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December 18, 2015

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

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA gained another victory in the Ed O’Bannon case on Wednesday when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the O’Bannon plaintiffs’ petition for a rehearing before a larger panel of judges. Earlier this fall, a three-judge panel upheld U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s decision that NCAA rules restricting payments to college athletes violate antitrust laws, but determined that players shouldn’t be paid up to $5,000 per year in deferred compensation for use of their names, images and likenesses. Lawyers for O’Bannon sought what’s called an en banc review with a larger group of Ninth Circuit judges to rehear portions of the case. But on Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit issued an order saying the three judges voted the same way they did on the initial appeal and no other judge requested a vote for a rehearing. Chief Judge Sidney Thomas voted to grant the petition for a rehearing, and Judges Jay Bybee and Gordon Quist voted to deny the petition. The decision could set the stage for either the NCAA, which opposed the rehearing, or the O’Bannon plaintiffs to petition the U.S. Supreme Court. They have 90 days to file with the Supreme Court by March 14. Both the NCAA and O’Bannon plaintiffs have previously indicated some interest in appealing to the Supreme Court. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

 

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

Less than a week after directing the Navy football team to a 14th straight win against Army amid speculation it could be his final game as Mids coach, Ken Niumatalolo announced Wednesday he would be staying in Annapolis despite interviewing for the impending vacancy at Brigham Young. Niumatalolo traveled to Provo, Utah, on Sunday night with his wife Barbara to meet with BYU officials the next day about the job that opened when Bronco Mendenhall announced last week he was leaving for Virginia. The winningest coach in Navy history then spent what he called two of the most agonizing days of his life weighing his decision, speaking only with his family and those among his closest inner circle. “It was hard going back and forth,” Niumatalolo said in a telephone conversation late Wednesday night. “I just think ultimately this is where I’m supposed to be. Nothing against BYU. They have a great program. They’re really wonderful people, but there are wonderful people at the Naval Academy.” -Gene Wang, Washington Post, Read More

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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Colorado State University is seeing an Athletic Academic Coordinator II. This position assists the department by supporting student-athletes to positively impact their collegiate experience, retention, persistence and graduation. This position will serve as the academic coordinator for the Men’s Basketball team and a caseload of football student-athletes, will coordinate the Guest Coach Program, and assist with the coordination and facilitation of the Lt. Col. John Mosley Leadership Program.  Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Michigan president Mark Schlissel has hired a search firm and organized a search committee to hire an athletic director who can manage the budget, raise funds, lead a staff of 350 and work with coaches and student-athletes to develop top national programs — all under the umbrella of promoting academics first. Schlissel hired Turnkey Search and appointed a search committee that includes softball coach Carol Hutchins and Dr. Stefan Humphries, a former Michigan football player now a medical director of a facility in Nevada. He said he has set no timetable to replace Hackett, who was hired Oct. 31, 2014, after Brandon resigned. And he said having a business background is not requisite for the job. But he did say having some connection with Michigan “does have advantages.” -Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit NewsRead More

December 16, 2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

The representation for a former manager of Auburn’s Tigers Unlimited ticket service has until Monday to show cause for filling a wrongful termination suit against the school’s athletic department in October, must show cause for filing the suit by Monday. The defendants in the suit, which included Auburn University; the Auburn Board of Trustees; university president Jay Gogue; athletic director Jay Jacobs; Auburn athletics COO David Benedict; executive associate athletic director Rich McGlynn; and associate Vice President Kevin Robinson, filed a motion to dismiss Davis’ suit on Nov. 25. U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Coody issued the order on Nov. 30 that Davis’ representation must respond to the defendants’ motion to dismiss, which cites the 11th Amendment in the United States Constitution allowing for “immunity to state universities and their boards of trustees…particularly in employee termination cases where no ongoing violation of federal law can be established.” -Matthew Stevens, Montgomery AdvertiserRead More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Bob Krause, a former top academic and athletics official at Kansas State, died Wednesday at the age of 70 following a battle with cancer. Krause served under former president Jon Wefald as the university’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement from 1968 to 2009, helping K-State boost enrollment and fundraising along the way. Krause also briefly served as acting athletic director from 2008 to 2009, taking over after Tim Weiser left.  Krause resigned as athletic director in 2009 to become director of development of K-State’s Olathe campus. -Kellis Robinett, The Wichita Eagle- Read More

