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January 19, 2016

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State and Nike Inc. reached a massive contract agreement last week that will extend the current partnership until 2033. However, the 15-year contract extension, which the university believes to be the biggest ever for a college contract, will not just benefit athletic programs. The deal surpasses the University of Texas’ $250 million contract, a contract also held by Nike. More than 16 percent of the total OSU-Nike contract value of $252 million will be committed toward non-athletic endeavors at OSU. University President Michael Drake said in a release the new contract will open new doors for OSU students, as well as student-athletes. “The comprehensive nature of this partnership is a win for all Ohio State students,” he said. “The expanded commitment by Nike will support access, affordability and excellence for Buckeye students and student-athletes across our campus.” Of the more than $41 million dedicated off-field and off-court, $15 million in cash, as well as another $8.5 million in products, will be committed to support student-focused initiatives. Nike also agreed to 90 internship opportunities over the course of the 15-year contract life, allowing four internships annually to non-athlete students, as well as two internships annually to student-athletes. -Michael Hudson, The Lantern, Read More

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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

A lot has happened in the nearly six months since Norwood Teague resigned as the University of Minnesota’s athletic director. There have been more sexual harassment allegations, another resignation, an outside investigation and an internal audit. But the search for a new athletic director has not yet begun. According to the university, Kathy Brown, the vice-president of human resources, is tasked with developing the search plan. That means making recommendations on whether to once again use an outside search firm, who is on the search committee, and deciding the interviewing and vetting process. Brown will present her recommendations in February. “So the process is beginning, in the early stages, and many conversations to take place,” Dean Johnson, the chair of the Board of Regents, told Fox 9. Johnson said he doesn’t know when the search will begin, let alone when someone will get hired — or whether Beth Goetz, the interim athletic director, will become permanent. -Todd Haller, Fox 9, Read More

January 18, 2016

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

The financial penalty Auburn expected has officially been levied: Auburn will be forced to pay $100,000 to the SEC because its fans stormed the court afterupsetting No. 14 Kentucky last week. This is Auburn’s second offense dating back to 2004, when the SEC instituted a fine structure (and later upgraded it) for fans storming fields of competition. Auburn famously stormed the field following its Kick Six victory against Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl. The fine structure was updated in May: $50,000 for a first offense; $100,000 for a second offense; and $250,000 for a third and subsequent offenses. Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs told AL.com no one was hurt during the celebration and said the school will happily pay the fine. – Brandon Marcello,  al.comRead More

FCS FOOTBALL
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FCS FOOTBALL

Capped off by a fifth straight championship by North Dakota State University, the 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship enjoyed record crowds for both the championship game and the tournament. Propelled by the announcement of a newly agreed upon four-year extension with Frisco, Texas, for the Division I Football Championship (Football Championship Subdivision) title game, the 2016 championship game drew  21,836 fans —  the highest mark in the six years Frisco has hosted the championship and the most overall since 2007. The final game of the 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship pushed the tournament attendance to a record 258,066 in 23 games, an average of 11,220 per game. The previous championship attendance record was 256,384 in 2011. Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

For the second year in a row, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been named the most valuable football program in the NCAA. A study composed by Ryan Brewer, assistant professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University in Columbus, Indiana, valued the Scarlet and Gray at a whopping $946.6 million. Findings from the study first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. To put the figure in perspective, it nearly doubles the worth of the average NHL hockey team, which is about $505 million. In fact, the Scarlet and Gray are valued higher than every NHL team except for the New York Rangers ($1.2 billion), the Montreal Canadiens ($1.18 billion) and the Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.15 billion), according to Forbes Magazine. Astoundingly, the Buckeyes’ value is worth more than 19 of 30 NBA franchises as well, including the Oklahoma City Thunder ($930 million) and the Cleveland Cavaliers ($915 million), according to Forbes. – Giustino Bovenzi, The LanternRead More

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

James Madison University has hired Mike Houston as its new football head coach, Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced Monday. Houston becomes the seventh head coach in program history. “I am thrilled to welcome Mike Houston as the next football head coach at James Madison,” Bourne said. “Mike has been a fast riser in the coaching ranks with success turning programs around at the Division II and FCS levels. His pedigree for winning and ability to lead young men make him the perfect fit to build upon the foundation already in place at JMU.” JMU will hold a formal press conference to announce Houston’s hire on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Bridgeforth Stadium Club. The event will be open to the public and streamed live on MadiZONE. Read More

ST. OLAF COLLEGE
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ST. OLAF COLLEGE

