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December 2, 2015

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

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
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PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics’ first #GivingTuesday initiative was a rousing success, with community engagement and contributions for student-athletes from early in the morning until late Tuesday night. Created in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, which includes holiday and end-of-year giving. Preliminary totals show that Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics staff and Nittany Lion supporters contributed 305 gifts to exceed the goal of 300 to help create conditions for success for Penn State’s 800 student-athletes and 31 varsity programs. More than $150,000 was contributed for student-athlete scholarships and other areas of critical student support, including the Morgan Academic Center, athletic training and nutritional needs. Read More

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Colorado State University’s department of athletics today announced a long-term partnership with Under Armour (NYSE:UA), extending its current agreement with the global performance brand to be the exclusive outfitter for CSU’s athletics programs through 2021. As part of the new long-term agreement, Under Armour will continue to exclusively design and supply the gameday uniforms, as well as footwear, apparel and training equipment for each of Colorado State’s 16 men’s and women’s varsity athletics teams beginning in the 2016-17 school year. It will include alternate gameday uniforms that UA will supply for the Rams’ football program, expanding upon the special “Orange Out” uniforms UA has supplied for the annual Ag Day game. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin will be Maryland’s new football coach, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hire has not been announced. Durkin first emerged publicly as a candidate last week, but Maryland subsequently talked to several other candidates including former San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Maryland quarterback Frank Reich and Mark Richt, who was fired at Georgia on Sunday. -Dan Wolken, USA TodayRead More

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones and Director of Athletics Tim McMurray announced today that Head Coach Colby Carthel has signed a three-year contract that keeps him at the helm of the Lions football program through the 2018 season, with opportunities in the agreement to extend it through 2020. “In my short time with Lion Athletics, it is apparent to me that Coach Carthel is the right person to lead our football program – now and moving forward,” McMurray said. “I have had the privilege to engage directly with Coach Carthel and align on both philosophy and detailed vision. Our student-athletes are not only coached well, but they are also mentored and cared for in an exceptional manner.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
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UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

Jordan Strack of WTOL 11 is reporting that Jason Candle will likely be the new head football coach at the University of Toledo. Candle has been on staff with the Rockets for seven seasons. He’s spent the last four years as the offensive coordinator. Candle takes over for Matt Campbell who left to take the same job at Iowa State late last week. -Jordan Strack, WTOL 11Read More

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State wasted no time with its Phase II renovation of Sun Devil Stadium. The field is already gone. Excavators and bulldozers are tearing down bleachers. With the Cactus Bowl being played at Chase Field, the door was open for ASU to get started right after the Arizona game. And that is basically what happened. ASU’s $256 million renovation is set to be completed for the 2017 season. -Andrew Joseph, Arizona Republic, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

A Memphis City Council committee approved a resolution Tuesday to allocate $4.8 million to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for nearly 5,000 premium seats with backs. The upgrade would reduce capacity at the 50-year-old stadium from 59,308 to 57,898 — a loss of 1,410 seats — but enhance the facility’s attractiveness, according to an athletic department official from the University of Memphis, the stadium’s chief tenant, and Fred Jones, founder of the Southern Heritage Classic. The full council will vote on the resolution in two weeks. The resolution states the money would be reimbursed to the city by the tenants under terms to be decided. “It’s important to put these seats into the stadium,” said Ryan Alpert, an assistant athletic director at the U of M who attended Tuesday’s executive session. “We are OK with the loss in seating capacity to add premium seating.” – Phil Stukenborg, The Commercial Appeal, Read More

FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY
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FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY

Fresno State did not perform well on the field or at the box office this football season, which has the athletic department facing an $800,000 deficit due to poor season and single-game ticket sales. The average attendance at the Bulldogs’ six home games was 29,036, only the second time since 1985 it fell below 30,000. The average was just 25,818 for the final three home games after a loss to Utah State dropped the Bulldogs’ record to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in Mountain West play. “We have to fill Bulldog Stadium. We have to make sure fans are excited. We have to make sure we’re competing for championships and do the right thing. If the fans aren’t passionate, if they don’t care, then we’re in trouble. When they care, we have a chance.” Bartko said the deficit will not impact the timetable to hire coaches for a wrestling program making a comeback after it was cut in 2006 due to budget limitations or a new women’s water polo program, or plans for an $80 million renovation of an aging Bulldog Stadium that were outlined in June. -Robert Kuwada, The Fresno BeeRead More

CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO
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CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO

Retired Raytheon Company Chairman William H. (Bill) Swanson and his wife, Cheryl, have donated more than $10 million to the Cal Poly golf program — the largest single gift in the history of Cal Poly athletics and among the largest ever cash donations to a collegiate golf program in the U.S. The Swansons’ historic gift will provide essential, competitive support for Cal Poly’s men’s and women’s golf programs and position them to compete for Big West and national championships. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

