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December 6, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina made it official Sunday, announcing that Will Muschamp has agreed to become the Gamecocks’ next head football coach. Muschamp was one of several candidates to interview for the job this week in a search that took an odd turn Saturday. Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne tweeted that his coach, Rich Rodriguez, had not committed to a South Carolina offer and would remain the Wildcats’ coach. An introductory news conference for Muschamp is planned for Monday, a source said. University of South Carolina trustees scheduled a 9 a.m. meeting Monday with a lone agenda item, Athletics Employment Contract. School trustees are required to approve all contracts over $250,000.- ESPN- Read More

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY
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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY

The McCarthey Athletic Center at Gonzaga University could soon see a new addition to its facilities. The university has plans to take their program to the next level with a new type of arena and training facilities. Gonzaga’s Athletic Director Mike Roth said the new Student Athlete Center would be located just south of the Martin Center, next to the McCarthey Athletic Center. The center will house a student athlete academic support center, and will include a hall of fame center honoring Gonzaga’s past.-Matt Vergara, KREM.comRead More

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Cheryl Holt, who has served as Austin Peay State University’s assistant athletics director since 2003 after a long and successful APSU volleyball coaching career, has been elevated to Associate Athletics Director. Holt came to APSU in 1982 and served as volleyball coach for the next 23 years. In 1997, when Dave Loos was named as Athletics Director, he asked Holt to serve as the program’s Senior Woman Administrator. After retiring as volleyball coach after the 2004 season, Holt was named Assistant Athletics Director by Loos. –clarksvilleonline.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

The search committee to find the next head volleyball coach at the University of Colorado has been formed, athletic director Rick George announced on Friday. CU Senior Associate Athletic Director Ceal Barry will chair the committee. She will be joined by associate athletic director/business development Lance Carl, associate athletic director/chief marketing officer Matt Biggers, CU athletics human resources liaison Tracy Tripp, assistant manager of recruitment and senior HR consultant Andy Horwitz and Joe Jupille, the CU-Boulder Faculty Chair of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. The committee will find a candidate who can position the Buffs to compete for and win championships. Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson’s football team assured its fans of a pizza party for the ages on Sunday by notching an offensive performance for the ages on Saturday night in a 45-37 victory against North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game. Pizza’s fine, but the victory also assured the Tigers of a berth in the College Football Playoff, likely securing the No. 1 seed for Coach Dabo Swinney’s top-ranked and undefeated team. The Tigers defeated their third Top 10 opponent of the season in front of an ACC Championship Game record crowd of 74,514 that was awash in orange. -Scott Keepfer, greenvilleonline.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Fans of the Houston Cougars were delighted Saturday afternoon when their team won the American Athletic Conference championship with a 24-13 victory over Temple. The Cougars will play in a major bowl, either the Peach or Fiesta. Fans wanted to party on the field, but many were thwarted by security guards. In this case, they were thwarted, as in tackled or pushed off the field by security workers. Houston played host to the Owls. After viewing several videos that surfaced after the game, Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek issued a statement via social media Saturday night, threatening to fire the security contractors and/or take legal action. – StatesmanRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

North Texas announced former North Carolina offensive coordinator Seth Littrell will be their new head coach Saturday. After coming over from Indiana in 2014, Littrell and the Tar Heels went 6–7, earning a bowl game against Rutgers. This Saturday, he will coach in North Carolina’s first ACC title game, against Clemson. He started his career as an assistant at Texas Tech from 2005–08, before taking over as Arizona’s offensive coordinator from 2009–11 and moving to Indiana for two seasons. –Sports IllustratedRead More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Dino Babers will take over as the head coach at Syracuse, the school announced Saturday. The announcement, which has been expected, comes on the day after Babers led Bowling Green to a 34-14 victory against Northern Illinois to claim the Mid-American Conference championship. Babers, who will become Syracuse’s first African-American head coach, replaces for Scott Shafer, who was fired Nov. 23. The Orange were 4-8 this season.-USA TODAY SportsRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

A federal judge on Friday granted class-action status to a pair of lawsuits challenging the NCAA’s current limits on the compensation athletes can receive while playing college sports. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s action sets the stage for the advance of cases filed on behalf of Football Bowl Subdivision football players and Division I men’s and women’s basketball players against the NCAA and 11 major conferences. Wilken is the same judge who handled the O’Bannon lawsuit and found that the NCAA’s limits on what major-college football and men’s basketball players can receive for playing sports “unreasonably restrain trade” in violation of antitrust laws. -Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports- Read More

