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January 19, 2016

LEARFIELD SPORTS
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LEARFIELD SPORTS

Following three consecutive years of steady growth, creativity and innovation from its digital team, Learfield Sports promotes Katie Davison from senior director/general manager of digital media to vice president, digital operations. In as many years, she and Senior Vice President/Chief Content Officer Joe Ferreira have driven Learfield Digital into a formidable area of the company, which represents more than 120 collegiate properties nationwide. Davison has been integral in every aspect of the department’s growth, particularly in the creation of new digital business and technology solutions including development and oversight of its Preferred Solutions Provider program – a distinct collection of select, vetted technology partners including Phizzle, Think Social, LiveU and YinzCam. Additionally, Davison oversees a growing digital staff and is instrumental in facilitating growth and integration with SIDEARM Sports. She was key in the transition when Learfield acquired SIDEARM a year and a half ago and since that time, nearly 25 Learfield university partners have transitioned their digital business to SIDEARM’s platform.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Steve Hank, a senior associate athletic director who followed Steve Patterson to Texas from Arizona State, is leaving the Longhorns and going into private business. Hank is joining SSB, a Denver-based technology and analytics group specializing in data management. The consulting firm is opening a new office in Austin, and Hank will be the company’s point person locally. “I’m really appreciative of the last two years we had at Texas,” Hank said. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished. I’m very proud of the people I worked with and the accomplishments we’ve had and wish them nothing but the best.” Patterson, who served as Texas’ athletic director for 22 months, brought Hank to Austin with the title of Chief Revenue Officer. Hank was widely viewed as Patterson’s right-hand man, someone who would oversee all contracts and help Patterson carry out his vision for the department. -Brian Davis, HookEm, Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Tuesday that will provide up to $25 million in tax credits to Rutgers to fund facility builds scheduled as part of a grand athletics vision. Rutgers announced in June plans to build a new multi-purpose center that fills the need for a basketball practice arena and is located adjacent to the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. A parking deck for shared use by Rutgers Business School is also part of the plan. “This is a terrific headstart for us on what we need to get done here with our facilities,” Rutgers athletics director Pat Hobbs told Gannett New Jersey. “If it’s a 100-yard dash, the Governor put us on the 25-yard line, which is tremendous.” -Ryan Dunleavy, Asbury Park Press, Read More

FURMAN UNIVERSITY
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FURMAN UNIVERSITY

Furman University Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announced today the hiring of Caroline Kingsdorf as associate athletics director for finance. Kingsdorf comes to Furman following six years at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served in three capacities within the Cal athletics department, including financial budget analyst, director of human resources and contracts and, most recently, as assistant athletics director for business and finance.  She oversaw business contracts, accounts payable, travel, procurement, and budget & financial reporting. “We are thrilled to have Caroline joining the Furman family,” said Buddie in making the announcement.  “Her diverse background and experiences at Cal and Southern Miss give her a great perspective on how to run the business at varying levels of college athletics. She will be a great addition to our team as we continue to position Paladin Athletics to be a force within the Southern Conference and beyond.” –Read More

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

In 2014, his final full calendar year as the Southeastern Conference’s commissioner, Mike Slive had nearly $3.6 million base compensation, according to the conference’s new tax return. The return, which the conference provided Thursday in response to a request from USA TODAY Sports, also shows that SEC had $527.4 million in total revenue for a fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2015. That was the first fiscal year in which the conference began receiving money from the formation of the SEC Network and from the new College Football Playoff. The total revenue figure is more than 60% greater than the SEC reported for a fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2014. The conference announced last spring that it would be distributing about $455.8 million to its 14 member schools — or about $31.2 million per school. -Steve Berkowitz, USA Today, Read More

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Nort Carolina State University seeks an Assistant Director of Marketing. The incumbent will serve as Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Athletics Department with primary responsibility for Women’s Basketball and additional sports to be determined. He/She will coordinate and increase exposure of athletics social media platforms and perform secondary marketing responsibilities for Football. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

University of California, Berkeley seeks an Assistant Athletic Director, Business & Finance. This position is responsible for the processing and servicing of a variety of operational, financial, and budgeting transactions and services, including cashiering, accounts receivable, accounts payable, collections, data collection, data entry, analysis, review and control, customer servicing, and reporting. Apply here.

