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November 19, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

In the past five years, home football attendance has declined 11 percent. Texas averaged more than 100,000 fans per game in 2011, but Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium now attracts closer to 89,000 per game. Texas Athletics measures attendance as the number of tickets it sells — when factoring in no-shows, turnouts are likely even smaller. “Attendance is an area of focus for all collegiate programs,” Steve Hank, chief revenue officer of intercollegiate athletics, said. “As based on data from the completion of the 2014 season, overall attendance has declined for six consecutive years. The good news is that, based on surveys conducted at the end of last season and one that is in progress now, we’ve made great strides in the atmosphere and overall gameday experience.” Still, the 2015 decline was steepest — a 5 percent drop from 2014. Reports say rising ticket prices are a leading factor. Former athletic director Steve Patterson increased season ticket prices by an average of 6 percent after 2014. Roughly 10,000 fans did not renew their season tickets. Additionally, Patterson limited faculty and staff benefits. This season’s faculty and staff ticket pass — the “FAST” pass — only provides tickets on a standby basis the day before each game. -Samuel Williams, The Daily TexanRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Thanks to the generous support of Rebel Nation, the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation has surpassed its $150 million goal for the Forward Together campaign. With the help of 3,425 donors, the Forward Together campaign achieved its goal in just over a four-year span, raising $155 million. “On behalf of Ole Miss Athletics, I want to thank everyone in the Ole Miss family and beyond who have made a contribution towards the Forward Together campaign and helping us not only reach our $150 million goal, but surpass it sooner than expected,” said Ole Miss Director of Athletics Ross Bjork. “When I arrived, I stated that we must ‘pull the rope in the same direction because you love our student-athletes,’ so I appreciate everyone who has become a follower of this approach.” “In addition, we have the best fund raising staff in the country and their hard work has not gone unnoticed throughout our campaign. The generosity by Rebel Nation allows us to keep improving our athletics facilities and enhance the student-athlete and fan experience at Ole Miss. We will all be challenged with our new goal of $200 million, but we will continue to work with maximum effort to achieve goals on and off the field and move forward together as family.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

Fighting Hawks will be UND’s new athletic nickname. The results of a vote released at a press conference Wednesday show of 27,378 total votes, Fighting Hawks received 57.24 percent, beating out Roughriders, which received the remaining 42.76 percent. The winning name is the result of more than a year of work by committees and three public votes. The third and final round of voting had the highest turnout, with more than the 26,479 people voting during the second vote and the 22,307 people casting ballots during the first vote in October. -Anna Burleson, Grand Forks HeraldRead More

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

University of Hawaii Manoa’s athletics department, which is currently facing a deficit of $9 million over two fiscal years, could reach a balanced budget by 2020, Athletics Director David Matlin told university regents Thursday. Matlin outlined a budget plan and identified potential sources to cover an additional $12.2 million projected to be necessary to revitalize the debt-ridden department by the next five years. The department will need $9.5 million in external support to cover increased expenses for the program, such as attendance costs, changes in the national collegiate landscape, making competitive improvements, and baseline expense increases such as labor, tuition, and operating costs. -Lorin Eleni Gill, Pacific Business News- Read More

November 18, 2015

MANHATTAN COLLEGE
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MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Tony Vecchione has been named the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Manhattan College as announced by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre. “We are very pleased that Tony will be joining the department in a senior level capacity,” said LeFevre. “He brings a wealth of experience in a number of different areas of intercollegiate athletics.” Vecchione, who has over 25 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, most recently served as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. During his three-year stint in Philadelphia, he served as a sport administrator for 16 intercollegiate sports programs while overseeing all aspects of their operation and management, including but not limited to compliance, academic/student services and budget management while managing over 400 student-athletes per year. –Read More

URBANA UNIVERSITY
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URBANA UNIVERSITY

Urbana University Director of Athletics Larry Cox recently announced the hiring of Kira Zeiter to lead the Blue Knight softball program as its next head coach. “I am very pleased and excited to have Kira join our staff,” Cox said. “Her experience as a player and head coach at the NCAA Division II level made her the perfect candidate for our position.  She has a passion for college athletics and developing student-athletes, which will pay immediate dividends in recruiting new students for the Blue Knight softball program.” –Read More

