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March 2, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

The Department of Athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking applicants to fill the position of Assistant AD for Compliance. This is an 11-month position located on the UAF campus, the nation’s northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant university and international research center. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes a benefits package with medical insurance, retirement, pension, and vacation and sick leave. The Assistant AD for Compliance will assist the Director of Athletics with special projects and provide direction and oversight in the following areas: NCAA compliance, Department of Athletics liaison for sports booster clubs, assist Director with daily operations and provide leadership to staff. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) today. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities. –Read More

Winner Institution
Football Bowl Subdivision
Gary Barta University of Iowa
Jim Phillips Northwestern University
Scott Stricklin Mississippi State University
Jim Sterk San Diego State University
Football Championship Subdivision
Thorr Bjorn University of Rhode Island
Dave Blank Elon University
Bill Chaves Eastern Washington University
Brad Teague University of Central Arkansas
Division I-AAA
Bob Driscoll Providence College
Irma Garcia St. Francis College (N.Y.)
Jean Lenti Ponsetto DePaul University
Jim Paquette Loyola University (MD)
Division II
Bill Fusco Sonoma State University
Jerry Hughes University of Central Missouri
Lindsay Reeves University of North Georgia
Brian Swanson Cal Poly Pomona
Division III
Jason Fein Drew University
Josh MacArthur Babson College
Howard Patterson University of Texas at Tyler
Dawn Stewart Otterbein University
NAIA
Mark DeMichael Indiana Wesleyan University
Gary Newsome Olivet Nazarene University
Matt Sayre Southern Oregon University
Ashley Walyuchow University of Houston Victoria
Junior/Community Colleges
Gary Broadhurst Mohawk Valley Community College
Ron Case Rowan College at Gloucester County
Marci Henry Northeastern Junior College
Kulwant Singh De Anza College

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Needing assistance with the logistics of arranging multiple interviews and hoping to maintain confidentiality, the Missouri athletic department paid a search firm $84,720 while looking for a new football coach three months ago. Mizzou Athletics worked with former Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg and Atlanta-based College Sports Solution. “We met with a number of highly-qualified candidates from across the country in a very short period of time and CSS proved to be very helpful in coordinating travel and logistics for all parties in an efficient and discreet manner,” Mizzou Athletics spokesperson Ryan Bradley said in a release. “We are thrilled to have identified Barry Odom as the new leader of Mizzou Football and appreciate CSS for their assistance throughout the process.” The initial contract for Nov. 15 through Dec. 31 was for $75,000 plus $9,720 in additional expenses, such as travel and lodging, incurred by the search committee members, College Sports Solutions staff and the candidates. Ultimately, Missouri found its coach in Columbia, promoting then-defensive coordinator Odom as former coach Gary Pinkel’s successor. -Tod Palmer, Kansas City Star, Read More

March 1, 2016

IVY LEAGUE
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IVY LEAGUE

Ivy League football coaches have decided to take the extraordinary step of eliminating all full-contact hitting from practices during the regular season, the most aggressive measure yet to combat growing concerns about brain trauma and other injuries in the sport. The move could influence how other football programs, from the youth level to the professionals, try to mitigate the physical toll of football, which has been played on Ivy League campuses since the 19th century. The eight Ivy League coaches unanimously approved the measure last week. Their decision is expected to be adopted formally once it is affirmed by the league’s athletic directors, policy committee and university presidents.- Ken Belson, The New York TimesRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Niya Butts’ tenure as University of Arizona women’s basketball head coach is ending after eight seasons. Athletic director Greg Byrne announced Tuesday that will be relieved of her duties after the Wildcats complete their season in this week’s Pac-12 tournament. Butts had only one winning season in eight years, a 21-12 record in 2010-11, when Arizona tied for fourth in the Pac-12. The Wildcats have finished 11th or 12th in all five seasons since then. –foxsports.comRead More

FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY
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FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY

