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January 18, 2016

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

Idaho State football head coach Mike Kramer has announced that assistant head coach for offense Matt Troxel has been named offensive coordinator. Troxel replaces Sheldon Cross as the offensive coordinator. Cross returned home to the Seattle area to take over as the head football coach at Kennedy Catholic High School. Kramer has also promoted Rob Phenicie to assistant head coach for the offense. Troxel has been an assistant coach at Idaho State since Kramer arrived in November of 2010. He has been the offensive line coach since 2013, where he established one of the best units in the Big Sky Conference. – Idaho State Journal. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The 2016 Women’s College Cup is returning to Cary, North Carolina, Dec. 2-4, 2016. Originally slated to take place in Orlando, Florida, the NCAA Women’s Soccer Committee decided to move this year’s women’s soccer championship due to the recently announced venue completion date of 2017 of the Orlando City Soccer Club Stadium.The 35th annual College Cup will take place at WakeMed Soccer Park, hosted by the Town of Cary, Campbell University, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, and Capital Area Soccer League. Initially scheduled to host the 2016 and 2017 championship, the University of Central Florida and Central Florida Sports Commission are committed and eager to host the 2017 event in the Orlando Lions and Orlando Pride’s beautiful and state-of-the-art new venue. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The University of Missouri is now accepting applications for two (2) positions for Director of Major Gifts – Intercollegiate Athletics Development. Reporting to the Associate Athletics Director – Development, both positions will be responsible for coordinating fund raising for University of Missouri Athletics and will actively work an assigned portfolio of 100 major gift prospects by developing and cultivating relationships with current and potential contributors in specifically assigned areas; conduct at least 180 substantive in-person visits with major gift (new and current) prospects; actively manage donor relationships and prospects with the goal of increasing both capital gift and annual giving support for Mizzou Athletics, collaborating with other university staff to best match donors’ philanthropic interests with current ICA priorities; work collaboratively with donors to ensure effective stewardship and timely fulfillment of athletic donor benefits; execute premium seating sales for Football and Men’s Basketball; prepare and present reports, concisely and effectively conveying the success of programs and make recommendations for improvements and performing other related duties as assigned. –Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is suing the Iowa-based company that administers the ACT for failing to report accurate ACT test scores for five student athletes beginning in 2010. According to the lawsuit filed with the 15th Judicial District Court, the University of Louisiana’s Board of Supervisors accused ACT, Inc., of not putting in place adequate measures to ensure accurate testing of students wanting to enter college. “College readiness tests are used in a variety of ways including admissions, course placement and awarding of both academic and athletic scholarships,” UL President E. Joseph Savoie said in a prepared statement. “This is bigger than the Ragin’ Cajuns. This is bigger than college football. The credibility of college readiness test administration significantly affects higher education and needs to be addressed.” -Seth Dickerson, The Advertiser, Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

An Arizona State University professor who has been accused of plagiarism has agreed to resign but will continue to be paid more than $200,000 in salary over the next 16 months along with $25,000 in attorney fees. Associate Professor Matthew Whitaker agreed to resign his tenured position effective May 17, 2017. During this time, he has no authority to act for or on behalf of ASU, according to a copy of his settlement agreement with the university. Whitaker earns $153,530 a year and will also receive employee benefits, such as health insurance, during this time.  -Anne Ryman, The Republic, Read More

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Utah State University is seeking Director of the Big Blue Scholarship Fund. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: research, contact, solicitation and stewardship of annual giving prospects, priority seating and priority parking benefits coordination, stewardship of donor activities at select athletic events; and representation of the Athletic Department at University and community events. This position is responsible for raising annual gifts directed to support the scholarship mission of USU Aggie Athletics. The position will focus on the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of identified athletics annual gift donors. Apply here

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

Clarence “Big House” Gaines died in April of 2005, but his vision and dedication to Winston-Salem State lives on. That’s the feeling Tim Grant had Saturday as he attended a fundraising breakfast at the Embassy Suites with nearly 400 people on hand. The main speaker was Stephen A. Smith, a star at ESPN who makes a lot of money giving out his opinions.  “I was impressed with Steve and how he was so adamant about giving back,” Grant said about the fund-raising breakfast. “I guess he was listening to coach Gaines after all.” Smith not only talked about giving back, he put his words into action by donating $250,000 over the next five years. Half will go toward athletics and the other half will go to the Mass Communications department. Smith was a Mass Communications major who wrote for the student newspaper and also had a part-time job at the Journal. Combined with the $33,000 that was raised at the fund-raising breakfast the school had quite a big day on Saturday. The financial benefit of roughly $60,000 alone from Smith and the breakfast for this year will go a long way in helping a strong athletics department become even stronger. -John Dell, Winston-Salem Journal, Read More

