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April 10, 2016

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon State athletic director Todd Stansbury recognizes that the Oregon Ducks are focused on national branding and is making a concerted effort to capture more fans, sponsors and enthusiasm in Portland. He joined me on the radio show on Friday to talk about the effort and why he thinks it’s an opportunity for Oregon State. “The Ducks have done a phenomenal job doing what they’re doing on a national level,” Stansbury said. “We feel our wheelhouse is that we can represent Oregon and I think everything we’re doing is a focus on that.” -John Canzano, The Oregonian/OregonLiveRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

The University of Southern Mississippi received the NCAA Committee on Infractions’ Public Report related to allegations involving the institution’s former Men’s Basketball staff during the academic years 2012-13 and 2013-14. The issuance of the Public Report is the final step in the NCAA’s enforcement process. The Committee concluded that The University of Southern Mississippi had committed Level I and Level II violations and adopted various penalties against the program. Those penalties do not include any further postseason ban; therefore, the men’s basketball team will be eligible to participate in both the Conference USA and NCAA tournaments next season. The Report confirmed the NCAA Enforcement Staff’s decision that there was no “lack of institutional control” or “failure to monitor” the athletic program at Southern Miss and noted the University’s exemplary cooperation throughout the enforcement process. The Committee also concluded that former coaches and members of the men’s basketball staff committed Level I and Level II violations. Importantly, no member of the current coaching staff and no current student-athletes were involved in the violations. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Former Gopher football and academic All-American, Robert A. “Bob” Stein, today announced that he will pursue the University of Minnesota Athletics Director position. “A combination of donors, legislators, Regents, alumni, faculty, coaches and fellow past Gopher athletes have reached out and encouraged me to seek the AD job.  I have listened to their thoughts and concerns and have decided to pursue the position. I will submit my credentials to the search committee appointed by President Kaler,” said Stein. Stein, a Minneapolis attorney, led the successful entry of the Minnesota Timberwolves into the NBA and development of Target Center as CEO/President for both, financing over $200 million at the same time.  He starred for the Gophers’ last Big Ten Football Champions, then played eight years in the NFL.  He earned his law degree, graduating in the top 10% of his class, while playing for the Super Bowl winning Kansas City Chiefs.  As a sports attorney, he represented NFL, NBA and NHL players for 10 years after his football career. -Bob Stein, prnewswire.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE

ULM made good on the financial commitment to the football program it promised constituents last December with the contract of football coach Matt Viator. Viator agreed to a three-year deal through December 31, 2018 that calls for ULM to pay him $400,045 in total compensation annually and another possible $50,000 in incentives for becoming bowl eligible or winning the Sun Belt Conference. For every winning season the Warhawks have under Viator, a remaining year will be added to the contract for a maximum of two years. ULM is paying the salaries of Viator and the coaching staff through the university’s general fund and not the ULM Athletic Foundation. -Adam Hunsucker, The News Star- Read More

USA SOUTH ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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USA SOUTH ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

The Presidents of the USA South Athletic Conference have selected Dr. Tom Hart as the league’s next commissioner the conference office announced Friday. Currently, Dr. Hart is completing his first year as the Interim Athletic Director of NCAA Division II-member Bluefield State College. He brings 24 years as a Division III Athletic Director and coach to the commissioner position. Dr. Hart replaces Rita Wiggs, who is retiring after serving the USA South as Commissioner for the past 16 years. During his time at Bluefield State, Dr. Hart oversaw an upgrade to the athletics website, improvements to the baseball and softball facilities as well as the Athletics Hall of Fame transitioning to athletic department guidance. In addition to his duties at Bluefield State, Dr. Hart served as a special consultant for Athletics Staffing and Consultants in the area of enrollment and retention.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

On Sunday morning, Nov. 8, about 12 hours after the picture of more than 30 black Missouri football players locking arms with hunger-striker Jonathan Butler started circulating on social media, an email landed in the inbox of executive associate athletic director Tim Hickman. The sender identified himself as a “life long” fan and current holder of eight seats’ worth of season tickets. If any of Butler and his Concerned Student 1950 group’s demands were met, he wrote, he would pull his season-ticket order. He said he had discussed the topic with “several others” and they all agreed with him. “It is very dangerous to allow any radical group” to “take a PUBLIC institution hostage for ANY reason,” he wrote. “I support the players and everyone else’s right to free speech but allowing such things to influence public policy is completely unacceptable.” -David Morrison, The Columbia TribuneRead More

