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January 6, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Nike Inc. has pledged $13.5 million toward renovations of track and field facilities at the University of Oregon, part of an upgrade that would facilitate the venue’s hosting of the 2021 World Track & Field championships. The world’s largest sportswear maker said it has granted the first of two installments of $6.75 million to the University of Oregon Foundation, a nonprofit organization overseeing renovations to the school’s Hayward Field. Construction is scheduled to begin in August, according to the foundation’s website and includes a design that allows for temporary seating for as much as 30,000 people, the minimum required for the world championships. Hayward Field currently seats 10,500. Nike said the second installment of its commitment is contingent upon further fundraising for the project. -Dow Jones Business News, Nasdaq, Read More

MITCHELL COLLEGE
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MITCHELL COLLEGE

Mitchell College seeks a dynamic and self-motivated Head Softball Coach, who will maintain and continually support a successful women’s softball team. We are open to those seeking both full and part-time positions. The Head Women’s Softball Coach will be responsible for administering all aspects of the College’s Women’s Softball program, including but not limited to: recruitment and retention of qualified student-athletes, practice and performance preparation, scheduling, travel, budgeting, monitoring of student-athletes’ academic and athletic development, and rules compliance. In addition this position will assist with another sport/additional administrative duty in the off-season. Must be willing to work nights and weekends, travel is required. Apply here

January 5, 2016

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Russell Houghtaling has been appointed to lead Oregon State’s newly created Ideation team, University Vice President/Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury announced on Tuesday. The Ideation team, the first of its kind at the college athletics level, will be an innovative and ambitious in-house creative ad agency for Oregon State Athletics. Its charge will be to improve and increase awareness about the Oregon State brand, its teams, student-athletes and coaches as well as Beaver Nation. “From my perspective, there is no better place to live in America than Corvallis, and no athletic department so poised for ascent as Oregon State,” Houghtaling said. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

Drew Wilson, a veteran with over a decade of experience working with Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs in strength and conditioning, has been named the University of Colorado’s director of football strength and conditioning, head football coach Mike MacIntyre announced Tuesday. Wilson, 37, joins the CU staff effective immediately from the University of Maryland, where he spent the last five years as the Terrapins’ director of strength and conditioning, overseeing all aspects of training and development of the football team, which was coached by Randy Edsall. That also included working with the training staff in the design of both prehabilitation and rehabilitation programs for the student-athletes in injury prevention and healing. Read More

CALHOUN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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CALHOUN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Calhoun Community College’s Athletic Program will soon expand with the addition of a men and women’s golf program, scheduled to kick-off in August with the start of the 2016 fall semester.  According to Calhoun Athletic Director Dr. Nancy Keenum, the teams will compete in the Alabama Community College Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association.  There will be 8 scholarships available for the men’s team and 8 scholarships available for the women’s team. Scholarships will be fully funded to cover books, tuition, and fees. The golf program will be based on Calhoun’s Decatur Campus, and Point Mallard golf course in Decatur will serve as the host course. Point Mallard was chosen through a competitive selection process in November. –Hartselle EnquirerRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook stands to receive a six-figure bonus for the Cornhuskers’ national championship. The athletic department’s postseason bonus policy calls for Cook to be paid an extra $114,000. That’s 25 percent of his base salary of more than $456,000.  Executive associate athletic director and CFO John Jentz said Tuesday the bonus would be paid “pending a successful evaluation” of Cook by the administration. –centredaily.comRead More

COLLEGE OF SAINT BENEDICT
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COLLEGE OF SAINT BENEDICT

A new year is bringing a new way for family, friends and fans to keep up with scores, events and news from the College of the Saint Benedict athletic department.  Starting Tuesday, Jan. 5, the athletic department will send out a weekly digital newsletter. The newsletter, which will be delivered each Tuesday via email, will feature top sports stories, other CSB athletics news, comments from athletic director Glen Werner and more. All CSB athletics alumnae, as well as many friends of the various Blazer athletic teams, have been automatically signed up for the newsletter. Read More

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Diego State said that it has been notified by the NCAA that prior allegations made against the men’s basketball program “were not substantiated.” “I am pleased that this confirms what I and our administration have known all along, that as a staff, we take great pride in representing San Diego State University and the men’s basketball program, and conducting this program with the highest integrity,” Aztecs coach Steve Fisher said. The allegations became public in September following a report by CBSSports.com. The NCAA investigated potential rules violations. In it’s notification to the school, the NCAA stated in part, “Based on available information, the allegations were not substantiated, and it does not appear there is need for further inquiry.” -Jeff Goodman, ESPN, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

