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January 22, 2016

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
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CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

California Baptist University is seeking an Associate Athletic Director – Marketing and Media Relations. The ideal candidate will direct and supervise all athletic department marketing efforts including advertising, branding, game promotions and revenue development. Oversee sports information department and all external promotion of the athletic department. Apply Now

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

The Student Fee Board at Utah State University held its first meeting Wednesday night for presentations on student fee increase proposals for the 2016-17 academic year. Four organizations on campus requested to have additional students fees placed towards their programs in the coming school year, including Activities, Health and Wellness, Music and Theater, and Athletics. Of the four organizations, Athletics asked for the largest increase. After comparing the USU athletic budget to other colleges in the Mountain West Conference — the Aggies are dead last — and pointing out how beneficial athletic programs are to the USU student body, John Hartwell, vice president and director of athletics, proposed a student fee increase of $10 per student for the Athletics department. The $10 increase would be added to the current athletics fee of $135.14, a 7.5 percent rise. Hartwell said the current budget of the USU Athletics program is just shy of $29.3 million and the projected budget for next year is $32.6 million. Only 15 percent of the budget is currently made up of student fees. He said the funds from this increase would be used to benefit students by adding two new video boards to the football stadium as well as a new sound system, and that a new video board would be added to both USU’s soccer and softball fields. -Tim Olsen, Utah Statesman, Read More

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Boise State Athletics is seeking organized, energetic and creative applicants for the position of Director of Special Events. This position will be responsible for all of the planning, organization and execution of the athletic department’s most critical events. This position will require a strong, working knowledge and understanding of NCAA, Conference and Institutional rules and regulations. Apply here

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

One fifth-year coach’s resignation led to the hire of a first-time Division I head coach. And some extra cash for Ball State. When Pete Lembo announced his resignation Dec. 22 to become an assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Maryland, he gave up a salary of just over $500,000. The athletic department cut its costs by hiring Mike Neu at a base salary of $450,000 in his first year. And don’t forget about Lembo’s $200,000 buyout that Maryland is covering. It’s written into Lembo’s two-year contract worth $350,000 per year, obtained by The Star Press on Wednesday, that Maryland will pick up the full cost of his resignation from Ball State. What all of this means for Ball State is an unexpected net gain of about $250,000. -Dakota Crawford, The Star Press, Read More

TROY UNIVERSITY
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TROY UNIVERSITY

After several months of crunching the numbers, the Troy athletics department will be issuing the first cost of attendance stipends to Trojan athletes this semester. In 2015, the NCAA began allowing colleges to offer the stipends to help athletes cover everyday living expenses not addressed by athletic scholarships. Athletics director Jeremy McClain said a maximum stipend at Troy will be $3,000 per year, split into four checks (two per semester). – Jeremy Wise, Dothan Eagle. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN

A new era at UTPB begins with a new look. The UTPB athletic department unveiled a new set of Falcons athletics logos and artwork at a press conference Thursday morning inside the gymnasium on campus. The new designs feature an original falcon illustration and a new lettering style, trimmed in the school’s familiar orange and black colors. The rebranding effort coincides with UTPB’s move to the Lone Star Conference this summer, and the launching of the Falcons football program, which is set to kick off its first game this fall. “With the recent and upcoming changes in our athletic department, we determined that an athletic logo reflective of our program was needed,” UTPB athletic director Steve Aicinena said in a university release. “The logo was to represent some important characteristics of our department and university: Strength, Determination and Ferocity. –Odessa American, Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Mark Hollis isn’t opposed to having Michigan State vs. Michigan under the lights at Spartan Stadium. However, the Spartans’ athletic director said Thursday that he feels what the university experienced during one 2014 night football game makes it more unlikely that one will happen against the Wolverines anytime soon. “I would talk to a lot of people on campus, because based upon past behavior, I would be concerned,” Hollis told reporters during the Michigan AP Sports meeting at the Lansing State Journal offices. “The Ohio State game we had two years ago was not a good situation, and I would not want to put our campus back into that possibility.” When asked later if beer and alcohol sales would ever be sold at Spartan Stadium, Hollis said binge drinking at colleges during tailgates — an issue that escalates all day for primetime, marquee games — “is disheartening for what we’re trying to do on campus.” He said that decision would not be his to make, but that he would give input on it. -Chris Solari, Lansing State Journal, Read More

