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July 31, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez insisted Thursday that his program’s tougher admissions process for athletes compared to other schools has not competitively hurt the Badgers. On the other, Alvarez said Wisconsin is discussing a return to its old process so recruits could appeal verbally to their individual college at Wisconsin, making a case for why they should be admitted. Alvarez said he is hopeful a new admissions process will be in place for the 2016 class. – Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma Christian University announced Wednesday it has been approved for full NCAA Division II membership, the final step of a journey that began in earnest four years ago. The decision by the NCAA means that starting with the 2015-16 academic year, the university’s teams now are eligible for NCAA and Heartland Conference postseason competition. The Lady Eagles and Eagles will be able to compete in conference tournaments and earn automatic or at-large bids into NCAA Division II tournaments and meets. OC’s membership officially begins on Sept. 1, and the first two OC athletic events under the NCAA banner will be Sept. 3. – Tahlequah Daily Press, Read More

July 30, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

UT’s athletic department announced Thursday that it collected a record $48.4 million in “cash and support” in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The previous record was $47 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008. Additionally, Tennessee Fund membership has increased to 12,954 members, its highest mark since 2010. Annual giving to the Tennessee Fund accounted for $28.3 million (58%) of the total figure, an increase of $3.65 million from 2013-14. Gifts given specifically to support capital projects totaled $12.6 million. The remaining dollars raised, approximately $7.5 million came in the form of endowments, planned gifts and gift-in-kind contributions.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY

Howard University Athletics unveiled its new Bison logo during a press conference Thursday, using a process that engaged all stakeholders in the Howard community. The development of the new logo began in January, with the university solicited input from students, faculty, staff and alumni via social media. Chief Brand Strategy, the firm chosen to direct the process, incorporated those ideas in developing a set of draft designs. Over the next several months, the logo and the associated wordmarks will become integrated across the athletic department and with the assistance of the University administration, become part of the institution’s marketing and promotional materials.-Stephan Braodus, New Pittsburgh Courier, Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The first top 25 poll is out for the 2015 college football season, and Ohio State took the top spot. The Amway Coaches Poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the American Football Coaches Association their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th. See the List.


GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia State will establish its first athletics hall of fame and the inaugural class will inducted on Oct. 3, which is the homecoming game for football against Liberty. An election committee was formed in the spring and will select the first class. Fans can nominate candidates by Sept. 1 by filling out a form on www.georgiastatesports.com. As many as 10 people will be honored in each of the first two years. After that, the number of inductees won’t exceed five. The Hall of Fame will be housed within the Sports Arena. – Dough Roberson, AJC, Read More

ST. EDWARD’S UNIVERSITY

St. Edward’s University Athletic Director Debbie Taylor announced the hiring of Jameson Adams as Associate Athletic Director for Operations on Thursday morning. Adams’ responsibilities include facility and event management, game operations, marketing and promotions, and corporate sponsorships. A 13-year veteran in college athletics, Adams arrives on the hilltop after spending the last seven years at UT-Tyler. Adams also worked concurrently within the Recreational Sports Department at UT-Tyler serving as Associate Director in 2014, and Assistant Director from 2008-13. Adams is a 2003 graduate of Cedarville with a bachelor of arts degree in sport management and received his master of arts degree in sports and recreation management from Kent State in 2005.

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia State’s strength and conditioning facility for football won’t open by its target date of Aug. 1. Construction was delayed because of the need to redesign the underground drainage system as well as hitting the foundation of a previous building. The workout equipment has been ordered and will be installed as soon as the building is complete, which a spokesman for the athletic department said should be within a few weeks. The 7,000-square-foot building is being constructed next to the team’s offices on MLK Drive SE. It is projected to cost $600,000 with the equipment costing another $300,000.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The University of Maryland athletics department has announced the hiring of Dustin Semonavick as assistant athletics director for media relations. He will serve as the primary media contact for the football program. Semonavick most recently served as the director of media relations at Towson University, where he was the primary contact for the football team. A native of Dover, Del., Semonavick started his career as a Sports Information intern at his alma mater where he worked for long-time SID Scott Selheimer. He earned his degree in English/Journalism from the University of Delaware in May of 2005.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas seeks an Assistant Director, Marketing and Fan Development. This person will work as part of the Athletic Department’s external operations team and will serve as the primary marketing and fan development coordinator for assigned sports, including the nationally ranked baseball program and women’s soccer program, which has made the NCAA Tournament each of the last two years. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA,WILMINGTON

