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March 16, 2016

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

In the past five years, the five wealthiest National Collegiate Athletic Association conferences have undergone some significant changes. Chasing more exposure and money,conferences have realigned and the 65 institutions making up the leagues known as the Power Five successfully fought for a greater level of autonomy, allowing them to vote on several rule changes without involving the other members of Division I. But at least one thing hasn’t changed: racial inequity in academic success among the powerhouse football and men’s basketball conferences. Just over half of black male athletes graduate within six years, compared to 68 percent of athletes overall and 75 percent of undergraduates overall, according to a new report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. The gaps are comparable to when the center conducted a similar study in 2012. “The landscape has changed in those years, but the trends are the same,” Shaun Harper, the center’s executive director, said. “There’s been a slight increase in graduation rates, about three percentage points, but it’s been across the board, so that doesn’t narrow the racial equity gaps. That increase is perhaps good news for universities, but the racial disparity still remains.” And the gaps remain even though many a university president or coach talks about athletics as a means of providing an education, not just a chance to play, and even though athletes have access to tutors and various programs to help them academically. -Jake New, Inside Higher Education, Read More

CARSON-NEWMAN UNIVERSITY
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CARSON-NEWMAN UNIVERSITY

Paige McCord, the head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at Carson-Newman University, announced her resignation today “to pursue a job in the private sector and spend more time with her family.”
McCord was hired in October, 2012 as the first coach of the Eagles’ inaugural teams. In three short competitive seasons she has taken her teams to two NCAA championships. – Swimswam. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Nike Inc. represents 41 of the 68 teams playing in this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament, far surpassing Adidas AG (14) and Under Armour Inc. (10), according to data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence. When it comes to stock performance, however, Adidas has outperformed its rivals since the start of the season last November. -Brad Skillman, Bloomberg, Read More

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MARIAN UNIVERSITY
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MARIAN UNIVERSITY

Marian University invites applications for the full-time position of Head Women’s Basketball Coach. The Head Women’s Basketball Coach, reporting to the Director of Athletics, is responsible for overseeing all phases of our NCAA Division III women’s basketball program within compliance of Marian University, Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, and NCAA rules and regulations. This role develops and maintains a system to identify prospective student-athletes and to work closely with area club and high school coaches to recruit quality student-athletes. Develops and implements a program which includes monitored academic progress in addition to performance. Apply here

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

For more than two decades, Julie Bennett has done the dirty work for the Baylor Lady Bears. She’s performed behind the curtain, on the corner fringes of the team photo. Yet ask anyone involved with the Lady Bears, and they’ll tell you: Bennett is going to be impossible to replace. Yes, that’s right. Bennett, the longest-serving staffer for Baylor women’s basketball, will hang up her laptop after this season. For the past 23 years, she has served as the sports information director — officially, her title is now Baylor director of athletic communications — for Lady Bear basketball, in addition to several other sports. -Brice Cherry, Waco Tribune, Read More

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

The Arkansas State Athletics Department will hold an 11:00 a.m. (CT) press conference Wednesday, March 16, announcing Grant McCasland as its new head men’s basketball coach. McCasland most recently spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor, helping lead the Bears to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Prior to Baylor, he spent two seasons as the head coach at Midwestern State and led the program to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament.  McCasland also has head coaching experience at the junior college level, leading Midland College to the 2007 NJCAA national championship. –Read More

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

Southern Utah will have to wait until at least next year to get some extra help for its athletic budget from the Utah State legislature. Last week, the legislature approved $1.3 million dollars to go towards helping Weber State University student-athletes graduate. “I’m sure the legislature isn’t going to give money for one school that competes against another without giving it to both,” Southern Utah president Scott Wyatt said. “I’m sure they will be fair with us.” And that could be as soon as 2017. -Ryan Miller, The Spectrum, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS
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UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS

The University of Indianapolis is accepting applications for a Head Women’s Basketball Coach. This is a full-time, exempt staff position. Full responsibility for the program will begin April 1, 2016 or negotiated date.  The head coach reports to the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics (or designee) and is responsible for all aspects of coaching, recruiting, awarding athletic grants, scheduling, and managing the women’s intercollegiate basketball program within the policies of the University of Indianapolis, Great Lakes Valley Conference and NCAA DII. Apply here

 

 

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
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COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS

The College of the Holy Cross Athletics Department and adidas today announced a five-year extension of their partnership, in which the Portland, Ore., based company will be the official athletic footwear, apparel and accessory brand of the Crusaders through the 2020-2021 season. With the new all-school deal, adidas will supply the Crusaders with footwear, apparel and accessories for all 27 varsity athletic teams. Beginning with the 2016-2017 season, adidas will also become the official equipment provider for the Crusaders’ baseball and men’s lacrosse teams. –Read More

ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that it has reached a settlement with Erie Community College to resolve female students’ unequal access to athletic opportunities. The voluntary resolution ends a civil rights investigation. Over three academic seasons, female students at ECC were denied the same opportunities as males to participate in intercollegiate athletics, according to an investigation by the department. The department’s Office for Civil Rights found the two-year institution out of compliance with the 1972 Title IX rules that prohibit sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. -Harold McNeil, Buffalo News, Read More

March 15, 2016

BIG 12
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BIG 12

With NCAA berth and top prospects on the way, UT men are on the upswing. Football championship game, expansion and TV network might get action later in summer. Perrin has stabilized program in turmoil and might hand over reins before 2018 finish date. Here are nine things and one crazy prediction: – Kirk Bohls – American-StatesmanRead More

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

With most Mississippi State University students home or on vacation, spring break is usually one of the slower weeks of the year for businesses in Starkville. However, three major events will bring thousands of individuals to Starkville this week, providing an economic boost during a typically quiet week. From Tuesday through Saturday, approximately 1,100 people will come to Starkville for the National Collegiate Landscaping Competition, hosted by Mississippi State University. Beginning Friday and lasting through Sunday, over 700 gymnasts will compete in a Mississippi United States Association of Gymnasts event at the Newell Grissom Building on MSU’s campus. The landscaping and gymnastics competitions were planned months, if not years in advance, but MSU found out Monday night it will host another large attraction this weekend – first and second round games in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Two games will be played at Humphrey Coliseum on Friday afternoon, with another on Sunday that could potentially draw capacity crowds. Combined, these events could have a $200,000-300,000 local impact from sales, lodging and 2 percent taxes, with the potential for $5 million to $6 million in total spending, Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory estimated Tuesday. Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

College football and basketball players whose names and likenesses appeared in Electronic Arts video games from 2003 through 2014 will finally get their money from a $60 million settlement. Of the players who submitted claims to be paid, 24,819 were determined to have a valid claim. That would give the average player about $1,600 in the settlement, after lawyers take a 30 percent cut of the award. The number of validated claims was revealed when lawyers for the athletes, who did not give permission for their identities to be used but whose names and likenesses appeared to varying extents in the games, filed a letter with the court on Monday before Wednesday’s hearing on objections made by various players to the settlement. Players will be paid based on what years’ games they appeared in (earlier years are worth less) and how they were used (photographs or avatars are assigned more value than just a name or body description on a roster).-Darren Rovell, ESPNRead More

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Mike Tranghese, former commissioner of the Big East Conference and a veteran of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, has been named Special Advisor to the Commissioner for Men’s Basketball in the Southeastern Conference, it was announced Tuesday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. In his role as Special Advisor to the Commissioner, Tranghese will provide advice and consultation to Sankey and Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball Mark Whitworth for the purpose of enhancing the overall quality of men’s basketball competition in the SEC. He will work collaboratively with the SEC Office to develop and maintain a strategic plan for the sport, including the continuing development of non-conference scheduling guidelines and communications strategies. Read More

GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

A former Grand Valley State University employee who admitted to embezzling from the school was sentenced Monday to probation and community service. Lynnea MacGeorge was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Edward Post also placed her on probation for one year. She has already repaid the money that was embezzled, according to the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office. -John Hogan , WZZMRead More

MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN

The search for an athletic director at the Mississippi University for Women continues. MUW President Jim Borsig spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club this afternoon about several topics including the university’s effort re-launch an athletics program. There were about 40 applicants for the job when it was posted in January and they are now in the second round of interviews. -Cody Long,  www.wtva.comRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

Richard Barron has turned the University of Maine women’s basketball program from an America East bottom-dweller to a conference championship contender. The Black Bears have posted a 78-79 overall record during his five seasons in Orono, claiming a share of the America East regular-season title each of the last two years.  UMaine athletics director Karlton Creech would like to keep the momentum going by signing Barron to a contract extension. -Pete Warner, bangordailynews.comRead More

AURORA UNIVERSITY
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AURORA UNIVERSITY

Athletic opportunities for students at Aurora University keep growing and growing and growing. Jim Hamad, the school’s athletic director, announced this week his department will be adding two new sports — women’s ice hockey and men’s volleyball — within the next year. It brings the school’s offerings up to 24 sports. “The nice thing about women’s ice hockey is it is off campus and doesn’t further strain our campus facilities,” Hamad said.  -Rick Armstrong, Chicago TribuneRead More

 

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington State Athletics released its financial information for the 2015 fiscal year on Tuesday, and the Cougars were once again in the red. For the second consecutive year WSU Athletics will run a deficit of approximately $13 million. While the Cougars generated an extra $1million in ticket sales over the previous year, overall contributions were down and overall revenue fell by a little more than $300,000. Expenses fell by about $750,000, leaving WSU’s shortfall about $500,000 less than the previous year. – Spokesman. Read More.

OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY
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OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY

Otterbein University seeks an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Full-Time. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Assists the Head Men’s Basketball Coach in conducting a successful intercollegiate basketball program. [email protected]

BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY
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BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY

Briar Cliff University (BCU) is seeking qualified applicants for a volleyball graduate assistant position. This position starts in the 2016/17 academic year. Apply here.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

Tulane football coach Willie Fritz announced the completion of the Green Wave coaching staff. The newest staff members include a pair of Louisiana natives in Slade Nagle and Jamaal Fobbs and Fritz reunites with Jeff Conway, as well as Chris Hampton, Derrick Sherman and Chris Couch. – NOLA. Read More.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

In an unassuming area nestled inside Baylor’s weight room sits the university’s Department of Athletic Performance, which attempts to balance the football program’s strength training with equipment and data-collection tools rooted in a more scientific approach. Players run, lift weights and exercise, as at every other school in the Football Bowl Subdivision, only with gear meant to augment more traditional methods. One tool, called Omegawave, allows the Bears’ staff to track a player’s heart rate and general athletic readiness. Players practice with a GPS monitor placed between their shoulder blades, with the goal of tracing the total distance traveled, and at what velocity. – Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY Sports. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannon antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to hear the case. This past September, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court decision that NCAA rules limiting athletes to receiving tuition, fees, room, board and books violate antitrust laws. However, on 2-1 vote, the panel threw out a district judge’s plan that would have allowed schools to provide athletes deferred compensation of as much as $5,000 per year. – Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports, Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

As March Madness arrives, distracted workers around the country will be paying more attention to their brackets than their work, The firm estimates that more than 50.5 million American workers, or 20 percent, could participate in office pools this year. That’s up 5 percentage points from last year and 9 points from 2014. – Jessica Golden, CNBC. Read More.

MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

After more than a year of research and input from Michigan Tech student-athletes, staff, alumni and friends, the University today revealed a new visual identity to represent its 14 varsity athletics programs. New spirit marks convey the qualities for which the Huskies stand — excellence, integrity, loyalty, passion, teamwork and tradition. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Delaware State University has cut 23 low-enrollment academic programs – more than a quarter of its offerings – to invest in higher-growth areas that are expected to bring in more students and revenue. The university board voted quietly in January to “deactivate” the majors starting this fall against the recommendations of a faculty and staff committee that spent more than two years studying the issue. Representing one of the biggest academic shakeups in the school’s 125-year history, the program cuts in areas like education and romance languages won’t result in layoffs or reductions in staff hours, senior administrators said. Faced with stagnant state and federal funding, the Dover university had to prioritize programs and reallocate resources to better respond to student demand, university President Harry L. Williams said. More than one-fourth of DSU’s $140 million annual budget comes from the state. -Margie Fishman and Saranac Hale Spencer, The News Journal, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

After six successful seasons at the Florida Institute of Technology, Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications Ryan Jones has accepted a position as Associate Director of Division II Governance with the NCAA. In his new position, Jones will be responsible for the daily management of the division’s communication outreach, both internally and externally, serving as the liaison to the NCAA communications staff to ensure a unified communication strategy across the division and the Association. -Ryan Jones, Florida Today, Read More

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Mercyhurst University is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Athletic Trainer. The Assistant Athletic Trainer works under the supervision of the Head Athletic Trainer and supervises the care of student athletes competing in Mercyhurst University’s athletic programs. The athletic trainer is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries within the University’s comprehensive sports medicine program. –Apply Now

BREWTON-PARKER COLLEGE
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BREWTON-PARKER COLLEGE

It is with great excitement that Brewton-Parker College announces the ascension of Daniel Prevett to strictly Director of Athletics and Steve Edwards to Head Women’s Basketball Coach. This transition allows for focus to be one hundred percent on the growth and benefit of the athletic department as a whole. Coach Prevett plans to use the role as a described “coach of coaches” to mold his staff that consist almost exclusively of coaches under thirty years old. “I am very excited about the support our administration shows for athletics here at Brewton-Parker. Although it is tough to no longer be on the sidelines coaching my girls, I look forward to being able to effect the development and discipleship of my staff. I will now be able to focus more time and energy on fund raising and advancement of our department. I have no doubt that Coach Edwards will take this program to the next level. I have coached with him for two years and I know he will surprise some people in the SSAC next season.” We are enthusiastic about the dedication of our focus for leadership and discipleship in our athletic programs. –Read More


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