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August 26, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Maryland is trying to emulate the University of Oregon, riding the largest of a multibillion-dollar apparel company to athletic prominence. As the Terrapins begin their second year in the Big Ten Conference next week, the university is striving to establish a nationally relevant program in football. Central to that goal is Kevin Plank, a 43-year-old Maryland graduate and former Terrapins football player. Mr. Plank is the founder and chief executive of Under Armour. Under Armour and Maryland signed a 10-year contract extension last year that will pay the university nearly $33 million in cash and gear. Under Armour already tests new products on campus, including a new so-called ungrabbable fabric, using athletes as part of its research-and-design process. -Marc Tracy, The NY Times, Read More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre has named Jonathan Larson as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Performance. The newly created position will supervise all strength & conditioning elements of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ 19 sport offerings. Larson arrives in Riverdale after working this season as an assistant for the St. Louis Cardinals at their spring training facility in Jupiter, FL. A 2013 graduate from the Hofstra University with a degree in exercise science and political science, he is currently pursuing his master’s degree in sports sciences & kinesiology and is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association having obtained his CSCS as well as a USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certification.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE

Teiana Jones has joined CSUN as the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Academic Services, the department has announced. Jones will have a dual role at CSUN, also reporting to Academic Affairs as the Senior Director of Academic Services for Student Athletes. She will report jointly to Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Brandon Martin and Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Elizabeth Adams. Jones will oversee Academic Advising and the Matador Achievement Center at CSUN. In her four years at Georgia Tech, Jones oversaw coordinators and tutors and also worked with the women’s basketball and women’s tennis teams. The Hoffman Estates, IL native received her Bachelor of Arts in Health and Sport Studies with a minor in Leisure Studies from the University of Iowa.

GANNON UNIVERSITY

Gannon Director of Athletics Lisa Goddard McGuirk has named Alexis Quinn as the University’s Assistant Director of Athletics Media Relations. Quinn replaces Will Nowadly, who resigned last month to become the Assistant Director of Pirate Club Communications at NCAA Division I East Carolina University. Quinn comes to Gannon after spending time as the Sports Information Director at NCAA Division III Sweet Briar (Va.) College. Quinn graduated from Indiana (Pa.) in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

In the latest news regarding the Sam Ukwuachu drama, Boise State issued a statement denying that violence against women was a factor in Ukwuachu’s dismissal from the football team in 2013.  After being dismissed from the Bronco program, Ukwuachu transferred to Baylor but never played for the Bears. He was convicted of sexual assault in Texas last week. The incident occurred less than six months after then-coach Chris Petersen dismissed the defensive end from his team. – Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman Read More

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

The University of Richmond will provide cost of attendance in men’s and women’s basketball, which the Atlantic 10 Conference mandated months ago in a league-wide decision. Spiders’ student-athletes in other sports could receive cost of attendance based on a model that UR athletic director Keith Gill explained in a Monday interview. Coaches in Richmond sports other than basketball will be allowed to offer cost of attendance with funds from their existing scholarship budgets. Richmond’s annual cost of attendance figure is $1,300, as determined by the school’s financial aid department. Gill said Richmond would continue to evaluate cost of attendance, and the school’s policy could change. -John O’Connor, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame Stadium’s renovation project will include the addition of a video board atop the south end of the stadium, the school announced Tuesday. The complete renovation project, known as “Campus Crossroads,” was announced in January 2014 and launched in November after the 2014 football season. It is on target for completion in August 2017. There will be no advertising or commercials associated with the video board, whose addition will allow for the removal of the north scoreboard to enhance the view of the Word of Life mural on the Hesburgh Library — better known as “Touchdown Jesus.” The school also announced Tuesday that the project will include improvements to seating, Wi-Fi and the stadium’s sound system. -Matt Fortuna, ESPN, Read More

GREAT BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

For the first time, Great Bay Community College is entering an academic year with sports among its offerings. The Herons will compete in the Yankee Small College Conference in volleyball, golf, and men’s and women’s basketball. A deal is in the works to have the majority of basketball games broadcast on local radio. Three of the sports will play their home games in a brand-new, 400-seat gym, part the new Student Success Center, and an athletics website — gogreatbay.com — is expected to go live later this week. – Mike Zhe, Fosters, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents’ approval vote needed to break ground on the Gophers’ $190 million athletics village will be delayed again — at least until October — Regents Chair Dean Johnson told the Star Tribune on Tuesday. An informational meeting for the university facilities committee will be held Sept. 10, and on Oct. 9 the regents “hope to take a vote on the athletics village, which would include a plan for the track [complex],” Johnson said. – Jason Gonzalez, Star Tribune, Read More

