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December 16, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE

Matt Viator will have to hope his coaching career at Louisiana-Monroe gets off to a smoother start than his introduction. The former McNeese State coach was formally introduced as the 13th head coach in ULM history on Monday morning at Malone Stadium in Monroe.  The ceremony was not without peculiarities — ULM President Nick Bruno mispronounced Viator’s last name, Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom related a story about Viator unclogging the toilet in the Sam Houston State visitor’s locker room as an example of his blue-collar, can-do spirit, and the first question asked of him was posed by ULM’s mascot, who is mute. Viator, who last week interviewed twice for the position, did not learn he was hired until Sunday night. He has not yet determined who will join his staff in Monroe. -Alex Hickey, americanpress.com- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The University of Illinois will pay a search firm $140,000 to help with its athletic director search, the UI announced Wednesday. The firm, Korn Ferry, is the world’s largest executive search firm, and has helped higher athletic administrators and head coaches at Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Virginia. As recently as Dec. 4, Wilson said she hadn’t decided on whether to use a search firm. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the process of selecting a search firm began in mid-November. The firm will help the eight-member search committee, made up of alumni, faculty and athletic officials. The committee was named Dec. 4.- Johnathan Hettinger, The News-GazetteRead More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

For all the on-field successes Baker Mayfield has experienced in 2015 with Oklahoma, it is easy to forget how stressful the 2014 offseason was for Mayfield and his family. Mayfield’s transfer from Texas Tech to Oklahoma was nasty; Bob Stoops believed Mayfield should not have to sit out a year because he was a walk-on, Texas Tech initially blocked the transfer entirely and the final result was Mayfield being allowed to play for the Sooners but having to sit out the 2014 season. As it stands, Mayfield has only played two full seasons but will have just one year of eligibility remaining after the 2015 season. NCAA and Big 12 rules state that if a player transfers to an in-conference school and is not immediately eligible (like a graduate transfer, for example), they must lose the year of eligibility they sit out. Mayfield’s family appealed the rule to the Big 12 Faculty Athletics Representatives last May, but the league declined to give the Sooners’ quarterback his fourth year of eligibility back. -Chip Patterson, CBS Sports, Read More

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
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MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE

Valley commissioner Doug Elgin, while acknowledging that the loss of Wichita State would be a big one, took a diplomatic approach. “We’re respectful of the process that the president has outlined through the media,” Elgin said Tuesday. “We regret there’s any feeling that Wichita State has to go through this self-assessment, but we understand that this happens from time to time. “We hope that Wichita State is going to come back to a conclusion that they have the best fit currently with this league.” The conference commissioner doesn’t keep a master list of possible replacement schools, or even a mental list of member institutions that might be moving on and need replacing. “I think it would be counterproductive to speculate about Wichita State’s future and about any possibility that our league would consider expansion, or even the replacement of any school that might leave,” Elgin said. Even if Elgin isn’t ready to talk publicly about the what-ifs about the future of the Missouri Valley, rest assured he’s not sitting idly by and waiting to get blindsided by any surprise movement or realignment. “Our head is not in the sand; we’re always vigilant and looking at national trends and how movement in other conferences might affect the Missouri Valley,” Elgin said. -Jim Connell, Springfield News-Leader, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA quietly is talking to CBS Sports and Turner Sports about their 14-year, $10.8 billion March Madness contract, even though the deal runs through the 2024 tournament, according to several sources. -John Ourand & Michael Smith, Sport Business Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Arkansas volleyball Coach Robert Pulliza has released a statement through a Little Rock public relations firm refuting allegations of bullying and intimidating his players. “These last few weeks have been some of the most difficult that I have experienced in my life, both personally and professionally as a coach,” Pulliza said in the statement. “Any accusation that I have threatened physical harm to any player or called players names like the demeaning terms that have been alleged is simply false. “Many of the allegations made against me speak more to a style of coaching that might not be for everyone, but is not uncommon in college athletics. “These accusations have come from a small number of players. Unfortunately, coaching often involves making difficult decisions that do not always please each individual player, but which are necessary for the betterment of the team as a whole.” An Arkansas spokesman said Pulliza’s statement was not coordinated with the UA. The athletic department confirmed last Wednesday it had started an investigation of the volleyball program after receiving the anonymous letter and would have no further comment until the process is completed. -Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, Read More

WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
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WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN

West Virginia Wesleyan is pleased to announce the hiring of Del Smith as the newest head coach of the Bobcat football program. Smith, who has most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Bridgewater College, succeeds George Shehl who resigned last month after leading the Bobcats for three years. Randy Tenney, West Virginia Wesleyan athletic director, had this to say about the hiring process and coach Smith – “There were many qualified candidates within the over 100 resumes we received, but we feel we have the right guy in Del Smith to move the Wesleyan football program forward.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE

UW-L will not have an interim head football coach as it searched for Joel Dettwiler’s replacement. Instead, it will rely more heavily on assistants Andrew “Andy” McGlenn and Mike Anderson. McGlenn, an assistant coach/offensive line/recruiting coordinator, will take over most of the recruiting duties. Anderson, meanwhile, will handle the internal operations of the football program, said athletic director Kim Blum, who met with the team Tuesday afternoon. For example, the search and screen committee, which numbers 11, is comprised of current football players, an alum, coaches from other sports, campus representatives as well as a faculty and administrative staff member. The committee, headed by David Johnson, the school’s assistant athletic director for media relations, will do much of the early leg work. But when it comes down to it, Blum, who took over as UW-L’s full-time athletic director in March, is the quarterback. She gets to make the call, which could happen by mid-to-late February. -Jeff Brown, LaCrosse Tribune, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is retiring effective immediately, he said Tuesday after the team’s win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Longtime assistant Greg Gard is taking over as interim head coach. “After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said in a statement released after the game. Ryan coached Wisconsin to a school-record 36 wins last season and a loss in the national championship game against Duke. Wisconsin is 7-5 this season, one more loss than the Badgers had all last season. Ryan, who turns 68 on Sunday, had said in a statement in June that he would coach this season and then step down. –ESPN, Read More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE
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MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Manhattan College, an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), is seeking applications for the vacant position of full-time Asst. Men’s Soccer Coach. The successful candidate will assist the Head Soccer Coach with all aspects of the Manhattan soccer program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruitment of qualified student-athletes, game scheduling, direction of practices, implementation of game strategies, assisting in the successful management of the men’s soccer budget, fundraising, supporting student-athlete academic success, and assisting in developing championship teams while maintaining the highest ethical standards. Apply here

MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY

College AD has been able to independently confirm Football Scoop’s report that McNeese State will name Lance Guidry as the Cowboys next head coach. Guidry, a McNeese State graduate has been the Cowboys defensive coordinator since he returned to the program in 2013. This will be Guidry’s first full time college head coaching job, he did serve a brief stent as interim head coach at Western Kentucky in 2012. McNeese State has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State University is seeking Director, Ticket Sales and Service. The said position manages the day-to-day operations of spectator experiences and entertainment at Sun Devil Athletic’ (SDA) sporting events. ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.  Apply here

December 15, 2015

MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

The Michigan Tech Athletics Department wants to make sure you’re aware of a scam making the rounds. Several people have received contact from an unnamed company stating they represent MTU Athletics. The scammer offers advertisement opportunities at athletic events being held off campus. The University wants you to know this is a scam. – abc10up.comRead More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

As of Monday afternoon, WSU had sold about 1,900 tickets for its Dec. 26 bowl game in El Paso, Texas — out of its allotment of 6,000. Paul Finn, WSU’s assistant athletic director for ticket sales, said Monday in an email that the Cougars are about where they expected to be with ticket sales. The Cougars’ ticket office pre-sold about 600 tickets before the game was announced — but this pales in comparison with the 2,500 pre-announcement reservations WSU took in 2013 before the New Mexico Bowl. Finn said WSU expects to distribute between 3,500 to 4,000 tickets by game day. Fortunately for the Cougars, the Pac-12 will cover up to 50 percent of unsold tickets from their bowl allotment of 6,000. – Stefanie Loh, The Seattle TimesRead More

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Middle Tennessee State University is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director- Equipment/Operations. The said position will work directly with the Director of Athletics, the Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Game Operations, the Head Football Coach and the head coaches of the 16 other NCAA Division I sports sponsored by the University to oversee and manage all aspects of the Athletic Equipment Room for the University’s NCAA Division I Football program and its 16 additional athletic programs within NCAA guidelines.  Incumbent will oversee all aspects of the University’s apparel contract negotiating, ordering, distributing and placing into inventory all appropriate and necessary equipment for each of the University’s 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina will name its indoor practice facility for Steve and Jerri Spurrier, and is one step closer to building a $50 million football operations center right next to it. USC’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday gave final approval to naming the indoor facility for the Spurriers, and initial full-board approval to the football operations building. The naming of the indoor facility will likely take place in the spring, USC athletic director Ray Tanner said after the meeting, while the operations center now becomes a state project subject to several more layers of approval. The 100,000-square-foot building would house meeting rooms, locker rooms, weight rooms, training rooms and coaches’ offices, all currently located at Williams-Brice Stadium, and continue the migration of USC’s football facilities across Bluff Road to where the Gamecocks’ indoor and outdoor practice fields are located. -David Caraviello, The Post and CourierRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

