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May 22, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

Athletic director Ryan Bamford announced this week that UMass will play Tulane at McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Homecoming Day. The scheduling switch from Foxborough to Amherst on Oct. 1 indicates a willingness to undo the damage done by former AD John McCutcheon. Amherst wasn’t to McCutcheon’s liking, he thought 35,000 fans would show up regularly to watch the Minutemen play in Foxborough. His poor judgment landed him a job at Cal-Santa Barbara. Only six games have been played at 50-year-old McGuirk Stadium since its $34.5 million facelift three years ago. In those games the average attendance was 13,562 compared to the 10,294 at Gillette (not including a bipartisan crowd for the BC game). Tickets for the Tulane game go on sale in July and are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Comparable seats cost $35 at BC’s Alumni Stadium and $40 at UConn’s Rentschler Field. –recorder.comRead More

BIG TEN
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BIG TEN

The word “holistic” got thrown around so much during this week’s Big Ten Joint Group Meetings that it felt like the conference was running a new-age medicinal clinic on the side. That’s the buzzword league administrators have used for months in describing how they want to tackle recruiting reform. It’s one reason why you didn’t hear a huge Big Ten outcry during the satellite-camp debate. Conference leaders would rather examine recruiting from top to bottom than howl over a single issue. “We can hunker down now that we’ve got the camp thing settled down a little bit,” Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said. “We can talk about it all holistically, comprehensively. It will be fun.” -Brian Bennett, ESPNRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

On Tuesday, Kevin Blue was introduced as the new athletic director at UC Davis, and the first order of business was to find out whom he follows. The list included New York Times columnist David Brooks, President Obama, failed gubernatorial candidate and current Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, and Malcolm Gladwell, the terrific writer whose story on Vivek Ranadive reinforced the Kings owner’s belief that his success as a youth basketball coach translates into knowing how to run an NBA club. It doesn’t, Coach. His Twitter record shows that Blue receives much of his information about the world from the Wall Street Journal. He analyzes data through Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight. In case you wondered, Blue is a Jungle guy – he subscribes to the tweeted remarks of Jim Rome. A Stanford man, Blue keeps tabs on David Shaw, Mark Madsen and Tiger Woods. More recently, he signed on to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and to 22 accounts in the names of UC Davis sports. -Andy Furillo, sacbee.comRead More

 

 

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Florida A&M’s athletic department recently secured a three-year deal with Nike, Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. told the Tallahassee Democrat on Saturday. Overton said the deal would run concurrent with the MEAC’s current shoe deal with Nike, and that Nike would provide both new uniforms and apparel for the school. FAMU’s previous apparel deal was with Russell Athletic. That deal was negotiated through the MEAC.  Overton said at the end of the three-year deal, there will be an option for FAMU to renew. He added new uniforms and fan apparel will be released within the next “two to three weeks.” -Jordan Culver, tallahassee.comRead More

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

There is an all new look for the Portland State University Vikings. PSU officially unveiled their new logo in a video on the athletic department site Friday. The all new, modern logo for the Vikings is coming to uniforms this fall. The new look for the team was created by the design team at Nike. PSU athletic department staff said the new logo and uniforms are based off of color inspirations from the Pacific Northwest, and incorporates runic alphabet inspirations as well. –kptv.com- Read More

 

COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
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COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Colonial Athletic Association officials have had discussions with leaders from member schools about N.C. House Bill 2 and league commissioner Tom Yeager said the controversial law has created a situation that must be monitored. “We’ve talked about it with the provosts,” he said. “We’ve talked about it with the athletic directors. There’s a whole bunch of issues, social issues, that because of the athletics platform, people gravitate to and put the athletes oftentimes in a really tenuous position. There’s a lot of different things developing.” Whether those concerns could impact the host roles for future CAA championship events remains to be seen. -Adam Smith, Times-NewsRead More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

LSU is quickly catching up in the statue department. After former Tigers’ basketball star Bob Pettit had his statue revealed in February in front of the LSU practice facility and with a statue of Pete Maravich, college basketball’s all-time leading scorer, given the green light, it’s Skip Bertman’s at-bat. The LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has unanimously approved a proposal for a statue honoring the legendary Tigers’ baseball coach and athletic director. Details about the design and construction of the Bertman statue will be announced at a later date. – Ron Higgins, NOLA.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA

Could the Hatfields and McCoys be teaming up? Two collegiate teams aren’t fighting over turf, but to survive. The ongoing budget crisis in the state of Alaska is having far-reaching effects. So much so that an idea floated by University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen to merge the UAA and UAF athletic departments is still on the table.  “Intercollegiate athletics, we believe is something we have to look at,” he said in April, while addressing the financial challenges facing the state’s university system. Though a drastic move, combining the two groups remains an option and was confirmed by Dr. Gary Gray, UAF’s athletic director. “If we’re one university, there’s one men’s basketball team, there’s one women’s basketball team, there’s one hockey team,” he said. -Dave Goldman, ktva.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

The Arizona Wildcats have hired a new men’s tennis coach.  Clancy Shields, the former head coach at Utah State, replaces Tad Berkowitz, who resigned last month. Shields led the Aggies to a Mountain West Conference Championship and was recently named the Mountain West Conference coach of the year. “We’re excited to add Clancy to our roster of coaches,” UA athletic director Greg Byrne said. “His track record as a coach and player are extremely attractive, and when you combine that with his knowledge of tennis in the western region of the United States, we felt he was the perfect person to lead our men’s tennis program. He’s produced championship-level tennis at each of his stops and we think he can bring that kind of competitiveness to Tucson.” -tucson.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Kim Anderson is turning to former Rice strength and conditioning coach Nick Michael to oversee the physical development of the Missouri basketball team. Anderson on Friday named Michael the Tigers’ assistant athletics director of athletic performance, taking over a job that belonged to Matt Herring the past two seasons. Before spending the 2013-14 season at Rice, Michael served as a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning in Shaka Smart’s program at Virginia Commonwealth and brings four years of experience playing professional basketball in Europe after playing Division III basketball at Elmhurst College in Illinois, where he was a three-time all-conference selection. -Steve Walentik, columbiatribune.comRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA

Ben Hannan has resigned after 13 years as South Alabama’s golf coach to take a role with the school’s administration. Hannan has accepted the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Athletics Development, the school announced Friday. A former South Alabama golfer, Hannan coached the Jaguars to four NCAA regional berths and two Sun Belt titles in his tenure as head coach. – Creg Stephenson, al.comRead More

TAFT COLLEGE
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TAFT COLLEGE

At its December 9, 2015 meeting, the West Kern Community College District Board of Trustees approved a proposal to add two new sports to the line-up of intercollegiate competition at Taft College – men’s and women’s golf. Golf will provide an opportunity for men and women to compete in the sport at the collegial level. Each team typically includes 8-10 players. At the community college level, women’s golf teams compete in the fall semester, and men’s teams compete in spring. Our men will begin competition in the spring of 2017 and the women will begin competition in the fall of 2017. The College has hired PGA Professional Chad Sorensen as the Head Men’s Golf Coach. He will be responsible for recruiting players and building the men’s golf program at Taft College. The Athletics Department is working with the Central Valley Athletic Conference to ensure a smooth launch of the Taft College Golf Program. -taftmidwaydriller.com- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

The University of New Hampshire athletic department announced Danny Buzzell ’12 has joined the staff as the associate director of athletics development, effective immediately. Buzzell will oversee all aspects of the UNH athletics annual giving program, which includes: creating effective communication strategies to reach our constituents; implementing an annual solicitation calendar, including sport-specific appeals and our donor-based seating/parking programs; coordinating solicitation initiatives with the annual giving team; managing a portfolio of leadership level prospects; overseeing our office intern program; and working as a key member of the athletics development team. Buzzell comes to UNH most recently from Towson University, where he served as the director of development for athletics annual giving from June 2014 to May 2016. While there, he developed and implemented the athletics annual giving program and managed a portfolio of leadership prospects. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ

Days after an online student opinion poll closed that would have determined the fate of UC Santa Cruz’s NCAA Division III program, Chancellor George Blumenthal gave new hope to intercollegiate athletics by challenging its supporters to develop a plan that would provide sustainable funding. The Athletics Department has operated at a deficit for years. Although its annual budget is about $1.4 million, it spends approximately $2 million per year on salary and operating costs. UCSC students currently pay $15 a year to support the university’s NCAA program. Last week, an online poll asked UCSC students whether they would consider paying a $270 annual fee to retain the school’s athletics program. Blumenthal’s remarks came days after the Academic Senate’s Special Committee on Athletics submitted its report, which was critical of the student opinion poll and recommended further study before any final decision regarding the fate of the athletics program was made. -Ryan Masters, mercurynews.comRead More

