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April 21, 2019

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

New SIU men’s basketball coach Bryan Mullins could earn an extension of the second-richest contract in Saluki history after two good years, according to the deal. Mullins, 32, signed a five-year contract with his alma mater in April with a base salary of $475,000 a season. His contract is the second-richest in school history, below his former coach, Chris Lowery, who signed a seven-year extension worth more than $750,000 per season after taking SIU to the Sweet 16 in 2007. Under terms of his new deal, obtained by The Southern Illinoisan, Mullins and athletic director Jerry Kill would be required to meet and discuss an extension of one or more years after his second season if he has “comprehensive evaluations which show positive results of his yearly goals and objectives (as set forth by director).” Any extension would have to be approved by the SIU Board of Trustees. Mullins, the youngest coach in the Missouri Valley Conference, got $360,000 to hire his three assistant coaches, $110,000 more than former coach Barry Hinson. -Todd Hefferman, The Southern, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Earlier this month, FSU Interim Athletics Director David Coburn sent a letter to 2,500 former boosters asking them to renew their commitment to the athletics program as a football season-ticket holder and donor. The request is looking to build on the momentum generated from the booster organization’s “grassroots” campaign that ended with the Seminoles’ spring football game April 6. The month-long effort netted 500 new boosters locally and $100,000 in revenue, according to Seminole Boosters, Inc. A separate campaign under the boosters’ board of directors also has generated $100,000 in new revenue, the organization said. Additionally, veteran sports event marketer Paul Phipps is helping guide the organization’s sales efforts to mobilize FSU alumni to actively support athletics. Phipps brings expertise and creativity from positions in NASCAR, the NBA and other professional sports leagues. Phipps’ goal is to further strengthen the engagement and connection between FSU fans and Seminole athletics. He said that can be accomplished through brand awareness and relevance. Seminole Boosters, Inc.’s membership was over 18,000 following the Seminoles’ 2013 national championship season. The organization now sits at just over 13,000 members. Coburn said in his April 8th letter that Seminole Boosters, Inc., provides over 40 percent of the total funding for the athletics department. He also implored fans to again support the program, explaining that FSU is trending behind in the department’s budgeted goals in both areas of football season tickets and annual booster members. If the trend continues, FSU expects to sell less season tickets than last season in the Doak Campbell Stadium bowl for six home games. In an interview with the Democrat and Warchant.com last February, Coburn said that FSU operated at a deficit of $3.6 million during the 2017-18 fiscal year, and a similar shortfall is expected in 2018-19. -Jim Henry, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long on Friday shed a little more light on a proposed $20 million renovation to Allen Fieldhouse. Although Long called the $20 million request in a capital improvement plan a “placeholder,” he told the Journal-World the project would likely consist of renovations to concession stands, restrooms and other fan experience projects in the fieldhouse. But no official plans are in motion yet, and Long noted that the athletics department would still need to raise the funds from donations first. “There were plans for that prior to my arrival,” said Long, who started in July 2018. “We’ve continued that planning piece, and we’ve got to do our fundraising in order to make that step. It’s part of a process.” However, Long said the renovations would not have any effect on the essence of Allen Fieldhouse, one of the most celebrated basketball arenas in the country. “It has nothing to do with the seating or changing the bowl,” he said. “We have no plans to change the authentic-ness of Allen Fieldhouse.” -Dylan Lysen, KU Sports, Read More

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger has announced alumnus Ty Eigner as the eighth Head Coach of the Bowling Green Falcon hockey program. A 1993 graduate of BGSU who has spent the last nine years as an assistant coach for the Falcons, Eigner has accumulated almost 25 years of coaching and administrative experience, playing three years at the professional level. In Eigner’s nine-year tenure as an assistant coach, the Falcon Hockey program has risen back to national prominence, posting an overall record of 171-154-44. This includes winning seasons in each of the past six years and a current stretch of five straight 20+ win campaigns. The Falcons have finished in the top three of the WCHA regular season standings five times and have advanced to the WCHA Tournament Championship game twice in the past three years. In 2018-19, the program tallied the most wins since the 1995-96 season by going 25-11-6. This earned Bowling Green an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since Eigner was a player in 1990. –Read More

