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May 16, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

As has been the case for many years, former Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis again received more money from the university in a recent year than any Notre Dame athletics employee. Weis — who was fired by Notre Dame in November 2009 — received what has become his customary $2,054,744 during the 2014 calendar year, according to the university’s new federal tax return. That means Weis received more from Notre Dame in 2014 than all but two university employees listed on the return, which the school provided Monday in response to a request from USA TODAY Sports. -Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY SportsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE

ULM has announced that Alycia Varytimidis will be the athletics department’s senior woman administrator and director of compliance. Varytimidis, who has been a part of many facets with ULM athletics, makes the move to SWA and director of compliance after a three-year stint as an academic counselor. She oversaw academic support services for all Warhawk student-athletes with an emphasis on the men’s and women’s basketball, track and cross country teams. The men’s basketball team posted a perfect APR score in the 2013-14 season en route to receiving the Sun Belt’s Team GPA and NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards. Read More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbourrecently announced the promotion of three Intercollegiate Athletics staff members to Assistant Athletic Director. Herb Combs has been named Assistant Athletic Director for Outdoor Athletic Facilities, Ken Cutler has been named Assistant Athletic Director for Major Gifts and Nikki Potoczny has been named Assistant Athletic Director for the Annual Fund. All three will join ICA’s Management Team. Read More

LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE
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LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE

Lees-McRae College vice president of athletics and club sports Craig McPhail has been selected by the NCAA as a panelist for the 2016 Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, Ind. June 2-4. The NCAA is inviting more than 200 current student-athletes and NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients, with an interest in working within the sports industry, to the forum. Participants who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports, and who were viewed as leaders on their campus, were invited to apply to attend the forum after a nomination by athletics administrators at their respective schools. Many current and past attendees are members of their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the student-athlete voice within the NCAA governance structure. The selection committee is comprised of administrators and coaches within the NCAA, many former forum participants themselves. Read More

ARMY WEST POINT
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ARMY WEST POINT

Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan has announced a change in leadership in the baseball program. “I’d like to thank Coach Reid for his contributions to the Army West Point baseball program,” Corrigan said. “Matt is a man of great integrity and pride. We wish Matt nothing but the best moving forward.” A national search will begin immediately. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

Skanska, with its joint venture partner Megen Construction Co., has signed a contract for $69 million with the University of Cincinnati to manage the renovation of its Fifth Third Arena. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2016 and is slated for completion in November 2018. Renovations to the 26-year old facility will include the creation of a 360-degree seating bowl with space for 11,500 spectators. Read More.

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Western Kentucky University, a member of Conference USA and a Football Bowl Subdivision NCAA member institution, seeks to hire an individual for the position of Coordinator of Compliance. This is a 12-month, full-time position. This position will report directly to the Associate Athletics Director of Compliance and Student Services. Apply here.

OLIVET COLLEGE
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OLIVET COLLEGE

Olivet College is announcing a search for a full time Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach to begin August 1, 2016. Send cover letter, resume, three references (including name, address and phone number) and copy of transcript to Megan Merchant, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at: [email protected]

COKER COLLEGE
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COKER COLLEGE

Coker College Associate Athletic Director for External Operations Christian Stryker has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director, Coker’s Vice President of Athletics and Athletic Facilities Dr. Lynn Griffin announced today. Stryker has served as the Sports Information Director since the fall of 2005. In July of 2013 he was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for External Operations. Prior to being SID, Stryker was an Admissions Counselor at Coker. Read More.

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

The Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics announced today that EMU baseball has received a $100,000 challenge gift from an anonymous donor and advocate of the program. The gift, in support of renovating the Oestrike Stadium infield, was made with a challenge to other EMU alumni, friends and fans to step forward and rally together around the effort. The current infield turf is nearly 10 years old after being installed prior to the 2007 campaign. In addition, the newly revived Script E logo will be featured in the new turf and pay homage to E-Club Hall of Fame Head Coach Ron Oestrike and the teams of the past. Read More.

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE
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AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

American International College Director of Athletics Matthew Johnson has announced the resignation of Joe Christianson as Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach effective Friday, May 12. Coach Christianson will head home to Minnesota to become the Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Concordia College. Christianson grew up and learned the game of golf in Halstad, Minn. and the opportunity will allow him to return home for essentially the first time since high school. Read More.

FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
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FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

After nine years leading the Ferris State University men’s and women’s golf programs to continued championship success, head coach Mike Mignano announced his resignation today (May 13). A 2006 graduate of Ferris State’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) program, Mignano began his collegiate coaching career as a Bulldog assistant coach before taking over as the programs’ head coach in 2008. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

The University of Oregon got the final go-ahead this week to start what it says will be the only design master’s degree program in the world focused on athletic design. The new Sports Product Design master’s of science program will be housed at the university’s White Stag Block complex in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. The state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission approved the new degree Thursday. UO already has an undergraduate product design program, which includes a fifth-year program in Portland. The product design program joins a separate Sports Product Management master’s track approved in 2015. -Andrew Theen, The Oregonian/OregonLive, Read More

BIG TEN

Practicality trumps luxury in the Big Ten, which will gather Monday through Wednesday at league headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois. While the Big Ten doesn’t make the spring meetings bigger than they are — football coaches haven’t attended since 2011 and will skip again this year after gathering in February — there are still key items that will be discussed this week. Athletic directors, senior woman administrators and faculty representatives will be on hand along with the men’s basketball coaches. Athletic directors will speak to the media on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Delany will speak Wednesday at the conclusion of the meetings. -Adam Rittenberg, ESPN, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA

State officials have given UTC the go-ahead to begin pre-planning an $18.5 million football/athletic training facility. Building Commission members also approved a $1.5 million revision in the project budget, funding and sources of funding for other projects involving two office buildings deeded to UTC by the state. The new football athletic training facility would be on the north edge of campus near the McKenzie Arena, according to the presentation made by Ron Maples, the UT system’s interim treasurer and chief financial officer. Approval means the Chattanooga campus can begin using $1 million in school plant funds to develop a project budget and start the process of selecting a designer. Other steps will have to come back before the Building Commission for approval as the process moves along. -Andy Sher, Times Free Press, Read More

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

The answer to Eastern Washington’s football stadium dilemma may be near. Over the next rise, to be exact. Just north of Roos Field lies farmland that’s suitable for a new stadium. Informal discussions between the landowner and EWU officials are underway, The Spokesman-Review has learned. “We have discussed some possibilities,” said John Montague, the representative of the estate of his mother, Mildred Montague, who died in 2006. The estate owns 115 acres north and west of EWU property on the west side of Washington Street. The rolling fields include a large bowl north of two parking lots that currently serve Roos Field. Officials are proceeding cautiously, but a new facility would further EWU athletic director Bill Chaves’ ambition to improve infrastructure and add premium seating – regardless of the site. “We’re exploring multiple options to do something surrounding a football game day,” Chaves said this week. -Jim Allen, Bonner County Daily Bee, Read More

COLGATE UNIVERSITY
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COLGATE UNIVERSITY

Colgate University, a Division I institution and member of the Patriot League, invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Compliance. This position will support the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance ensuring compliance with all NCAA, conference and institutional rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Further, this position will assist the Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services in providing academic support for student-athletes to ensure they are making satisfactory and appropriate academic progress towards graduation and meet all NCAA, conference and institutional eligibility requirements. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, monitoring amateurism, athletic participation, recruiting, employment, playing season and awards & benefits activities. Other responsibilities include assisting with academic performance and graduation rate data; coordinating preseason housing arrangements; and evaluating and certifying student-athlete academic standing and NCAA continuing eligibility benchmarks. Apply here

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State basketball coach Bill Fennelly did not racially discriminate or retaliate against former player Nikki Moody, the school wrote in its formal response to a lawsuit the ex-player filed on April 15. “No act of discrimination toward (Moody) by (the) defendants, as alleged, has ever occurred,” the response, filed Friday by the Iowa Attorney General’s office, read. Moody filed suit against Fennelly, the school and the state of Iowa, claiming she was “demeaned, berated, harassed, and discriminated against” by Fennelly. Moody also accused Fennelly of treating her and other black players differently than he treated white players. Iowa State denied those allegations in Friday’s response. -Randy Peterson, The Des Moines Register, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