UNCW heads into 2015-2016 with a $12.3 million budget for its 19 sports, up $714,222 from last year. UNCW will continue to lag behind its Colonial Athletic Association competition in most spending areas. Though athletic director Jimmy Bass has boosted the budget by millions since arriving in 2011, the current total is still well short of his oft-stated $16 million target. Most of the recent progress has been funded through student fee hikes, a trend that continues in 2015-2016. Further revenue growth likely hinges on the success of UNCW’s most visible programs, particularly men’s basketball. Going forward, UNCW will need more money to keep its ambitious portfolio intact. -Eric Detweiler, Star News, Read More

SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS COLLEGE

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College athletic department announced the addition of men’s golf to its sport offerings this week. The department plans to add men’s golf in the fall of 2016 as a member of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The addition of men’s golf will bring SMWC’s sport offerings to nine intercollegiate teams. The college currently offers eight sports for women: basketball, soccer, golf, volleyball, cross country, equestrian western, equestrian hunt seat and softball.- Tribune Star, Read More

FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY

Fresno State will get a boost from Nike in its efforts to expand and elevate the Bulldogs’ brand on a national level, working with the apparel giant’s design team to create uniforms and clothing that — if history repeats — has a very good chance to catch the eye of the players and fans and pique the curiosity of recruits. Athletic director Jim Bartko said Fresno State is in the early stages of a project with Nike to supply uniforms for the Bulldogs football team and other athletic programs starting in 2016. -Robert Kuwada, Fresno Bee, Read More

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

ECU Athletics is proud to announce the creation of the “Community Corner” at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium starting this football season. The “Community Corner” will save fans, on average, over 80 percent off their single game ticket purchase while hopefully strengthening the size, interest and passion of Pirate Nation on game days. The Pirates will open the 2015 season at home against Towson inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5 with a 6 p.m. (ET) scheduled kickoff. Season tickets remain on sale with packages starting as low as $165 each, in addition to 3-game mini-plan packages which are also available for $135.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

The board members of the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) have selected April Messerly, WVU’s Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations, among its executive board for 2015-16. This year, Messerly will serve as 2nd Vice President after serving as the 3rd Vice President in 2014-15. This is Messerly’s third year on the CEFMA Board of Directors. “As we continue to grow the CEFMA membership, it’s an exciting time to serve,” Messerly said. “We continue to have strong leadership with our Board of Directors who represent all levels and divisions within collegiate athletics. I am honored and excited to continue my role within this great national organization.” – WVU Sports, Read More

LSU

The student in an on-campus apartment break-in involving LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings and two teammates has asked prosecutors not to press charges, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said Wednesday. Jennings, LSU safety Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maqeudius Bain were arrested by LSU police in June and booked with unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling. The players have said they sought to retrieve items that had been stolen from Jennings. Thomas also was booked with simple burglary. The players have been suspended indefinitely, but coach Les Miles has expressed optimism they’ll be reinstated when the case is resolved. -AP-

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

The Spartans, who were invited in 2012 and became a conference member in 2013, made promises of improving their facilities as a precursor to earning the MW invitation. The crown jewel of those promises was the Vermeil-Walsh Athletic Complex, which upon approval from the California State University board of trustees in May 2013 was projected to open this fall. A shovel has yet to be placed in the ground. The project will cost about $40 million, all of which must be raised through private donations. It’s unclear if interim president Susan Martin might alter that strategy and permit the start of construction while fundraising continues. -Jimmy Durkin, San Jose Mercury News, Read More

SMU

Southern Methodist University went before the NCAA Committee on Infractions last month for a hearing related to serious allegations against the men’s basketball and golf programs, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports. SMU men’s basketball coach Larry Brown is facing a “lack of coach control” charge, sources said. The SMU men’s basketball program is also facing an academic misconduct charge related to coursework by former guard Keith Frazier. -Pat Forde, Yahoo SportsRead More.

BIG 12

The Big 12 Conference has added six affiliate members to its postseason wrestling competition as Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming will join Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia in future Big 12 wrestling championships. Additionally, Denver will take part in the Big 12 Gymnastics Championship with Iowa State, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

PAC 12

The Pac-12 Conference and adidas announced a three-year partnership that makes adidas the Official Athletic Apparel and Athletic Footwear partner of the Conference and all Pac-12 Championship events. In addition, the new agreement makes adidas the presenting sponsor of Pac-12 Sports Report, Pac-12 Networks’ weekly one-hour flagship studio show. Read more.

