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August 25, 2015

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Kathy Beauregard said if she had her way there wouldn’t be a piece of grass visible at Waldo Stadium when the Western Michigan University football team hosts Michigan State on Sept. 4. The longtime WMU Athletic Director said she would like to sell as many standing room tickets as possible for the Broncos’ historic game against the Spartans, but the school was advised by the city fire marshal that it cannot sell standing room tickets for the grassy hill areas or anywhere in the stadium because of accessibility and safety concerns. – David Drew, Mlive, Read More

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LONG BEACH

Long Beach State Athletics is currently seeking an Associate Director for Media Relations. This position develops and distributes informational materials concerning the University’s intercollegiate athletic programs; writes, edits, and publishes news releases, brochures, media guides, promotional materials, schedule cards, newsletters, and game programs; manages the department website; establishes and maintains relationships with a wide variety of media representatives and supplies them with information related to the University and our intercollegiate athletics program; and serves as the coordinator of public events. –Apply Here

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

The GSU Athletics Department is seeking to hire a Director of Marketing. The scope of responsibility will include these essential duties but is not limited to the following, Provide administrative oversight and supervision of the day-to-day marketing activities within the Athletic Department including the coordination of marketing plans, promotional plans, and selected event management for the department sanctioned athletic events Manage a marketing budget of over $300,000 Maintain supervisory duties of the Marketing Manager, Temporary Staff, and Graduate/Student Assistants, in coordination of all athletic marketing functions of the department Perform any other related duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics or the Sr. Associate AD for External Affairs. –Apply Here

August 24, 2015

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Times are changing and so are Ohio State AD Gene Smith’s thoughts on alcohol sales.  A year ago, Smith said he was against alcohol sales at Ohio Stadium for football games. But this season, for the first time since Ohio Stadium opened in 1922, the university will sell beer and wine in limited areas during the Buckeyes’ seven home games, beginning on Sept. 12 against Hawaii. “There’s a changing landscape around resources,” Smith said. “We need to think about other opportunities to generate revenue for our athletes and our institution.” OSU announced on Friday that fans in the stadium’s 81 suites and 2,700 club seats will be able to purchase beer and wine. Those areas include 4,370 seats, or about 4 percent of the stadium’s capacity. – Todd Jones, The Columbus Dispatch Read More.

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

UCLA Athletics announced Bruin InstanTix, a quick and easy way for UCLA fans to instantly purchase great tickets with a quick text message. Fans who register for the program will receive customized notifications when UCLA tickets become available and can purchase tickets on-demand in a matter of seconds. The faster fans respond, the better their seat locations will be. E-tickets will be delivered instantly upon purchase to fans’ phones.

PAC-12

Tickets for the first-ever Pac-12 China Game are now on sale to the public, the Conference announced today. On Nov. 14, the Washington Huskies and Texas Longhorns will play a regular season basketball tip off in Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena, an AEG Facilities operated arena. With the game, the Pac-12 will become the first U.S. sports league, collegiate or professional, to host a regular sea-son contest in China. It is the latest event in the Pac-12’s Globalization Initiative, an unprecedented effort to promote goodwill and showcase the Conference and its member institutions in China through cultural exchange and sport. –PAC-12 News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Former Arkansas head baseball coach and current Associate Director of the Razorback Foundation Norm DeBriyn has been selected as the interim executive director of the Razorback Foundation it was announced on Monday. DeBriyn will serve in the leadership role until a new executive director is selected to replace Sean Rochelle, who announced his resignation from the position, effective September 1, earlier this summer. DeBriyn has also announced his plans to retire from the Razorback Foundation on January 8, 2016. DeBriyn joined the Razorback Foundation in 2002 after 33 seasons as the head baseball coach at the University of Arkansas. DeBriyn has been associated with the Razorback program for more than 45 years, including 33 years as a coach and 12 years with the Razorback Foundation.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

David Beall has been promoted to Associate Communications Director, as it was announced by Assistant Athletics Director for Communications Patrick Pierson on Sunday. Beall will now serve as the primary communications contact for the Razorback men’s basketball and men’s golf programs. Beall served as the department’s primary graphic designer and helped brand the Mercer image with infographics and consistency across all social media platforms. He became the designer and editor of the football game program and spearheaded a campaign for promotion and media coverage during the program’s first National Signing Day on Feb. 5, 2014.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND

Loyola University Maryland is looking for an Associate Director, Student Athlete Support Services. Position Summary: Responsibilities include but are not limited to assisting in developing and implementing programs and activities for monitoring student-athletes’ academic progress toward their degree, providing academic counseling for at-risk student-athletes as well as guidance for assigned teams, and serving as a liaison with other campus support organizations. Apply Here

FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY

Fort Hays State University’s athletic department knew it was going to be a big night after approximately 450 tickets were rapidly purchased, making this year’s sixth annual Tiger Auction a sold-out event. The fundraiser, which was Saturday evening, is the biggest one of the year for the department and is a way for the community and Tiger athletic supporters to come together for one cause. Significant planning and preparation goes into making the large fundraiser possible, with committee meetings typically starting in the spring, according to Assistant Athletic Director of External Operations Matt Cook. A total of 315 donated items were collected to apply toward this year’s auction, which raised $205,397. Guests flooded into FHSU’s Memorial Union Ballroom to get a jumpstart on the first part of the evening — dinner and a silent auction. – Maggie Gebhardt, The Hays Daily News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

