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November 20, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Before Memphis defeated Ole Miss in October at the Liberty Bowl, Justin Fuente received what athletic director Tom Bowen on Friday called an “extraordinary offer” to continue as Tigers football coach. Bowen would not discuss specifics of the contract offer, but a source familiar with negotiations said it would have made Fuente the highest-paid football coach outside the Power 5 conferences at the time. Fuente — whose 8-2 Tigers play at Temple Saturday — also declined to discuss the specific financial terms, but said he was gratified by the offer, to which he has yet to formally respond. -Geoffrey Calkins, The Commercial AppealRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Sources tell College AD that newly appointed UCF Athletic Director, Danny White is in Atlanta today visiting Daniel Parker of Parker Executive Search. We are told while White is finalizing his contract, he and Parker are narrowing data/interest for the Knights next football coach. If you remember we detailed earlier this month that Parker would be conducting that search as well. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

NCAA
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NCAA

A piece of Michigan will be part of the Ohio State-Michigan State game Saturday. Chad Carr, the 5-year-old grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, has entered hospice care with an inoperable brain tumor.According to the Detroit News, both the Buckeyes and Spartans will wear #ChadTough decals on their helmets for their matchup Saturday. The Michigan players wrote #ChadTough on the back of their helmets last week, and the gameball from the win over Indiana was delivered to Chad Carr the next day. According to the Detroit News, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told Michigan athletic director Jim Hackett they wanted to wear the decals for Chad and to show their respect for Lloyd Carr, who coached the Wolverines from 1995 to 2007. –  Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland.comRead More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Texas Tech Senior Associate Athletics Director Bobby Gleason announced his retirement from the university Thursday. His retirement will be effective on June 30, 2016. For the past 22 years, Gleason has served as the athletics department’s chief financial officer where he works closely with university and athletic administrators as well as coaches in managing all of the financial affairs of the department. “Debbie and I and our family have been truly blessed,” Gleason said. “It has been an amazing ride and a special time to be at Texas Tech Athletics. We are looking forward to the next chapter of our lives. At this time, we do not know what this new chapter will bring but we are looking forward to spending more time with family and achieving the next purpose and opportunity that God will provide. Every day I will be a Red Raider!” –Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais reported on Tuesday that there were “strong indications” Les Miles was coaching for his job and then last evening Rabalais reported that there are three major scenarios in play:

1. LSU wins out to go 9-2: If this happens Miles is clearly safe until 2016, though a staff change or two could be in the offing along with a mandate to win more next season. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, whose offense has ground to a crawl the past two weeks, and special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto, whose units have been riddled by kick coverage breakdowns all season, will still be under fire.

2. LSU loses out to go 7-4. There is little chance Miles would be allowed to return if a four-game losing streak drops his team to 4-4 in Southeastern Conference play for the second straight year. That would make LSU 13-11 in SEC play the past three years and a combined 2-7 against Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss.

3. LSU splits to go 8-3. This is your classic gray area. Miles’ fate would depend on how these next two games go. If the Tigers lose big at Ole Miss, something resembling their 31-14 loss Saturday to Arkansas, and squeak by Texas A&M, it will be tough for Miles, though not impossible. If LSU loses Saturday because Ole Miss drives for a late field goal, like in the 2013 game in Oxford, then hammers Texas A&M by a couple of touchdowns, Miles’ outlook improves considerably. If LSU beats Ole Miss and loses to A&M, it’s also hard to say, but last impressions are big ones.  -Scott Rabalais, The Advocate, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Interim Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said he’s spoken with Charlie Strong and has no doubt the UT football coach wants to stay, despite reports indicating he’s a leading candidate for the Miami job. Speaking on 104.9 The Horn in Austin, the school’s flagship radio station, Perrin said Strong has worked too hard to get the Texas job and wants to see it through. “You can go to the bank on that,” Perrin said. Strong laughed off the Miami rumors in late October. But the stories persist. The Palm Beach Post reported late Wednesday that a well-connected Miami source said Strong was the leading candidate.“It’s all a rumor. We’re here to build a program,” Strong said after Wednesday’s practice. -Brian Davis, HookEm.comRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

