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March 12, 2015


Greg Sankey has been named the eighth commissioner of the Southeastern Conference by the presidents and chancellors of the SEC, it was announced Thursday by Nick Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University and president of the SEC presidents and chancellors. Sankey, in his 13th year as a member of the Southeastern Conference staff, has served as Executive Associate Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the league office since 2012. College AD heard back in late February that Sankey was a rumored contender


The Portland Tribune reviews the progress of Portland athletics under Director of Athletics Scott Leykam, who is in his third year with the university after coming from Stanford. UP recently completed a $2.5 million renovation at the Chiles Center, expanding the ticket office, men’s locker rooms, weight room, training room and a sports Hall of Fame room. A $1 million Joe Etzel Field project this year reaped a new Astroturf field, scoreboard, bullpen and fencing. In Leykam’s first year at UP (2012-13), the Pilots were up about 45 percent in sponsorships, he says, and the figures have increased this year to $1.12 million in trade and $460,000 in cash sponsorships.


Under Armour Inc. will outfit the sports teams at Boston College for the next 10 years after renewing its athletics contract with the university. The Baltimore sportswear maker has supplied athletic apparel, footwear and equipment to Boston College’s varsity teams since 2010. Terms of the extension were not disclosed. – Sarah Meehan, Baltimore Business Journal. Read More.


Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann received a one-time payment of $30,000 for meeting parts of the four performance thresholds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, according to a payroll documents obtained by NJ Advance Media. Hermann met all four of the academic bonus thresholds, which included $2,500 apiece. She also met both of the thresholds for integrity of programs, which included $5,000 apiece for no major or intentional secondary NCAA violations during the 2013-14. Hermann earned one of the competitive-success thresholds, banking $10,000 thanks to the football team’s participation in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. All together, Hermann earned $490,275.88, which included a regular salary of $448,275.88, the $30,000 bonus and a $12,000 vehicle stipend


University of Washington seeks an Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Fan Engagement. FOR A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION AND TO APPLY, please visit the UW Hires employment website at: and apply to job number 117439.


Northwestern will file a permit request with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin facilitating construction of Ryan Fieldhouse. The fieldhouse will be a multipurpose indoor facility for football practice and other sporting and non-sporting events. The fieldhouse is part of the new Lakefront Athletics and Recreation Complex. The lakeside facility project was originally slated with a $220 million price tag, but the price has recently increased.


Ohio State women’s hockey coach Nate Handrahan resigned on Monday in lieu of being fired for violating university policies of sexual harassment, inappropriate conduct and retaliation. Ohio State began investigating Handrahan after the university received on Nov. 24 an anonymous complaint of sexual harassment involving Handrahan. The complaint came from a faculty member or instructor who said a student-athlete in class had shared that Handrahan made sexually explicit comments to “many” players on the team. -Ray Stein, Buckeyextra-

March 11, 2015


Patrick Duffy has joined the Stevens Institute of Technology athletics department as an Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. He is the current contact for men’s and women’s volleyball, baseball, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country.


University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison, who represents the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) on the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee, has been appointed chair of the committee. Faison, who has served on the committee since Sept 1, 2013, takes over as committee chair for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Athletics Director Jim Knowlton, who had to resign his place after being named athletics director at the Air Force Academy.


University of Oklahoma President David Boren admitted skepticism that Memorial Stadium’s grandiose renovation project even would be started. Instead of scrapping the $370 million project, Boren started looking for ways to get part of the renovation complete before the 2016 football season, which was the original timetable for stadium improvements.The project, unanimously approved by the board, will begin with Phase I in 4-6 weeks. – Eric Bailey. Tulsa World. Read More.


James Madison University is seeking an Athletics Development Graduate Assistant. The Duke Club is the fundraising vehicle for James Madison University Athletics – raising contributions in support of Student-Athlete scholarships and the general operating budget. This position will report to the Director of Donor Administration and service support needs of the Duke Club. Apply here.


Oakland University in Rochester, MI is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Associate Athletic Director for Athletics Administration. Apply here.


California State University, Northridge is looking for Associate Athletics Director of Development. Apply here.

March 10, 2015


Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard was taken by ambulance Monday afternoon to Allen Hospital in Waterloo after suffering a heart attack while watching his daughters compete in the A.D. Dickinson Relays at the UNI-Dome. Iowa State President Steven Leath has appointed Senior Associate Athletics Director David Harris the acting AD while Pollard recuperates. – Read More.


University of Richmond is looking for a Assistant Director of Athletic Public Relations.This person serves as the primary contact for coaches and student-athletes and works continually to promote and improve the image of Richmond athletics. Apply here.


During a presentation to Florida State’s Board of Trustees on Friday afternoon, athletics director Stan Wilcox said FSU’s scholarship expenses will rise by about $2 million per year as a result of the measure. To make ends meet, Wilcox said he is instituting a 2 percent budget cut across the board in Seminole athletics. The cuts will go into effect in the next fiscal year, Wilcox said. – Ira Schoffel, Read More.


