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January 15, 2016

NCAA
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While the time demands on college athletes became the central focus of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s annual meeting here this week, several proposals to deal with the issue were seemingly tabled the day before the NCAA’s five wealthiest conferences were scheduled to vote on them. “No other issue challenges Division I more than time demands,” Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina and chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, said Thursday during the association’s opening business session. The decision to possibly table the proposals that would have addressed some of those time demands came after a day of conversations about the issue. While some within the Pac-12 said Thursday that the proposals “were still on the docket,” an NCAA official told this reporter “not to be surprised” if the legislation does not come up for a vote Friday. Leaders within the association said they want to see more research on the issue before taking any action. -Jake New, Inside Higher Ed, Read More

VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE
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VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE

Virginia Military Institute (VMI), an NCAA Division I and Southern Conference (SOCON) member, is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Athletics for Facilities & Compliance. The selected candidate will report to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and works closely with the Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services & Compliance. Apply here.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Figures released Thursday show that the redevelopment of Kyle Field came in on time and more than $1.3 million under budget, officials said. The figures were released by Billy Hamilton, executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer of the Texas A&M University System. Officials said the Texas A&M University System manages construction projects for its member institutions, including classrooms, labs, student housing and athletic facilities. – KSAT. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

The M-Club Alumni Chapter of the Ole Miss Alumni Association has committed a new $1.5 million gift to the Forward Together Campaign, which is helping to expand and upgrade athletics facilities and opportunities at the University of Mississippi. After giving $1 million in 2012, the M-Club lifts its total to $2.5 million since the start of the campaign, bringing the campaign total to more than $160 million. The $1.5 million commitment will be split in half between baseball and football initiatives.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Veteran head equipment manager Rich Worner is leaving Marshall University’s football program to accept a similar position at UCF, Marshall athletic officials confirmed Thursday. He graduated from West Virginia State University in 1996. He worked as the head equipment manager at West Virginia State in 1995-96, as an assistant equipment manager at Virginia from 1996-99 and the head equipment manager at Tulane from 1999-2002. Worner is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). -Chuck Landon, The Herald-Dispatch, Read More

DAKOTA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
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DAKOTA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Dakota Wesleyan University, a four-year liberal arts university in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (NAIA) is seeking a Head Men’s Soccer Coach. This twelve-month position includes all aspects of leading and managing a competitive program within the guidelines of the NAIA, GPAC and DWU as well as additional duties within the university as assigned.Successful candidates should embody a coaching philosophy grounded in player development and be an energetic recruiter. The individual should also be a positive role model for student athletes and have a demonstrated commitment to the university mission and values of learning, leadership, faith, and service. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
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UNIVERSITY OF TULSA

University of Tulsa seeks an Assistant/Associate Director for Athletic Performance assists in the oversight of all aspects of the athletic performance program in accordance with NCAA, American Athletic Conference and University rules and regulations. email to [email protected] or fax to (918) 631-3543.

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

The University Arkansas at Little Rock plans to build a new baseball field and expand its sports complex — thanks to a donation from a local family, the university announced today. Members of the Coleman family, longtime owners and operators of the former Coleman Dairy, agreed to donate nearly eight acres of land in the area of the University Village Apartments and the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex. A 10-acre property donation by the Coleman family in 2010, combined with land the university already owned, cleared the way for the University to build its current sports complex. This latest donation could be a game-changer, said Little Rock Trojans Athletic Director Chasse Conque. “Facilities are extremely important for recruiting talented student-athletes and building championship caliber programs,” he said. –Read More

GREAT LAKES INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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GREAT LAKES INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) is pleased to announce the addition of Davenport University and Purdue University Calumet after formally accepting invitations for membership, pending acceptance into the NCAA membership process. Both athletic departments anticipate beginning GLIAC competition in the 2017-18 academic year as a provisional member of the NCAA. With the addition of DU and PUC, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will consist of 12 full-time members starting in 2017-18. – GLIAC. Read More.