The University of Vermont is accepting applications for the position of Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach. The head coach is responsible for all phases of a highly competitive NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse program including, but not limited to, practice and game preparation, recruiting, hiring and supervision of assistant coaches, budget management, alumni and public relations, and adherence to the rules of the NCAA, America East, and the University of Vermont. The candidate must be committed to student-athletes’ academic, personal, and athletic growth and development, and demonstrate the ability to successfully recruit and motivate Division I student-athletes. Apply here

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

As the point man for the management of Virginia Tech’s athletic facilities during one of the biggest construction booms in the school’s history, Tom Gabbard has heard his fair share of pitches from prospective contractors over the years. Now, as the department prepares for another round of ambitious athletic facility renovations, Gabbard told The Key Play that he expects that experience to come in handy in the coming months. Indeed, Gabbard says he’s hearing from plenty of architects and engineers with Blacksburg roots these days as the department kicks a whole series of projects into high gear. Gabbard and AD Whit Babcock unveiled the department’s roadmap for the future of its facilities at a meeting of Tech’s governing Board of Visitors in late March, and in the next few weeks many of those construction efforts will get started in earnest. -Alex Koma, The Key Play, Read More

CHARLOTTE
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CHARLOTTE

Rumblings of potential conference realignment are being felt again in college sports and Charlotte 49ers athletics director Judy Rose is closely monitoring the situation. “At the moment, there’s a lot of speculation and it seems to change every day,” Rose said to the Observer in an email. “We have to be alert, of course, and aware of what’s going on.” While Charlotte isn’t considered a potential expansion candidate for the Big 12, the 49ers could be impacted by any movement in and around their current league, Conference USA. “If (the Big 12) decide(s) to expand, there will be a trickle down and in some form or fashion it will impact our conference and each of the schools,” said Rose. “So, yes we have to pay close attention.” -David Scott, Charlotte Observer, Read More

UCONN
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UCONN

The future of big-time athletics is on the line for a number of colleges in the coming weeks. Yet there is a real possibility the Big 12 will add two schools and that will be it, at least for the foreseeable future. If this proves to be the case, why wouldn’t the six to eight schools that desperately want to get into a Power Five play every card they can? So what about it ESPN of Bristol? What card can you play for Connecticut and the state’s flagship university? So we’re not talking videos or dinners. We’re talking about substantive power and money. The kind of money and power FedEx flexed in vowing to make a $500 million investment in academic/athletic infrastructure for Memphis and to sponsor a Big 12 football championship game in an attempt to get the school into a Power Five conference. -Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant, Read More

May 15, 2016

NCAA
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NCAA

Every November, Grambling State and Southern University meet in New Orleans for the Bayou Classic. It’s a showcase of everything that fans find compelling about Division I football: a historic in-state rivalry between two like-minded schools with passionate fan bases, steeped in pomp and tradition, showcased on national television. But for both schools, and their fellow historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the South, the glory of the Bayou Classic is the closest they’ll get to the big-time college football we’re used to watching every Saturday during the fall. HBCUs are technically in Division I—alongside Notre Dame and Stanford University and the University of Alabama—but they’re playing a different game. According to USA Today, seven of the eight poorest public athletic departments in Division I are either HBCUs or majority black schools. There are 23 college football coaches who made more money than the entire Coppin State athletic department earned last year. Grambling State brings in just $5.3 million per year—just a tad more than fellow Louisiana-based Division I school LSU pays football coach Les Miles, and a third of what LSU was prepared to pay Miles if it firedhim last year. -Kevin Trahan, Vice SportsRead More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University officials announced Friday that they received a law firm’s report on how the school handled incidents of sexual assault on campus, but the school did not indicate whether the document will be made public. The governing board of the largest Baptist university in the U.S. was briefed by the Pepper Hamilton law firm at a meeting this week, and members will be “guided by their faith” in making decisions for students’ welfare. The report comes amid heightened attention to how Baylor and other universities around the country have handled sexual misconduct and rape allegations against athletes. Baylor hired the Philadelphia law firm in September 2015 after former football player Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexual assault. –ESPNRead More

 

