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March 5, 2015

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director Sean Frazier said he is looking at how students will be able to use new and upgraded athletic facilities as part of the Facilities Master Plan. Whatever the first facility the Athletic Department decides to tackle, Frazier said the proposed renovations will help NIU keep up with the times because the idea of infusing students, the community and Athletics “is not anything new.” – Northern Star, Read More.

March 4, 2015

VIRGINIA TECH

Virginia Tech’s under construction indoor practice facility  is still on schedule and set for completion on July 1.Tom Gabbard, Tech’s senior associate athletics director. Construction began by W.M. Jordan Company last spring on the long-anticipated building. The construction schedule is about 80 percent complete, although some big ticket items have yet to be started. Gabbard said Virginia Tech has pledges in excess of $19 million for the $21.3 million project. The athletic department has reserves to cover the gap if it needs to, although fundraising continues. -Andy Bitter, Hamptonroads.com

 

SUNY CORTLAND ATHLETICS

SUNY Cortland seeks an Assistant Director of Athletics for Events, Marketing and Promotions. Required Qualifications: Master’s Degree; related College and/or industry work experience in the areas of responsibility apply here.

CARTHAGE COLLEGE

Carthage College is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Director of Athletic Communications. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment with the responsibilities to oversee and direct athletic communications for 24 varsity intercollegiate sports. Applicants must submit a letter of application, a resume and the names of three references to: Molly Polk, Vice President for Communications at [email protected]

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

LSU will delay the groundbreaking for the athletic department’s $12 million Tiger Nutrition Center in wake of the anticipated deep cuts in education, the school said in a statement issued through the sports information office. The 22,500 sq. ft. nutrition center, scheduled to be completed by April 1, 2016, on the site of old Alex Box Stadium. – Jim Kleinpeter, NOLA.com. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Georgia men’s basketball coach Mark Fox has finally signed the extension to his contract that the school announced last spring he would be getting, athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed Tuesday. Fox signed the deal a couple of weeks ago, McGarity said. It extended his contract two seasons to take it through March 31, 2018. His salary remains at $1.7 million per year. – By Marc Weiszer, Online Athens Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Miami seeks an Assistant Director of Digital Strategy to assist in the execution of web design, graphic design, social media and other digital and online projects towards the goal of generating new revenue and delivering customer service. Apply here.

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Morgan State seeks an Athletic Marketing Director to develop, negotiate and coordinate corporate sponsorship opportunities in cooperation with the Athletic Director and other campus leadership, as appropriate, by identifying partners and developing sponsorship strategies in accordance with corporate marketing objectives and departmental revenue goals. Apply here.

March 3, 2015

MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY

Melissa Ringhausen on Tuesday resigned as the McKendree University women’s basketball coach after 18 years. Ringhausen will become the full-time associate athletics director at McKendree, where she will work under Athletics Director Chuck Brueggemann. Brueggemann said a national search to find Ringhausen’s successor will begin immediately, and that he hopes to soon explore a potential pool of candidates. Ringhausen is looking forward to her new position. – Belleville News-Democrat Read More

NCAA

A group of 20 university presidents and college athletics administrators is crafting a proposal to better define when the NCAA should investigate cases of academic cheating by student athletes. NCAA head of enforcement Jon Duncan said in January academic misconduct is on the rise and his department was handling 20 open academic-misconduct investigations. A vote on the measure by members from every Division I conference plus conference commissioners, faculty members and students, could happen as early as April 2016. – By RALPH D. RUSSO, Huffington Post. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

The University of Texas athletic department is establishing a loyalty points program that will be used to determine priority seating, parking and who gets first dibs on Texas-Oklahoma tickets and other events. The department is calling it “Loyalty Points.” Every donor who has contributed to the Longhorn Foundation since 1986 will get credit for previous gifts in this new ranking system. – Brian Davis, Austin American-Statesman Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE

ULM unofficially broke ground on its long-awaited football end zone facility Monday afternoon during a special on-campus ceremony. Berry was one of 10 ULM and Monroe-area dignitaries who donned a hard hat and grabbed a shovel to participate. The $4.1 million raised for the 11,675-square-foot facility is the largest gift in the history of the athletic department. Among the amenities it features are a brand new locker room, a Hall of Fame area and new coaches’ offices that include patios overlooking JPS Field. – Adam Hunsucker, The News Star Read More

HOPE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Hope International Athletic Director John Turek is pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Sanger as the new Head Coach of Women’s Soccer. As an alumnus of the HIU Men’s Soccer program, Coach Sanger is excited to be back as part of the Hope International Athletic Department. The Sanger led Highlanders have advanced to the CIF Playoffs four of his years as coach. – Golden State Athletic Conference 2015 Read More

QUEENS COLLEGE

The Queens College Athletics program is proud to announce the installation of new bleachers inside the main gym of Fitzgerald Gymnasium. The new bleachers were revealed in a basketball doubleheader on February 18. The Gym now has a seating capacity of 1,200. The new, retractable, state of the art bleachers enhance sight lines and provide more comfort to guests and visitors. All of these projects will total nearly $4 million in infrastructure repairs, the largest amount allotted to athletics in school history.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State’s $4,788 stipend allowance leads Big Ten. Penn State coach James Franklin is on record recently as saying the expenses stipend is definitely on the table as a recruiting factor.This estimate of those miscellaneous expenses has for years been categorized as roughly 10 percent of the cost of an academic scholarship. The listing is mandated by the U.S. Department of Education in filings it uses to oversee financial aid. It was just never added in as a benefit for athletic grants before. Now, it will be. – By David Jones, The Patriot-News Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ST FRANCIS

Gordie Gillespie, a Joliet legend and one of the winningest coaches in college baseball history, died Saturday night at age 88, the University of St. Francis said Sunday. Gillespie, who died at home in Joliet, spent 25 of his 59-year coaching career as USF’s head baseball coach. He retired as USF’s head baseball coach in 2011 with 1,893 victories — the college baseball record at that time for any level. – By Shannon Antinori, Joliet Patch Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Despite saving Rutgers a hefty $11 million since 2014, the school’s athletics department still relies on a subsidy with one of the highest price tags in United States college athletics. Rutgers chief financial officer Janine Purcaro told Gannett New Jersey that an annual payment of $1.625 million be made in each of the next four Septembers. The athletic department’s goal is to reduce the subsidy by $1 million every year until full integration into the Big Ten in 2021-2022, Tom Luicci, senior director of digital media, said. – Mary Ellen Cagnassola, The Daily Targum  Read More

ROWAN UNIVERSITY

Rowan University has named Dave Naphy the assistant athletic director for compliance and academic support. Director of athletics Dan Gilmore announced the hiring on Monday. Naphy joins the athletic department after serving as the assistant director of admissions at the University since 2008.

March 2, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Longtime University of Tennessee athletic trainer James Michael “Mike” Rollo died Friday at the age of 59. A 1977 graduate of UT, served as athletic trainer for 25 years and spent more than 30 with the athletic department. He jointed the training staff full time in 1978 under the direction of Tim Kerin, for whom the training room is named. Rollo took over as head trainer when Kerin died suddenly in 1992. Rollo was then promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine in 2001.-  WATE 6. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON

UNCW’s athletic fee has risen as rapidly as any public school in the state recently, but its total remains middle of the pack compared to its counterparts. The university’s fee currently sits at 10th out of the 15 in the UNC system that compete in NCAA athletics. It will move up to seventh by 2016-17. – By Eric Detweiler, Star News Online. Read More

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Huskie Stadium’s turf will be replaced this spring at a cost of up to $460,000 as the Board of Trustees’ Finance, Facilities and Operations subcommittee approved the expenditure at a Thursday meeting. John Cheney, senior associate athletic director of facilities and event operations, said the turf and its installation will be paid out of operational bond funds; the Athletic Department won’t have to do any fundraising. The Board of Trustees will have to approve the costs at its next meeting, March 12. – Frank Gogola, Northern Star. Read More

