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February 29, 2016

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

The Virginia Tech Department of Athletics announced the date of its inaugural Celebration of Women’s Sports Luncheon presented by Coca-Cola and online auction fundraisers to benefit the women’s athletics programs. This year’s luncheon theme of “She Is” celebrates all that women are and can be as a result of college athletics. “Our student-athletes here at Virginia Tech are an outstanding group,” Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. “The successes of our women’s athletic teams are one of our biggest points of pride and each of these teams really exemplifies our core values of Service, Honor, Excellence, Integrity andStrong together. This luncheon is an opportunity to introduce some of our university’s best ambassadors to the community.” –Read More

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

The Little Rock Department of Athletics has announced the establishment of the Locker club for the Trojans’ men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Locker Club was created in an effort to provide annual support directly to Little Rock basketball. Donations to the Locker Club can be designated to men’s or women’s basketball and provide critical funding that will enhance the student-athlete experience, support the coaching staff and sustain a program of excellence. Membership to the group requires a minimum donation of $5,000 per year for five years. Nearly $200,000 has already been raised through the Locker Club’s efforts. –Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

he Syracuse athletic department announced that it will begin selling season tickets for football on Tuesday at 10 a.m., with the most affordable ticket packages starting at $99. Syracuse hasn’t had a major increase to that price tag since 2007, when the cheapest season tickets were sold for $100. The only power-five school to offer a season-ticket option at a lower price last year was Illinois, which charged $77. A university press release said that lower bowl tickets are available in the lower-level end zone for as little as $125 this year. According to Mike Morrison, Syracuse’s Assistant Director of Athletic Communications for football, those tickets cost $205 last year. -By Chris Carlson, syracuse.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Billy Devaney will make $300,000 a year in his new position as the executive director of player personnel and special assistant to the head coach. That salary info was released by the NU athletic department upon request. Devaney, whose hiring was announced this past Wednesday along with defensive line coach John Parrella, comes to Lincoln after having spent three decades in the NFL in administrative and player personnel roles. Most notably, he served as general manager of the St. Louis Rams from 2008 to 2011. – Brian Christopherson, Lincoln Journal StarRead More

GREAT BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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GREAT BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Great Bay Community College is in the market for a pair of basketball coaches after men’s coach Dave Sokolnicki and women’s coach Allyson Britton made the decision to step down from their posts following seasons that concluded earlier this month. The decision by Britton, who works full-time at the college as assistant director of student life/athletic director, wasn’t a complete surprise, as she resigned to devote more time to administrative duties within the athletic department. But losing Sokolnicki, a former Division III college and local high school coach, was more unexpected. The Portsmouth resident told the school of his decision to step down last week. -Mike Zhe, fosters.comRead More

SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

Rick Leddy, who served Southern Connecticut State University and its athletic department for parts of five decades, has been selected for induction in the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. Leddy will be formally inducted at the organization’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas on June 13. Leddy, also a member of the SCSU Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, adds another honor to an impressive career. He began as Southern’s sports information director as a student in 1969, and continued until his retirement in 2007. He added the title of associate director of athletics in 1993. During his career, he developed athletic guides for women’s sports teams and developed the Southern athletics Web page. He also trained and developed many students and assistants who went on to work in the field of sports information. As director, he was responsible for publicity, game coverage, athletic guides, compilation of statistics and conference and NCAA reporting for all of Southern’s athletic teams. Read More

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
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COLUMBIA COLLEGE

Columbia College baseball is making its big debut next February after a 35 year hiatus. The reinstatement of the team is a product of the athletic department’s five year plan.  The college has added 10 varsity National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics teams to the school’s roster since 2012, but this hasn’t had a significant impact on enrollment at the school. Director of Admissions Stephanie Johnson believes adding sports has and will continue to increase the school’s familiarity among high schools they recruit from. -Hannah Husmann,  kbia.org- Read More

SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY
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SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY

Assistant Coach and offensive coordinator Zack Tinker has been promoted to head football coach of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The school announced earlier Friday that head football coach Stacy Collins has resigned to take the special teams coordinator position at Utah State. Tinker was introduced as head coach during a news conference Friday afternoon. – Pilot Online. Read More. 

NEWBERRY COLLEGE
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NEWBERRY COLLEGE

Newberry College is looking to fill the position of Assistant Football Coach.This position is responsible for recruiting, skill instruction, scouting of opponents, correspondence, organizing home visits, organizing official visits and unofficial visits, and coaching members of the Newberry College Football Team during competition. Electronic resume materials (preferred) may be emailed to [email protected]

DEFIANCE COLLEGE
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DEFIANCE COLLEGE

Defiance College, an NCAA D-III institution located in Northwest Ohio, seeks qualified applicants for an anticipated opening for a graduate assistant women’s soccer coaching position. email: [email protected], fax: 419-783-2369.

SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY
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SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY

South Dakota School of Mines announced Friday that Stacy Collins has resigned as the Hardrocker football head coach to take the special teams coordinator position at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Collins served at the helm of the Hardrocker program for four seasons where he amassed a won-loss record of 16-27. In that time, he guided the Hardrockers to two winning seasons (2015, 2013). Read More.

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Eddie Hicks joins the Austin Peay State University football coaching staff as the Governors cornerbacks and nickel defensive backs coach after spending the 2015 season at Murray State. Prior to Murray State, Hicks was defensive quality control assistant at Cal (2014), and a graduate assistant at Cincinnati (2013) and Alcorn State (2012). The Clarksdale, Mississippi native hopes to have found a home after a series of one-season stints around the country during his early coaching life. – clarksvilleonline. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Kelvin Bell, who has served as director of on-campus recruiting for the University of Iowa football program the past two years, has been named recruiting coordinator and defensive assistant coach on the Iowa football staff. Bell joined the Iowa staff after serving as an assistant coach at Trinity International University, where he served as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator in 2011. Two of his offensive linemen earned all-conference honors in 2011. – HawkeyeNation. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Kansas football head coach David Beaty announced that Joe DeForest has joined the KU coaching staff and will serve as the Jayhawks’ special teams coordinator. In addition to his role as special teams coordinator, DeForest will be an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball. Read More.

NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame is in the midst of a significant construction project to remake the area around Notre Dame Stadium. But once the Campus Crossroads project is complete in the summer of 2017, the Irish are open to hosting an outdoor NHL game at Notre Dame Stadium, and there may be mutual interest from the NHL. A report from Sportsnet on Saturday indicated the NHL was exploring the option of hosting an outdoor hockey game at Notre Dame, and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told the Tribune the school would have interest in hosting one. But Swarbrick said no talks have taken place. “Once the Campus Crossroads project is finished, we do anticipate that Notre Dame Stadium will be an excellent venue for more than just Notre Dame football games, but no additional events have yet been scheduled,” Swarbrick said in a statement to the Tribune. “And while we would certainly have an interest in exploring the possibility of playing host to outdoor hockey games, we have not had any discussions with the NHL about doing so.” -Chris Hine, Chicago Tribune, Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

As more states embrace the SAT or the ACT as their mandated high school test, a new gulf is opening between students with disabilities and those without, and it’s caught the eye of the U.S. Department of Justice. The department’s civil rights division is gathering information about the practices of the College Board and ACT Inc. after persistent complaints that the testing organizations reject many requests for accommodations that are routinely provided by schools, such as extra time or frequent breaks. That practice puts students with disabilities in a tough spot, particularly in the 23 states that now require high school students to take one of the two college-entrance exams. Students who can’t get the testing accommodations they’re used to can take the exams without them and risk a compromised performance, or, in some states, they can insist on their usual accommodations and give up a key benefit their non-accommodated peers receive: a “college-reportable” score. That’s because the College Board and ACT Inc. won’t certify scores for use in college admissions if their tests aren’t taken with accommodations they approved. The organizations defend their practices, and say relatively few students end up with non-reportable scores. -Catherine Gewertz, Education Week, Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

An alumni couple’s $1 million gift to MSU’s Broad College of Business will be used to create a named professorship in the School of Hospitality Business, and a $1.5 million gift to Michigan State University Athletics will help construct a basketball hall of history and other improvements at Breslin Center. The gifts are pledged by MSU alumni John Duffey and Becky Duffey. John Duffey is the recently appointed president and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the world’s largest regional theme park company. “MSU Athletics has meant a lot to our family and we are excited to have the opportunity to support MSU basketball. We also are pleased to support the business college with a named professorship. It is vital in this challenging and competitive environment for alumni to step up and give back to Michigan State University,” said John Duffey, who received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1982. “As proud alumni and parents of a current MSU student, we understand that attracting and retaining the best educators is key to attracting and developing the next generation of business leaders.” John and Becky Duffey previously have provided significant support to MSU Athletics including a $1.5 million gift to upgrade the football practice facilities, now called the John and Becky Duffey Football Practice Field. In addition, they provide support as members of the Athletic Director’s Campaign Leadership Council, a group of leadership donors and campaign volunteers from around the country. –Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

