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December 21, 2015

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Northern Kentucky University seeks an Assistant Director of Development.  The Assistant Director of Development will serve as a gift officer for Northern Kentucky University’s intercollegiate athletics program.Develop and implement a vital and comprehensive fund raising program with the primary purpose of generating community, corporate, and alumni support as well as private funding for the identified priorities of the athletic department and the University in association with the Director of Development-Athletics. Apply here

December 20, 2015

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by football coach Reggie Barlow against Alabama State University. Barlow’s attorney, Donald Jackson, filed a motion asking the Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin to recuse himself and set aside his decision. Short of that legal longshot, Friday’s decision would bring an end to Barlow’s case. Barlow’s lawsuit alleged he was wrongfully terminated following the 2014 season, when ASU’s board of trustees voted not to approve a contract extension he had signed three months earlier. Barlow alleged he had been given assurances by trustees and ASU president Gwendolyn Boyd that the extension would be approved, and therefore didn’t seek employment opportunities elsewhere. -Josh Moon, Montgomery AdvertiserRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS

UNLV’s head baseball coach resigned his position more than two months following his arrest in connection with driving under the influence and being put on administrative leave by the university.Stan Stolte, who has led the program in Chambers’ absence, will serve as acting head coach for the 2016 season.  “At this time, the best thing for the players and myself is to resign as head coach,” Chambers said in a statement released by the school. “I would like to thank the administration at UNLV for their support during this challenging time. The last two years have been difficult for me and it’s important that at this time I focus on my health and family before making decisions about the future. It is, in many ways, an epic fall for a coach who for years was championed by local baseball fans and boosters as the one who could lead UNLV’s program into national prominence. -Ed Graney, reviewjournal.comRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue’s Board of Trustees officially approved upgrades and expansion of the Mollenkopf Athletic Center on Saturday, but another sign of support came in the form of $12.1 million pledged to the project. Drew and Brittany Brees, Sandy Dauch, on behalf of her late husband, Dick, along with Doug and Maria DeVos, Bob and Amy Martin, and Tom and Joy Spurgeon have taken lead roles in financial support of the $65 million project, the school announced. Construction is scheduled to begin in May with a completion date in August 2017. -Mike Carmin, jconline.comRead More

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Georgia Southern will hire Tyson Summers as its next head coach, sources told FootballScoop Sunday. Summers is currently the defensive coordinator at Colorado State, though he spent the entirety of his career prior to this fall in the Southeast. A Presbyterian graduate, Summers served as Central Florida’s defensive coordinator from 2012-14 and, prior to that, spent five seasons on staff at UAB, the final as defensive coordinator. Summers replaces Willie Fritz, who left earlier this month after a 17-7 two-year run to become the head coach at Tulane. He takes over one of the most successful mid-majors in college football, with six FCS national championships, 11 conference titles (including last year’s Sun Belt crown) and a long history of running the ball. -Zach Barnett, footballscoop.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

The University of Montana Athletics Department gets an estimated $8.6 million a year in subsidies, according to an analysis by an economist and Missoula legislator. Without those dollars, the Athletics Department would run a deficit of some $8.5 million annually, contrary to public perception that university athletics pay for themselves or return plus revenue, said state Sen. Dick Barrett. Across the Montana University System, the subsidies for athletics amounted to $27.8 million in 2013 based on items considered subsidies by the NCAA, according to an earlier analysis Barrett posted on his legislative blog.  -Kurt Wilson,  missoulian.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Former Arkansas State offensive coordinator Walt Bell has been hired to serve in the same role at Maryland, the university announced on Sunday. Bell, 31, spent the last two seasons with the Red Wolves, with whom he was also the quarterbacks coach. They averaged 40.0 points per game this season, which ended on Saturday with a 47-28 loss to Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans Bowl. Bell spent the previous two seasons at North Carolina, where he was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, and has also coached at Southern Miss, Oklahoma State and Memphis. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2005 after playing four seasons as a wide receiver. -Zac Boyer – The Washington TimesRead More

WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY
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WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY

Wittenberg University received $4.5 million in state tax credits to restore its historic 1929 field house as part of an estimated $30.6 million expansion aimed at attracting more students and hosting more events in Springfield. The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax credits were awarded by the Ohio Development Services Agency last week. The agency awarded $37.8 million in tax credits to 34 applicants planning to rehabilitate 55 historic buildings. The tax credits are a huge step forward in Wittenberg’s fundraising efforts, said Athletic Director Gary Williams. -Michael Cooper, Dayton Daily NewsRead More