Fresno State is adding wrestling and women’s water polo to its athletic department. Athletic director Jim Bartko said Tuesday the programs will be ready to play in the 2017-18 season. The additions give Fresno State 21 NCAA Division I sanctioned sports. The school has raised money to support both sports for their first three seasons. Bartko says coaches are expected to be hired this spring. –Fox SportsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The hostilities on the University of Louisville’s board of trustees boiled over Tuesday as several members moved for a no-confidence vote in embattled President James Ramsey while his supporters blocked it on procedural grounds. Citing the “near complete collapse of a meaningful working relationship” between the board and Ramsey, and multiple instances that have “harmed and embarrassed the university irrevocably,” Dr. Jody Prather called for the no-confidence vote. But Ramsey’s supporters, including Marie Abrams and Dr. Bob Hughes, objected, saying that the proposal wasn’t on the agenda, and general counsel Leslie Strohm, who was hired last year by Ramsey, said that is required by state law. But the motion will be heard at the next regular trustee meeting April 20, and dissident members say they have enough to pass it. -Andrew Wolfson, Courier-Journal, Read More

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

FIU women’s basketball team captain Destini Feagin claims first-year women’s basketball head coach Marlin Chinn has been pursuing a sexual relationship with her much of the season. Feagin told The Herald she’s reported Chinn to FIU’s athletics administration, that she filed an NCAA complaint and that she unknowingly participated in a possible NCAA violation when Chinn loaned her $600 in December. The university issued a statement Tuesday afternoon: “FIU is conducting an investigation into allegations made against coach Marlin Chinn. Based on the allegations, the university has suspended coach Chinn, pending the outcome of the investigation. Because this is an ongoing investigation, the university will not provide additional comments at this time.” Feagin, whose photo appears on the cover of FIU’s season schedule, said she filed an NCAA complaint Thursday afternoon. Feagin and her mother, Joi Nicholson, say they reported Chinn to Senior Associate Athletic Director Julie Berg and to Shirlyon McWhorter, FIU director of equal opportunity programs and diversity, late Thursday afternoon. -David J Neal, Miami Herald, Read More

 

SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Beginning with the 2018 football season the Sun Belt Conference will be a 10-team football league.  Sun Belt Conference Presidents and Chancellors made the decision to be a 10-team league rather than extend the current membership agreements that are in place with the University of Idaho and New Mexico State University. These agreements will now expire following the 2017 football season.  The other nine football-playing members of the conference – Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, UL Lafayette, UL Monroe, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy – will be joined by Coastal Carolina in 2017 to complete the 10-team configuration that will be in place for the 2018 season. – sunbeltsports.org- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

University of Iowa Director of Athletics Director Gary Barta announced Tuesday the elevation of Paula Jantz and Matt Henderson to the position of Senior Associate Athletics Director. Henderson has most recently served as Assistant Vice President for Athletics Development at the UI Foundation. In his new role, Henderson will remain involved in fundraising, but will also oversee all athletics department revenue and external relations. Henderson began his career in Athletics Development at the UI Foundation in 1998.  Henderson served as the UI’s assistant director of sports marketing from 1994-98. He joined the Iowa staff from the University of South Alabama, where he served as marketing and public relations coordinator in the Department of Conference Activities and Special Programs (1993-94), and assistant director of sports information in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (1991-93). Jantz has served as the Department’s Senior Woman’s Administrator (SWA) since Sept. 1, 2015. As Senior Associate Athletics Director she will continue in her role as SWA, as well as manage sports programs, student-athlete performance, and athletics event management. Read More

SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
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SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE

Saint Anselm College Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery announced recently that Michael Abdella has been named the new Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. Abdella comes to Saint Anselm after serving as the sports information graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point since the fall of 2013. – Nathan Vine, USA TODAY. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

A lawsuit filed by the ULM Athletic Foundation alleges that the university is owed $500,000 by a third-party ticketing firm. The Aspire Group was unable to meet the projected sales figures agreed upon in the contract in both of those years, leading the company to terminate its contract with the foundation at the end of the 2014-15 athletic year. The ULM Athletic Foundation is seeking the full $500,000 along with “other special and general damages and reasonable attorney fees.” The foundation handles all ticketing responsibilities for ULM through the affiliation agreement between both parties. – Adam Hunsucker, The News Star. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas seeks Assistant Football Video Director. This position should have the ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as in a self-directed and productive manner. Apply here.