 

NCAA
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NCAA

While city officials remain silent about when, or if, a likely five-year contract extension will be signed, all indications point to it being a matter of time before a deal is struck, despite the lateness in comparison to the completion of past Florida-Georgia contracts. When asked about the contract status last week, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley told the Times-Union: “We haven’t verbally agreed yet, but it’s gonna happen.” There’s been a little more concern than usual about the extension of this contract, which expires after the game on Oct. 29, 2016, because the parties typically finish a deal at least a year in advance. The last two extensions were signed on Sept. 1, 2010, and Oct. 25, 2005, more than a year before the contract’s expiration. One of the big reasons the negotiations took longer this time is the schools wanted to see how the Jaguars’ planned renovations to EverBank Field club seat areas in the east and west stands might impact stadium capacity. The Jaguars are reducing club seats from 11,000 to about 8,000 for NFL games, but the schools are adamant about capacity remaining at 82,917 for Florida-Georgia. -Gene Frenette, Jacksomville.com, Read More

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-PORTLAND
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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-PORTLAND

Concordia University seeks qualified professionals to fill the position of Athletic Marketing, Sponsorships and Game Day Coordinator. The Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be administration, communication and promotion of the Athletics Department on campus. The Coordinator is a member of the Athletics Department Senior Management Team.  The salary for this position is negotiable. Apply here

January 17, 2016

NCAA
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NCAA

The Power Five conferences slapped themselves on the back in January 2015 for passing cost of attendance. Given the pressing litigation facing the NCAA and its major conferences related to the issue, there was a collective cry of “hallelujah” that extra stipends to players finally got passed.  Cost of attendance was deemed a historic moment to show that big and meaningful things could actually get done by the NCAA. It was considered the first major step on “modernizing the collegiate model.” It was supposed to set the tone for the future as the real work began to tackle other big issues. Instead, NCAA autonomy in Year 2 looked a lot like the old NCAA governance structure and Congress. You know the drill: Table proposals that don’t have enough votes to pass and create resolutions promising you’ll get to them next year. -Jon Solomon, CBS SPORTSRead More

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

After spending one year as a college football analyst, former Michigan coach Brady Hoke will return to the sidelines as Oregon’s defensive coordinator. Hoke joins a staff that still includes Don Pellum, the team’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons. Mark Helfrich announced a change in the staff in January that included a change in responsibilities for Pellum, who will continue to coach the Ducks’ linebackers. “We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Hoke to the Oregon family,” Helfrich said Saturday. “He’s passionate, knowledgeable and tough, and has an outstanding track record of success from a defensive standpoint.” -Chip Patterson, cbssports.comRead More

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Mark Sandy knows it all. He’s got an estimate of how expensive a new indoor practice facility would be, he’s got an idea of where it could fit near Scheumann Stadium and he knows, generally, who can provide the donations needed for the construction. Though the second-year athletic director could talk about the logistics all day, sometimes it’s about delivery. And that’s why, as Ball State eyes that new practice facility, Sandy is thrilled to have former Cardinal Mike Neu in charge of the football program. A fundraising bonus specifically for the construction of a new indoor practice facility is written into Neu’s contract, which will keep him at Ball State through 2021. For each contract year Neu “participates fully” in raising $250,000 or more, he will earn a $10,000 bonus. -Dakota Crawford, The Star PressRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

NMSU recently filed a lawsuit against the state of New Mexico and its secretary of taxation and revenue, Demesia Padilla, for “overpayment of governmental gross receipts taxes.” If NMSU is able to secure any or all of the $282,747.61 it is seeking, UNM may also get a tax refund. “We’ve looked into it, and we tend to believe New Mexico State is right,” UNM athletic director Paul Krebs said. “We’ll be watching their case with interest.” At issue in New Mexico State’s lawsuit are payments received for out-of-state road games Aggie teams played from December 2011 through 2014. NMSU says it “erroneously” paid governmental gross receipts taxes on the payments received, now believing they qualify as interstate commerce and should be exempt. – Ken Sickenger , abqjournal.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Convention will make its first visit to Phoenix in 2024 during a decade in which the event will return to five other regular host sites for the annual gathering of the Association’s nearly 1,100 member schools. The NCAA announced today agreements to host the Convention in San Antonio, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., Anaheim, California and Nashville, Tennessee, from 2020 through 2027. Nashville (2017), Indianapolis (2018) and Atlanta (2019) will host the next three Conventions. The NCAA Convention is held annually in January and brings more than 3,000 attendees to the four-day event each year to learn about issues that impact college sports, chart the course for the NCAA’s three divisions and celebrate the successes of student-athletes. -Brian Hendrickson, ncaa.orgRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