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Moonshine packs a punch in this corner of Appalachia, where making hooch is steeped in local lore. But when Colin Fultz, the grandson of a bootlegger, opened a gourmet distillery here last fall, he ran afoul of a spirit even more potent than white lightning: University of Kentucky basketball. With his outlaw grandfather — who spent 18 years behind bars for smuggling — very much on his mind, Fultz, a businessman and onetime coal miner, set out to carry on his family’s tradition in a legal, and thoroughly modern, way.  Fultz also tried to trademark his business name: Kentucky Mist Moonshine. And that, sports fans, is how a moonshine maker wound up suing the University of Kentucky — the basketball behemoth exalted by its “Big Blue Nation” of fans — in federal court over a fundamental question: Who owns the rights to the name of the state? The university says it does; it wants to block Fultz from trademarking “Kentucky Mist Moonshine” for T-shirts, hats and other apparel (though not his moonshine) sold in his distillery gift shop. It registered the word “Kentucky” with the US Patent and Trademark Office for clothing in 1997, 19 years ago.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE

In the wake of Rob Jeter’s firing as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men’s basketball coach, two high-profile sponsors talked about dropping their support of the program, but new coach LaVall Jordan and athletic directorAmanda Braun said they believe a new crop of sponsors will emerge. Jordan responded positively to questions about the basketball coach’s role in fundraising and in promoting Panthers basketball during an introduction and press conference Friday afternoon at the UWM Union. The two long-time sponsors during Jeter’s 11-year tenure who reportedly are pondering an exit are David Nicholas of Nicholas Funds in in Milwaukee and David Gruber of Gruber Law Office. Neither returned calls seeking comment. -Rich Kirchen, Milwaukee Business JournalRead More

ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Behind Bruce Parker’s desk is a small square of FieldTurf. It sits among the pictures, helmets, hats and other items accumulated from his role as Rocky Mountain College athletic director. The green piece of artificial grass has always represented the future for Herb Klindt Field, home of the Battlin’ Bears football program. That future has become the present as the Football Stadium Enhancement Project was approved by the school’s board of directors Friday. The football stadium improvements are part of Rocky’s impACT Campaign. A ground-breaking ceremony for a 20,000-square foot state-of-the-art laboratory expansion to the Bair Science Center is set for Saturday.-Joe Kusek, Independent RecordRead More

April 8, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Michigan’s newly hired athletic director previously worked under Bill Martin, serving in various athletic department roles from 1996 to 2005, including associate athletic director starting in 2000. Michigan Stadium and Crisler Center have undergone renovations. The wrestling team has a practice facility. The basketball facilities have been upgraded. With those projects all completed, Manuel now turns his attention a new set of considerations, including expanded weight facilities for the football team. – Max Bultman, Michigan Daily. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

A team of four investigators from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will be in Iowa City next week for their first visit related to a complaint accusing the University of Iowa of failing to provide equal athletic opportunities to men and women. UI officials said they don’t expect findings from the civil rights investigation any time soon. Recent investigations at other schools have taken years, including one at Rutgers University that wrapped in 2015 after its launch in 2008. – Vanessa Miller, The Gazette. Read More.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Student Government Association leaders are working to create a mascot for athletics events, but have yet to earn support of university administrators. Despite student interest, Craig Willey, senior associate athletic director of external operations, said a mascot isn’t something the athletics department is willing to consider right now. – Jordyn Hermani, cm-life. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

University of Louisville seeks an Athletics – Coordinator of Performance Nutrition. This position will support the Director of Performance Nutrition in providing nutrition services to all 23 intercollegiate athletic teams in efforts to assist student- athletes in achieving optimal athletic performance. email at [email protected] or by phone 502-852-6542.

BACONE COLLEGE
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BACONE COLLEGE

Bacone College Athletic Director Alan Foster announced today Bacone’s new head volleyball and women’s soccer coaches. Marissa Rangel, coming from Texas Wesleyan University, will take over the volleyball program. Rangel has been an assistant volleyball coach at TWU since 2013. Rachael Cooper, coming from Centerton, Ark. where she manages and coaches at the Sporting Arkansas Soccer Club, is Bacone’s new women’s soccer coach. – Tahlequah Daily Press. Read More.

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
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PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE

Presbyterian College, a NCAA Division I institution and member of the Big South Conference invites all candidates to apply for the position of Head Women’s Basketball Coach. The successful candidate will lead all efforts toward directing a highly competitive NCAA Division I women’s basketball program.
E-mail: [email protected]

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Division I Council on Friday closed a loophole in the rulebook that allowed so-called “satellite camps” for football recruiting away from campus. The SEC, which already prohibited holding camps off campus, had initiated the push to apply its rule nationally. The new rule requires Football Bowl Subdivision schools “to conduct camps and clinics at their school’s facilities or at facilities regularly used for practice or competition.” Read More.

DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY

Dixie State University Director of Athletics Dr. Jason Boothe announced Wednesday that Tim Busen has been hired as the new head men’s soccer coach. Busen replaced Josh Pittman, who last month was named head men’s soccer coach at Westminster College after one season on the DSU sideline. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Former Southern Mississippi basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has been hit with a 10-year show-cause penalty for a series of rules violations, according to a report Friday from CBS Sports. The 43-page notice levied charges against Tyndall that range from the arrangement of “fraudulent academic credit” for seven then-prospective student-athletes to the “impermissible source of financial aid to nonqualifier men’s basketball student-athletes.” Many of the charges were termed as “a severe breach of conduct” or Level I violations. – USA TODAY Sports, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS

University of Wisconsin-River Falls seeks an Assistant Athletic Director. This position is 12-month appointment position. 100% Department of Athletics. This position will serve as assistant athletic director, assisting in the day-to-day operation of the UW-River Falls athletic department. Apply here.