For the fourth time since it moved into its South Side football complex in 2000 and second time in the past three years, Pitt is considering changing the surface of one of the two practice fields the university maintains, a potentially costly side effect of the numerous leadership changes the athletic department and, specifically, football program have undergone in that time frame. If Pitt decides to swap one of its natural grass fields in favor of synthetic turf, that could push the costs of switching back and forth just one practice field to more than $1.5 million over the 15-year lifespan of the facility. -Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More

DICKINSON COLLEGE
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DICKINSON COLLEGE

In his first move as the new athletic director, Joe Giunta has just inked a deal with Under Armour that will provide new uniforms and gear for all of Dickinson’s athletic teams. Officially beginning Jan. 1, 2016 and running through June 30, 2021, the deal will provide a “pretty considerable discount on all Under Armour products. Both gear, wearing apparel and also sneakers,” for “all the intercollegiate athletic sports teams,” Giunta said in an interview. Also included in the deal are incentives for success. If a “team wins a conference championship, Under Armour will give t-shirts to the whole team,” Giunta said. Although the deal is through the athletic department, “the discount that we have in the contract can be used by other groups on campus. So if a club or rec team…, would like to purchase at our discounted rate, we’d be able to work that out,” he stated. Giunta said that Dickinson has “three years to phase out all of our non-Under Armour gear.” This way the teams that “are up for their uniforms and would’ve gotten their uniforms next” will be the first to sport Under Armour on their uniforms. “I hope to have some equitable process on who’s up for uniforms based on the age and the upkeep or the lack thereof of those uniforms,” Giunta said. -Kienan Dixon, The Dickinsonian, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

The University of Maine has hired Patrick Golden as the Black Bears new Assistant Director of Compliance. In his role at Maine, Golden will be overseeing student-athlete financial aid processes, financial aid packages, and scholarships. He will also assist with housing, dining plan accommodations and supervising the Student Assistance Fund. In addition to those responsibilities, Golden will also oversee camps, clinics, brochure materials, and assist with rules education seminars, rule interpretations, policy adherence, NCAA reports, violation investigations, and EADA report initiatives while upholding and fostering all conference, NCAA, and institution-wide regulations.

 

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

A longtime supporter in passion and spirit for his alma mater, former James Madison football student-athlete Arthur Moats (’12), now a member of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, and his wife Shonda this week made an unprecedented $300,000 financial gift to the university. “This donation will have a huge impact on not just JMU but the city of Harrisonburg as well,” Moats said. “With that being said, we take great pride in knowing we’re truly making a difference in the valley area and ultimately improving it. The fact that we get to support JMU Athletics in the process is icing on the cake.” The Moats Family gift sets a new standard in university giving as it directly impacts three distinct areas of support. Among the $300,000 gift, part will provide for an endowed scholarship for the university’s studio art program as well as a full scholarship level annual fund gift to the JMU Duke Club. In addition, a significant part of the gift will support JMU’s fundraising efforts for a new Convocation Center. In recognition of the Convocation Center gift, the strength and conditioning area in the Plecker Athletics Performance Center will be named in honor of the Moats Family. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

As he stood beneath the towering, angled ceiling, South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner seemed to bounce between excitement and pride. He spoke Thursday night in the football team’s new indoor practice facility, a $14.3 million project years in the making. The team has used it in spots since the summer, but Thursday was the first time media viewed it, and Friday it will host a grand opening invite-only event. Tanner made a point to say what it means for the program. “It’s very important, but I think it’s important on two fronts,” Tanner said. “It’s important from a practical standpoint for your teams to have an opportunity for us now, with two practice fields right out that door here, if there’s an inclement weather issue, they can come in. “And certainly from a recruiting standpoint, it shows the kind of commitment and dedication you have for your football program.” Indoor facilities are fairly common across college football, though a smattering of schools still don’t have them. Georgia has plans for one, while North Carolina approved one days ago. The project was scheduled to be completed Aug. 1, and Tanner said the timing of the events this week had to do with getting a certificate of occupancy. -Ben Breiner, The StateRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

