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May 25, 2016

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The long-awaited construction of LSU’s nutrition center on Skip Bertman Drive is no longer happening. The center will now be a part of Tiger Stadium, said Eddie Nunez, deputy director of athletics in charge of projects. The athlete-only dining hall will occupy an empty floor of the south end zone addition, opened in 2014. The school recently decided to scrap the idea of building a separate facility, with the state’s budget crisis in mind, Nunez said. Architects are currently in the process of creating designs to turn the 30,000 square foot space into a nutrition center and dining hall for athletes. The space is expected to include all of the amenities designed for the separate facility, including a large dining room, lounge area, cooking demonstration areas and a fueling station. -Ross Dellenger,  theadvocate.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

University of Nebraska President Hanks Bounds has received a draft of the report from an independent survey conducted to examine the culture and leadership of the Husker athletic department. Bounds told The World-Herald on Wednesday he has begun to peruse the results, and that a public document eventually will be issued. Nebraska, in January, contracted with SilverStone Group of Omaha to do face-to-face interviews with some employees and distribute electronic surveys to others to evaluate the work environment under Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst. Eichorst arrived in October 2012, first as a special assistant to Chancellor Harvey Perlman. Eichorst took over as athletic director in January 2013. -Lee Barfknecht, omaha.comRead More

BIG TEN

The Big Ten will use its own replay collaboration procedures in 2016. But the league has decided to have the referee and replay officials in the stadium booth work together more closely, instead of going to a one-stop shop in the conference office. Here’s how replay will work in all Big Ten games this season: when there is a review, the referee will be handed a computer tablet so he can watch the same replays that the officials in the booth are seeing. In previous years, the referee simply listened on a headset as the replay official decided whether to overturn a call or let it stand. Big Ten referees have been instructed that they are to be in “listen mode, not talk mode” during the review, Carollo said, and they won’t have any control over the video they are seeing. But they can offer input if they think a rule is being misinterpreted or if the replay officials are missing something. The replay official always will have the final say on the decision, but involving the referee will allow the on-field crew chief to better explain those decisions to fans and to coaches on the sidelines. -Brian Bennett, ESPN, Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse has announced the six person search committee that will aid the Orange as they seek a replacement for Mark Coyle. Coyle left earlier this month to accept the athletic director position at Minnesota. Syracuse expects to have its new AD in place by the beginning of fall the semester. The university has not yet enlisted the help of  a search firm or consultant but Chancellor Syverud and the committee may call upon one if they feel a firm could aid the search. Members of the committee include: Chancellor and chair Kent Syverud, football coach Dino Babers, professor Richard Burton, deputy AD/SWA Kimberly Kennan-Kirkpatrick, university trustee Robert Miron and basketball student-athlete Brittney Sykes.

WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY
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WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY

Wheeling Jesuit University is seeking a Head Coach for Swimming. The Head Coach will Independently and primarily responsible for: recruiting / retaining / training / coaching student athletes; coordinating and completing all auxiliary and support activities; and fulfilling all position-specific requirements to create a viable NCAA D-II men’s and women’s swimming program. Email: [email protected]

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
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HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

Hofstra University, an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Colonial Athletic Association is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of assistant women’s soccer coach. Please email a resume and cover letter along with a list of at least three coaching references to: Rachel August, Assistant Director of Athletics/ Administration. Email: [email protected]

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

Wichita State’s athletic future is due for its assessment soon. A report from Creative Sports Solutions is due around the end of May. The report will assess Wichita State’s options for conferences and adding sports. WSU is upfront about its desire to see if it can find a new conference with stronger basketball and schools similar in educational and research mission. Read More.

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced today that the conference has reached a new multi-year agreement for a comprehensive national television package with four leading outlets; ESPN, CBS Sports Network, the American Sports Network (ASN) and beIN SPORTS. “We explored a number of traditional, digital and additional outlets during the negotiation process,” MacLeod said. “Our interests are aligned and we are very excited about the potential of these partnerships. All parties will reap the benefits of these agreements.” Read More.

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY
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ANDERSON UNIVERSITY

Anderson University (IN), a NCAA Division III institution and a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference invites applications for the position of Head Coach for Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field. This position directs the development of the Cross Country / Track & Field programs within NCAA, HCAC and University guidelines. Qualified and interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and employment application to [email protected]

BIG TEN

Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany today announced promotions for three conference staff members, as Scott Chipman was named Associate Commissioner, Football Operations, Jessica Palermo was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Men’s & Women’s Basketball Operations, and Kerry Kenny was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Public Affairs. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Mark Richt told boosters in Chicago last week he was donating $1 million of his own money to fund Miami’s indoor practice facility, several sources who were at the event told the Post. Richt’s comments were first reported by Canesport. UM Athletics Director Blake James told the Post that Richt’s gift had not been finalized, so he would not confirm the amount. Plans are on paper for the facility — and have been shown to prospective donors and recruits — but aren’t ready for public view. – Matt Porter, caneswatch. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO

David Sabolcik, Jr., who has a strong national reputation in collegiate athletic leadership during his distinguished career, has been named the new Senior Associate Athletic Director of External Operations by Director of Athletics Darren Dunn. Sabolcik will be a part of the department’s senior staff and provide leadership for all of the external areas at UNC and will serve as the sport administrator for several different sports. Read More.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University expects to have an announcement by June 3 regarding the findings of an investigation by the Pepper Hamilton law firm into the school’s handling of sexual assault complaints, according to a statement Tuesday from spokesperson Lori Fogleman. -Dan Wolken, USA Today, Read More

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY
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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University, has been named to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I board of directors, effective Aug. 5, 2016. His term will continue through August 2020. The NCAA board of directors serves as the overall governing body for Division I, with responsibility for strategy, policy, governance and membership, legislative oversight and management oversight. –Read More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Sports Video Group announced Penn State University Assistant Athletic Director, Media and Video Production Jim Nachtman as the recipient of the 2016 SVG College Sports Summit Pioneer Award happening at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta on June 2. -Darren Domirez, University Herald, Read More

SOUTHERN WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Southern Wesleyan University, a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution, is accepting applications for the position of Head Coach Women’s Lacrosse. SWU is a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). SWU currently competes in the very competitive Conference Carolinas’. SWU is anticipating full membership to the NCAA II in summer of 2016. Apply here

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

A Mormon tennis player is suing Idaho State University, claiming he was discriminated against because of his faith. Orin Duffin filed suit against the school Friday, alleging he was subject to severe harassment while playing for the men’s tennis team because of his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stuart Summers, ISU’s associate vice president for Marketing and Communications, said Monday that school officials would not comment on the pending litigation. The suit comes almost a year after ISU’s Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity completed an investigation into allegations that Duffin was subjected to religious harassment. That investigation found corroboration for allegations that assistant coach Nate Gross and some team members sent women, possibly prostitutes or strippers, to Duffin’s hotel room while the team was at a tournament in Las Vegas. The investigation also found that then-head coach Bobby Goeltz permitted a culture of hostility toward Duffin on the team and failed to investigate allegations of Gross’ misconduct. -Victor Flores and Bryan Clark, Post Register, Read More

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon State University plans to enlist the assistance of student-athletes in a new campaign to address high-risk drinking by students. Called OSU Choices, the three-year project will use a $30,000 grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The goal is to reduce the number of students who engage in high-risk drinking, defined as five or more alcoholic drinks at one sitting. For the first time OSU plans to use student-athletes as trainers in on-campus workshops aimed at the general student body. In the past, staff members from the Alcohol, Drug and Violence Prevention Center have been primarily responsible for developing alcohol-related programs. -James Day, Corvallis Gazette-Times, Read More

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Kurt Esser laid out some of his vision for Redhawks athletics and explained his previous experiences during an open forum on Tuesday afternoon at the University Center Program Lounge on Southeast’s campus. Esser ,one of three finalists for the Southeast Missouri State athletics director job, is currently senior associate athletic director at the University of New Mexico. “I can make a difference here. I really do feel that I can help push along our university mission, our community and our athletic department mission,” Esser said. “I think we can win more, I think we can add more to our resources, and I think we can graduate great students and student-athletes that will be very productive, and you can do that on any level. It doesn’t matter whether you’re FCS, Power 5, Division III. My passion is in dealing with our staff, coaches and student-athletes.” -Erin Unerstall, Southeast Missourian, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

North Texas announced a decision that could affect the school for years on Monday, when athletic director Rick Villarreal stepped down after more than 15 years on the job. The big question now is where UNT goes from here. UNT President Neal Smatresk laid out the basics Monday morning. Villarreal will stay on until June 20. An interim athletic director then will be named, a process a school spokesman said likely won’t be finalized for at least a couple of weeks. Smatresk is expected to meet with UNT’s key athletic staff members at that time to formulate plans for the program’s immediate future. The Mean Green were in the market for a new football coach after parting ways with Dan McCarney five games into last season. UNT used the search firm DHR International while looking for a replacement for McCarney. UNT’s president could look to hire a search firm again. A firm could help with the search process by vetting candidates and helping facilitate meetings with school officials. UNT’s Board of Regents, which will be involved in the process and must approve contracts of more than $1 million, just met last week. -Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, Read More

May 24, 2016

NCAA
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NCAA

The center photograph celebrating UCLA’s record $280-million shoe and apparel deal with Under Armour  on Tuesday was poignantly missing someone. On one side was smiling Bruins Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. On the other was smiling Under Armour executive Kevin Plank. Between them was a crisp new white Under Armour UCLA basketball jersey. Missing was the athlete who will wear that jersey. Absent was the athlete upon whose back this deal was cut.-Bill Plaschke, latimes.comRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Hours after being named the permanent athletic director at the University of Washington, Jen Cohen tackled one of the thorniest issues heading into her tenure – the future of men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar.  “All of our coaches feel the pressure to win all the time,” Cohen said Tuesday during a radio interview with KJR’s Dave Mahler. “In talking with Lorenzo he’s got a burning desire to get this thing right. He’s still got a passion for this place and a commitment to it and he’s shown that.  “I am convinced right now that he is the best guy to try and lead us through.” Cohen’s predecessor Scott Woodward gave Romar a 10-year contract extension that that pays him $1.7 million annually and expires after the 2019-20 season. -Percy Allen, seattletimes.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