The WVU football team will have the luxury of a new playing surface for the 2016 season. Currently, construction crews are inside the stadium tearing up the old turf. Six months ago, the university committed more than $100 million to facility upgrades across the Morgantown campus. For Mountaineer Field, $45 million has been committed to expanding the concourses at the stadium. It may not seem like much, but this will drastically improve the fan experience at Mountaineer Field. This should alleviate long lines at the bathrooms and concession stands. It’s a small step to compete with other programs and stadiums across the country, according to WVU assistant athletic director in charge of facilities and operations. “We are not alone with the construction project going on at the stadium,” she pointed out. “This is happening at a number of stadiums across the country and we stress fans need to be patient as we make these necessary improvements.” -Matthew Peaslee, HailWV, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

University of Wisconsin Madison seeks Director of Men’s Basketball Operations. Under the general supervision of the Head Coach, act as the Director of Operations for a Division I Men’s Basketball program in accordance with NCAA, Big Ten, and University regulations. Duties include: assisting in the day-to-day operations of the Men’s Basketball office; developing and maintaining the annual budget; coordinating all travel; coordinating practice, game and facility schedules; serving as a liaison with compliance office ensuring adherence to Big Ten and NCCA rules; serving as a liaison with the Men’s Basketball Sports Administrator; serving as a liaison with the Academic Services Office, Sports Medicine, Athletic Business Office, Video Services and Equipment Room, etc.; and other duties as assigned. Apply here

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Coyotes have been in talks with three suitors shortly after the team’s latest arena troubles began. LeBlanc said all three options — a shared arena with the Phoenix Suns in downtown, a partnership with Arizona State University or a rumored arena in Scottsdale’s Loop 101 corridor — are being pursued aggressively. “I feel very strongly that multiple options will be on the table and that will transpire over the next several weeks,” he said. -Carter Nacke, Arizona Sports, Read More

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Those Temple Owls caught a lot of passes this season, but they also apparently caught something else: the attention of prospective applicants to the university. With the deadline to apply this week, Temple has seen an increase of more than 15 percent in applications for the fall 2016 class compared with this time last year. University officials are attributing at least some of that increase to the success of the football team, which went 10-4 and beat Penn State for the first time in 74 years. “College football is the ‘front porch’ of university life,” Temple President Neil D. Theobald said in an email Sunday morning. “The success we’ve had under [Coach] Matt Rhule – not only the wins but the exemplary way that the program represents Temple – has gathered many more friends and passersby with whom we interact on the university’s ‘front porch.’ ” The university drew 32,655 applications as of last week, and William Black, Temple’s senior vice provost of enrollment management, said he expects to end the year with about 34,000. Last year, the university received 30,043 applications, which was another record. -Susan Snyder, Philly.com, Read More

 

UCONN
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UCONN

UConn’s president said the university will need to increase its philanthropic revenue stream in the coming years to offset state cuts to its operating budget. During a Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut breakfast meeting on Friday at the Hilton Mystic, Susan Herbst told a crowd of approximately 50 people that she’s committed to keeping the university’s “sticker price” low for students. “Affordability of higher education is a source of concern — less so at UConn than at other colleges where well over half our students are on financial aid,” she said. “But it’s hard when the state keeps cutting our appropriations.” Herbst said the university has lost approximately $139 million in state appropriations to its operating budget during the last five years, with another $30 million in reductions to UConn inside Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget. -John Penny, Norwich Bulletin, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The University has hired multiple executive consultant firms to aid in the selection of high-ranking personnel over the past year given the absence of a permanent chancellor, athletic director and University president. For the chancellor search, they have selected Greenwood/Asher & Associates to help locate Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson’s successor. University spokesman, Tom Hardy, confirmed that there is a list of approved search firms under the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC) contractA diverse group of firms are listed under either administrative, academic or medical categories. The list allows the University to select a firm without issuing a Request for Proposal or Request for Information. However, Hardy said the process has changed since the selection of the new athletic director. “We can no longer pick anyone from the list,” he said. “We now have to use the firms in order of their scores for each category.” According to the IPHEC website, the highest ranking vendor by category will be selected first unless unable to perform and then the next highest ranking vendor will be selected. -Samantha Jones Toal, The Daily Illini, Read More

February 28, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS

UC Davis has begun its search for a new athletic director and has contracted a search firm and established a recruitment advisory committee to move the process forward.  Parker Executive Search has been retained to work with the recruitment advisory committee to identify characteristics and experience the UC Davis community recommends. A position announcement for the athletic director will be available by the end of February. Scott Carrell, associate professor of economics and faculty athletics representative, chairs the recruitment advisory committee. The voting committee members include two UC Davis head coaches, the president of the Associated Students of UC Davis, business leaders, and UC Davis alumni and foundation members. –Read More

