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December 14, 2018

ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY

Rogers State University seeks Director of Communications/Assistant AD for Communications. The Director of Communications/Assistant Athletic Director will serve as a liaison to members of the media, write news releases and game notes and compile statistics for athletic events. The ideal candidate will be flexible, enjoy working with a variety of sports and activities and will represent the University and the Athletic Department in a highly professional manner. – Apply Here

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State University seeks Compliance Coordinator. The Compliance Coordinator serves as a member of the compliance team that is committed to excellence and advancing the Department of Athletics through its strategic plan. This position works in conjunction with the compliance staff to implement NCAA, Big Ten, and The Ohio State University regulations. – Apply Here

ECU
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ECU

New ECU athletics director Jon Gilbert is inheriting a number of items at East Carolina – some good and bad. One of the biggest areas of concern is the Pirates’ relationship with long-time foe Virginia Tech going forward. It was just this past season in September when ECU backed out and cancelled a road game at Virginia Tech on its own due to safety concerns with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the east coast. The two schools had been in discussions throughout the week in regards to whether or not the game should be played. Virginia Tech wanted to wait until Wednesday, Sept. 12 to see the hurricane’s updated track before making a final call on the game in Blacksburg. But ECU officials, having dealt with similar storms that have ravaged Eastern North Carolina in the past, opted to take the precautionary route and cancel the game on its own. The Pirate football team then traveled to Florida to avoid getting stuck in the path of the storm ahead of the following weekend’s game at South Florida. – STEPHEN IGOE, 247sports – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The University of Akron Department of Athletics is proud to announce that former NFL quarterback and Ohio native Tom Arth has been named the Zips’ head football coach. The hiring is pending approval by the University’s Board of Trustees. He will be introduced at press conference on Monday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. on the Huntington Club level (5th floor) of InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field.  The public is invited to meet the newest Zips’ coach.  The press conference will also be streamed live on www.GoZips.com as well as Facebook Live on the Akron Zips’ main page. “We are excited to welcome Tom Arth to The University of Akron,” Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. “Tom’s experience in leading two programs, his ties to Northeast Ohio, his tremendous football IQ, and his passion for developing student-athletes for their future endeavors made him the perfect candidate to elevate our program.” Arth takes the reins at Akron after two seasons at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. – Read More

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne awarded Curt Cignetti a six-year contract to be the eighth head coach in the history of the JMU football program on Friday. Cignetti has climbed the ladder throughout a 36-year football coaching career that has included multiple Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) stops and a 67-26 record (.720) in eight years as a head coach, six at NCAA Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania followed by the last two at Elon. “After a thorough and extensive search, it was the clear choice for the search committee to appoint Curt Cignetti as the next head coach at James Madison,” Bourne said. “In our discussions, he impressed with both his deep knowledge of the game as well as his intel regarding the current state of our program at JMU.  The Phoenix achieved a six-win turnaround in Cignetti’s first season, going 8-4 after a 2-9 ledger the year prior. Cignetti was named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year as Elon finished second in the CAA, at 6-2, dropped a tough 28-27 decision to Furman in the First Round of the FCS Playoffs and finished 20th in the national rankings. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod has said KU is officially in “stand-down mode” when it comes to figuring out whether KU basketball coaches acted improperly in the recruiting scandal that is gripping the sport. The reason, Girod told the Journal-World in November, is because the University of Kansas was awaiting direction from the NCAA. But now, university officials are struggling to show that the NCAA ever asked KU to stand down in the matter or otherwise delay launching its own internal investigation into basketball recruiting practices. After Girod made his comments in November, the Journal-World began asking for additional details about the instructions the NCAA had given KU. Ultimately, the Journal-World filed an open records request seeking any documents that directed KU to refrain from launching its own investigation. KU officials this week responded by saying that neither the university nor the athletic department had any such documents from either the NCAA or the U.S. Department of Justice, which is responsible for prosecuting the case and which thus far has netted convictions of three individuals connected to KU’s apparel sponsor, Adidas. – Chad Lawhorn, kusports – Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers University has settled a lawsuit with former swim coach Petra Martin, paying her $725,000 and publicly exonerating her of allegations that she had bullied athletes or created a toxic culture within the swim team. NJ.com reports that Rutgers reached the settlement on Friday, agreeing to pay Martin about three times what her terminated contract would have paid out over the final two and a half years of her contract. Rutgers fired Martin in November of 2017. An NJ.com report at the time quoted several swimmers and parents who alleged that Martin had “shamed athletes over their weight, used abusive language during training sessions and demanded they stop using medication prescribed by their doctors for anxiety and other issues.” Martin denied the allegations, and the school said it had investigated the complaints and that their investigation “did not reveal any violation of university policy.” Now, Rutgers athletics director Patrick Hobbs is required to write Martin a letter of recommendation for future employment as part of the settlement terms. –  JARED ANDERSON, swimswam – Read More