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Louisiana Tech University Athletics has partnered with adidas America, Inc. to establish a 5-year exclusive agreement that will outfit Louisiana Tech’s 16 NCAA men’s and women’s programs in adidas uniforms, apparel, footwear and equipment through the 2020-2021 athletics season. Tommy McClelland, director of athletics for Louisiana Tech, made the announcement today via video distributed through the Louisiana Tech Athletics website and social media. Effective July 1, 2016 adidas will serve as the exclusive supplier for Louisiana Tech athletics uniforms, apparel, shoes and other footwear, and athletic accessories for all Bulldog and Lady Techster teams, with the exception of the Lady Techster basketball program, which will join the adidas partnership in 2017. adidas will also outfit athletic support and program personnel, and will provide a normalized recurring source of self-generated revenue for Louisiana Tech Athletics. Read More

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Kennesaw State’s athletic department reported revenues of $20.7 million and expenses of approximately of $20.2 million in the unrestricted funds total of its financial statement for the 2014-15 year. Student fees total $13 million, or 62.8 percent, of the revenues. Kennesaw State’s students approved a $100 increase in the student fees in November 2010 to support football. After the Board of Regents granted its approval in Feb. 2013, Kennesaw State’s student fees increased to $252 per semester. -Doug Roberson, Atlanta Journal ConstitutionRead More

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

For the second time in the past week, New Mexico State announced a basketball player would miss a portion of the season due to an “administrative error.” Much like Aggies men’s player Johnathan Wilkins last week, the university announced on Tuesday that Moriah Mack, a junior on the Aggies women’s basketball team, was misadvised and  was ruled ineligible for the rest of the fall semester. “Moriah was instructed to take a specific course,” NMSU athletics director Mario Moccia said. “She did not have the proper amount of credits needed to reach the progress toward degree.” Each student needs to complete 40 percent towards their degree after two years. Students have to complete 60 percent towards a degree after three years and 80 percent after four years with the expectation to graduate in five years. Mack could return to the court for NMSU’s game on Dec. 14 against Eastern New Mexico. She will miss the Aggies first eight games. -Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-NewsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON

The University of Wisconsin Madison is seeking an Associate Athletic Director for Business Development. The incumbent will be responsible for cultivating relationships with both individuals and corporate sponsors/donors resulting in positive financial growth for the organization and subsequently for our programs and student-athletes. Additional responsibilities include: Developing, implementing and evaluating the identification, cultivation and solicitation strategies tied to the Division’s priorities; Primary oversight of the National W Club (which is comprised of over 11,000 former University of Wisconsin-Madison letter winners) including supervision of the Executive Director and staff; Management and supervision of the Sports Performance Management program; Serving as a Division co-liaison to the Apparel Partner, Badger Sports Properties, Retail Merchandiser, and UW Office of Trademark Licensing; Assisting other Senior Management Team members with the Big Ten Sport Management Committee; and budgetary responsibility for the Business Development and National W Club budgets. Other duties may be assigned based on personal expertise and skillset fit with current members of the Senior Management Team. Apply Here

NEWBURY COLLEGE
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NEWBURY COLLEGE

For over a decade, Newbury College has been an active member of NCAA Division III and is proud of its dynamic student-athlete experience. As a founding member of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), Newbury remains committed to providing a comprehensive experience for its students. With the recently announced addition of Women’s Lacrosse, 14 intercollegiate athletic programs are sponsored as a part of the Newbury Nighthawks Athletic program. This current academic year has ushered in a wave of changes not only to the department, but to the College community as well. Since its opening in the fall of 2015, the new Student Success Center instantly transformed the student learning environment at Newbury, providing necessary access to a place where all students can continually develop and refine their skills toward becoming independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens. The strategic realignment of the College’s intercollegiate athletics program will further these changes to create a more vibrant experience for our current and prospective students for years to come. –Read More

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY BAKERSFIELD
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY BAKERSFIELD

