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January 17, 2020

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Florida State University is seeking a senior director of compliance. This individual will serve as a member of the compliance team and reports to the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance and should have a working knowledge of NCAA and ACC legislation. The selected individual will be responsible for assisting in the application, implementation, and monitoring of NCAA, ACC, and University rules and regulations in all areas of the NCAA Operating Bylaws. –NCAA. Apply Here.

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

about to enter his 10th season as head football coach at Notre Dame — expressed a desire to negotiate a contract extension that would carry through the 2023 season. “I may look to see if we can add two more years,” said Kelly in March of his current contract through the 2021 season. “If I’m fortunate enough to go five more years here, I would be very happy.” Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick told Irish Illustrated in August that Notre Dame had every intention of fulfilling his wish. -Tim Prister, 247sports. Read More.

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

The Conference USA Board of Directors and Athletics Directors completed their annual Winter Meetings Wednesday. C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod led a series of discussions and presentations regarding the state of the conference entering the new decade, highlighted by continued academic achievement, competitive success and multimedia advancements. “We had engaging meetings this week as we continue to enhance the opportunities for our student-athletes and strategically position our membership for the future,” C-USA Board of Directors Chair and Louisiana Tech President Dr. Les Guice said. Read More.

RADFORD UNIVERSITY
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RADFORD UNIVERSITY

After one season at the helm of the men’s tennis program, Rob Bareford has been promoted to Director of Tennis for Radford as he will now be the head coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis programs. Since being announced as the men’s tennis head coach in August 2018, Bareford has brought nothing but success to the program. The men’s tennis team made a sharp turn around from a difficult 2017-18 season to a Big South championship in the 2018-19 campaign while under Bareford’s leadership. As Director of Tennis Bareford will now manage the women’s program. Read More.

USC
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USC

USCFootball.com has learned that the USC athletic department is actively trying to replace Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) program UC Davis on the 2021 football schedule with a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent. USC has informed UC Davis of its desire to cancel the game as a courtesy, according to sources. At this time there is no signed contract in place for playing an FBS opponent to open the 2021 season, but our sources were confident that a deal will get done. -Ryan Abraham, 247sports. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The San Diego State women’s volleyball coaching staff violated NCAA rules on countable athletically related activity, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions. The agreement also said the volleyball coaching staff impermissibly organized open gym participation for prospects during on-campus visits and had impermissible contact with a prospect during her first year at a two-year college when she was certified as an NCAA nonqualifer. The university, the head coach and NCAA enforcement staff agreed the head coach directed volleyball student-athletes to participate in summer open gyms and strength and conditioning activities when they should have been voluntary. -Emily James, NCAA. Read More.

LSU
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LSU

LSU says students will have to make up the two days they had off for the National Championship. The registrar’s office sent the following message to students, Friday morning: Due to classes being cancelled on Jan. 13 and 14 for the national championship, the university will hold two make-up class days in order to ensure that the spring semester meets the minimum number of required class days. The make-up days will be held on two Saturdays: Jan. 25 and Feb. 8. This allows LSU to make up the days without interfering with the Mardi Gras holiday or spring break. –WBRZ. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Jen Flynn Oldenburg, a former four-year standout for the Buckeyes, is returning to Columbus as the head coach of the Ohio State women’s volleyball program. Oldenburg is the sixth head coach in program history, the Ohio State Department of Athletics announced Friday. “We are thrilled to welcome Jen back to Ohio State,” Janine Oman, deputy director of athletics and women’s volleyball program administrator for Ohio State, said. Oldenburg graduated from Ohio State in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in sport and leisure studies and spent the 2001 season on staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Read More.

RIDER UNIVERSITY
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RIDER UNIVERSITY

The Rider University Department of Athletics is proud to announce TicketSmarter has joined its corporate partner program. The multiyear agreement promotes TicketSmarter as the official ticket resale and marketplace sponsor of the Rider Broncs. As the official ticket resale and marketplace sponsor, Ticketsmarter will provide an opportunity for Rider fans to buy and sell tickets through the company including tickets to the 2020 MAAC Basketball Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, March 10-14. Read More.

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

After building the Winston-Salem Open up from the ground, Bill Oakes says he’s moving on. Oakes, the Winston-Salem Open Tournament Direction and Senior Associate Athletic Director, will resign from both positions effect Feb. 27. “I am incredibly grateful to Ron Wellman and Don Flow for the opportunity to serve Wake Forest and the Winston-Salem community over the past nine years,” Oakes said. Oakes ran the Winston-Salem Open, an ATP Tour 250 tennis event, each August since 2011, and he chaired the ATP Tour 250 Executive Committee since 2017. –Fox 8. Read More.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Officials of the College Football Playoff will review the practice of allowing people outside the participating teams, such as former players or celebrities, on the sideline during the national semifinals and championship games, executive director Bill Hancock told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “Being on the sidelines is a privilege,” Hancock told USA TODAY Sports. “Along with any privilege comes responsibility, because the focus should be on the people playing and coaching in the game, rather than on any visitors. The CFP will be reviewing its policy for allowing guests onto the sidelines and into locker rooms at future games.” -Thomas O’Toole, USA TODAY. Read More.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt University today announced that Seattle-area businessman and Vanderbilt alumnus George B. Huber, BA’79, and his wife Cathy have made a $5 million gift to support the men’s basketball program, which will be used to enhance facilities and support services. “The student-athlete community is an essential part of the Vanderbilt experience and the university’s identity,” said Huber, whose son, Tyler, is a 2014 Vanderbilt graduate. Huber is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Equity Investment Group, Inc., a diversified, private investment holding company out of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Read More.