Silicon Valley philanthropist and real estate developer John A. Sobrato and his wife Susan have made an historic gift of $15 million to the University of San Francisco, the largest gift from individuals in the institution’s history. The gift will support USF’s first-ever master plan for athletic facilities, renovate the 60-year old War Memorial Gymnasium, and help USF uphold its tradition of excellence in Division 1 athletics. The multi-use facility will be named The Sobrato Center and will feature a new club level with preferred seating that also bears  the Sobrato name. “As a real estate developer, I like to build things,” Sobrato said. “When I saw War Memorial Gym, I asked myself: Why don’t we modernize this building, bring in the natural light, and make it a much more inviting place not only for athletics but also for all campus events. It’s going to be a great looking building when we’re done.” –Read More

UNC CHAPEL HILL
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UNC CHAPEL HILL

North Carolina Football is going to get its own indoor practice facility. Athletic director Bubba Cunningham presented the plan to the Finance and Infrastructure Committee of the school’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday and received approval for the project. The Board of Governors has already granted funding authority. “We’re one of the very few (football programs) in the conference that does not have an indoor facility,” Cunningham told the Board, noting comparable facility projects at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Louisville, Florida State, Clemson and NC State. The football program has used the John Pope Practice Field, located within the Eddie Smith Field House and shared with the track program, since it opened in 2001. That indoor field is 70 yards long, so Cunningham said the entire team isn’t able to sufficiently practice simultaneously. “It’s a very good multi-functional facility,” Cunningham said of the Field House. “It’s just not adequate for an indoor practice facility for a Division I program.” -Ben Sherman, Inside CarolinaRead More

PAC-12
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PAC-12

Seven men’s teams, a Pac-12 record, and five women’s teams are heading to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Colorado men headline the teams headed to the championship, as the two-time defending champion. A Conference-record seven men’s teams will be participating at the NCAA Championships. The No. 1 Buffs are the overwhelming favorite with plenty of veteran experience. Colorado is expected to field four runners with championship experience. The Buffs are coming off a win at the NCAA Mountain Regional which came after they claimed a fifth-consecutive Pac-12 title. CU has never lost the men’s Conference meet since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. Read More

NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

NJIT officially broke ground last week on a $102 million, 200,000 square foot Wellness and Events Center – a project that, when completed, school officials say will be the center of its renovated campus. The new building, which played a role in securing the formerly-independent Division I school basketball team a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference, is just one in a series of projects that school officials say will total about $300 million, and overhaul the Newark campus. “In its design and function, WEC is a game changer — an iconic building that will serve the university and the community well for many years,” NJIT President Joel Bloom said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. -Jessica Mazzola, NJ.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Officials with the University of Iowa are getting a plan in place to handle an early snowstorm headed for Iowa City. The storm could drop as much as 10 inches of snow on the field just before kickoff against Purdue Saturday, according to the latest estimates from the National Weather Service.  Officials with the UI athletic department said clearing the playfield of snow is the top priority for snow removal before the game. Crews plan to use a plow to move snow to the corner of the field, then will transport it out of a stadium tunnel where it will be dumped outside of Kinnick Stadium, according to an email response from UI athletics officials. – Mark Carlson, KCRG-TV9- Read More

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Villanova University is seeking an Assistant Director of Athletics Development. The Assistant Director of Athletics Development reports directly to the Executive Director, Athletics Development. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for providing day-to-day support of the athletics development operation. This includes taking a lead role in managing, planning, and execution of events as well as athletics annual giving by working closely with the Senior Director of Special Events and the Director of Annual Giving. Additionally, the Assistant Director will serve as the liaison to several sports to identify, cultivate and successfully solicit major gift prospects and drive targeted annual giving initiatives for specific sports. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA will recognize six former student-athletes with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for their collegiate and professional achievements. The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of former student-athletes, select each year’s recipients. Read More

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Yale University is seeking an External Operations Assistant Athletic Director. The External Operations Assistant Athletic Director will direct the annual fundraising efforts for five sports association including all solicitations, board meetings and special events and direct the goal setting process for these five sports. Furthermore, the position will direct and supervise the Yale Athletics Community Outreach Program. All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Apply here