CALDWELL UNIVERSITY

Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark Corino has announced the hiring of John Tagliaferri as the Director of Athletic Media Relations effective immediately. Tagliaferri comes to Caldwell from Pace University where he was the full-time Director of Athletic Media Relations/Communications since January 2007. In his eight years, Tagliaferri coordinated three web redesigns of the Pace Athletics Website including the transition to a new URL, PaceUAthletics.com in 2014. Tagliaferri graduated from Pace in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Education.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

The Clemson Tigers will wear the swoosh until 2022. Nike Inc. has extended the university’s athletic apparel deal for eight years. The university and the sportswear company signed the extension in December. The Business Journal obtained a copy of the deal this week through its annual requests for the contracts of top athletic programs. The new deal more than doubles the terms of the previous deal, mostly in increased equipment and apparel. The eight-year deal will net the university $23 million in cash and equipment and put it on par with similar athletic departments in the ACC. Clemson will get $2.5 million in equipment and cash from Nike this year, up from the $1 million it received in the last year of the previous deal. – Matthew Kish, Portland Business Journal, Read More

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY

Last Fall former Humboldt State Athletic Department Information Director Dan Pambianco filed a lawsuit against some of his coworkers. On Monday, Aug. 24 a settlement conference closed to the public was held at a courthouse in Eureka, California where Pambianco and his attorney Peter Martin met with HSU’s official representatives. A trial date was set for May 16. At the time Pambianco said he was a victim of retaliatory action from Athletic Director Dan Collen and Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs Tom Trepiak due to several claims last fall. One claim was the of scholarship funds towards personal expenses involving former president Rollin Richmond. President Rossbacher commissioned a private auditing company last spring where they conducted a partial audit in the department. No illegal activity was discovered although recommendations for improvements were made.

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Boise State University is looking for a Sr. Associate Athletic Director, External Operations. This position will be responsible to provide external department leadership and to the assist Executive Director of Athletics with daily management of the athletic program. Apply Here

BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is seeking a Director of Athletic Operations who possesses the athletic operations expertise and organizational skills needed to work with all aspects of a successful NCAA Division II athletic department. The role of Director of Athletic Operations is a full-time, 12-month position which requires nontraditional hours coordinating operational matters for all 19 NCAA Division II programs, the Division I Wrestling program, and summer athletic camps. This individual must be able to relate to coaches, student-athletes, and fellow administrative staff. Apply Here

August 25, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

CLC today announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with the University of Arizona to manage the school’s trademark licensing program. Since partnering with CLC in 1984, Arizona has generated nearly $24 million in licensing revenues. School licensing royalties are up +60% in the past five years. Arizona is in the midst of its sixth consecutive year of record royalties. “Arizona is among the nation’s fastest-growing collegiate licensing programs,” said Cory Moss, SVP and managing director, CLC. “The university has thoughtfully managed its licensee base and was one of the first to adopt a Product Category Management (PCM) centered brand philosophy in 2003. There’s now more Arizona licensed merchandise in the retail market than at any other time in the program’s history, and sales growth has followed.” Officially licensed product for the Wildcats is now sold at 1,500 retail locations.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Joe Rexrode, of the Detroit Free Press, has recently completed a compelling series on Michigan State AD Mark Hollis. Some of the notable takeaways from the series include an update on Spartan season ticket sales, fundraising numbers and Hollis’ personal struggles. MSU football season tickets have surpassed 62,000 and still have a shot at the all-time record of 63,381, set in 2012. As far as fundraising goes, Hollis provided a detailed breakdown of MSU’s fundraising  from 2014: Grand total raised, $46,614,467; for facilities, $17,492,840.03; for expendable/operating, $14,515,976.45; for endowment, $14,605,650.44. -Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press Read more here and here

