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May 17, 2016

BIG TEN

While the Big 12 mulls adding members, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez sounded like he wasn’t quite sure what to make of the view from the sideline with the Big Ten. On the one hand, he said watching from a distance is “kind of interesting.” On the other? “When you’re not involved, it’s kind of boring,” Alvarez said. The Big Ten not too long ago was one of the key players in the waves of expansion that reshaped the college landscape in recent years, adding Nebraska and then Rutgers and Maryland. But don’t expect the conference to grow from 14 anytime soon. Athletic directors gathered at the Big Ten headquarters for meetings this week said the topic has not been discussed. -Andrew Seligman, greenfieldreporter.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

The University of Pittsburgh athletic department has announced the renaming of its Twitter and Instagram accounts in conjunction with the Pitt script branding initiative taking place Wednesday, May 18. In addition, Pitt recently introduced a Snapchat account that has provided extensive coverage of the volleyball team’s foreign trip to Italy and Greece and will be used Wednesday to show a behind the scenes look at the #PittScript event. “We are renaming our social media accounts in an effort to create brand consistency across all the various platforms,” said assistant athletic director of media relations Matt Plizga. “Consistency in our accounts will enable improved cross promotion as well as make it easier for our constituents to find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are constantly looking for ways to increase our digital footprint and this is one small step in that process. We look forward to continuing to provide compelling content to all of our followers.” Read More

EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Eastern Illinois University is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. The successful candidate will remain current with and uphold the rules of the University, the NCAA and conferences of which EIU is a member. Serve as expert resource and provide interpretations to student-athletes, coaches, staff and the University community regarding NCAA and conference rules. Coordinate initial eligibility and amateurism clearance with the NCAA Eligibility Center for current and prospective S-A’s. Supervise and monitor the recruiting activities for department’s 21 varsity sports and coaches. Approve official and unofficial visits for prospective S-A’s. Monitor and enforce all playing and practice seasons. Maintain the budget and disbursement of Athletic Aid and Foundation Awards. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

The University of South Florida has named Scott Kull, who helped guide unprecedented growth in TCU Athletics over the last 11 years, to the position of Deputy Athletic Director for External Operations, USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan announced Tuesday. Kull comes to USF following highly successful tenures in athletics administration at TCU and Florida State. He brings nearly 25 years of collegiate athletics experience and an exceptional track record to his role overseeing the athletic department’s external functions of development, communications, marketing, ticket sales, corporate partnerships, broadcasting and digital strategy. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Former college football players at Penn State, Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, Utah and Vanderbilt are suing the NCAA, their former conference and — in some instances — their former school over how their concussions were treated. Six class-action lawsuits filed Tuesday represent the start of the next wave of concussion litigation in college sports, even as the NCAA finalizes a $75 million settlement from a different lawsuit related to concussions. Chicago attorney Jay Edelson, who is leading this latest effort to sue the NCAA, said 40 to 50 class-action lawsuits will eventually get filed on behalf of tens of thousands of ex-football players. “The goal of the suits is to get people who are injured financial compensation — something that hasn’t happened as of yet,” Edelson said. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

As Michigan’s satellite-camp plan swells, many wonder where it will end. U-M athletic director Warde Manuel is not one of them. He said today at the Big Ten Joint Group Meetings that Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh explained the plan to him before the deals were made. U-M is up to 36 camps in 21 states and two countries throughout June. “I wasn’t surprised; we had a good conversation,” Manuel said. “I have a good sense of what he’s trying to do and why he’s trying to do it and why he wants to go to the places he wants to go, and I’m comfortable with where we are right now.” More venues are being released by the day — Hawaii and Las Vegas came out today — and being privy to the plan helps Manuel. There will be many days during the camp schedule containing more than one event, sometimes nearby and sometimes not. In general, though, the camp tour moves from the Southeast to the Northeast to the Midwest to Texas and, finally, to California. The 10-camp, seven-state tour last year cost $211,948. But Manuel isn’t worried about the finances involved with this grander trip. -Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press, Read More

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERNCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERNCE

The Southeastern Conference has awarded the 2017 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament to Greenville, S.C., the Bon Secours Wellness Arena and VisitGreenvilleSC, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Monday. Greenville previously hosted the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2005. The 2017 tournament will be played in the Bon Secours Wellness Arena which is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue. “We are excited for the tournament to return to Greenville,” said Beth Paul, General Manager of the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. “The Arena offers a fantastic experience for student athletes and fans and it is an honor to host the SEC when they return to Greenville in 2017. –Read More

