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May 20, 2016

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

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

The University of Texas is asking the 3rd Court of Appeals to modify an order it made earlier this month and dismiss a case brought by former women’s track coach Bev Kearney. The motion was filed Wednesday. In the motion, the university says that Kearney failed to prove a fourth plank of a prima facie case that said the school discriminated against her based on race and gender. The university’s appeal said that because Kearney failed to submit evidence proving that Kearney was treated differently, the court has no jurisdiction in the matter. Kearney filed a $1 million discrimination suit against the school in November, 2013. -Suzanne Halliburton, Hook Em, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Beginning Thursday, May 19, the official Twitter account of FSU Athletics is now @Seminoles. The previous Twitter account was @Seminoles_com and the change is a reflection of Florida State’s growing presence on social media and an overall plan to bring FSU’s athletic social media accounts under the Seminole banner. –Read More

May 19, 2016

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

It’s easy to surmise that King Football will win at Baylor. Coach Art Briles is 50–15 over the past five seasons. The Bears, irrelevant on the field for decades, have been so good lately that they raised enough money to build a beautiful stadium on the banks of the Brazos River. It doesn’t take a full-blown cynic to assume that, given all this, nothing substantive will change even after the avalanche of reports that Baylor athletics and university officials botched the handling of multiple accusations of sexual and domestic violence in recent years. But before making that assumption, let’s consider the incentives for the parties involved. The business of college football is big, but the business of college dwarfs it. This isn’t only a football issue. This isn’t only an athletic department issue. This is a university issue, and that brings the interests, financial and otherwise, of the business of college into play. -Andy Staples, Sports IllustratedRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

While discussing his department’s five-year strategic plan to trustees and administrators Thursday, USF athletic director Mark Harlan recognized the handful of Bulls coaches — including Willie Taggart, Jose Fernandez and Orlando Antigua — in attendance. Then, he recognized the two elephants in the third-floor conference room: an on-campus football stadium and the Bulls’ odds of moving into a Power Five conference. On a day when many fans hoped Harlan would move the needle on both hot-button issues, he instead gave it a nudge. Addressing a USF Board of Trustees work group, Harlan said a feasibility study into an on-campus stadium would forge on and that he’s “in discussions with leaders” about conference realignment.- Joey Knight, tampabay.comRead More

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
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WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

Wayne State University Director of Athletics Rob Fournier announced the addition of two new employees to the department’s staff. Hired in April, Justin Munson has been serving as the Athletics Business Operations Assistant and Eric Overland was hired in May as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach. Munson will provide operational support to the Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director in the day-to-day workflows and business processes. He will also provide support in the planning, development and implementation of various athletic operation initiatives, facility rentals and special projects. Prior to WSU, Munson worked in the athletic development office at Michigan State, beginning as a Professional Aide in November of 2012 before transitioning to a full-time position in March of 2014. –Read More

 

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

If you’re connecting the dots on the Syracuse University athletic director front, they will have eventually extended from Daryl Gross to Pete Sala to Mark Coyle to Dan French to Mr. or Ms. X. And all just from one calendar year to the next. Which means that whoever has the nameplate contract to the AD’s door up there on campus is doing all right. One job. Five people, two of whom (Sala and French, each an interim) will end up amounting to substitute teachers. A stretch of what should prove to be roughly 16 months in length once the next fanny hits the seat in that spiffy Manley Field House office that Jake Crouthamel wouldn’t recognize. – Bud Poliquin, syracuse.comRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Of all schools, it should know the dangers of going down the dark road of cover-ups. This is the school where, 13 years ago, basketball coach Dave Bliss tried to cover up NCAA violations he committed by trashing a deceased player who got murdered by a Baylor teammate. There’s a similar dark cloud over Baylor again that only transparency and accountability can truly cleanse, especially at a Christian university. Don’t bank on that happening, but it’s wishful thinking nonetheless. -Jon Solomon, cbssports.comRead More

MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY
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MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY

Millikin University Director of Athletics Dr. Craig White is pleased to announce that Dr. Molly Duesterhaus is the new Director of Swimming for the Big Blue. Duesterhaus will lead the Millikin men’s and women’s swimming program bringing over 10 years of coaching experience to the position. Duesterhaus was the Head Swim Coach at the Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, South Carolina from 2008-2015. During her seven years, she led her girls team to two state championships and two state runner-up finishes. Her boys program won the state title twice and finished as runner-up in 2011. At the Spartanburg Day School, Duesterhaus coached seven individual state champions and many All-State Team swimmers. She was named the All-Area Swim Coach of the Year four times by the Spartanburg Herald Journal. In 2014, she was selected as the SCISA Conference Swim Coach of the Year and named the SC High School Sports Report 2A Coach of the Year. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