No need for Illinois to put together a search committee for its next athletic director. The answer is right there in the school’s football media guide. On page 175: Richard George, 1978-81, DB, Collinsville. Yeah, yeah, I know Rick George took himself out of the running on Nov. 19, saying he was staying at Colorado. And many believed him. What else could he say? When your boss asks “Are you thinking about a new job?” you have to say “No.” Until it becomes “Yes.” I’m hearing that George is still in play as the next athletic director. From people who would know. The recent decision by the school to name Bill Cubit as head coach won’t be a detriment if it wants to pursue George. George has strong backing from powerful Illinois boosters, who see him as an answer for a messy athletic program. He would add instant credibility to a school that is desperate for it. Hiring George would be a sign from the administration that it actually understands the importance of the athletic program. -Bob Asmussen, The News-Gazette, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

University of Wyoming athletics remains a priority for Gov. Matt Mead, even as the state faces an estimated $618 million revenue shortfall through June 30, 2018. On Tuesday afternoon, Mead revealed his budget proposal for the 2016-18 biennium. He recommended $8 million in matching funds toward UW athletics. UW requested $10 million for athletics over the biennium, which would have continued the current per-year match of $5 million. The match began in the 2014-15 fiscal year, when it paid 50 cents for every dollar raised by UW’s athletics booster organization, the Cowboy Joe Club, up to $1 million. In March, Mead signed into law an additional $4 million per year toward UW athletics — as part of his supplemental budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year — in order to create a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5 million. -Ryan Holmgren, Casper Star TribuneRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said his administration would not consider artificial turf following another season in which the field was an issue throughout the latter part of the season. “We’re not alone in that battle of taking care of practice and game fields,” Hart said during a press conference on Tuesday. The Shields-Watkins field became an issue during the South Carolina and North Texas games to the point where it was reported by network broadcasts and ridiculed on social media. The field seemed to be mostly sand with little grass that would sometimes come up in chunks. The field has been the subject of much scrutiny by the media. -Dave Hooker, SEC CountryRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

An Indiana teen who inspired the world with her courageous cancer battle, will be honored with the 2016 NCAA Inspiration Award. Lauren Hill will posthumously receive the honor, along with another former student athlete. Mount St. Joseph University announced the news Tuesday that Hill and O.J. Brigance will be honored at the NCAA Honors Celebration in January. Lauren Hill attended Mount St. Joseph and played on the women’s basketball team. Hill passed away in April of 2015 after publicly fighting an inoperable brain tumor. –abc22now.comRead More

December 1, 2015

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

There are four teams in line right now to play for the Playoff. But really, there are five, if you count the definite play-in game. No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 Michigan State will meet on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship, with the winner locking up a spot. This means the group in need of mayhem starts at No. 6, where it’s Ohio State and then Stanford. There’s not much opportunity for that mayhem, as a loss by No. 1 Clemson to No. 10 North Carolina could just mean the high-scoring, one-loss Tar Heels taking a place. Oklahoma’s schedule is already done, since the Big 12 doesn’t have to worry about a title game. -Jason Kirk and Pete Volk, SB NationRead More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Barring a last-minute snag in negotiations, Alabama’s Kirby Smart will become Georgia’s new football coach. An announcement could come as soon as Sunday or Monday. Smart, 39, is the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator. He worked at Alabama for the last nine years, helping it win three national championships. The No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide will face Florida in the SEC Championship game on Saturday. It won’t be until after Smart fulfills his duties in that game that an announcement could be made, persons familiar with the negotiation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smart will bring in his own staff but is expected to retain defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.  What other coaches he brings is not immediately known but it will be of his choosing. -Chip Towers, DawgNationRead More

FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
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FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

The NCAA is investigating finance-related violations tied to the Fayetteville State University women’s basketball team. The university self-reported the violations, according to a statement released Monday evening. Filtering e-mailed media inquiries, the university tells ABC11 that the violations involve two ineligible student-athletes who are no longer on the Lady Broncos team. Those two players received some sort of financial benefits that raised a red flag for FSU several weeks ago, launching an internal investigation before officials took the information to the NCAA. -Nicole Carr,  abc11.comRead More

MILLSAPS COLLEGE
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MILLSAPS COLLEGE

Millsaps College is seeking Director of Athletics and Recreation. The Director of Athletics and Recreation provides administrative direction and oversight for all NCAA intercollegiate athletics staff, programs, facilities, and activities. The Director is responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal agencies, athletic governing organizations’ requirements, and college athletics regulations. The Director represents the college at meetings of these organizations, including the NCAA Convention and the Southern Athletics Association (SAA) meetings. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
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UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

The University of Hartford Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the launching of the Hawk Nation Club, the new fundraising arm for Hartford Athletics. The Hawk Nation Club will encompass donations to all intercollegiate athletics teams at the University in addition to unrestricted gifts to the Fly High Fund. “The formation of the Hawk Nation Club is an important step for our department going forward,” Director of Athletics Anton Goff said.  Hartford Athletics is deeply committed to preparing its student-athletes to become champions in the classroom, in the community, and in competition.  Read More

TUSCULUM COLLEGE
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TUSCULUM COLLEGE

