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August 19, 2015


When classes begin Wednesday each student-athlete on full scholarship at Clemson will receive a check for $390.51 – the first of 10 monthly checks to assist with expenses beyond the traditional fees for tuition, room, board and supplies. While there are no limitations on how the money is spent, the NCAA legislation passed in January designated the “full cost of attendance” supplement “for academic-related supplies, and transportation and other similar items.” How to help student-athletes who struggle to afford essentials beyond school expenses has been a point of debate among NCAA members for years and probably hasn’t ended, principally because of the disparity from school to school with some offering up to $2,000 a year more. Until then many Clemson athletes welcome the windfall. – Ed Mcgranahan, The State, Read More


Temple University and the Eagles have reached an agreement that would allow the Owls to play their home games in Lincoln Financial Field for two more years after their current rental contract expires in 2017. The amended agreement gives Temple the option to play in the 69,596-seat stadium in 2018 and 2019, the school said in a statement issued Tuesday. –, Read More


At last January’s NCAA Convention, the Power Five NCAA Division I conferences voted to amend the NCAA’s definition of a “full grant-in-aid” to permit a full athletics scholarship to include the cost of attendance limit—a higher limit than ever before. UofL athletics did not hesitate to mobilize on this new athletics scholarship limit and is positioned to implement this new policy to further support UofL student-athletes. Specifically, UofL athletics will fully fund all sports up to UofL’s full cost of attendance figure in conjunction with each sports’ respective NCAA team scholarship limits. UofL’s COA gap for 2015-16, as determined by UofL’s Financial Aid Office, is $5,364 and is projected to be one of the highest in Division I. -Whas 11, Read More


University President Nick Bruno won’t deny the financial struggles ULM faces in the current landscape of college athletics. What Bruno does take exception to is the perception that athletics aren’t a priority at ULM. Speaking exclusively to The News-Star, Bruno reiterated his support of ULM athletics. ULM’s athletic budget is the lowest among schools that field FBS football programs, and the percentage of contributions by the university to the athletic budget ranks among the bottom of the Sun Belt Conference and the UL System. But one of Bruno’s goals when he arrived on campus was for ULM to climb into the top-half of the Sun Belt in all sports, and it’s one he still feels is attainable despite the athletic department’s lack of monetary resources. -Adam Hunsucker, The NewsStar, Read More


A steering committee of UAB supporters is developing an athletics foundation to provide sustained financial support for the school’s reborn football program, has learned. The foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation which does not yet have a formal name, is being modeled after the Crimson Tide Foundation at Alabama and the Tigers Unlimited Foundation at Auburn – with one pioneering distinction. The UAB foundation, according to its executive summary obtained by, plans “to combine sports research and medicine and lead UAB in a ‘one-of-a-kind’ initiative that will have national impact and create a world-class competitive edge.” -Kevin Scarbinsky, AL.COM, Read More


Applications are sought for the position of Assistant Athletic Director-Financial Operations at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Reporting to the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation, the Assistant Athletic Director Financial Operations leads, manages and oversees the day-to-day financial, business, human resource management and travel operations of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation. Apply Here


Northern Illinois University is looking for Events Administrator (Assistant Ticket Director). This position is responsible for the management of ticketing operations for Intercollegiate Athletics and Convocation Center events, which may include supervision of season ticket sales, selling and accounting of tickets sold for concerts and events, and reconciliation and deposit of sales receipts. Apply Here


The Auburn University Athletics department has announced the launch of Auburn Mobile Fast Pass, a quick and easy way for Tigers fans to instantly purchase tickets using text messaging. Fans who register for the program will receive customized notifications when tickets become available, enabling them to purchase tickets on-demand in a matter of seconds via text message. The faster fans respond, the better their seat locations will be. Auburn’s partnership with ReplyBuy will allow fans to receive offers if tickets become available last minute from allotments previously reserved for the visiting team, player comps, recruits and high school coaches, even when games had been previously announced as sold out.


University of Mississippi is looking for an Assistant Athletic Director Information Technology. The Assistant Athletic Director Information Technology performs user need analyses; evaluates, selects, and recommends computer hardware and software. Designs departmental network systems. Apply Here


Oral Roberts University is currently looking for an Executive Director of the Golden Eagle Club. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the ORU Golden Eagle Club, including implementation of the annual fund, membership, board development, marketing, general donations, seat licenses, varsity club, sponsors, Courtside Countdown, Golf Classic, Diamond Dinner, Bracketology Breakfast, and Golf Marathon. For full consideration, submit resume, cover letter and the names and contact information of three references to: [email protected]