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Alabama State University and Advanced-Online are pleased to announce the launch of the official online apparel store of the Hornets. www.shopbamastate.com features more than 1,700 officially licensed Alabama State University items to outfit every fan for every occasion. Hornet alumni, parents, students and supporters will now be able to purchase merchandise 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “We’re excited to announce our new online store,” said Alabama State Athletic Director Melvin Hines. “With our partnership with Advanced-Online, we’re able to provide Hornet Nation the ability to show their Hornet Pride through an exciting variety of merchandise.” -Read More

May 20, 2016

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State Athletics confirmed the resignation of Rachelle Thompson, the women’s gymnastics team’s associate head coach. Her resignation follows reports of abuse by former players, parents and an assistant coach, who told PennLive that “both Thompsons used bullying tactics and fostered a hostile environment.” The other Thompson, her husband Jeff Thompson, is the head coach of the team and will remain in the position, according to a Penn State Athletics statement. -Shawn Annarelli, Centre Daily, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Illinois named Warren Hood as deputy athletic director, the school announced Friday. Hood, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois, recently directed major renovation projects to Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center. He also helped secure a $60 million naming rights deal for State Farm Center, which is the largest corporate naming rights agreement for a college venue in the nation. He will be the top assistant to new athletic director Josh Whitman. -Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune, Read More

LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
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LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY

UPDATE: Sources confirm to College AD that Long Beach State AD Vic Cegles is leaving the university to accept a position at UConn under new athletic director Dave Benedict. Benedict was a senior athletic department member at Long Beach State under Cegles from 2007-2010.
Mike Guardabasico of the Press-Telegram is reporting that Long Beach State AD Vic Cegles will leave the university. We will monitor the situation and update as information becomes available.

 

CANISIUS COLLEGE
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CANISIUS COLLEGE

Canisius men’s basketball coach Jim Baron will announce his retirement in a press conference Friday afternoon, according to team sources. Baron just signed a three-year extension in March just before the MAAC Tournament. A team source said his decision to retire was not health-related. Rather, the source said, Baron had a change of heart after a recent trip to Europe, where his sons Jimmy and Billy play professionally on the same team. Baron decided that after nearly 40 years in coaching (28 as a head coach), he wants to spend more time with his family. -Nick Veronica, It’s Always Game Seven, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

A year after several rules changes in women’s basketball designed to improve the pace of play, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee is pleased with the state of the game, committee members decided during their annual in-person meeting in Indianapolis. And though the committee discussed other rules changes that may further improve the game in the future, the chief discussion was about how last year’s major changes had influence women’s basketball so far. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association writes many dumb rules. Case in point, campus athletes usually have to sit out for a year when they transfer between schools. No one should be penalized for switching schools in order to pursue a better fit or opportunity—coaches, professors, athletic administrators and other students certainly aren’t. The NCAA does, however, allow graduate transfers—those athletes who have graduated and have athletic eligibility remaining—to compete immediately after they switch schools. This is a good thing. If you’re continuing your higher education and want to play college sports just a little bit longer—and we assume, like the NCAA always claims, that both of those things worth far more than any paycheck—then who would object to that? As it turns out, lots of people! Especially college coaches, many of whom complain about graduate transfers while aggressively recruiting them. -Kevin Trahan, VICE, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

A few weeks ago on a SEC coaches teleconference, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema casually mentioned that his program was looking into “global opportunities” regarding satellite camps. It seemed like a joke. College football coaches hosting camps outside the United States? Five days later, news broke that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had scheduled a satellite camp on June 3 in Australia. ProKick Australia — founded by Chapman in 2007 after his attempts to make an NFL roster as a punter were unsuccessful — is an academy that teaches American football mechanics and has a reputation for sending players to the U.S. The announcement of the camp has sparked interest around the continent, Chapman said. He’s received phone calls and emails from Australian Football League, Rugby and Gridiron Australia coaches who just want to come watch and meet the Michigan staff. -Laken Litman, For The Win, Read More

 

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA will be cracking down on props and uniform alterations in softball dugouts during the Women’s College World Series and beyond, NCAA officials confirmed Wednesday with FloSoftball.com. The Times Daily of Alabama was the first to report the development. North Alabama’s softball team was informed Tuesday after its win over West Texas in the Division II Women’s College World Series first round that the funny props the team has become known for would no longer be allowed in the dugout. The squad is notable for its hijinx, bringing a cornucopia of random items into the dugout, including sombreros, inflatable fish and reindeer antlers. Terri Holmes, the chair of the NCAA Division II softball committee, told FloSoftball.com that a rule against such props and behavior actually already exists. Holmes said her Division I softball counterparts are likely to begin enforcing Rule 3.12 harder as well starting immediately. -Marc Raimondi, FloSoftball, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

