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November 6, 2015

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Northwestern University will break ground on the next step in its new Lakefront Athletics and Recreation Complex on Northwestern’s Evanston campus at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Construction will begin immediately. In support of the project, Northwestern Athletics and Recreation recently received a new leadership gift of $23 million from University trustees Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson as part of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern. The Lakefront Athletics and Recreation Complex will include a fieldhouse that will provide a large, indoor multipurpose facility for football practice as well as Olympic sports team practices and competitions, recreational activities and non-sporting events. It will be named Ryan Fieldhouse in honor of the generosity of alumni Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan. The playing surface within Ryan Fieldhouse will be named Wilson Field in honor of a $15 million gift from alumni Stephen R. and Susan K. Wilson. The complex also will include the Walter Athletics Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will house academic support services for more than 500 student-athletes, a nutrition center and dining facility, a sports performance center, and office space for coaches and administrators. The building is being named in recognition of a $40 million gift from alumni Mark and Kimbra Walter. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Thought provoking piece from USA Today’s Josh Peter on LSU star Leonard Fournette’s family and whether or not they broke any NCAA rules by producing BUGA Nation apparel to be sold online. The website launched the week of LSU’s 2014 season opener, but the business went no further — sales of T-shirts and hats were stopped within 24 hours after the NCAA learned of its existence, according to Lory Fournette. “There’s certain rules that just can’t be broken,” she told USA TODAY Sports. Lory Fournette told USA TODAY Sports that the NCAA views “BUGA Nation” as Leonard Fournette’s brand. However, when asked whether the NCAA was aware of the matter, spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the governing body has no record of correspondence with the Fournettes. Any communication with the Fournettes on the issue would come from the school or conference, she said. In an email to USA TODAY Sports, the Southeastern Conference responded on Thursday that it also has no record of correspondence with the Fournettes. -Josh Peter, USA TodayRead More

 

NCAA

Nissan today announced a historic deal to become an Official Sponsor of 100 colleges and universities nationwide, and a proud supporter of select NCAA Championships. The four-year agreement marks the widest-reaching sponsorship in the history of collegiate sports. This announcement is part of Nissan’s “go big” marketing strategy, which was put in place to create significant, unforgettable marketing moments such as Nissan’s return to the Super Bowl last season and its partnership with the Heisman Trophy Trust. Specifics of each sponsorship were negotiated throughout the summer with the media rights holder for each school involved, including IMG College, Learfield Sports, Outfront Media Sports, FOX Collegiate Sports Properties, JMI Sports and Sun Devil Athletics. The series of sponsorships will cover 22 sports (men’s and women’s), 100 schools, thousands of student-athletes, 22 million alumni and 188 million fans across the nation. – Business Wire,  Read More

CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

A former assistant basketball coach and athletic relations manager has sued California University of Pennsylvania and interim President Geraldine Jones. The lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of Anne Malkowiak of Uniontown in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Malkowiak claims discrimination based on age, race and sex. Malkowiak contends in the suit that after she filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Jones retaliated against her. According to the suit, three black players complained about playing time and Malkowiak’s coaching style. The complaint contends Jones, who is black, granted “special audiences” to the players and their families and bypassed standard university procedures that require contact first with the head coach, then the athletic director and finally the vice president of student affairs. – Jeremy Sellew, Trib LiveRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

After he served in a temporary role this summer, Illinois hired Dee Brown full-time as a special assistant to athletic director Mike Thomas. Brown, who retired in September from a professional playing career overseas, called the goodwill ambassador position a “dream job.” While Brown’s look and role have changed, though, his passion for orange and blue is the same.”Everyone asks, ‘What do you do?’ ” Brown, 31, said this week. “I speak Illinois athletics. I am Illinois athletics.” Capitalizing on his reputation as a catalyst of Illini basketball’s most recent glory days, Brown makes public appearances, connects with donors and alumni, builds relationships with current student-athletes, helps with fundraising and talks to recruits in all sports while they’re on campus. – Shannon Ryan, Chicago TribuneRead More

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

The news of Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer’s retirement surprised a lot of people. It also inspired them to grab tickets to his last home game. Fans say ticket prices jumped significantly for the home game against UNC on November 21st. Tech athletic leaders say that’s because there’s a lot of interest in seeing Beamer coach his last game at Lane Stadium. WDBJRead More

