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February 15, 2019

MERCER UNIVERSITY
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MERCER UNIVERSITY

Mercer University seeks Assistant Director of Athletic Development. The Assistant Director’s primary role is to assist with cultivation and fundraising efforts for the Mercer Athletic Foundation (MAF). The Assistant Director will solicit financial contributions within and outside Middle Georgia. He/She will aid in the planning, organization, and implementation of the Athletic Annual Fund campaign.  – Apply Here

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Austin Peay State University seeks Assistant Athletic Director – Chief Financial Officer. This position is responsible for financial reporting in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the US. This position is also responsible for financial reporting compliance with all NCAA requirements. This individual will assist with preparation of athletic budgets and will establish, maintain and adjust (as needed) and internal control system sufficient to ensure the integrity of processes and data. – Apply Here

LACKAWANNA COLLEGE
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LACKAWANNA COLLEGE

Lackawanna College seeks Assistant Athletic Director. The Assistant Athletic Director assists the Athletic Director in the overall administration of a prominent and successful Athletics Department. He / She oversees a broad range of services in the areas of compliance and eligibility, data analysis and information, staff management, strategic planning, enrollment management and special events/projects. – Apply Here

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

The Thunderbird Athletic Department and Athletic Director Debbie Corum have announced the hiring of Cameron Brooks as the department’s Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development. “It is with a great deal of excitement and anticipation that we welcome Cam full time onto our Athletics administrative team,” Corum said. “Cam has been supportive of our efforts but now athletics is his priority. I want to thank Stuart Jones for his cooperation in making this happen. Stuart understands our need and graciously helped this move come about.” Brooks is no stranger to Southern Utah University, as he is moving into athletics after serving in  Advancement for the last 11 years, most recently as the Executive Director of Development and Planned Giving while also working in Athletics as the Executive Director of Major Gifts. Working with athletics for part of his time at SUU, Brooks helped develop the Touchdown Club for the Athletic Department, and was involved with raising funds for the George S. Eccles Sports Performance Center. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Rick Thorpe has joined Razorback Athletics as a deputy athletics director of external engagement, vice chancellor and director of athletics Hunter Yurachek announced on Wednesday. Most recently, Thorpe served as the senior associate athletics director for external affairs and strategic communications at Rutgers University. “We are pleased to welcome Rick Thorpe to the Razorback Athletics family,” Yurachek said. “In his more than 25 years as an athletics administrator in intercollegiate athletics and professional sports, Rick has been a tremendous asset and brought value to every organization of which he has been a part. As a member of the Athletic Director’s Cabinet and Senior Staff, Thorpe will oversee external units within the Department of Athletics including; Marketing and Promotions, Tickets Sales, Digital and Creative Services, Branding, Licensing, Community Engagement, Communications, Multi-Media Rights, Broadcast Services and serve as a liaison to the Razorback Foundation. Thorpe will also be the sport administrator for volleyball. – Read More