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard sees a lot of himself in his football coach, Matt Campbell. Both are fierce competitors. Both delight in proving people wrong. And both take absolutely nothing for granted. The list of similarities could extend far beyond those three, of course, but boil it down to this general list: Growth is a mindset. Progress is an ongoing process that never ends. Character drives success — and helps one navigate through challenging moments in life. Pollard was gracious and candid and as insightful as ever during our 33-minute talk. He answered all of my sometimes rambling and often inelegantly-phrased questions with typical aplomb. If you read long enough, which you’d be wise to do, you’ll see that Pollard is begrudgingly “OK” with the loss to Texas in football this season. He explains why perfectly, in my opinion — and points to how it likely points to even brighter days to come. – Rob Gray, Cyclone Fanatic. Read More.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn went from the preseason No. 9 team in the country to 7-5 in 2018, and that brought with it intense scrutiny on coach Gus Malzahn. One year after signing a 7-year, $49 million contract by winning the SEC West, rumors of pressure by influential Auburn power brokers on Malzahn to re-work his deal have been prevalent since the end of the season. “A couple things I wanted to clear up that are out there,” Malzahn said (via 247Sports). “First of all, my contract has not changed one bit. I was never told I had to change my contract to keep my job. I have the support of our athletic director and president. There’s nobody hamstringing me from doing our job. They’re both on the same page for helping us moving forward.” He admitted to frustration within the program about the lackluster 2018 campaign, but offered hope for the future. -Barrett Sallee, CBS Sports. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Recent headlines have touted the move by several big employers to stop requiring new hires to hold college degrees. Meanwhile, a drumbeat of studies show increasing labor market returns for degrees, and employers say they value the critical thinking skills of liberal arts graduates. These seemingly oppositional trends are both real and on display in a new report from Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy. The report sheds light on a technology-enhanced shift in the way workers are being hired in the knowledge economy. -Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

In the moments after the Hurricanes wrapped up the regular season with a decisive win over Pittsburgh, running back DeeJay Dallas, who scored twice in Miami’s 24-3 victory, couldn’t stop smiling. Dallas revealed immediately after the game that he had sought a different kind of help — from Miami’s new sports psychologist, Dr. Eric Goldstein, who joined the Hurricanes staff in August as part of UM’s new Performance, Health and Wellness Department. As Dallas shared some of the details of his visits with Goldstein, the psychologist’s phone began buzzing. It’s not often a young athlete is willing to share the fact he’s sought help from a psychologist, rarer still that he do so in a setting as public as a post-game news conference. It was, though, something personal Dallas had chosen to share, and Goldstein, as he watched, knew the running back’s frankness would likely inspire some of his teammates or fellow UM athletes to seek help if they needed it, too. -Christy Cabrera Chirinos, Sun Sentinel. Read More.

ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY
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ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY

St. Bonaventure Director of Athletics Tim Kenney has announced the hiring of Ryan Clingan as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance. Clingan joins St. Bonaventure after working the previous six years at the University of Maryland. At Maryland, Clingan oversaw all aspects of the Terrapins’ compliance efforts for women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s track and field. In addition, Clingan had hands on experience working with all of Maryland’s athletics programs, conducting rules education with coaches, serving as a University contact with the NCAA and Big Ten as well as being the program’s primary contact for all matters pertaining to initial and transfer eligibility. Read More.

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

beIN SPORTS refiled a carriage complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against Comcast. After many months of tireless work trying to negotiate reasonable terms with Comcast but who continually refuse to engage, consistent with FCC guidance, this new filing provides more detail and robust evidence for Comcast’s discriminatory practices against beIN SPORTS following the original filing in March of 2018. As described in the original complaint, the refiling maintains that Comcast has ignored its obligations as a vertically integrated multichannel video programming distributor and discriminated against beIN SPORTS as an independent network in favor of its own soccer content and other sports programming to the detriment of beIN SPORTS and its viewers, violating program carriage rules. -Manchester Times. Read More.