January 14, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

Texas-San Antonio is hiring LSU running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson as its head coach, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the school had not acknowledged it publicly. He will replace Larry Coker, who started the program from scratch in 2011. UTSA had the most veteran team in the FBS in 2014 but went 3-9 this past season before Coker stepped down. -Dan Wolken, USA Today, Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Thomas R. Rochon, the embattled president of Ithaca College, will retire next year, according to a message Mr. Rochon sent on Thursday to the New York campus. Students protesting racial injustices at the college began demanding Mr. Rochon’s resignation months ago. Until Thursday he had resisted calls to resign,writing in The Chronicle that college leaders had a responsibility to “step up rather than step down.” Faculty members also voted no confidence in Mr. Rochon. -Andy Thomason,  chronicle.comRead More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State announced a comprehensive new deal with Nike for $252 million that extends by 15 years the current contract between the school and the apparel company. One point – it’s bigger than Michigan’s new deal with Nike. Ohio State will now get $16.8 million per year, while ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell reported Michigan’s recent deal with Nike is for $15.3 million. Here’s the full news release from Ohio State..- Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.comRead More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has been named chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, replacing Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long. Long is rotating out of the chairman’s role after the playoff’s first two years. Executive Director Bill Hancock announced Hocutt’s appointment on Thursday. Hocutt served on the committee this past season, and Hancock cited his background as a former college athlete and his experience as an administrator. Hocutt was an All-Big Eight linebacker at Kansas State and has been athletic director at Ohio University and Miami. – Daily JournalRead More

CANISIUS COLLEGE
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CANISIUS COLLEGE

Director of Athletics Bill Maher announced today that Lenika Vazquez has been named the 11th head coach in Canisius volleyball program history. Vazquez, a Buffalo native who played her scholastic volleyball at City Honors, comes to Canisius after serving as an assistant coach at Butler for the previous four seasons. In her four seasons at Butler, Vazquez was a part of the coaching staff that helped the Bulldogs win 73 matches, highlighted by back-to-back 20-win campaigns in 2013 and 2014. Butler earned a berth into the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in 2013, followed by a trip to the Big East Conference semifinal round in 2014 after the team went 20-10 overall and 12-6 in league play. In her time at Butler, six players earned all-league honors, and setter Makayla Ferguson was named Big East Freshman of the Year in 2014. Read More

CSUN
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CSUN

The CSUN Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced a major gift of $400,000 that will fund a soccer team room project. CSUN’s soccer team room facility will include new lockers, instructional space, coaches’ offices and other amenities that will be used by CSUN soccer. The facility will also feature a dedicated entry point into Matador Soccer Field. CSUN Athletics is currently in the planning phase of implementing this new project.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee will conduct a feasibility study on renovations to Neyland Stadium, the school announced Thursday. The athletic department will be working with Populous, a Kansas City-based sports architecture and design firm with an office in Knoxville, according to an athletic department news release. The project will also look at other stadium enhancements such as hospitality areas as well as additional video displays, a sound system upgrade and a better Wi-Fi system. – Knoxnews. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Maryland named Severna Park native Ray Leone Women’s Soccer Coach.. Leone has been a college head coach for 25 seasons, the past nine at Harvard, where his teams appeared in the NCAA tournament five times and won five Ivy League championships. He previously coached Berry, Creighton, Clemson and Arizona State, and has won 282 games, 21st among active Division I head coaches. – Baltimore Sun. Read More.

BREVARD COLLEGE
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BREVARD COLLEGE

Associate Athletic Director Myranda Nash, who has been with Brevard since 2010, has resigned to accept the same position at Winona State University in Minnesota. Nash will also be designated as Winona State’s Senior Women’s Administrator and is considered a rising star in the profession. Mascaro has hired Raychel Diver to become Brevard’s next Director of Internal Operations, a position responsible for day-to-day administration of game day and business operations. Diver was a two-time all-Southern Conference soccer player and a three-time academic all-conference selection before spending the last year as the top assistant at Campbell University. – Randall Stewart, Transylvania TimesRead More.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

With the announcement that Arkansas AD Jeff Long will be stepping down after two years of chairing the College Football Playoff selection committee, ESPN takes a look at several possible replacements. Heather Dinich who covers the CFP for ESPN makes the case for ten possible candidates who she believes should be involved with the committee. The list included former coaches R.C. Slocum, Tom O’Brien, Jim Grobe, Bill Mallory, Joe Novak, Jeff Bower and Jack Harbaugh. Dinich also makes the case for Washington AD Bill Moos and former Navy and Cowboy great Roger Staubach. –Read More

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

After more than 30 years, 221 wins and one national championship, it appears that the Andy Talley era is coming to a close at Villanova. According to sources and a report on vuhoops.com, Villanova is expected to announce that Talley will retire as the head coach following the 2016 season and that longtime assistant coach Mark Ferrante will be named as his replacement. That would mark the final season in one of the most successful coaching careers in college football history. – Terry Toohey, Delco Times. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Alisa White, president of Austin Peay State University, is quite happy with the existing structure that governs Tennessee’s regional public universities and community colleges. John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents system, is an advocate for her university; the 18-member Board of Regents is knowledgeable on issues of higher education; and the system itself, she says, is full of creative thinkers who have helped Tennessee push the envelope when it comes to education policy. Yet White and many of the presidents at the five other four-year universities within the system think, despite all of the board’s accomplishments, its governance structure would be improved if Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to create individual governing boards for the system’s universities — allowing the board to focus solely on the 27 technical colleges and 13 community colleges in the system — goes forward. -Kellie Woodhouse, Inside HigherEd, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