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Over the past several weeks, App State has hosted mid-week contests against Sun Belt Conference foes and prior to each of those games, App State students have protested. The range of issues addressed by the organization and in the protests ranges from complaints over steadily rising student costs, slowly rising faculty wages, student subsidization of athletic costs and the disproportionately large percentage of black student athletes when compared to minority representation in the student population. – Carl Blankenship, The AppalachianRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

The Miami Hurricanes received a mea culpa from the Atlantic Coast Conference regarding the officiating of their game against Duke, too. It just wasn’t as public as the one the Blue Devils received. Still, it makes clear what the Hurricanes and their fans felt all along about Saturday’s controversial game — Duke wasn’t the only team severely harmed by bad officiating. Days after suspending the on-field officials and the replay official who worked Miami’s 30-27 victory for two games and admitting that Miami’s game-winning kickoff return on the final play should not have counted because of a series of missed penalties, the ACC has acknowledged — albeit privately — that the officials also made “multiple incorrect calls” against Miami in the game. – AP Reports, Palm Beach PostRead More

PAC-12
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PAC-12

The Arizona State Sun Devils football team has agitated its opponents over the past couple of weeks by allegedly stealing play-calling signals, but the Pac-12 does not seem to be particularly concerned about any illegal actions. Doug Haller of AZCentral Sports passed along the conference’s comments regarding the Arizona State controversy. While many frown upon stealing signals and consider it to be cheating, the statement highlights the fact that it is not technically against any NCAA rules. -Scott Polacek, Bleacher ReportRead More

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma Baptist University is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing/Promotions. This position provides marketing for all athletic teams, enhances the game day experience, and manages the entire ticketing process. In completing these tasks, this position will enhance our overall athletic image and assist in boosting game attendance and overall visibility of the athletic department by helping to create a collegiate environment at all varsity athletic contests and events. Apply here

November 5, 2015

GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY
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GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

Lawrence Moten, who has scored more points than any player in Syracuse University basketball history, will be sharing his basketball knowledge with players at Gallaudet University. The former Orange great has taken an assistant coaching position for Gallaudet, a Division III school in Washington, D.C., with a worldwide reputation for educating the deaf and hard of hearing. Moten grew up in D.C. and attended Archbishop Carroll High School before landing at SU, where he set the Big East record for career points. – Donna Ditota, syracuse.com–  Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

UCLA senior center Jake Brendel was named on Thursday to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Football team. Brendel has served as a team co-captain the past three seasons. He has been selected a finalist for the 2015 Campbell Trophy and the Pop Warner Award. The Plano, Texas native was also on the Rimington and Outland watch lists prior to the season. He is also a Senior CLASS Award and AFCA Good Works Team nominee. Brendel was selected to the first-team All-Pac-12 Academic team in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

As part of the deal to host New Mexico State University in a football game on Sept. 17, 2016, the school has also promised the Aggies a future men’s basketball game at Rupp Arena. The date for the men’s basketball game has not been finalized, but a contract obtained through an open records request by The Courier-Journal reveals it will occur prior to the end of the 2017-18 season. Kentucky will pay New Mexico State $1.3 million for the 2016 football game. If the basketball game is scheduled in time for the 2017-18 season, UK would owe the Aggies an additional $120,000. If the basketball game is not scheduled in time for the 2017-18 season, a separate contract would be agreed upon to manage any payment for that game. – Jon Hale, The Courier-JournalRead More

ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE
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ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE

The Atlantic 10 Conference Council of Presidents concluded its fall business meeting Wednesday, which coincided with the NCAA’s public release of Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data for all Division I institutions. The conference’s 90 percent GSR was the third-highest rate posted by any Division I league, and showed improvement over the A-10’s 2014 rate. The council discussed national issues that will be addressed by high-level NCAA leadership groups over the next two years. A key focus of the Division I Board, of which VCU President Dr. Michael Rao is a member, will be the initial activities of two working groups that include Atlantic 10 representation: the values-based revenue distribution group (Davidson President Dr. Carol Quillen) and the sport organizational structure group (Richmond Athletic Director Keith Gill). Student-athlete health, safety and welfare initiatives, such as time demands, remain top priorities for the league. Further enhancing the role of student-athletes in the A-10 governance structure, the presidents endorsed inviting representatives from the A-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to the Presidents Council and Athletic Directors meeting. This joint meeting is held in conjunction with the A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in March. The A-10 SAAC currently takes part in the league’s annual winter business meetings with Athletic Directors, Faculty Athletic Representatives and Senior Woman Administrators, an initiative that began in January of 2015. –Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Nine public entities came together Thursday (Nov. 5) to pledge their commitment to collaborate in an effort to support the Mylan Park Foundation’s efforts to plan and build a state-of-the-art aquatic and track complex at Mylan Park. According to the collaboration agreement, the estimated $25-30 million facility on approximately 20 acres will be a community facility that will also be home to the West Virginia University men’s and women’s swim teams and women’s cross country and track teams and the county’s high school track and swim competitions. Plans call for a late Fall 2017 opening, and officials say they hope to host future NCAA and Big 12 championships in swimming, cross country and track at the complex as well as to bring regional and state high school competitions to Morgantown. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Division II schools, led by the Division II Student Athlete Advisory Committee, raised more than $605,000 for Make-A-Wish during the 2014-15 academic year – the first time the division has surpassed $600,000. The amount raised sets a new Division II fundraising record, exceeding last year’s efforts by $37,000. Twelve years ago, Division II began its alliance with Make-A-Wish, and since then it has raised nearly $4.1 million. That money has been used to grant wishes to more than 530 kids across the country with life-threatening medical conditions. According to a 2011 Wish Impact Study, the wishes can impact children’s fights against their illnesses, helping them feel better and, in some cases, get better. – Meghan Durham, NCAA.orgRead More

WHEATON COLLEGE
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WHEATON COLLEGE

Wheaton College Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach Kim Spence ’04 has announced the hiring of John Muse as the Assistant Track & Field Coach. Most recently, Muse spent three seasons with Division I UMass Lowell’s cross country and track and field programs, where he assisted in developing the teams’ sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers. Muse was also the program’s recruiting coordinator. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA’s transfer rules are now under attack, legally. A former Weber State football player filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday in Indiana federal court that challenges the NCAA’s transfer rules requiring Division I football players to sit out a year when if leave for another school. The lawsuit against the NCAA claims the transfer limits violate antitrust laws. “The NCAA’s limitation on the mobility of college athletes is patently unlawful,” the suit says. “For a striking contrast, one can simply examine the unfettered mobility of the players’ coaches.” – Jon Solomon, CBS SportsRead More

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

Seton Hall Athletics has announced a partnership with ReplyBuy to give fans the ability to instantly purchase tickets on their smartphones via text messaging. ReplyBuy is a sports & technology company with a significant presence across the United States and Canada serving a wide variety of clients across the NBA, NFL, NHL, college athletics and entertainment venues. Seton Hall Fans who register on their smartphone will receive personalized notifications when tickets become available, enabling them to purchase tickets on-demand in a matter of seconds with a quick text message. The faster fans respond, the better their seat locations will be — based on the best-available seat locations remaining for the game. Once the purchase is completed, electronic tickets will instantly be delivered to a buyer’s phone and can be scanned at Prudential Center.

MIAMI UNIVERSITY
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MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Miami University is looking for an Director for Fan, Campus & Community Engagement. The Director for Fan, Campus & Community Engagement is responsible for developing communication and promotional concepts, planning and strategies that significantly increase exposure of Miami University Athletics while simultaneously increasing ticket sales, attendance at athletic events, fund raising contributions, corporate sponsorships and overall campus awareness. Works closely with external staff to develop fan engagement, promotions, fund-raising and commercial materials as requested. –Apply Here

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Neal Scaggs has been promoted to director of operations for Marshall men’s basketball, the program announced Thursday. Prior to his current role, he spent 10 months as the program’s video coordinator, assisting in self- and opponent-video analysis. Scaggs has been part of the Thundering Herd since 2009, spending two years as a student manager (2009-11), two years as head manager (2011-13), and two years as graduate assistant and video coordinator (2013-15). He received his undergraduate degree in sport management from Marshall in 2013, and earned a master’s degree in adult technical education in 2015.