WINSTON SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINSTON SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

After reviewing over 60 applications and conducting initial interviews, a search committee has narrowed the pool for the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) director of athletics to three finalists. The finalists will visit WSSU starting on April 22. As part of the visit, each will give a formal campus presentation. The finalists are: Paula L. Jackson, associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator for Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. John D. Lewis, director of athletics for Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia. Enzley Mitchell IV, sport management department chair for Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. –Read More

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

A year after being named the leader of the school’s athletic department, Lynn Hickey has become both a recognizable and approachable figure. The former longtime athletic director at Texas-San Antonio, former senior athletic director at Texas A&M, and former head women’s basketball coach at Texas A&M and Kansas State is enjoying her late-career move to Cheney. Hickey is tasked with keeping one of the winningest athletic departments in the Big Sky Conference at the top despite having fewer resources than some of its fiercest rivals. She’s spearheading a proposal for a revamped football stadium – a project funded solely by private donors – to help elevate an EWU football program that’s already among the best in the country. But Hickey, like many other collegiate athletic directors, is also trying to get her department out of the red, fiscally. It’s more than $5 million in the hole, a deficit she aims to erase over the next few years. -Ryan Collingwood, Spokesman-Review, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

The state of Arizona paid $999,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by former track and field athlete Baillie Gibson against the University of Arizona and a former assistant coach. The settlement comes after the state spent nearly three times that amount to defend the case. Former UA throws coach Craig Carter was sentenced to five years in prison last May after a Pima County jury convicted him of two felony counts of aggravated assault, stemming from a 2015 incident in his office at McKale Center. Carter admitted to UA police that he grabbed thrower Gibson by the throat while holding a box cutter in his other hand and threatening to cut her face. The pair had been involved in a years-long sexual relationship that Gibson said was not consensual. Gibson sued Carter and the UA in November 2015, saying that school officials knew about the relationship but failed to intervene. In her preliminary claim filed with the state, Gibson asked the UA to settle the case for $2.5 million. The settlement agreement between the UA and Gibson includes a “no admission of liability” clause. -Caitlin Schmidt, Arizona Daily Star, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Nineteen months after board of trustees chairman David Grissom declared his desire to dissolve the University of Louisville Athletic Association, administrative efforts to consolidate power over the school’s sports programs resumed Friday. University President Neeli Bendapudi surprised ULAA members by floating a proposal to shift the 29-person board’s authority to a three-person committee consisting of herself, athletic director Vince Tyra and a trustee to be named later. Though Tyra described the discussion as preliminary, Bendapudi said the new structure could take effect as soon as the fall. Both expressed a desire to eliminate redundancies and to respond more nimbly to situations requiring speedy decision-making. Incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 1984, “exclusively for charitable, education and scientific purposes,” the ULAA board consists of nine faculty members, four university administrators, two students, two trustees, one staff member, eight at-large members, two university vice presidents and the president, who serves as the chair. Though the board’s diverse composition ensures a wide range of viewpoints are represented at meetings, its sheer size can create difficulties in achieving a quorum on short notice. The University of Kentucky’s Athletics Association disbanded by a unanimous vote in 2012. Supervision subsequently shifted to a five-member panel of the university’s board of trustees with additional input from up to three additional members who serve in a non-voting “community advisory” role. -Tim Sullivan, Louisville Courier Journal, Read More

April 19, 2019

BARD COLLEGE
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BARD COLLEGE

Bard College seeks Assistant Sports Information Director. This 10 month position reports to the Director of Athletic Communications and Marketing. The candidate will support the department in the coverage of 19 intercollegiate programs with knowledge of Stat Crew, web site management, social media platforms and demonstrated excellence in writing skills. – Apply Here

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Colorado State University seeks Athletics Communications Coordinator. The Athletics Communications Coordinator is responsible for assisting the communications staff in all facets of its operation for an NCAA Division I FBS program that sponsors 16 men’s and women’s sports. The position works with a variety of sports, including football, but serves as the primary communications/ media relations contact for 4-5 assigned sports. Position also assists with other Communications department duties as determined by need. – Apply Here

