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July 13, 2015

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Louisiana Tech’s new football facility at Joe Aillet Stadium is still more than a month away from completion, but the sheer size and specifications of the $22 million project has already spawned new excitement in Ruston. Once the Davison Athletics Complex debuts in September, Tech can boast one of the top facilities in Conference USA to use in its favor when it comes to recruiting, scheduling, attendance and overall game day experience. The most immediate impact will be felt in 2015 during Tech’s six home games against Southern, Florida International, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Southern Miss. – Margaret Croft, The News Star. Read more.

SJSU

Willie McHargue has been named the Major Gifts Officer for the San José State University Athletics Department. McHargue brings over 15 years of collegiate experience to his position. He spent two years (2011-13) as the Associate Director for Development at Santa Clara University where he consistently exceeded his fundraising goals. He served as the office’s liaison to the Athletics Department and developed and executed plans to raise money for the department. McHargue served as a fundraising leader for the SCU Softball Field project.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

Mike Houck, who has served the University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications Office for 20 years, has been named OU’s assistant athletics director for strategic communications and will serve as the department’s primary communications contact for football, OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced Friday. Houck has worked more than 150 Sooner football games in his 20-year tenure, including every OU-Texas game during that span and five bowl games (2001 Orange, 2002 Cotton, 2004 Sugar, 2005 Orange and 2009 BCS Championship).

INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Indiana University is exploring a variety of options for a more lucrative apparel contract as its contract with Adidas nears its end, athletics officials say. The Hoosiers’ relationship with Adidas started in 2004, but IU’s current $21 million Adidas contract was signed in 2008 and it expires next year. Whatever Indiana’s final choice, the going rate for college apparel contracts has grown dramatically in the last several years, including the $90-million, 10-year deal with Under Armour that lured the University of Notre Dame away from Adidas in early 2014.  – Associated Press, Wish TV. Read more.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Most of the heavy lifting is done. College football’s biggest scoreboard is up and pretty soon somebody is going to plug it in. It’ll light up Jordan-Hare Stadium and Auburn hopes it will brighten the football experience of fans, too. The video board from Daktronics is 57 feet high by 190 feet wide and has 8.7 million LED lights. “We did a site visit, looked at their board, spent a good day just talking with them, how they run it and it was eye-opening,” Andy Young, Auburn’s assistant athletics director for video services said. “We wanted to see how big it was at that time, now we can see it here in the stadium, but it really helped us prep for how we’re going to run the board here in Jordan-Hare Stadium.”

LUNO

Loyola University New Orleans is seeking a Director of Athletic Communications.  This role will be responsible for coordinating the media relations of the department including the creation and dissemination of all athletic communications, formation and implementation of new media strategy, keeping statistical information for 17 intercollegiate sports, and supervising game day table staff. The incumbent will also assist in the marketing and promotions of the department. This is a full time 12-month position beginning August 3. [email protected]

 

WHEATON COLLEGE

Wheaton College is seeking a Sports Information Director. To promote and publicize Wheaton College Athletics and its 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate varsity programs and its 375 student-athletes through traditional and new media techniques by establishing and maintaining a network of contacts on-campus and with local, regional and national news media; and serving as liaison for same. Apply here.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Northern Kentucky University seeks an Assistant Athletic Director – Marketing, Promotions and Tickets. This position reports to the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business and Finance and is responsible for coordinating all marketing and promotional activities for 17 intercollegiate athletic sports programs, as well as ticketing for five sports. Develops marketing plan for all sports programs and athletic department; develops comprehensive ticket sales plan for men’s and women’s basketball; coordinates design and production of print materials. Apply here.

July 10, 2015

NCAA

The NCAA will end a nearly 15-year ban on South Carolina hosting sanctioned championship events following the decision to remove the Confederate flag from the state’s capitol grounds. The move comes after Gov. Nikki Haley signed the legislation Thursday, and the flag came down Friday morning.“The NCAA strongly supports today’s removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement released just as the flag came down. “This step sends an important message of respect for and dignity of every person. As a national association, the NCAA opposes this symbol of racism, and since 2001 we have demonstrated our opposition by not playing pre-selected championships in states where the flag was flown prominently. The removal of the Confederate flag now means that South Carolina can bid to host future NCAA championships,” Emmert said.