Upgrading facilities is an ongoing theme at CSUB. The old wooden bleachers were removed and new seating installed. The blue plastic seats have the Roadrunner logo and cost $250,000, athletic director Ziggy Siegfried said. “We will transform our facility,” Siegfried said on Tuesday’s Roadrunner Rundown webcast on Bakersfield.com. “It changes the look of the Icardo Center.” This isn’t the only project. A new softball backstop is being constructed.  The locker room refurbishing project will begin in the spring, he said, and the Kegley academic center for student athletes has been OK’d. That will see a jump in study space from 1,500 square feet to about 8,000. “In one to two months, we’ll break ground,” he said. Money for each of these improvements must be raised from supporters or come from grants. No state money will be used. “We have to have the dollars,” Siegfried said. But there is plenty of work to do. -Jeff Evans, The Bakersfiled CalifornianRead More

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

FAMU is required to pay an $153,255 fine because of NCAA violations. However, university administrators say neither that nor the football team’s 1-9 season is keeping many fans from continuing to support the school. Administrators say ticket sales for the Florida Classic are up more than 20 percent from last year. All of the $15 tickets for this weekend’s Classic are sold out. Some supporters say they believe that FAMU can overcome the recent NCAA violations. FAMU has developed a corrective action plan to address the issues. Sports Information Director Vaughn Wilson said, “The sanctions are a result of some things that happened in the past, probably when our athletic department was going through some changes.” Some of the violations include students failing to complete a medical exam on time and the athletics department failing to properly notify students before their aid is reduced. This was discovered in an internal investigation. FAMU self-imposed a three-year probation and annual compliance reporting to the NCAA. Wilson said, “What AD Overton is doing is trying to instill some stability, owning up to it, not running away from it, taking it head on so that we can correct these issues and not have to deal with them again.” -Lanetra Bennett, WCTV, Read More

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

New Mexico State men’s head basketball coach Marvin Menzies announced the appointment of Preston Laird as the Aggies Director of Basketball Operations. Laird has served the Aggies the last three seasons. He was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach last season and was a graduate assistant coach for two years. “We’re very pleased to be able to retain Preston as a part of our basketball family,” said Menzies. “As we went through the hiring process it was clear that he would give us the easiest and smoothest transition into the director of basketball operations position.”
In his new role, Laird will manage the program’s daily operations, work with the 6th Man Club, assist in recruiting, organize team travel and promote community outreach. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

This may end up being the worst football season at the University of Maine in 20 years, but it won’t be the end of the line for Coach Jack Cosgrove. The winningest coach in program history is expected to get a multiyear extension of his contract in the offseason, and Cosgrove said Tuesday he still believes he has the energy at age 60 to rebuild a winning team. “This is a grind. It’s all I know, though,” said Cosgrove, who is 129-136 in 23 seasons. Cosgrove is in the final year of a three-year contract that pays him $187,000 annually. Athletic Director Karlton Creech said that negotiations on a new contract will begin after Thanksgiving. “I want him to be our football coach,” said Creech, in his second year leading the Maine athletic department. “I’ll discuss with him what he wants, but I hope we do a multiyear extension. Jack does a great job. I have complete faith in him.” -Mark Emmer, Portland Press HeraldRead More

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Texas State University is seeking applications for the position of Travel Coordinator (Accounting Clerk II) for the Texas State Athletic Department, under the direction of the Assistant AD for Business Operations. This position is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The position coordinates essential components of the day-to-day operations of the business office, including coordination of all aspects of individual travel reservations and processing for assigned staff, assisting with team travel management and with other athletics business offices activities as assigned.  Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

University of Southern California is seeking an Assistant Director, Athletic Compliance. The Assistant Director, Athletic Compliance will assist in developing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive, in-depth, and effective athletic compliance program by providing a professional service of monitoring, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating athletic department activities intended to support NCAA , Pac-12, and university rules and to prevent, detect, and respond appropriately to violations of applicable athletic rules and regulations. Apply here 