“We’ve just beat each other up all season,” said UCLA coach John Savage, whose program won the 2013 College World Series. “It doesn’t mean that teams are bad. There’s just so much parity in the west, and parity isn’t good for the RPI.” The NCAA process has annually been heavily skewed toward major conference teams in the South, the SEC and ACC, so area coaches are used to this. It’s just that the tilt has never been this lopsided. The current RPI features 18 teams from the south in the top 20, even though six played lightweight schedules with nonconference strength-of-schedule ratings of 106 or higher (Virginia, Clemson, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State). “The RPI is a difficult thing to figure out and no one here has mastered it,” USC coach Dan Hubbs said. “People say win on the road, but there are teams ranked high that don’t play many road games. Out here, we all play a balanced home and road schedule. -Bob Keisser, OC Register, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The NCAA has renewed its effort to remove the Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who is overseeing former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair’s defamation lawsuit against the organization, citing news stories and message-board postings about the case. In the motion filed earlier this week, the NCAA said the “public perceives potential judicial bias” because Judge Frederick Shaller graduated from USC. “While it is unlikely the NCAA can ever receive a fair trial — just miles from USC where students and alumni publish vitriolic, hateful messages about the NCAA with each case development — the court should guard against any public perception of bias arising from a trial judge’s ties to USC,” the motion said. Shaller rejected a similar request by the NCAA in March, noting the issues raised by the organization weren’t “legal grounds for disqualification.” In this week’s filing, the NCAA cited years-old news stories about the case in addition to anonymous postings on message boards and comments below stories. -Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, Read More

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

Seton Hall University seeks Head Coach – Women’s Tennis. The head coach is responsible for the organization, development, administration and coordination of a competitive NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis program. He/she must have knowledge of and strictly adhere to NCAA, BIG EAST, University and departmental rules, policies and procedures. The head coach must have the ability to recruit and retain athletically and academically qualified student-athletes. Apply here

MERCER UNIVERSITY
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MERCER UNIVERSITY

Mercer University Director of Athletics Jim Cole announced the promotion of Daniel Tate to Associate Athletics Director for External Operations. Tate will manage all aspects of Mercer’s external operations with direct oversight of: marketing, corporate relations, fan experience, branding and multi-media rights. Since joining Mercer in 2011 as Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing/Football Operations, Tate has played an important part in the branding of Mercer Athletics. Under Tate’s leadership, the athletics department has seen increases in sponsorship revenue by 600 percent and men’s basketball season ticket base by 160 percent. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

As uncertainty lingers over Missouri’s softball program and the future of its head coach, one thing became clear as the Tigers practiced Wednesday at University Field: The players have ended their protest of the school’s athletics department. “They have?” Tigers coach Ehren Earleywine said when reporters relayed that news. “First I’ve heard of it.” Earleywine was happy to hear the latest developments from a team that’s contributed its share of headlines during what’s been a difficult year for Mizzou fans to stomach. Last month MU athletics director Mack Rhoades launched an internal investigation into Earleywine’s program — the most successful women’s team on MU’s campus — in response to allegations involving personnel matters within the team. -Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Read More

HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Henderson State University, an NCAA Division II member of the Great American Conference, is accepting applications for the position of staff athletic trainer. Duties may include, but are not limited to: sports coverage with travel, athletic training room supervision, teaching, and clinical education instruction within the Athletic Training program, involvement in the CAATE process, campus and community service. The staff athletic trainer will be supervised by the head athletic trainer for all matters pertaining to Henderson State University athletics. This position will require work outside of regular business hours including evenings and weekends. This position will require travel. The successful applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and a driving record that is acceptable to the university. Apply here

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

On April 22, 2016, Rutgers University quietly paid $300,000 to settle a 2013 lawsuit filed by a learning disabled basketball player who claimed that the university’s former head basketball coach “chronically and heinously targeted and abused [him], both physically and psychologically.” In his suit, Derrick Randall alleged that coach Michael Rice “violently grabbed, kicked, shoved and berated” him and other players, threw basketballs directly at the players’ heads and subjected them to profane language and homophobic slurs. The alleged abuse was video recorded aired on April 2, 2013 by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” television program. Rice’s abuse allegedly caused Randall to experience a “constant and debilitating stale of anxiety and fear” and caused him to “shut down” and lose all his confidence. -John Paff, NJ Civil Settlements, Read More


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