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
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BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Kalani Sitake has been named the 14th head football coach of Brigham Young University, athletic director Tom Holmoe announced following the Cougars’ 35-28 loss to rival Utah in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. BYU will formally introduce Sitake in a press conference Monday. Sitake is currently putting together a staff, and Holmoe said further developments will be addressed after the weekend.  “Kalani is a former BYU football player who understands BYU,” Holmoe said of the new head coach. “In talking with him, we discussed his passion for BYU. It’s interesting that he’s been successful as a coach at the University of Utah. But many of my friends at Utah have told us we’re getting a golden boy; he’s great.” -Sean Walker, KSL.comRead More

December 18, 2015

NCAA
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NCAA

Home attendance at major college football games declined for the fifth straight year, though the rate at which crowds decreased has slowed. Football Bowl Subdivision attendance for home games averaged 43,288 fans per game, down less than 1 percent from 43,483 in 2014, according to a CBS Sports analysis of NCAA attendance data. Crowds declined by 4 percent in 2014. This year may offer some hope of stabilization for the industry, which in recent years has seen fans stay home due to ticket prices, inconvenience and the comfort of watching on high-definition televisions. Still, this year’s average was again the lowest since the FBS drew 42,631 per game in 2000. Attendance stayed below 46,000 for the seventh straight season since it peaked at 46,456 in 2008. The data used for this analysis counts only home games and not neutral-site venues. Figures represent the announced crowd totals schools reported to the NCAA and not necessarily actual attendance. Many athletic departments count attendance differently. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Head coach Greg Maas has signed a five-year contract extension, which will keep him at the helm of the Utah Valley University men’s soccer program through at least the 2020 season. Maas, the only head coach the UVU program has known, led the team to an NCAA Tournament berth in just its second season of competition. He has amassed a 23-13-4 (.625) record through the first two seasons. “There’s no one better to lead the men’s soccer program at Utah Valley University than Greg Maas,” UVU director of athletics Vince Otoupal said. “He has laid the foundation and I firmly believe there is even greater success on the horizon for Wolverine soccer. We’re elated to have him continue the legacy for the foreseeable future.” -Clint Burgi, The Deseret News, Read More

LOUISIANA COLLEGE
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LOUISIANA COLLEGE

Louisiana College has announced the addition of three new athletic programs, as women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s track and field will be added beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. Louisiana College’s Board of Trustees approved the decision early in the week, in anticipation of meeting NCAA requirements for sports sponsorships based on academic enrollment. The college currently has 13 NCAA sponsored athletic teams. “We are extremely excited about the addition of these three new programs to our athletic department,” LC Director of Athletics Dennis Dunn said, “We feel like this will greatly increase the college’s appeal and recruiting potential as well as expanding the LC athletics brand.” –Read More

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Eastern Kentucky University has chosen Jake Ryan as its director of sports medicine, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced today. Ryan served as EKU’s associate athletic trainer from August 2012 until July 2015. He filled the role of interim director of sports medicine since July. “Throughout the fall sports season and into the winter, Jake served as interim director of sports medicine as well as maintaining his duties that were previously assigned as assistant athletic trainer,” Lochmueller said. “Jake’s commitment and performance to the program was outstanding and because of his performance he was overwhelmingly endorsed by our coaches for the permanent position of director of sports medicine. We welcome him in his new leadership position in sports medicine.” –Read More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE
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MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Kathryn Mirance has been named the Assistant Director of Athletics for Finance at Manhattan College as announced by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre. Mirance arrives in Riverdale after working the last two-plus years as the Assistant Athletic Business Manager in the George Washington University Athletic Department. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

University of Oregon Athletic Department is seeking an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach. The qualified candidate is responsible for providing goalkeeper as well as field player coaching and administrative assistance to the Head Coach. He/she is also responsible for promoting the philosophy and objectives of the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, including adherence to all department policies and procedures, as well as the rules and regulations of the University of Oregon, Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA.  Apply here