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Former Illini soccer player Casey Conine’s lawsuit alleging University of Illinois officials mishandled treatment of her concussions is still ongoing, but without the high-profile defendants. In a Wednesday ruling on the UI’s motion to dismiss, Judge Jeffrey Ford threw out the counts against soccer coach Janet Rayfield and former athletic director Mike Thomas. Ford also threw out a count against Paul Schmidt, in his role of director of sports medicine, but kept Schmidt and soccer trainer Brittany Scott as defendants in their role as athletic trainers. Ford said the suit didn’t allege a law that showed Rayfield or Schmidt were responsible for overseeing the trainers’ conduct. -Johnathan Hettinger, The News-GazetteRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE

Matt Viator will have to hope his coaching career at Louisiana-Monroe gets off to a smoother start than his introduction. The former McNeese State coach was formally introduced as the 13th head coach in ULM history on Monday morning at Malone Stadium in Monroe.  The ceremony was not without peculiarities — ULM President Nick Bruno mispronounced Viator’s last name, Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom related a story about Viator unclogging the toilet in the Sam Houston State visitor’s locker room as an example of his blue-collar, can-do spirit, and the first question asked of him was posed by ULM’s mascot, who is mute. Viator, who last week interviewed twice for the position, did not learn he was hired until Sunday night. He has not yet determined who will join his staff in Monroe. -Alex Hickey, americanpress.com- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The University of Illinois will pay a search firm $140,000 to help with its athletic director search, the UI announced Wednesday. The firm, Korn Ferry, is the world’s largest executive search firm, and has helped higher athletic administrators and head coaches at Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Virginia. As recently as Dec. 4, Wilson said she hadn’t decided on whether to use a search firm. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the process of selecting a search firm began in mid-November. The firm will help the eight-member search committee, made up of alumni, faculty and athletic officials. The committee was named Dec. 4.- Johnathan Hettinger, The News-GazetteRead More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

For all the on-field successes Baker Mayfield has experienced in 2015 with Oklahoma, it is easy to forget how stressful the 2014 offseason was for Mayfield and his family. Mayfield’s transfer from Texas Tech to Oklahoma was nasty; Bob Stoops believed Mayfield should not have to sit out a year because he was a walk-on, Texas Tech initially blocked the transfer entirely and the final result was Mayfield being allowed to play for the Sooners but having to sit out the 2014 season. As it stands, Mayfield has only played two full seasons but will have just one year of eligibility remaining after the 2015 season. NCAA and Big 12 rules state that if a player transfers to an in-conference school and is not immediately eligible (like a graduate transfer, for example), they must lose the year of eligibility they sit out. Mayfield’s family appealed the rule to the Big 12 Faculty Athletics Representatives last May, but the league declined to give the Sooners’ quarterback his fourth year of eligibility back. -Chip Patterson, CBS Sports, Read More

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
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MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE

Valley commissioner Doug Elgin, while acknowledging that the loss of Wichita State would be a big one, took a diplomatic approach. “We’re respectful of the process that the president has outlined through the media,” Elgin said Tuesday. “We regret there’s any feeling that Wichita State has to go through this self-assessment, but we understand that this happens from time to time. “We hope that Wichita State is going to come back to a conclusion that they have the best fit currently with this league.” The conference commissioner doesn’t keep a master list of possible replacement schools, or even a mental list of member institutions that might be moving on and need replacing. “I think it would be counterproductive to speculate about Wichita State’s future and about any possibility that our league would consider expansion, or even the replacement of any school that might leave,” Elgin said. Even if Elgin isn’t ready to talk publicly about the what-ifs about the future of the Missouri Valley, rest assured he’s not sitting idly by and waiting to get blindsided by any surprise movement or realignment. “Our head is not in the sand; we’re always vigilant and looking at national trends and how movement in other conferences might affect the Missouri Valley,” Elgin said. -Jim Connell, Springfield News-Leader, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA quietly is talking to CBS Sports and Turner Sports about their 14-year, $10.8 billion March Madness contract, even though the deal runs through the 2024 tournament, according to several sources. -John Ourand & Michael Smith, Sport Business Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Arkansas volleyball Coach Robert Pulliza has released a statement through a Little Rock public relations firm refuting allegations of bullying and intimidating his players. “These last few weeks have been some of the most difficult that I have experienced in my life, both personally and professionally as a coach,” Pulliza said in the statement. “Any accusation that I have threatened physical harm to any player or called players names like the demeaning terms that have been alleged is simply false. “Many of the allegations made against me speak more to a style of coaching that might not be for everyone, but is not uncommon in college athletics. “These accusations have come from a small number of players. Unfortunately, coaching often involves making difficult decisions that do not always please each individual player, but which are necessary for the betterment of the team as a whole.” An Arkansas spokesman said Pulliza’s statement was not coordinated with the UA. The athletic department confirmed last Wednesday it had started an investigation of the volleyball program after receiving the anonymous letter and would have no further comment until the process is completed. -Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, Read More

WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
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WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN

West Virginia Wesleyan is pleased to announce the hiring of Del Smith as the newest head coach of the Bobcat football program. Smith, who has most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Bridgewater College, succeeds George Shehl who resigned last month after leading the Bobcats for three years. Randy Tenney, West Virginia Wesleyan athletic director, had this to say about the hiring process and coach Smith – “There were many qualified candidates within the over 100 resumes we received, but we feel we have the right guy in Del Smith to move the Wesleyan football program forward.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE

UW-L will not have an interim head football coach as it searched for Joel Dettwiler’s replacement. Instead, it will rely more heavily on assistants Andrew “Andy” McGlenn and Mike Anderson. McGlenn, an assistant coach/offensive line/recruiting coordinator, will take over most of the recruiting duties. Anderson, meanwhile, will handle the internal operations of the football program, said athletic director Kim Blum, who met with the team Tuesday afternoon. For example, the search and screen committee, which numbers 11, is comprised of current football players, an alum, coaches from other sports, campus representatives as well as a faculty and administrative staff member. The committee, headed by David Johnson, the school’s assistant athletic director for media relations, will do much of the early leg work. But when it comes down to it, Blum, who took over as UW-L’s full-time athletic director in March, is the quarterback. She gets to make the call, which could happen by mid-to-late February. -Jeff Brown, LaCrosse Tribune, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is retiring effective immediately, he said Tuesday after the team’s win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Longtime assistant Greg Gard is taking over as interim head coach. “After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said in a statement released after the game. Ryan coached Wisconsin to a school-record 36 wins last season and a loss in the national championship game against Duke. Wisconsin is 7-5 this season, one more loss than the Badgers had all last season. Ryan, who turns 68 on Sunday, had said in a statement in June that he would coach this season and then step down. –ESPN, Read More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE
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MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Manhattan College, an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), is seeking applications for the vacant position of full-time Asst. Men’s Soccer Coach. The successful candidate will assist the Head Soccer Coach with all aspects of the Manhattan soccer program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruitment of qualified student-athletes, game scheduling, direction of practices, implementation of game strategies, assisting in the successful management of the men’s soccer budget, fundraising, supporting student-athlete academic success, and assisting in developing championship teams while maintaining the highest ethical standards. Apply here

MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY

College AD has been able to independently confirm Football Scoop’s report that McNeese State will name Lance Guidry as the Cowboys next head coach. Guidry, a McNeese State graduate has been the Cowboys defensive coordinator since he returned to the program in 2013. This will be Guidry’s first full time college head coaching job, he did serve a brief stent as interim head coach at Western Kentucky in 2012. McNeese State has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon.


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