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The University of Akron, facing a $60 million shortfall over the next three years, is laying off 215 employees, eliminating baseball and outsourcing dining, among other measures. University expenses will be reduced by $40 million. Graduate tuition and undergraduate fee increases, including a $50-per-credit hour increase for upper level courses, will generate $10 million. Projected enrollment growth by the third year of the plan is expected to raise $10 million. “The University of Akron’s future is bright, but first we need to fix its finances,” Scarborough said in a statement. “Our review indicates UA has a $60 million financial problem, and we have developed a three-year plan to solve that problem.”

INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking an Assistant Media Relations Director, Athletics. Serves as the primary contact for men’s soccer and men’s and women’s swimming and diving; and manages all interactions between members of the media and the assigned programs. Serves as official communication channel and assists with social media content for the varsity sports; and effectively communicates with local, regional and national media. Apply here.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

Previously the head strength and conditioning coach at Northern State University, Todd Berner has been tabbed as the first-ever full-time Director of Strength Training and Conditioning at Concordia University. Berner officially begins his tenure as a member of the Bulldog athletic department on July 13. Berner, who had worked at NCAA Division II Northern State since 2010, brings more than nine years of collegiate strength and conditioning experience to the position. While part of the Wolves athletic department, Berner oversaw training for 15 men’s and women’s teams.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan University, an FBS Member of the Mid-American Conference, is accepting applications for an Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities & Event Operations. Position is a full-time, 12 month appointment with full benefit package. This position serves as a member of the department’s senior leadership team and is responsible to lead and organize a comprehensive facilities and event operations department. Apply here.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY

Weber State University seeks an Athletics Compliance Coordinator. This position is responsible for assisting the Director of Compliance with the coordination, implementation, facilitation and oversight of the athletics compliance program. Additionally, this position assists in monitoring the systems established to ensure the department is operating within the bylaws of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Big Sky Conference, and Weber State University (WSU) as well as protects the integrity of the institution against possible violations of these bylaws. Apply here.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Florida State is in for a big payday when it faces Alabama in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. The schools will be paid $5 million each for the game, according to sources, a major increase from the $3.5 million the Seminoles will make for playing Mississippi in Orlando to open the 2016 season. The average payout for teams who have played in the nine previous kickoffs has been $4.3 million. The game, scheduled for Sept. 2, was officially announced today. The Palm Beach Post was the first to report a deal had been reached. The game will be the first regular-season college game at the new $1.4 billion stadium, which will be home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. – Tom D’Angelo, Seminole Post. Read more.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst has announced plans to provide additional benefits to athletes that are now allowed under NCAA rules. Beginning this fall each athlete would receive a laptop computer and that an athlete who graduates and exhausts his or her eligibility will receive assistance for obtaining an internship, studying abroad or attending graduate school. Athletic scholarships would increase in value this fall to include the full cost of attendance, estimated figure at $3,600 per full scholarship. – KWBE. Read more.

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

After eviscerating the Texas State athletic department, Will Butler of UDD releases his latest article with more of positive spin. He claims “There’s still time to change course for the better, and there are plenty of positive things that can be done.” Headlines in the article include, “Become the bullies on the block”, “Sell Beer at Games”, “Embrace the fans and the community”, and “It’s on us”. Butler highlights a number of “things to get excited about and reasons to love Texas State”. Read More.

ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY

Rogers State University, a provisional member of NCAA Division II, located in Claremore, Oklahoma has a part-time assistant men’s and women’s golf position open. Interested applicants can email Head Golf Coach Josh Fosdick at [email protected]

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The college athletes advocacy group that helped spearhead the Northwestern unionization attempt has called for firings in the Illinois athletics department. Ramogi Huma, the president of the National College Players Association, wrote a letter to University of Illinois chancellor Phyllis Wise demanding that seven athletics department employees — including athletics director Mike Thomas, head football coach Tim Beckman and head women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant — be fired in the wake of controversies involving the alleged mistreatment of student-athletes across various programs. –  CNS Chicago. Read more.

JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

Veteran Doug Frye, who is entering his 15th year with the Dolphins, has been promoted to Director of Sports Medicine by JU Athletic Director Donnie Horner. Frye, who has a Bachelor of Science degree from JU, has been the Dolphins’ head football trainer and an athletic trainer/spotter for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He did his internship at Austin Peay State University and in addition to football has been head athletic trainer for both women’s basketball and softball during career.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

While the News Sentinel has published considerable discussion about the lack of action of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees on the removal of the Lady Vols name, there has been no discussion regarding the inequity arising from the budget the board approved for this year. This inequity is evident from the fact that the overall UT system (all campuses) budget approved by the board includes a 2.9 percent increase for salaries and benefits, while UT Knoxville athletics is approved for an increase of 6.5 percent. A second aspect of the inequity approved by the board is gender related. The 6.5 percent increase in salaries and benefits for UT Knoxville athletics arises because of extremely large increases given to a handful of male coaches associated with the football program. – Knox News. Read more.

BGSU

Lauren Ashman has been named Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator for BGSU. Ashman will leave Ohio University, where she served for two years as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student Services. At Bowling Green, Ashman will expand upon those responsibilities as the sport administrator for multiple teams. She will also oversee student-athlete welfare and sport performance units comprised of sport medicine and strength and conditioning. Part of her broad-based responsibilities will be serving as BGSU’s Senior Administrator on the Joint Committee of the MAC.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Meghan Millar has joined the Temple staff as the Director of Ticket Operations. A veteran of a pair of Division-I athletic institutions, Millar comes to the Owls from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing. Millar spent six years at VCU as the Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing. In her role, she oversaw all ticketing and sales efforts for all VCU Athletic events and Siegel Center Special events.

UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY

University of Detroit Mercy Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. has announced four staff changes in the Titan Department of Athletics, including the promotion of Mike Miller to Associate Athletic Director. Three other staff members will also change roles as Lainie Bisbee earns a promotion to Associate Director of Sports Medicine, Jeremiah Hergott is the new Director of Marketing & Promotions and P.J. Gradowski will move to Director of Athletic Communications.

WAGNER COLLEGE

Angie Churchill, a former standout player at the University of Michigan, who brings five years of head coaching experience, including the last two at Georgian Court College, has been named head softball coach at Wagner College, Director of Athletics Walt Hameline announced. Churchill, who also has served six years as a Division I assistant coach, takes over for Glen Payne, who announced his retirement last month after 20 seasons at the helm of the Seahawk program.

VIRGINIA TECH

The Virginia Tech Athletic Department is launching a new initiative called “Twenty4U” which aims to improve fan experience. The 20-point improvement plan was created based on feedback from thousands of fans. This year at Lane Stadium, fans will notice many changes including new food options, more signage around the stadium, re-calibration of the stadium’s audio system, upgrades to club seating and enhanced staffing and services. – Jade Hanson , WSLS. Read more.

July 9, 2015

WAGNER COLLEGE

Former Syracuse University assistant coach Katie Rowan, the most decorated player in the program’s history and a member of the 2009 and 2013 USA World Cup gold medalist teams, has been named head women’s lacrosse coach at Wagner College, Director of Athletics Walt Hameline announced. She spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

University of Oklahoma Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced the return of Zac Selmon to the school’s athletics department as senior associate athletics director/chief of operations. Selmon served the last year as associate athletics director and special assistant to the athletics director at the University of North Carolina.

LEARFIELD SPORTS

Learfield Sports continues to build out its portfolio of collegiate sports rights with the acquisition of Front Row Marketing Services’ collegiate multimedia rights properties from Comcast Spectacor, as announced today by Learfield President and CEO Greg Brown. The new Learfield partnerships are James Madison University, Drexel University, University of Alaska Anchorage, St. Cloud State University, George Mason University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Fordham University, University of California Irvine, Colonial Athletic Association, University of North Dakota and Radford University.

UCLA

UCLA and adidas today unveiled the new Bruins Primeknit home football uniforms, which will make their on-field debut on Saturday, September 5th vs. Virginia for the team’s season opener. Paying homage to the UCLA tradition of grit and toughness, the new home uniforms were crafted with speed and valiance in mind. The uniforms also include a tribute to the team’s commitment to the #BruinRevolution and football culture in Los Angeles. Each time a player puts on a jersey, he will read the phrase “Champions Made Here” written across the ribbing of the collar. – Adidas. Read More.

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