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Houses were not the only thing damaged by Friday’s storms. Athletic facilities were not safe from high winds either. Friday’s storm damage extended to Florida State University. The batter’s eye screen is not really standing up the way it’s supposed to. The batter’s eye screen sits behind the center field wall at Dick Howser Stadium home of the Florida State baseball team. It was actually originally damaged last weekend. Remember, last Sunday morning, we had storms roll through. It did topple over a little bit then. Friday morning’s storms sent it the way it is right now. Fortunately, the Florida State baseball team is on the road this weekend. – Alison Posey, wtxl – Read More

USC
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USC

USC athletic director Lynn Swann has had a roller coaster three years in the position, the latest low of which comes from the admissions scandal that broke last month. Shortly after the scandal broke, implicating USC worst of all, Swann received scorn for skipping a voluntary university retreat meant to right the ship for an autograph signing across the country in which he made a nice chunk of cash. In a wide-ranging Q&A with The Athletic’s Antonio Morales that included topics on the school’s sub-par football and basketball seasons, Swann explained the autograph signing weekend. USC leaders and trustees held a retreat shortly after news of the scandal broke to discuss the issue, and while Swann was invited to attend, spokespeople said he was not required and it was a courtesy. Swann reportedly discussed skipping the retreat with his superiors. The Trojans also had a spring scrimmage and ongoing athletics to attend. Instead, Swann was at a memorabilia show in Washington, D.C., with Randy Moss and Emmitt Smith. He signed autographs for $220, prompting backlash for being away from the university at such a crucial time. – Cassandra Negley, sports.yahoo – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

After a long, protracted fight, college baseball’s bid to pass NCAA legislation to transform the volunteer assistant coach position into a third, full-time, paid assistant coach failed in a close vote of the Division I council. The proposal has long been championed by the American Baseball Coaches Association, which began working on the campaign three years ago. The proposal has held wide support of head coaches, initially polling at more than 85 percent in favor in the fall of 2015, but they were unable to convince the athletic directors that form the Division I council of the need for an extra assistant coach. The legislation, which was sponsored by the SEC, would have also allowed for another assistant coach in softball. Baseball’s revised recruiting calendar, which shortens the number of days coaches are allowed on the road with the creation of additional dead and quiet periods, passed the Division I council. The proposed third assistant had been ABCA’s key legislative push over the last few years, even while it passed the revised recruiting calendar and a proposal last year to allow for two fall exhibition games that don’t count to the 56-game maximum.  – Teddy Cahill, baseballamerica – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Season ticket holders in the upper level for men’s basketball games at Rupp Arena will get a choice where to relocate next season. The addition of all blue chair back seats in the upper level has provided fans who have season tickets seven different pricing levels to choose from, depending on seating preference. The seat selection process will depend on a variety of factors including K Fund point rankings (through Feb. 1) and loyalty points based on longevity of a season-ticket holder. “We have enough inventory that everybody will be able to get a seat through the seat selection process,” Kentucky Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy said. The renovations to add chair back seats will begin in June and expected to be completed in mid-October, ahead of Big Blue Madness. It will also reduce seating capacity at Rupp Arena from 23,500 to 20,500. Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said the main goal has been to accommodate season-ticket holders in the upper level. – KEITH TAYLOR, glasgowdailytimes – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

College basketball will again be the focus in a New York federal courtroom as the second of three trials related to corruption in the sport begins on Monday. One of the defense attorneys involved in next week’s federal criminal trial related to college basketball corruption has promised to “pull back the curtains” on the sport’s ugly underworld. Christian Dawkins, a former runner for NBA agent Andy Miller, and Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant, are charged with allegedly bribing five assistant coaches from six universities to influence their players to sign with Dawkins’ fledgling sports management business and certain financial advisers once they turned pro. In a Friday pretrial ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos granted a federal prosecutors’ motion precluding Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade from testifying. Steven Haney, attorney for former agent-runner Christian Dawkins, had subpoenaed Miller and Wade arguing that wiretap evidence would show Dawkins’ intent while also showing signs of “systematic cheating at the highest level.” “The evidence establishes very clearly that Sean Miller is paying players at Arizona,” Haney said during Friday morning’s hearing. – Mark Schlabach, espn – Read More

