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October 25, 2015

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Dereck Whittenburg, a member of N.C. State’s 1983 national championship basketball team, has been named the school’s associate athletic director for community relations and student support.  According to a release sent by the school, the new position will develop programming to benefit current and former N.C. State athletes and also work to build relationships with area businesses in hopes of developing a pipeline for future employment for graduates.  Additionally, Whittenburg’s new duties will include speaking at and hosting events for the athletic department and other affiliated organizations and supporting on-campus recruiting work for each of the Wolfpack’s 23 varsity programs. -Laura Keeley, The News & Observer Read More

 

 

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

The Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation Board of Directors named Dr. Nancy Hixson Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Hixson, who has been with the AFAAC since its inception in 2013, had previously served as the interim CEO the last 10 months. Hixson is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for all areas of revenue generation for Air Force Athletics, including private donor fundraising, marketing, ticket operations, special events and the Falcon Team Store. Read More

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Coastal Carolina lacrosse will have a new home. The women’s lacrosse team, which launched three seasons ago, will join the Atlantic Sun Conference as an affiliate member, according to a university news release. Lacrosse is the second CCU sport joining the Atlantic Sun. Coastal Carolina’s startup beach volleyball team will also compete in the conference. The switch comes after a shakeup that occurred when the university announced it was leaving the Big South Conference in 2016 so it could join the Sun Belt Conference. -Michael Smith, myhorrynews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James announced today that he has relieved Head Football Coach Al Golden of his duties effective immediately. Assistant coach Larry Scott will serve as the Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2015 season. Golden was 32-25 in his five seasons at the helm of the UM program and led the Canes to two bowl games in 2013 and 2014. Scott has served as the tight ends coach and run game coordinator for the past three seasons at Miami, after spending eight seasons at the University of South Florida. Read More

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

Most football teams will suffer a bad loss or poor performance throughout the course of a football season. For New Mexico State, that game occurred on Saturday in a 52-7 home loss to Troy. It was a loss that seemingly came out of nowhere, but it will not cost head coach Doug Martin his job. “Doug Martin is our head coach,” NMSU athletics director Mario Moccia said on Sunday. “No changes are going to be made. Doug Martin is going to be our coach next year.” NMSU fell to 0-7 on the season with Saturday’s loss, which extended the Aggies’ nation-long losing streak to 17 straight games. Martin has two years remaining on his contract, which pays him a base salary of $363,000. That includes a one year contract extension that NMSU announced in February. -Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-NewsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

UCF football coach George O’Leary is retiring effective immediately, wrapping up a 12-year tenure during which he helped put the school’s football program on the national radar, three sources with knowledge of the decision told the Orlando Sentinel. Quarterbacks coach Danny Barrett is being named the Knights’ interim coach. UCF President John Hitt and spokesman Grant Heston confirmed the news and told the Sentinel the school will complete its athletics director search by early December and the new A.D. will help select the next head football coach from outside the program. -Shannon Green and Mike Bianchi, Orlando SentinelRead More

October 23, 2015

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY – KINGSVILLE
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY – KINGSVILLE

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation D. Scott Gines has announced the hiring of Dennis Hawkins as the university’s new Assistant Athletic Director for Financial Operations Thursday. Hawkins’ first day in Javelina Nation was Oct. 12.A 2010 graduate of the University of Kentucky, he went on to earn an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013. During his undergraduate years at UK, he worked as an office assistant in the college of agriculture research office and as a fitness supervisor in the state-of-the-art Johnson Recreation Center.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY

Andre McGee, the figure at the center of University of Louisville’s basketball scandal, resigned Friday morning as assistant basketball coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, head coach Kareem Richardson confirmed to The Courier-Journal. McGee, the former director of basketball operations at U of L, had been placed on administrative leave at UMKC after the publication of Katina Powell’s book in which she alleges he paid her $10,000 from 2010-14 to provide dancers and escorts to entertain U of L players and recruits. McGee said in an email to the athletic director of the Kansas City school that he had “reluctantly” decided to resign because the team deserves a full-time assistant and he was not able to provide that “while the false allegations against me are investigated.” – Andrew Wolfson and Jeff Greer, Courier-Journal. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA

The University of Nebraska Omaha’s Mavericks will host their inaugural game at the Baxter Arena. Excitement is building, and the head coach Dean Blais says this is something the team has definitely earned. The number one Mavericks, according to a recent college hockey poll by USA Today, have been around for roughly 18 years with their 19th season underway. Since the start, they’ve been moving from rink to rink on a daily basis for practices, games, etc. Program officials say the opening of the arena is a culmination of a long process. Officials say they are anticipating a sellout crowd with only limited tickets available Friday night. Looking at the season, the athletic department was able to sell season tickets in one week; all single game tickets were sold in 45 minutes. Those who work closely with the players say this proves the spotlight is on for Friday’s game. – DaVonté McKenith, KETVRead More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN- MADISON
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN- MADISON

Justin Doherty, Senior Associate Athletic Director, responded to each of nine emails provided to the Capital Times under an open records request the exact same way he responded to the newspaper’s request for comment on advertising by the company run by the politically polarizing Kochs. But several emailers said they spoke for others beside themselves, noting the agreement of those seated around them at games, and a smattering of boos around the stadium that greeted a promotional video. One swore never to attend another Badger game; others to make no more donations to the school.“I see this as a moral and ethical issue,” Peggy LeMahieu wrote, adding that athletic director Barry Alvarez “should be turning this money down!!” – Pat Schneider, The Capital TimesRead More

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
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DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

Bob Derda recently was appointed general manager for DUQS Sports Properties, the University’s exclusive athletics multimedia rights holder and property of Learfield Sports. Additionally, Duquesne alum Arielle Love will work alongside Derda as coordinator, business development. Love, a former All-American volleyball player for Duquesne in 2014, received her B.S.B.A in Sports Marketing, as well as her MBA in sustainability from the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. Prior to joining DUQS Sports Properties in a full-time capacity, she had previously interned with the property. Most recently, she served as the MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates’ diversity initiatives intern. “Our Duquesne team is a great addition to Learfield Sports. Bob’s years of experience in professional and collegiate sports in the Pittsburgh market are a real asset, and Arielle’s service mentality and familiarity with Duquesne provide a valuable perspective,” says Duquesne Director of Athletics Dave Harper.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Cliff English, former USA Triathlon National team coach, will coach Arizona State’s new varsity women’s triathlon team. English’s hiring was announced Thursday, just two days after ASU formally announced it is adding triathlon and women’s lacrosse as its 24th and 25th NCAA sports. English has coached triathletes who competed at the last three Olympics and World Championship medalists Samantha McGlone and Tim O’Donnell. – Jeff Metcalfe, AZ Central, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

University of Maryland is looking for an Assistant Director Human Resources. The Assistant Director Human Resources, will provide excellent customer service to all ICA (Department of Intercollegiate Athletics) employees through timely, accurate dissemination of information particularly as it relates to benefits, tuition remission, PRDs, development opportunities, payroll and timesheets; cultivate employee confidence by ensuring confidentiality and securing all documentation; coordinate employment searches; monitor provisions and dates within employment contracts; coordinate employee training and development opportunities. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Pitt football fans can kiss trips to Akron, Buffalo, Toledo, and Athens goodbye. Athens, Ohio, at least. That’s because Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes made a bold statement when he joined “The Fan Morning Show” on Thursday – one that many Pitt football fans will be happy to hear. “We will not continue to play home-and-home with Group of Five schools,” Barnes said. “We will play them at our place as part of our scheduling plan. We will not play home-and-home.” Instead, Pitt will only schedule road games against teams from the Power Five conferences – the Big Ten, Big XII, SEC, or Pac-12 – scheduling home-and-home series exclusively with those teams, rather than also scheduling home-and-home series with teams from the Group of Five conferences – MAC, AAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, and Conference USA. – CBS Pittsburgh, Read More