UAB held its launch for the new athletics campaign on Tuesday night at the school’s alumni house. UAB coaches stressed the needs for funding to build new facilities. But athletic director Mark Ingram did present a plan for facility improvements for all sports, provided funding is raised. Here is what Ingram spoke about in terms of facility improvements if the money is raised. No dollar amount was provided as for how much has been raised. A new, two-story football operations building with coaches’ office, locker rooms and more. A clubhouse for UAB baseball and softball, plus stadium improvements. An improved tennis facility so the Blazers can host meets. – Drew Champlin,, Read More


Matt Plizga, a 1999 graduate of Penn State Behrend and four-year letterman in basketball for the Lions, was named Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at the University of Pittsburgh this week. Plizga spent the past 14 years on the sports information staff at Duke University, including 10 seasons as the top contact for the Blue Devils’ men’s basketball team. Plizga will have supervisory oversight of the media relations office at Pitt, where he will handle all press activities for the Panthers’ men’s basketball team and also be a member of the athletic department’s senior staff. After graduation in 1999, he served a two-year sports information graduate assistantship at Edinboro, where Plizga earned a master’s degree in speech and communication studies. -Tony Battaglia, GoErie, Read More


Renovating the Fifth Third Arena could generate an additional $2.2 million in revenue for the University of Cincinnati, thanks to a seven-fold expansion in premium-seating options for Bearcats fans with deep pockets. And that’s just one of the reasons UC Athletic Director Mike Bohn loves the latest plans for the rehabbed on-campus arena. “We want it it to be a rallying point for the community,” said Bohn in an exclusive WCPO interview to introduce UC’s latest thinking on arena renovations. The interview comes a week before Bohn is scheduled to brief UC trustees on renovation options and three weeks after the U.S. Bank Arena unveiled renderings for a $200 million renovation that is partly aimed at attracting the UC Men’s Basketball program as an anchor tenant. -Dan Monk, WCPO, Read More


Lobo football is just weeks away from kick off and while some fans have higher expectations this season, season ticket sales so far aren’t reflecting that. Many are still pumped for the upcoming Lobo football season, including the team’s coach Bob Davie, who’s now in his fourth season. But it’s also no secret that getting fans to fill the seats at University Stadium hasn’t been easy for a while. UNM’s Athletic Department has been fighting the attendance and season ticket battle for years. While there is some renewed hype, it hasn’t translated into a flurry of season ticket buying yet, less than three weeks from the start of the season. – Chris McKee, KRQE, Read More


Former Texas Tech basketball player Dr. Gionet Cooper has been named the Director of the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy, Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt announced on Tuesday. In this newly-created position, Cooper will oversee programming and curriculum for the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy, the first comprehensive program of its kind in a collegiate athletics department. Cooper joins the Texas Tech athletics department after spending the previous 13 years as a Principal, Assistant Principal and history teacher in the Lubbock Independent School District. Cooper earned three degrees from Texas Tech University, including a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in 2012, a Master of Education in Mid-Management in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Social Work in 1999. – KCBD, Read More


East Carolina University is looking for an Assistant Director of Ticket Operations. The primary purpose of the Assistant Director of Ticket Operations is to assist with the day to day operations of the Athletics Ticket Office. Apply Here

August 18, 2015


Volleyball is coming to South Puget Sound Community College. It’s been nearly a quarter century since the Clippers added a new intercollegiate sport, but women’s volleyball will make its debut on the Olympia campus in the fall of 2016. Volleyball will be the college’s fourth athletic program, joining men’s basketball, men’s soccer and women’s basketball. The addition comes on the heels of South Puget Sound, a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), discontinuing its intercollegiate softball program earlier in August. -Grant Clark, Thurson Talk, Read More


University of Maine athletic director Karlton Creech made “guarantee” games a priority for his football team, and it is paying off. The Black Bears will be paid $400,000 for a season-opening game at Boston College on Sept. 5 and will receive another $325,000 from a visit to Tulane two weeks later, according to contracts obtained by the Portland Press Herald on Tuesday. Last season, Maine was paid $350,000 for a trip to Boston College, but had no other such guarantee games, in which larger schools write big checks to smaller schools in order to secure a home game and what they hope is a likely victory. – Mark Emmert, Portland Press Herald, Read More


Eastern Kentucky selected Kevin Britton as its Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and Branding. Britton has served the last eight years as Eastern’s assistant director of athletic public relations. Britton will manage all facets of positively publicizing and promoting EKU’s 17 intercollegiate sports programs, including department messaging, media relations, internet strategies, creative services and video production. The Laurel County, Kentucky native earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in public relations from Eastern Kentucky in 2000 and a master’s of science degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration in 2011.