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

George Mason University Intercollegiate Athletics invites applicants for a full-time Assistant Director of Athletic Communications position (with benefits), reporting to the Associate Athletic Director, Communications. Information about the Mason Athletic Department can be found at GoMason.com/. The Assistant Director, Athletic Communications will be involved in the planning and implementation of all creative content for all aspects of Intercollegiate Athletics publicity/media relations activities for the 22-sport program in one of the nation’s top Division I college athletics markets (Washington, D.C.) and in the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10).  Apply here

November 17, 2015

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

The third edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings was released Tuesday night, and while the top four teams remained the same, there was some shakeup in the rest of the top 10 after four teams in the top portion of the rankings (Baylor, Stanford, LSU, Utah) lost last week. Oklahoma (No. 7), Florida (No. 8) and Michigan State (No. 9) moved into the top 10, while Baylor hung on at No. 10, only moving down four spots after falling to undefeated Oklahoma State, which jumped up two spots to No. 6 as one of the first two teams out with Iowa (No. 5). -Jerry Palm, CBS SportsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Steve Spurrier still is considering taking an ambassador’s role with South Carolina following the end of his official employment at the end of this year, he told The State on Tuesday. Spurrier, who resigned in October after 10-plus seasons in which he became the Gamecocks winningest all-time coach, will be offered a position as special assistant to school president Harris Pastides, according to the last contract he signed with the school. He could be a special assistant to Pastides and athletics director Ray Tanner at an annual salary of $100,000, provided he maintains his residence in Columbia. -Josh Kendall, The StateRead More

DUKE UNIVERSITY
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DUKE UNIVERSITY

Duke Athletics is seeking a qualified individual to be the Assistant Director of Administrative Operations. This individual will oversee the day-to-day operations for the Vice President and Director of Athletics, which include oversight responsibilities for the athletic director’s routine commitments, public relations obligations and traditional correspondence. Interested Applicants please send cover letter, resume, and list of three references here. Please put “Assistant Director of Administrative Operations” in the subject line.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Dr. Gerald “Doc” Hollingsworth recently contributed the equivalent of $25 million to Ole Miss Athletics. Of the donation, $10 million is a cash gift to be used through the Forward Together campaign; the remainder is in the form of a charitable remainder trust that will establish the Gerald M. Hollingsworth, M.D., Athletic Scholarship Endowment. A portion of Hollingsworth’s donation, which is the single largest gift not only to the campaign but to Ole Miss Athletics as a whole, will be used to support the north end zone expansion of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, where the playing field already bears his name. –Read More

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
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HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

Hofstra University Baseball Coach John Russo has signed a multi-year contract extension, it was announced today by Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. Russo is entering his fifth season at the helm of the Pride Baseball program and his eighth season at Hofstra overall after three seasons as an assistant. “I appreciate the job that John has done with our baseball program since taking over in 2012,” commented Hathaway. “He has further increased our level of play against tough competition in the Colonial Athletic Association as well as out of conference. John has done an excellent job of recruiting on Long Island and in New York, as well as utilizing his contacts in other regions of the country. He has also promoted the baseball program through fundraising, camps and clinics. He is dedicated to providing a great academic and athletic experience for his student-athletes and I am excited for the future of our program. This is a great day for Hofstra Baseball and Hofstra University.” –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

With a record 80 FBS teams needed to fill the record 41 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff title game, there is a very real possibility that not enough teams will reach the required six wins to become bowl eligible. The NCAA established a contingency plan on how to fill all of the bowls if there are not enough bowl-eligible teams. The problem is none of those five tiebreakers (counting wins vs. two FCS opponents, including a 6-7 team, etc.) will impact any of the 5-7 teams. There are currently 62 bowl-eligible teams with 32 teams still able to reach six wins. But since a number of those 32 teams play each other down the stretch or need to pull off huge upsets to reach six wins, multiple 5-7 teams could be needed to fill all the bowls. “The whole situation is very frustrating,” a source said. The most frustrating aspect, sources said, are all the unknowns concerning how the 5-7 teams are selected. -Brett McMurphy, ESPNRead More