TOWSON UNIVERSITY
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TOWSON UNIVERSITY

Towson University Department of Athletics is accepting applications for a Director of Compliance responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and administration of NCAA, CAA and Towson University initiatives related to all aspects of athletics compliance. In coordination with the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, this position is responsible for oversight of initial eligibility, National Letter of Intent program, rules education, interpretations for Olympic sport coaches and assigned administrative departments, recruiting monitoring, playing and practice seasons, and NCAA Student Assistance Fund clothing allowance and textbook distribution. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

University of Illinois trustees approved football coach Bill Cubit’s two-year contract that will pay him $1.2 million a year. The trustees voted on the deal at their meeting in Chicago on Thursday. The deal includes a prorated amount of his salary if he is fired without cause. The minimum he would be paid is $250,000. Cubit took over in unusual circumstances and his retention is also out of the norm for football coaching contracts. He was promoted to interim coach at the start of last season after Tim Beckman was fired in the wake of a university-hired law firm investigation found Beckman had mistreated players. Athletic director Mike Thomas was fired later in the season in the wake of the investigation although the school noted he was cleared of wrongdoing. Cubit was named the head coach before the regular season finale and the Illini went on to finish the season with a 5-7 overall record and 2-6 mark in the Big Ten. -Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune, Read More

January 21, 2016

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

The Eastern Washington University Athletics Department announced Wednesday, Jan. 20, the details of its 2016 National Signing Day breakfast event and live TV broadcast in partnership with SWX and Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The breakfast and live broadcast will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The live broadcast will air on SWX and will be simulcast on WatchBigSky.com. The broadcast will be hosted by SWX’s Sam Adams and the Voice of the Eagles, Larry Weir, and will be held in the same room as the breakfast, allowing attendees to be part of the live show. The broadcast will feature interviews with EWU Football head coach Beau Baldwin and a number of Eagle assistant coaches, among other guests. Event attendees will have the option to ask Coach Baldwin questions about Eastern’s signees following the broadcast. Read More

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY
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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY

Mike Roth and the Gonzaga Athletic Department have been waiting a long time to make headway on a new athletic facility on campus, but until last March the idea was just a pipe dream.  Dream was made reality when a benefactor came forward with the largest check ever written to Gonzaga athletics, intended to assist in the cost of building the Center for Athletic Achievement (CAA).  From there other individual donors have stepped forward, and Roth said the fundraising aspect of the project is far enough along that preliminary plans can be made. Roth said the project is estimated to cost around $20 million to build, and the production will follow a precedent set by the construction of the Stevens Center two years ago.  “Our goal is to do the same with [the CAA],” Roth said. “At least, if we don’t have it all in cash to have it paid for as people pay their pledges off over time.”-Eden Laase, The Gonzaga Bulletin- Read More

MIAMI UNIVERSITY
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MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Miami University is seeking Associate Director of Development/Assistant Athletic Director. The Associate Director of Development/Assistant Athletic Director will advance the mission of Miami University by planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of personal involvement and financial commitment of alumni and friends. Particular emphasis will be given to strategies of identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding annual fund and major gifts, both current and deferred, to the Intercollegiate Athletics program in support of the $80 million Graduating Champions Campaign. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

Lewis Caralla, who spent the past season as Director of Strength and Conditioning at North Texas and had stints at Michigan, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech, was named as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in an announcement on Thursday by Director of Athletics Scott Farmer. The hiring of Caralla is subject to approval by the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors.
Before his arrival at Louisiana, Caralla spent one year at UNT where he directed a comprehensive training program for the Mean Green football team in 2015. –katc.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators has approved initial new employment terms for former Football Coach Gary Pinkel.  Pinkel, who announced his retirement for health-related reasons on Nov. 13th, is staying on with Mizzou Athletics for the next three years. Prior to the New Year, the Board approved details of the new role for Pinkel, who stepped down as Mizzou’s all-time winningest coach with 118 wins in 15 seasons (2001-15). Terms of the agreement, beginning Jan. 1, 2016 and ending Dec. 31, 2018, call for Pinkel to be paid $350,000 annually for the first two years (through Dec. 31, 2017). The final year of the agreement will pay him $250,000 (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018).  Read More