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Nicholls State University officials are analyzing their sports budget and its impact on the university, officials said this week, but any cuts to the department are expected to be minimal. Lawmakers are currently in Baton Rouge for a special legislative session aimed at closing an $850 to $950 million budget gap by June 30. Once that is done, lawmakers need to find a way to fill a nearly $2 billion projected deficit for the next fiscal year. Nicholls is facing up to $3.5 million in midyear cuts, which could result the university declaring financial exigency, similar to academic bankruptcy, and lay off or furlough faculty and staff members. Various scenarios submitted to the University of Louisiana System by the school have included temporarily closing for 14 days, freezing all non-academic spending and laying off 100 staff and furloughing faculty for 10 days. What that impact will be athletics is unknown. The Nicholls State Athletic Department’s budget is $8.2 million. Last year, the department lost about $82,000. -Jacob Batte, Houma Today, Read More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville announced that it is reducing its intercollegiate athletic programs from 18 to 16 effective June 30, 2016. Men’s tennis and women’s golf will be removed from SIUE’s sport program roster. The decision impacts eight men’s tennis student-athletes and eight women’s golf student-athletes currently on the rosters. Men’s tennis head coach Jason Coomer will continue his responsibilities as senior associate director of athletics, which includes serving as sport supervisor for women’s tennis. Director of Golf Derrick Brown will continue in his role as men’s golf head coach. The decision is a result of a seven-month financial analysis conducted by the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (ICAC) caused by the ongoing state of Illinois budget crisis. ICAC needed to determine a reduction of $200,000 in the Department of Athletics budget. “This is one of the most difficult decisions that we have ever made as a department, because it impacts the lives of current student-athletes,” said Brad Hewitt, SIUE director of athletics. “However, it became readily apparent that with the declining state appropriation and the University’s defined approach to managing that budget issue, we would not be able to continue to fund and support 18 sport programs at a level that is consistent with this department’s culture. “All student-athletes who wish to stay at SIUE and achieve their degrees will remain on their current financial aid through their senior year,” Hewitt said. –Read More

 

QUEENS COLLEGE
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QUEENS COLLEGE

Basketball players at Queens College, fed up with what they call years of abusive behavior, threatened to sit out the final two games of the season if the school’s administration did not immediately fire head coach Darryl Jacobs. The revolt was defused Thursday when vice president for student affairs Adam Rockman told the team that Jacobs would no longer lead the men’s basketball program, according to three players who attended the sit-down. The players requested anonymity because they fear retribution from the athletic department. A Queens College spokeswoman confirmed that Thursday was Jacobs’ last day as head coach but said she could not comment further because the issue is a personnel matter. Jacobs’ assistant David Vandiver will be the interim coach for the rest of the season, which ends Sunday. -Michael O’Keeffe, NY Daily News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Dave Hart has dealt with his fair share of criticism and scrutiny in his four-plus years as the athletic director at Tennessee.The latest issue facing the athletic department is a federal lawsuit that claims the university created a “hostile sexual environment” and violated Title IX laws in its handling of sexual assault cases involving male athletes, predominantly football players. Though Tennessee is mired in more trouble, Hart isn’t worried about his job security. “I don’t (have any concerns),” he said Thursday. “That’s a fair question as well. I communicate on a very regular basis, as you might imagine, with our chancellor (Jimmy Cheek). I respect him greatly, I think that respect is returned and his knowledge of the hill that we’ve had to climb, he’s respectful. “He’s right where I am on this topic. We’ve got to do more. We’ve got to do better — everybody on our campus. It’s been a great relationship and a respectful, trusting relationship.” Tennessee hired Hart from an associate athletic director role at Alabama in 2011 to replace Mike Hamilton, and in April 2013 the university extended his original six-year deal two more years through 2018. -Patrick Brown, Times Free Press, Read More

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

Friday, SMU broke ground on a $22 million facility on SMU’s East Campus, across Central Expressway, scheduled to open fall of 2017. The new natatorium will be home to both the men’s and women’s swim teams. -Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Three state Senate committees on Friday passed a bill that would take $3 million from the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s budget and give it to financially strapped University of Hawaii athletics programs. The ways and means, tourism and education committees of the Senate each passed the bill after a joint hearing. “This can be a unique opportunity and approach to support our student athletes as they venture out as ambassadors of aloha across the country and other countries,” said Sen. Jill Tokuda, who represents Kaneohe. The legislators noted in a committee report that the bill was intended to cover athletics in the entire university system, including the Hilo campus as well as the flagship Manoa campus. -Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press, Read More


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