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August 24, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA LINCOLN

The Official Hot Dog of Husker Nation is now made in the Land of Lincoln — Illinois, that is. The 95,000 red-hued, Fairbury-brand hot dogs that Husker football fans will eat this fall at Memorial Stadium will for the first time be stuffed and smoked at a plant in Lansing, Illinois, a city south of Chicago on the Indiana border. But the company now making the wieners — Munster, Indiana-based Land O’Frost — said it’s using the same recipe, and that the hot dogs will be just what dyed-in-the-meat Husker fans expect when the season kicks off Sept. 5 in Lincoln against BYU. Janell Hall, Director of Concessions Operations for the Huskers, said she hopes fans will embrace the now-made-in-Illinois meat. – Barbara Soderlin, Omaha.com, Read More

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

North Dakota State University was not so transparent when former women’s Athletic Director Lynn Dorn was suspended for two weeks without pay in March 2012. At the time, the university refused to describe the incident or release records that did so. Even after Dorn left NDSU in March of this year, the university has refused to reveal what happened to spur her suspension three years ago. NDSU officials have cited a federal law in redacting public records of key details of the harassment alleged by a male student. The redacted documents don’t specify what Dorn was accused of saying or doing. The Forum News Service earlier this year requested the Dorn incident report and investigation notes following her March retirement. The NDSU incident report contained almost no information. – Grace Lyden, Grand Forks Herald, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

A little rain couldn’t keep UF students and President Kent Fuchs away from The Swamp on Sunday as the university got ready for the Fall football season. Before the second annual Rally in the Swamp, Fuchs took selfies with students and decided to commemorate the event with a selfie of his own. The budding UF tradition gets students ready for football season by teaching them the gameday traditions. Fuchs and football Coach Jim McElwain spoke to get students excited for the first game of the season Sept. 5 against New Mexico State. – Caitlin Ostroff, Alligator, Read More

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY

The Southern Arkansas athletic department has announced that tickets for the upcoming 2015 football season are on sale now. SAU athletics will also once again be providing Mulerider fans the option to get more bang for their buck by purchasing a season-long All-Sports Pass* for the 2015-16 athletic year. All-Sports Passes are only available for general admission seating. 2015-16 All-Sports Passes will allow Mulerider fans the opportunity to attend all home football, basketball, and baseball games for one low-discounted rate. Single-game tickets can also be purchased throughout the year during the specific sport’s season.

NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Northern State University and Sanford Health announced a significant long-term partnership last week.
The health care provider is making a $2 million donation that should be a big boost to all NSU athletic programs. That’s a big chunk of change for the Wolves as they try and compete with some of the better-funded schools in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. – Scott Waltman, Aberdeen News, Read More

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

Xavier University announced the opening of the Kevin and Georgette Crawford Student-Athlete Academic Center at the Cintas Center. School officials said the new 8,000-square foot academic center allows Xavier to give all of its nearly 300 student-athletes convenient access to academic resources in the same building as the training room and weight room facilities. – Ben Petracco, WLWT5, Read More

MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY

Morehead State University has announced the hiring of Nick Evans as its new Athletic Media Relations Director. Evans will oversee and lead all athletic publicity efforts, while managing the media relations office, and video production of “Eagle Vision.” A Louisville native, Evans worked for the Louisville Bats, the triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, for nine seasons, and served as the Director of Media and Public Relations. Evans will be the primary contact for men’s basketball, volleyball, softball, and men’s and women’s golf, while also assisting with the university’s other Division I intercollegiate athletic programs. A graduate of Bellarmine University (Louisville,), he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in communications.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State University is looking for a Director, Ticket Sales and Service. The Director, Ticket Sales and Service under general direction, performs oversight functions by planning, organizing, supervising and directing the day-to-day sales and service operations for Sun Devil Athletics, including but not limited to ticketing, premium and service for all 23 varsity sports. Apply Here

August 21, 2015

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Major news out of Waco today, as allegations have surfaced that Coach Briles did know indeed know about former student-athlete Sam Ukwuachu’s history of violence when he enrolled at Baylor. Briles said he spoke with  then Boise coach Chris Petersen personally but was not informed of any past violent incident before accepting Ukwuachu’s transfer to Baylor in 2013. On Thursday, Ukwuachu was found guilty of sexually assaulting a then-Baylor soccer player in October 2013. But on Friday, Peterson told ESPN reporters that he had informed Baylor’s coach about Ukwachu’s past. – Max Olson and Mark Schlabach, ESPN read more here

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

This Big Ten university has hired a consulting firm that specializes in risk management. The firm, which is led by former Big XII Commissioner Dan Beebe will advise the athletic department on ways to prevent, identify and appropriately respond to misconduct. The university will pay $50,000 over eleven months for the firms services. A decision to  hire the risk management team comes after separate allegations of misconduct by coaches towards student-athletes. – Johnathan Hettinger, The News-Gazette, read more

UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE

University of Evansville is looking for a Director of Business Operations, Athletics. The Director of Business Operations, Athletics responsibilities include but are not limited to: Maintaining a real-time budgetary tool, which is reflective of what has processed in the University accounting system as well as any requests / payments submitted for payment, but not yet reflected in the University system. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE

University of Evansville is looking for a Director of Revenue Development, Athletics. The Director of Revenue Development would work directly under the Senior Associate AD for Development & External Operations (also indirectly reporting to the Athletic Director) to increase revenue from sponsorships and ticket sales. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA RENO

The Wolf Pack athletic department will build a new multi-million dollar outdoor tennis facility that is expected to be completed for this season. The new tennis facility, which will be funded by private donations, has been a long-desired upgrade. The project is estimated at $2.3 million, according to a university release on new construction on campus. The new facility will go on the old Bishop Manogue property, which currently houses the softball complex as well as the Wolf Pack’s track and field practice facility. Construction will begin later this month and it should be completed by the end of the year in time for spring competitions, giving the Wolf Pack the opportunity to host matches on campus for the first time since the early 1990s.-Chris Murray, RGJ, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville on Friday announced three-year series with Indiana in men’s basketball and football after what Athletic Director Tom Jurich called “an 18-year process.” The men’s hoops series will begin in 2016, with a Dec. 31 game in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where the seats will be “equally divided” between fan bases, the announcement said. The teams will play in Louisville in 2017 and Bloomington in 2018, with both games set for early December. In football, the series between the two schools will start in 2023 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In 2024, Louisville will host Indiana on Sept. 7. U of L will play at Indiana on Sept. 6, 2025. -Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY

The University at Albany, is searching for a qualified individual to fill the role of Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing. Reporting to the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs, the responsibilities include but are not limited to: assist with corporate sponsorship sales; promotion of athletic facility usage sales including stadium/arena/track & field venue/and other revenue generating ideas; brainstorming and implementation of promotions and game theme nights; assist in designing flyers, brochures, e-blasts and video board content; distribute printed material (posters, schedule cards, flyers); create group sales and sponsorship opportunity within in-game promotions inventory; promote single-game and season ticket sales campaigns. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

The University of Memphis has teamed with participating area Kroger stores to sell $5 football tickets for the Tigers’ season opener in support of the “Million Meals Challenge.” Memphis opens the 2015 season against Missouri State on Sept. 5. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The University’s athletic department will donate $1 from each ticket sold at the Guest Services desks of area Kroger stores for this special charitable event. If all 10,000 tickets that have been allocated to Kroger are sold, proceeds will result in 80,000 meals for needy families. Tickets for the Missouri State game will be on sale at Kroger stores throughout the Memphis area beginning Saturday, Aug. 22 through Sept. 5 while they last. – My Fox Memphis, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA KEARNEY

The race is on, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney is off and running. More than $1.5 million in improvements to the athletic department’s facilities have wrapped up or are going full swing, and more are on the drawing board. This summer’s big-ticket items include the installation of the chair-back seats at the Health and Sports Center and the reconstruction of the retaining wall at Cope Stadium. Removal of the bleachers on the lower bowl of the Health and Sports Center took place in June with the new seats scheduled for installation before the opening of volleyball season. New television screens in the concourse and an expanded concession area will add to the fans’ experience. -Buck Mahoney, Kearney Hub, Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

As West Virginia continues work on the initial stages of a $45 million upgrade to Milan Puskar Stadium, there will be several changes to the fan experience this season, Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations April Messerly said. The east side of the stadium is currently undergoing construction to relocate utilities to gain a jumpstart on the offseason construction taking pace in the concourse. The restroom count will double, with 50 percent more concession points of sale. Once the renovations are completed on both sides, again by the start of the 2017 season, the walkways around the stadium will not be clogged with busses or vehicular traffic taking those with disabilities into the west side access points, as there will be access points toward the south ends.

WIDENER UNIVERSITY

Widener University’s Office of Athletics is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Sports Information Director. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment with the responsibilities to oversee and direct athletic communications for 20 varsity intercollegiate sports, and manage a graduate assistant position. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY

Lori Friel, ODU’s Director of Academic Advising is leaving to become an Assistant Athletic Director at the University of Albany in New York. She was wooed away by former ODU fundraiser Mark Benson, now the Athletic Director there. She came to ODU in 2011 after spending three years at Nevada, six at Ohio and then 11 at UNLV. The new position at Albany will provide with her a promotion and a raise. Athletic director Wood Selig said that ODU hopes to hire her replacement soon, and as a part of the process, he is considering how to restructure academic advising for all sports. Friel will delay her move to Albany until late September in order to give ODU a chance to replace her before she departs. – Hampton Roads, Read More

