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August 11, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON

Students all over the UW-Madison campus already use the photo-sharing service Snapchat — now two university institutions are joining them on the popular smartphone app. The UW Athletic Department and the UW-Madison Police Department both announced on Thursday they had joined the service, with the usernames officialbadgers and uwmadisonpolice, respectively. The athletics account has featured behind-the-scenes looks at Badger football fall camp and media day. -Nico Savidge, Wisconsin State Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

The University of Iowa on Monday instructed its fans and boosters to stop tweeting at prospective student athletes. “Hawkeye fans and boosters, please do not tweet at Hawkeye recruits,” the athletic department’s compliance office posted on its Twitter account. “Leave the recruiting to Iowa coaches! It is against National Collegiate Athletic Association rules for athletic boosters to communicate with recruits over social media. Colleges also discourage fans from using social media to persuade prospective players to join a program, as the interaction can cause confusion or be seen as having received approval from an institution. – Inside Higher Ed, Read More

LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Lubbock Christian University is proud to announce plans to expand the Athletic Department to 13 programs with the addition of men’s and women’s track and field programs beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year. Track and field will consist of indoor and outdoor programs for both men and women. LCU cross country head coach Nick Cordes will oversee the track and field teams and will begin recruiting efforts to field a men’s and women’s program to begin competition in the 2016-2017 academic term. The efforts will start by competing in running events consisting of 400 meters and longer. Leigh Cordes, who is LCU’s assistant cross country coach, will also assist Nick with the programs.


August 10, 2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY

State Sen. Tom Whatley of Auburn proposed a resolution today urging Auburn University to claim nine national championships in football. Auburn won the national title in 1957 and 2010. Whatley’s resolution, which has six Senate co-sponsors, urged Auburn to claim championships in 1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993 and 2004. Senators talked briefly about the resolution before sending it to a committee without a vote. The idea of retroactively claiming championships is not new. The Auburn athletic department had a committee study whether to claim national championships in six seasons — all of those in Whatley’s resolution except for 1958. Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced in May that the school had decided to claim only the 1957 and 2010 championships. -Mike Cason, AL.Com, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Courtney Vinson, who has served as an assistant athletic director at UCF the past four years, has been named the Associate Athletic Director for Sport Services and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Memphis. UofM Athletic Director Tom Bowen made the announcement Monday. At Memphis, Vinson will oversee the operations of the Athletics Office of Compliance, including certification, scholarships and the scholarship book process. A member of the UCF Athletic Association’s senior staff, Vinson created, developed and implemented policies and procedures to ensure institutional rules which aligned with the NCAA and American Athletic Conference regulations. Vinson earned her master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall University in 2006 where she was a compliance graduate assistant.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Athletics at Colorado State University had a $3.2 million deficit for fiscal year 2015 and are projected to have a $2.9 million deficit for 2016, campus president Tony Frank told the CSU System Board of Governors on Friday. Frank cautioned against looking too far ahead with too much certainty in making budget projections, but he also presented projections in which the program faces deficits of $2.6 million in 2017, $1.8 million in 2018 and $667,000 in 2019. Frank noted that membership in one of the power five football conferences would likely lead to more than $20 million annually from the television rights package alone, though expenses would also grow. – Rob White, Coloradoan, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

University of New Hampshire Director of Athletics Marty Scarano announced Monday that Jon Danos has been hired as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. The position oversees UNH athletics revenue generation, including ticket sales and third party multi-media rights sales, marketing and promotions, communications, television and radio contracts, licensing, merchandising and Wildcat Sport Properties. Danos, who graduated from UNH with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration in 1990, returns to Durham following 25 years in minor league baseball, and the last 12 years with Opening Day Partners, LLC (ODP)and Maryland Baseball, LLC as partner, President and COO.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY

Shorter University is looking for an Associate Athletics Director for Compliance. The Associate Athletics Director for Compliance is responsible for the overall development, implementation, and oversight of the institution’s compliance program. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA

Campus leaders at the University of Nebraska at Omaha say they made the move to NCAA Division I in athletics because the school was financially failing at Division II. So how has the change worked out financially so far? The World-Herald requested detailed budget data covering UNO’s last years at Division II and first three of its four-year transition to Division I. An analysis of those numbers and other data sources shows that while athletic finances appear more stable than in the past, Division I has brought its own financial challenges. – Henry J. Cordes, Omaha, Read More

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

William Nowadly has been hired as assistant director of Pirate Club communications at East Carolina University, according to an announcement by the department of athletics on Monday. Nowadly previously worked at Gannon University as assistant director of athletics media relations where he was the primary media contact and event manager for 11 teams. Nowadly was an athletic communications graduate assistant at Canisius College from 2011-13, where he was the primary media contact and statistician for seven teams, while handling secondary men’s basketball responsibilities. A 2007 graduate of Houghton College with a degree in communication and physical education, Nowadly earned a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius in 2013.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

The premium seating area on the east side of Bright House Networks Stadium has a title sponsor and a new name. UCF Athletics has announced a partnership with Carl Black of Orlando Monday, christening the space the Carl Black and Gold Cabana. Omar Rodriguez, Carl Black of Orlando general manager, was the driving force on the partnership. Carl Black of Orlando, an authorized dealer of Chevrolet, Buick and GMC brands, has been a major partner of UCF Athletics since 2006. Both Rodriguez and UCF officials mentioned the importance of that long-standing relationship. A limited number of Carl Black and Gold Cabana memberships are still available.

NAIA

NAIA is looking for a Director of Championships who is positive, smart, fast paced, business professional who desires to be innovative and demands an array of job responsibilities. The Director of Championships organizes and supervises a staff of eight or more championship department members and oversees the managers of our 23 national championships and 4 emerging sports events. Apply Here

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Ever since the Sun Belt Conference and the media got together back on July 20th, the speculation about the league adding a twelfth member has (once again) become a main topic of conversation. After the meetings, Commissioner Karl Benson told The Advertiser‘s Tim Buckley the league had had preliminary discussions with Coastal Carolina out of the Big South Conference and Eastern Kentucky of the Ohio Valley Conference. Last week, an eight-person group representing the Sun Belt visited CCU after visiting EKU previously.  This week the committee will make a formal visit to New Mexico State in Las Cruces.  CCU President David DeCenzo has publicly stated his school will accept a bid to join the league if an offer is extended. – Jay Walker, ESPN1420, Read More

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Louisiana Tech University is seeking candidates for Director of Football Operations. Candidate must have advanced computer skills; good communication, organization and time management skills; and have experience in arranging team travel, preseason training camp, directing summer football camps and in compliance and scholarship documents. Candidate must serve as a liaison for fields and officials and have sound written and verbal communication skills, a commitment to athletic and academic success, and a knowledge and understanding of NCAA rules and bylaws. Email: Search Committee, Louisiana Tech University [email protected]

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State has announced the appointment of Cory Chapman as assistant athletic director and general manager of Beaver Stadium and Pegula Ice Arena. Chapman will work closely with Associate Athletic Director Mark Bodenschatz in overseeing all aspects of Beaver Stadium and Pegula Ice Arena. His primary duties will include programming, maintenance, budgets, customer service and managing staff for the two facilities. From LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Chapman comes to Penn State after serving the past six years in facility operations and event management at the University of Minnesota. He begins his duties at Penn State today. Chapman brings nearly 15 years of facility management and programming experience to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Chapman graduated from Viterbo University with a degree in liberal studies and he earned a master’s degree in health and human studies from Fort Hays State University.

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

In partnership with Smart Tour Media, Creighton is pleased to unveil an athletic department wide facility virtual tour showcasing the department’s venues. Smart Tour Media, based out of Omaha offers smart tours that are mobile friendly providing dynamic and interactive 360° viewpoints, auto/manual navigation, among many other features. When viewed on a mobile device, the Creighton Smart Tour offers the user a first person point-of-view as they navigate the venues. The Creighton Smart Tour will continue to be developed into the fall as certain elements within are updated. At this time the tour features the Championship Center, The Ryan Athletic Center & D.J. Sokol Arena, The Rasmussen Fitness & Sports Center, Morrison Stadium, Kitty Gaughan Pavilion, The Golf Learning Facility at Omaha Country Club, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha & CenturyLink Center Omaha.