Advertisements at UND sporting events for the controversial daily fantasy sports website FanDuel are being removed. The ads were part of a block sold through UND athletics’ partnership with Learfield Sports, a company that connects large national brands with universities. UND had a partnership with Learfield, and Learfield had a relationship with FanDuel, which is why the signage was on display at the Alerus Center during football games and on boards at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Learfield’s partnership with FanDuel has now ended, so the ads will now stop. “Signage takes more time to take down, so I’m not quite sure when they’ll be down,” Doperalski said. – Wade Rupard, grandforksherald.comRead More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers spends $2 million a year on tutoring, mentoring and advising for its 600 student athletes, many of whom are on athletic scholarships. The sum is more than double that spent per capita for the average undergraduate, according to figures provided by the university.   The athletes are first in line for class registration and are surrounded by tutors and mentors on campus and on the road. Freshmen get an average of 10 hours of tutoring and more than 1,000 sessions are delivered to all the athletes each week. The expense — on par with other Division I schools — is woven into the general budget, not the athletic ledger, and is one of a number of less-than-obvious costs borne by the university and its students to bolster the money-losing sports teams. -Patricia Alex, northjersey.com- Read More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Texas Tech Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Grant Stovall announced the promotion of two athletic trainers on Friday. Drew Krueger was promoted to Head Football Athletic Trainer, while Raymond Champagne II was named Associate Football Athletic Trainer.  Krueger, a native of Rothschild, Wis., begins his third season with the Texas Tech football team. He arrived at Texas Tech prior to the 2014 season after serving one year with the NFL’s New England Patriots (2013-14) and two years as a graduate assistant football athletic trainer at the University of Oklahoma (2011-13). Krueger, who has served two other stints with the New England Patriots, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a degree in kinesiology and earned Master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (athletic training, 2011) and University of Oklahoma (human relations, 2013).  A native of Houma, La., Champagne will also begin his third year with the Texas Tech football team in 2016. A 2012 graduate of Louisiana State University with a kinesiology degree, Champagne completed his master’s degree in education at the University of Nebraska in 2014. Read More

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Conference USA is in trouble. That means Marshall is also in trouble. The source of the problem is the dreaded renegotiation of C-USA’s television contract. Everyone realized the new contract wouldn’t compare to the six-year pact the league signed with Fox and CBS Sports networks in 2011. That’s because the previous contract yielding C-USA more than $14 million annually was signed before a vote for autonomy created the haves and have-nots in collegiate football. But, now, we have the privileged Power Five and the pedestrian Group of Five, so it was inevitable that a G5 league was going to take a financial hit. –herald-dispatch.com-  Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

When it comes to bleeding money, Rutgers University has long had one of the worst-performing athletic departments in the country. The state university spent nearly $77 million on its sports program in 2014, but only managed to bring in about half that amount through ticket sales, donations and other revenues, according to NCAA reports. That left the university and students to make up the difference. In 2014, Rutgers’ athletic department received a $36 million subsidy — the largest of any NCAA Division I school in the country — from university funds and student fees. -Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for NJ.comRead More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is a final candidate for the College Football Playoff selection committee, according to multiple sources.  Carr was one of about six to eight finalists considered by the CFP management committee, composed of the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. The CFP is expected to announce the four new committee members later this month. -Heather Dinich, ESPNRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

A dozen large, white boxes carted out a UND office Friday morning potentially contained a proposal from the future designer of the schools Fighting Hawks logo. The recipients of the boxes, members appointed to the university’s Graphic Identity RFP Evaluation and Recommendation Team, met for the first time Friday and received materials for 16 proposals. The group will vet the proposals as a means of choosing a contractor to create a logo for the university’s nickname. Much of the graphic identity team’s Friday meeting took place behind closed doors with UND asserting the review of the proposals is exempt from open meeting laws until oral presentations about them have been heard by the team. – Brandi Jewett, grandforksherald.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for the position of Associate/Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services (Director of SAEP).The Associate/Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services provides comprehensive academic and career counseling to assist student-athletes in identifying and meeting their academic and career goals leading to graduation. He/She communicates with faculty and staff to assist in achieving these goals and assists in campus activities/meetings as necessary through the Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Athletics.  A master’s degree and a minimum of two years of related experience. Experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for education. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas is seeking Director of Spirit Programs. The Director of Spirit Programs will be responsible for the oversight of the Razorback Spirit Squads (cheer, dance and mascots). Additionally, this position will serve as head coach of the Razorback Cheer or Dance Team. For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance 479-575-4019. Apply here