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA on Friday asked the Supreme Court to take up the Ed O’Bannon antitrust case, which so far has left the association with a finding that its previous rules about athlete compensation “unreasonably restrain trade.” Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case already have asked the high court to hear the case — a petition in March to which the NCAA responded on Friday in a separate filing with the court. Even with both sides seeking appeal, it is far from certain that the Supreme Court will take the case. The high court hears an extremely small percentage of the cases brought before it, but the NCAA noted in its petition Friday that “the need for review is particularly strong given the nationwide scope and importance of college athletics.” -Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY SportsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

That Mark Richt … always thinking about his quarterbacks. When asked whether the roof of Miami’s soon-to-be announced future indoor practice facility would be high enough to accommodate lofty punts, Richt said such a feature was unnecessary. “Just long as you can launch a bomb” — referring to a deep ball, perhaps from the arm of Brad Kaaya — “and it doesn’t hit the rafters, I’ll be happy,” he said. Taking a moment to chat Saturday at a UM speaking tour event at Bonita National Golf and Country Club, Richt confirmed that Miami will soon announce plans to build a facility on campus. The building, which UM Athletics Director Blake James has said will cost upwards of $20 million, is the department’s top priority. James and Richt have touted it as a necessary amenity for UM, which regularly loses practice time to Miami’s rainy weather. The Hurricanes are one of a handful of major college programs nationally that lack shelter from the elements. Every ACC team has one already or has plans to build one. -Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post Read More

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

The value of the league’s new television contract is so much lower than member schools anticipated, C-USA is desperate to find any way to augment it. The league has signed an agreement with ESPN to televise five C-USA football games during the 2016 season, according to informed sources. Remember ESPN? It is the television partner that C-USA split with in 2011, after deciding to sign a five-year contract with Fox Sports instead. The result was an ugly lawsuit and court battle that finally was resolved in August 2011. But desperate times call for desperate measures. And since sources say Fox Sports has pulled completely out of C-USA’s current television contract negotiations. -Chuck Landon,herald-dispatch.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

The old gym in Welch, Oklahoma, where UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey became an excellent basketball player has retained its character after many decades. The brick building that serves a town population of 650 still has the same scoreboard, backboard, rims and wooden bleachers from Hickey’s playing days.  And the black line dividing the court in half is still there, a line the current UTSA athletic director could not cross during her playing days. Back then, girls were forbidden by the rules to cross the line to score and defend. They were forced to choose offense or defense. Hickey didn’t get to play by the boys’ rules until her collegiate career at Ouachita Baptist started in 1969. “It was kind of the mindset that girls couldn’t go full-court,” Hickey said. “It was time to change.” -Ben Baby, expressnews.comRead More

BRYANT UNIVERSITY
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BRYANT UNIVERSITY

When Bill Smith hops around the Bryant campus these days, he does so with the smile of a proud father filling his face. Now in his 10th year as the Bulldogs athletic director, Smith and most everyone in his department are settling into new or rehabbed office space thanks to an extension of the Chace Wellness and Athletic Center. All 22 varsity sports enjoy state-of-the-art equipment in the Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center, which sits at one end zone of the football stadium. Just above the stadium is Conaty Park, the pristine baseball and softball diamonds that currently host a hardball team that carries a 36-9 record and Top 25 ranking into this weekend’s games. But the Bulldogs’ latest addition to its impressive athletic facilities list is the most transformative of them all. The Conaty Indoor Athletic Center, a $9 million building that was christened in a ceremony on Saturday, is so spectacularly different it almost seems out of place. -Kevin McNamara, providencejournal.com Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Earlier this week, Mike Neighbors was quick to shoot down a rumor of his interest in the Vanderbilt coaching job. Friday, his commitment to the Washington women’s basketball program was confirmed when UW announced a three-year contract extension for the head coach that runs through the 2022-23 season. Financial details of the contract extension were not immediately made available. Neighbors made $410,000 this season, including a $50,000 bonus for leading the Huskies to their first Final Four berth last month in Indianapolis. This is the second consecutive year in which Neighbors has been awarded a contract extension. In May 2015, fresh off the Huskies’ first NCAA tournament berth in eight years, Neighbors received a two-year extension that bumped his annual salary to $360,000 for 2015-17. Before the announcement Friday, he was scheduled to earn a pay increase to $420,000 for 2018-19 and to $440,000 for 2019-20. -Adam Jude, yakimaherald.comRead More


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