SAINT JOSEPH COLLEGE
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SAINT JOSEPH COLLEGE

Saint Joseph’s College seeks a Director of Athletic Fundraising & Planned Giving. The Director of Athletic Fundraising and Planned Giving (DAFPG) is responsible for securing financial gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations, and other philanthropic entities to benefit Saint Joseph’s College. [email protected]

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Marshall University is exploring the idea of joining a growing list of schools across the country offering alcohol sales at football games to general seat fans. Officials within the Marshall Athletic Department confirmed that ideas are being explored to enhance the gameday experience and generate additional revenue. Recently, a survey was distributed by the Big Green Club to gauge fan interest in beer sales at the football stadium. The survey asks if they support beer sales at the stadium. It also asked if they favor a “No Re-Entry” policy for football games. – Dave Wilson. WV MetroNews. Read More.

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell University seeks an Assistant Football Coach. This position is responsible for on-field coaching and recruitment of academically-qualified student athletes for a NCAA Division I Football program, within the guidelines, rules, and regulations of Bucknell University, the NCAA, and the Conference. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates told FOX Sports that he accepted the Arizona DC job late Sunday night. Yates said he told Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez at about 9 p.m. local time Sunday night and wanted to tell his players when he met with them Monday. Yates, a Los Angeles native, led the Broncos to No. 20 in the country in yards-per-play allowed (4.86) while their opponents’ third-down rate was at 30.9 percent — 10th in the nation. – Bruce Feldman, Fox Sports. Read More.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff (CFP), today announced that Jeff Bower, Lloyd Carr, Herb Deromedi and Rob Mullens have been appointed to the selection committee. The appointments were made by the CFP Management Committee.Jeff Bower spent 29 years at the University of Southern Mississippi as a quarterback, assistant coach and head coach.Lloyd Carr, brings decades of coaching and playing experience to the committee. Herb Deromedi spent 38 years at Central Michigan University and retired as the winningest coach in Mid-American Conference history with an overall record of 110-55-10. And Rob Mullens, director of athletics at the University of Oregon, has guided the Ducks to tremendous success both on and off the field.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Baum Stadium, the home of Razorback baseball, will have a new feature greeting Hogs fans in the outfield this spring: The largest video board in college baseball. The massive 25 foot by 71 foot LED video board will enhance an already memorable experience at the top-ranked ballpark by providing 1,775 square feet of digital space for live high-definition video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, and game information, graphics and animations. –Read More

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Chicago State University seeks Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and Compliance. is a member of the senior management team and plays a critical role in developing, evaluating and implementing the overall strategic plan of the Athletic Department. Apply here.

NCAA
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NCAA

Nearly 200 college administrators at the NCAA Convention voted Saturday to let equestrian’s ride continue in Division II. The sport, which has been designated an NCAA emerging sport for women since 2002, was on track to be removed from the Division II emerging sports list after failing to meet requirements to continue in the program.The Committee on Women’s Athletics has formed a subcommittee that is taking a closer look at whether updates to the emerging sports requirements are warranted. The conversation will continue at the committee’s next meeting in April. Read More.

IVY LEAGUE
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IVY LEAGUE

The Ivy League announced a ground-breaking agreement naming JMI Sports the League’s official marketing rights agency, including the exclusive rights to develop and promote a corporate sponsorship program on behalf of the historic conference currently celebrating its 60th official season. JMI Sports will secure long-term partners for the League by targeting elite regional, national and international brands that wish to affiliate with the Ivy League and reach its global audience and distinguished alumni base.