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
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PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Princeton University is seeking an Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. The mission of Princeton University Department of Athletics is to strive for excellence in academics and athletics, while embracing equity in opportunity, good sportsmanship, and ethical conduct.The Assistant Director of Athletic Communications should have strong experience and ability in both athletic communications and/or sports media and video production. The finalist will be required to complete a background check successfully. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Along with approving a vice president of research and authorizing a new multicultural center, the University’s Board of Regents also discussed construction projects and a building donation, as well as heard from Central Student Government at their meeting Thursday. The regents approved the start of the construction and bidding process for The Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus Athletics South Competition and Performance Project, which is slated to be completed by Winter 2018. The building will be approximately 280,000 square feet and cost $168 million dollars from  Athletic Department resources and donations. It will house men’s and women’s track and field, cross country, lacrosse and women’s rowing and will include an indoor track for 2,000 spectators and an outdoor track for 500 as well as a lacrosse stadium. -Jackie Charniga, The Michigan Daily, Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn University has released a statement saying the termination of a Tigers Unlimited employee Matt Davis was based on “clear and direct evidence that he violated university policy regarding contracts and vendors.” In a statement released by Auburn public affairs director Brian Keeter, the university is denying Davis’ claims in his wrongful termination lawsuit that Davis was terminated because he reported “between 3,500 and 3,800 seats per year” in the Tigers Unlimited donor area were not being utilized in the premium ticket section but according to the suit, instead of “being sold at face value.” “Matt Davis was dismissed from Auburn Athletics based on clear and direct evidence that he violated university policy regarding contracts and vendors,” the university statement says. “When given a fair opportunity to be forthcoming about his actions, he didn’t provide the full story. Davis now appears to be using false allegations about ticket sales and Auburn officials as a distraction to divert attention away from his misconduct. We look forward to a test of his claims in court. -Matthew Stevens, Montgomery Advertiser, Read More

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney met with Temple University officials Thursday and told them they must address the worries of neighbors before he can endorse the school’s plan to build a football stadium on campus. “Temple asked for this meeting to explain the benefits of building their stadium,” Kenney’s spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, said in a statement Thursday night. “The mayor-elect enjoyed meeting with the university’s representatives, and he appreciated them working with the city on this issue. He told the representatives at the conclusion of the meeting that he had concerns about Temple’s relationship with its surrounding neighborhoods, and that he would like to see them address some of those long-standing issues before he would reconsider his position on the project. “Temple president Neil Theobald and other officials met with Kenney. There was no indication of how the pace of their stadium planning might change. -David Sell, Inquirer, Read More

December 17, 2015

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

LSU, in filings this week, admitted to altering the contract of former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis after the coach signed the deal, but the school contends the alterations were “nominal” and did not affect its terms. Meanwhile, a judge on Thursday granted a motion compelling Chavis to release his phone records for a 14-week period starting in November 2014. Chavis, who left LSU after last season to be the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, appeared at a hearing Thursday in the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish. Chavis declined comment, through his attorney, afterward. He sat through the nearly two-hour hearing, mostly in silence, and dressed in a brown pinstripe suit, striped tie and white shirt. The biggest news, though, happened outside of the court room in this now 9-month-old fight between the program and a man who led the Tigers’ defensive unit for six seasons. -Ross Dellenger, The AdvocateRead More

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY
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LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

LIU-Brooklyn is seeking an Administrative Assistant – Athletics. The qualified candidate will assist the Director of Athletics with a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run the Athletic department efficiently. Principal Responsibilities include but not limited to performing a variety of administrative and staff support duties, which require a range of knowledge and skills of organizational procedures and policies; directing and assisting visitors, and resolving administrative problems and inquiries; create spreadsheets; manage databases; compose, edit, and proofread correspondence and reports, and prepare a range of administrative documents. Apply here

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY
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QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY

This week, the Quinnipiac athletic department delivered 508 toys which were collected as part of Quinnipiac’s annual Holiday Toy Drive at home hockey and basketball games at the TD Bank Sports Center.  The toy drive, which was sponsored by the Quinnipiac Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), gathered the holiday gifts at four home games earlier in December. As a result of the successful toy drive, the athletic department this week delivered several vanloads full of toys to children at Hamden Youth Services and The Child Life Program at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Boomer and Eric Grgurich, Executive Director of the TD Bank Sports Center, are pictured delivering one of the shipments of toys to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital on Thursday morning. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

While Pitt’s athletic department is set for a radical makeover this spring and summer, some areas of the department might have to wait a bit longer. The Panthers will unveil their new script uniforms — for all sports — and merchandise in May, athletic director Scott Barnes said today. Over the next few months, the university will focus on converting “high-visibility” block logos to script. Overall, though, Pitt’s athletic department has put together a three-year plan to convert block logos in signage and facilities over to the script. -Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