Rachael Sushner has been named head women’s soccer coach at St. Olaf, athletic director Ryan Bowles announced on Monday afternoon. Sushner served as assistant coach at Division III Washington and Lee for the last three seasons, where the Generals posted a 45-8-3 record in the span. She was an assistant coach at Clarkson University for two seasons before her stint at W&L. Sushner started her career as an assistant at Wellesley College. A Division III student-athlete at Skidmore College, Sushner was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year, an all-conference selection and a first team all-region selection for the women’s soccer team. She was a four-year starter, captain as a senior and played one season for the professional Boston Breakers reserve team in 2010. Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

As conversations of conference realignment fire up college football’s “hot stove” many factors are often discussed. The size of a schools TV market,  are they one the field winners, what kind of budget do they have are usually the talking points most often used. But Berry Trammel of NewsOK highlights the most over looked factor of realignment. Academics. Specifically how academic standings and ratings play an important role in conference movement. –Read More

VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE
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VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE

Lenny Brown has been named VMI Director of Athletics Equipment & Services and begins his duties on January 18. Brown replaces Jimmy Mason who served 35 years as VMI Head Equipment Manager and retired following the conclusion of the 2015 football season in late November. Brown also served a 13-month stint at American University from July, 2011 through August, 2012 where he was Assistant Equipment Manager and oversaw the equipment and clothing distribution of 16 varsity sports.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

David Kotulski, who has 37 years of coaching experience including 22 years as a defensive coordinator, has been named Utah State’s linebackers coach, it was announced Saturday by Aggie head coach Matt Wells. Most recently, Kotulski spent the 2014 season as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Vanderbilt. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as the inside linebackers coach at Stanford. – Doug Hoffman, Deseret News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

TYR Sport is proud to announce that it has signed a multi-year agreement as the official supplier of swimwear, parkas, and swim caps for the University of Arizona Swimming and Diving teams. With a staggering 47 Olympians and 36 gold medals associated with its program, Arizona Swimming & Diving is no stranger to success. “It is with a glad heart that I announce TYR as the official supplier of swimwear, parkas, and swim caps for the University of Arizona,” began DeMont. “Their products are outstanding, and we are proud to wear and race in their gear.” – Swimming World Magazine. Read More.

JONES COUNTRY JUNIOR COLLEGE
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JONES COUNTRY JUNIOR COLLEGE

John Carr, who has served as Southern Miss’ director of football operations since Todd Monken was hired, is moving on. Jones County Junior College head coach Steve Buckley named Carr his Assistant Head Coach and Wide Receivers Coach. Carr worked alongside Buckley on Southern Miss’ staff in 2013 and 2014. Prior to being hired as the director of football operations at Southern Miss, Carr served as a coach at several different levels. – Hattiesburg American. Read More.

CHOWAN UNIVERSITY
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CHOWAN UNIVERSITY

Chowan University will honor long-time men’s basketball coach Bob Burke on Saturday, January 30th as the Helms Center court will be formally named “Bob Burke Court”. The dedication will be held at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Virginia Union University with former players, coaches, and fans in attendance. Tip-off is slated for 4:05pm. Burke spent 33 years patrolling the sidelines in the state of North Carolina and left an indelible mark on the college basketball landscape. – HoopDirt. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

University of Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez announced Sunday the hiring of San Jose State secondary coach and esteemed recruiting coordinator Donté Williams to the Wildcat staff as a defensive assistant. Williams joins the Arizona coaching staff after three seasons at San Jose State, including the final two when he served as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. Under his tutelage, the Spartans boasted one of the nation’s top pass defenses, including the best mark in all of FBS in 2014 (117.8 yards per game), which was followed up by a No. 2 finish in 2015 (153.6 ypg).

TRUETT-MCCONNELL COLLEGE
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TRUETT-MCCONNELL COLLEGE

Truett-McConnell College seeks a Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. The position is full-time and carries all faculty responsibilities for teaching along with assumption of other head women’s volleyball coaching duties, as well as the duties commensurate with full-time faculty status. Apply here.

