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August 31, 2015


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


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 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


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 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


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.


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 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


ESPN today announced the launch of ESPN College Extra, a new college sports service that will bring hundreds of ESPN3 exclusive live college sports events to the TV.  The service delivers an extensive portfolio of college sports events year-round including football, basketball, baseball, softball and more.  Live events will be accessible to customers of AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV – which is now part of the AT&T family – Bright House Networks, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and select NCTC members at launch beginning Saturday, September 5 with the start of the 2015-16 football season. – Read More


Nicholls State University is working on establishing a strong identity by eliminating older, unused brands and making a major logo accessible to everyone. Rebranding for Nicholls involves creating one look by reducing the selection of logos and making the logo of the “N” with a sword useable by more than just the athletic department. This is also the first year the University uses the Colonel Pride marketing campaign and the Renew athletic campaign. A large part of creating one look is the use of the logo of the “N” with the sword since it received very little change throughout Nicholls history. Advertising will promote these brands and make sure the community recognizes them. Student Government Association voted to allocate $10,000 to purchase new banners for Nicholls and the Thibodaux area to promote the rebranding efforts.


The board that governs Pinnacle Bank Arena is in no hurry to discuss whether alcohol sales should be permitted during University of Nebraska-Lincoln sporting events. That was clear Thursday after the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency heard a consultant tell it that the two-year-old arena could boost its operating revenue by selling alcohol at UNL sporting events, as is done in the premium seating areas at 37 other schools in the “Power Five” conferences. UNL’s contract with the JPA prohibits beer and alcohol sales. Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said it’s an issue that deserves to be discussed with the university, but that probably won’t happen for a month or two. – Paul Hammel, Omaha, Read More


The University of Akron is seeking qualified candidates for the position of a full-time Assistant Director of Compliance. This position will coordinate various rules education initiatives. Apply Here


The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Southern Conference, has an opening for Associate Media Relations Director. This position will serve as the men’s basketball contact, along with other to-be-determined sports, as well as assist with day-to-day office leadership, including development of student assistant program. A bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience in a collegiate athletics or professional sports communications office are required. All applications must be submitted through the online job portal. Apply here.  For more information on the position, contact Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Derek Satterfield ([email protected]).


The American Athletic Conference may leave Providence, R.I., now that its membership has changed. Commissioner Mike Aresco confirmed the AAC has explored moving its conference headquarters. Aresco said the league has “several” more years left on its current lease and declined further comment. – Jon Solomon, CBS Sports Read More


The Big Ten Conference announced the hiring of staff members Gil Grimes, Ella Forrest, Natalie Lutz, Bryson Jones, Matt Braunscheidel, Marcy Silva, Joseph Hamata and Caleb Sturdivant and promotions for Eddie Thiebe and Satvik Patel. Grimes was hired as Assistant Commissioner, Compliance; Thiebe was elevated to Associate Director, Football and Basketball Operations; Patel, Forrest, Lutz, Jones and Braunscheidel were named Assistant Directors while Silva, Hamata and Sturdivant join the staff as interns.


The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team opens up the 2015 campaign with a new leader Kimi Olson as the Head Coach of the EMU volleyball squad. This weekend Aug. 28-29, the Green and White head to Cincinnati, Ohio for the Queen City Classic hosted by both the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. The Eagles open the season with a Friday, Aug. 28, match at Noon from Fifth Third Arena, the home of the Cincinnati Bearcats, versus Northern Kentucky University. Eastern continues its opening day with a matchup against the Bearcats at 7 p.m. Friday night. EMU will close out its opening weekend Saturday, Aug. 29, when the Eagles head across town to square off with Xavier at the Cintas Center. Eastern will hit the floor against the Musketeers at Noon before heading back from the Buckeye State.


University of Michigan is looking for an Assistant Director of Communications. The Assistant Director of Athletic Communications will be responsible for assisting in all publicity aspects surrounding the University of Michigan’s nationally acclaimed intercollegiate athletic program, serving as a media liaison between the athletic department and local and national media representatives and executing key external communications initiatives through a large and diverse team of professionals. Apply Here


The Tyler Junior College board of trustees on Thursday adopted an $85.9 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16 that projects an overall increase in revenue and spending, despite anticipated decreases in state funding and revenue from tuition and fees caused by an expected drop in enrollment. The budget is $3.56 million more than last year’s $82.38 million budget. The increased revenue will fund employee raises, the hiring of additional employees and pay for increased costs of operating three new buildings, while offsetting expected declines in various revenue sources. -Betty Waters, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Read More


At 11 a.m. today, University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich will meet with the media to unveil plans for a reported $55 million expansion to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The plan was first disclosed to boosters at The 50-Yard-Line Dinner that was held last night. Louisville will move forward with an expansion to close the north end of the stadium and to expand the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex beneath it. No definite time table was given for the expansion, and estimates for final capacity were between 10,000 to 12,000 additional seats in the 55,000-seat facility.  -Eric Crawford, WDRB, Read More