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA’s Champion Magazine with a nice look at how the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, the group of conference and campus administrators with representatives from all three divisions that approves all proposals made by the sports rules committees, has discussed whether a uniform policy addressing the use of technology should be created. But the nuances of each sport have prevented that type of umbrella approach.“It’s good that there are different cultures across sports,” said Jon Steinbrecher, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel chair and commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “There are different technological applications that are used in different sports. For instance, we have replay in football, but we don’t have replay available in every sport.” While technological advances can be exciting to fans because of the world they open, the rules committees must take a sober look at their sports when discussing which innovations to embrace. -Greg Johnson, Champion MagazineRead More

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia State has pushed back the opening of its practice area for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball until the end of February. The move was necessary because of the desire of the athletic department and university to stay within the $1 million budget. The athletic department hoped to open the area by the beginning of the year. – Doug Roberson,  Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionRead More

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

University of Oregon is looking for a Director of Performance and Sport Science. The Director is responsible for providing leadership, management, and oversight of comprehensive data collection/analysis and monitoring applications with a focus on optimizing student athlete performance. All applicants must provide the following materials: Cover letter, Current resume, including dates (month and year) of employment. The names, phone numbers and email addresses of three current references who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications for the position. Cover letter and resume should clearly demonstrate how applicant meets the required and preferred qualifications of the position. The application materials should be packaged as one PDF attachment, using the applicant’s last name as the document name, and e-mailed to Mark Ruckwardt, at [email protected] Please reference Posting # and the applicant’s last name in the subject of the email.

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Interesting read from Joe Drape of the New York Times on how the University of Alabama’s success on the field had let to success off the field as well. Particularly in the business world.  “The athletic director and the salesman, the football coach and the sorority sister, have all taken their places for what, at least seven Saturdays here each year, becomes the center of the Alabama universe: game day. It is equal parts war on the field and worship service, and it serves as the centerpiece of Alabama Football Inc., an enterprise that generates more than $95 million annually.But over the past decade, the success of Crimson Tide football can be measured off the field as well, as it has become a powerful engine for the university’s economic and academic growth.It has attracted a more academically minded student body from all over the country in the past decade and has served as the catalyst for more than $1.7 billion in fund-raising, according to those here who have engineered the explosive growth.” -Joe Drape, New York TimesRead More

ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY
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ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY

The St. Catherine University Athletic Department is seeking applications for the position of Head Golf Coach. The head golf coach will be responsible for all aspects of running a competitive NCAA Division III program. The coach will be responsible for leading the team to be competitive in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Responsibilities include the recruitment of qualified student-athletes, planning and implementing practice and game plans, and adherence with all NCAA and MIAC rules and regulations. – Apply Here

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Yahoo’s Pat Forde is reporting that sources have told him that Purdue plans to bring embattled football coach Darrell Hazell back for a fourth season in 2016. With Purdue announcing plans for a $60 million upgrade to its football facilities last month, there was speculation that a coaching change may be coming to enhance fundraising for the project. The school has not yet announced that Hazell will return. – Pat Forde, YahooRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

Tim Cass, the Lobos’ chief operations officer under athletic director Paul Krebs, has taken a job with the United States Tennis Association’s National Campus near Orlando, Fla., and will manage its day-to-day operations. Cass, who was born in Ohio and raised in California, came to UNM as an 18-year-old tennis standout. He was an All-American for the Lobos in doubles in 1986 and was All-Western Athletic Conference three times. He graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, then became the Lobo men’s head tennis coach. – Mark Smith, Albuquerque JournalRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

In the midst of the school’s worst start to a football season in more than half a century, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman expressed confidence Wednesday that coach Mike Riley will return the Huskers to national prominence.
Perlman also expressed support for Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, who last year fired Bo Pelini and hired Riley. Perlman confirmed he is currently working on a contract extension for Eichorst. -Henry J. Cordes, Omaha.com, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE

The University of Evansville is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of Media Relations, Athletics. This individual will serve as the primary media relations department contact for women’s basketball, baseball and men’s/women’s soccer. They will direct and manage the daily operations and media activities for these assigned sports. Apply here

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