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November 22, 2019

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Gus Malzahn’s future as Auburn’s head coach does not appear to be in danger. There have no discussions about his job status, sources told the Montgomery Advertiser. The athletic director’s feelings on the direction the Tigers are headed hasn’t changed. “We’ve had one of the toughest schedules in the country. We’ve been competitive in every one of those games,” AD Allen Greene said Friday at Auburn’s Board of Trustees meeting. “Our focus right now is on Samford, on Alabama and the Iron Bowl, and recruiting. Our whole focus right now is finishing out the season on a strong note and then focusing on reloading for next year.” Malzahn is in the second year of a seven-year, $49 million contract that he signed following the 2017 season. Still, that contract represents the significant commitment Auburn made to Malzahn, albeit before Greene was hired to replace Jay Jacobs as athletics director and while former university president Steven Leath was running the show — the deal is 75% guaranteed, which means Malzahn’s buyout, if fired, would be more than $27 million. “I love our coaching staff. I love our players,” Greene said. “The more chance I get to spend with them, you start to realize what great Auburn men they are, and they represent the university in a first-class manner, and they compete no matter what the scoreboard says.” -Josh Vitale, Montgomery Advertiser, Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Welcome to college football in the 21st century, where technology, money, and convenience have changed how fans consume games. “It’s not just one thing,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told The Blade while discussing college football attendance trends. “It’s a multitude of things, which is why we have to continue thinking creatively.” Ohio Stadium will overflow Saturday as No. 2 Ohio State and No. 8 Penn State tangle, but the facts are undeniable: fans are increasingly staying home because of high ticket prices combined with expensive concessions, parking, and an overall decline in the game-day experience, once a grandiose event. The viewing experience at home has caught up with the hassle of attending in person — 60-inch high-definition televisions, cheap food and drinks, and whichever guests you want to invite. “Technology [is our biggest competition],” Smith said. “The comfort level of your home, watching games, and all the creature comforts that exist. There are more games televised. Back in the day, you only had one game to watch on TV. The social part of it has become a big competitor.” In seven of the past eight seasons, attendance has declined nationwide. The average crowd in 2018 of 41,586 was the lowest number since 1996. -Kyle Rowland, Toledo Blade, Read More

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

The NCAA on Friday served Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball program with a notice of allegations that is highlighted by a Level I unethical conduct charge against former Cowboys associate head coach Lamont Evans, a source told CBS Sports. Evans was one of four assistant coaches (and 10 men in total) arrested in 2017 in the federal government’s undercover sting operation on bribery and fraud within college basketball recruiting. He was convicted in April and sentenced in June to three months in federal prison. Oklahoma State’s notice of allegations does not charge current Cowboys coach Mike Boynton or any other current member of the current coaching staff with any violations, the university announced later Friday afternoon, confirming the CBS Sports report. The NCAA accuses Evans of unethical conduct, claiming he effectively used and/or sought to use his position to take advantage of student-athletes and sway them toward earnings or partnerships after they left college. The allegations also does not mention or charge former Oklahoma State/current Illinois coach Brad Underwood. -Matt Norlander, CBS Sports, Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn is retiring its 20-year-old golden eagle mascot two years after it was grounded from flying at football games because of heart disease. A university statement issued Friday said the bird named Nova is being replaced by another golden eagle named Aurea that will become War Eagle VIII. A ceremony marking the transition is planned for Auburn’s home game against Samford on Saturday. -ESPN, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

FSU sent boosters a letter asking them to donate funds to complete the Seminoles’ coaching search and spark a football renaissance. FSU president John Thrasher wrote the letter asking Seminoles Boosters for financial support. “Today, if you are able, I ask that you increase your annual booster commitment, please consider a one-time 20 percent increase and encourage your family and friends to join Seminole Boosters today,” the letter dated Nov. 20 read. “I truly believe every Seminole can make a difference in this effort.” Thrasher stated he joined FSU athletics director David Coburn in taking “decisive action to help restore our status as a national contender. The letter urges donors to “please join your fellow Seminoles as we embark on the Renaissance of FSU football to restore its rightful place in college football.” -Iliana Limón Romero, Orlando Sentinel, Read More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

ESPN’s Paul Finebaum once again called into question the credibility of Ducks AD Rob Mullens, who is in his second year as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, but this time in far more explicit and personal terms. During his Thursday radio show, Finebaum cited a column by USA Today’s George Schroeder pointing out the awkwardness of the CFP selection committee chair being the sitting athletic director of a school whose team is contending for what could be the final spot in the four-team field. However, CFP protocol calls for Mullens to leave the room anytime the No. 6 Ducks (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12) are among the teams being discussed, which has been at the same time as No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Alabama for each of the last two weeks. “I frankly don’t know if I trust this guy being in charge,” Finebaum said during his show, which is simulcast on the SEC Network. “I don’t trust him because he’s not honest, and I just think he has an influence on that committee. Maybe I should save my powder if Oregon gets in, but then it’s going to be too late.” -James Crepea, The Oregonian/OregonLive, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

