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January 21, 2016

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Marshall University is exploring the idea of joining a growing list of schools across the country offering alcohol sales at football games to general seat fans. Officials within the Marshall Athletic Department confirmed that ideas are being explored to enhance the gameday experience and generate additional revenue. Recently, a survey was distributed by the Big Green Club to gauge fan interest in beer sales at the football stadium. The survey asks if they support beer sales at the stadium. It also asked if they favor a “No Re-Entry” policy for football games. – Dave Wilson. WV MetroNews. Read More.

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell University seeks an Assistant Football Coach. This position is responsible for on-field coaching and recruitment of academically-qualified student athletes for a NCAA Division I Football program, within the guidelines, rules, and regulations of Bucknell University, the NCAA, and the Conference. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates told FOX Sports that he accepted the Arizona DC job late Sunday night. Yates said he told Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez at about 9 p.m. local time Sunday night and wanted to tell his players when he met with them Monday. Yates, a Los Angeles native, led the Broncos to No. 20 in the country in yards-per-play allowed (4.86) while their opponents’ third-down rate was at 30.9 percent — 10th in the nation. – Bruce Feldman, Fox Sports. Read More.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff (CFP), today announced that Jeff Bower, Lloyd Carr, Herb Deromedi and Rob Mullens have been appointed to the selection committee. The appointments were made by the CFP Management Committee.Jeff Bower spent 29 years at the University of Southern Mississippi as a quarterback, assistant coach and head coach.Lloyd Carr, brings decades of coaching and playing experience to the committee. Herb Deromedi spent 38 years at Central Michigan University and retired as the winningest coach in Mid-American Conference history with an overall record of 110-55-10. And Rob Mullens, director of athletics at the University of Oregon, has guided the Ducks to tremendous success both on and off the field.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Baum Stadium, the home of Razorback baseball, will have a new feature greeting Hogs fans in the outfield this spring: The largest video board in college baseball. The massive 25 foot by 71 foot LED video board will enhance an already memorable experience at the top-ranked ballpark by providing 1,775 square feet of digital space for live high-definition video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, and game information, graphics and animations. –Read More

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Chicago State University seeks Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and Compliance. is a member of the senior management team and plays a critical role in developing, evaluating and implementing the overall strategic plan of the Athletic Department. Apply here.

NCAA
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NCAA

Nearly 200 college administrators at the NCAA Convention voted Saturday to let equestrian’s ride continue in Division II. The sport, which has been designated an NCAA emerging sport for women since 2002, was on track to be removed from the Division II emerging sports list after failing to meet requirements to continue in the program.The Committee on Women’s Athletics has formed a subcommittee that is taking a closer look at whether updates to the emerging sports requirements are warranted. The conversation will continue at the committee’s next meeting in April. Read More.

IVY LEAGUE
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IVY LEAGUE

The Ivy League announced a ground-breaking agreement naming JMI Sports the League’s official marketing rights agency, including the exclusive rights to develop and promote a corporate sponsorship program on behalf of the historic conference currently celebrating its 60th official season. JMI Sports will secure long-term partners for the League by targeting elite regional, national and international brands that wish to affiliate with the Ivy League and reach its global audience and distinguished alumni base.

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Abilene Christian University president Dr. Phil Schubert announced that the university has surpassed its original fundraising goal of $30 million for two new on-campus stadiums and that the Board of Trustees has given approval for construction to begin on the university’s first on-campus football stadium in more than 50 years. ACU will officially break ground for its new Wildcat Stadium at a ceremony after 11 a.m. Chapel on Friday, Feb. 19, during Sing Song weekend on campus. The board has voted to begin construction with $37 million committed and $13 million still needed to fully fund both projects. Schubert also said he is confident in the university’s ability to secure additional commitments during construction.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

In a growing “arms race” in college athletics where many athletic departments around the nation are in the red with continuous growing deficits, the University of Illinois barely managed to stay over the line during the 2015 fiscal year. The University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics earned $74,469,976 in revenue during the 2015 fiscal year, resulting for the second-straight year in a $0 net profit. Interim Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk recognizes that rising costs may force Illinois to join other schools that battle deficits, but is still proud of the department’s achievements. –  Michal Dwojak, Daily Illini, Read More.

GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Grand Valley State Athletic Director Tim Selgo wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary in December, as he was walking through DeVos Center on his way to give an update on Laker athletics to an alumni group — something he’s done often in his 20 years at GVSU. He was elated to find out that the reception’s true purpose was to announce the addition of a new scholarship dedicated to Selgo himself. The scholarship was named the Tim and Terry Selgo Scholarship, and aids student-athletes who have completed their athletic eligibility, but still have undergrad academic coursework remaining. Student-athletes who demonstrate financial need and meet this criteria are especially who the scholarship aims to benefit. – Beau Troutman, The Lanthorn. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

A federal court in the Central District of California recently denied Pepperdine University’s motion to dismiss the three Title IX claims in the complaint, thus rejecting Pepperdine’s assertion that Title IX does not cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This ruling is significant because it allows a plaintiff to sue a college or university alleging that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a violation of Title IX.  -Dan Kaufman, José A. Olivieri and John Long, National Law Review, Read More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Flight School is Boston College Athletics’ new program for student-athletes. The program is meant to serve as a means for student-athletes to prepare for post-graduate careers, such as attending graduate school, finding a job, or playing their sport professionally. By connecting student-athletes with a network of alumni and professional mentors, Flight School attempts to make entry into the post-grad world as painless as possible. Two years ago, Director of Athletics Brad Bates set a goal for 70 percent of student-athletes to have post-grad plans. After meeting this goal, he raised it to 80 percent for the next year. Now, as the success of the program builds, the initiative has been formalized into the Flight School program. This year, the goal of the program is for 90 percent of student-athletes to have concrete plans for life after graduation. The early success of these attempts, as evidenced by the meeting of high goals, is an indication of the strong promise shown by the Flight School program. By creating Flight School and developing a formal program from the earlier goals, this initiative is better prepared to deal with the task of helping student-athletes prepare for their futures. -The Heights Editorial Board, The Heights, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Jim Hackett’s biggest task during his time as Michigan’s interim athletic director was to fix the football program. During his time in charge of the department, Hackett’s been working on a month-by-month basis designed by president Mark Schlissel. He was paid a salary $600,000 annually. But Hackett insists his time in Ann Arbor hasn’t been about the money. In fact, he gave half of it back — or, more specifically, donated it to a cause he and his wife, Kathy, felt was important. Michigan’s “Athletes Connected” program is a wellness initiative that’s designed to support the mental health of student-athletes. The program is designed to help student-athletes with a variety of issues related to their overall experience at Michigan. – Nick Baumgardner, MLive. Read More.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Florida A&M athletic director Milton Overton Jr. has been building his team since he first set foot on campus in August. Wednesday, in front of the FAMU-faithful 220 Quarterback Club, Overton showed off the latest addition to his squad. Elliott Charles was hired last week as Overton’s second in command. Previously, he was South Florida’s associate athletic director of compliance. Before that, he was the associate commissioner for compliance for the Mid-American Conference. The 32-year-old University of South Florida graduate has already hit the ground running and has his eyes set on one of FAMU’s biggest problems. Flanked by his wife and two of his children, he tackled a few questions from the 220 QB Club. APR— short for Academic Progress Rate, an NCAA metric that tracks eligibility and retention — is an acronym FAMU fans have come to loathe. APR scores are the reasons FAMU’s football, basketball and track programs aren’t postseason-eligible. It’s a problem Charles has already submitted NCAA waivers for. He said there should be “some relief” from the APR-related sanctions by next season for the basketball team. He added fans should expect progress on the football team’s sanctions by the 2017 season. -Culver Mug, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, FORT KENT
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, FORT KENT

