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December 3, 2015

JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

Jacksonville University will not be renewing the contract of head football coach Kerwin Bell, Chief Athletics Officer Dr. Donnie Horner announced today. “We have great respect for Coach Bell and thank him for his contributions to the football program. Obviously, he has taken us to a very high level during his nine years here and for that we are very appreciative,’’ Horner said. “Coach Bell has indicated a strong desire to see the program go to a full scholarship model and we are 100 percent committed to playing FCS non-scholarship football in the Pioneer Football League for the foreseeable future. We wish Coach Bell the best in his future endeavors.’’ –News4Jax, Read More

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

North Dakota State University athletic director Matt Larsen today announced the hiring of Colin Bailey as director of event operations, a new full-time position that will oversee facility maintenance, scheduling, event planning and game day operations. Bailey comes to NDSU after serving as the branch manager for Landmark Event Services at the University of Arkansas, where he oversaw game day operations for Razorback football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer and special events. –Read More

RUTGERS
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RUTGERS

Rutgers University has hired a high-profile search firm to help find its next football coach, school officials said. Eastman & Beaudine, an executive search firm based in Texas, has started the  search for candidates to replace Kyle Flood, who was fired Sunday. The company will be paid $75,000, plus expenses, said E.J. Miranda, a Rutgers spokesman. -Kelly Heyboer, NJ.com, Read More

BIG XII CONFERENCE
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BIG XII CONFERENCE

The Big 12 sent a cease and desist letter to ESPN regarding the network’s use of video showing Baylor and TCU football players in a Star Wars commercial, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby confirmed to CBS Sports. Prior to the Baylor-TCU game on Nov. 27, ESPN aired a Star Wars-themed introduction that featured clips from the upcoming movie spliced with highlights of Baylor and TCU football players in action. The end of the 30-second commercial showed the date when the movie opens in theaters and encouraged viewers to purchase tickets. “We were surprised and unhappy,” Bowlsby said. Baylor and TCU spokesmen said their schools had no knowledge or involvement in the ESPN piece. The eligibility of the players won’t be impacted since they were unaware, Bowlsby said. ESPN said the following in a statement: “After the Big 12 brought this to our attention, we worked closely with them to resolve the situation.” NCAA rules prohibit college athletes from being paid for use of their name, image or likeness — an issue that continues to be challenged in federal court through the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit. Athletes are not allowed to endorse any commercial product or service, either expressed or implied. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Mark Richt will be introduced as Miami’s new coach on Friday morning. The university announced Thursday that it will introduce its new football coach on Friday. Miami did not say who the coach is, but a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Richt and the Hurricanes had agreed in principle on a deal that will bring him back to his alma mater. -Associated Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Former University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richthas made the decision that he will not coach the Bulldogs in their upcoming bowl game. He informed the team Thursday afternoon. UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity has named assistant head coach Bryan McClendon, who also coaches wide receivers, as the interim head coach. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, as well as all other assistant coaches, will remain in their present roles with current responsibilities. –Read More

NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Northeast Community College announced the latest addition to an evolving list of athletic programs at a Thursday morning press conference at the College Welcome Center. And according to college officials, the evolution may not be complete. The Hawks will sport a women’s soccer program starting next fall, and both Dr. Michael Chipps, college president, and Jake Ripple, athletic director, suggested that more sports may be added as part of a long-term plan for Northeast. “As the athletic director here, it’s very exciting for me to grow as an athletic program and I think that we provide more opportunities to have a quality NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) program moving forward,” Ripple said. Thursday’s announcement comes one year after Northeast started a men’s soccer and women’s softball program, and three years after it reinstated women’s volleyball and men’s golf following the discontinuation of them a decade earlier. Prior to that, the Hawks only had men’s and women’s basketball. -Nick Benes, Norfolk Daily News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Kirby Smart will stay at Alabama through the College Football Playoff process before heading to Georgia to become the Bulldogs’ coach, Alabama color analyst Phil Savage told CBS Sports on Thursday. Savage cited “two people close to the program” as sources. Savage is also executive director of the Senior Bowl and former Cleveland Browns general manager. He made the same assertion regarding Smart’s future Thursday while appearing on SiriusXM College Sports Radio. Smart, Alabama’s defensive coordinator, has been widely reported to be the next coach at Georgia. No formal announcement has come from the Bulldogs, and an Alabama spokesman declined comment citing that fact. -Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Jim Hanauer, formerly the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation’s director of development for annual giving, has been named assistant athletics director for digital strategy and analytics for Ole Miss Athletics. In his current role, Hanauer is responsible for enhancing the digital strategy of Ole Miss Athletics using data & analytics to expand the reach of the department & increase revenues. “Growing our brand digitally is one of the most important initiatives for our department as our fans continue to embrace technology at such a rapid pace,” said Michael Thompson, Ole Miss Senior Associate A.D. for Communications and Marketing. “Furthermore, the analytics we are able to glean from digital, and even non-digital, is astounding, and I’m excited that Jim is able to leverage both of these for Ole Miss Athletics.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), in agreement with Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports (TTS), will bring the 2016 NPF Championship Series to Rhoads Stadium in 2016. The four-team tournament will start Friday, Aug. 19 with the best-of-three championship series beginning on Sunday, Aug. 21. The NPF previously played its championship in nearby Hoover, Ala., at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium over the past two seasons. The event was scheduled to take place in Hoover again in 2016 but, due to scheduling conflicts the requested dates were unavailable. –Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s appeal of his nine-game suspension was upheld by the NCAA Infraction Appeals Committee on Wednesday. The appeal committee did rule that it can begin immediately, limiting the number of ACC games that Boeheim will miss. The NCAA announced the decision in a public report on the organization’s website. The decision came relatively shortly after the school’s appeal was ruled on. Boeheim’s suspension was the longest ever given to a college basketball coach when it was handed down by the NCAA in March. The suspension occurring during conference play was also unprecedented, a reason that part was overturned. Kevin Quinn, Syracuse’s Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, wrote in a statement that, “The Appeals Committee determined that the NCAA Committee on Infractions ‘abused its discretion’ by directing the suspension be served during conference play, because Coach Boeheim was not directly involved in the underlying violations of the case. The Appeals Committee determined the nine-game suspension may apply to non-conference games and be served immediately. The University is pleased the Appeals Committee recognized that the initial sanction imposed on Coach Boeheim was too harsh. -Chris Carlson, syracuse.com, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

ESPN’s Jay Bilas share his thoughts and gives seven “common scene” reasons that he believes student-athletes should be paid. –Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

LSU President F. King Alexander says several factors played into the university’s decision to keep football coach Les Miles—a process that dragged out for more than two weeks last month, generating endless speculation in sportscasts and blogs and criticism from the national sports media. Alexander confirms reports that the final decision on Miles’ future did not come until after a halftime meeting during the Nov. 29 game against Texas A&M, though he says the decision had “pretty much been made” a few days earlier. Among those in the halftime meeting were Alexander, Athletic Director Joe Alleva, and several members of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Alexander acknowledges that concerns over the exorbitant cost of buying out Miles’ contract—$15 million plus an additional $2 million for his coaching staff—and hiring a new coach factored heavily into the decision, though he says money was not the only determinant.  No university funds would have been used to buy out Miles’ contract. However, Alexander, who has been a tireless advocate of increased state support for higher education, says many in the general public—and even the Legislature—fail to understand that distinction. -Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business ReportRead More

 

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NCAA

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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH

Former University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller — along with two other former coaches and five current or former student-athletes — filed a Title IX complaint this week against UMD. Filed with the federal Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the complaint outlines more than 50 allegations of gender discrimination and asks for an investigation. The allegations include disparities in funding for travel, meals, recruiting, equipment and scholarships between men’s and women’s teams. “The claim is that UMD is in many ways denying equal athletic opportunities to female students when compared to males,” said Dan Siegel, an attorney who represents Miller, former softball coach Jennifer Banford and former women’s basketball coach Annette Wiles. -Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune, Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

After nearly 25 years at WSFA 12 News, Sports Director Jeff Shearer is resigning to take a job in the Athletics Department at Auburn University. Jeff will be heading to the Plains to work as a Communications Specialist for the Auburn University Athletic Department. -Hunter Robinson, WSFA, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

A spot in a New Year’s Six bowl isn’t the only thing on the line Saturday. University of Houston coach Tom Herman and his assistant coaches can earn nearly $1.2 million in salary increases and bonuses for winning the American Athletic Conference championship, according to a review of employment contracts by the Chronicle. In his first season, Herman already has earned $92,500 in incentive bonuses – for winning 11 games in the regular season, reaching the AAC title game, regular-season ranking and being named AAC co-coach of the year – on top of his $1.35 million salary. –Houston Chronicle, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

It’s been a whirlwind start for first year UH Athletic Director David Matlin. When it comes to preserving the future of the UH athletic department – Matlin says the time is now. That effort needs to make up for a 4.2 million dollar deficit this year. Matlin says the five year plan of attack has four prongs: Increasing Legislative Support to the tune of 5-and-a half million dollars, Athletic Initiatives by $4.7 million, UH donors by $2.3 million and a hike in Student Fees from 50-dollars a semester to 100 bucks, that will provide a $1.7 million. A fledgling fan base at Warrior home games is a direct contributor to the departments woes. Since 2007, Hawaii’s attendance has nose dived from 43,515 to 23,433 per game. This year, UH expects to bring in about $2.9 million dollars in ticket revenue, about half of the $5.8 it produced in 2007. Matlin says A popular cry by the public is NOT on the table — the removal of the football program. “Without the football program, it nets positive money when you add it all up. So if you lose it, your deficit is bigger.” When the Warriors kick their season off in Sydney against Cal next September – it’ll provide more than just a million dollar boost to their purse strings. -Mike Cherry, KITV, Read More

BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE
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BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE

Bakersfield College will be introduced to two athletic programs over the course of the next year. Sand volleyball, or beach volleyball, will make its inaugural debut for BC in spring 2016, while men’s soccer – after more than a 20-year interlude – will return next fall. “They’re the next two sports to add,” BC athletic director Sandi Taylor said on the additions of sand volleyball and men’s soccer. -Mohamed Bafakih, The Renegade RipRead More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Getting plenty of fans in attendance will be a major factor in Pitt’s desired bowl destination, athletic director Scott Barnes said Tuesday. Speaking at halftime of the Panthers’ basketball game against Purdue, Barnes cited three factors that go into having a positive bowl trip: student-athlete experience, quality of opponent and travel. He said the first two likely will be taken care of in any of the “Tier One” slots, leaving fan access as the variable. Barnes said Pitt won’t have total control over where Pat Narduzzi and the football team land — that will ultimately be up to the ACC and, to a greater extent, the bowls themselves — but “it’s good to have a dialogue.” The Panthers will find out their destination Sunday after conference championship games have been played. Pitt likely will land in one of the ACC’s “Tier One” bowls: The Music City, TaxSlayer, Belk, Pinstripe or Sun bowl, but Barnes said the Panthers could drop to a “Tier Two” bowl if Notre Dame and/or Florida State fall out of the New Year’s Six rotation and into the ACC’s bowl lineup. -Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Forbes has compiled a list of the 25 most powerful women in sports. The women on the list represent a true minority in a business dominated by men. While some progress has been made over the last two decades, the glass ceiling for women may be lower in sports than any other industry. Five women from the world of college athletics were named to the list. Those women include:

Val Ackerman–Big East Commissioner

Sandy Barbour–Penn State Athletic Director

Condoleezza Rice–College Football Playoff Committee member

Lydia Murphy-Stephans–President, PAC-12 Network

Deborah Yow–North Carolina State Athletic Director

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TENNESSEE TECH
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TENNESSEE TECH

Former Vanderbilt coach Watson Brown, who spent the last nine seasons at Tennessee Tech, retired as a college football coach on Wednesday. Tech athletics director Mark Wilson said Brown’s retirement was effective immediately and named assistant head coach Dewayne Alexander as acting head coach. Wilson said he would immediately begin searching for a replacement for Brown. -Mike Organ, The Tennessean, Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST

Once the consolidation of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central is complete, there will be a new nickname and athletics mascot for the emerging Purdue University Northwest.  The Purdue Northwest athletic teams will be known as the Pride. The mascot will be a bold image of a lion. The lion mascot emerged through extensive brand research that included discussions and focus groups with hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni. Read More

UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY
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UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY

Upper Iowa University is seeking Head Women’s Soccer Coach. The Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Upper Iowa University is responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating all aspects and facets of a successful Women’s Soccer program on the NCAA Division II level. Duties include, but not limited to: recruitment of highly skilled and academically qualified student-athletes, monitor academic progress and eligibility, and effectively analyze and teach the fundamentals skills and strategies of the sport. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE
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UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE

The University of Dubuque, an NCAA Division III institution and a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is accepting applications for a Graduate Assistant position Track & Field with an emphasis on the jumping events (including pole vault). Responsibilities include assisting the head coach with the entire administration and daily operations of the intercollegiate track & field and cross country programs, including but not limited to: team communication, meet hosting, coaching, supervising strength training sessions, video analysis meetings, recruiting within event group and/or designated geographical area, assisting with camps and clinics, equipment management, and student-athlete study tables. Apply here

December 2, 2015

NCAA
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NCAA

The city of Birmingham received about $1 million from the massive $20.8 billion dollar 2010 BP oil spill settlement. According to the Wall Street Journal, one out of every five of those dollars will be used to support this year’s Birmingham Bowl. On Tuesday, Birmingham’s city council approved a $200,000 allocation to the exhibition college football game, buttressing the $300,000 the city is already devoting to the game. City council president Jonathan Austin said the payment is required because the Birmingham Bowl has now hit two years running without a title sponsor. -Zach Barnett, NBC SportsRead More

MOUNT IDA COLLEGE
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MOUNT IDA COLLEGE

Mount Ida College Athletics Department is currently seeking applications for a Head Athletic Trainer to lead and manage all aspects of the sports medicine services for the Mount Ida College Athletic Department. In particular, the Head Athletic Trainer will provide services to all varsity student-athletes including, but not limited to evaluation, diagnosis, management, treatment, rehabilitation and intervention of injuries and illness. This position will work closely with all members of the athletic department staff, the College’s health center, the designated team physician and affiliated medical providers, and supervise two full-time Assistant Athletic Trainers and one full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach.  Apply here

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Eastern Michigan University Director of Sports Performance Ron McKeefery has been selected the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year the association announced Tuesday, Dec. 1. McKeefery, who is in his second year as a member of the EMU athletics department, will be presented with the award at the annual NSCA Coaches Conference, Jan. 7-9, 2016, at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas.  The award is the second national recognition for the Kansas City, Mo. native as he was previously selected the 2008 Under Armour Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. McKeefery was nominated by his peers with the various applications that were submitted reviewed by a committee made up of volunteers from the NSCA membership. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Mark Richt will be Miami’s next coach, sources confirmed to ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach on Wednesday. Georgia announced Sunday that Richt would not return as its football coach. Richt, who coached there for 15 years, will lead the Bulldogs in their bowl game following a 9-3 finish to the regular season. Miami fired Al Golden in late October after more than four seasons coaching the Hurricanes. – ESPNRead More

RICE UNIVERSITY
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RICE UNIVERSITY

Rice announced Wednesday that its football team will accept a potential bowl bid depending on the results of this weekend’s games. “We are prepared to accept a potential bowl bid, but any final decision is pending the outcome of the games on Saturday,” athletic director Joe Karlgaard said. With this being the first year in which 5-7 teams have the opportunity to go to a bowl, it’s only prudent to see how the opportunities unfold and not make a decision today with no precedents in place.” The announcement to potentially accept a bid comes a day after Rice was cleared by the NCAA to practice in case the Owls were extended a bowl bid. Rice’s first post-regular season practices will be Wednesday through Friday. -Stephanie Kuzydym, chron.comRead More


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