The University of Kentucky Athletics Department is seeking highly qualified team-oriented candidates for the position of Assistant Creative Director in the multimedia office. The Assistant Creative Director is responsible for creating a wide range of professional-quality, deadline-sensitive graphic artwork for print, web and social media (e.g., 200-plus page media guides, posters, schedule cards, billboards, web pages, and Twitter, Facebook and Instagram graphics, etc.) for the purpose of enhancing the overall image and reputation of the University of Kentucky and the UK Athletics Department. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

Ryan Boudway has been named Assistant Director of Athletics for Development, it was announced by University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford on Monday. Boudway, a Northampton, Mass. native, comes to Amherst after serving as Associate Director of Premium Seating and Parking at Notre Dame since April 2007. Boudway earned his bachelor’s degree from Babson College in 2000 and his master’s degree in sports management from Barry University in 2005. Read More

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

The very first AP poll of the season was released yesterday, featuring Georgia Tech at No. 16 just ahead of Ole Miss and behind Arizona State. The Ohio State Buckeyes were the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, becoming the first team ever to accomplish such a feat in a preseason poll. All it took was one successful season to send Georgia Tech season ticket sales skyrocketing — the athletic department is expecting more than 33,500 purchases, which would be the best number since 2009. The simple fact that Georgia Tech’s season ticket sales are continuing to rise while the national numbers are falling is a massively encouraging sign for the future. – Cade Lawson, SB Nation, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

USC coach Steve Sarkisian on Sunday apologized for his behavior and language during Saturday night’s “Salute to Troy,” an annual event on campus where coaches and players are introduced to boosters and fans. Sarkisian slurred words, said several opposing teams “suck” and uttered an expletive before the rallying phrase “Fight On,” several boosters said. Sarkisian appeared intoxicated, some said. The event was closed to the media. USC AD Pat Hayden also addressed the issue, releasing the following statement “I met with Coach Sarkisian and I expressed my disappointment in the way he represented himself and the University at our Salute To Troy event. While the details of our conversation will remain between us, I am confident he heard my message loud and clear.” -Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times Read More.

 

 

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

With ETSU football coming back this year, in addition to the $125 fee first added to tuition in 2013, the football program has found many ways to make sure the football team lasts this time. In 2003, the football program was shut down because it was losing approximately $1 million a year. At the time, the entire athletic budget was $6.5 million. The tuition increase is not the only way the program has made money for the upcoming season. One of the most notable was from a donation of $1 million from area philanthropist Scott Niswonger in efforts to build the new football stadium.  In the football program’s last three seasons before it shut down, ticket sales combined for $288,425. ETSU’s total football ticket sales have totaled over $353,000, and that number continues to grow. – Alex Baker, East Tennessean, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

University of Central Florida is looking for a Senior Associate Athletic Director, Compliance. This position reports to the chief compliance and ethics officer and is responsible for the oversight of a comprehensive athletics compliance program and management of the Athletics Compliance Office. Apply Here

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

The ECU Pirate Club, the fundraising arm of ECU Athletics is accepting applications for two Director of Development positions – one position is based in Charlotte, NC and the other is based in Raleigh, NC. The successful candidates will manage all fundraising activities in the respective areas. The positions will be key members of the ECU Pirate Club staff, sharing significant responsibilities for the advancement of the Pirate Club’s annual, major and planned giving development efforts, as well as spearheading all athletics efforts in the assigned area. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

University of Iowa is seeking an Assistant Director of Marketing  to successfully assist in directing the marketing efforts on behalf of the UI’s 24 intercollegiate athletics sports programs.  Apply Here

BIG 12

Big 12 Athletic Directors this week are likely to discuss the SEC’s strict transfer policy in the wake of the conviction of former Baylor player Sam Ukwuachu, CBS Sports has learned. In May, the SEC adopted a policy of not accepting transfers who had been dismissed at their previous school for “serious misconduct.” That term was defined as sexual assault, domestic assault and other forms of sexual violence. Big 12 ADs are getting together Monday and Tuesday in a regularly scheduled meeting. At least one Big 12 AD told CBS Sports he would be in favor of adopting a rule similar to the SEC’s. The issue is not part of the formal agenda, but is expected to be raised given current events. -Dennis Dodd, CBSSports, Read More

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

When it comes to supplying superior affordability and great entertainment value, Middle Tennessee has taken another giant step forward. In an effort to provide the ultimate fan experience, MT has a new, money-saving season ticket package, while also maintaining the key benefits that Blue Raider fans have enjoyed on game day. Middle Tennessee is continuing its relationship with Culver’s, while also forming a partnership with the Lanes, Trains and Automobiles Entertainment Depot. This partnership brings forth the new “Family Fun Zone” season ticket package this year. The “Family Fun Zone” ticket package is great for any family, regardless of the amount of time spent as a fan of the Blue Raiders. It gives purchasers a reserved seat with a face value of $125 to all six home games at the cost of only $99.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA LINCOLN