University of Maine at Fort Kent is seeking a Certified Athletic Trainer.  The Certified Athletic Trainer works closely with the Athletic Director in regard to the Athletic Department policies and procedures as they relate to the student athlete’s health care; works directly with all coaches in the administration of their programs regarding health care for the student athletes (ex. Medical clearances reports, physical exams, physician referrals, insurance and consent forms, safety equipment) and with student athletes. The Certified Athletic Trainer is responsible for providing quality health services to student athletes, serving as a liaison between the athlete and the physician, and performing other University duties as assigned by the Athletic Director. Apply here

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Teamworks, a leading provider of collaboration and communication software for athletic organizations, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the athletics department at Baylor University. As Baylor’s Official Collaboration Software Provider, Teamworks will centralize player and staff information as well as streamline communication for coaches, athletic trainers, advisors and administrators. The Bears join a respected group of NCAA member institutions adopting the platform as Teamworks extends its footprint in the collegiate athletics . “As a department, we’ve been making big investments across the board. Last year, we wrapped up construction on McLane Stadium, which is doing big things for our football program. We have great people and great facilities, and we’re happy to now make a focused investment in making sure everyone is working together as efficiently as possible,” said Bart Byrd, Associate AD – Student-Athlete Services. “Teamworks solves or simplifies operational tasks for administrators as well and opens lines of communication between coaches, staff and players, saving us time and energy on a daily basis.” –Learn More

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January 20, 2016

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

In the few hours since a GoFundMe account was set up to help CSU basketball player Emmanuel Omogbo, more than $19,000 has been raised.  As of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, more than 450 people had pledged over $19,000 to help Omogbo, whose parents and twin niece and nephew were killed in a fire Monday. The donations were pouring in Wednesday afternoon, increasing by the thousands in just minutes. The goal at one time was $10,000, but was raised to $20,000 and then $50,000 as the tally kept rising. The Colorado State University athletic department set up the account to help with expenses but still comply with NCAA rules that limit compensation for NCAA players. –coloradoan.comRead More

IONA COLLEGE
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IONA COLLEGE

Iona College has announced a partnership with ESPN to produce and broadcast its athletics events live on the ESPN3 and WatchESPN platform. Iona will begin producing its men’s and women’s basketball games in February and women’s lacrosse contests in the spring. It plans to expand to additional sports next fall. “This is great news for our students, our student-athletes, our athletics program and for the entire Iona College community,” said President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “Our teams merit the additional exposure, but just as valuable is the opportunity for students to get hand-on professional broadcast experience at the highest levels. It will complement our academic programs in Mass Communications and our Center for Sports, Entertainment and Media Business.” Iona is assembling a portable production and editing studio to support a multi-camera telecast in high definition with state-of-the art equipment from Ross Video, NewTek, Hitachi, Clear-Com among other leading broadcast vendors. The events will be available in more than 100-million homes throughout the United States through the WatchESPN platform. Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers football coach Chris Ash and athletic director Patrick Hobbs haven’t even been on the job for two months but both men are opening their checkbooks to support the long quest for improved facilities — and basketball coach Eddie Jordan is joining them. The university announced, in a video sent via email to more than 190,000 Rutgers alumni and supporters on Thursday, that the two coaches and Hobbs were donating $50,000 each to help fund the effort to bring Rutgers’ venues, practice facilities and locker rooms up to Big Ten quality.  Every other coach and senior administrator is also making a pledge, which fits with the theme of a massive $100 million initiative called “R Big Ten Build. -Steve Politi, nj.comRead More

ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE
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ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE

The Atlantic 10 Conference completed its annual Joint Winter Business Meetings Tuesday, with the league’s Directors of Athletics, Faculty Athletic Representatives, Senior Woman Administrators and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting jointly in the Washington D.C., area. The two-day meeting marked the second year in a row that the SAAC members attended the conference governance meeting, engaging in discussions related to student-athlete time demands, transfer policies and leadership opportunities for professional development. “Our winter meetings were productive and extremely beneficial, allowing for a great opportunity to share ideas, perspective and recommendations on a variety of important national issues facing intercollegiate athletics generally, and the A-10 specifically,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade.  Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON

Rob Aycock has resigned as executive director of UNCW’s Seahawk Club but will stay on through June 30 to help with the transition. The university will create a new position — director of development for athletics —  which reports to the vice chancellor for university advancement, Eddie Stuart. UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli said the position will be advertised by the end of the month. Until it’s filled, athletic director Jimmy Bass will take a more active role in the department’s day-to-day fundraising. Aycock held his post for the past two-plus years: a rocky time for the athletic department financially and a resurgent one for the Seahawks on the field. -Eric Detweiler, StarNews – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Beer and wine will be sold this year in general seating at the College World Series and Women’s College World Series through a one-year pilot program, the Division I Board of Directors decided last week. This year’s events will mark the first time alcohol will be available to the general public at an NCAA championship. In order to approve the pilot program, the board members waived the rule prohibiting such sales at Division I championships. Alcohol sales first were permitted in club seats and premium seats at the College World Series in 2013. Both venues are equipped to sell alcohol and do so at other events. The waiver came with some restrictions: Beer and wine will be sold, but not liquor. Sales will take place at concession stands only, not by roving vendors. Sales will be limited to the final championship sites only, not regionals or super-regionals.-Michelle Brutlag Hosick, NCAA.comRead More

AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY
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AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY

Ave Maria University is seeking applications for the position of Head Men’s Soccer Coach. This is a full time, 12 month position reporting to the Director of Athletics. The head coach will oversee the planning and administration of all aspects of the men’s soccer program and will provide leadership and oversight to the student-athletes, serving as a role model and positive image for the athletic program. Apply here.

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Ball State University – Muncie, Indiana invites applicants for the position of Director of Strength Conditioning Football. Contract position available immediately. Send letter of application, resume, official transcript, and the names and contact information for three references to: [email protected] .

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

A former Central Oklahoma football player has made an anonymous $1 million donation to the school’s “Complete The Dream” athletic facilities campaign. The said campaign is the first comprehensive athletic facilities campaign in school history. Planned facilities include a north end zone complex, an indoor practice facility a new softball stadium and major renovations to other sport facilities. – Darnell Mayberry, News OK. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT
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UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT

The University of Bridgeport invites applicants for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. Duties will include working in collaboration with various university offices including Student Affairs, the Registrar, Academic Support Services, Residential Life, and the International Student Services. [email protected]

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY
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STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY

Stephen F. Austin head football coach Clint Conque today announced the hiring of veteran coach Gary Crowton as the Lumberjacks’ new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. With over 30 years of coaching under his belt, Crowton brings a wealth of knowledge and football experience, coaching at both the FBS and FCS levels along with the National Football League and Canadian Football League. At SFA, Crowton inherits a Lumberjack offensive unit that returns eight of 11 starters from 2015, including senior quarterback Zach Conque. – KTRE. Read More.

BRYN ATHYN COLLEGE
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BRYN ATHYN COLLEGE

Bryn Athyn College is seeking applications for the part-time position of Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. Responsibilities include; developing a recruiting strategy and maintaining contact with recruits, organizing recruiting materials and identifying potential prospects. To apply, send a letter of application, resume, and list three professional references with phone numbers to: Matthew Kennedy, Director of Athletics via email to [email protected]

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn University Athletics is recruiting for the newly established position of Assistant Athletics Director, Human Resources. This important addition to the management team reports operationally to the Senior Associate Athletics Director & Chief Financial Officer for Athletics, and functionally to Auburn University’s Human Resources Department. – Apply here.


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