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Abilene Christian University president Dr. Phil Schubert announced that the university has surpassed its original fundraising goal of $30 million for two new on-campus stadiums and that the Board of Trustees has given approval for construction to begin on the university’s first on-campus football stadium in more than 50 years. ACU will officially break ground for its new Wildcat Stadium at a ceremony after 11 a.m. Chapel on Friday, Feb. 19, during Sing Song weekend on campus. The board has voted to begin construction with $37 million committed and $13 million still needed to fully fund both projects. Schubert also said he is confident in the university’s ability to secure additional commitments during construction.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

In a growing “arms race” in college athletics where many athletic departments around the nation are in the red with continuous growing deficits, the University of Illinois barely managed to stay over the line during the 2015 fiscal year. The University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics earned $74,469,976 in revenue during the 2015 fiscal year, resulting for the second-straight year in a $0 net profit. Interim Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk recognizes that rising costs may force Illinois to join other schools that battle deficits, but is still proud of the department’s achievements. –  Michal Dwojak, Daily Illini, Read More.

GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Grand Valley State Athletic Director Tim Selgo wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary in December, as he was walking through DeVos Center on his way to give an update on Laker athletics to an alumni group — something he’s done often in his 20 years at GVSU. He was elated to find out that the reception’s true purpose was to announce the addition of a new scholarship dedicated to Selgo himself. The scholarship was named the Tim and Terry Selgo Scholarship, and aids student-athletes who have completed their athletic eligibility, but still have undergrad academic coursework remaining. Student-athletes who demonstrate financial need and meet this criteria are especially who the scholarship aims to benefit. – Beau Troutman, The Lanthorn. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

A federal court in the Central District of California recently denied Pepperdine University’s motion to dismiss the three Title IX claims in the complaint, thus rejecting Pepperdine’s assertion that Title IX does not cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This ruling is significant because it allows a plaintiff to sue a college or university alleging that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a violation of Title IX.  -Dan Kaufman, José A. Olivieri and John Long, National Law Review, Read More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Flight School is Boston College Athletics’ new program for student-athletes. The program is meant to serve as a means for student-athletes to prepare for post-graduate careers, such as attending graduate school, finding a job, or playing their sport professionally. By connecting student-athletes with a network of alumni and professional mentors, Flight School attempts to make entry into the post-grad world as painless as possible. Two years ago, Director of Athletics Brad Bates set a goal for 70 percent of student-athletes to have post-grad plans. After meeting this goal, he raised it to 80 percent for the next year. Now, as the success of the program builds, the initiative has been formalized into the Flight School program. This year, the goal of the program is for 90 percent of student-athletes to have concrete plans for life after graduation. The early success of these attempts, as evidenced by the meeting of high goals, is an indication of the strong promise shown by the Flight School program. By creating Flight School and developing a formal program from the earlier goals, this initiative is better prepared to deal with the task of helping student-athletes prepare for their futures. -The Heights Editorial Board, The Heights, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Jim Hackett’s biggest task during his time as Michigan’s interim athletic director was to fix the football program. During his time in charge of the department, Hackett’s been working on a month-by-month basis designed by president Mark Schlissel. He was paid a salary $600,000 annually. But Hackett insists his time in Ann Arbor hasn’t been about the money. In fact, he gave half of it back — or, more specifically, donated it to a cause he and his wife, Kathy, felt was important. Michigan’s “Athletes Connected” program is a wellness initiative that’s designed to support the mental health of student-athletes. The program is designed to help student-athletes with a variety of issues related to their overall experience at Michigan. – Nick Baumgardner, MLive. Read More.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Florida A&M athletic director Milton Overton Jr. has been building his team since he first set foot on campus in August. Wednesday, in front of the FAMU-faithful 220 Quarterback Club, Overton showed off the latest addition to his squad. Elliott Charles was hired last week as Overton’s second in command. Previously, he was South Florida’s associate athletic director of compliance. Before that, he was the associate commissioner for compliance for the Mid-American Conference. The 32-year-old University of South Florida graduate has already hit the ground running and has his eyes set on one of FAMU’s biggest problems. Flanked by his wife and two of his children, he tackled a few questions from the 220 QB Club. APR— short for Academic Progress Rate, an NCAA metric that tracks eligibility and retention — is an acronym FAMU fans have come to loathe. APR scores are the reasons FAMU’s football, basketball and track programs aren’t postseason-eligible. It’s a problem Charles has already submitted NCAA waivers for. He said there should be “some relief” from the APR-related sanctions by next season for the basketball team. He added fans should expect progress on the football team’s sanctions by the 2017 season. -Culver Mug, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More


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