After 18 seasons, Frankie DeBusk is no longer the head football coach at Tusculum College announced interim athletic director Doug Jones. In his 18 years guiding the Tusculum football program, the Pioneers had a 96-100 overall record, including this year’s 4-7 campaign as TC finished seventh in the South Atlantic Conference with a 2-5 league mark. During his tenure at the Greeneville, Tennessee school, he led Tusculum to a pair of SAC Championships in 2003 and 2008. The 2008 squad also advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in program history. In that season, he was named the Conference and Region Coach of the Year. From 2007-2015 DeBusk also served the dual role as athletic director, a post he stepped down from this past August. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Mitch Barnhart shares fan frustration with the way Kentucky’s football season ended. That was the general theme of a wide-ranging, 30-minute interview with the Herald-Leader on Tuesday afternoon. But the UK athletic director said he is behind third-year football coach Mark Stoops 100 percent. “We all wanted to be in postseason play, that didn’t happen,” Barnhart said after UK’s season likely ended at 5-7 in a 38-24 loss to Louisville. “Clearly everyone’s got some skin in the game in terms of accountability. We want to make sure we address those pieces and how we get better. Everyone’s frustrated.” When asked if there would be staff changes in the football program, Barnhart said he leaves those decisions up to his head coaches, instead acting as an adviser. -Jennifer Smith, Lexington-Herald Leader, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades has been in Denver this week conducting interviews for the school’s vacant football coaching job, sources told Yahoo Sports. Among the candidates in the region Rhoades is believed to have interviewed: Air Force coach Troy Calhoun; Utah State coach Matt Wells; and Colorado State coach Mike Bobo. But a fourth candidate from outside the Rocky Mountain area is meeting with Rhoades in Denver on Tuesday, according to sources: California coach Sonny Dykes. -Pat Forde, Yahoo, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

University of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said Tuesday he is in discussions with football coach Butch Jones on a contract extension and potential raise.  In December 2014, Jones received a contract extension through 2020 at a salary of $3.6 million per year. “Tennessee is the place I want to be,” Jones said. “I’m a big believer in loyalty. Right now, Tennessee is where I’m extremely happy. This is home to me, and this is home to my family.” -Mark Bergin, WBIR, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Florida Gators leading receiver Demarcus Robinson was suspended for Saturday’s 27-2 loss to No. 13 Florida State, and now the team’s seniors will decide whether he can return for this week’s SEC championship game. “I’m going to visit with the seniors. They’ll determine which direction we’ll go,” coach Jim McElwain said, according to the Gainesville Sun. Saturday’s game marked the fourth time Robinson has been suspended while with the Gators. Asked why the seniors would decide Robinson’s fate, McElwain said: “Look, he made a choice, OK. He made a choice,” McElwain said. “You know what, our family needs to make this decision, and those guys are the leaders of our family.” –ESPN, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Jimbo Fisher is not leaving Florida State for Georgia. Period. Just so all the nonsensical message board and talk radio rumor-mongering would end, I asked Fisher on our Open Mike radio show to confirm that he’s staying at FSU and isn’t taking the Georgia job. “You’re exactly right,” Fisher said. “I’m staying right here at Florida State.” Of course he is. It’s like I wrote a few days ago when Fisher was supposedly going to take an LSU job that wasn’t even open; why would he go to LSU or Georgia when he already has a better job at Florida State? “There is no doubt I do (have one of the best jobs in America),” Fisher told me Tuesday. “This is a tremendous place. The Florida State people have been wonderful. This is a great place to live, a great place to coach; we’ve got great players, great tradition and great history. This is a tremendous job and a heckuva place. I love it here. -Mike Bianchi, Orlando SentinelRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska will play in a bowl with a 5-7 record if invited to one, but coach Mike Riley and his assistants won’t receive bowl bonuses. Senior associate athletic director David Witty confirmed Monday night that athletic director Shawn Eichorst met with Riley and decided not to pay bowl bonuses outlined in the coaches’ contracts. The Omaha World-Herald first reported the decision. Riley’s contract calls for him to be paid a $150,000 bonus if in a bowl outside the College Football Playoff. Including assistants, Nebraska would have paid $435,000 in bonuses. Nebraska is first in line among 5-7 teams to fill bowl slots once all teams 6-6 and better have been selected. Witty said contract wording might be tweaked in the future to cover going to a bowl with a losing record. –Associated PressRead More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Will Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder return next year? Will he retire at the end of this season? The potential answers to those questions have been the subject of much debate among K-State football fans, but Snyder said Monday he is in no hurry to make a decision. “I’ve put those things off until the end of the season so that I truly can stay focused,” Snyder said on the Big 12 teleconference. “That is very time consuming to make those kind of decisions. Snyder, 76, is nearing the end of his 24th season as K-State’s coach. He has a record of 192-100-1. He will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at a ceremony next week in New York. He was elected to the hall in January. He briefly retired after the 2005 season, but returned after a three-year hiatus. He has coached the Wildcats to 55 victories since 2009. -Kellis Robinett, The Wichita EagleRead More


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