University of Houston seeks Director of Athletic Marketing and Promotions.  The said position is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies and promotions to enhance the image and create awareness of the University of Houston Department of Athletics; Develops ticket sales strategies to increase attendance for assigned sports; Coordinates with Ticket Office to market specific games; develops advertisements and mailings that target students, alumni, faculty and staff, youth groups and local communities. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

South Carolina will see a predetermined postseason event played within its borders for the first time since 2005 when the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament is held in Greenville next March.  Columbia is finalizing a bid to host an NCAA men’s basketball tournament regional at Colonial Life Arena. The NCAA will consider host sites for regionals in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 and the city and university are aggressively lobbying to be one of them.  Morris, a college basketball fan for 50 years who has covered it for several publications and wrote “ACC Basketball: An Illustrated History,” proposed the idea to the city after the Confederate flag was lowered in July. -David Cloninger, myrtlebeachonline.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Virginia softball coach Blake Miller will not return to the program, athletic director Craig Littlepage announced in a press release Thursday afternoon. Miller, who took over the softball program at U.Va. in June 2013, went 42-116 in three seasons in Charlottesville. Prior to coming to Virginia, Miller was the top assistant at Oregon for three seasons. During that time, the Ducks advanced to three consecutive NCAA super regionals and the 2012 Women’s College World Series. –richmond.comRead More

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY IRVINE
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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY IRVINE

Concordia University Irvine seeks Associate Director of Athletics. The Associate Director of Athletics assists the Director of Athletics in all facets of a developing and maintaining a successful and winning intercollegiate athletics program. Duties include, but are not limited to, community engagement, fundraising and corporate sponsorships, marketing, and encouraging the spiritual development of all coaches, staff, and student-athletes. All activities of this position contribute to the fulfillment of the mission of the university and the Athletics Department. Apply here

PAC-12
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PAC-12

The Pac-12 on Wednesday released its 990s for the FY2015, which provide the only official look into the conference’s finances. I tweeted some key numbers at the time but was on assignment, as they say, and am only now posting a thorough assessment. The headline numbers: *** $439 million in revenue (an increase of 17% over FY14) *** $25.1 million distributed to each school (Hotline estimates for this category, made last summer, proved to be dead-on, by the way)-  Jon Wilner, College HotlineRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The Alliance of Women Coaches in partnership with the America East Conference, Northeast Conference, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and Patriot League hosted a Women Coaches Leadership Forum on Tuesday, May 17. The one-day educational workshop was held on the campus of Marist College. With the assistance of funding from the NCAA Office of Inclusion, the Alliance partners with conference offices to host regional events for women coaches. Workshops were piloted in 2015 in New Jersey with the Big East Conference and in California with the Big West and West Coast Conferences. After receiving positive feedback from WCC commissioner Lynn Holzman, Northeast Conference commissioner Noreen Morris felt strongly about offering this development opportunity for her coaches and administrators in the northeast region of the country and was able to collaborate with her fellow colleagues Amy Huchthausen, America East commissioner; Jennifer Heppel, Patriot league executive director, and Jessica Hegmann, MAAC senior associate commissioner in structuring the format for the Leadership Forum. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTHWEST
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UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTHWEST

The University of the Southwest, an NAIA intercollegiate athletic program and a proud member of the Red River Athletic Conference, announces an immediate opening for the position of Head Women’s Soccer Coach. Interested candidates must complete a USW employment application that includes a letter of interest, resume, a list of five professional references with contact information and unofficial college transcripts.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

CSU’s pitch for membership in the Big 12 Conference goes far beyond its athletic programs. Colorado State University also boasted of its strong academics, location in one of the country’s fast-growing regions, fundraising success and high alumni participation in the pair of four-page brochures that President Tony Frank sent last summer to each of the three university presidents who make up the Big 12’s composition committee. -Kelly Lyell, Coloradoan, Read More

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Public open forums have been scheduled for May 24-26 in the search for a new Southeast Missouri State University athletic director. Three finalists will each have an open forum.  The finalist include Kurt Esser, senior associate athletic director at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, Brady Barke interim director of athletics at Southeast Missouri State University and Dan Coonan, the executive director of development with the  Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Calif. He previously served as director of athletics and recreation at Santa Clara University of California. –Read More

