Daily Times

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn is in the early stages of seeking feedback for a major renovation to the North end zone of Jordan-Hare Stadium, but one thing is certain: the project’s cost could be higher than initially devised. Initial plans in 2015 called for the potential renovation to total $145 million, according to documents obtained by AL.com, but those costs could increase substantially if newly-devised plans for stadium construction move forward in 2016. “It could definitely be higher,” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said Tuesday. “… We’re working on that right now, to get a solid number.” A new cost estimate for the potential renovations is expected to be announced by the end of March. Auburn’s Board of Trustees would have to approve the project before the athletics department moves forward with construction. -Brandon Marcello, AL.com, Read More

UC SAN DIEGO
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UC SAN DIEGO

UC San Diego students may be asked later this year if they would support raising their fees to move their sports teams to the top division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Moving from Division II to Division I in the NCAA would provide players with better benefits, give the school a greater recruitment tool and raise the visibility of UC San Diego’s sports. Moving to the higher division comes at a cost, however, and so far students have not been willing to pay it. In 2011, students rejected a proposal to increase their fees by $495 a year to fund almost $5 million needed to meet Division I scholarship requirements and additional staff. The university’s athletic budget was expected to increase to $12 million from about $7 million with the move. The proposal needed a simple majority, but failed 6,470 to 4,673. Annual athletic fees have remained at $387. Associated Students President Dominick Suvonnasupa said the idea is being considered again because a new generation of students is on campus, and talk about the change has never gone away. -Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, Read More

January 19, 2016

LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
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LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY

While construction on Blair Field remains in its early stages, the project has received a major boost in the form of a $1 million gift from longtime supporter Marilyn Bohl. The renovations at Blair are dependent on continued financial support, and this donation marks a significant step forward for the project–one that is of great personal significance to Bohl.  Many recognize Marilyn Bohl as a supporter of Long Beach State’s men’s basketball program. In 2008, she pledged $200,000 to establish the Marilyn Bohl Endowed Athletic Scholarship, and she is among the most consistent supporters of the team from her courtside seat at Walter Pyramid. But she also has a deep love for baseball, and has been a faithful supporter of the Dirtbags.  Since her days growing up in Marble Rock, Iowa, Bohl has had a strong connection to America’s pastime. Read More

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Boise State tight end David Lucero has been dismissed from the football team, Athletic Director Curt Apsey said Tuesday. Lucero pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery last month. He was arrested on a felony charge of attempted strangulation in November in a domestic incident involving a female student-athlete. He was a redshirt freshman in 2015. -Chadd Cripe, idahostatesman.com– Read More

 

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

The clock is ticking for Missouri State athletics. Director of Athletics Kyle Moats has two years to erase an unexpected $1.1 million shortfall. Much of the loss in revenue can be attributed to a steady decline in men’s basketball ticket sales.  The $1.1 million was covered by the university’s general fund, which paid $9.8 million to subsidize athletics instead of the $8.7 million that it budgeted. No one is saying it’s a crisis, but the urgency is clear. Men’s basketball is the biggest revenue-generator for the Missouri State athletic department. The numbers in recent years are sobering. -Jim Connell, news-leader.comRead More

HESSTON COLLEGE
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HESSTON COLLEGE

Hesston College Athletic Director Rob Ramseyer introduces Chris Frantz as head coach of the Larks’ new men’s golf program. Hesston men’s golf will open competition in the fall of 2016. “We’re very excited about the addition of the golf program,” Ramseyer said. “We feel confident the program will attract high-quality student-athletes who are a great fit for our campus.” Frantz, a 2002 Tabor College (Hillboro, Kan.) graduate and four-year collegiate varsity golfer, developed the boys golf program at Sunrise Christian Academy, Wichita, Kan., before coming to Hesston. A former faculty member at Sunrise Christian, Frantz brings a wealth of golf knowledge, passion for the sport and coaching experience to the Hesston athletic department. Read More

THE CITADEL
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THE CITADEL

Brent Thompson has been named The Citadel’s 25th head football coach, Athletic Director Jim Senter announced Tuesday. Thompson served as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/B-Backs coach for the past two seasons. His physical rushing attack produced 27 individual 100-yard rushing games in that time, including a single-season program-record 14 in 2015, which ranks as the most in any two-year stretch in school history. “This is a fantastic day for me and my family,” Coach Thompson said. “I’m honored to be the new head coach at The Citadel and want to thank Jim Senter, Gen. Rosa and the rest of the search committee for this opportunity.” Read More

LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
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LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

Paul Macht, most recently the head boys’ water polo coach at The William Penn Charter School, has been named the first men’s and women’s water polo coach at La Salle University, Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Brennan announced today. Macht comes to La Salle with 15 years of coaching experience at the collegiate, high school and club level. Men’s and women’s water polo will begin varsity competition during the 2016-17 season at La Salle. Macht led the Penn Charter boys’ program to an 85-25 record over the past four seasons, including the 2014 Eastern Prep High School championship. The 2012 Penn Charter team was 24-4 and ranked number one in the state. Read More