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Boise State will receive the largest share of Mountain West TV bonuses again for the 2015 football season. The Mountain West uses a portion of its TV revenue to pay bonuses to members for appearances on ESPN, ESPN2 or the major broadcast networks. The bonuses are $300,000 for weekday games and $500,000 for Saturday games. The system was negotiated by Boise State as part of its agreement to stay in the conference rather than join the American. And because Boise State also negotiated a deal that gives ESPN the rights to at least six Broncos games a year, Boise State is in a better position to capitalize on the system than other schools. This year, Boise State earned $1.6 million — $300,000 each for the Washington and Air Force games and $500,000 each for the Hawaii and Wyoming games. The Broncos earned $720,000 more than any other school. Wyoming, San Diego State and Nevada each earned $880,000. Without the bonus system, the $6.8 million would have been distributed with $618,181 to each school. -Chadd Cripe, Idaho StatesmanRead More

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Florida quarterback Will Grier, currently serving a one-year suspension following a failed drug test last month, is currently waiting to hear word from the NCAA on his appeal to the suspension. On Monday, Grier filed paperwork and had a conference call with NCAA officials in the final steps of his appeals process. The rest is now in the hands of the NCAA offices.  Grier claims he took the supplement from an over-the-counter product and says he was unaware the substance he took was on the banned list issued by the NCAA. The suspension, if upheld, would not expire until after the first six years of the 2016 season. -Kevin McGuire, College Football TalkRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The chairman of NCAA Division I’s top policy-making group says he would like to see the association’s wealthiest conferences consider following the Pac-12 in providing health-care coverage for all athletes after they have finished their college careers. “There’s no doubt that safety is maybe the issue of the day,” said Division I Board of Directors chair Harris Pastides, who is president of the University of South Carolina. “We recruit young people to come and play for us and injury is part of (playing college sports). So if we shake hands and make a pact and recruit them and pay for their education either in whole or in part and something goes wrong in executing that, I think we need to stick with them.” -Steve Berkowitz, USA TodayRead More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Student Association President Aysha Seedat will be meeting Wednesday with Syracuse University director of athletics Mark Coyle to discuss the potential for a student athletic fee. Last month, SA and Otto’s Army created a joint committee to create a proposal for a $100 student athletic fee, which would replace the way students currently buy season tickets for football and men’s basketball. The committee was composed of three SA assembly representatives and two Otto’s Army members. Currently, students must pay $219 to the Carrier Dome Box Office for a combination of football and men’s basketball season tickets. If implemented, the athletic fee would be automatically charged to students, but Seedat has said she hopes students would have the ability to easily opt out of the fee if they don’t want season tickets. Former SA President Boris Gresely originally proposed the idea for a student athletic fee last semester, but that proposal was put on hold after then-director of athletics Daryl Gross resigned in March. SU hired Coyle in June. -Michael Burke, The Daily Orange

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Oklahoma State attorneys have made it official: They want Texas coach Charlie Strong and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes for courtroom testimony in a lawsuit to determine who called plays for the Longhorns in 2014. Oklahoma State has filed formal notice that it wants Strong, Swoopes, former Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and a host of other assistant coaches and officials on the witness stand in a $600,000 breach-of-contract lawsuit against Longhorns offensive line coach Joe Wickline. Oklahoma State says Wickline made a lateral move to Texas in 2014 and didn’t take a promotion with “play-calling duties” as stated in his previous contract. The trial is scheduled for May 2016. Oklahoma State officials last week submitted their formal witness list to the court. -Associated Press, Fox Sports, Read More

UNION COLLEGE
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UNION COLLEGE

Union athletic director Jim McLaughlin said this morning he met Monday with John Audino, but refused to say if a decision has been reached whether the longtime football coach will return to the Dutchmen sidelines next season. “Right now John is our coach,” said McLaughlin, who played for and coached under Audino. “As I relayed in the past, at the end of each of our seasons for each of coaches we go through an evaluation process, and that is what we are going through right now,” he added. McLaughlin said the Division III coaches at Union, like administrators, are on year-to-year deals. -Mark McGuire, The Daily GazetteRead More


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