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Friday afternoon, Montana State University President Dr. Waded Cruzado, Director of Athletics Peter Fields and Montana State University welcomed Jeff Choate as the 32nd head football coach at MSU. Choate played football at Montana-Western in Dillon, graduating from that school in 1993 (BS, Secondary Education). His coaching career began with the Bulldogs in 1991-93 before he began a high school career coaching career in Idaho. He became head football and track coach at Challis High School (1994-96), was an assistant football, wrestling and baseball coach at Twin Falls High School (1996-97), and was Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Post Falls High School (1997-2002). Read More

RUTGERS
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RUTGERS

Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash is set to become the next Rutgers football coach, two university officials said. The hire is pending formal approval from the school’s Board of Governors, which is set to meet at noon Monday, according to posted public notice.  Ash, who is replacing Kyle Flood, has coached against Rutgers each of the last three seasons – twice under Urban Meyer in the Big Ten and once under Bret Bielema in his previous post as defensive coordinator at Arkansas. -Ryan Dunleavy, app.com- Read More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

The College Football Playoff will feature four conference champions for the second consecutive year, as Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma will play for the national championship. There was little drama Sunday for the playoff selection committee, which announced its choices after deliberating throughout the weekend in Grapevine, Texas. Clemson, the ACC champion and only remaining unbeaten team in the FBS, retained the No. 1 spot in the committee’s rankings after beating North Carolina on Saturday night. The Tigers, seeking their first national title since 1981, will face No. 4 Oklahoma, the Big 12 champion, on Dec. 31 in a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Alabama, which won its second consecutive SEC championship Saturday against Florida, finished No. 2 in the committee’s final rankings. The Crimson Tide will face No. 3 Michigan State on Dec. 31 in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. -Adam Rittenberg, ESPN, Read More

December 4, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Virginia has hired BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, replacing Mike London, who resigned after six seasons. Mendenhall, 49, has been the head coach of the Cougars since 2005, had has led the school to a 99-42 record and the school and to 10 straight bowl games and two conference titles. -Jerry Ratcliffe, The Daily Progress, Read More

 

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee has joined a growing list of leading organizations by identifying and selecting AudienceView as their official ticketing and fan engagement solutions provider. The broad partnership will provide the University of Tennessee Department of Athletics (Tennessee Athletics) and Knoxville Tickets with AudienceView’s fully integrated, highly-configurable and web-based solution – a robust platform with core facilities in ticketing and e-commerce, fundraising and donor management, marketing, content management, analytics and customer relationship management. AudienceView’s entire solution is real-time and designed to provide business thought leaders with the tools required to streamline operations, adjust for market dynamics, generate incremental revenues, and deliver exceptional customer experiences. Working with the University of Tennessee, AudienceView will create single comprehensive views of fans, customers, and donors while helping grow the community of passionate Volunteers supporters. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Houston coach Tom Herman signed a new five-year contract Friday that pays him approximately $2.8 million annually and includes another $200,000 for his staff, according to a source. Houston later confirmed the contract extension in a release Friday morning. Under the terms of the new contract, Herman’s original buyout of $2.25 million gets extended a year to Feb. 28, 2019. The buyout is $2.5 million prior to Feb. 28, 2017. However, the $2.5 million buyout gets reduced by 25% if a planned $20 million indoor facility project is not approved by Houston’s board of regents by Sept. 1, 2016. The $2.25 million buyout gets reduced by 50% if construction of the indoor practice facility isn’t at or near completion by Dec. 1, 2017, and reduced by 75% if the facility isn’t at or near completion by Dec. 1, 2018. -Thayer Evans, Sports Illustrated, Read More

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

At the start of the new academic year, Kent State University revamped its approach to the all-around experience for its student-athletes, with the launching of The Gold Standard. With the goal of ensuring that each student reaches the Gold Standard mentally, socially, personally and professionally, the program provides resources in all aspects of student-athlete welfare.  While developing themselves as champions in both athletics and academics, Golden Flashes will be preparing for a successful future. “We want each and every one of our student-athletes to realize and reach their full potential,” Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services, Angie Hull said.  “We’ve had an effective system in place for a long time, but we want to take it to the next level when it comes to the total person.” The Gold Standard’s investment in student-athletes includes tutoring, mentoring, academic counseling, career exploration and preparation, leadership training and community service.  It integrates various campus and community groups for hands-on experience. –Read More