Head coach Larry Coker is out at UTSA, a source told FOX Sports on Tuesday morning. The 67-year-old created the UTSA football program and went 26-32 in five seasons. The Roadrunners were 3-9 this season. -Bruce Feldman, FOX Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM

UAB athletics announced today that donations received in 2015 exceeded $5 million, a record achievement for Blazer Boosters. Outstanding financial support and civic pride helped provide the necessary tools for UAB student-athletes and coaches to strive for excellence on and off the field. “We are so grateful to our loyal fans and community for their tremendous support,” said UAB Director of Athletics Mark Ingram. “I’d like to thank our donors, the Blazer Boosters staff and the UAB Development Office for all of their hard work. Great things are happening at UAB.” – Al.com. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

NCAA Division II and Sinclair Networks Group have reached a three-year agreement to televise national athletic events across the country on the American Sports Network. The package includes at least 11 regular-season football games and at least 18 women’s and men’s basketball games spread throughout Division II’s 320 schools and 24 conferences. ASN will distribute games to Sinclair-owned-and-operated television stations nationwide, as well as NCAA syndication partners across the country. All games included in ASN’s Division II Showcase package will also stream live on NCAA.com and the NCAA Sports mobile app. – NCAARead More.

HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
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HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

HBU has extended the contracts for seven of its 10 head coaches for three more years, Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci announced Monday. Ron Cottrell (men’s basketball), Jared Moon (baseball), Mary-Ellen Hall (softball), Misty Jones (women’s soccer), Steve Jones (men’s soccer), Theresa Fuqua (track & field/cross country) and David Shuster (men’s and women’s golf) have all been secured through the 2018-19 academic year. The other three head coaches – Vic Shealy (football), Donna Finnie (women’s basketball) and Trent Herman (volleyball/beach volleyball) – each received extensions last year. – Your Houston News. Read More.

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Katie Whitley has been named assistant director of marketing at East Carolina University, according to an announcement by assistant athletics director for marketing and sales Greg Herring. Whitley arrives after spending more than three years in UAB’s athletics marketing department, where she began as an intern in September of 2012. She was elevated to assistant director in January of 2014, where she was responsible for the promotion of the Blazers’ women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and track programs.

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY
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HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY

High Point University is seeking an Associate Athletic Director for Development. This position reports directly to the Sr. Associate Athletic Director for External/Internal Operations and provides executive oversight and coordination of HPU Athletics development to increase its revenue. This position serves as the Executive Director of the Panther Club and is responsible for the management and planning of athletic fundraising. The candidate will supervise the athletic development office and manage all aspects of the Panther Club Annual Fund. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

Before the Orange Bowl last week, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon starred in a bizarre say-nothing news conference as he faced reporters for the first time since sitting out the 2014 season for allegedly punching a woman. A media representative threatened to have reporters escorted out who asked “non-football” questions. It was reminiscent of former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who was accused of rape before accepting the 2013 Heisman Trophy. During his news conference in New York, when reporters attempted to ask him about the case, a team representative jumped in to chide media and then whisked Winston away. But in these cases of alleged domestic abuse and sexual assault against women, the athletes aren’t the quietest ones. The most silent on these issues is the NCAA. True to its hypocritical form, the organization makes a dangerous problem such as domestic violence on campuses worse by shrugging its shoulders and leaving the universities to decide on punishment (often a tsk-tsk response to serious allegations). Kudos to the NCAA for working with the White House to start the It’s On Us campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. But in actuality, the organization is clearly telling college programs, It’s Up To You. -Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune, Read More

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
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HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

The success of Hofstra Athletics on the fields of play certainly influenced the department in other areas as the Pride’s digital footprint had an outstanding year as well. Digitally-speaking – Hofstra’s main social media accounts (@HofstraPride) all saw significant increases from this point last year. The department’s Instagram account saw a spectacular 63% increase in followers to 4,250, the department’s Facebook page saw a nearly 18% increase in likes to 8,250 and the official Twitter account increased by more than 13% to 6,800 followers. The official YouTube page of Hofstra Athletics (user – GoHofstra) saw an increase of seven percent in total views. In addition the average view duration on the page increased by 14 seconds per user and the total watch time in minutes increased by more than 19%. GoHofstra.com, the official website of Hofstra Pride Athletics, just concluded its first full year with its digital partner SIDEARM Sports and page views increased nearly 21% over last year, while users was up almost 54% and average time on site per user was up two seconds. –Read More

CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY
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CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY

Christopher Newport University invites applications for the position of Director of Athletics. The University seeks candidates who will provide exceptional, inspirational and visionary leadership, administrative oversight, and strategic direction for all competitive intercollegiate athletics and recreation programs, including its staff, facilities, and activities. The Director of Athletics is responsible for all duties and responsibilities associated with the development of an elite, nationally ranked Athletics program with aspirations of consistently playing in NCAA Division III post-season tournaments and the promotion of Christopher Newport University’s mission and values as a preeminent, undergraduate liberal arts university. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Ray Tanner caught some criticism for his decision to hire Will Muschamp as head football coach, but Tanner has been pleased so far with how the former Auburn defensive coordinator has grabbed the bull by the horns in his new job, especially on the recruiting trail and building his staff. “As I anticipated, he has been a tireless worker and tireless recruiter,” Tanner said. “It was going to be 24/7 and that’s the way most coaches are. I don’t know if that’s the most healthy thing to be sometimes, but that’s what I expected. The way he has put his staff together and getting recruits on board is certainly great for the Gamecocks. He’s relentless. Every single day, he is very organized and he has a plan about what he is going to do, be it recruiting or putting his staff together as we move forward.” -Scott Hood, Gamecock Central, Read More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Last Thursday’s College Football Playoff semifinals — played this year on New Year’s Eve instead of New Year’s Day — saw massive declines in the television audiences for both games. Despite that, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said Monday on The Audible podcast that he and the conference commissioners that oversee the event are “not talking about making any changes.” “The contract is in place for 12 years,” Hancock said in an interview taped Monday morning. “We have not talked at all about making any changes.” Despite relentless ads on ESPN urging viewers to “plan accordingly” on New Year’s Eve, large numbers of people tuned out the afternoon Clemson-Oklahoma Orange Bowl and primetime Alabama-Michigan State Cotton Bowl. The former saw a 45 percent drop from the previous year’s Rose Bowl (from around 28 million viewers to 15.64 million). The latter declined 34 percent to 18.55 million. Hancock said the lopsided nature of both contests — Clemson won 37-17, Alabama 38-0 — make it difficult to say how much the change of date was a factor as opposed to the less competitive games. “We all need to be careful, step back and remember that one year does not make a trend,” he said. -Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman, FOX Sports, Read More

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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

Though New Mexico’s second-largest university did not compete in a bowl game this week, KOB learned the school is waging a different kind of battle with state leaders over taxes collected on lucrative athletic contracts. New Mexico State University filed a lawsuit against the state and Secretary Demesia Padilla at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department on Tuesday.  The university’s attorneys claim it overpaid on its governmental gross receipts taxes by roughly $283,000 in the last several years. NMSU has requested a refund, but the state has so far refused. College sports can be a big-money operation.  The New Mexico State Aggies are not necessarily well-known nationally, but the school’s sports programs draw revenue nonetheless – especially when games are played out-of-state. As part of the lawsuit, NMSU’s attorneys attached numerous contracts the school signed with its out-of-state opponents.  Some of the contracts are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.  For instance, Auburn University agreed to pay NMSU $900,000 for a single football game played in Auburn, Alabama in 2012. Since December 2011, NMSU contends it “erroneously paid” governmental gross receipts taxes on the contracts. –Ryan Luby, KOB, Read More

PRATT INSTITUTE
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PRATT INSTITUTE

Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY is seeking applications for the position of Head Women’s Volleyball Coach.This is a part-time 12-month per year position that is responsible for administration of all aspects of the program. SALARY is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A bachelor’s degree is required. Apply here

January 4, 2016

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

The Saginaw Valley State University Athletic Department is set to host its 13th-annual blood drive on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. The event will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Cardinal Gym, located in the Ryder Center.  This is the largest producing single day blood drive in the Saginaw area, as there are 140 time slots that are available. Last year, MI Blood collected 87 pints of blood from SVSU student-athletes but we hope to improve our production this year with the help of the entire SVSU community. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