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

A former Old Dominion wrestler was knocked out three times in practice over a six-week period, but despite exhibiting symptoms of concussions, coaches failed to refer him for medical treatment, he alleges in a lawsuit seeking $4 million. Jordan Marshall, from Bradford, Ohio, said in the suit that in his freshman season of 2014, he suffered three concussions in May and June, and that head coach Steve Martin and assistants Mike Dixon, Alex Dolly and Kyle Hutter were negligent in not referring him for diagnosis and treatment and encouraging him not to complain about his injuries or seek medical attention. The suit also alleges that coaches “encouraged and directed” Marshall to return to practice while he still suffered from symptoms that included headaches, confusion and trouble concentrating. -Ed Miller, The Virginian-Pilot, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

University athletic departments love to claim that they can’t pay revenue sport college athletes because they don’t make a “profit.” But look deeper into their spending habits, and this claim quickly appears ridiculous. As non-profits, they engage in the process of gold-plating—that is, spending more money than is necessary on pricey things they don’t need,like camps in Australia, simply because there’s more cash on hand when television and marketing deals keep going up while the price of their on-field labor force remains fixed and minimal. One of the biggest wastes of spending is coaches’ salaries and bonuses. Just two decades ago, college football coaches didn’t even make $1 million dollars per year. Now, 55 make at least $2 million per year; 16 coaches make at least $4 million per year. Then there are the booming salaries for support staff, but even more risible are the inexplicable bonuses. Since schools aren’t allowed to pay the athletes, they pay the coaches bonuses for things the athletes do, like meeting on-field objectives, and even more hilariously, meeting academic objectives. -Kevin Trahan, Vice, Read More

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

New Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner’s assistants will make 35% more than former assistants. Eric Reveno will earn $260,000 while Tavaras Hardy and Darryl LaBarrie will make $240,000. Pastner will earn $1.075 million per year. -Ken Sugiura, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Read More

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

The Southeastern Conference will implement a collaborative process for instant replay in the sport of football beginning with the 2016 season, following a unanimous vote of the league’s athletics directors and approval by the SEC Executive Committee. In February, the NCAA Football Rules Committee approved a request submitted by the SEC to allow conferences to use a collaborative process for instant replay on an experimental basis. Under this experiment, personnel operating from SEC Headquarters will assist the in-stadium Instant Replay Officials when replay decisions are made. The technology needed to support the collaborative replay process and deliver the games in real time to the SEC Video Command was successfully tested during an SEC spring football game in April. Detailed plans and complete logistics for the new replay process have been developed and will be presented to coaches and school administrators during the upcoming SEC Spring Meetings in Destin. Replay details will be announced publicly during a media briefing in Destin by Steve Shaw, the SEC’s Coordinator of Football Officials. –Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

For several years, Syracuse University has contemplated what to do with the Carrier Dome. On Monday, it announced the current roof will be replaced with a new, $105 million roof among other renovations to the aging stadium. SU will also overhaul Archbold Gymnasium and it will be called the “Arch” — a new student-focused health and wellness complex. Those changes will tack on another $50 million in addition to the other changes, according to an SU News release. Both the Dome and Archbold will receive Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-related accessibility and mobility upgrades, which will cost SU about $100 million, according to the release. The university estimates the total cost of the renovations to be $205 million. The renovations are all part of the West Campus Project and the Campus Framework plan. A draft of the framework plan will be shared with the public in early June, according to the release. Chris Libonati, Daily Oragne, Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Burlington College will close later this month, the school announced Monday, citing the “crushing weight of debt” as the reason. “This is a great loss to the higher-ed community,” President Carol A. Moore said at a news conference on the college campus. The school plans to cease operations by May 27, Holm said. Founded in 1972 as an informal gathering of students, Burlington College grew into a small, regionally accredited liberal arts college. But financial strain and academic probation created by an ambitious but ill-fated expansion under then-President Jane Sanders onto a new campus on prime waterfront land led to the school’s demise, officials said. -Zach Despart, Burlington Free Press, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Doug Williams is still making history, so to speak. Decades since earning Super Bowl MVP honors as the first African-American quarterback to start in the NFL’s signature title game, Williams is playing a key role in a new partnership that will establish a permanent home for the Black College Football Hall of Fame on the grounds of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. It’s fitting. Williams and James Harris, a fellow Grambling alum with a distinct historical footprint of his own, founded the Black College Football Hall in 2009. In an alliance announced last week, they achieved a major goal in finding a facility to showcase honorees who made their mark at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). “This is so important,” Williams told USA TODAY Sports. “If our history isn’t preserved, it won’t be there. James and I have talked about that, and how so many guys have been unrecognized.” -Jarrett Bell, USA Today, Read More