DAVIS & ELKINS COLLEGE
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DAVIS & ELKINS COLLEGE

Frank Olszewski, a veteran NCAA Division I Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Towson and United States Soccer Federation national staff member, has been named Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Davis & Elkins College effective January 1. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the Men’s Soccer Program at Davis & Elkins College. I am thankful to President Buck Smith and Director of Athletics, Jamie Joss for showing faith in me to lead a program with such a rich history,” Olszewski said. “The enthusiasm and philosophy of the President and his wife Joni, for Davis and Elkins, the vision of Jamie Joss to move Athletics in a forward direction within the fabric of the College’s mission, the optimism of the Coaching Staff, and the wonderful support from the alumni and friends of the program, convinced me how special D&E is.” Olszewski replaces Greg Myers who retires after finishing his fourth coaching stint at D&E this season.  Myers guided the Senators to a 7-8-1 overall mark winning four of the last five games and fell 6-5 on PKs in a 1-1 draw in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship Semifinals. –Read More

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

East Carolina University Director of Athletics Jeff Compher announced Friday that head football coach Ruffin McNeill has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately. Since the Pirates accepted membership in the American Athletic Conference in 2014, ECU has posted an 8-8 league mark, which includes a recent 3-5 ledger and fifth-place East Division finish this fall. During its inaugural year in the AAC, East Carolina was 5-3 and stood fourth behind Cincinnati, Memphis and UCF. McNeill recently completed his sixth year heading the Pirate program following East Carolina’s 19-16 loss to Cincinnati last Saturday that wrapped up a 5-7 regular season finish. He compiled an overall record of 42-34 (.553) and captured one bowl victory at ECU.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Former Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, formally introduced Thursday morning as Maryland’s head coach, will not coach in Michigan’s upcoming bowl game. It has unclear who will be Michigan’s defensive coordinator for the bowl game, which will be revealed Sunday. “I said to the players earlier today when we had a team meeting, I am an all-in type of guy,” Durkin said at the news conference. “If I’m here, I’m here, so I think splitting between would have been hard for me to do.” – Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

The University of Maine hopes to make short work of its search for a head football coach. Toward that end, a search committee made up mostly of UMaine athletics administrators is well on its way to finding the right person to replace Jack Cosgrove, who last week stepped down from the position after 23 seasons. The committee was provided with a list of 25-30 candidates from whom a coach is expected to be chosen. “We need a coach that wants to be the coach here,” said director of athletics Karlton Creech. “It’s really about fit and that person’s skill set and motivation to be successful at the University of Maine.” Creech has brought together a search committee that includes Cosgrove, UMaine’s new associate AD, along with senior associate AD Lynn Coutts, associate director of athletic development Seth Woodcock, associate AD for internal operations Will Biberstein, UMaine football faculty representative Jim Settele, and assistant director of human resources Willow Sherwood. “I want our senior leadership team here to take responsibility for what we’re doing,” Creech said. The goal is to have a new head coach on board before the semester break in December. -Pete Warner, Bangor Daily News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

New Maryland football coach D.J. Durkin will make $12.5 million over the next five years if he fulfills his contract with the university. Durkin’s deal equates to about $2.5 million annually and includes a one-time rollover for a sixth year worth $2.65 million if he remains at the school for a full calendar year. It’s a hefty raise from the $500,000 deal he signed at Michigan last offseason. Throughout the coaching search, money wasn’t thought to be a major issue for Maryland, which is in better shape financially than when it hired Randy Edsall in 2011 thanks to increased revenues from its move to the Big Ten. Edsall made close to $2.1 million annually while in College Park. -Josh Stirn, Inside MD Sports, Read More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

A Mississippi State administrator is receiving national recognition for his role as the university’s faculty athletic academic counselor. For the past decade, professor Steven C. Turner, head of the university’s agricultural economics department, has served as adviser to MSU’s president and athletic director on policy decisions relating to intercollegiate athletics. He also is responsible for evaluating the academic credentials of student-athletes. Turner is among 12 recently named a 2015 Faculty Athletics Representative Honoree by the National Football Foundation, in partnership with Fidelity Investments, a Boston, Massachusetts-based financial services company. The annual recognition acknowledges the critical role of faculty in supporting the interests of student-athletes, who also were recognized. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Scott Frost promised to bring exciting football to UCF and fans have responded. UCF officials say they’ve taken at least 1,000 deposits for 2016 football season tickets in the past 48 hours since the 40-year-old Oregon offensive coordinator was named as the Knights’ new coach. “The excitement surrounding the hiring of Coach Frost has been palpable and the reaction with our fan base has been immediate,” said Matt DiFebo, UCF’s chief revenue officer. “Our fans and the UCF community are ready to invest in this program and they are responding. Since the hiring announcement on Tuesday we have already secured over a thousand season tickets through renewals and new season tickets.” Several fans expressed their excitement about the coaching hire to new athletics director Danny White on Twitter, pledging to increase their donor support or renew season tickets. -Shannon Green, Orlando Sentinel, Read More

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
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NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Nova Southeastern University, an NCAA Division II member of the Sunshine State Conference, is accepting applications for the position of Head Men’s Soccer Coach. This 12 month, full-time position will manage all areas of the Men’s Soccer program including: coaching, player development, scheduling, personnel supervision, budget management, NCAA/SSC rules and policies compliance, NSU athletic department policies and procedures adherence, successful recruiting, retention and team academic achievement. The Head Men’s Soccer Coach will identify, evaluate, and recruit prospective student-athletes for success at NSU, both athletically and academically. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

The student fees that help fund University of Florida athletic programs haven’t increased for 23 years and that trend will hold for at least another year. The University Athletic Association sought to increase the $1.90-per-credit hour fee in place since 1992 to $2.90, but the request did not make it past the UF fee committee. But UF President Kent Fuchs had Athletic Director Jeremy Foley present the proposal to the Board of Trustees Thursday because Fuchs said he expects to revisit it next year. Foley said the current student athletic fee generates $2.44 million for the UAA’s $112 million annual budget and the increase would have pushed that to about $3.64 million, or a little more than 3 percent of the total budget. Foley said a fee increase would help take pressure off ticket sales and booster donations as revenue sources. He said it would also close a bit of the gap between UF and other schools, but added that some universities are “running their athletic programs on the backs of their students” and he wants to avoid that. -Christopher Curry, The Gainesville Sun, Read More

TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Michael Haywood will be the new coach at Texas Southern after agreeing to a four-year contract on Thursday. He replaces Darrell Asberry, who stepped down on Sunday after Texas Southern went 3-7. Haywood most recently was the coach at Miami of Ohio. He was hired to coach Pittsburgh in December 2010, but was fired three weeks later when he was charged with domestic battery with a child present. The charges were eventually dropped. “I apologized for this terrible mistake that I made,” Haywood told the television station. “It was wrong what I did. I have learned from this situation. It has gone through the legal situation and I have been cleared. I am thankful that I am able to continue my coaching career.” He has worked in private business for the last five years. He doesn’t believe his time away from coaching will hurt him. –Associated Press, Read More

December 3, 2015

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The potential deal to fire Les Miles as LSU’s football coach began to fall through early last week as the school’s president started to intervene even as negotiations between LSU and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher were ongoing, multiple sources have told The Advocate. The university began leaning toward keeping Miles as early as the Wednesday before LSU’s win over Texas A&M last Saturday, and a final decision was announced to some LSU Board of Supervisors members during a meeting at halftime of the game. Intermediaries from LSU and intermediaries for Fisher were in discussions as late as last week about the former Tigers assistant coach replacing Miles, but those talks curtailed late in the week. Ultimately, the overwhelming monetary figure to secure both deals concerned the school’s president and others at a time when the state and school are experiencing budget struggles. Also, the LSU Board of Supervisors was split on the decision to part ways with Miles, and the outpouring of support for the quirky 62-year-old coach — who has the second-winningest record in program history — factored in as well. – Ross Dellenger and Elizabeth Crisp, The Advocate, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The Missouri Tigers have hired defensive coordinator Barry Odom as their new head coach, the school announced Thursday. He was only Missouri’s defensive coordinator for one season, but played linebacker for the Tigers in the late 1990s and was on the coaching staff under Gary Pinkel from 2003-2008. The move is not a surprise, as Odom has been one of the front runners for the job since Gary Pinkel announced he was retiring. Odom was also linked with the Memphis job, where he served as an assistant and defensive coordinator from 2009-2014. The Tigers will reportedly hire Arizona State OC Mike Norvell. – Peter Berkes, SB NationRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

The University of Memphis has hired a head football coach to replace Justin Fuente. Mike Norvell will be the Tigers new head coach. The hire was first reported by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated. Norvell is 34-years-old and was working as the offensive coordinator at Arizona State University. The Sun Devils rank 23rd in total offense and 40th in scoring offense during the 2015 football season. –myfoxmemphis.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

Richmond Athletics has named Scott Day as its new Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, effective December 14, 2015. Day brings extensive experience and a unique perspective to the Spiders, following nine years across town at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to leading the communications team on a daily basis, Day will be the primary athletic public relations contact for the Spider football team. He succeeds Bob Black, who held the position for the past 10-and-a-half years, during which time the public relations department enjoyed unprecedented growth in staffing and technology. Read More


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