BIG 12
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BIG 12

If you thought the Big 12 being given the opportunity to hold a conference championship game with just 10 members was going to silence all talks about conference expansion, think again. West Virginia president Gorden Gee is apparently joining Oklahoma president David Boren on his side of the chalk line in the debate over the Big 12 operating with 10 members or 12. It makes sense West Virginia would be in favor of expansion.In an ideal world for West Virginia, the Big 12 would focus their expansion efforts closer to Morgantown by adding Cincinnati or Memphis, or both.-Kevin McGuire, NBC Sports–  Read More

THE COLLEGE OF HOLY CROSS
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THE COLLEGE OF HOLY CROSS

The College of the Holy Cross department of athletics has named Kirsten Britton as its new Associate Director of Athletics for facilities, operations and events, as announced by Director of Athletics Nathan Pine. Britton will join the senior staff of the athletic department with primary responsibilities of providing leadership and oversight to the facilities, operations and events staff. She will also oversee the $95 million Hart Center Expansion & Renovation Project and manage all athletics facilities, game operations and outside events for Holy Cross. “Kirsten Britton’s impressive experience in collegiate athletics and her enthusiasm for supporting student-athletes makes her a tremendous addition to our senior leadership team at Holy Cross,” said Pine. “Her professional success at UConn and Boston College will help inform her leadership, as we enter a seminal time for Holy Cross athletics with the Hart Center Expansion and Renovation Project currently underway. It is my honor to welcome Kirsten to the Crusader family!”

LEARFIELD SPORTS
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LEARFIELD SPORTS

Following three consecutive years of steady growth, creativity and innovation from its digital team, Learfield Sports promotes Katie Davison from senior director/general manager of digital media to vice president, digital operations. In as many years, she and Senior Vice President/Chief Content Officer Joe Ferreira have driven Learfield Digital into a formidable area of the company, which represents more than 120 collegiate properties nationwide. Davison has been integral in every aspect of the department’s growth, particularly in the creation of new digital business and technology solutions including development and oversight of its Preferred Solutions Provider program – a distinct collection of select, vetted technology partners including Phizzle, Think Social, LiveU and YinzCam. Additionally, Davison oversees a growing digital staff and is instrumental in facilitating growth and integration with SIDEARM Sports. She was key in the transition when Learfield acquired SIDEARM a year and a half ago and since that time, nearly 25 Learfield university partners have transitioned their digital business to SIDEARM’s platform.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Steve Hank, a senior associate athletic director who followed Steve Patterson to Texas from Arizona State, is leaving the Longhorns and going into private business. Hank is joining SSB, a Denver-based technology and analytics group specializing in data management. The consulting firm is opening a new office in Austin, and Hank will be the company’s point person locally. “I’m really appreciative of the last two years we had at Texas,” Hank said. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished. I’m very proud of the people I worked with and the accomplishments we’ve had and wish them nothing but the best.” Patterson, who served as Texas’ athletic director for 22 months, brought Hank to Austin with the title of Chief Revenue Officer. Hank was widely viewed as Patterson’s right-hand man, someone who would oversee all contracts and help Patterson carry out his vision for the department. -Brian Davis, HookEm, Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Tuesday that will provide up to $25 million in tax credits to Rutgers to fund facility builds scheduled as part of a grand athletics vision. Rutgers announced in June plans to build a new multi-purpose center that fills the need for a basketball practice arena and is located adjacent to the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. A parking deck for shared use by Rutgers Business School is also part of the plan. “This is a terrific headstart for us on what we need to get done here with our facilities,” Rutgers athletics director Pat Hobbs told Gannett New Jersey. “If it’s a 100-yard dash, the Governor put us on the 25-yard line, which is tremendous.” -Ryan Dunleavy, Asbury Park Press, Read More

FURMAN UNIVERSITY
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FURMAN UNIVERSITY

Furman University Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announced today the hiring of Caroline Kingsdorf as associate athletics director for finance. Kingsdorf comes to Furman following six years at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served in three capacities within the Cal athletics department, including financial budget analyst, director of human resources and contracts and, most recently, as assistant athletics director for business and finance.  She oversaw business contracts, accounts payable, travel, procurement, and budget & financial reporting. “We are thrilled to have Caroline joining the Furman family,” said Buddie in making the announcement.  “Her diverse background and experiences at Cal and Southern Miss give her a great perspective on how to run the business at varying levels of college athletics. She will be a great addition to our team as we continue to position Paladin Athletics to be a force within the Southern Conference and beyond.” –Read More