The Official Hot Dog of Husker Nation is now made in the Land of Lincoln — Illinois, that is. The 95,000 red-hued, Fairbury-brand hot dogs that Husker football fans will eat this fall at Memorial Stadium will for the first time be stuffed and smoked at a plant in Lansing, Illinois, a city south of Chicago on the Indiana border. But the company now making the wieners — Munster, Indiana-based Land O’Frost — said it’s using the same recipe, and that the hot dogs will be just what dyed-in-the-meat Husker fans expect when the season kicks off Sept. 5 in Lincoln against BYU. Janell Hall, Director of Concessions Operations for the Huskers, said she hopes fans will embrace the now-made-in-Illinois meat. – Barbara Soderlin, Omaha.com, Read More

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

North Dakota State University was not so transparent when former women’s Athletic Director Lynn Dorn was suspended for two weeks without pay in March 2012. At the time, the university refused to describe the incident or release records that did so. Even after Dorn left NDSU in March of this year, the university has refused to reveal what happened to spur her suspension three years ago. NDSU officials have cited a federal law in redacting public records of key details of the harassment alleged by a male student. The redacted documents don’t specify what Dorn was accused of saying or doing. The Forum News Service earlier this year requested the Dorn incident report and investigation notes following her March retirement. The NDSU incident report contained almost no information. – Grace Lyden, Grand Forks Herald, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

A little rain couldn’t keep UF students and President Kent Fuchs away from The Swamp on Sunday as the university got ready for the Fall football season. Before the second annual Rally in the Swamp, Fuchs took selfies with students and decided to commemorate the event with a selfie of his own. The budding UF tradition gets students ready for football season by teaching them the gameday traditions. Fuchs and football Coach Jim McElwain spoke to get students excited for the first game of the season Sept. 5 against New Mexico State. – Caitlin Ostroff, Alligator, Read More

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY

The Southern Arkansas athletic department has announced that tickets for the upcoming 2015 football season are on sale now. SAU athletics will also once again be providing Mulerider fans the option to get more bang for their buck by purchasing a season-long All-Sports Pass* for the 2015-16 athletic year. All-Sports Passes are only available for general admission seating. 2015-16 All-Sports Passes will allow Mulerider fans the opportunity to attend all home football, basketball, and baseball games for one low-discounted rate. Single-game tickets can also be purchased throughout the year during the specific sport’s season.

NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Northern State University and Sanford Health announced a significant long-term partnership last week.
The health care provider is making a $2 million donation that should be a big boost to all NSU athletic programs. That’s a big chunk of change for the Wolves as they try and compete with some of the better-funded schools in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. – Scott Waltman, Aberdeen News, Read More

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

Xavier University announced the opening of the Kevin and Georgette Crawford Student-Athlete Academic Center at the Cintas Center. School officials said the new 8,000-square foot academic center allows Xavier to give all of its nearly 300 student-athletes convenient access to academic resources in the same building as the training room and weight room facilities. – Ben Petracco, WLWT5, Read More

MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY

Morehead State University has announced the hiring of Nick Evans as its new Athletic Media Relations Director. Evans will oversee and lead all athletic publicity efforts, while managing the media relations office, and video production of “Eagle Vision.” A Louisville native, Evans worked for the Louisville Bats, the triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, for nine seasons, and served as the Director of Media and Public Relations. Evans will be the primary contact for men’s basketball, volleyball, softball, and men’s and women’s golf, while also assisting with the university’s other Division I intercollegiate athletic programs. A graduate of Bellarmine University (Louisville,), he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in communications.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State University is looking for a Director, Ticket Sales and Service. The Director, Ticket Sales and Service under general direction, performs oversight functions by planning, organizing, supervising and directing the day-to-day sales and service operations for Sun Devil Athletics, including but not limited to ticketing, premium and service for all 23 varsity sports. Apply Here

August 21, 2015

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Major news out of Waco today, as allegations have surfaced that Coach Briles did know indeed know about former student-athlete Sam Ukwuachu’s history of violence when he enrolled at Baylor. Briles said he spoke with  then Boise coach Chris Petersen personally but was not informed of any past violent incident before accepting Ukwuachu’s transfer to Baylor in 2013. On Thursday, Ukwuachu was found guilty of sexually assaulting a then-Baylor soccer player in October 2013. But on Friday, Peterson told ESPN reporters that he had informed Baylor’s coach about Ukwachu’s past. – Max Olson and Mark Schlabach, ESPN read more here

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

This Big Ten university has hired a consulting firm that specializes in risk management. The firm, which is led by former Big XII Commissioner Dan Beebe will advise the athletic department on ways to prevent, identify and appropriately respond to misconduct. The university will pay $50,000 over eleven months for the firms services. A decision to  hire the risk management team comes after separate allegations of misconduct by coaches towards student-athletes. – Johnathan Hettinger, The News-Gazette, read more

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