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July 29, 2015


The UND Athletics High Performance Facility will officially be ready for use next week. The newly constructed facility, which cost more than $18 million, will receive a certificate of occupancy on Saturday, said Randy Magill, the associate athletics director and chief financial officer for UND athletics. Phase two of fundraising for the facility amounts to about $15 million, which will cover office space, training rooms, lockers and sports medicine. – Crystal Duan, Grand Forks Herald, Read More


Michigan State’s McLane Baseball Stadium and Secchia Stadium will both be receiving new electric field heating systems, according to an announcement made Tuesday, July 28 by the MSU Athletics Department. Upon completion of the project, the infields of the baseball and softball facilities will be heated, providing each program with extended playing time on both surfaces in the colder months. “This project will provide our baseball and softball programs outdoor access in the early spring, allowing for team preparation for their competitive seasons that start in February,” MSU Deputy Athletic Director Greg Ianni said.


Nike and App State announced a contract extension through 2022 that will ensure the next seven years of memorable moments for App State will happen with athletes and coaches in all 20 varsity sports wearing the Swoosh. The new contract also includes a significant boost, with $100,000 in product through the Nike Elite program, distributed at discretion of the athletic department. The contract also allows App State to order additional apparel, equipment, footwear and uniforms at wholesale price.The previous deal didn’t supply the entire athletic department, while this deal ensures that every athlete will be outfitted in Nike gear. – Brant Wilkerson, Journal Now. Read More


Hartford unveiled its new “H” logo, one that has a streaking hawk going through the middle of the letter, left to right. Hartford had been working on a re-branding initiative for more than a year and these changes are the first in 25 years. Anton Goff made this one of his top initiatives after taking over as athletic director a little more than a year ago. UHart immediately made new merchandise available online and will quickly work to replace old merchandise available on campus. You can see the new logo here:


Steve Burmaster heads athletics and P.E. departments. In 1994, he had Wyoming license plates on his red Chevy truck, and his course was set for a coaching position at Northwest College in Powell. The job description has changed dramatically with the years, but Steve Burmaster is gratified to finally be at Northwest College and to call Wyoming home. Burmaster, who possesses 350 wins as a volleyball coach at the collegiate level, is on the job, or jobs,  at NWC in a non-coaching position. He is settling in as the Director of Athletics and department chair of the Physical Education Department. He has an office in the Johnson Fitness Center in his capacity as chair of physical education and an office in Cabre Gym where he oversees athletics.  – Dave Bonner, Powell Tribune, Read More


New MMC President Marc Long said starting a football program for the Yankton school is not in the plans, but admitted that it “certainly is not off the table.” The sport is certainly expensive; based on other schools in the area, the cost of fielding a program would range anywhere from $330,000-$800,000 annual. By comparison, MMC’s athletic budget this past year was a lean $1.3 million. Such a program could probably draw an additional 80-100 students to the school, which would obviously be a nice infusion of tuition money. However, it would be more practical for the school to first build up its other programs, some of which have long struggled to be competitive in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. As exciting as it would be to see an MMC football team take to the fields each autumn, the notion just doesn’t seem feasible at this time.- Yankton DailyRead More


Morris Kurtz, 64, will have his last day as interim assistant athletic director for intercollegiate hockey and rugby for Penn State University on Friday. Kurtz took the Penn State job a few months after retiring from St. Cloud State on Jan. 1, 2013. Kurtz had been St. Cloud State’s athletic director since 1984. But he has his master’s and doctorate degrees from Penn State, where he attended school from 1973-79.-Mick Hatten, SCTIMES, Read more


Alumni and current Assistant Athletics Directors, Brandon Davis and Cassandra Urroz, have been promoted to associate athletics directors. Another alumnus and current Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Phil Billeci-Gard, will transition to administration as an associate director of athletics. Josh Sims has been named head athletic trainer and coordinator of the Allen Sports Club, Cory Hansen, will see a larger role within the department.Staff changes will be effective August 1, 2015. A national search for a new men’s soccer coach will commence immediately and will be led by Billeci-Gard.


University of Alabama is looking for Assistant Sports Information Director. The Assistant Sports Information Director will be a liaison to national, state and local media, as well as the general public for the University of Alabama Athletics Department.  Apply Here


American University is looking for an Assistant Athletic Communications Director. This position exists to assist the Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications in publicizing American’s 16 intercollegiate athletic teams and in the writing, editing and publishing of all external athletic channels, in print and digital. Apply Here

July 28, 2015


Iowa projects a decrease of nearly $3 million in football-related income for fiscal year 2016 because of slow ticket sales, according to figures supplied by the department to the state Board of Regents. The athletics department’s conservative budget of $19.55 million in ticket revenue is down from last year’s $22.4 million earned from football tickets. In fiscal year 2013, Iowa reported $26.1 million in football ticket revenue to the NCAA, according to documents obtained by The Gazette. Iowa sold 39,364 general public season tickets last year. As of last week, Iowa sold 36,036 for this year. -Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Read More


Oregon launches a 360 degree video on YouTube to allow fans to take a look around before a football game. The experience was captured on camera last season at the Michigan State game. Desktop users can change the view with a mouse; smartphone users can tilt the phone to shift the perspective. See it in 360.