University of Utah is seeking a director of compliance. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to, the following: researching, writing, and issuing NCAA rules interpretations; assisting in the investigation and reporting of NCAA violations; preparing and submitting NCAA and Pac-12 waivers; developing and implementing a comprehensive rules education program for internal and external constituents. –NCAA. Apply Here.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

FAMU Director of Athletics Dr. John Eason has announced his retirement effective Dec. 2 … The School will formally introduce a new Director of Athletics tomorrow morning at the Future of FAMU Athletics Fundraising Breakfast – FAMU Athletics twitter.

INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Indiana State University Division of University Advancement announced Danny Plasencia has been named the assistant director of athletics and director of the Sycamore Athletic Fund. Plasencia will begin this role on December 2 and will oversee fundraising efforts of the Department of Athletics. “Coming off the successful completion of Elevate the Campaign for Sycamore Athletics, there is momentum in athletics fundraising,” said Andrea Angel, Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation. He comes to Indiana State from the University of Louisville where he worked as the director of championships and director of development. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

It took the NCAA fewer than five business days to make known its ruling in the James Wiseman case. Memphis’ star freshman was declared ineligible mid-morning on Nov. 14, and by late afternoon on Nov. 20, the announcement was made that the Tigers would have to make do without him until their game against South Florida on Jan. 12. Laird Veatch, the university’s athletic director, is hopeful the appeal process will track along a similar timeline. Memphis is expected to formally file its appeal of the NCAA’s decision Friday. “I think it’ll hopefully be in the not-too-distant future,” said Veatch. “We’ll do everything we can to move it forward. I’m optimistic, at least, that they’re going to want to move forward, too.” -Jason Munz, Memphis Commercial Appeal. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

The University of Kansas’ deadline to respond to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations against the men’s basketball program and coach Bill Self has been set for Feb. 19, 2020, KU confirmed Thursday afternoon. The school originally received the notice — alleging five Level I violations involving basketball and two lesser violations involving football — on Sept. 23. Upon receiving the notice, a university typically has 90 days to respond, which would have been Dec. 22. However, the NCAA in September halted its deadlines for schools to respond to the governing body until Nov. 20. -Jesse Newell and Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

The University of Richmond athletic department hosted the annual Etiquette Dinner and Networking event for junior Spider student-athletes this week at the Country Club of Virginia. The event was put on in collaboration with the Spiders Leadership Initiative, University of Richmond Career and Alumni Services teams and the Spider Club preparing Spider student-athletes for life after collegiate athletics. “This is a great event that helps broaden the experience of our junior student-athletes,” Associate Athletic Director for Leadership Development Lauren Wicklund said. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss will officially name Keith Carter as its new athletic director today. Dr. Glenn Boyce, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, confirmed to the Ole Miss Spirit this morning that Keith Carter has been tabbed as the new university’s athletic director ending a weeks-long search process. A press conference is expected to be held at 1 p.m. CT today on the Ole Miss campus, but those details have not yet been released. Carter has served as Ole Miss’ interim athletic director since May 27, 2019, replacing Ross Bjork who left for the same job at Texas A&M. -David Johnson, 247sports. Read More.

November 21, 2019

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

LSU’s 46-41 win over Alabama gave CBS the highest-rated college football game of the season with more than 20 million viewers at its peak, the best rating for a regular-season game since the 2011 version of Alabama-LSU, but the SEC’s deal with CBS ends after the 2023 football season. CBS has publicly stated it wants to extend the deal, which pays the SEC $55 million annually. Privately, the network has indicated it would like to have a deal done before the end of 2019. To this point, CBS hasn’t made an official extension offer to the SEC, but deal parameters have been discussed, and the SEC has started getting specific on what it wants. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey declined to go into those specifics but stated he’s taking a long-term view and mentioned presentation, level of exposure and revenue as factors. – John Talty, al.com, Read More

NC STATE
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NC STATE

N.C. State’s new deadline to respond to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations related to violations committed by the basketball program is Dec. 9. The NCAA sent the original NOA, with four violations related to Dennis Smith Jr.’s tenure in 2016 and ‘17, in July. The school was given 90 days but the original deadline was delayed by the NCAA in September. The NCAA will have 60 days to respond to N.C. State’s response and a hearing with the Committee on Infractions will then be scheduled. The punishment phase would follow the hearing. – Joe Giglio, The News & Observer, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