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Alcohol will continue to be sold to ticketed fans before Boise State home football games, but alcohol service at private functions before basketball games at Taco Bell Arena are likely at least another year away. The State Board of Education voted Thursday in Lewiston to continue alcohol sales at “The Huddle” in Boise State’s Caven-Williams Indoor Complex for the rest of the football season, but nixed a proposal to allow sales to sponsors, high-level boosters and invited guests before home basketball games. The board also voted to allow sales to continue before Idaho’s home football games in the “Idaho Fan Zone,” located on the practice field adjacent to the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. – Dave Southorn, Idaho Stateman, Read More

PAC 12
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PAC 12

Negotiated television deals prevent the Pac-12 from acting on Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez’s complaint this week that the Wildcats play too many night road games, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Thursday. “I’m sympathetic to his concerns, but in some instances, there are things we can do about it and in this case there’s really nothing we can do,” Scott said. “Our athletic directors and presidents and conference office agreed to give a certain amount of flexibility to broadcast partners to pick games and have nighttime broadcast windows. In exchange, we have blockbuster TV deals that have been incredibly beneficial to our schools and student-athletes from a resource and exposure perspective, and the trade-off is worth it.” – Jon Solomon, CBSSports, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

On Wednesday’s ACC football coaches teleconference, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had interesting thoughts about finances. Jimbo: “We don’t have that big a budget. We’re in the middle of the ACC…some schools in the country have double, triple budget we have.” Fisher was being asked about FSU ‘s GPS tracking program, and what other things or programs the school does to help ensure player safety. Here’s the actual question: “Can you think of other things in your program … that you’ve been able to use or purchase that not every school with the budget you have. …” And Fisher responded with “We don’t have that big a budget.” He’s wrong. Florida State has, by any definition, the biggest budget in the ACC and one of the biggest in the country. – Powell Latimer, Athletics Business, Read More

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY
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UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY

The University at Albany, a NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision institution and member of the America East Conference, Colonial Athletic Association (football), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (women’s golf) invites applications for a full-time (12-month) position as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree (master’s or law degree preferred) from a college or university accredited by a US Dept. of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization; a minimum of one year relevant full-time experience within a Division I athletics compliance program, conference office or at the NCAA required. Apply here

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Following Wednesday’s announcement detailing plans to upgrade Purdue’s football training facilities, the coaching staff can now begin presenting evidence to start selling to recruits. Renderings showing the additional 110,000 square feet and the three-story structure that will sit on the north side of the Mollenkopf Athletic Center is part of the sales pitch as coach Darrell Hazell and his assistants look to increase the talent pool within the program. Senior receiver Danny Anthrop first saw the plans during a meeting with Hazell in training camp.-Mike Carmin, JC onlineRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

The operating deficit of Michigan’s athletic department is substantially less than interim athletic director Jim Hackett projected to Regents last June, according to an independent audit presented last week. Hackett told the Regents the department had a projected deficit of $7.9 million, but six weeks later told The News that because of unforeseen positive outcomes, that deficit, the first the department has had in more than a decade, would be decreased. The PricewaterhouseCoopers audit is part of a consolidated financial statement that was presented to the Regents. The audit revealed the operating deficit for the fiscal year is $342,000. -Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit NewsRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Board of Directors selected Texas State President Denise Trauth to serve as the Sun Belt Conference representative on the NCAA Presidential Forum. The forum is comprised of one president or chancellor from each of the 32 Division 1 Conferences in the NCAA. It is replacing the Presidential Advisory Group, which provided voice for presidents without permanent seats on the board. Every conference will have a representative on the newly formed Presidential Forum. – Imani McGarrell, The University Star–  Read More

October 22, 2015

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
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BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