When Barry Alvarez was extended an offer to become the football coach at the University of Wisconsin in 1990, he approached some of his friends and mentors for advice before accepting. The school seemed like a disaster. The athletic program was bankrupt and the football and basketball programs were in bad shape. The team he would be taking over had not had a winning season since 1984. Alvarez was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame at the time and went to coach Lou Holtz for his opinion. He also sought out former Irish coach Ara Parseghian and Iowa coach Hayden Fry and asked both if they thought it was a good idea to go to Wisconsin.-Scott Venci, greenbaypressgazette.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

While past performance may not necessarily be a predictor of future results, the initial returns on Montana’s investment in its year-old student-athlete academic center, which had nearly 14,000 visits during the school year, is already paying out record numbers. Montana’s 305 student-athletes had an average GPA of 3.17 for the 2016 spring semester, the best term in the record-keeping era, which dates back to the 1999 fall semester, all while taking an average course load of 14.1 credits. That successful term bumped those student-athletes’ average cumulative GPA to 3.2, also a record and the 22nd consecutive semester that metric has been 3.0 or better, dating back to the 2005 fall semester. Read More

RICE UNIVERSITY

Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard announced today the receipt of two pledges for renovations at Reckling Park. The pledges will allow Rice to maintain Reckling Park’s place among the elite venues in college baseball and will consist of new hospitality area along the first base and a new indoor hitting facility to replace the existing structure. Rice Professor Emeritus Bob Bixby and his wife, Betty pledged the gift for the new indoor hitting facility while a private pledge has been made for the new hospitality area which will be called “The Roost”. The design phase is expected to commence this summer, with construction to follow in accordance with university policies regarding capital projects. Read More

UCLA
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UCLA

UCLA and Under Armour announced a new, 15-year performance footwear and apparel agreement. Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank joined UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero to introduce the partnership between one of the world’s most recognizable collegiate athletic programs and the global leader in innovative performance products. As part of the partnership, Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel and equipment for training and game-day uniforms for all 25 of the university’s men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams. The long-term agreement between the university and brand, which commences July 1, 2017, is the largest apparel deal in the history of the NCAA, reaffirming UCLA’s status as a world-class institution and Under Armour’s position as a global leader committed to collegiate athletics. Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Mark Kirkorian admits he is not the most tech savvy person when it comes to social media networks outside of Facebook. So when former players and former assistant coaches began to send him congratulatory notes on Tuesday, he just took them in stride before realizing the news was released. Kirkorian signed a contract extension last month that will keep him at the helm of Florida State’s soccer program through the 2020 season. -Jordan Culver and Safid Deen, tallahassee.comRead More

PAC-12
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PAC-12

The Pac-12 CEO Group – made up of the presidents and chancellors of Pac-12 universities – has reviewed the Conference’s report on student-athlete time demands and authorized its release, the Conference reported today. (See the report here.) Also during its annual Board meeting, the CEO Group took action to reduce night football games, added fines to the conference policy on court and field storming, and announced that Pac-12 Networks will commence eSports competitions in 2016-2017.  The CEO Group has stressed the importance of rebalancing time demands of student-athletes as part of the overall effort to modernize intercollegiate athletics. The new report takes a comprehensive look at the issue, reviews recent national and Pac-12 surveys, synthesizes direct feedback from student-athletes gathered on a Commissioner-led listening tour of all 12 campuses, creates a list of best practices seen in action on Pac-12 campuses, and lays out several possible legislative solutions. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

On its 67th day without a men’s basketball coach, the University of Delaware settled on someone who’d been viewed as one of the strongest candidates since Day One. Actually, Martin Ingelsby’s name had even been whispered as a possible successor to Monte Ross when it appeared Ross may not be back after the 2014-15 season. As it turned out, the Notre Dame assistant’s chance as Blue Hens head coach comes now. Delaware officially announced his hiring Tuesday evening. The hiring was first reported by Gary Parish of CBS Sports. An introductory press conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning. -Kevin Tresolini, delawareonline.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The investigation into Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine is no longer strictly an athletic department matter. The university’s Title IX Office is also part of the investigation, which remains ongoing, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Star. That office handles complaints regarding sex-based discrimination. Christian Basi, the associate director for the MU News Bureau, said the university is barred by privacy guidelines from discussing Title IX cases and could not confirm the investigation. Mizzou athletic director Mack Rhoades, who appeared Monday night at the Junior Service League of Independence, did not acknowledge that MU’s Title IX Office was investigating Earleywine but said he sympathized with those frustrated by the length of the two-month investigation. -Tod Palmer, The Kansas City StarRead More


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