SPORTS TECHNOLOGY
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SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

More than half of fans said they spend more of their budget for an online streaming sports channel than cable or satellite channels, according to a survey released Monday by the Center for the Digital Future and ThePostGame. Additionally, 63% said they would pay for an over-the-top subscription. And in general, more than 90% of respondents who claimed they’re sports fans said they would be willing to pay for content. That trend is particularly pronounced among younger sports fans, who are becoming more prone to watching sports on mobile devices, CNBC reported. Nearly two-thirds of respondents among younger millennials and Generation Z said they consume sports content on a mobile device. Additionally, 32% of older millennials, defined as people aged 29 to 36, said they would watch an event streamed from a phone on applications like Periscope and Meerkat. -Kerry Close, Time, Read More

BIG 12
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BIG 12

Currie also thinks the Big 12 is in a position of strength. Despite unresolved issues ranging from expansion, the return of a championship football game and the possible creation of a conference television network, he liked what he heard at the league’s spring meetings in Arizona. The conference, he said, is not in imminent danger as it was during the last round of realignment. Big 12 presidents will continue to discuss key issues later this month at their meetings in Dallas. “We’re healthier than we’ve been,” Currie said, “maybe at any time in our history in terms of unity and trying to work together.” Currie didn’t reveal his stance on the Big 12’s three major talking points. He said he could make a case for and against each proposal. But he did share some fascinating thoughts on each. For instance, he doesn’t think a conference network is essential. Every Big 12 game in football and men’s basketball is currently broadcast on ESPN or FOX channels, and there is value in that exposure. -Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle, Read More

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
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BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

The Bradley University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking qualified applicants for the Coordinator of Event Management and Facilities position.Bradley University is a top-ranked, prestigious, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experience of a smaller university. Bradley offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology. The University is located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in Central Illinois. Apply here

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Inclement weather prevented Joe Parker from leading a planned tour of the on-campus stadium’s construction Monday evening, but the CSU athletic director told the Stadium Advisory Group that the project is “on time and on budget.” The steel structure on the west side of the stadium, which will house the indoor club seating and press box, is up to what project manager Doug Wilson called the “600 level,” one level below its full height more than 120 feet above grade level. Concrete is being poured into the precast structure that will form the rows of seating, and many of the vertical elements that will make up the alumni center, undergraduate advising area and general classroom space on the east stands already is in place. The $220 million stadium and adjacent $18 million academic space is scheduled to open in time for the 2017 football season. The stadium, one of six major projects currently under construction on the Colorado State University campus, will have 36,000 seats and total capacity of 41,000, officials have said. -Kelly Lyell, Coloradoan, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

In the four years since UND joined the league, only the women’s basketball program has won a Big Sky title. Four years, however, may not be enough time for an athletic department to create some noise in a new place of residence. How can UND be a bigger player in the Big Sky given the school’s current budget programs? Can enough money be raised over the next few years for scholarships, competitive coaching salaries, travel, etc., to ensure UND will be competitive in all Big Sky sports? -Wayne Nelson, Grand Forks Herald, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

University of Mississippi Athletics Department seeks Coordinator of Player Engagement. This professional position is responsible for social and personal development of student athletes. The incumbent cultivates life skills on and off the field by building relationships with student athletes to facilitate social, academic, career and personal development, attends practices and participates in game and practice preparation, coordinates practice squad selection, schedule and activity, analyzes game and practice tapes to make suggestions for improving student athlete productivity, and provides general day-to-day support of sport programs. Apply here

UCONN
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UCONN

Cull through the athletic budget numbers at UConn and one thing quickly jumps out: The university’s subsidizing of the athletic department nearly doubled during the Huskies’ first two seasons in the American Athletic Conference.
UConn has long been quick to emphasize that no tax dollars or tuition dollars are used for athletics. School chief financial officer Scott Jordan backs up that assertion, saying the school “segregates” tuition and tax money, which is targeted strictly for academic use. -Ed Daigneault, Republican-American, Read More (paywall)

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

ESPN is reporting that former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has been hired as an Associate AD at Kansas State. Health issues forced Kill to step down at Minnesota midway through the 2015 season.