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

In 2014, his final full calendar year as the Southeastern Conference’s commissioner, Mike Slive had nearly $3.6 million base compensation, according to the conference’s new tax return. The return, which the conference provided Thursday in response to a request from USA TODAY Sports, also shows that SEC had $527.4 million in total revenue for a fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2015. That was the first fiscal year in which the conference began receiving money from the formation of the SEC Network and from the new College Football Playoff. The total revenue figure is more than 60% greater than the SEC reported for a fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2014. The conference announced last spring that it would be distributing about $455.8 million to its 14 member schools — or about $31.2 million per school. -Steve Berkowitz, USA Today, Read More

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Nort Carolina State University seeks an Assistant Director of Marketing. The incumbent will serve as Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Athletics Department with primary responsibility for Women’s Basketball and additional sports to be determined. He/She will coordinate and increase exposure of athletics social media platforms and perform secondary marketing responsibilities for Football. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

University of California, Berkeley seeks an Assistant Athletic Director, Business & Finance. This position is responsible for the processing and servicing of a variety of operational, financial, and budgeting transactions and services, including cashiering, accounts receivable, accounts payable, collections, data collection, data entry, analysis, review and control, customer servicing, and reporting. Apply here.

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
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STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Stony Brook University seeks an Assistant Football Coach – Offensive Coordinator. The Assistant Coach for a Division I program in the sport of football will assist the Head Coach in all aspects of operating a successful program. The Offensive Coordinator is responsible for the development of an offensive system and is the primary recruiter for the skill positions on offense for a Division IAA program in the sport of football. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) and Nike have extended their two-decade-old relationship for the foreseeable future as Nike will continue to be the footwear, apparel and equipment provider for the 21 Fighting Illini varsity sports. Nike has been the exclusive footwear and apparel provider for the DIA for 20 years with this 10-year agreement extending the relationship through the 2025-26 academic year.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

Coming to Montana from the University of Louisiana-Monroe is coach Travis Niekamp (pronounced: NEE-kamp), a former Eastern Washington and Washington State assistant who will serve as the Grizzlies’ special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.No stranger to the Northwest, Coach Niekamp served as linebackers coach at Washington State from 2007-2011 in addition to serving as the Cougars’ director of football development. Prior to his time in Pullman, he was the linebackers coach/special teams coordinator at Eastern Washington from 2004-2007.

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon State’s Jarmal Reid, who was ejected after he tripped a referee in his team’s loss to Utah on Sunday, has been suspended for a minimum of four games, the school announced Monday. With 2:56 to play in Utah’s 59-53 road win over Oregon State, Utes center Jakob Poeltl bumped Reid, who then fell to the ground. No foul was called. Reid then stuck his leg out and tripped referee Tommy Nunez, who fell to the court. Reid was ejected after receiving a flagrant 2 foul for his actions. Per the release, Reid’s suspension could be extended if he does not comply with the team’s standards during his time off the floor. -Myron Medcalf, ESPN, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Two of the most serious NCAA violations the Missouri athletic department has admitted to in the investigation of its men’s basketball program center around an internship program at T3 Solutions in Augusta, Ga. The company’s founder and president is Christopher Mark Tuley, a Huntsville native and 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri who acknowledged that he is the man referred to as “Representative #1” on the list of admitted violations released by the school on Wednesday. Tuley employed four Missouri basketball players and two student managers as part of a two-week internship program held during the break between the spring semester and summer school in 2013 and ’14. He spoke to the Tribune in multiple lengthy phone interviews and tried to explain how he became the booster who got the Tigers in trouble with the NCAA and why he doesn’t believe he knowingly did anything wrong with his management of the internship program. -Steve Walentik, Columbia Daily Tribune, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

In the hours before the Fiesta Bowl in 2003, Willis McGahee purchased a $2.5 million policy that he would collect only if he suffered an injury that kept him from ever playing professional football. Smith, on the other hand, has a policy that not only will pay if he never plays again but also will pay a reported $5 million if he drops out of the first round of the NFL draft. Keith Lerner, who wrote that policy for McGahee, said the industry has changed dramatically in the past three years as more players have opted for the loss-of-value insurance and more schools have been willing to cover the premiums. In the next few weeks, Lerner and his son David will leave the Gainesville, Fla., office of Total Planning Sports Services and visit schools to discuss insurance options with players entering a draft-eligible year. Because the world has changed in several ways, those players have more options then they used to. -Andy Staples, SI, Read More

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Northeastern University is seeking an Associate Head Coach – Men’s Soccer. The successful candidate will assist the head coach with practice and game day decisions, direction of program and student athlete supervision. This position requires a criminal background check. Bachelor’s degree  is required. At least 4 years coaching experience required, preferably with a division 1 program. Collegiate or international playing experiences preferred. Thorough knowledge of recruiting practices and NCAA regulations required. Previous experience with budgeting procedures, strong communication skills and good management skills required. Traveling with team and working evenings as well as weekends required. Appy here