University of Delaware Athletics Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation Services, Chrissi Rawak, announced on Monday the promotion of two athletic department members, Dan Watson and Jake Schrum. They have both been elevated to Senior Associate Directors over their respective areas. Watson, who is currently in his 15th year on staff at Delaware, will oversee all Sport Performance areas, including Athletic Training, Strength & Conditioning, Performance Nutrition and Sport Psychology. Schrum is now in his fifth year with the Blue Hens and will oversee all Facilities and Event Operations, the Ice Arena and Outdoor Aquatic Center teams and will also manage capital projects for the department. – Read More

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY
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YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

Youngstown State University’s hire of an athlete it found responsible for sexual assault to coach the women’s tennis team coach has sparked outrage and an online petition urging the school to adopt a stronger personal conduct policy. A USA TODAY Network investigation that first uncovered the university’s decision, published on Nov. 7, detailed how YSU in 2016 suspended tennis player Bassem El Mekawi for sexually assaulting a female athlete, then readmitted him to the school and hired him as an assistant men’s tennis coach and finally an assistant women’s tennis coach. A day after the article, the school announced it was “reviewing the need to develop additional processes to ensure that the campus activities of students readmitted to the university are appropriate given the nature of their Code violation.” On Wednesday, the university released a second statement, saying it has “begun a comprehensive and strategic review of our current policies, procedures and practices regarding student conduct and Title IX,” the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education. A petition launched on Change.org urging university leaders to adopt the same personal conduct policy in place at the NCAA’s Big Sky Conference has gained more than 300 signatures so far. – Kenny Jacoby, USA TODAY NETWORK, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

The Arizona Board of Regents has voted unanimously to give UA athletic director Dave Heeke a raise and one-year contract extension. Heeke’s new runs through March 31, 2023. He will make a base salary of $750,000, a $100,000 raise, with additional $10,000 increases in every year until 2023. “He has done a fantastic job as being an inspirational and very effective leader of our athletics program,” UA president Robert C. Robbins said on Thursday. “I look forward to working with him for years to come.” – Kelly Presnell, Arizona Daily Star, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

After two consecutive years of operating expenses exceeding operating revenues, Kansas Athletics Inc. reversed the trend for fiscal year 2019 The organization’s auditor’s report, recently acquired by the Journal-World, shows that for fiscal year 2019, the operating income was $4.3 Million. For fiscal years 2018 and 2017, operating income came in at a loss of $1.6 Million and $82,000, respectively. The financial statements show Kansas Athletics’ total operating revenues were $114.7 Million in fiscal year 2019. That’s up 11% from its total of $103.2 million in fiscal year 2018. “Operating revenues growth was driven in large part to our (donors) pledging approximately $12 Million for the ‘Break the Cycle’ campaign to help with the aforementioned increased football investment,” AD Jeff Long wrote in an email to the Journal-World. The “Break the Cycle” campaign was started by Long to raise money to support three aspects of the football program: operation expenses, salary and facility expenses. – Lauren Fox, KU Sports, Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Thursday that he was resigning from the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors after nearly 18 years of service. He said he wanted to focus on his team and family, but he also blamed the NCAA for making what he called “arbitrary decisions” regarding waiver requests, including denying forward Joey Hauser’s appeal to play this season. Izzo did not reference any specific decision the NCAA has made, but he said the governing body is relying on people outside of the game to make critical decisions. – ESPN, Read More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE

SIU Director of Athletics Liz Jarnigan has been named to a committee to assist the U.S. Olympic Committee and the national governing bodies in developing NCAA student-athletes. The committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the NCAA, the United States Olympic Committee and the national governing bodies. Jarnigan’s term on the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee will run through August, 2023. – Brad Palmer, WSIU, Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State University is committed to a “monetary resolution” for men sexually abused decades ago by team doctor Richard Strauss, school leaders said Thursday, though no settlement has been reached in lawsuits alleging school officials ignored complaints and failed to stop him. “I want to reiterate that we are dedicated to a fair outcome,” said Chairman Gary Heminger. “To be clear, this means that Ohio State is committed to a monetary resolution.” The statements about a financial resolution are the “first glimmer that they are thinking about doing the right thing,” said Brian Garrett, one of the lead plaintiffs. The group of accusers — those who sued, plus dozens more who aren’t currently plaintiffs — has grown in recent months, putting its size in the same ballpark as the initial wave of plaintiffs who got $425 Million from Michigan State University to settle claims related to now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. – Kantele Franko, Baltimore Sun, Read More

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY
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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY

Gonzaga men’s basketball head coach Mark Few has been at GU for over 20 seasons, and Director of Athletics Mike Roth has been at GU even longer which is a consistency that is common among GU Athletics’ leadership allowing the Athletic Department to stay strong in its values even through significant growth since the 1990s. “The culture that Mike Roth has created has always been family-focused,” said Shannon Strahl, GU’s senior associate athletic director. “It trickles on down; everything we have done in athletics has had a family feel. As we’ve grown over the years, we’ve kept that tight-knit feel within our department.” Many of the high-ranking staff members have worked together for years, which promotes effective communication within the department. Growth within the department — while sticking to its principles of supporting student-athletes on the field, in the classroom, and in the community — has allowed for GU athletics’ long-time administrative staff to stay in-house. – Trevor Bond, The Gonzaga Bulletin, Read More

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell director of athletics and recreation Jermaine Truax announced on Thursday that Anna Allison has left the volleyball program to pursue other professional opportunities. A national search for Bucknell’s next head coach will begin immediately. “I am very appreciative of the dedication that Coach Allison has shown to her student-athletes and to Bison Athletics over the last 15 years, and I wish her nothing but the best in all of her future endeavors,” said Truax. – Read More

USC
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USC

Former USC All-American and NFL All-Pro safety Ronnie Lott, a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, has given a $250,000 challenge gift to the Trojan Athletic Fund, the general fund supporting USC Athletics’ scholarships, to establish the Eric Scoggins Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship will be designated for a current Trojan football player who exemplifies the characteristics of Scoggins, whose motto was “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” With his gift, Lott is urging his fellow former USC football teammates, as well as all former Trojan student-athletes and USC alumni, to add to the Scoggins Endowed Scholarship. – Read More

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Yale University teamed up with Nevco Sports, LLC to bring a brand new Video Display and Scoring Solution to the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field, the home of the Bulldogs’ football team. To preserve the historic nature of the Yale Bowl, the new Nevco full color, 10mm LED Video Display was custom designed to fit the current scoreboard structure at the north end of the stadium. The video display stands nearly 18’H and spans over 37’W, displaying more than 608,000 captivating pixels to engage fans and get them out of their seats. To further enhance the video display, Yale partnered with Nevco’s HYPE Creative Services to develop and create a multitude of custom branded graphics including logo animations, fan prompts, and interactive games to engage fans and create an electric game-day atmosphere inside the Bowl. –Read More 

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Scars from the April 25 tornado that tore through Ruston remain visible around the city and Louisiana Tech campus. On Thursday morning, University officials presented a ray of sunlight for the athletic side in the form of renderings and plans for the complete rebuild of three facilities that were completely destroyed almost seven months ago. University President Les Guice and Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland addressed a room full of Tech supporters, University and athletic officials, student athletes and local media with their vision for the future of baseball, softball and soccer. Baseball will remain in the same location as it has stood for the past 50 years while McClelland announced that both softball and soccer would relocate to the rugby field and part of the parking lot just north of the Jim Mize Track and Field Complex. Read More.

FCS
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FCS

Fans who tune in to watch the announcement of the FCS playoff field on Sunday may be thinking they can do a better job than the actual selection committee. In a Q&A with STATS on Wednesday, Greg Seitz, the Jacksonville State athletic director who represents the Ohio Valley Conference, the chair of the committee, discussed the selection process and how the field will come together this weekend. “To me, this year just from looking at all the data and the information we have, there are a lot of quality teams just right there on the cut line as we get into the (selection) room.” he stated. -Craig Haley, Stats FCS. Read More.

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Women’s soccer coach Brendan Faherty left Yale Athletics on Wednesday amid allegations of impropriety with his former players at the University of New Haven: one of sexual misconduct and another of a consensual sexual relationship. A career women’s soccer coach, Faherty was Yale Athletic Director Vicky Chun’s first hire. He came to Yale from Stony Brook University in December to replace Rudy Meredith, who resigned one month prior and later accepted a plea deal for his part in the Varsity Blues admissions scandal. -Mackenzie Hawkins, Yale Daily News. Read More.

BELMONT UNIVERSITY
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BELMONT UNIVERSITY

Belmont University has announced two initiatives to honor former men’s basketball head coach Rick Byrd. The Bruins will play on “Rick Byrd Court” at the Curb Events Center, which will be named during a formal ceremony in February. Additionally, Belmont is establishing the Rick Byrd Endowed Scholarship. “There are few individuals who have made a bigger impact for Belmont Athletics and Belmont University than Rick Byrd,” Belmont Director of Athletics Scott Corley said. Belmont will be matching all gifts and pledges made, up to $1.5 million, to the Rick Byrd Scholarship Endowment through May 31, 2021. -Catlin Bogard, NewsChannel5. Read More.


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