MIAMI UNIVERSITY
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MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Miami University seeks a Head Coach for Swimming and Diving. This position specifically supports the mission of the University and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics by assisting in institutional compliance with NCAA and Conference rules and regulations. Apply here.

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
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BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

Binghamton has had an opportunity to increase its name recognition due to its appearances on the national stage. The Binghamton baseball team competed in back-to-back NCAA Regionals in 2013 and 2014, televised on ESPN3, wearing jerseys with the University’s name spread across their chests, while the Binghamton softball team competed against national competition in an NCAA Tournament Regional in 2015 in front of over 1,000 people.Binghamton Athletics Director Patrick Elliott has made a concerted effort to have BU teams’ jerseys feature the name “Binghamton” and not the nickname “Bearcats.” – Nicholas Waldron, Pipe Dream. Read More.

TRINE UNIVERSITY
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TRINE UNIVERSITY

Trine University will add two new athletic buildings in a $16 million building project that will allow the university to add men’s and women’s hockey teams in 2017. Trine’s women’s hockey team will be the only women’s intercollegiate team in Indiana, and its men’s team will join nine others in the state. – Matthew Vader, WANE. Read More.

HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY
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HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY

Huntington University is seeking to fill the position of Head Track & Field Coach. This coaching position reports to the Director of Athletics. Huntington University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in seventeen sports. sent by email or fax to: [email protected] 260-359-4086 fax

QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE
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QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE

Queens’ volleyball team will have a new head coach next season, with Hannah Long joining the program March 30 after 12 seasons leading Southwestern University’s program. Long replaces Lettie Wilkes, who spent five seasons leading the Royals’ volleyball program. She compiled an 81-74 record overall and 56-42 in conference play in that time. Along the way, Long was named the SCAC’s coach of the year five times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s South Region coach of the year in 2009. – Bill Kiser, Charlotte Observer. Read More.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

TCU Athletics seeks Director of Athletics Video Production. The Director of Athletics Video Production serves as the lead point of contact for all matters relating to all produced video content intended for distribution to external constituents, including but not limited to stadium big screens, hall of fame displays, commercial broadcasts and TCU-sponsored groups (i.e., Frog Club, Alumni, Student Activities, and team functions). Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
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UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

University of Chicago seeks an Athletic Facilities Manager-Event Mgmt/CR.  Athletic Facilities Manager – Event Management/Community Relations: Assist in the management of the University of Chicago’s athletic and recreational facilities. Oversee the weekend management of the facilities. Coordinate the event management responsibilities for all events. Coordinate and oversee the use and rental of the facilities by non-departmental organizations. Supervise personnel needed to perform these tasks. Coordinate the department’s facilities risk management program. Apply here

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

When confronted by one of his harshest critics, Baylor President Ken Starr — a man who admittedly struggles to fight his own temper — didn’t blow me off but rather gave me a hug. He did not avoid the questions but instead encouraged more of them. The embattled president of the largest Baptist school in the world said on Thursday morning: “I am in favor of transparency. Stand up, take your medicine if you made a mistake. Other than a few press releases and emails, Baylor has remained quiet about allegations that it bumbled the cases of Baylor female students reporting being raped by football players. -Mac Engel, Star-Telegram, Read More

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
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VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY

Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., and Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced that Matt Lottich has been hired as the 22nd head coach in the history of the Valpo men’s basketball program. Lottich, who has been a member of the Crusader coaching staff for the last three years, is just the program’s fifth head coach in the last 36 years. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
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UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

The University of Hartford Department of Athletics today announced a multi-year partnership with Under Armour to become its official all-sports footwear, apparel, and equipment provider beginning with the 2016-17 season. As part of the long-term agreement, Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the gameday uniforms, as well as footwear, apparel, and training equipment for each of Hartford’s 17 men’s and women’s varsity athletics teams. The partnership begins on July 1, 2016. –Read More

April 7, 2016

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Tyler Summitt resigned from his job as Louisiana Tech women’s basketball coach on Thursday and acknowledged having an inappropriate relationship.  Summitt is the son of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt. He married his high school girlfriend AnDe Ragsdale on June 1, 2013, and Louisiana Tech hired Summitt in April 2014 after two seasons as assistant coach at Marquette. Now 25, Summitt went 16-15 in his first season and 14-16 this season. Louisiana Tech said Summitt’s resignation was accepted and effective immediately. -Teresa M. Walker,  wtop.comRead More

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