The University of Northern Iowa has contracted with Collegiate Sports Associates out of North Carolina to assist with the athletic director search. Founder and president Todd Turner will provide leadership as UNI moves through the search process.  Turner has held the position of athletic director at the University of Connecticut, North Carolina State University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Washington. Prior to founding Collegiate Sports Associates, he was a member of numerous NCAA committees and advisory boards. –wcfcourier.comRead More

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

The Lamar University Athletics Department has joined forces with ESPN to deliver live coverage of home men’s and women’s basketball games for this season and home football games beginning with the 2016 season. The package starts tonight with a basketball doubleheader against the University of New Orleans. The women’s game will start at 5 p.m., with the men’s game slated for a 7:30 p.m.tipoff. All nine remaining women’s home games and eight of the nine remaining men’s games will be on ESPN3. The Jan. 11 men’s game vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will be televised by the American Sports Network. “Lamar University is honored and excited to work with ESPN in the coverage of our home games,” LU Director of Athletics Jason Henderson said. –The Record LiveRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Eyebrow-raising read from an article Keff Ciardello’s of Texas Redzone published on several key missteps search firms have taken over the past several years. Ciardello puts Parker Executive Search under the microscope examining hires at the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, The University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, and the University of Indiana. Ciardello goes on to claim that 14 athletics directors that got their job through Parker, used the firm to help them hire later on. Ciardello concludes the piece by stating, “This could set a dangerous precedent in which the hiring process is blinded by conflicts of interest.” –Read More

KEENE STATE COLLEGE
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KEENE STATE COLLEGE

Keene State College invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Athletics. The College is seeking a dynamic and experienced athletics administrator who will provide strategic and operational leadership to the intercollegiate athletics and recreation programs. The successful candidate will be a visionary who will build upon Keene State College’s success as one of the premier public athletics departments in New England, winning 15 straight Little East Conference Commissioner’s Cups and consistently ranking in the top 80 in the NACDA Director’s Cup Standings. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, the Director of Athletics will be responsible for planning, implementing, and administering a program of intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation, consisting of 18 sports classified in Division III of the NCAA with an annual operating budget of $2.3 million. –Apply Here

TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY
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TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY

As offensive coordinator at Temple University, Marcus Satterfield played a large role during the past three years in turning around a struggling program, helping lift the Owls to a conference divisional championship, 10-win season, first Top 25 ranking in 36 years, and bowl appearance. Now Satterfield, 39, is increasing his wingspan. Stepping away from his post with the Owls, Satterfield was named Monday morning as head coach of the Tennessee Tech University Golden Eagles. Joined by his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Harper, Satterfield was introduced at a press conference on campus, becoming the 12th head football coach as the program heads into its 95th season in 2016. “As a coach’s son growing up in the state of Tennessee, and coaching in the state and the Ohio Valley Conference, I have always looked at Tennessee Tech as a possible landing spot for me,” Satterfield said.  “There is so much potential, not just for football, but also with the location, the tremendous academics, the support system that is in place, and the commitment from the administration. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

ULM is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance (5740). The ideal applicants duties will include providing leadership in the university’s efforts to maintain institutional control by developing systems that protect and assist coaches, student-athletes, the Athletic Department, and the university in following the rules. Systems must be implemented in all areas of the NCAA Operating Bylaws: ethical conduct, personnel, amateurism, recruiting, eligibility, financial aid, benefits, and playing and practice seasons.  Continually monitor, audit, evaluate, and seek to improve compliance systems and those who utilize them to ensure accuracy and efficiency. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. –Apply Here

CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY
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CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY

Cumberland Athletics has a new logo and nickname moving forward. In a release from the athletic department, “The Cumberland Phoenix” was unveiled for all things related to the CU sports programs. For several seasons, “Bulldogs” has been absent from the front of CU’s competition jerseys and “Bulldogs” is a very common nickname among college teams. The Phoenix is a ubiquitous symbol of Cumberland University. The rising bird appears on the institution’s official seal and already lends its likeness to a version of Cumberland’s athletic logo. It adorns the stained glass of the University’s Baird Chapel, grants its name to the institution’s alumni magazine, and serves as the namesake of Cumberland’s annual Phoenix Ball. – The Wilson Post. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee has settled a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by three former female employees. The plaintiffs were Former associate director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak, and Lady Vols strength coaches Heather Mason and Collins Schollser. They filed a pay discrimination complaint in 2010 and then a lawsuit two years later. The settlement is a total of $750,000 for the three, plus attorneys’ fees. –WDEF, Read More


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