Another familiar former Florida Gulf Coast University face is joining Florida SouthWestern State College’s athletics department. Michael Hill, 31, who spent the last year as an Assistant Communications Director at Arkansas, will take over as FSW’s first Sports Information Director on Aug. 3. A native of Detroit and 2006 graduate of Bowling Green, Hill was the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Director at Xavier from 2013-14 after working as the Assistant Athletics Director of Communications at FGCU from 2007-13. Before joining FGCU, Hill was an intern for the Cleveland Cavaliers.- Naples Daily News, Read More


“There’s never been a better time to be a student-athlete than today,” said Barta, the Director of Athletics at Iowa.  Under legislation passed last January, the Big Ten Conference and the remaining “Power 5” leagues may begin on Aug. 1 to pay student-athlete a stipend that covers costs beyond tuition, fees, room and board and books. According to Barta, the Athletic Department faced one initial question as it came to grips with the new era in scholarships. “How do we operationalize it?” So the Athletic Director and staff members began a series of meetings. They connected with financial aid people to see how the cost of attendance figures are calculated. They met with compliance staffers to make sure the scholarships would be properly handled under NCAA rules. Barta said the NCAA recently agreed to provide additional funds earmarked for cost of attendance stipends.- Jim Sullivan, WCFCourier, Read More


The Johnson State College athletic department has hired Miles Smith Jr. ’09 as the assistant athletic director and head men’s basketball coach effective August 10th. Prior to taking the helm at Johnson, Smith was the first ever head men’s basketball coach and admissions recruiter at the newly co-ed Wilson College in Pennsylvania. Coach Smith is a 2009 graduate of Johnson State College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/ Sociology. Smith played in all 51 games during his two seasons with Johnson State and started in all 26 games as a senior point guard and lead the Badgers to the North Atlantic Conference playoffs.


The “Legends” jerseys are officially gone, and Michigan’s six honored football numbers are now back out of circulation.The athletic department announced the news Tuesday, closing the program former athletic director Dave Brandon started after four seasons. Additionally, Michigan will retire the numbers 48 (Gerald Ford), 87 (Ron Kramer), 11 (the Wistert brothers), 98 (Tom Harmon), 47 (Bennie Oosterbaan) and 21 (Desmond Howard) in an official ceremony prior to the team’s home game against Ohio State on Nov. 28. However, over the next four years, Michigan slowly began to bring all of its previous five retired uniforms back out of circulation, handing them to individual players who were selected by then coach Brady Hoke.- Nick Baumgardner, Michigan Live, Read More


For just the second time in the last six seasons, the Wolf Pack turned a profit in fiscal year 2015. John Nunn, the Wolf Pack’s chief financial officer, told the RGJ on Monday that Nevada had a surplus of $115,000 in the recently closed fiscal year. After the economic downturn in the 2007, Nevada continually ran up large end-of-the-year deficits. This year’s surplus will be among the first steps in paying that deficit off. Nunn attributed this year’s surplus to two revenue streams: (1) the annual distribution check from the MW and (2) an increase in fundraising. And while the Wolf Pack still has that major deficit to eliminate, the 2015 fiscal year numbers showed the Wolf Pack has at least stopped the bleeding after posting a rare surplus. – Chris Murray, RGJ, Read More


Mónica Lebrón, Associate Athletics Director for Development at the University of Mississippi, has been named Associate Athletic Director for Development at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Monday by UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg Mcgarity. Lebrón also served as Assistant Athletics Director for Development at Ole Miss from 2012-14. Lebrón received her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Yale University (2001), Master of Sports Administration and Master of Business Administration from Ohio University (2003) and has been working on her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Mississippi.



TCU Frog Club announced it raised $39.2 million in cash giving for the 2015 fiscal year, including a TCU-record $12.1 million in annual scholarship contributions. Additionally, for the third consecutive year, all scholarship costs for student-athletes will be covered through the TCU Frog Club. While raising money for capital projects remained a primary goal, covering the cost of student-athlete scholarships across 21 intercollegiate sports is also an annual top priority. The annual scholarship fundraising total of $12.1 million broke the previous record of $10.9 million in the 2013 fiscal year and was a 15 percent increase over the 2014 fiscal year in which $10.5 million was raised in support of student-athlete scholarships.


Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannon antitrust case on Monday colorfully and combatively urged the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the NCAA’s request for a stay of an injunction that on Saturday would allow schools to begin offering football and men’s basketball players as much as $5,000 per year in deferred compensation for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The 9th Circuit heard oral arguments on the NCAA’s appeal in March, but has not yet ruled. The NCAA has seven days to respond to Monday’s filing, but it is likely to do so as quickly as possible. – Steve Berkowitz, USA Today, Read More


Someone took a chunk out of the Howard Rock in June of 2013 that led to an arrest and last week’s trial of Micah Rogers, who was charged with vandalism and theft of the missing piece. The prosecution tasked Leila “Lee” Dunbar at Dunbar Appraisals and Consulting to determine the fair market value of the missing piece of Howard’s Rock for the purpose of insurance and to assist the Clemson Athletic Department as necessary. TigerNet received a copy of he appraisal and been told that the report cost $20,000. After taking into consideration the factors detailed in the report, in this appraiser’s opinion the fair market value for the missing piece of Howard’s Rock is in the $32,00 – $134,400 range, depending on the method of sale. – David Hood, TigerNet, Read More


Florida Gulf Coast University Athletics is seeking experienced and dedicated ticket office professional to apply for the position of Assistant Director of Ticket Operations. This position will be responsible for day-to-day supervision and training of the ticket sales department, and recommending and executing strategies targeted to increase premium, season and group ticket sales. Apply Here


The minute St. Bonaventure’s first-year Director of Athletics Tim Kenney announced a week ago Saturday the plan to add a row of courtside seats opposite the team benches, including one directly in front of the Bona student section, the shower or criticism commenced in the Twitterverse. Kenney’s plan was an Internet chat to explain the reasoning but, due to commitments in Vermont and Toronto, that interaction was postponed until this past Thursday. Worse, the press release announcing the courtside seats was couched with the phrase “provid(ing) our fans the best possible experience when they come to the Reilly Center,” but the revelation that the cost was $710 each, $500 going to the Bonnies Athletic Fund, sounded suspiciously like a money grab. – Chuck Pollock, The Bradford Era, Read More

BIG 12

The Omaha World-Herald cited an unnamed Big 12 athletic director in reporting Sunday that the Big 10 becoming the Big 16 might have been more of a possibility (i.e. a far distant one, rather than a completely nonexistent one) than previously believed. Per World-Herald writer Lee Barfknecht, during Texas’s famous 2010 flirtation with the then-Pac-10, officials at five Big 12 teams — Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa State, Texas A&M and Kansas — made contact with administrators at various Big Ten schools to gauge the possibility of all five moving en masse to Jim Delany’s league. Barfknecht goes on to reiterate a previous report that the Big Ten has done its “homework” on potentially adding Oklahoma and Kansas.The guess here is that this is more interesting historical tidbit than any cause to think the Big Ten is still considering a raid of the Big 12. – Jerry Hinnen, CBS Sports, Read More


Most Cal athletes going forward will be required to have a 3.0 grade-point average in high school. The new admission policy was the school’s response to the 2012 report that ranked Cal among the nation’s worst in academic performance and graduation rates for football and men’s basketball. The news did not go down easily at a university that has been ranked the nation’s No. 1 public institution for 17 straight years by U.S. News and World Report. Chancellor Nicholas Dirks assembled a task force that provided 50 recommendations, including the need for a revised admissions policy for athletes- Jeff Faraudo, Mercury New, Read More


When the NCAA’s Power-Five conferences voted to allow schools the option of offering cost of attendance benefits to student-athletes, it left the remaining Group-of-Five in college sports with a decision to make. Cost of attendance covers the living expenses for athletes outside tuition, room and board, books and other fees. ULM wants to be among those in the Sun Belt offering cost of attendance, but athletic director Brian Wickstrom said it’s going to take some work to get there. The challenge — as in most cases with ULM — is money. Wickstrom estimated the price tag at around $1.2 million, a figure that prevented ULM from offering cost of attendance when it goes into effect this fall. Wickstrom is still waiting to receive an approved budget from the university administration for the coming year.- Adam Hunsucker, The News Star, Read More


Zack Lassiter has been hired as Oregon State’s deputy athletic director for external operations, the school announced Monday. Lassiter previously worked under incoming OSU athletic director Todd Stansbury at Central Florida as senior associate athletic director for external operations. At OSU, his responsibilities will include providing strategic vision and leadership for the department’s wide-ranging external units, including the management of the athletic brand, marketing, creation of multimedia content, ticket sales, Beaver Sports Properties, licensing, fan experience, social media strategies, media contracts and merchandise. He will also identify new revenue streams and enhance existing ones. – Gina Mizell, Oregon Live. Read More


Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced changes to the athletic equipment department on Monday, July 27. Bob Knickerbocker retires; Dave Pruder, Malinda Hudkins and Dylan Marinez promoted; Juan Moreno moves to football program; Jill Mason changes roles from event management to equipment staff. Longtime head athletic equipment coordinator Bob Knickerbocker, who spent 32 years on the Michigan State athletics staff, previously announced his retirement from MSU, effective June 30.


McMurry University Athletics has announced the hiring of Shusaku (Shu) Hayashi as the school’s new head athletic trainer. Hayashi replaces longtime McMurry athletic trainer Janet McMurry, who moved to the academic side in the school’s kinesiology department after recently completing her doctorate. A native of Osaka, Japan, Hayashi was most recently the head athletic trainer at the University of St. Thomas in Houston for six years, where he was that school’s first-ever full-time athletic trainer.  He was also an assistant trainer at Arkansas Tech and the University of Central Arkansas, bringing a combined 13 years of athletic training experience with him to McMurry. – KTXS. Read More.


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