University of Hawaii president David Lassner is asking the State Legislature to provide $3.56 million in supplemental funding to the school’s athletic programs this session. Just 24 of 230 Division I athletic programs met the NCAA’s self-sufficiency benchmarks in 2014, according to a USA Today survey. Athletic director David Matlin has said UH has $5.2 million in “unique” costs due to its geography and other factors. – Ferd Lewis, Star Advertiser. Read More.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Athletics Director Milton Overton, Jr., announced Monday the appointment of Elliott Charles as Deputy Director of Athletics. Charles, who comes from the University of South Florida (USF), where he had been Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance since May of 2014, will essentially serve as second in command to AD Milton Overton, and will help run the day to day business of the athletics department, placing an initial focus on compliance and academics. Overton said of Charles: “Elliott brings a wealth of college and pro sports experience to the FAMU Athletics administration.  Elliott’s NCAA Legislative knowledge, business acumen and ability to execute complex strategies are key skills  in our  effort to build a Comprehensive Championship Department of Athletics.”

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Department of Athletics is seeking a Director of Social Media. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Athletic Director. The mission of the OSU Department of Athletics is to provide opportunity to young people and develop leaders through a tradition of academic and athletic achievement in a progressive, inclusive environment of mutual respect. Apply here.

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

New head coach Mark Elder announced the addition of three assistant coaches on Tuesday. Terry Heffernan will serve as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach.Heffernan comes to EKU after spending two seasons with the Detroit Lions in the National Football League (NFL). Walter Stewart is the new defensive line coach.Stewart was a defensive lineman at the University of Cincinnati for head coach Butch Jones. Tommy Zagorski will coach tight ends and offensive tackles. Zagorski was the assistant offensive line coach at Tennessee during the 2015 season.

GOSHEN COLLEGE
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GOSHEN COLLEGE

Stan King, longtime head coach of the Goshen College men’s tennis team, recently announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2015 season. And with King’s decision brings change. Doug Gossman, former women’s tennis head coach, will now serve as the assistant and instructor for both the men’s and women’s teams. The search for the next coach is underway, as the athletic department has formed a search committee and is currently reviewing applications. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

College men’s basketball players who are not seniors will now be able to try out for N.B.A. teams, receive a draft grade and then decide on returning to college — a stark shift from the past, when players had to declare for the draft before the N.B.A. combine and in doing so renounce future college eligibility. The Division I Council approved the change, which is effective immediately, on Wednesday at the annual N.C.A.A. convention. The men’s basketball oversight committee had recommended it. – Marc Tracy. NY Times. Read More.

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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein announced today that Director of Golf Larry Mays has been promoted to associate athletic director for external affairs. In his new role, Mays will be responsible for the coordination of all external operations of the department to ensure the optimal plan is in place to capitalize on revenue opportunities and develop both long-range and short-term plans to effectively promote Georgia Southern athletics. He will continue to raise money and create strategic initiatives to help fund the men’s and women’s golf programs and continue to serve as the sport supervisor for both programs. – Frank Sulkowski, WJCL. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE

University of Louisiana at Monroe is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance. Under the official direction of the President and the general direction of the Director of Athletics, the Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance will support and enhance the mission of the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Athletic Department. The incumbent will be the primary educator, overseer, enforcer, and interpreter of conference and NCAA regulations. The position will be responsible for developing, directing, supervising, evaluating, and overseeing all aspects of Athletics compliance, including strategic planning, policy implementation, comprehensive rules education and monitoring systems, interpretations, waivers, investigations, and self-reporting of violations. Apply here

OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY
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OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY

Ohio Dominican University, a NCAA Division II member, is seeking qualified candidates for its Head Football Coaching position. This position is a full-time appointment that reports directly to the Athletic Director. The head football coach will direct the development, organization and management of all phases of the football program. Head Coaching or top assistant at the collegiate level is required. Head coach must exhibit clear and effective communication skills both orally and written. Must have experience in player development, recruiting, budget management and fundraising. Must have supervisory experience and an awareness and knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations. Apply here


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