UNLV
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UNLV

Surveys are going out to season ticket holders and Rebel Athletic Fund members to get input on UNLV football’s move to the new Las Vegas Stadium. The UNLV Athletics department says surveys will be sent out via email to get input on ticket pricing and benefits at the stadium, which is expected to open in 2020. “As we move into Las Vegas Stadium, we want to make sure there are options for everyone to experience the new world-class home of the Rebels,” said Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois. “The first step in preparing for that move is asking our loyal season ticket holders as well as our generous benefactors to provide us with critical feedback.” The upcoming 2019 season is expected to be the Rebels’ last at Sam Boyd Stadium.  – Matthew Seeman, news3lv – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Former University of Louisville football player Kemari Averett, who was suspended after the university concluded he committed a rape, has sued U of L and the woman who accused him. Averett, who is no longer enrolled at the university, says his constitutional rights were violated during a student-conduct investigation into the rape allegation. He also alleges defamation of character and discrimination based on his gender. He is seeking $15 million in damages. His lawyer, Aubrey Williams, filed the federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky on Friday.  “What we’re trying to do is correct the wrong that has been done and seek redress through the court,” Williams said at a press conference at his office on Friday. Many of the details in the suit were previously reported by the Courier Journal, which first published details of the alleged rape in October, as well as the existence of the student conduct and criminal investigations, and the results of the student conduct hearing. – Justin Sayers, courier-journal – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The Kentucky Wildcats’ loss to LSU was gut-wrenching, and it may lead to a rule change that prevents a similar ending from happening again. According to Kyle Tucker of The Athletic, the SEC has already spoken with the NCAA about expanding the use of replay in end-of-game situations, such as the missed basket interference call that allowed LSU to escape with a 73-71 win. It’s unfortunate that such a bad call had to ruin a great matchup between two top-25 teams, but if there’s anything good to come of it, it would be a making sure it never happens again. Being able to review basket interference would certainly help that. It’s just too fast of a bang-bang call for refs to call accurately 100% of the time. That’s why replay exists; to help prevent human error from costing a team dearly. It makes too much sense to incorporate basket interference into being reviewable with replay. – Jason Marcum, aseaofblue – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

As the University of Utah’s plan to expand Rice-Eccles Stadium keeps moving through a lengthy approval process, the school is adding a $25 fee to 2019 season tickets to help fund the South end zone project. In a letter asking for season-ticket renewals Friday, athletic director Mark Harlan announced a 5-percent increase in Crimson Club scholarship donations for season-ticket access to chair seats and premium bleacher seats, with a seven-game home schedule. For the first time, Utah also is requiring donations for the North end zone ($50) and bleacher seats in the corners ($25). A legislative committee this week recommended approval of bonding for the $80 million renovation to the South end zone, although the state won’t provide funding. The $25 season-ticket fee, not previously announced, has always been part of the department’s financing plan, Kull said. -Kurt Kragthorpe, sltrib. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics has become an official member of Green Sports Alliance (GSA), as announced by Director of Athletics Heather Lyke. “We’re proud to be joining a group with such an admirable mission and spread awareness of sustainability and green efforts,” Lyke said. A goal of the alliance is to inspire change while “embracing renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices.” Bob Nutting, primary owner and chairman of the board of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is a member of the organization’s board of directors. Read More.

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

If things go as planned, the University’s athletic teams will no longer be venturing off campus next season to use off campus indoor training facilities. Within the last two weeks, the Common Pleas Court overturned the decision of the Radnor Zoning Board (which blocked the construction) and granted the University permission to build an inflatable athletics dome on West Campus. Though Radnor Township has appealed this recent ruling, this is a step in the direction towards the construction of the dome. “I don’t think anyone in the Athletics Department looks at this as something that we want to do,” Josh Heird, Senior Associate Athletic Director and Chief Athletics Operating Officer, said. “We look at it as something that we need to do.” -Chris Deucher and Alex Telma, villanovan. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Nearly two years after Snee and his organization first floated the idea of the University of Illinois adding men’s hockey during a meeting with the school’s athletic department. Warren Hood, deputy director of athletics at Illinois, who is spearheading the project for the school, stopped short in recent days of saying that it’s a done deal, but he didn’t try to mask his optimism. “We have been working with a number of stakeholders the last nine months and we have made great progress,” Hood said. “February is going to be a big month for us. We have a lot of final meetings with some partners and depending on how those go, we are hoping we can make a decision in April or May.” Asked for his take on the likelihood of Illinois adding men’s hockey, Snee said, “I feel they have every intension of being successful in their pursuit.” -Dean Spiros, uscho. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

The University of Washington’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) presented its annual Student-Athlete Academic Services Report at the board of regents meeting Tuesday, and the reports were good. Of the 22 UW varsity athletics teams, 21 compiled team grade-point averages over 3.00 in the fall quarter of 2018, with the men’s basketball team just under at 2.91. The gymnastics team put together the highest team GPA with a 3.55, and three more came in over 3.40. According to the materials the ICA presented to the regents, 71 percent of UW student-athletes earned GPAs over 3.00, and 139 made Dean’s List. -Josh Kirshenbaum, dailyuw. Read More.