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

Robin Harmony has been named the eighth all-time women’s basketball head coach at the College of Charleston as announced by Athletics Director Matt Roberts on Friday. She will be formerly introduced at a press conference to be held on Wednesday, April 24 at noon (ET) in the McAlister Hospitality Suite at TD Arena. “We are excited to have Robin join our CofC Athletics Family,” Roberts said. A proven winner both as a player and as a head coach, Harmony joins former coaching greats at The College. The 2018 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Harmony joins the Cougars after six seasons establishing Lamar University as one of the most successful women’s basketball programs in the Southland. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

MU student-athletes and tutors haven’t been permitted to communicate via text, email or any other electronic means as part of a list of corrective actions the athletic department has made in response to academic misconduct, faculty athletics representative Pam Hinton told the MU Faculty Council on Thursday. The MU Athletics Office of Compliance tasked Hinton, MU’s faculty representative to the NCAA and SEC, with creating a list of corrective actions after the NCAA Committee on Infractions found former MU Athletics tutor Yolanda Kumar guilty of completing coursework for 12 student-athletes. -Nick Kelly, columbiamissourian. Read More.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Special Assistant to the President R.C. Slocum has been named interim athletic director by Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. Young said that it’s important to have a person who is intimately familiar with the inner workings of college athletics and Texas A&M University leading the department while a national search is conducted. The search begins immediately. Slocum said he was honored when President Young asked him to take the interim position overseeing a department that has 260 or so employees. More than 650 student-athletes compete at the NCAA Division 1-A level in 20 varsity sports. Slocum coached the A&M football program for 14 seasons from 1989-2002, never having a losing season and becoming the winningest coach in the university’s history. No deadline has been set for the hiring of the new athletic director. –today.tamu.edu. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Josh Heird, who has over 12 years of experience in athletics administration at the University of Louisville and most recently Villanova University, has been named Deputy Athletic Director at UofL effective May 13. The appointment was approved by the UofL Board of Trustees on Thursday and the UofL Athletics Association Board of Directors on Friday. In his new role at UofL, Heird will be the sport administrator for baseball, men’s basketball, football, and men’s and women’s golf, as well as providing administrative oversight for championships. “I am excited to announce the return of Josh to the Cardinal Athletic family in the role of Deputy Athletic Director”,” said Vince Tyra, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics. Read More.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse University hosted a Thursday Morning Roundtable discussion Thursday morning to discuss the state of the athletics department. While the discussion was originally supposed to be run by SU Director of Athletics John Wildhack, Deputy Athletics Director and Chief Marketing Officer Dr. Andrew Goodrich presented instead. Goodrich briefly discussed the Carrier Dome renovations and potential plans the department has for the Dome, ranging from new surround sound to artificial intelligence to how they might get rid of the old Dome roof material. -Dakota Palmer, 247Sports. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Student-athletes in some specific situations can now transfer and compete immediately without a waiver, the Division I Council decided this week. The Council met Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis. College athletes who have enrolled in summer school and received athletics financial aid can transfer and play immediately without a waiver if their head coach departs before the first day of classes for the fall term. Additionally, walk-on student-athletes on teams that provide athletics aid and nonrecruited walk-ons can transfer and play immediately without a waiver. Those rules are effective for students who transfer to new schools this fall. The changes were supported by the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. -Michelle Brutlag Hosick, NCAA. Read More.