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be selling alcohol at all home men’s basketball, baseball and men’s and women’s soccer matches, beginning with the men’s soccer season opener against Huston-Tillotson at 7 p.m. tonight. The move comes on the heels of a successful spring pilot program and follows the model used by the University of Texas, which began selling alcohol at all sports aside from football in February 2014. All of the sales will be handled by Sodexo, which will also take over general concessions at UTRGV events. Previously, those operations had been handled internally. – Greg Luca, Brownsville Herald, Read More


As part of a longstanding tradition at The Hall, Seton Hall student-athletes and members of the athletics department turned out in full force to lend their assistance and help welcome the Class of 2019 on the university’s official “Move-In Day.” One of the first service initiatives on the Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders (H.A.L.L.) Program calendar for the new year, the effort serves to ease the transition process and provide a first-hand introduction to the familial atmosphere characteristic of Seton Hall – furthering a tradition that has long seen student-athletes and athletics representatives among the first to volunteer a helping hand.


Bearcats Senior Associate AD Maggie McKinley said the school’s language in players’ financial aid agreements clearly spells out if they violate university, athletic department or team policies that their scholarship could be reduced or cancelled. Team rules can vary and be vague. Could a Cincinnati player’s COA be reduced if he is struggling academically but still eligible? McKinley said not unless that was clearly spelled out in the financial aid agreement. Could COA be reduced if a player misses team meetings? “I think to insinuate that’s what we’re after would be an exaggeration,” AD Mike Bohn said. As an example of how COA could be reduced, Bohn cited violating the law, such as assault charges. Bohn said Cincinnati is no different than other schools. – Jon Solomon, CBSSports, Read More


Old Dominion officials have decided that Sheriff Bob McCabe’s office can continue to provide services to their athletic program, including sending inmates to clean the football stadium and surrounding neighborhoods after games, even though he is running for mayor. School officials said last week that because McCabe is running against Mayor Paul Fraim, he can no longer provide security for football coach Bobby Wilder on road trips and that tents bearing his name could no longer be used in football tailgate lots. Athletic director Wood Selig said last week that the moves were made because state and university policy dictates that ODU officials “may not do anything to influence the outcome of a public election.” However, McCabe’s office provides other less well-known services, including cleanup after games, setting up tents for fundraisers and snow removal on some athletic fields. – Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot, Read More


Saint Leo University is seeking an energetic and creative individual to be its next Manager of Athletic Multimedia. This 12-month position, reporting to the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications, will have primary responsibility for managing the video and multimedia needs for Saint Leo Athletic Communications, including webcasts, video content for Saint Leo’s athletic website, and video for video display boards at three athletic venues. Apply Here


Georgetown University is looking for Director of Ticket Sales and Operations. The Director of Sales and Ticket Operations will oversee all aspects of ticketing for Georgetown University Athletics, including but not limited to sales, customer service, fulfillment, and financial management for sports including but not limited to men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse. Sales will include season tickets, mini-plans, group tickets, and single game tickets; events may include home games, away/neutral site games, and postseason contests. Apply Here

August 27, 2015


Mizzou Football has announced its finalized 2016 nonconference schedule, as announced Thursday by the University of Missouri Athletics Department. In addition to the already scheduled West Virginia and Eastern Michigan games on Sept. 3 and Sept. 10 of 2016, Mizzou has added home games against Delaware State (Sept. 24, 2016) and Middle Tennessee (Oct. 22, 2016). All kickoff times and television information will not be established until a later date, and dates of games are subject to change, per potential television arrangements through the conference. The SEC schedule will be announced in the coming weeks to round out the 2016 schedule.


Kansas State University is looking looking for a Director of Ticket Services. Responsibilities: –Manages and supervises day-to-day operations of K-State Athletics Ticket Office, including five ticketed sports (football, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball), generating over $17 million in ticket revenues annually. To be considered for this position, please submit a letter of introduction, resume and the contact information for three professional references via email only to [email protected]


Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today the presentation of the Cartwright Award to Central Michigan University for its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2014-15 school year. The Cartwright Award will be presented to Central Michigan on Thursday, Sept. 3rd, during the Chippewas home football game against Oklahoma State inside Kelly/Shorts Stadium at 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU). A brief summary of the accomplishments by Central Michigan University in athletic excellence: All 16 sports programs at Central Michigan surpassed the NCAA Academic Performance Review (APR) Benchmark score of 930, with 15 teams above 950 and all 16 above 945. The women’s and men’s cross country teams posted Central Michigan’s top two overall female/male scores with 995 and 963 respectfully.


LSU Alexandria is seeking applicants for the position of Sports Information Director. The Sports Information Director will report to the Athletic Director and will be responsible for all aspects of media and sports information related LSUA’s intercollegiate sports. Please send resume, copies of college transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to: [email protected]


Appalachian State University, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, is seeking applications for the full-time position of Director of Student-Athlete Leadership and Development. The Director of Student-Athlete Leadership and Development is responsible for the development and implementation of programs designed to enhance the academic, athletic, social, and personal development of Appalachian student-athletes. Apply Here