For the 2014–15 school year, 28 athletic departments have reported that they generated at least $100 million in revenue, according to a report acquired by CBS Sports. Texas is reported to have made the most money at $179.6 million. Ohio State, Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma follow the Longhorns to round out the top five.  As a whole, SEC schools averaged $110.3 million in revenue this year, while the Big Ten made $103.3 million. –Sports IllustratedRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Tigers strength and conditioning coach Pat Ivey will not return to Missouri, a source confirmed to the Tribune on Thursday afternoon. FootballScoop.com first reported the news. He was also Missouri’s associate athletic director for athletic performance, a position to which he was assigned in 2011. Ivey was very popular with Missouri’s players and was named the FootballScoop Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2013. He was instrumental in facilitating the athletic department’s “Men For Men” sessions, which tackled off-field topics.- David Morrison, The Columbia TribuneRead More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

The Auburn Athletics Department launched a redesigned AuburnTigers.com on Thursday, taking advantage of new responsive technology to merge the traditional desktop site with one that caters to all devices. The new look also taps into the strong visual content created by the Auburn Athletics creative team. “Telling the story of the Auburn Family is a big focus of the Auburn Athletics Department,” Chief Marketing Officer Ward Swift said. “Our ability to maximize our content on our digital platforms is vital to our success in telling those stories.” The new digital product portfolio includes state of the art responsive web, enhanced mobile, integrated social media, live video streaming, video on demand and custom content. Read More

ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY
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ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY

The St. Bonaventure University athletic department is aiming to expand its youth fan base, according to Seth Johnson, the department’s director of marketing and promotions. With a new focus on the men’s basketball program, there will be an emphasis on serving underprivileged kids in the community, he said. Officials aim to pack the Reilly Center seats with kids who may not be able to attend without some help. “We’ve done a lot of stuff with local schools, especially with women’s basketball and its pen-pal program,” Johnson told the Times Herald on Wednesday. “We’re trying to bring some of that into our men’s basketball relations. … We’re trying to really push creating young Bonaventure fans.” The department will expand its Bona Give Back Program, Johnson announced. -Kelsey Boudin, Olean Times Herald, Read More

 

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs has long talked about the importance of providing an exceptional football gameday experience and recruiting at the highest level. Those are just two reasons Jacobs believes it’s time for Auburn to move forward with renovations to Jordan-Hare Stadium. But there’s one critical question Jacobs wants answered: How much support exists among Auburn football donors, supporters and fans for what could be a major renovation to the North End Zone? That’s why Tigers Unlimited, the fundraising and donor services arm of Auburn Athletics, is putting a survey in the field to donors in select areas of the stadium. It’s all part of Athletics’ carefully crafted feasibility study to gauge the level of interest and potential for support. Before we move forward and ask for approval on such a major project, it’s vitally important for us to reach out to the Auburn Family,” Jacobs said. “This survey is critical because it will help us determine the level of interest and support for a potential renovation to Jordan-Hare Stadium. The level of interest and support in a major stadium renovation must be substantial for it to be feasible.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Robert Pulliza has resigned from his position as the head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Arkansas, which was announced on Wednesday by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long. “I have accepted Coach Pulliza’s resignation and we wish him the best in his future coaching career,” Long said. “I believe we have the components for building a strong volleyball program while competing for Southeastern Conference championships and consistently competing in the NCAA Tournament.” “I appreciate the opportunity and honor to have been the head volleyball coach at the University of Arkansas,” Pulliza said. “I will always have fond memories of the university, the Razorback staff and coaches, and the players I had the privilege of coaching.” Long announced that a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately. -Kevin Trainor, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

University of Maine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech has announced that Joe Harasymiak will become the next University of Maine football head coach, effective Jan. 1, 2016. “I am extremely excited and honored to be chosen as the next head football coach here at the University of Maine,” said Harasymiak. “To think of all of the great head coaches who have come through here, and to be selected to be part of that group, is humbling. I can’t wait to get started.” Harasymiak, who assumed the role as interim head coach on Nov. 24, 2015, becomes the 35th head coach in the 124th season of football at the University of Maine. His contract is a four-year deal at $150,000 per year. Following a national search, Harasymiak emerged as the top candidate out of four finalists. “I am pleased to introduce Joe Harasymiak as our next football coach at the University of Maine,” said Creech. “We are delighted for his ability to continue the excellence of Black Bear football and are excited for the opportunity for him to make a lasting impact on the program.” -Lee Goldberg, WCSH, Read More


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