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
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STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Stony Brook University seeks an Assistant Football Coach – Offensive Coordinator. The Assistant Coach for a Division I program in the sport of football will assist the Head Coach in all aspects of operating a successful program. The Offensive Coordinator is responsible for the development of an offensive system and is the primary recruiter for the skill positions on offense for a Division IAA program in the sport of football. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) and Nike have extended their two-decade-old relationship for the foreseeable future as Nike will continue to be the footwear, apparel and equipment provider for the 21 Fighting Illini varsity sports. Nike has been the exclusive footwear and apparel provider for the DIA for 20 years with this 10-year agreement extending the relationship through the 2025-26 academic year.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

Coming to Montana from the University of Louisiana-Monroe is coach Travis Niekamp (pronounced: NEE-kamp), a former Eastern Washington and Washington State assistant who will serve as the Grizzlies’ special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.No stranger to the Northwest, Coach Niekamp served as linebackers coach at Washington State from 2007-2011 in addition to serving as the Cougars’ director of football development. Prior to his time in Pullman, he was the linebackers coach/special teams coordinator at Eastern Washington from 2004-2007.

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon State’s Jarmal Reid, who was ejected after he tripped a referee in his team’s loss to Utah on Sunday, has been suspended for a minimum of four games, the school announced Monday. With 2:56 to play in Utah’s 59-53 road win over Oregon State, Utes center Jakob Poeltl bumped Reid, who then fell to the ground. No foul was called. Reid then stuck his leg out and tripped referee Tommy Nunez, who fell to the court. Reid was ejected after receiving a flagrant 2 foul for his actions. Per the release, Reid’s suspension could be extended if he does not comply with the team’s standards during his time off the floor. -Myron Medcalf, ESPN, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Two of the most serious NCAA violations the Missouri athletic department has admitted to in the investigation of its men’s basketball program center around an internship program at T3 Solutions in Augusta, Ga. The company’s founder and president is Christopher Mark Tuley, a Huntsville native and 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri who acknowledged that he is the man referred to as “Representative #1” on the list of admitted violations released by the school on Wednesday. Tuley employed four Missouri basketball players and two student managers as part of a two-week internship program held during the break between the spring semester and summer school in 2013 and ’14. He spoke to the Tribune in multiple lengthy phone interviews and tried to explain how he became the booster who got the Tigers in trouble with the NCAA and why he doesn’t believe he knowingly did anything wrong with his management of the internship program. -Steve Walentik, Columbia Daily Tribune, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

In the hours before the Fiesta Bowl in 2003, Willis McGahee purchased a $2.5 million policy that he would collect only if he suffered an injury that kept him from ever playing professional football. Smith, on the other hand, has a policy that not only will pay if he never plays again but also will pay a reported $5 million if he drops out of the first round of the NFL draft. Keith Lerner, who wrote that policy for McGahee, said the industry has changed dramatically in the past three years as more players have opted for the loss-of-value insurance and more schools have been willing to cover the premiums. In the next few weeks, Lerner and his son David will leave the Gainesville, Fla., office of Total Planning Sports Services and visit schools to discuss insurance options with players entering a draft-eligible year. Because the world has changed in several ways, those players have more options then they used to. -Andy Staples, SI, Read More

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Northeastern University is seeking an Associate Head Coach – Men’s Soccer. The successful candidate will assist the head coach with practice and game day decisions, direction of program and student athlete supervision. This position requires a criminal background check. Bachelor’s degree  is required. At least 4 years coaching experience required, preferably with a division 1 program. Collegiate or international playing experiences preferred. Thorough knowledge of recruiting practices and NCAA regulations required. Previous experience with budgeting procedures, strong communication skills and good management skills required. Traveling with team and working evenings as well as weekends required. Appy here

 

DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY

With a comparably low total countable aid for student-athletes, Dickinson State University has to spend a $610,000 student-athlete aid budget wisely with hopes of athletic success. And with a possible looming drop off in coming years, these decisions could become even more pivotal. But how is that money divvied up? Who decides which group of student-athletes get the most help? And perhaps the most important question: Is there enough money at DSU to go around? -Coloton Pool, The Dickinson Press, Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State and Nike Inc. reached a massive contract agreement last week that will extend the current partnership until 2033. However, the 15-year contract extension, which the university believes to be the biggest ever for a college contract, will not just benefit athletic programs. The deal surpasses the University of Texas’ $250 million contract, a contract also held by Nike. More than 16 percent of the total OSU-Nike contract value of $252 million will be committed toward non-athletic endeavors at OSU. University President Michael Drake said in a release the new contract will open new doors for OSU students, as well as student-athletes. “The comprehensive nature of this partnership is a win for all Ohio State students,” he said. “The expanded commitment by Nike will support access, affordability and excellence for Buckeye students and student-athletes across our campus.” Of the more than $41 million dedicated off-field and off-court, $15 million in cash, as well as another $8.5 million in products, will be committed to support student-focused initiatives. Nike also agreed to 90 internship opportunities over the course of the 15-year contract life, allowing four internships annually to non-athlete students, as well as two internships annually to student-athletes. -Michael Hudson, The Lantern, Read More

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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

A lot has happened in the nearly six months since Norwood Teague resigned as the University of Minnesota’s athletic director. There have been more sexual harassment allegations, another resignation, an outside investigation and an internal audit. But the search for a new athletic director has not yet begun. According to the university, Kathy Brown, the vice-president of human resources, is tasked with developing the search plan. That means making recommendations on whether to once again use an outside search firm, who is on the search committee, and deciding the interviewing and vetting process. Brown will present her recommendations in February. “So the process is beginning, in the early stages, and many conversations to take place,” Dean Johnson, the chair of the Board of Regents, told Fox 9. Johnson said he doesn’t know when the search will begin, let alone when someone will get hired — or whether Beth Goetz, the interim athletic director, will become permanent. -Todd Haller, Fox 9, Read More

January 18, 2016

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

The financial penalty Auburn expected has officially been levied: Auburn will be forced to pay $100,000 to the SEC because its fans stormed the court afterupsetting No. 14 Kentucky last week. This is Auburn’s second offense dating back to 2004, when the SEC instituted a fine structure (and later upgraded it) for fans storming fields of competition. Auburn famously stormed the field following its Kick Six victory against Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl. The fine structure was updated in May: $50,000 for a first offense; $100,000 for a second offense; and $250,000 for a third and subsequent offenses. Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs told AL.com no one was hurt during the celebration and said the school will happily pay the fine. – Brandon Marcello,  al.comRead More

FCS FOOTBALL
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FCS FOOTBALL

Capped off by a fifth straight championship by North Dakota State University, the 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship enjoyed record crowds for both the championship game and the tournament. Propelled by the announcement of a newly agreed upon four-year extension with Frisco, Texas, for the Division I Football Championship (Football Championship Subdivision) title game, the 2016 championship game drew  21,836 fans —  the highest mark in the six years Frisco has hosted the championship and the most overall since 2007. The final game of the 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship pushed the tournament attendance to a record 258,066 in 23 games, an average of 11,220 per game. The previous championship attendance record was 256,384 in 2011. Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

For the second year in a row, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been named the most valuable football program in the NCAA. A study composed by Ryan Brewer, assistant professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University in Columbus, Indiana, valued the Scarlet and Gray at a whopping $946.6 million. Findings from the study first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. To put the figure in perspective, it nearly doubles the worth of the average NHL hockey team, which is about $505 million. In fact, the Scarlet and Gray are valued higher than every NHL team except for the New York Rangers ($1.2 billion), the Montreal Canadiens ($1.18 billion) and the Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.15 billion), according to Forbes Magazine. Astoundingly, the Buckeyes’ value is worth more than 19 of 30 NBA franchises as well, including the Oklahoma City Thunder ($930 million) and the Cleveland Cavaliers ($915 million), according to Forbes. – Giustino Bovenzi, The LanternRead More

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

James Madison University has hired Mike Houston as its new football head coach, Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced Monday. Houston becomes the seventh head coach in program history. “I am thrilled to welcome Mike Houston as the next football head coach at James Madison,” Bourne said. “Mike has been a fast riser in the coaching ranks with success turning programs around at the Division II and FCS levels. His pedigree for winning and ability to lead young men make him the perfect fit to build upon the foundation already in place at JMU.” JMU will hold a formal press conference to announce Houston’s hire on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Bridgeforth Stadium Club. The event will be open to the public and streamed live on MadiZONE. Read More