The Tuscaloosa Police Department spent $544,459.50 on overtime pay to police all seven Alabama home games in 2014, according to documents obtained by public records request. If previous seasons are an indicator, that number will grow. As the Nick Saban era reached new benchmarks in on-field success and revenue, the cost of policing more highly populated games has risen accordingly. During the Tide’s 2009 national championship season, TPD spent $430,396.20 for 11,035.8 hours of overtime to work seven games, according to documents. According to the city of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Alabama athletics did not reimburse Tuscaloosa PD for working on campus to secure Bryant-Denny in 2014. After multiple public information requests filed by SB Nation to the city and university, no evidence has been produced that the university has ever reimbursed its home city for hundreds of thousands of dollars of city labor spent on football games each year. -Steven Godfrey and Matt Brown, SB Nation, Read More

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

Providence College today announced plans for a new, $37.5-million athletics center, attached to Alumni Hall, which will include a basketball practice facility as well as additional space for athletics department activities. The Ruane Friar Development Center is named after former PC board of trustees chairman Michael A. Ruane and his wife, Elizabeth, whose gift to the college made the project possible. The new building has been discussed for more than a decade as schools around the country have built training facilities specifically for basketball, separate from their playing arenas. Last year, for instance, Connecticut christened a $40-million basketball training facility adjacent to Gampel Pavilion on the Storrs campus. Virtually every Big East school already has a basketball practice facility in place on campus. -Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

It’s official: The University of Cincinnati will renovate Fifth Third Arena and its basketball program will stay on campus, but it will take a year longer than expected and cost significantly more than previously anticipated. UC’s trustees approved a request to fund and design a refurbished arena although UC’s athletic department still has tens of millions of dollars to raise to make it happen.  Athletic Director Mike Bohn told trustees that the department had raised or had commitments for funds in the low-$20 million range. The board wants the department to raise $40 million of the $87 million cost of the renovation. The entire cost is expected to be raised privately, including through the sale of suites. “The engagement has been at an incredibly high level,” Bohn said. “The board has really challenged us to build the finest, state-of-the-art on-campus arena in the country.” Board Chairman Thomas Humes said the board is confident the athletic department will raise the rest of the needed funds. “I think the fact that they’re already in the low $20s is phenomenal given how much time they’ve had,” Humes said, noting that preliminary approval came in August. -Chris Wetterich and Steve Watkins, Cincinnati Business Courier, Read More

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

North Dakota State University is seeking an Assistant/Associate Athletic Director for Development. The position reports to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and Director of Athletics. Works with Senior Associate Athletic Director and the North Dakota State University Foundation in directing and coordinating activities related to fund-raising for Intercollegiate Athletics. Will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts, both current and deferred, to the Intercollegiate Athletic Department. Will work with alumni and friends to determine their philanthropic interests, with an immediate focus on Intercollegiate Athletics’ fund raising goals. Will work with the Senior Associate Athletic Director to develop an annual gift solicitation plan including: goals, quantifiable objectives, and strategies for achievement. –Apply Here

WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

After 29 years at the helm of the Western Connecticut State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Ed Farrington has announced he will depart on January 31, 2016. Since his arrival in 1986, Western’s programs have made 62 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, led by the women’s basketball’s 12 showings.  The softball and women’s soccer programs have each appeared in 11 NCAA Tournaments.  On the men’s side, basketball and soccer have appeared in the NCAAs nine and seven times, respectively.  In 2002, the softball team advanced to the Division III College World Series in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  The women’s soccer team advanced to the Division III Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Florida in 2007. Farrington has been a member of the Executive Committee for the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA) and the Little East Conference.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

Teamworks, a leading provider of collaboration and communication software for athletic organizations, and Oklahoma Football are pleased to announce a new partnership to modernize Oklahoma’s communication and organizational approaches. “Competition at the top is tighter than ever, and you really cannot justify any behavior that wastes time – not for your coaches, your players, or your support staff. Tracking down and filling out paperwork, trying to figure out daily schedules, and having to follow up to make sure everyone’s on the same page are all things that take up valuable time,” said Matt McMillen, Assistant AD for Football Operations.  “Teamworks allows us to spend more time with our student-athletes and less time shuffling paperwork. In implementing Teamworks, Oklahoma Football remains committed to giving our coaches and players every advantage they need to be successful.” –Learn More

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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Announced by department officials Monday, Husky Football season-tickets will be lowered as much as 33-percent in some sections, including the introduction of a new $198 season-ticket; the lowest offering since the 2013 stadium renovation. For the third consecutive year, there will be no increase in non-premium season-tickets and all Tyee donation levels will stay the same. Husky season-ticket holders will receive their 2016 renewal packet containing details of their individual tickets this week. “The 2016 pricing changes reflect a priority of affordability and accessibility. As Coach Petersen continues to build on a base of exciting young talent, we want to make sure that Husky Football stays accessible for families and new fans who want to be part of the ascent,” Lance Lopes, Sr. Associate Athletic Director, said. “Fortunately we have been able to do that while remaining flat in all non-premium seating as well.” –Read More