SPORTS TECHNOLOGY
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SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

On Friday morning, at this year’s NBA Tech Summit, league commissioner Adam Silver debuted the league’s “jersey of the future,” which will hopefully save you some dollars by allowing you to instantly customize the name and number of an already purchased jersey with a phone app. Unfortunately the technology is obsolete if the player switches teams or the franchise changes uniforms. In addition to those new jerseys, Silver also talked about the NBA’s other long-term goals, including making arena ticket taking an out-of-date profession, letting home viewers watch the game from the perspective of a fan in attendance with Google glasses, and hologram mascots. -Gavin Evans, complex. Read More.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

Tulane University Ben Weiner Director of Athletics Chair Troy Dannen announced today the promotion of five department staff members. Tulane’s staff promotions include Dr. Charvi Greer being elevated to Senior Associate AD/SWA, Jana Woodson to Senior Associate AD for External Affairs, Garrett Broom to Associate AD for Development, Tyler Kai to Assistant AD for Annual Giving and Scott Mitchell to Associate AD for Business Operations. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

The University of New Hampshire has announced the appointment of Brenda Holt Mullaney to the position of director of athletics development. Holt Mullaney brings nearly 30 years of experience at UNH into her new role. Holt Mullaney will lead the athletics fundraising team in developing, implementing and executing strategies for raising philanthropic support for UNH and the department of athletics. In this role, she will build on the success and achievement of UNH’s Celebrate 150 campaign, which raised nearly $23 million for Wildcat athletics. Read More.

KEISER UNIVERSITY
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KEISER UNIVERSITY

Keiser University is pleased to announce the addition of its 2019 esports club and athletic programs. The initiative began at Keiser University’s Pembroke Pines campus when its College of Advanced Technology’s Keiser Click Esports Club introduced its Overwatch and League of Legends teams. “We are delighted that the esports clubs have engaged our students in such a meaningful way,” said Keiser University Pembroke Pines campus president Piotr Lechowski. Keiser University subsequently introduced an esports athletic team. Students who participate in that program will begin competing in the fall of 2019. –marketersmedia. Read More.

CANISIUS COLLEGE
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CANISIUS COLLEGE

In a partnership with Intense Milk and Whole Foods Market, the Canisius athletic department has officially opened the Student-Athlete Refueling Station inside the Koessler Athletic Center. The refuel station, which is designated for varsity student-athlete usage only, is located across from the main gym on the first floor of the athletic center. Through the aforementioned partnership, all of these items will be provided by Intense Milk and Whole Foods Market. According to Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Lisa Liotta, the sponsorship was a mutually agreed upon deal between all parties involved, and the implementation will be evaluated at the end of the first year. –canisiusgriffin. Read More.

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Diego State doesn’t play in Colorado State’s new football stadium until October, but Athletic Director John David Wicker has already been there three times. The third was Tuesday, ahead of SDSU’s basketball game that night against the Rams. This time, he was accompanied by President Adela de la Torre and several other high-level university administrators. The idea was to tour 18-month-old Canvas Stadium, which is roughly the same size (36,500 seats) and cost ($220 million) as the one SDSU plans to open in Mission Valley by the fall of 2022. Voters approved Measure G in November, instructing the city to negotiate with the university for purchase of the property currently occupied by 51-year-old SDCCU Stadium. – Mark Zeigler, Sandiego Union Tribune. Read More.