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

The University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is soliciting applications from qualified individuals for the position of Director of Outbound Ticket Sales. The Director of Outbound Ticket Sales (OTS) is responsible for the training and oversight of full-time, part-time and volunteer sales staff. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

With preseason practices already underway and the start of the fall season close at hand, staff changes continue within the University of Maine athletics department. Laura Reed, who served as the assistant athletic director for public relations, recently announced her departure. She had been a member of UMaine’s sports information staff for 15 years. Reed is the third athletics administrator to leave UMaine since the end of the 2014-2015 school year. – Pete Warner, BDN, Read More

VIRGINIA TECH

As Virginia Tech’s football team opened preseason camp Friday on fields below, athletic director Whit Babcock spent more than an hour discussing the program’s direction, coach Frank Beamer’s future and how national issues affect the Hokies. The conversation is split into two parts, the second of which should post Tuesday morning and will include Babcock’s thoughts on upgrading Tech’s basketball arena and baseball and softball complexes, the prospects for an ACC channel in this era of unbundling, and an overview as he enters his second full academic year in Blacksburg. -David Teel, Daily Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

The north end zone of DKR Stadium had a little makeover during the off season to give it some local flair. New concession stands featuring favorites like Torchy’s Tacos, Pluckers, and Austin’s Pizza, will be available for fans to enjoy on game day. University of Texas at Austin Men’s Athletics Director Steve Patterson says the new food joints are expected to curb fans’ cravings for tailgating near the stadium. Patterson said the University is spending several million dollars renovating concession stands at its athletic facilities. Some of the new concession stands are still working on getting settled in at the stadium, but all of them should be up and running by the home opener against Rice on Sept. 12. -Alex Stockwell, Time Warner Cable News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Student athletes, especially the team’s starters, are more likely to suffer an injury while preparing for an upcoming test, University of Missouri researchers have discovered.  Bryan Mann, an assistant professor of physical therapy in the MU School of Health Professions and assistant director of strength and conditioning for the university’s athletics department, and his colleagues reviewed weekly injury reports for more than 100 student athletes on a Division I college football team during a 20-week season, they explained in a statement. Of those athletes, 60 had 86 different injury restrictions during the season, and the study found players were 3.19 times more likely to have an injury restriction during the weeks with high academic stress, such as weeks with an exam or big project. – Chuck Bednar, Red Orbit, Read More

UNC-CHAPEL HILL

University leaders generally remain in the background when athletics are in the public eye. Unless things go really wrong, as was the case at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where ill-formulated intentions, lax oversight and thirst for athletic success created a noxious stew. The trouble centered on a mere $75 million piece of a nearly $4 billion budgetary puzzle, an athletic realm encompassing at most 800 undergrads out of 18,000, as Chancellor Carol Folt is quick to point out. Supported by system president Tom Ross and others, Folt within eight months of taking office commissioned Kenneth Wainstein, an attorney formerly with the FBI and Homeland Security, to investigate what had gone wrong. The findings released in October 2014 were damning and helped fuel a five-count NCAA Notice of Allegations (NOA) the university is poised to answer publicly later this month. -Barry Jacobs, The Charlotte Observer, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

During a recent conversation about a new ACC safety measure, Virginia’s associate athletic director for sports medicine plugged the university’s renowned hospital and medical school. Led by assistant professor of radiology Jason Druzgal, researchers recommend that the NCAA follow the lead of the NFL, which, in conjunction with the players’ union, limits teams to essentially one full-pad, full-contact practice per week. Presently, the NCAA merely advises member schools to limit such drills to twice a week. Data suggests that NFL-like restrictions “in college football would reduce the burden of head impact for thousands of athletes,” Druzgal and his colleagues write in a 10-page paper posted Tuesday on the Journal of Neurosurgery’s website. – David Teel, Daily Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA

A search committee will meet Tuesday to discuss five finalists for the post of executive director of the Ragin’ Cajun Athletic Foundation (RCAF), the fundraising arm associated with the UL athletic department. Whoever gets the job will be charged primarily with fundraising for a Sun Belt Conference program that is in the midst of the silent phase preceding a capital campaign for its $115 million athletic facilities masterplan. UL’s athletic department, led by athletic director Scott Farmer, has been without a primary fundraiser since senior associate athletic director Ken Winstead left for Seattle University more than two years ago. – Tim Buckley, The Advertiser, Read More

August 7, 2015

SD SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology announced Friday that SD Mines women’s volleyball head coach Tiffany McCampbell has been promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations. In addition to heading up internal operations for Hardrocker athletics, McCampbell will become the Title IX Coordinator and the Athletic Student Success Coordinator. She will also retain her duties as the Senior Woman Administrator. McCampbell, a 1998 graduate from Taylor University (Ind.), took over as the Lady Hardrocker head coach from 2009-2014 and amassed a 79-89 overall won-loss. – Rod Fisher, DRG News, Read More

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt’s official Twitter account (@VandyFootball) tweeted a graphic including a quote from head coach Derek Mason that said, “We don’t need your permission.” Vanderbilt had no plans to use those five words with any ongoing marketing campaign for its football program or any university athletic program. However, many who read it thought it was quite tasteless, a painful reminder (albeit unintentional) and link to the ongoing rape trials involving four former football players. After the Tweet received negative response and it went viral, Vanderbilt removed the Tweet from its @VandyFootball account. That same account then tweeted an apology. Soon after,director of athletics David Williams issued an apology, stating the university regretted sending the tweet and failed to consider all of its implications. Williams said that Vanderbilt will review its social media policy.-David Ammenheuser, The Tennessean, Read More

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE

Morehouse College’s Atheltic Department faces a three-year probation and $5,000 fine for three major violations of NCAA bylaws occurring from 2009 to 2015. In July, the NCAA released the public infraction decision as part of its agreement with Morehouse College.  From academic years 2009-2010 to 2014-2015, the athletic department attested to playing 29 ineligible student-athletes; failing to “properly certify student-athletes’ eligibility in two areas (1) continuing eligibility (progress-toward-degree requirements); and (2) good academic standing”; and improperly signing financial aid awards. This decision involves the football, cross-country, basketball, golf and baseball programs.  -Timothy Tukes, Huff Post College, Read More

ALMA COLLEGE

Alma College begun construction on an addition to Hogan Center. Workers are removing the crumbling staircase leading into the Cappaert Gymnasium on the east side of Hogan. With the removal of the old maintenance buildings along Wright Avenue, this side of the building has effectively become a new front for the campus. Not only it is given a much-needed facelift, a glass structure is being built to house a new Wrestling practice center and locker room, a space for its Cheer program, a weight/conditioning room for all student-athletes, and coaches’ offices. The Hogan addition is funded entirely by donors who were passionate about making this project happen.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

The ticketed seating capacity of Michigan Stadium has been slightly reduced, but the Big House remains the largest stadium in college football. By increasing stadium accessibility and adjustments for major non-football events, there has been a decrease of just more than 2,000 seats. The new official capacity is 107,601. The most significant seating changes allow for ADA accessibility. Seats had to be eliminated to widen aisles and install hand railings around the entire bowl with the exception of the student seating section. – The Detroit News, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Securing Florida State’s athletics future – from raising monies for scholarships, facilities and operating budgets – is a daily process for Seminole Boosters, Inc. The well-being of the student-athlete is paramount for FSU’s athletics department and Seminole Boosters and depends on the organizations financial success, which is a collaborative effort with the focus on strategic planning, communication and winning. Seminole Boosters, Inc. is in the middle of a $250 million Champions Campaign, which part of the University’s $1 Billion Raise the Torch: The Campaign for FSU. -Jim Henry, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More


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