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE

Director of Athletics, Chris Ledyard, has announced the hiring of Sarah Albaugh as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for Franciscan University of Steubenville athletics. Albaugh joins the Barons beginning in the 2015-16 athletic year after serving as an Athletic Trainer with UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. Her main responsibility with UPMC was to provide athletic training services to the North Allegheny School District. She also provided athletic training services to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for the Beauty and the Beast and the Nutcracker performances.

July 29, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn announced the hiring of Troy Van Zile as the Mocs’ Assistant Athletics Director for Development today. Van Zile joins Chattanooga Athletics after spending the last year as the Executive Vice President of University Development at Impacts Unlimited in Nashville, Tenn. He also has seven years of collegiate athletics experience on his resume, including an Assistant A.D. for Development and Marketing position at Lamar.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

Earlier this month, College AD published an exclusive examining what it truly means to manage student-athletes, advice that could have been useful for San Jose State coach Ron Caragher. Caragher will re-evaluate how he organizes his offseasons after two incidents in a four-day span led to a pair of incoming freshmen being dismissed from his team. Wide receiver Kanya Bell was kicked off the team July 18 after he was arrested the day before on suspicion of domestic assault against a female. Bomani Bassette-Hairston was initially suspended and then kicked off the team Friday after allegedly attacking teammate Chad Miller in the dorms. “The people at the top, athletic directors and coaches set the tone. They are the pace car.”

VIRGINIA TECH

For the first time, some Virginia Tech fans will be able to buy a beer while watching a football game at Lane Stadium. Tech plans to introduce beer and wine sales in the indoor club seats at Lane Stadium this football season, following an emerging nationwide trend in college athletics as athletic departments look to generate more revenue to cover the rising cost of doing business, including cost of attendance.-Dean Hoffmeyer, Richmond. Read More

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

The Providence College Athletic Department announced Tuesday that it has set a record with $2.9 million in ticket revenue for the 2015 fiscal year. The vast majority of the ticket revenue is raised through men’s basketball which enjoyed a second straight NCAA Tournament season and drew crowds of 10,000 or more six times.- Providence Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY

Dr. Paul Plinske is heading into his third year as UNK’s athletic director. In his short tenure, he’s made coaching changes, headlined a deal with Under Armour, and had numerous athletic facility improvements. But it’s only the beginning of whats to come for the Lopers, in part one of the special report, Changing the game at UNK.  In the last calendar year alone, Athletic Director Dr. Paul Plinske has named 3 new coaches to head the football, as well as the men’s and women’s basketball programs. All part of the mission to bring back the Loper Standard of greatness to Kearney. A student-athlete led group that stormed on to the scene mid season last year who is already changing the landscape of the Loper game day experience. – Taylor Kilgore, NBCNebraska, Read More

SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE

Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson, is pleased to announce that Kevin Wood ’02 G’06 has been named the Associate Director of Athletics at Springfield College. Since 2007, Wood has served as the Director of Athletic Operations at Bloomsburg University, where he directed all components of contest management and facility operations for the Division II program. Prior to Bloomsburg, Wood was the athletic operations assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, where he coordinated events such as the 2007 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship as well as the Penn Relays.

DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY

Ken Beazer has accepted a position with Dixie State University as a development officer. After nearly a decade as athletic director at Southern Utah University, where he played a key role in completing the school’s dogged quest to gain membership into the Big Sky Conference and facilitated the introduction of women’s volleyball and women’s golf programs, Beazer announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities.

NCAA FOOTBALL

110 of the 128 FBS teams, or 86%, will have one fewer week off in 2015. It’s a difference that will be felt across the board and includes both those conferences that play a championship game in what’s considered the final week of the regular season (e.g. the SEC, ACC, the Big Ten and the Pac-12) and those who don’t, instead playing a final regular-season game in that slot (e.g. the Big 12). Overall, where the 2014 field was credited with 261 total combined byes, the 2015 field will have a mere 139. The biggest concern with such a drastic drop in open dates is injuries. It’s logical to assume that fewer days off, resulting in fewer recovery days, will lead to not only to an increase in the number of overall injuries, but more game time lost to injuries.- Mark Jay Rebilas, USA Sports Today, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee announces the VOLeaders Academy, a dynamic partnership between the UT Center for Leadership and Service, the Center for Sport, Peace and Society and the Department of Athletics. The program is unlike any in the country, spanning the boundaries of three different areas of campus, from academics to student life and athletics. It partners athletics with two of the most unique and respected programs on campus for the development of the student-athletes. By using their platform in sport, student-athletes admitted into the VOLeaders Academy will learn how to positively impact their team, campus and local and global communities.


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