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

Idaho State football head coach Mike Kramer has announced that assistant head coach for offense Matt Troxel has been named offensive coordinator. Troxel replaces Sheldon Cross as the offensive coordinator. Cross returned home to the Seattle area to take over as the head football coach at Kennedy Catholic High School. Kramer has also promoted Rob Phenicie to assistant head coach for the offense. Troxel has been an assistant coach at Idaho State since Kramer arrived in November of 2010. He has been the offensive line coach since 2013, where he established one of the best units in the Big Sky Conference. – Idaho State Journal. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The 2016 Women’s College Cup is returning to Cary, North Carolina, Dec. 2-4, 2016. Originally slated to take place in Orlando, Florida, the NCAA Women’s Soccer Committee decided to move this year’s women’s soccer championship due to the recently announced venue completion date of 2017 of the Orlando City Soccer Club Stadium.The 35th annual College Cup will take place at WakeMed Soccer Park, hosted by the Town of Cary, Campbell University, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, and Capital Area Soccer League. Initially scheduled to host the 2016 and 2017 championship, the University of Central Florida and Central Florida Sports Commission are committed and eager to host the 2017 event in the Orlando Lions and Orlando Pride’s beautiful and state-of-the-art new venue. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The University of Missouri is now accepting applications for two (2) positions for Director of Major Gifts – Intercollegiate Athletics Development. Reporting to the Associate Athletics Director – Development, both positions will be responsible for coordinating fund raising for University of Missouri Athletics and will actively work an assigned portfolio of 100 major gift prospects by developing and cultivating relationships with current and potential contributors in specifically assigned areas; conduct at least 180 substantive in-person visits with major gift (new and current) prospects; actively manage donor relationships and prospects with the goal of increasing both capital gift and annual giving support for Mizzou Athletics, collaborating with other university staff to best match donors’ philanthropic interests with current ICA priorities; work collaboratively with donors to ensure effective stewardship and timely fulfillment of athletic donor benefits; execute premium seating sales for Football and Men’s Basketball; prepare and present reports, concisely and effectively conveying the success of programs and make recommendations for improvements and performing other related duties as assigned. –Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is suing the Iowa-based company that administers the ACT for failing to report accurate ACT test scores for five student athletes beginning in 2010. According to the lawsuit filed with the 15th Judicial District Court, the University of Louisiana’s Board of Supervisors accused ACT, Inc., of not putting in place adequate measures to ensure accurate testing of students wanting to enter college. “College readiness tests are used in a variety of ways including admissions, course placement and awarding of both academic and athletic scholarships,” UL President E. Joseph Savoie said in a prepared statement. “This is bigger than the Ragin’ Cajuns. This is bigger than college football. The credibility of college readiness test administration significantly affects higher education and needs to be addressed.” -Seth Dickerson, The Advertiser, Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

An Arizona State University professor who has been accused of plagiarism has agreed to resign but will continue to be paid more than $200,000 in salary over the next 16 months along with $25,000 in attorney fees. Associate Professor Matthew Whitaker agreed to resign his tenured position effective May 17, 2017. During this time, he has no authority to act for or on behalf of ASU, according to a copy of his settlement agreement with the university. Whitaker earns $153,530 a year and will also receive employee benefits, such as health insurance, during this time.  -Anne Ryman, The Republic, Read More

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Utah State University is seeking Director of the Big Blue Scholarship Fund. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: research, contact, solicitation and stewardship of annual giving prospects, priority seating and priority parking benefits coordination, stewardship of donor activities at select athletic events; and representation of the Athletic Department at University and community events. This position is responsible for raising annual gifts directed to support the scholarship mission of USU Aggie Athletics. The position will focus on the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of identified athletics annual gift donors. Apply here

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

Clarence “Big House” Gaines died in April of 2005, but his vision and dedication to Winston-Salem State lives on. That’s the feeling Tim Grant had Saturday as he attended a fundraising breakfast at the Embassy Suites with nearly 400 people on hand. The main speaker was Stephen A. Smith, a star at ESPN who makes a lot of money giving out his opinions.  “I was impressed with Steve and how he was so adamant about giving back,” Grant said about the fund-raising breakfast. “I guess he was listening to coach Gaines after all.” Smith not only talked about giving back, he put his words into action by donating $250,000 over the next five years. Half will go toward athletics and the other half will go to the Mass Communications department. Smith was a Mass Communications major who wrote for the student newspaper and also had a part-time job at the Journal. Combined with the $33,000 that was raised at the fund-raising breakfast the school had quite a big day on Saturday. The financial benefit of roughly $60,000 alone from Smith and the breakfast for this year will go a long way in helping a strong athletics department become even stronger. -John Dell, Winston-Salem Journal, Read More

 

NCAA
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NCAA

While city officials remain silent about when, or if, a likely five-year contract extension will be signed, all indications point to it being a matter of time before a deal is struck, despite the lateness in comparison to the completion of past Florida-Georgia contracts. When asked about the contract status last week, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley told the Times-Union: “We haven’t verbally agreed yet, but it’s gonna happen.” There’s been a little more concern than usual about the extension of this contract, which expires after the game on Oct. 29, 2016, because the parties typically finish a deal at least a year in advance. The last two extensions were signed on Sept. 1, 2010, and Oct. 25, 2005, more than a year before the contract’s expiration. One of the big reasons the negotiations took longer this time is the schools wanted to see how the Jaguars’ planned renovations to EverBank Field club seat areas in the east and west stands might impact stadium capacity. The Jaguars are reducing club seats from 11,000 to about 8,000 for NFL games, but the schools are adamant about capacity remaining at 82,917 for Florida-Georgia. -Gene Frenette, Jacksomville.com, Read More