BROWN UNIVERSITY
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BROWN UNIVERSITY

The BrownTogether campaign recently eclipsed $100 million raised for the University’s athletic department. The donations have helped the University build new athletic facilities, hire top coaches and improve recruiting. These funds are part of a larger fundraising campaign launched by President Christina Paxson P’19. Since its launch, the campaign has raised money entirely through donations from Brown alums, parents and others associated with the University, according to the Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. The funds have been focused toward “three primary areas: facility projects, endowed coaching chairs and annual donations that help with general operating needs of athletics,” Hayes said. A key donation which contributed to the $100 million fundraising milestone was a $5 million gift from Tom McMullen ’62 to start the Excellence in Athletics Fund, which aims to recruit and support athletes during their time at the University. Also launched during this fundraising campaign, the Joseph Edelman and Pamela Keld ’83 Fund for Women’s Athletics has helped fulfill recruiting, travel and equipment needs for women’s sports teams. -Ryan Handel, The Brown Daily Herald, Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Coleman Barnes, an associate athletic director at Utah State, announced Thursday he will be joining the Mountaineers as the associate athletics director for football external affairs effective Feb. 20. Barnes was a teammate of Brown’s at Kentucky. Barnes worked in administrative roles at Ole Miss, Fresno State, UAB and Miami (Ohio) before spending the past two years at Utah State. This will be his first football-specific administrative role. -Alex Hickey, WV Metro News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO

The operator of the Division I postseason men’s basketball tournament for mid-major college programs has filed a lawsuit against UNC, alleging the Bears’ senior associate athletic director David Sabolcik “deliberately interfered with the process of other schools pledging to the tournament.” Those allegations were contained in a lawsuit that hinges on whether UNC properly followed the Colorado Open Records Act in responding to records request from College Insider. The lawsuit alleges that Sabolcik contacted athletic directors of other schools competing in the tournament and asked them to guarantee lower rates than the ones set by College Insider. But when College Insider sought records related to calls and text messages Sabolcik may have sent to other schools, UNC denied the request because the calls and texts were sent from his personal cell phone. Last year during the tournament, Haas said UNC paid $10,000 to host to the semifinal round and $38,000 to host the championship game. He said the costs were covered by sponsorships, ticket sales, and donations and that no state funds were used. -Samuel Mustari, Greeley Tribune, Read More

February 14, 2019

TCU
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TCU

TCU men’s basketball is currently on pace to crack the NCAA Tournament in March for the second time is an many seasons after a 20-year March Madness drought. But that’s not keeping head coach Jamie Dixon from voicing his concerns over recent changes to how the field of 68 teams — including the “First Four” in Dayton, Ohio — will be decided this year and beyond. As college basketball moves away from the RPI rankings and onto the NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) in filling out the bracket, the third-year Horned Frogs head coach is weary that the new system could have its fair share of unintended consequences — including those centered around the quality of competition teams face in the regular season.  “They say one thing from what I understand: they almost put value on playing worse teams,” Dixon said.  Though strength of schedule and quality of wins are still included among the criteria for the new format, scoring margins and both defensive and offensive efficiencies carry a heavier weight in the NET than the RPI rankings.  – Dean Straka, sportsday.dallasnews – Read More

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Arkansas State University seeks Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance. Responsibilities include monitoring compliance with NCAA, Sun Belt Conference and institutional rules and regulations, enhancing a rules education program for coaches, staff, student-athletes and boosters, providing rules interpretations, monitoring recruiting activities, preparing waivers and violation reports, assisting the registrar and admissions director with certification of eligibility of student-athletes, working with the financial aid director in updating and maintaining NCAA squad lists, generating and maintaining all compliance forms, including transfer releases, practice schedules, NCAA Eligibility Center forms, recruiting forms, official visit forms and records related to the awarding and the distribution of athletics aid.  – Apply Here

MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY
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MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY

Minot State University is seeking candidates for a full-time Assistant/Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student Life. Minot State University is a proud member of NCAA DII and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. This position provides compliance and student-athlete oversight, as well as sport supervision and general leadership for the MSU Athletic Department. This position provides vital institutional control through education regarding NCAA, NSIC, and institutional policies. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

A question has been put on the board at Husker247 about why Nebraska officials chose to pay out Mike Riley in one bundle. Bill Moos, coincidentally, gave an answer about it on Tuesday. First off, the details: Riley was paid a lump sum by Nebraska of $6,235,393 for his job ending date of December 6, 2017. The athletic director who hired him, Shawn Eichorst, was paid a lump sum of $762,439 for his end date June 20, 2018. The dates indicated are the last day of university appointment for each. The actual payment occurred a few weeks later. The lump sum payments for Riley and Eichorst were different than how the Huskers went about paying off Bo Pelini, who received $128,009 a month, and is receiving his last payment from Nebraska this month. In Riley’s case, he was originally making a salary of $50,004 a year in an advisor’s role at Oregon State after leaving Nebraska. Not to sneeze at $50,000, because that means a whole lot to most of us, but it might seem like a few dimes and quarters when talking about an athletic department’s budget.  – BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON, 247sports – Read More

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

As the first nationally distributed sports network across the broadcast, cable and digital distribution landscape, Stadium today announced the launch of its 24/7 network on Sling TV, now available to subscribers of the “Sling Orange” and/or “Sling Blue” services. “We first teamed up with Sling TV in 2016 for the launch of Stadium Plus, and we look forward to this next evolution as we launch Stadium 24/7 to its subscribers,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “We’ve made a commitment to provide sports fans the opportunity to watch Stadium across virtually any platform, and as a premier, industry leading streaming service, we’re thrilled to be on Sling TV.” With this launch, Stadium 24/7 will be available in Sling Orange and/or Sling Blue services, while Stadium Plus – the network’s premium service that includes more than 500 exclusive live college games – will remain in Sling TV’s “Sports Extra” add-on service. – Anthony Mazzuca, watchstadium – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

The University of Idaho has delayed its pursuit of State Board of Education approval for a new basketball and entertainment arena to give the board more time to examine the project finances. The U of I withdrew the arena project from the agenda for this week’s meeting in Boise, a university spokeswoman said via email. “The Board has indicated they will consider the arena project request at a special board meeting perhaps in mid-March,” spokeswoman Jodi Walker wrote. The university says it has accumulated $40 million for the $48.5 million project — a combination of fundraising (including $10 million from Idaho Central Credit Union for naming rights), student fees and university resources. The school hopes to double the fee students pay for the arena, currently $15 per semester, to close the funding gap. The increased fee would require State Board approval at its April meeting. – CHADD CRIPE, idahostatesman – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

UF team physician Dr. Jay Clugston said having an on-site research space where athletes gather can help expand research efforts. Since its opening in 2016, the Otis Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall has provided academic and personal development for University of Florida athletes. Within those walls, more support will come in the field of sports science. UF’s Athletic Association unveiled its new athletic research collaboration space in the Hawkins Center at an open house this week. The space will serve an area where UF deans and faculty members can propose and embark on sports science research projects aimed at enhancing the health and performance of Gator student athletes. UF sports science projects in the past have ranged from improving mechanics to preventing and diagnosing concussions. UF team physician Dr. Jay Clugston said having an on-site research space where athletes gather can help expand research efforts. – Kevin Brockway, gainesville – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Missouri took the first step in its fight against recent NCAA sanctions and filed its appeal to the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee on Thursday, the athletics department announced. Earlier in the week, athletics director Jim Sterk said he didn’t expect to appeal the probation sentence and the vacation of wins but would appeal the postseason bans for the baseball, football and softball teams along with recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions. “We believe that the Committee on Infractions abused its discretion in applying penalties to the University of Missouri Athletics program, and we look forward to appearing before the Appeals Committee in the future to present our case,” Sterk said.  MU will continue to work with attorney Michael Glazier of the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King in the appeal case. Once the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee acknowledges the notice MU will have 30 days to file its written appeal.  – Dave Matter, stltoday – Read More

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