PALM BEACH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
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PALM BEACH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M.B. Fleming, Jr. has announced the appointment of Courtney Lovely as the University’s next Director of Athletics. Lovely will officially assume her duties in June. “Courtney will continue the legacy established by Carolyn Stone and her recognized leadership skills will enable Sailfish athletics to remain a national leader in the NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference,” Fleming said. Lovely came to PBA in August 2015 as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations, Senior Woman Administrator and Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Prior to arriving in West Palm Beach, Lovely served at the NCAA National Office in Indianapolis as an Assistant Director in Academic and Membership Affairs. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA announced Friday the host sites for the 2020 and 2021 Division I men’s regionals. For 2020, the East regional has been awarded to the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., and will be hosted by ECAC Hockey on March 28-29 while the Northeast regional will be held March 27-28 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Midwest regional will be hosted by Penn State on March 28-29 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., while Denver will be the host school for the West regional March 27-28 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. In 2021, Scared Heart and Yale will co-host the East regional March 26-27 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., while New Hampshire will host the Northeast regional March 27-28 at SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H. The Midwest regional will be March 26-27 at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., with North Dakota serving as the host, while the West regional will be at the Budweiser Events Center on March 27-28 in Loveland, with Denver serving as the host school. –uscho. Read More.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Fresh off a 22-win season and a berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC), Appalachian State has announced a three-year contract extension for volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro on Friday. “We are pleased to have Matt continue to lead our volleyball program,” Senior Associate Athletics Director Jonathan Reeder said. Ginipro recently completed his 12th season at the helm of the Mountaineers in 2018. Ginipro was named the eighth head coach of the program on June 2, 2007 and immediately made an impact. Read More.

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

One of the most successful coaches in Division I over the past two decades, Mike Anderson has been named the 21st head coach in the history of the St. John’s Men’s Basketball program. Anderson, who most recently served as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks for eight seasons, will be formally introduced today with a 1 p.m. press conference at Madison Square Garden. Anderson, who brings to Queens a career head coaching record of 369-200 (.649), has never had a losing season while at the helm of a college basketball program. “Coach Anderson is one of the most respected coaches in college basketball and there is no doubt in my mind that he is the perfect fit to lead our program,” said Director of Athletics Mike Cragg. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Several University of Houston women soccer players were diagnosed with a dangerous medical condition called rhabdomyolysis, better known as rhabdo. The illness stems from a workout in late January. Rosines, who has seen cases in the past, said the breakdown develops after exhaustive workouts. He said it can cause kidney failure, which ultimately can lead to death. After the initial diagnosis, nearly a dozen more members of the team came down with rhabdo, according to one player. The athletic department sent a written statement, reading in part, “The University of Houston has made tremendous investment in our student-athletes over the last several years to create an optimal environment for training and performance, in addition to their academic success.” However, the emails we uncovered show the environment up until recently included “physical punishment” within the women’s soccer program. Ridpath had one final perspective: “If you want to punish the player, don’t let them play. But coaches want them to play because coaches have to win.” -Mario Diaz, click2houston. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Cardinal Arena on the University of Louisville’s campus has a new name following a $2 million gift from a Louisville credit union. L&N Federal Credit Union has committed the money to help fund upcoming projects for the Cardinals, according to a news release. In recognition of the gift, Cardinal Arena is now the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. Opened in 1991 and renovated in 2017, the 1,100-seat facility is located at the corner of Floyd Street and Brandeis Avenue and is connected to the northeast corner of the Swain Student Activities Center. It houses the offices, training and competition facilities for the Cardinals’ women’s volleyball team. -Shea Van Hoy, bizjournals. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

University of North Carolina Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell has resigned, Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham announced Thursday evening. “The University commissioned a review of our women’s basketball program, which found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction. It is in the best interests of our University and student-athletes for us to do so,” says Cunningham. This decision comes after Charlotte-based firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein reviewed the culture of the women’s basketball program and experience of women’s basketball student-athletes. Read More.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Craig Amerkhanian, Stanford’s Farwell Family Director of Men’s Rowing, has announced his retirement, effective immediately, following 19 seasons at the helm of the program. “I appreciate Craig’s contributions over the last 19 years and wish him the best,” said Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir. Tabbed the school’s first Farwell Family Director of Men’s Rowing in August 2018, Amerkhanian steps down after a 19-year career on The Farm. Under Amerkhanian’s tutelage, Stanford’s Varsity Eight produced six top-10 finishes – including a third-place effort in 2009 – while four other boats captured IRA national titles. Assistant coach Niles Garratt will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Read More.

April 18, 2019

UCLA
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UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles seeks Assistant Athletic Director, Sports & Administration.  This is a career, full-time position with a targeted salary range of $75,000 – $100,000/year with full health benefits and membership in the UC Retirement Plan. The Assistant Athletic Director, Sports & Administration will aid in the supervision and oversight for the UCLA Football program.  – Apply Here

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