North Dakota State University

The six athletic scholarships at North Dakota State University funded by the Higher Education Challenge Fund don’t have any academic requirements. In fact, only one even mentions the word. But they all specify which sport they should be used for. At NDSU, these scholarships will count toward NCAA totals, said Colleen Heimstead, NDSU associate athletic director for compliance. – Glyde, Jamestown Sun. Read More

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

The athletics department hope to raise $12 million in additional funds as part of a $100 million fundraising goal the university announced in September. The athletic department plans to spend $7 million on improvements to Alico Arena, including a video board and a separate strength and conditioning center for athletes. – RJ Roan, Naples Herald. Read More

DUKE UNIVERSITY

Forward Rasheed Sulaimon was the subject of two separate sexual assault allegations prior to his dismissal from the basketball team, according to the Duke Chronicle, the school’s student newspaper. “In all cases of alleged misconduct by a student-athlete, the Duke Department of Athletics strictly followes university protocol and student affairs procedures,” Duke’s senior associate athletic director of external affairs, Jon Jackson, said in the statement. – By Kami Mattioli, Sporting News . Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

In a lawsuit filed against his former employer, LSU, new Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis claims that he should not owe a $400,000 buyout stemming from the termination of his contract to coach the Tigers. The lawsuit says that LSU athletic director Joe Alleva sent Chavis a letter on Jan. 2 demanding he pay the money, but Chavis says he gave notice to LSU to terminate his contract on Jan. 5. – Sam Cooper, Yahoo Sports blogs. Read More

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Nearly four decades of commitment to Eastern Michigan University and its student-athletes will be honored Friday, March 6, as the Athletic Media Relations Office will be renamed in honor of Jim Streeter. In addition, Streeter will also be honored at halftime of that night’s men’s basketball game against the University of Toledo. After serving a two-year stint as a sportswriter for The Ypsilanti Press, Streeter joined EMU as an assistant sports information director in 1974. He was named SID in August 1975.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

In his “The Price of Athletics at Stanford” (2/23) op-ed, Jeremy Majerovitz argues that Stanford University is allocating far too many dollars to fund its Department of Athletics (“Athletics”), compromising its commitment to academic and scholarly achievement in the process. Thus, contrary to Majerovitz’s claims, the University is not responsible for paying the $67 million not covered by tickets and TV. In fact, it is not responsible for one penny of that amount. According to Stanford Associate Athletic Director Heather Owen’s gostanford.com bio page, “the athletic department [is] financially independent from the University.” In other words, all the money used to put the Cardinal’s athletic teams on the field, court, track, pool, etc. is self-generated and not redirected away from legitimate academic programs or departments. – Cameron Miller, The Stanford Daily. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Work has already begun on the exterior of the upcoming 6,000-seat basketball/volleyball arena, and academic lab connector, to the south of the DakotaDome, to build footings and retaining walls. The latest example is the staging work that started this week on the south wall of the dome. Crews began tearing down the cinder block wall to eventually construct a support structure that will carry the load when work begins to connect the arena. The track/soccer complex is scheduled to be turned over to USD this fall and the arena is scheduled for completion in summer 2016, according to athletic director David Herbster. – By Jeremy Hoeck, Yankton Press and Dakotan Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

During the next three years, the administrative charge to the athletic department will be reduced by $2 million, giving Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke funds to pay for the upcoming full cost of attendance scholarships and offset ticket income with the reduction of student prices. The athletic department will now pay $1.5 million to the university for internal services compared to nearly $3.5 million during the last fiscal year. Burke said the remaining $500,000 will used for other areas in the athletic department. Mike Carmin – Read More

March 1, 2015

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour today (Feb. 27) announced the appointment of Lynn Holleran as senior associate athletic director for administration. Holleran brings nearly 30 years of University and athletic administrative experience to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA).