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May 11, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

At least one Nebraska resident would like to see the Huskers put an end to their long-standing tradition of releasing balloons into the air after the team’s first touchdown. Randall S. Krause, of Omaha, filed a lawsuit against the university on Monday over the tradition, saying the red balloons pose a threat to both young children and wildlife after they fall back to Earth. In the 14-page complaint, he also alleged the 50-plus year tradition basically amounts to “the open dumping of solid waste,” which violates environmental laws. -Josh Moyer, ESPNRead More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Analytics are widespread in today’s world of professional sports, with franchises using data-driven decision making to guide everything from building a roster to setting ticket prices. And for the first time, students will be able to get a degree in this rapidly growing field. Syracuse University’s Falk College will announce Wednesday the launch of the first ever sports analytics bachelor’s degree in the United States. Beginning in August 2017, courses will be offered to all undergraduates who want to intersect the disciplines of math, statistics and computer programming with their love of sport. As soon as this August, sports management students will be able to switch over their majors to sports analytics. -Alex Reimer, forbes.comRead More  

NCAA
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NCAA

Nearly 300 NCAA college athletes who attended the annual NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum April 7-10 in Phoenix. Athletics administrators at schools and conference offices nominated the young leaders, with a representation from all three NCAA divisions and various sports and majors. The forum was a collaboration between two NCAA national office staff groups: governance and leadership development. The curriculum identified differing leadership qualities and strategies, and also provided instruction in how to evaluate the differences and similarities across all sports, campuses and cultures. Read More.

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Montana State head alpine coach Kevin Francis has been appointed to the NCAA Skiing Committee. Francis’ term will start Sept. 1, 2016 and run through August 31, 2020. Francis, who just completed his third season at Montana State and led the Bobcats to a fourth place showing at the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships, was recently named the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate and National Collegiate Ski Coaches Association Alpine Coach of the Year. Read More.

MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY
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MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY

Minot State University Associate Athletic Director Chad McNally announced Tuesday he is resigning his position at the university to pursue private business ventures. McNally, a former standout football player who graduated from MSU with a degree in Math Education in 1993, has been a part of the athletic department as Associate AD for Development and as Beaver Booster Executive Director for the past 12 years. Read More.

SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE
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SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE

Saint Michael’s College seeks a Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. Applications are invited for the position of Head Coach of Women’s Volleyball. Saint Michael’s College is an NCA Division II institution (Northeast-10 Conference), and sponsors 21 varsity sports. Apply here.

EARLHAM COLLEGE
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EARLHAM COLLEGE

Earlham College is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach in the Department of Athletics. This is a full-time, 10-month administrative faculty appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a full benefit package. Apply here.

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
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DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Dominican University of California Director of Athletics Amy Henkelman announced that Sarah Byrne has stepped down as head softball coach, effective June 30. Byrne and her family plan to relocate back to Southern California, where she grew up. Byrne joined Dominican in 2011 as the program’s assistant coach and was promoted to head coach in October 2012. Read More.

COKER COLLEGE
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COKER COLLEGE

Coker College interim head women’s lacrosse coach Chelsea Kent announced her resignation today after three years at Coker. Kent joined the Coker staff as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach in 2013. In the summer of 2014 she was promoted to interim head coach. During her two-year span as the leader of the Cobras, Kent compiled a record of 17-15 and guided Coker to the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship semifinals in 2015. Read More.

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY
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MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY

The Muskingum University Sports Information Department is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Assistant Sports Information Director. The successful candidate will report directly to the Sports Information Director and serve as a primary media contact for Muskingum’s 21 varsity sports. email [email protected]

ECKERD COLLEGE
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ECKERD COLLEGE

After an extensive search, the Eckerd College athletics department has officially appointed Ian Cameron as its new head coach of the men’s soccer program. Cameron, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, becomes the 10th head coach in the 42-year history of the Eckerd men’s soccer program replacing Cristian Neagu, who resigned last month. Cameron joins the Tritons after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Mercer (Ga.) University, a member of the Southern Conference and a former member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN

University of New Haven Associate Vice President, Director of Athletics and Recreation Deborah Chin announced the hiring of Wendy McManus as the department’s Associate Director of Athletics for NCAA Compliance and Student Welfare on Wednesday. McManus comes to New Haven after serving in a similar role at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Prior to Northwestern Oklahoma, McManus served as the head volleyball coach at Texas A&M International University, guiding the Dustdevils to the best record in program history, 24-5 in 2006. Read More.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

South Dakota State is finalizing the first multi-year contracts it has ever been able to offer to its coaches. The South Dakota Board of Regents changed a longstanding statewide policy banning multi-year contracts for state employees earlier this year, and the Jackrabbits are closing in on 3-year deals for football coach John Stiegelmeier, women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnston and new men’s basketball coach TJ Otzelberger. Athletic director Justin Sell will also receive a 3-year contract, the limit allowed under the board’s new standards. – Matt Zimmer, Argus Leader. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The Ohio State University seeks an Assistant Athletic Director – Compliance. This position works in conjunction with the compliance staff to implement NCAA, Big Ten and The Ohio State University regulations. This position will work exclusively with the football program in a fast-paced creative and collaborative team environment where change is embraced and innovation is encouraged. Apply here.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE

SIUE seeks a Head Baseball Coach. This position is responsible for the organization and administration of the baseball program. The successful candidate will develop effective and positive communication with the students, faculty, alumni, and community. Contact Katie Zingg at [email protected]

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
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BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

The Bearcats announced that Scott Nelson would not return for the 2016-17 school year. Nelson went 24-45 in five seasons at Binghamton. He was America East Co-Coach of the Year in 2014, when the Bearcats finished 7-8 and 4-1 in the conference. Nelson previously coached at Marist, where he was the 2011 MAAC Coach of the Year. He also spent six seasons at Brown and 15 seasons at Division III Nazareth, where he won NCAA championships in 1992, 1996 and 1997. – Lax Magazine. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

Former Texas State head coach Michael Akers, who lead the Bobcats to six NCAA Regional appearances, has been named the North Texas women’s golf head coach, Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal announced Tuesday. Akers just finished his 10th season at Texas State, and has led the Bobcats to six NCAA Tournament appearances, including three-straight trips from 2012-14. He has coached three conference championships (two Southland, one Sun Belt) and earned three at-large bids for the first time in Texas State history. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger did some homework before he spoke Tuesday on a Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics panel about allowing college players to be paid.”The goal is to be fair,” Kruger said. “Maybe we start at 2 percent or 5 percent of the student-athletes and how do we help them find their value given that the majority of student-athletes have a pretty fair deal?” Kruger, who made $2.85 million this year, said he can understand the arguments made that athletes are exploited or undervalued. – Jon Solomon, CBSSports. Read More.

FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY
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FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY

The process of reinstating the men’s wrestling program at Fresno State took a monumental step forward on Tuesday as Bulldog Director of Athletics Jim Bartko announced the hiring of Troy Steiner to become the head wrestling coach. Steiner, who has spent the past 10 years at Oregon State, including the last four in the role of associate head coach, has been selected by Bartko to restore the wrestling program at Fresno State and recapture the passionate wrestling community in California’s Central Valley. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico Athletics Department and Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs met with the Board of Regents Tuesday to request approval to have sales of beer and wine at events at University Stadium and WisePies Arena.  The request, if approved, would allow for sales of beer and wine in the main stadium bowl starting this Fall with the 2016 UNM football season. Overall, over 40 schools currently have such sales, with nearly 30 of those doing so in on-campus stadiums. Additionally, the NCAA has announced that it will sell alcohol to the public for the first time at the national championships for baseball and softball this June. –Read More

RHODES COLLEGE
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RHODES COLLEGE

Rhodes College invites applications and nominations for the Head Women’s Soccer Coach with outstanding leadership skills who can recruit, mentor, motivate and teach student-athletes. Guided by the Rhodes Vision, the head women’s soccer coach should build a sense of community and enthusiasm around the women’s soccer program by engaging the student body, alumni, parents and fans. Strong relational skills with internal and external constituents are critical. This position coordinates all phases of women’s intercollegiate soccer program and responsible for a secondary duty as assigned by Director of Athletics. Other duties include participating in development and fundraising activities with various constituents and/or other duties as assigned by the Athletic Director. This position requires flexibility to travel and work weekends and evenings when necessary. This is a full-time 10 month position. Apply here

DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY

Dixie State University Director of Athletics Dr. Jason Boothe announced Tuesday that JD Gustin has been hired as the new head women’s basketball coach. Gustin replaced Jenny Thigpin, who resigned as head coach in March. Gustin recently concluded his first season as an assistant coach at Weber State, where he helped lead the Wildcats to a 23-12 record and a runner-up finish in the 2016 Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament. –Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Georgia State University would have to cut the amount of student fees and tuition that fund its athletic programs by about $700,000, according to a new policy adopted by the state’s Board of Regents on Tuesday. The Regents set limits on the amount of money from student fees and tuition that can go toward athletic programs at the state’s public colleges and universities. The cap will be between 65 percent and 85 percent of the athletic budget at most schools, depending on each school’s athletic association. The goal is for Georgia colleges to seek money for sports through fundraising and other revenue sources beyond what students pay. The new rules also cap growth in athletics expenses at 5 percent a year. Georgia State is one of six schools — along with Armstrong State, Middle Georgia State, East Georgia State, Gordon State and Atlanta Metropolitan State colleges — that is over the subsidy cap, and must cut its reliance on student funding. Almost 68 percent of Georgia State’s athletics budget was subsidized last year, almost 3 percentage points higher than the 65 percent cap now set. -Janel Davis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

University of Maryland seeks Assistant Director of Sports Nutrition. The Assistant Director of Sports Nutrition will support the Director of Sports Nutrition with all nutrition services provided to University of Maryland student-athletes. The Assistant Director of Sports Nutrition will be primarily responsible for providing nutrition education, counseling, and support to football student-athletes, coaches, and staff as well as Olympic Sports programs as determined by the Director. S/he will be responsible for all nutritional aspects for these individuals, team meal planning and medical nutrition therapy utilizing the latest scientific evidence and practical sports nutrition recommendations. S/he will coordinate all nutritional care as a member of a multidisciplinary sports performance team; as well as manage fuel stations, collaborating with food service vendors and developing nutritional presentations and perform other duties as assigned. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

If anyone indeed owns Charlie Strong’s now-famous #Letsride catchphrase, the Texas coach appears to have a solid claim himself. In a statement, Texas athletic director Mike Perrin struck a cautious tone. “When we become aware of trademark, branding, endorsement or similar matters, we go through a process,” Perrin said. “We gather information and background to determine what action is appropriate on our part. Sometime we continue to monitor the matter to see where it goes — sometime we take no action. What path we choose is based on the circumstances we see.” Strong’s #Letsride catchphrase has become one of the program’s signatures. Every time the Longhorns land a new recruit, he tweets out a short comment that usually ends with #Letsride. -Brian Davis, Hook Em, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Coming off the program’s first losing season since 2007, Shawn Eichorst made it clear he views the Huskers as on the attack. After last season’s bitter regular-season defeat to Iowa that dropped the Huskers to 5-7, Eichorst and Riley spent the two weeks before bowl prep conversing often. “Every single day we talked about, ‘How are we going to make our program better? From A to Z,’” said Eichorst, after being introduced by NU Regent Tim Clare. “When we got back from the bowl game, we did the same thing. ‘How can we make our program from A to Z better?’” -Brent Wasenius, Fremont Tribune, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino has spent twice as much on private jet travel as his contract allows since arriving at Minnesota — doubling his budget in his first season, and tripling it his second season — according to an internal university audit obtained Tuesday by the Star Tribune. In fiscal years 2014 and 2015, Pitino topped $100,000 and $150,000 in jet travel, far exceeding the annual $50,000 budget for recruiting trips and “university business” in his contract. The audit found Pitino to have spent $325,000 in three years as of February, compared to a budgeted $150,000 for that time. “Contract limitations are not appropriately monitored,” the report concluded. The report, prepared by the university’s Office of Internal Audit, came as the regents prepared for this week’s board meeting, where they are planning to discuss increased oversight of the Athletics Department. Goetz and Pitino were not made available for interviews. -Joe Christensen and Amelia Rayno, Star Tribune, Read More

May 10, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Michigan coaches will hold a camp for football prospects in Australia in June, ProKick Australia announced Tuesday. All of Michigan’s position coaches are expected to attend. It is still uncertain if head coach Jim Harbaugh will make the trip. The camp will take place on June 3. Not only will the players receive instruction as they attempt transitioning to football careers, Michigan coaches will be able to get a first-hand look at potential prospects. The announcement comes after Michigan was firmly in the middle of the NCAA’s spring drama over satellite camps. Harbaugh angered many coaches, namely those in the SEC, by scheduling spring practice in Florida and by aggressively coaching at satellite camps around the country. –Sports Illustrated, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

Sylvia Hatchell doesn’t deny it nor does she dispute it, the perception that her women’s basketball program at North Carolina has been made into a scapegoat – the fall guy – amid a long-running NCAA investigation that has appeared to place her program in the crosshairs. That perception has existed for more than a year, ever since the NCAA Enforcement Staff targeted Jan Boxill, the former UNC women’s basketball team’s academic counselor, in its original Notice of Allegations (NOA). And now that perception has only grown amid the arrival of an amended NOA. The new NOA that UNC received April 25 represented good news for the men’s basketball and football programs, which aren’t mentioned at all amid the five Level 1 allegations the NCAA has levied against UNC. It was bad news, though, for Hatchell and women’s basketball, which appears most at risk to endure significant sanctions. -Andrew Carter, News & Observer, Read More

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

While time demands are a concern among many in attendance at this week’s ACC spring meetings, finding a perfect balance between academics and athletics still remains a challenge. A point notably demonstrated by a recent NCAA survey of 50,000 coaches, athletic administrators and students on what changes they would prefer to see in regards to time demands. While there was a consensus on some points there were differing opinions on others. -Brendan Sonnone and Matt Murschel, Orlando SentinelRead More


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