SIU administrators began meeting two weeks ago to prepare for a potential cut of up to $32 million dollars in fiscal year 2016 for the Carbondale campus, but they are hopeful the final hit will be significantly less. SIU faces additional challenges this spring because it is in the middle of searching for a new chancellor and athletic director. SIU President Randy Dunn said the school would offer a competitive salary to those candidates, but would not comment on steps the University would take with the athletic department once the cuts were made. -Todd Hefferman, The Southern Illinoisan-


The Texas athletic program officially announced its pricing structure for the 2015. The average price of season tickets at Darrel K. Royal-Texas Memorial stadium went up by six percent. To sit on the fifty-yard line, new ticket buyers will pay $4,160 per seat, which includes a $3,500 contribution in addition to the $660 ticket price. However, a new, entry-level ticket was introduced to reduce the get-in-the-door price. The upper deck of the north endzone begins at $199 for the year. -Stefan Scrafield, The Dallas Morning News-


IMG College highlights their upcoming production for March Madness. In the next week, IMG will produce 170+ Men’s Basketball games totaling 1,000+ hours of programming across 2,000+ affiliates nationwide. For the entire post-season, IMG will be broadcasting 250+ Men and Women’s games, totaling 1,500+ hours


Western Oregon University is looking for a Director, Athletic Media and External Operations to Plan, develop, and implement strategies and programs to maintain and increase media exposure for all varsity sport programs. The position also serves as the WOU, GNAC, and NCAA designated Sports Information Director. send employment application (, cover letter, resume, 3 references, and unofficial transcript to [email protected]


In its second year as a Big Ten program, Terry Pegula’s investment in Penn State hockey is paying off. Pegula, a multi-billionaire owns both the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL and the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. According Tim Gilbert of Onward State, 108,534 fans came out this season to 18 home games, accounting for an NCAA-best 104.3 percent capacity mark. Penn State’s 13-2-3 home record was the third-best in the NCAA. The 6,030 fans who showed up per game gave Penn State the seventh-best NCAA mark. the venue has a capacity of 6,014.

March 9, 2015


Senior Associate Athletic Director, Steve Uryasz, a member of Texas Tech’s athletic department senior staff has resigned, attributing the move to restructuring within the department. Uryasz spent a combined 12 years at Nebraska and Oklahoma State before coming to Texas Tech for the past 17 years.


The University of Houston will launch a national search for a new athletic director to replace Mack Rhoades, who has accepted the same position at the University of Missouri. Rhoades successfully guided the athletic department from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference during realignment. Under Rhoades’ watch, the Houston football team reached the top 10 and won 13 games in former coach Kevin Sumlin’s final season in 2011. Khator will appoint a committee to lead the search for a new athletic director. – Your Houston News.  Read More.


A man who had a more than 40-year career working in the athletic department at Texas A&M University has died. Billy Pickard was 81. Texas A&M said Pickard died Monday at a Bryan hospital after suffering a stroke. CBS Local Media, Read More.


Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics D. Christopher Kingston has announced a two-year contract extension for head women’s basketball coach Jennifer Roos. Roos’ contract now runs through May 1, 2019. Roos is in her third season as head coach of the Falcons and her 14th with the program. She assumed the head-coaching position on April 16, 2012, after 11 years as an assistant coach on the BG staff, the final eight as associate head coach.


Trinity International University is looking for an Athletic Trainer that provide athletic training services for the University’s athletic department, including attendance at scheduled team practices and home and away competitions as necessary. Apply here.


Eastern Michigan University announces three position vacancies for Graduate Assistant Certified Athletic Trainers with athletic training duties in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.  Apply Here.


SIU administrators began meeting two weeks ago to prepare for a potential cut of up to $32 million dollars in fiscal year 2016 for the Carbondale campus, but they are hopeful the final hit will be significantly less. SIU President Randy Dunn and interim athletic director Harold Bardo both think SIU athletics will have to tackle budget cuts in some form like the rest of the university, but are hopeful they won’t be as steep as Rauner’s intial plan. – By Todd Hefferman, The Southern. Read More.


Buena Vista University is accepting applications for the Assistant Director of Athletics. Responsibilities include assisting the Athletics Director in the planning, maintenance, and operations of the Department of Athletics. To apply please complete the following items: • An electronic application at, and • Send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources one of three ways. Email: [email protected] Mail to: Buena Vista University, Human Resources Department, 610 W. 4th St., Storm Lake, IA 50588 Fax: 712-749-1449



Learfield Sports announced today it has launched a multi-year, integrated national sponsorship platform for Koch Industries, Inc. as the privately held company embarks on a broader initiative into collegiate sports marketing. Centered around men’s and women’s basketball and football, the platform provides Koch multiple opportunities for heightened brand awareness through in-venue signage; digital inclusions and social media campaigns; game sponsorships; and radio broadcast features. Additionally, Koch will have opportunities to honor its employees or alumni through in-game, on-the-field or on-the-court recognition.