ST. OLAF COLLEGE
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ST. OLAF COLLEGE

Rachael Sushner has been named head women’s soccer coach at St. Olaf, athletic director Ryan Bowles announced on Monday afternoon. Sushner served as assistant coach at Division III Washington and Lee for the last three seasons, where the Generals posted a 45-8-3 record in the span. She was an assistant coach at Clarkson University for two seasons before her stint at W&L. Sushner started her career as an assistant at Wellesley College. A Division III student-athlete at Skidmore College, Sushner was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year, an all-conference selection and a first team all-region selection for the women’s soccer team. She was a four-year starter, captain as a senior and played one season for the professional Boston Breakers reserve team in 2010. Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

As conversations of conference realignment fire up college football’s “hot stove” many factors are often discussed. The size of a schools TV market,  are they one the field winners, what kind of budget do they have are usually the talking points most often used. But Berry Trammel of NewsOK highlights the most over looked factor of realignment. Academics. Specifically how academic standings and ratings play an important role in conference movement. –Read More

VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE
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VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE

Lenny Brown has been named VMI Director of Athletics Equipment & Services and begins his duties on January 18. Brown replaces Jimmy Mason who served 35 years as VMI Head Equipment Manager and retired following the conclusion of the 2015 football season in late November. Brown also served a 13-month stint at American University from July, 2011 through August, 2012 where he was Assistant Equipment Manager and oversaw the equipment and clothing distribution of 16 varsity sports.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

David Kotulski, who has 37 years of coaching experience including 22 years as a defensive coordinator, has been named Utah State’s linebackers coach, it was announced Saturday by Aggie head coach Matt Wells. Most recently, Kotulski spent the 2014 season as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Vanderbilt. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as the inside linebackers coach at Stanford. – Doug Hoffman, Deseret News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

TYR Sport is proud to announce that it has signed a multi-year agreement as the official supplier of swimwear, parkas, and swim caps for the University of Arizona Swimming and Diving teams. With a staggering 47 Olympians and 36 gold medals associated with its program, Arizona Swimming & Diving is no stranger to success. “It is with a glad heart that I announce TYR as the official supplier of swimwear, parkas, and swim caps for the University of Arizona,” began DeMont. “Their products are outstanding, and we are proud to wear and race in their gear.” – Swimming World Magazine. Read More.

JONES COUNTRY JUNIOR COLLEGE
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JONES COUNTRY JUNIOR COLLEGE

John Carr, who has served as Southern Miss’ director of football operations since Todd Monken was hired, is moving on. Jones County Junior College head coach Steve Buckley named Carr his Assistant Head Coach and Wide Receivers Coach. Carr worked alongside Buckley on Southern Miss’ staff in 2013 and 2014. Prior to being hired as the director of football operations at Southern Miss, Carr served as a coach at several different levels. – Hattiesburg American. Read More.

CHOWAN UNIVERSITY
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CHOWAN UNIVERSITY

Chowan University will honor long-time men’s basketball coach Bob Burke on Saturday, January 30th as the Helms Center court will be formally named “Bob Burke Court”. The dedication will be held at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Virginia Union University with former players, coaches, and fans in attendance. Tip-off is slated for 4:05pm. Burke spent 33 years patrolling the sidelines in the state of North Carolina and left an indelible mark on the college basketball landscape. – HoopDirt. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

University of Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez announced Sunday the hiring of San Jose State secondary coach and esteemed recruiting coordinator Donté Williams to the Wildcat staff as a defensive assistant. Williams joins the Arizona coaching staff after three seasons at San Jose State, including the final two when he served as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. Under his tutelage, the Spartans boasted one of the nation’s top pass defenses, including the best mark in all of FBS in 2014 (117.8 yards per game), which was followed up by a No. 2 finish in 2015 (153.6 ypg).

TRUETT-MCCONNELL COLLEGE
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TRUETT-MCCONNELL COLLEGE

Truett-McConnell College seeks a Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. The position is full-time and carries all faculty responsibilities for teaching along with assumption of other head women’s volleyball coaching duties, as well as the duties commensurate with full-time faculty status. Apply here.


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