UC SAN DIEGO
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UC SAN DIEGO

Undergraduates at UCSD are voting this week on a referendum that would more than double the Intercollege Athletics (ICA) fee to fund a move from Div. II to Div. I without football – contingent on receiving an invitation from the Big West Conference, which includes UC brethren Irvine, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Davis. The current ICA fee is $129.38 per quarter, or $388.14 per year if you don’t attend summer school. The increases would be phased in over three years, rising to $289.38 per quarter – or an extra $480 per year. But the fee hike wouldn’t begin until fall quarter after the Big West extends an invitation, which likely wouldn’t come until sometime in late 2016. -Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, Read More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Boston College blunted criticism of its beleaguered football and basketball programs in February by announcing a $200 million construction plan to support the school’s athletic and recreation programs.The football team will be the prime beneficiary of a new indoor training facility. New fields will be built for the baseball and softball teams. And the largest project, a new recreation complex expected to cost more than $100 million, was billed as a boon “for all BC students, faculty and staff.’’ But supporters of six intercollegiate teams that train and compete in the current recreation complex — men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s fencing — say design plans for the new building will competitively harm their programs, if not ruin them. -Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Chancellor Kent Syverud today announced his interim leadership plans for Syracuse University’s Department of Athletics. The chancellor has appointed Daniel J. French L’95 as acting Director of Athletics. In addition, he has promoted Herman Frazier to the position of Senior Deputy Director of Athletics. French and Frazier will comprise a management team that will lead and guide the athletics department during this time of transition. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

I’ve been asked the same question by friends and acquaintances who aren’t familiar with sports: Why do universities have athletic departments? Why spend money on athletes? It’s a fair question, particularly from people who aren’t familiar with the role sports plays in our society, or people who don’t understand (or agree with) America’s love for games. But the question comes up much more frequently whenever an athlete finds his or her name in the headlines for the wrong reason. Then, it becomes a bizarre justification for those who don’t like or simply don’t understand college athletics. -Neil Woelk, CU Buffs, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

The University of Rhode Island and head men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley have agreed to extend his contract through the 2021-22 season, adding an additional year to the deal that was signed in April, 2015. –Read More

DUKE UNIVERSITY
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DUKE UNIVERSITY

Duke University is seeking a qualified candidate to be the Head Women’s Cross Country, Assistant Track and Field Coach Duke University Department of Athletics. This position will assist the Director of Track & Field with the organizing, planning and coaching of the cross country and track & field program.The position will be responsible for assisting with all phases of a Division I cross country and track and field program, within University, ACC and NCAA rules and regulations. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to coaching student-athletes, recruiting prospective student-athletes, assisting in scouting and preparation, assisting in practice planning and design, maintaining necessary compliance documents, home meet management and other duties as assigned by the director of track and field/cross country. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

Now that Chrissi Rawak has been installed as athletic director, Delaware gets down to the business of finally finding a men’s basketball coach starting this week. It was two months ago Wednesday that Monte Ross was fired. Interviews are scheduled this week in Atlanta, home of Parker Executive Search, which Delaware contracted to aid with the process. Parker also helped Delaware land Rawak, the former executive associate AD for external relations and strategic initiatives at Michigan. -Kevin Tresolini, The News Journal, Read More

CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
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CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

Cal Poly Athletic Department seeks Director of Athletic Equipment Services. The Director of Athletic Equipment Services (AES) has primary responsibility for the development and supervision of policies and procedures related to management of staff, inventory, receiving, and distribution of athletic equipment and supplies for all sports programs. The incumbent is responsible for supervision of departmental employees regarding use and distribution of athletic equipment, developing and monitoring the department’s budgets, expenditures, and preparation of departmental reports. This position is the appointed custodian of all athletic equipment, clothing, and gear. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

To this point, USF second-year athletic director Mark Harlan has been diplomatic — if not specific — when discussing the Bulls’ hot-button issues, including a possible on-campus football stadium and conference realignment. But those topics and more are addressed to varying degrees in a 44-page, five-year athletic strategic plan that Harlan will present today to a USF board of trustees work group. You can view the plan here. According to the document, USF’s $46.9 million athletics budget for the 2014-15 academic year was slightly smaller than the average budget of six American Athletic Conference schools ($50.9 million) and considerably less than the average of four “aspirant” institutions ($75.8 million). -Joe Knight, Tampa Bay Times, Read More


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