November 19, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

The University of Houston Board of Regents on Thursday approved a deal that increases football coach Tom Herman’s annual salary to $3 million. The deal on the table for Herman, who in his first season has led UH to only the second 10-0 start in school history and No. 13 ranking, would make him the highest paid football coach in the American Athletic Conference and from a non-Power 5 school.
Herman’s raise will make him the 32nd-highest paid coach in the country, just behind Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury, who makes $3.1 million, according to USA Today’s college football salaries database. Herman is making $1.35 million this season. – Joseph Duarte, chron.comRead More

CARTHAGE COLLEGE
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CARTHAGE COLLEGE

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin announced Wednesday that seven members of the Carthage College Red Men football team have received 2015 all-conference honors.  The Red Men turned a corner during the 2015 season finishing 5-5 in the overall season and tied for third at 4-3 in the CCIW. The third place finish for Carthage is the Red Men’s best finish in the CCIW since 2009 when they also tied for third at 4-3. The .500-season is the first under head coach Mike Yeager, as well as the first since the 2011 season. The seven honorees for the Red Men is the most since the 2010 season when Carthage tabbed a combined ten student-athletes on the first and second team. Read More

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

This weekend, the Raleigh Christmas Parade and the NC State Football game will mark the first big-attendance events since the Paris terrorist attacks.  The NC State Athletic Department is changing procedures this weekend with fans, encouraged to arrive early and leave their bags at home or in their cars. “Enhanced security measures will be in place for NC State’s final two home games of the 2015 football season, following recent events. While the Department of Homeland Security advises that there are currently no known threats against collegiate stadiums, the university is taking additional precautions at Carter-Finley Stadium for the safety of all fans, staff and student-athletes…” -Jon Camp, abc11.com
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WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY
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WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY

The Worcester State University Athletic Department is happy to announce the remaining Lancer Selects broadcasts of the 2015 year. The Lancer Selects program broadcasts specific Lancers home athletic contests (Lancer Selects) via webcast with a higher quality camera and audio system.  “We are pleased to announce our remaining Lancer Selects dates for 2015,” said Director of Athletics, Michael Mudd. “We have received a great response from all of our Lancer Athletics supporters and are happy to provide the opportunity for them to see the Lancers in action with a high quality webcast.” The Lancer Selects program for the winter season will begin on Tuesday, December 1 with a live broadcast of the men’s basketball game against UMass-Dartmouth (8:30 p.m. start time at Assumption College). Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Bye weeks don’t normally feature a media availability from Charlie Strong, but the Texas Longhorns head coach made a Wednesday appearance and addressed continued reports about his interest in the open Miami Hurricanes job.  The latest emerged from the Palm Beach Post on Thursday and indicated that Miami has Strong as the school’s leading candidate and that the administration believes he “wants out” of Austin. Admitting that he’s frustrated about his name being mentioned in connection with Miami, Strong seemed confused about why the rumors haven’t stopped even though he laughed off the situation weeks ago. “It’s all a rumor,” he said. – Wescott Eberts, SB Nation– Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

As ULM finalizes plans to begin the search for former football coach Todd Berry’s replacement, more changes could be on the horizon inside the athletic department. ULM athletic director Brian Wickstrom emerged as a finalist for the same job at Tulane Wednesday, just 24 hours after the hiring of Millsaps College AD Josh Brooks as a special assistant to university President Nick Bruno. Speaking exclusively to The News-Star, Bruno denied speculation Brooks was hired specifically to be ULM’s next athletic director and he would take a “wait-and-see” approach to the job if Wickstrom becomes AD at Tulane. “Brian is the AD right now and he will be until he’s not,” Bruno said. “I’m happy for Brian if that’s what he wants to do; we know he’s been shopping for quite a while. He and I have not had a discussion on it, but he notified me yesterday he’d been selected for an interview.” -Adam Hunsucker, The News StarRead More