USC
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USC

Dave Salo, in his 14th year as the USC men’s and women’s swimming coach, announced today (Jan. 16) that this will be his last season coaching the Trojans. Salo also said that when USC’s current season concludes at the end of March he will continue to coach the various 2020 Olympic hopeful swimmers — both current Trojans and national and international competitors — who train under him at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center as they prepare for the Tokyo Games. “After thoughtful consideration and discussion with several key people in my life, this 2019-2020 season as USC’s head coach will be my last,” said Salo. Read More.

MERRIMACK COLLEGE
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MERRIMACK COLLEGE

It was just a few minutes into the 2020 season, but there were clearly high expectations for the reigning back-to-back national champions of the NCAA’s Division II: drop a pass and you take a lap as penance. For Head Coach Mike Morgan, the significance of the upcoming campaign can’t be overstated. “I’ve said it to our guys: You take nothing away from those two trophies and two national championships, [but this is] the biggest season in the history of this program,” Morgan said. That’s because Merrimack College is in its first year of transitioning to Division I. What happens on this maiden voyage into the college big leagues could set the tone for men’s lacrosse — and the school — for a long time. -Esteban Bustillos, WGBH. Read More.

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Within hours of Athletic Director Matt Roan announcing his departure from the university, Nicholls President Dr. Jay Clune was on the phone with each of the school’s head coaches. That same day he held a meeting with staff members across the department. “We have a family atmosphere in athletics right now and we don’t want to spoil that,” Clune said. Now the mission is on to find his replacement. The nation-wide search will begin sometime this spring, Clune said, with an expected start date of April 1 once a search committee can be formed and the job is publicly posted. “Matt left us in a very good position,” Clune said. “We have very good coaches in place. We are very successful. There is no emergency. We’re in the middle of a season in athletics”. -Mike Gegenheimer, dailycomet. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina men’s head soccer coach Mark Berson will be retiring after the 2020 season, Athletics Director Ray Tanner announced Thursday. “Coach Berson founded our soccer program, and his teams have excelled on the field, in the classroom, and in the community throughout the years,” Tanner said. Berson is the winningest active coach in NCAA Division I men’s soccer as his coaching record stands at 503-245-75. He is only one of four coaches in Division I history to achieve such honor, and is 30 wins shy of becoming the winningest Division I coach of all time. -Makenzie Miller, wach. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Fanatics Inc. has signed a 10-year licensing deal with the University of Notre Dame, making it the official gatekeeper for products bearing the school’s logo, its leprechaun mascot or its signature golden helmets. Starting next year, Fanatics will become the school’s primary apparel, headwear and hard-goods partner, a step forward in its recent push into college sports. Fanatics is also promising to use its sales database — a map of where Fighting Irish fans live and what they like — to help the school well beyond licensed goods. –Crain’s Chicago Business. Read More.

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

A Granite Bridge Partners Company and Jardine Associates announced today an exclusive five-year partnership and representation agreement that will service nearly 95% of the entire U.S. college bookstore and campus retailers via Jardine’s retail clients; Barnes and Noble College, Follett Corporation and the Jardine’s’ independent college bookstore and campus clients. This makes Winning Streak the top retailer in their category and one of the elite distributors in the $4.6 billion collegiate licensed retail space. The announcement comes off a landmark 2019 year which saw the launch of a new standalone brand “Varsity Vault by Winning Streak” giving the company one of the largest shares of IP of any global sports licensing and marketing business. –WFMZ. Read More.

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY

The future of Southeastern Louisiana Football has been solidified, as the university has extended the contract of head football coach Frank Scelfo through the 2024 season, SLU Director of Athletics Jay Artigues announced on Thursday. The extension for Scelfo, who just completed his second season at the helm of the Lion program, is pending approval from the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors. “We’re excited about securing Coach Scelfo with this well-earned contract extension,” Artigues said. Read More.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

A 2020 National Champion and 24-year coaching veteran, Dave Aranda has been named the 28th head coach in Baylor Football history, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades, IV, announced Thursday. Aranda (uh-RAN-duh) comes to Waco after four seasons as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at LSU, including a 2020 National Championship and a 2019 SEC Championship. Aranda graduated from California Lutheran in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. In 2002, he earned his master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at Texas Tech. Read More.

January 16, 2020

NCAA
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NCAA

Student-athletes at Louisville, Arkansas Tech and Western Connecticut State have earned the NCAA Team Works Community Service Competition award powered by Helper Helper for their community outreach efforts this fall. NCAA Team Works, which coordinates community service efforts at NCAA championships, and Helper Helper, a volunteer management and tracking platform, launched the community service competition to recognize student-athletes who give back to their communities. -Gail Dent, NCAA. Read More. 