January 15, 2016

SIENA COLLEGE
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SIENA COLLEGE

Siena College, an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, is seeking a Compliance Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month position with benefits. Responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of an NCAA Division I compliance program; monitoring recruiting, eligibility, playing and practice seasons, personnel, awards and benefits, amateurism, rules education, MAAC and NCAA waiver submission, rules enforcement, ARMS and Compliance Assistant database management, and all other aspects of NCAA, MAAC Conference and Siena rules as they apply to Siena College’s 350+ student-athletes, 22 teams and coaches. –Apply Now

MERCY COLLEGE
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MERCY COLLEGE

Athletic Director Matt Kilcullen Jr. has announced the hiring of Georgia Efthalitsides as the new head Mercy College volleyball coach. Efthalitsides, a 2006 Mercy College graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, brings a wealth of experience to the position, having previously served as the head volleyball coach at The College of New Rochelle from 2009 to 2014.

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

The University of Pennsylvania seeks an Associate Director. This will serve as the primary media contact for at least five varsity sports, including at least one major sport, with travel involved as appropriate; assist with media coordination of The Penn Relays, which annually welcomes more than 400 media members from across the world. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Dave Borbely, who brings 35 years of coaching experience, was hired by head coach DJ Durkin in January 2016 to coach the Terps offensive line. Borbely has coached the offensive line at nine schools, including Stanford, Notre Dame, Colorado, Louisville and Virginia. Borbely most recently served as offensive line coach under current Maryland Associate Head Coach Mike London at Virginia during the 2015 season.

HILLSDALE COLLEGE
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HILLSDALE COLLEGE

Head coach Todd Mitmesser announced the hiring of Morgan Warfield as an assistant coach for the Chargers. Warfield’s name is well-known to Hillsdale-area sports fans, who remember her from a dominant career at Camden-Frontier High School, located in the west part of Hillsdale County. Warfield turned in a prolific athletic career at Siena Heights University, where she was a four-year starter in both basketball and softball.

NCAA
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NCAA

Concussions may currently be the most-talked-about safety issue in college sports, but it’s the mental health of athletes that really keeps the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s chief medical officer awake at night, he said Wednesday. Speaking to a small crowd at the NCAA’s annual meeting, Brian Hainline, the association’s medical chief, said mental health remains a top concern for the association and its members. This week, the NCAA’s Sport Science Institute released a new set of guidelines directing institutions on how to manage the mental health issues surrounding college athletics — issues like hyperaggressive behavior off the field and increased anxiety and stress from time commitments and high expectations related to sports. “Concussions may be the elephant in the room, but mental health is really, I think, going to be a game changer for the NCAA,” he said. “My hope is that mental health is going to become as accessible to every student-athlete as an ankle sprain, and the NCAA is going to take a leadership role in telling the rest of the United States of America how to move away from the pathetic way it handles mental health. And it is pathetic.” The new guidelines, released Tuesday ahead of the NCAA convention, outline four best practices for mental health care for college athletes. -Jake New, Inside Higher Ed, Read More

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

Lamar had been searching for quite some time for a replacement for long-time head coach Jim Gilligan, who’s retiring following the 2016 season, and it went outside the box in the hiring process with the addition of LSU assistant Will Davis, sources tell D1Baseball.com. As for Davis, few in the industry are surprised he’s finally getting his chance to be a head coach. Davis has had plenty of opportunities in the past to move up the coaching ranks, but as a Baton Rouge native and former LSU player, he’s consistently chosen to stay around Paul Mainieri’s program. Now, patience is a virtue for the 31-year-old who’s very familiar with the Golden Triangle (Southeast) part of Texas. Davis, who played for the Tigers from 2004-07, spent the last eight seasons on the LSU coaching staff, being in charge of the team from a defensive standpoint, particularly the catchers and outfielders.  LSU finished last season with one of the nation’s elite defensive clubs, especially in the outfield, on the way to a 50-plus win season. There are still details to be worked out about Davis’ immediate future. For instance, while he’s taking over the program after the 2016 season, it is still not a definite that he will spend the ’16 campaign with the Cardinals. Instead, he may still stay with the Tigers through ’15, while of course making the short trek to Beaumont, Texas, after the season. That situation should be ironed out sooner rather than later. -Kendall Rogers, D1 Baseball, Read More


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