NCAA FOOTBALL

Flat ticket prices for home games? Not anymore! The evolution of ticket pricing in college athletics across the country has changed. Variable pricing has become commonplace and some schools have even started using dynamic pricing, adjusting ticket prices almost daily based on market conditions. “Gone are the days where every ticket is priced the same,” said Rob Sine, president of IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions, a sales and marketing business that works with more than 30 colleges. “Schools are understanding that every opponent and every sight line is not the same, and they’re pricing their tickets accordingly.” Take for example Rutgers; the Scarlet Knights will have the most expensive single game ticket in the country. Rutgers, will be selling a limited number of midfield seats — fewer than 100 — to the Ohio State game for $550, according to a SportsBusiness Journal survey of ticket prices in the power five conferences. -Michael Smith, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, Read More

BIG 12

The Big 12 is close to becoming the second major conference to ban transfers with a history of sexual or violent misconduct. The league’s athletic directors voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend adoption of a rule similar to what the SEC passed in May. The Southeastern Conference will not take transfers who are dismissed at their previous school for “serious misconduct.” That term is defined as sexual assault, domestic assault and other forms of sexual violence. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby confirmed the AD’s vote, saying it was a draft proposal that will have to be “advanced for refinement and consideration” by the Big 12 Joint Council (presidents, ADs, faculty-athletic representatives). Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman first reported the news. -Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

Kay Lennon has been named Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at the University of Hartford. In this capacity, she will be responsible for all compliance administration related to the Hawks’ 18 Division I intercollegiate sports. Lennon joins the Hartford Hawks after serving as the Assistant Director for Compliance at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Prior to Mercer, Lennon worked in compliance at the University of Florida and before working in college athletics she practiced law for five years with a focus in estate planning, taxation, bankruptcy and litigation. At Mercer University, Lennon’s responsibilities included directing sports specific compliance administration related to men’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s track and field. She was also responsible for the rental contracts for Mercer’s athletics facilities and game contracts for all sports.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Christine Jackson, the Director of Student Services at the University of Louisville since 2012, has been named Mississippi State’s new Assistant Athletic Director of Academics, Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced on Tuesday. Jackson replaces Ray Berryhill, who retired earlier this summer. She will oversee MSU’s Templeton Athletic Academic Center and report to the Office of the Provost as well as MSU Athletics. Jackson has served over 13 years at the University of Louisville, including in her most recent role since July 2012. Jackson earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 1997 and her master’s degree in sport management in 1999 — both from the University of Kentucky.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

FIU Intercollegiate Athletics is currently recruiting for an Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Operations (reference JOB ID #510185) to join the team. The Assistant Athletic Director provides overall direction and supervision in the management and operation of Athletic facilities with the exception of the FIU Football Stadium. –Apply Here

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY

This year’s Lion Nation Celebration helped to raise money for the Athletics Department and student-athletes’ scholarships. At the 2015 Lion Nation Celebration, fans, coaches, cheerleaders and Lionettes gathered to celebrate and raise money for the 2015-2016 athletic year. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the University Center, fans participated in both a silent and live auction. Some of the items fans had the opportunity to bid on were signed apparel and memorabilia from the Southland Conference champion football and baseball teams along with items signed by Terry Bradshaw, Mariano Rivera and LaDainian Tomlinson as well as other famous sports icons.

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Northwestern State athletic officials expressed appreciation to patrons and volunteers for their involvement in the highly-successful Scholarship Auction ’15 held last Saturday night as hundreds of goods, services and experiences were purchased by more than 400 guests at Prather Coliseum. The event, held in every odd-numbered year since its inception in 1989, provides vital support for the Demons Unlimited Foundation’s underwriting of scholarship expenses for the nearly 400 student-athletes in 14 NCAA Division I sports. About $85,000 was generated by the event, said assistant athletics director for special events Patric DuBois, the auction coordinator. Director of athletics Greg Burke, who helped create the Scholarship Auction while he was an assistant AD in 1989, said the strong momentum developed by abundant success in the past two years across NSU Athletics contributed to a tremendous occasion Saturday night.


FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

Scott Donnelly, who has worked in the UMass Lowell athletic department since 2007, was named Associate Athletic Director of Marketing, Promotions and Tickets at Fordham University it was announced today by Director of Athletic Dave Roach. In his new position, Donnelly will be responsible for developing and coordinating all marketing and promotional activities for Fordham University’s 22 varsity teams and design ticket marketing plans to promote fan attendance. A native of Ramsey, N.J., Donnelly comes to Fordham after eight years at UMass Lowell. A 2006 graduate of Providence College, Donnelly graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in marketing. In 2010, he completed his master’s degree in business administration at UMass Lowell.

RUTGERS

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is under investigation for allegedly engaging in impermissible contact with a university faculty member regarding the status of one of his players. The university’s office of general counsel is investigating the severity of the alleged violation, which, the sources said, is focused on an email Flood allegedly sent from a personal account to a faculty member at the university’s Mason Gross School of Arts regarding the status of Nadir Barnwell. The junior cornerback is reportedly in danger of being deemed academically ineligible.  -Keith Sargeant, NJ Advanced Media for NJ.com Read More.

 

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

The 2015-2016 WKU athletics budget currently sits at $23.3 million in projected spending despite only anticipating $8.9 million in total revenue for the fiscal year. This means that along with marginal subsidies from the NCAA, the university will have to pump around $14 million into their athletics program to stay afloat. $14 million dollars is a chunk of change, but in comparison to WKU’s nearly $400 million operating budget, it may not seem like that much. However, in a fiscal year that sees Academic Affairs trim over $5.5 million from their operating budget, the athletics department will still receive that $14 million subsidy from the university. In the athletics budget, $1.03 million is allocated to the (five-years suspended) men and women’s swim and dive team combined. It’s a figure that has caused concern among students, alumni and WKU’s Board of Regents members. For some on the Board of Regents, however, these budget actions put into question the university’s priorities.

QUINCY UNIVERSITY

As mounds of dirt are moved inside QU Stadium weeks before its first home opener in five years, Quincy University is making it a priority to reduce traffic near construction. Quincy University wants to permanently close a portion of Sycamore Street between 18th and 20th Streets. The school says the closure would help speed up construction at QU Stadium and keep students safe. Assistant Athletic Director of Communications, Brendan Bittner, says the university owns the land on both sides of Sycamore Street where QU is looking to vacate. This doesn’t go into effect unless approved by city council. – David Amelotti, Connect TriStates, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The University of Missouri Athletic Department wants to raise more money, and by changing their donation model, they’re putting donor benefits on the line. Tim Stedman oversees TSF operations for MU, and he’s the architect of the new format.  In this case, the change is incentive. The previous TSF model, Stedman says, was too rigid. MU’s tag for the new system, “donor level first,” reflects a change in philosophy. The new TSF model has 13 different donor levels, with donation thresholds ranging from $50 to $100,000. Your donor level determines what benefits package you get, and your priority points only determine your rank within your donor level. In redesigning its fundraising model, the university has reiterated its message: It wants to be an elite SEC school, and it needs more money to make it happen. – Matthew Patston, Columbia Business Times, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Top House lawmakers want the University of Minnesota to release its investigation into former Athletic Director Norwood Teague publicly, “given the sensitive and serious nature of his resignation.” “Transparency from the University of Minnesota on this matter is critical to our committee’s role of oversight of higher education institutions in Minnesota,” write Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, and Rep. Marion O’Neill, R-Maple Lake, in a letter to university president Eric Kaler. Nornes and O’Neill’s letter singled out the failure of that search process to uncover the prior complaint against Teague as “unsettling.” In a statement Monday, university public relations director Evan Lapiska said the University will comply with Nornes’ request to release the results of the investigation. -David H. Montgomery, Twin Cities, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN GREEN BAY

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced a seven-year agreement with adidas on Monday that will make the shoe company the official footwear, apparel and accessory brand of its athletic teams through the 2021-22 season. Although terms of the agreement weren’t revealed, the deal calls for the Phoenix to spend a minimum $100,000 with adidas each year and receive $225,000 of free apparel in return. UWGB is receiving an extra $50,000 for the transition to adidas this year, which means it will receive $275,000 in apparel in the first year of the contract. Among the other potential perks includes an additional $5,000 of apparel if the team makes it to the NCAA tournament. The agreement represents the first department-wide deal for the school. – Scott Venci, Green Bay Press Gazette, Read More