ARCADIA UNIVERSITY

Arcadia University seeks a Coordinator of Intramurals & Athletic Facilities. The person in this position will manage all aspects of the Athletics Division intramural and recreational offerings with an emphasis on exploring the creation of group exercise and/or wellness programming. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head football coach Russ Huesman announced the additions of Adam Ross as and John Srofe to the coaching staff Monday afternoon. Ross will be the new offensive line coach, while Srofe takes over as the video coordinator as well as the defensive quality control coach. Read More.

SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
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SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE

Saint Anselm College seeks an Associate Athletic Director. Primary functions will include sport supervision, a commitment to academic integrity, enhancing the student-athlete experience, administration, personnel management and a focus on external units (fundraising, media relations). Apply here. 

NCCU
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NCCU

North Carolina Central University seeks an Assistant Director of Bands. Assist Director of Bands with instruction and administration; teach applied brass; coordination of Music Education TEP program. Apply here.

LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY

Brad Wachler has been hired as the vice president for intercollegiate athletics at Lindenwood University’s St. Charles campus, effective July 1. Lindenwood System President Michael D. Shonrock made the announcement Tuesday. He said Wachler was a “great fit” and was selected from an initial pool of more than 130 candidates in the university’s national search, which was conducted by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. Read More.

KEUKA COLLEGE
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KEUKA COLLEGE

Keuka College seeks an Assistant Womens & Mens Soccer Coach. This will identify and recruit student athletes who are capable of competing successfully on the NCAA Division III level and who are capable of succeeding academically. Apply here.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

South Dakota State University head football coach John Stiegelmeier has named former Upper Iowa assistant Robert Arnheim as receivers coach for the Jackrabbits. Arnheim was co-offensive coordinator in charge of wide receivers and tight ends last season for Upper Iowa. He also assisted with special teams. During his career he also has been a member of the coaching staffs at Western Michigan and Illinois. – The State. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

New Mexico is seeking an Academic Advisement Manager. The Director will provide vision, leadership, and management to the Lobos Center for Student-Athlete Success (LCSAS). This position reports to the Vice President for Athletics and has a dotted reporting line to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. –Apply Now

NCAA
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NCAA

On Tuesday four former presidents are to announce the founding of TM2 Executive Search, a firm dedicated to identifying and placing candidates for top administrative posts at HBCUs. TM2 , which is connected to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will be the first executive-search firm focused exclusively on HBCUs, and it arrives at a critical time. Many historically black institutions struggle to maintain enrollment, and public HBCUs face dwindling state support. Such pressures compound the challenges for leaders, and have contributed to “fairly significant turnover of leadership in the black-college community,” according to John W. Garland, a former president of Central State University and executive chairman of TM2 . -Lee Gardner, Chronicle of Higher Education, Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue University’s student government has suggested expanding alcohol sales at sporting events could fund a needed increase in student mental health services. Student government President Mike Young says money from alcohol sales could partially fund the $682,000 plan to meet higher staffing levels needed to meet international standards. The school has allowed season ticket holders and VIP guests to buy alcohol at the campus stadium since 2014. Other fans cannot. Purdue President Mitch Daniels says he’ll consider the plan. Projected sales are $500,000. -Associated Press, Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

It’s not hyperbole, it’s reality, says LSU President F. King Alexander. If the mid-year cuts to higher education are deep enough that campuses close early or that summer school is cut, then athletic programs will suffer, he told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday afternoon. Alexander, in his address, said that higher education institutions are trapped in “a fog” of uncertainty where school leaders are anxiously awaiting to find out from legislators how severe the damage will be on their individual campuses. “I know a lot of people will say, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen,’” he said referring to the prospect of LSU football being hurt. “Well, that will happen if we don’t have summer school. We’ll only have half of our football team eligible.” Louisiana’s colleges and universities will be cut a minimum of $70 million for the remaining few months of the school year, but that number could grow to more than $200 million if state legislators do not increase state revenue through tax hikes. If LSU gets hit with the most modest mid-year cut being proposed, it would amount to about $17 million at the Baton Rouge LSU campus, and $33 million for the LSU System. -Rebekah Allen, The Advocate, Read More