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

Student athletes from Northern Arizona University and Louie the Lumberjack led cheers helped announce the university’s partnership with Flagstaff Unified School District’s Fit Kids program. Fit Kids began in 2012 as a partnership between Flagstaff Medical Center and FUSD, and has since grown to include schools throughout northern Arizona. Each school has a Fit Kids coordinator who organizes physical activities throughout the day and before school, as well as a class period during the day for physical activity. Todd Wyard, the Associate Athletics Director at NAU, said the goal of the new partnership was to inspire students and be a positive influence for the kids. Wyard said NAU is focusing on being a better community member, and officials decided to work with elementary schools on a more consistent basis. The partnership focuses on fitness, academics and good citizenship, Wyard said. -Corina Vanek, AZ Daily Sun, Read More

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Stephanie Ingalls was named an Academic Coordinator within the Utah State Athletics Department, it was announced Wednesday by Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Athlete Services Dr. Brian Evans. Ingalls officially began her duties at USU on Monday, Aug. 10. In her position, Ingalls, who replaced Bill Irwin, will serve as the academic coordinator for USU’s football team. Ingalls comes to Utah State after spending the past five years at Wyoming. She served as the learning specialist/academic coordinator for the football team and spirit squad for one year. Ingalls earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Wyoming in 2010. – Wade Denniston, Deseret News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The costs of making sure its athletes are treated right are piling up at the University of Illinois. After hiring two Chicago law firms to conduct summer investigations of alleged mistreatment by women’s basketball and football coaches — and one of the world’s largest PR firms to assist with crisis management — the UI’s athletic department has struck a deal with a fourth agency to help it deal with the aftermath. The latest outside firm to sign a contract — for $50,000 worth of “risk management services” — is the Kansas City-based Dan Beebe Group, led by Beebe, the former commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. – Johnathan Hettinger, The News-Gazette, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

The University of Houston in Houston, TX is currently seeking a Director of Video Production for  Athletics department to be responsible for the direction and production of multimedia content that connects University of Houston student-athletes, coaches and administrators to its external constituents. Apply Here

PLATTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY NEW YORK

Dr. Merritt Spear, Director of Sports Medicine and member of the Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame, received the New York State Athletic Trainers Association Kent Scribner Recognition Award at the July NYSATA annual meeting in New York City. The Kent Scribner Recognition Award is an executive counsel-nominated award to those individuals or groups deserving of recognition for acts, promotion, support of and/or service that positively reflects the goals and mission of the association and athletic training within New York state. Spear, who has been with the college since 1976 when he was director of student health services, is also the recipient of the 2006 David G. Moyer Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers Athletics is set to move forward on the construction of the Fred Hill Training Complex, Director of Athletics Julie Hermann announced late Thursday. Named after Hall of Fame coach Fred Hill, the indoor facility will serve the needs of the RU baseball and softball programs. An official groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the site Oct. 24, the morning of the Rutgers football game versus Ohio State. The $3.3 million project – all privately raised – is expected to be located in the parking lot currently situated between Bainton Field and the RU Softball Complex.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

The difference between what the University of Cincinnati could cover under an athletic scholarship and what it reported as the actual cost of attending the school used to be a problem for Bearcats coaches. Now, it’s a problem for Bearcats athletics administrators. According to data the school provided to the NCAA over five recent years, even as their tuition, room, board and books were being paid for, Cincinnati’s athletes faced an average of nearly $5,000 a year in costs such as transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses — well above the amounts faced by athletes at other schools. Cincinnati is providing a group of its athletes amounts ranging from $5,504 to $7,018, depending on factors including their academic programs and whether they are living on campus or off, senior Associate Athletics Director Maggie McKinley said. -Steve Berkowitz and Andrew Kreighbaum, USA TODAY, Read More

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Charleston Southern University is seeking a Chief Compliance Officer for the department of athletics. The position could be Associate or Assistant AD depending on experience and other duties could possibly be added. Apply Here

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Montana State University Foundation is looking for a Director of Development, Athletics. The Director of Development at the Montana State University Alumni Foundation (“Alumni Foundation”) is responsible for securing financial gifts from individuals, private foundations, and other philanthropic entities to benefit Montana State University (“MSU”). Apply Here

August 20, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

The University of North Florida Ospreys will swoop into the spotlight with their new state of the art Nevco four-sided, center-hung, video display at UNF Arena. The new Nevco video scoring solution will replace a Fair Play four-sided scoreboard and will feature four sides of 6mm LED Video with over 345,000 pixels per side and two mesmerizing 10mm LED video rings, adding another 300,000 pixels. Another addition to UNF Arena for the upcoming season will be the Courtside Cool Zone presented by Waychoff’s Air Conditioning, a row of 44 courtside seats located alongside and behind the new digital scorer’s table. Seat holders will enjoy custom designer seats by Spec Seats, along with in-game hospitality service. Construction and installation for the new video scoreboard and scorer’s table is expected to be completed and ready for use at an interactive basketball fan day and “Select Your Seat” season ticket holder event scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25.


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