NCAA
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NCAA

Lawyers for the NCAA and a group of conferences that are facing two lawsuits challenging the association’s compensation limits for athletes on Monday asked a federal judge to dismiss the cases. The NCAA and the conferences argue that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in the Ed O’Bannon antitrust case — which allowed a compensation cap to stand at athletes’ full cost of attending school — requires that the cases be decided in their favor without further action. The O’Bannon case has been appealed to the Supreme Court by both the NCAA and the plaintiffs, but it remains to be seen whether the high court will agree to hear it. -Steve Berkowitz, USA Today, Read More

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May 16, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
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UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Asked Monday about the process that led to his signing a five-year, $9.5 million contract through the 2020 season, UConn football coach Bob Diaco said only, “The conversations started on Dec. 3.” That’s when UConn President Susan Herbst and then-athletic director Warde Manuel broached the topic. At that point, the Huskies were preparing for the program’s first bowl game in five years. In the months to follow, Manuel left for Michigan and David Benedict took over as UConn athletic director. Diaco, Benedict and Herbst signed Diaco’s new contract on May 6. -Mike Anthony, Hartford CourantRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SUPERIOR
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SUPERIOR

After three seasons of guiding the baseball team at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Nick Burski is stepping down effective immediately so that he that he can focus his full-time efforts on the duties of interim director of athletics. Bursik took over as Interim Athletic Director in August after longtime Athletic Director Steve Nelson retired. Bursik, who pitched for the Yellowjackets for four seasons (2008-2012), complied a record of 39-70-1 with the baseball team. He became the interim head coach in 2013 after serving as an assistant coach for one season under Eddy Morgan. –wdio.comRead More

ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
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ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

St. Cloud State University has been Title IX compliant, and its athletic department reorganization will keep it compliant with the federal law mandating equal athletic opportunities for men and women, according to a federal court filing. The university’s filing was in response to a lawsuit filed this month by members of the university’s women’s tennis team. Five tennis players sued the university, alleging that the university for years has offered more athletic opportunities for men than for women. The players asked a federal judge to issue an injunction preventing the university from eliminating the women’s tennis team as part of a broader athletic department reorganization. -David Unze, sctimes.comRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University has yet to receive a detailed written report on campus sexual assaults, even as it announced last week that its board of regents had been briefed on its contents. “We had a presentation,” said regents chair Richard Willis. “The board needs some time to consider that and get some questions answered.” Willis wouldn’t say whether the school expects to receive anything in writing fromPepper Hamilton, the Philadelphia law firm hired in September to evaluate the school’s handling of rape complaints. Nor would he say if Baylor would make the findings public. -Sue Ambrose and David Tarrant, The Dallas Morning NewsRead More

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

Tulane Director of Athletics Troy Dannen announced today the promotion of Chris Maitre to senior associate athletics director for business & operations. Maitre, 44, will have oversight of the athletics business office, facilities, event management and the equipment room, effective July 1, 2016. He has worked for Tulane University since 1996. “Chris oversaw athletic facilities during the past few years as we added nearly $100 million in improvements, highlighted by the Hertz Center and Yulman Stadium,” Dannen said. “His financial acumen was a key to the success of those projects. This new position provides day-to-day oversight of facility operations and athletic budget management, which perfectly fits his unique skill set. Chris is well-respected on campus and will be a valuable member of my executive management team.” Read More

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

Cal State LA Athletic Director Mike Garrett recently fired both the men’s and women’s basketball head coaches: Carter Shaw and Dieter Horton. According to Garrett, the decision came down to the poor performance record of both teams. While barely making the playoffs, the teams quickly got eliminated in the first round. “I’m trying to produce a championship program,” Garrett said. “Being below .500 isn’t doing that.” A women’s basketball player, who wished to remain anonymous, was sad to see her old coach leave the program, but is looking forward to a new beginning. Read More

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason was paid about $700,000 more in his first season than predecessor James Franklin in his first Commodores campaign, per tax records. In the 2014 calendar year, which included his debut season, Mason was credited with $2,556,877 in total pay — including $2,381,056 base salary, $130,344 retirement and other deferred compensation, $26,957 non-taxable benefits and $18,520 in other compensation. There were no bonuses in year one, as Mason posted a 3-9 overall record and 0-8 SEC mark. -Adam Sparks, The TennesseanRead More


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