College of the Holy Cross is looking for a Director of Athletics Ticket Sales and Operations. The Director of Ticket Sales and Operations will support the Holy Cross Athletics to engage fans and provide impeccable ticket sales processes and procedures while implementing action plans for revenue generation and customer retention. Apply Here


IU athletics extended its apparel agreement with Adidas on Monday with one of the largest apparel deals in the country, IU Athletic Director Fred Glass announced Tuesday. The eight-year agreement is worth $53.6 million and runs through 2024. Adidas will almost double its original annual commitment to IU from $3.7 million to $6.7 million. Adidas will continue to provide jerseys for IU athletics, and it will provide IU football with one alternate jersey each year — including helmets — and men’s basketball will be provided with an optional alternate jersey. President and founder of Navigate Research AJ Maestas, who was engaged by the athletic department to do a valuation study in preparation for this deal, said the agreement will be the fifth largest in college athletics. – IDS, Read More


The Michigan State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is looking for a Coordinator Of Donor Relations. This position will be responsible for developing strategic donor retention, acquisition, and stewardship initiatives to properly engage & sustain positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the Athletic Department and its donors; partner with university colleagues and coaches to determine the best strategies for effective stewardship of donors; and maintain ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies. Apply Here


Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking an Assistant Director of Marketing candidate for a variety of Varsity Sports Programs. The primary duties for this position will include assisting the Basketball Marketing Manager with all marketing and promotions, implementing and executing game day and event marketing strategies for all Basketball events, monitoring and collaborating on social media efforts and grassroots campaigns to increase brand recognition and awareness, assisting in the supervision of events to ensure coordinated event details are completed, and assist in the hiring, training, and supervision of any marketing employees as well as direct supervision of marketing interns. Apply Here


University of Wisconsin – Madison is looking for an Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations. The Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations assists the Athletic Director in the overall administration of a $130 million, 23 sport NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletic Program serving as a member of the Athletic Director’s Senior Management Team. To apply, send a letter of application addressing your qualifications and experiences specifically relating to the responsibilities of this position, a comprehensive resume, the current contact information for three professional references, and a statement of whether you wish to have your application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request to: Office of Athletics Human Resources, at [email protected]


California State University, Fresno is looking for a Senior Associate Athletics Director – Sport Services. Under the general supervision of the Director of Athletics, the Senior Associate Athletics Director – Sport Services is primarily responsible for working with all facets of the administration on the athletics department. Apply Here


Conference USA EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER Judy MacLeod will serve as the league’s interim head when longtime commissioner Britton Banowsky steps down on Sept. 15. MacLeod has long been considered Banowsky’s heir apparent. ODU President John Broderick, who chairs the C-USA Board of Directors, said the league has begun a search for a permanent successor. She becomes the first woman ever to head any of the ten Football Bowl Subdivision leagues. MacLeod joined Conference USA in 2005 after spending 15 years at the University of Tulsa, including ten as athletic director. – Harry Minium, NCAA, Read More


Northern State’s Blake Day has accepted the Assistant Athletics Director for Development position at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Day was about to enter his fourth year with NSU this fall and his second year as assistant athletics director for development and marketing. Day joined NSU in August 2012 and spent his first two years as director of athletic marketing and development, before being promoted to his current role in May 2014. Blake came to NSU from South Dakota State, where he was a marketing graduate assistant in the Jackrabbit athletic department. – Aberdeen News, Read More


The Elon University Athletic Communications Office announced the hiring of Josh Gresh as Assistant Director of Communications on Monday, Aug. 17. Gresh will serve as the primary communications contact for Phoenix men’s basketball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis. Prior to coming to Elon, Gresh spent a little over a year in the Wake Forest Athletic Communications Office. Gresh has also communications experience as a volunteer with the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Carolina Panthers, United States Soccer, Lake Erie Monsters, Canton Charge and Cleveland Gladiators. Gresh earned a bachelor of arts from Baldwin Wallace in 2013, double majoring in sport management and public relations.


UCF Athletics is looking for an Assistant Director, Student-Athlete Welfare and Development. Under the direction of the Director of Student-Athlete Welfare & Development, positions will assist in the management and administration of programming towards the personal and professional development of student-athletes. Apply Here


The Department of Athletics has developed eight UNC-themed emoji stickers available for download on iOS and Android devices. Lynnea Phillips, social media coordinator for the athletic department, said she came up with the idea for the stickers, and the department’s design intern, senior Keely McKenzie, spent an afternoon designing them. Phillips said about 20 minutes were spent designing each sticker. “Downloading them sounds like a lot of effort, but if they were more convenient, I’d definitely use them,” Holder said. Phillips said the emojis are offered as downloadable images instead of a keyboard like the one traditional emojis are offered on to save money. – Colleen Moir, Daily Tar Heel, Read More

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