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

A federal judge in California on Wednesday revoked attorney Michael Avenatti’s bail, a day after he was arrested for allegedly committing new financial crimes while awaiting trial in three federal criminal cases. Meanwhile, a federal judge in New York delayed Avenatti’s criminal trial on charges that he attempted to extort as much as $25 million from Nike to stop him from exposing alleged misdeeds in the apparel company’s grassroots basketball division. The trial related to the Nike charges was scheduled to begin Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Gardephe told Avenatti’s attorneys during a conference call on Wednesday that he wanted the trial to begin by at least Jan. 27. -Mark Schlabach, ESPN. Read More. 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
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BOSTON UNIVERSITY

After participating in a combined seven NCAA tournaments as a player and coach, Kevin Nylen has been named the new head coach of the Boston University men’s soccer team, director of athletics Drew Marrochello announced Thursday. A native of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Nylen will return to the Commonwealth following a three-year head-coaching stint at Florida International in which he led the Panthers to a pair of top-35 RPI finishes, highlighted by an unbeaten 11-0-4 regular season record in 2017.  He becomes just the sixth BU men’s soccer head coach in the storied history of the 70-year old program after the retirement of Neil Roberts (1985-2019). Read More. 

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the professional organization for coaches at all levels of the sport, today announced that Mary Ellen Gillespie will join the association’s staff as deputy director effective March 2. Gillespie, a former director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Hartford, succeeds Shannon Reynolds, who will retire after more than 20 years of service to the organization. Reynolds will remain on staff in an advisory role through Aug. 31. As deputy director, Gillespie will directly assist WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew in managing the association’s business and finances, directing the work of the full-time office staff and seasonal interns, and serving as a liaison to the organization’s corporate and strategic partners. Read More. 

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State football season ticket prices will increase for all non-student season ticket holders ahead of the 2020 season, while required Nittany Lion Club donation costs will increase for certain sections for the first time in nine years. NLC members and season ticket holders are set to be informed of the change via mail by the end of the week. Ticket prices will see a $2 increase across the board in every section, a net $14 increase for the seven-game home schedule. -Ben Jones, StateCollege. Read More. 

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton has the men’s basketball program on quite a run right now. Hamilton’s contract expires on April 30, 2020, but FSU is actively working toward a contract extension for the winningest head coach in in program history. “He’s here as long as he wants to be,” FSU Athletic Director David Coburn told the Tallahassee Democrat. Hamilton has led the Seminoles on one of the best four-year stretches in program history, including this season. Hamilton currently makes $2.25 million per season at FSU, which is 48th nationally. But his contract has the potential to reach as high as fifth in the country ($4.925 million) for a particular season through bonuses, according to the USA Today coaches salaray database. -Wayne McGahee III, Tallahassee Democrat. Read More. 

UNLV
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UNLV

As part of an effort to enhance competitiveness and further enable student-athlete success, UNLV Athletics has initiated a series of capital enhancements to its baseball and softball stadiums. The improvements at Earl E. Wilson Stadium (baseball) include new chair-back seats, a robust shade structure and new padding behind home plate and along the first- and third-base lines. With last year’s addition of a new state-of-the-art videoboard, the upgrades will establish the facility as one of the best of its kind in the West. Improvements are also ongoing at Eller Media Stadium (softball). Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Caitlin Schweihofer has been named the head coach of the Rutgers women’s volleyball program, it was announced on Thursday by director of athletics Pat Hobbs. Most recently, Schweihofer was at the helm of the Northeastern women’s volleyball team taking over the reins of the Huskies program after five seasons at La Salle, where she earned 2018 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors. “We welcome Caitlin to the Rutgers Athletics family,” said Hobbs. A 2007 graduate of St. John’s (NY), with a major in communication science, Schweihofer was the 2006 Big East Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, captaining the Red Storm to a Big East Championship behind a 31-5 overall record and undefeated 14-0 mark in conference play. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn announced Nicki Holmes as the head coach for women’s volleyball Thursday afternoon. Holmes becomes the program’s third head coach in the NCAA Division I era. “I am thrilled to welcome Nicki to the University of Rhode Island as our next head volleyball coach,” Bjorn said. Holmes brings an advanced familiarity with the Rams with him to Rhode Island, having spent the last three seasons in the Atlantic 10 as George Washington’s associate head coach. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

The Michigan football coaching staff cashed in on another bowl loss this year, to the tune of almost $200,000. Through clauses in their respective contracts and an athletic department-sponsored bowl incentive plan, Michigan’s 10 assistant coaches netted $188,000 in bonuses for a nine-win season and appearance in the Citrus Bowl. According to the university’s post-season bonus plan, obtained by MLive last January through a public-records request (and remains on file), each assistant coach on staff was eligible for a minimum $16,000 bonus for Michigan’s 9-win season and bowl appearance. -Aaron McMann, mlive. Read More.


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