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-PORTLAND
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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-PORTLAND

Concordia University seeks qualified professionals to fill the position of Athletic Marketing, Sponsorships and Game Day Coordinator. The Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be administration, communication and promotion of the Athletics Department on campus. The Coordinator is a member of the Athletics Department Senior Management Team.  The salary for this position is negotiable. Apply here

January 17, 2016

NCAA
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NCAA

The Power Five conferences slapped themselves on the back in January 2015 for passing cost of attendance. Given the pressing litigation facing the NCAA and its major conferences related to the issue, there was a collective cry of “hallelujah” that extra stipends to players finally got passed.  Cost of attendance was deemed a historic moment to show that big and meaningful things could actually get done by the NCAA. It was considered the first major step on “modernizing the collegiate model.” It was supposed to set the tone for the future as the real work began to tackle other big issues. Instead, NCAA autonomy in Year 2 looked a lot like the old NCAA governance structure and Congress. You know the drill: Table proposals that don’t have enough votes to pass and create resolutions promising you’ll get to them next year. -Jon Solomon, CBS SPORTSRead More

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

After spending one year as a college football analyst, former Michigan coach Brady Hoke will return to the sidelines as Oregon’s defensive coordinator. Hoke joins a staff that still includes Don Pellum, the team’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons. Mark Helfrich announced a change in the staff in January that included a change in responsibilities for Pellum, who will continue to coach the Ducks’ linebackers. “We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Hoke to the Oregon family,” Helfrich said Saturday. “He’s passionate, knowledgeable and tough, and has an outstanding track record of success from a defensive standpoint.” -Chip Patterson, cbssports.comRead More

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Mark Sandy knows it all. He’s got an estimate of how expensive a new indoor practice facility would be, he’s got an idea of where it could fit near Scheumann Stadium and he knows, generally, who can provide the donations needed for the construction. Though the second-year athletic director could talk about the logistics all day, sometimes it’s about delivery. And that’s why, as Ball State eyes that new practice facility, Sandy is thrilled to have former Cardinal Mike Neu in charge of the football program. A fundraising bonus specifically for the construction of a new indoor practice facility is written into Neu’s contract, which will keep him at Ball State through 2021. For each contract year Neu “participates fully” in raising $250,000 or more, he will earn a $10,000 bonus. -Dakota Crawford, The Star PressRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

NMSU recently filed a lawsuit against the state of New Mexico and its secretary of taxation and revenue, Demesia Padilla, for “overpayment of governmental gross receipts taxes.” If NMSU is able to secure any or all of the $282,747.61 it is seeking, UNM may also get a tax refund. “We’ve looked into it, and we tend to believe New Mexico State is right,” UNM athletic director Paul Krebs said. “We’ll be watching their case with interest.” At issue in New Mexico State’s lawsuit are payments received for out-of-state road games Aggie teams played from December 2011 through 2014. NMSU says it “erroneously” paid governmental gross receipts taxes on the payments received, now believing they qualify as interstate commerce and should be exempt. – Ken Sickenger , abqjournal.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Convention will make its first visit to Phoenix in 2024 during a decade in which the event will return to five other regular host sites for the annual gathering of the Association’s nearly 1,100 member schools. The NCAA announced today agreements to host the Convention in San Antonio, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., Anaheim, California and Nashville, Tennessee, from 2020 through 2027. Nashville (2017), Indianapolis (2018) and Atlanta (2019) will host the next three Conventions. The NCAA Convention is held annually in January and brings more than 3,000 attendees to the four-day event each year to learn about issues that impact college sports, chart the course for the NCAA’s three divisions and celebrate the successes of student-athletes. -Brian Hendrickson, ncaa.orgRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

Advertisements at UND sporting events for the controversial daily fantasy sports website FanDuel are being removed. The ads were part of a block sold through UND athletics’ partnership with Learfield Sports, a company that connects large national brands with universities. UND had a partnership with Learfield, and Learfield had a relationship with FanDuel, which is why the signage was on display at the Alerus Center during football games and on boards at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Learfield’s partnership with FanDuel has now ended, so the ads will now stop. “Signage takes more time to take down, so I’m not quite sure when they’ll be down,” Doperalski said. – Wade Rupard, grandforksherald.comRead More


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