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

The James Madison University Alumni Association announced a $500,000 gift to support the construction of a new, on-campus Convocation Center and the naming of the Alumni Plaza outside of the new facility during Saturday’s home men’s basketball game. As part of the announcement, the alumni board challenged JMU’s 123,000 alumni to make contributions to support the project. The goal is to equal the association’s gift with a sizable amount of alumni participation by June 30, 2016, for a combined total of $1 million. The 8,500-seat facility, located on the corner of University Boulevard and Carrier Drive, will have the ability to host basketball games, concerts, events, speakers and conferences. The state-of-the-art structure will be the largest event space in the Shenandoah Valley and be a tremendous asset for the university. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Kentucky Athletics will be creating a new Sports Science Research Institute as a part of a $600,000 renovation of the current football practice facilities. Those renovations to the Nutter Football Training Facility, which will be voted on by the University Board of Trustees on Tuesday, also will include an academic center, coaches offices and space for various other teams on campus. The Sports Science Research Institute will be a “multidisciplinary scientific center focused on contemporary approaches to prevention and treatment of sports injuries and concussions, performance optimization, musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation, metabolism and nuero cognition, according to the agenda item. The space will have a central assessment and testing space a physiology area, group work areas as well as a separate building entrance for the science institute. When football moves over to its new, $45 million football practice facility adjacent to Commonwealth Stadium in July, work is expected to begin to repurpose the former training facility for other teams including track and field, golf and gymnastics. Among the other renovations expected at the old football training facility include turning the existing football equipment room into a central equipment area for all teams on campus and an updating of the female locker room. -Jennifer Smith, Herald-Leader, Read More

WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Myranda Nash has been named Winona State’s Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, WSU Athletic Director Eric Schoh announced today. “We are very excited to have Myranda join the Warrior family,” said Schoh. “I’m confident she will be a fantastic addition to our great staff.” Nash comes to Winona State from Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina, where she’s holds the same title as Associate Athletic Director/SWA, a position she has held since August 2015. At Brevard, Nash manages all athletic department budgets, advises the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and supervises six athletic programs In four years as Brevard’s SAAC advisor, Nash has helped raise over $12,000 for Make-A-Wish. –Read More

TUSCULUM COLLEGE
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TUSCULUM COLLEGE

Jerry Odom’s career has taken him from working for Steve Spurrier to Jon Bon Jovi. After helping Jacksonville University develop one of the top defenses in the Football Championship Subdivision over the last six seasons, Odom will now be the football coach at Tusculum College. Odom was introduced as the team’s new coach Monday. If Odom’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he was an inside linebacker for Florida from 1987-1990. The native of Merritt Island, Fla., returned to Gainesville to coach linebackers and special teams, helping the Gators win the 2000 SEC championship. -Adam Greene, Knoxville News Sentinel, Read More

DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY
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DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY

The new football coach at Dixie State University is a familiar face. After one season as the Red Storm’s defensive coordinator, Shay McClure was announced as DSU’s head coach on Monday afternoon at a news conference inside Burns Arena.  He takes over a program that hasn’t had a winning season in 10 years since moving to the NCAA Division II level. “It’s time to roll up our sleeves and go to work,” McClure said. “I’m excited to reach a notoriety that this program has never reached before.” -Richard Briggs, The Spectrum, Read More

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Better entrances and exits, more concession stands, and of course more seats are just a few of the things that will be added to Brooks stadium – all things Coastal Carolina University representatives said will help with the overall game day experience. According to athletic leaders, expanding Brooks stadium will not only help the school, but also the community. The expansion plan, that is not to exceed $38 million, will also include more restrooms, more amenities, and plans how people are shuttled to the stadium from parking lots. The university also released several renderings of the planned expansions to the football stadium. The illustration shows a second level of seating backing up to Highway 544, with what looks to be a level of suites in the middle. The expansion of the football stadium is part of Coastal Carolina’s upcoming move to the Sun Belt Conference and its corresponding move from the NCAA’s second-tiered Football Championship Subdivision to the top-tiered Football Bowl Subdivision. We’ve really taken a lot of care and put a lot of thought into how we can handle the game day experience for fans, not just having more seats and expanding the stadium,” said CCU Athletic Director Matt Hogue. -Samaria Terry, Live 5 News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

A state legislator is proposing that student-athletes lose their scholarships if they go on strike, in response to a threat by Missouri Tigers football players to not play because of the administration’s handling of racial discrimination complaints on campus. The bill proposed by Rep. Rick Brattin last week in the Missouri House of Representatives would strip scholarships from any athlete who “calls, incites, supports or participates in any strike.” Colleges and universities would be required to fine coaching staff members who encourage or enable such student protests. –ESPN, Read More


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