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
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JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

The Johns Hopkins University, an NCAA Multi-Divisional member, and participant in the Bluegrass Mountain Conference in swimming, is accepting applications from qualified candidates for the Head Coach of the varsity men’s and women’s swimming teams. This position upholds the integrity, academic profile, and mission of the swim program, Department of Athletics and Recreation, and university. The head coach works closely with other coaches, the athletics administrative staff, and the broader university community to ensure the best experience possible for all student-athlete. Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a bid from the NCAA and 11 major conferences to appeal a district judge’s decision to grant class-action status to a pair of lawsuits seeking an injunction against the NCAA’s current limits on the compensation athletes can receive while playing college sports. The ruling was made Friday and filed with the district court Monday. In early December, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken decided to allow the cases to proceed as class actions, rejecting the NCAA’s and the conferences’ argument that lifting the limits would result in star athletes getting much greater compensation than they can now while scholarship and playing opportunities for other athletes would be eliminated because schools would need ways to find the money to pay the stars. On Dec. 18, the NCAA and the conferences field documents seeking permission to appeal that ruling. On Monday, Judges Ronald Gould and Johnnie Rawlinson — without comment — denied that permission. This means that, barring further appeal, the cases will be allowed to go forward as class actions seeking injunctions against the NCAA’s compensation limits. -Steve Berkowitz, USA Today, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse head women’s basketball coach Lois Heeren has announced she is stepping down as the Eagles’ coach after completing her 17th season in 2015-16. “It has been a privilege working with outstanding student-athletes over the past 17 years on the women’s basketball team,” said Heeren. “I am proud of their success on and off the court as well as their commitment to community service throughout the years, including Kid’s Night Out, the Veterans Day Breakfast, Rotary Lights, Riverfront and visiting local nursing homes. I want to also thank the student-athletes for their involvement with our camps and clinics.” UWL finished 7-18 overall and 1-13 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in 2015-16. –Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Diagnoses of learning problems are increasing for all college students, as awareness of the conditions has grown. But the increases among athletes are especially pronounced. Experts in special education commend the focus on testing and intervention, which they say can help more athletes succeed academically. Some psychologists, though, worry that athletes are being overdiagnosed to get accommodations that help them stay academically eligible. In the past five years, at least one in five big-time athletic departments has created a new learning-specialist position, with some programs adding several to their staff. Between 2012 and 2015, the number of learning specialists grew nearly 70 percent among the membership of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, according to the group. In 2012, 51 learning specialists from the biggest athletic departments were members of the association; last year there were 85. The number of jobs has grown as colleges have spent more time and money testing players for learning and attention problems, and as programs have beefed up their budgets to help students with the most serious academic challenges. Some universities now spend more than $3 million a year on academic support for athletes. -Brad Wolverton, Chronicle of Higher Education, Read More

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

University of California, Berkeley seeks Assistant Director, Compliance.  The Assistant Director, Compliance will assist with developing and implementing the rules education program; provide rules interpretations to coaches and staff; lead the department’s monitoring efforts; and assist with investigations and self-reports. Apply here

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt’s poor crowd control has resulted in a $100,000 fine, and athletic director David Williams knows the Commodores need to do a better job after fans stormed the court following a 74-62 upset of Kentucky. “We didn’t take care of our business,” Williams said Monday, “and rightfully the SEC did what they should do.” What the Southeastern Conference did Monday was levy the hefty fine on the school. Fines start at $50,000 for a first offense and go up to $100,000 for a second offense and up to $250,000 for subsequent offenses after being increased at the SEC spring meetings last year. “Unfortunately, I’m going to be one that pays one of the penalties,” Williams said. Vanderbilt was fined $100,000 because it was the school’s second offense. Vanderbilt fans also stormed the court after a men’s basketball victory over No. 1 Florida in 2007, and the Commodores aren’t the first. Auburn was fined $100,000 in January also after a win over Kentucky. -Associated Press, Read More

 


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