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

In continuing to enhance the student-athlete experience at Seton Hall University through facility transformation, the Department of Athletics has unveiled the completed renovations toMike Sheppard, Sr. Field and four tennis courts within Ivy Hill Park in Newark. The project, in conjunction with Essex County – the owner and operator of Ivy Hill Park, began in July and was completed this month. “We are ecstatic to deliver first-class facilities to our softball and tennis teams as we continue to place a priority on the student-athlete experience,” Seton Hall Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation Pat Lyons said. “With the improvements we have made, we feel that we have given our student-athletes a home field advantage and have given recruits another reason to choose Seton Hall University.” Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field has been the home for Pirates softball since 2005. The field is named for the legendary Pirates baseball head coach who led Seton Hall to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back College World Series berths in 1974-75. Improvements made to the facility include: brand new synthetic turf both on the infield and the outfield; raised bleachers that have increased the capacity to 700 and will provide better viewing angles; a press box that will accommodate game operations as well as television and radio productions; batting cages within the bullpens for both home and away teams; bench seating and cubbies within each dugout. The four tennis courts were completely rebuilt with a new playing surface, surface coating, fencing, nets and trash receptacles. The courts also include new lights. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO

Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News lays out the type of candidate he feels the State University of New York Buffalo should target for the Bulls open athletic director job. Danny White left UB this week to become the new athletic director at the University of Central Florida.

White did a good job when it came to rousing alumni, raising money and improving facilities. He implemented creative marketing strategies designed to generate interest in his programs. He made numerous coaching changes that many considered upgrades. Overall, UB was competitive in 3½ years under his watch. He also had his flaws. He came off spoiled and immature, particularly when he didn’t get his way. He handed Jeff Quinn a contract extension and fired him. He bought out contracts on several coaches. He wasted your money on the ridiculous New York Bulls Initiative and completely mishandled Bobby Hurley. Now he’s gone. Let me be clear: His exit wasn’t some great loss. UB now has an opportunity to step back and reassess its future with a clean slate. University officials, beginning with President Satish Tripathi, should take a long, hard look at the athletics program before deciding precisely how to proceed. It would be nice if top administrators stopped fantasizing about grandiose plans, stopped kidding themselves about football, stopped banging their collective head against the wall and started accepting reality. Their mission should not be growing football but intelligently retooling the entire department. UB doesn’t need another athletic director who views the job as a jumping off point toward something better. That’s fine for good, young coaches who stick around for a few years, build good teams and are rewarded for their work. That’s the way mid-sized Division I programs should operate. -Bucky Gleason, The Buffalo NewsRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

When it comes to future scheduling in college football, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has a pretty interesting idea that could potentially satisfy the strength of schedule parameters for the College Football Playoff Committee and fans’ appetites. Bielema, who is in his third year at Arkansas after spending eight seasons as Wisconsin’s head coach, proposed the idea of a “Big Ten vs. SEC Challenge,” similar to what college basketball does now with the “Big 12/SEC Challenge.” Bielema’s concept would consist of ranking all 14 teams in both conferences during the preseason and matching them with their respective nonconference counterpart for a game that season. “Let the best of the best play each other, and maybe the lower ones play each other week-in and week-out,” Bielema said on Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “Just reserve a week every year, it would be kind of a fun thing. People would get into that now. I’ve been in both leagues, and I have the utmost respect for both. It would be something kind of fun if you could just reserve that and that might eliminate the whole need for an FCS [team]. Then you schedule three other opponents that are FBS and go.” -Edward Aschoff, ESPN, Read More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE
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MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre has announced that Amanda McEntire will serve as the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Senior Women’s Administrator. “I am very excited that we were able to expand Amanda’s role in the department,” said LeFevre.“She has been an integral part of our success the past couple of years and I am sure she will excel in that role.” McEntire, who earlier this summer was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Event Management, also serves as a sport administrator for the rowing program. “I’m grateful for this responsibility and look forward to continue developing the Manhattan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the student-athletes we serve,” said McEntire. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The University of San Diego is seeking an Assistant Director of Compliance. The Assistant Director of Compliance will coordinate the administration of NCAA Compliance within the Athletic Department in addition to assisting with academics, eligibility and student services. This position receives general supervision received from the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance, and exercises close supervision of interns and student workers. Apply Here

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