UAB
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UAB

It’s not the first time a groundbreaking has been held for a new stadium next to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), but officials on Thursday vowed it’s the last one. That teamwork was evident as leadership from Birmingham, Jefferson County, the Alabama Legislature, UAB and corporate leaders joined together to break ground on the $175 million stadium on the east side of the BJCC. The stadium is expected to be completed in time for the opening ceremonies of the World Games in summer 2021. Later that year, UAB will begin playing its home football games in the venue. Other sporting events and entertainment productions are also expected to be held there. –Alabama Today. Read More.

NC STATE
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NC STATE

N.C. State basketball coach Kevin Keatts has been given a new six-year contract through 2023-24 that will pay him $2.7 million a year, it was announced Friday. University athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said the contract, which gives Keatts a $400,000-a-year increase, was approved Friday by the UNC board of governors. Keatts led the Pack to 21 wins and the NCAA tournament in his first season in 2017-18. The Wolfpack, which faces Penn State on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J., is 8-1 this season, with the only loss at Wisconsin. -Chip Alexander, Island Packet. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
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UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

University of Denver is seeking a director of finance – athletics and recreation who will be responsible for all of the budget, finance, accounting, and reporting functions for the Division of Athletics and Recreation and all of its Division I Intercollegiate Athletic Programs. This position also directs the preparation of the annual NCAA Agreed Upon Procedures and the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report (EADA). –NCAA. Apply Here.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Michael Locksley will make $2.5 million in his first year as Maryland’s head football coach, plus up to $775,000 in performance incentives, according to the memorandum of understanding offer obtained by The Washington Post through an open records request. Locksley’s compensation includes an annual base salary of $500,000 and annual supplemental income of $2 million. The annual supplemental income will increase by $100,000 each year. He has a five-year deal that will be extended by a year if he is still the head coach on the day after the 2019 regular season. If that’s the case, it will run through Dec. 31, 2024. -Emily Giambalvo, Washington Post. Read More.

LIVINGSTONE COLLEGE
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LIVINGSTONE COLLEGE

Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. announced Friday, Dec.14, that he has named Lamonte J. Massie-Sampson as the new Athletic Director.

U.S. COAST GUARD ACADEMY
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U.S. COAST GUARD ACADEMY

Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics Tim Fitzpatrick announced he is stepping down to become President of the New York Youth Baseball Foundation. He will assume his new role in February. Fitzpatrick was in his seventh year as Director of Athletics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and on his watch the athletic program has seen growth in several key areas. The Bears have won four straight Superintendent’s Trophies against the Merchant Marine Academy and are well on their way to a fifth straight leading the Mariners 7-0 this season having won all seven athletic contests this academic year under his watch and last year, was Coast Guard’s best ever finish in the Learfield Cup which reflects competitive success in Division III and the Bears ranked 120th out of 465 institutions. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota and head football coach P.J. Fleck have agreed to a contract extension that will keep Fleck in Maroon and Gold into 2024. The extension became official this morning after being approved at the Board of Regents meeting. Fleck joined Minnesota from Western Michigan in January 2017 and has the Gophers headed in the right direction. In 2018, Fleck led Minnesota to wins against Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, Fresno State, Miami (Ohio) and New Mexico State. The Gophers will play Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26. Read More.

TOWSON UNIVERSITY
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TOWSON UNIVERSITY

Towson University today announced construction has begun on a new complex located on the lower fields that sits in a valley southwest of Johnny Unitas® Stadium and below SECU Arena. The project, which will include two new artificial practice fields and a new stadium field, is slated to be finished in summer 2019. The two-phase plan will be financed by a combination of state funds, private gifts and University funds. The first phase of the project will include two full-field surfaces for all of the TU field sports (football, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer) and a lined area for short-sided drills. Phase II will include the construction of Tiger Stadium, the new home of Towson women’s soccer team. Both lacrosse teams will have the opportunity to play games in that venue as well. Read More.

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

New Texas Tech coach Matt Wells has a six-year, $18.8 million contract, with Utah State getting an $800,000 buyout. The school released details of the contract Thursday. Wells, who replaced Kliff Kingsbury after the former Texas Tech quarterback was fired, could earn incentives of up to $1 million and will owe 20 percent of the deal’s remaining value if he leaves for another job. Texas Tech’s buyout is 70 percent of the remaining value but could be reduced by Wells’ future earnings elsewhere. –Press From. Read More.

CLARK UNIVERSITY
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CLARK UNIVERSITY

After 21 years as the Clark University head men’s basketball coach, Paul W. Phillips has announced his retirement following the 2018-2019 season. Phillips retires after 31 seasons spent as a head basketball coach, which included 10 years at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass. With the 2018-2019 season still in progress, Phillips currently holds a cumulative 438-360 record. Read More.

AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY
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AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY

Augustana University is officially pursuing the jump to Division I for all their athletics. Matt Zimmer of the Argus Leader was first to report the news followed by a press release from the University. This move comes on the heels of a University wide evaluation that has been going on for some time and vaults a University in the largest market in the state to the D1 level. All sports will make the move to D1 but there are differences between this move and the move from South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota. In those cases, they were able to make the move to D1 and then find a league to join. Since the rules have changed, Augustana will have to find a league before they officially make the move. – Jeff Thurn, KSOO. Read More.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

“What you see at Penn State and Ohio State, that’s the kind of atmosphere you want to create,” NC State wrestling coach Pat Popolizio said. “We have the ability to do that at Reynolds.” N.C. State, off to a 5-0 start and ranked No. 7 in the country in the coaches’ poll, hosts No. 11 Nebraska (4-1) on Sunday at Reynolds Coliseum at 1 p.m. The Wolfpack pep band will be there, the cheerleaders, too. “You have to show people that it’s an event,” Popolizio said. “That’s what is important for us in the next step to grow wrestling in this area.” -Joe Giglio, News & Observer, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

The Texas athletic department announced lower ticket prices for upcoming men’s basketball games during the holiday period between the fall and spring semesters. Fans can purchase $5 general admission tickets for Saturday’s game against Grand Canyon and games against Providence (Dec. 21) and UT-Arlington (Dec. 28). The box office is also making $10 general admission tickets available for Big 12 home games against West Virginia (Jan. 5) and No. 11 Texas Tech (Jan. 12). The $5 and $10 ticket areas include the UT student sections located directly behind both baskets inside the Erwin Center. Also, UT announced lowered parking rates for the rest of the season. -Brian Davis, Hook Em, Read More

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

Little Rock Athletics is pleased to announce a number of recent legacy gifts to the Trojan Athletic department. These generous donations, which total nearly $1 million, will greatly enhance the student-athlete experience for all 15 Trojan Athletic programs. A large portion of these donations have come in the form of three new naming rights throughout the Jack Stephens Center. The Lot 16 entrance on the northwest corner will now be known as the Dr. Bob Young Entrance. The student-athlete entrance, located on the ground floor, is now the Mary and Rick Edwards Family Entrance. Additionally, the Athletic Administrative offices located on the third floor will now be known as the Patricia and Mark L. Pollack Athletics Suite. The suite will lead to the newly named Victor Jacuzzi Family Office of the Director of Athletics. In addition to the legacy gifts, an additional $70,000 has been raised through private funds to support the John F. Torbett Memorial Scoreboard at the Donaghey Aquatic Center. –Read More

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Diego State’s appearance in the Frisco Bowl next week against Ohio won’t be a financial windfall for SDSU, although it won’t leave the athletic department short of cash at Christmas, either. “The goal is to break even and make it a good experience for everybody,” said Chuck Lang, SDSU’s senior associate athletic director of business administration. During SDSU’s school-record nine-year bowl streak, Lang said most years the Aztecs have come within $100,000 one way or the other on costs to appear in a bowl. The most SDSU has made during a bowl appearance was in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl when the Aztecs turned about a $200,000 profit. Ticket sales above and beyond the school’s commitment is what made the game at Qualcomm Stadium so profitable. Last year, SDSU lost $140,000 on its trip to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Armed Forces Bowl against Army. Lang said costs for this year’s game in Frisco, Texas, are expected to be $600,000 to $675,000, which approximates what the Aztecs expect to be reimbursed for the trip. -Kirk Kenny, San Diego Union-Tribune, Read More

December 13, 2018

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

James Madison University, seeks Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. Assisting the Athletics Communications staff with promoting the student-athlete experience at JMU as it relates to coverage of 18 Division I sport programs with an emphasis on digital and social media.Serving as the primary communications contact for multiple sports (most likely to include either softball or baseball, swimming and diving, and either volleyball or men’s soccer). – Apply Here

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Stanford Athletics seeks Director, Communications. Serving as a designated media liaison with independent decision-making authority, the successful candidate will be directly responsible for leading and executing all communications initiatives as the primary contact for football, in addition to a spring sport to be assigned. Develop the vision, strategy and brand for assigned sport programs by maintaining social media accounts, developing content calendars and collaborating with other units to create and design artwork, graphics and content for a variety of platforms.  – Apply Here

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