A BYU linebacker has been suspended for the rest of the season for “violating team rules.” BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall suspended sophomore linebacker Sione Takitaki Thursday. According to BYU athletics, Takitaki has recorded 21 tackles and 3.5 sacks in six games this season as an outside linebacker. Just a week ago he pleaded guilty to theft charges and admitted he stole athletic gear while working for the school’s athletic department. According to official documents, he was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $680 fine. – Ashton Edwards, Fox 13- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Alabama will honor former Tide great Ken Stabler prior to the team’s game against LSU Nov. 7, according to an athletic department spokesman. Stabler’s family will be honored on the field before the game. Stabler, who died June 8 after a battle with colon cancer, was a standout quarterback for Alabama under coach Bear Bryant and later in the NFL. -Matt Zenitz, al.com- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

The NCAA has ruled that Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil can return to the field on Saturday against No. 15 Texas A&M after a seven-game suspension for receiving improper benefits. That news, which came last week, was a welcome development for the 24th-ranked Rebels, who have lost two of their last three games. The bad news is the NCAA’s interest in the Ole Miss athletics department isn’t necessarily over. A three-year NCAA investigation – which started with the women’s basketball program in 2012 after coaches were fired for recruiting and academic misconduct – remains open. Compliance issues with the football program are also unresolved. –Fox SportsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

A friendship led to a business partnership between South Carolina baseball and Founders Federal Credit Union. USC announced on Thursday that Carolina Stadium is now officially Founders Park. The two parties agreed on a 10-year, $7 million deal. Founders Federal Credit Union President and CEO Bruce Brumfield is a Gamecocks fan who met Athletics Director Ray Tanner and baseball coach Chad Holbrook through their foundations. Brumfield was approached about acquiring the naming rights to Carolina Stadium and expressed an interest. The deal took less than a year to complete, and Brumfield said the experience was an enjoyable one. – Matt Connolly, The State- Read More

 

 

 

NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

Chris Wilson’s NFL career lasted longer than any other player in Northwood history. On Saturday, the forceful defender will be recognized by his alma mater as a member of the 10th annual Hall of Fame class. Northwood has inducted 47 members into its Athletics Hall of Fame. Wilson’s class will include: Ross Aitchison (men’s soccer), Jill (Kotelnicki) Carr (volleyball), Safiyyah Abdul-Malik (Cicilie Murdock) of women’s track & field, Mike Urbanus (men’s basketball) and Pat Riepma (football coach/athletic director).  -Eric Woodyard, mlive.com- Read More

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

Winston-Salem State University Director of Athletics Tonia Walker has been appointed to a position on the D2 Athletic Directors Association’s Board of Directors, and has been voted as the President of the Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA) Athletic Directors Association. Walker will serve a three-year term as a D2 ADA board member. As president, she will help in coordination, administering, and promotion of intercollegiate athletic competition within the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. – The Chronicle, Read More

ROANOKE COLLEGE
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ROANOKE COLLEGE

Austin Gregory has been named the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications and Maroon Club Coordinator at Roanoke College announced Director of Athletics Scott Allison on Thursday. Gregory has interned with the Maroons’ Athletic Communications office since May of this year where his duties included writing featured stories, maintaining social media, and serving as the technical director of the webcasts. In his senior year, he served as a contributing sports writer with Vantage Hoops where he covered local basketball games and would interview players and coaches to write stories.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Georgetown University is looking for a Director of Team Operations. The Director of Team Operations, reporting to the Assistant Athletic Director for Business Operations, assists with the administrative management of varsity programs. –Apply Here

DAVIDSON COLLEGE
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DAVIDSON COLLEGE

The Harry L. Vance Athletic Center, the newest addition to Davidson’s athletic facilities, will have its grand opening in mid-November. A grand opening and dedication ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 15, with the public allowed to tour the $13.3 million facility after the ribbon cutting. The Vance Athletic Center was named after 1926 Davidson graduate Harry L. Vance. The name came about as part of a $4 million challenge gift from Samuel and Ann Ginn of Hillsborough, Calif. Ann Ginn is the late Vance’s daughter. The Vance Athletic Center is an addition to the Baker Sports Complex. The 50,000-square-foot facility provides two full-size practice courts for the Wildcats’ men’s and women’s basketball teams and the volleyball team.


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