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January 8, 2016

ITHACA COLLEGE
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ITHACA COLLEGE

Ithaca College’s department of intercollegiate athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of J.J. Antoine as Ithaca’s Facility, Event and Team Travel Specialist. Her primary duties include equipment services for varsity teams based out of the Athletics & Events Center, event management for home contests occurring inside the A&E Center (and on the Wheeler Tennis Courts), and the coordination of team transportation and travel arrangements for the nearly 900 student-athletes on campus. “I wanted the opportunity to work at IC because I very much support the Division III philosophy,” said Antoine, who comes to Ithaca following a five-year career working in and around college athletics. –Read More

CAL STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE
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CAL STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE

The CSUN Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced a major gift of $250,000 to the Sports Medicine department. The donation will help fund a satellite athletic training facility that will service the healthcare needs of CSUN’s outdoor sports. “Expanding the services and capabilities of our Athletic Training staff is an important step towards comprehensive excellence for our athletics programs,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Brandon Martin. “Student-athlete well-being is our top priority and the satellite athletic training facility will make sure our student-athletes continue to feel comfortable and confident that they’re receiving the best possible care, no matter where they are. Our sports medicine department, led by Steve Grech, is excellent and this gift will allow him and his staff to excel even more.” The satellite facility is scheduled to be operational by fall of 2016. In addition to the new facility, the donation will also fund equipment including ultrasound/neuromuscular stimulation combo units, pneumatic compression devices, treatment tables and rehabilitation equipment. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA has agreed to a four-year extension with Frisco, Texas, to continue holding the Division I Football Championship title game at Toyota Stadium, hosted by the Southland Conference, the city of Frisco and Hunt Sports Ventures. The extension will keep the championship game in Frisco through 2020. Mark Wilson, chair of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee and the director of athletics at Tennessee Technological University, is happy to see the title game of the Football Championship Subdivision stay in Frisco. “The Division I Football Championship Game has been a world-class event for the past five years,” Wilson said. “The committee has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from all of our past participants and countless fans. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the city of Frisco, Hunt Sports Ventures and the Southland Conference.” The stadium is scheduled to undergo a $39 million improvement project, which will include new locker rooms. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2017. –Read More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Despite the efforts of the College Football Playoff committee and some media outlets downplaying the financial hit ESPN took by being forced to televise the two national championship semi-final games on New Year’s Eve, media buyers say the network owes upwards of $20 million in ad makegoods for ratings shortfalls for the two games. ESPN may have gotten a bit greedy when setting its ratings estimates and offering higher guarantee levels to advertisers for the two games, knowing audiences might not flock to their TV sets, despite the optimism of the CFP committee. However, advertisers are concerned about next season’s potential audience levels for the games, which will also be televised on New Year’s Eve. Even if the ratings guarantees by ESPN are set lower, advertisers would prefer the games be moved to New Year’s Day or even on consecutive primetime nights, exclusive of New Year’s Eve, when more people would likely watch. -John Consoli, Broadcasting & Cable, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Leaders of the five most powerful athletics conferences, responding to players’ concerns that they spend too much time on their sports, are weighing ideas to limit the hours athletes are required to devote to their teams. The questions about time demands are expected to take center stage at next week’s National Collegiate Athletic Association convention, where student leaders hope to play a key role in shaping new rules. The proposed changes, which are set for a vote next Friday, are seen as a starting point in a broader discussion about giving players more opportunities to be regular students. Former athletics officials say those discussions have been prompted by lawsuits seeking more benefits for players. In recent months, NCAA leaders have called for more scrutiny of how athletic departments monitor demands on students and how many hours of sports are appropriate. NCAA rules limit teams to 20 hours a week of organized practice and competition. But many players, coaches, and compliance staffers agree that those limits are regularly exceeded. Athletics officials are expected to discuss the 20-hour mandate at the convention next week and whether it has outlived its usefulness. Some leaders believe that colleges should do away with weekly limits, leaving coaches to decide how much is enough. -Brad Wolverton, Chronicle of Higher Education, Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Legislation aimed at helping Rutgers University kickstart the first phase of its athletics facilities plan was approved Thursday by the state Assembly appropriations committee. The bill (A4704), sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex), would provide Rutgers $25 million in tax credits to fund infrastructure projects such as the planned parking deck and multipurpose athletics training facility on the Livingston Campus adjacent to the Rutgers Athletic Center. The measure was advanced during a Thursday afternoon session in Trenton, with six panel members voting yes, two voting no and one abstaining. -Keith Sargeant, NJ Advanced Media, Read More

JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

Jacksonville University Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Services Alex Ricker-Gilbert has been promoted to the Senior Associate Athletic Director level, school Chief Athletics Officer/Athletic Director Dr. Donnie Horner announced. Ricker-Gilbert, from State College, Pa., has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration, Horner said, and will be involved in all day-to-day operations of the department. “Alex Ricker-Gilbert is one of the brightest young stars in our business and I am overjoyed to be able to work with and mentor him,’’ Horner said. “When you have someone of his caliber on staff, it is extremely important to our department and institution that we promote from within and get that person in vital and visible roles. In his compliance role, Alex has tackled some very tough issues and has proven to be thoughtful and thorough in executing his duties.’’ –Read More

CAL STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE
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CAL STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE

CSUN Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Brandon E. Martin announced today that CSUN will self-impose a post-season ban for the 2015-2016 men’s basketball team due to serious rules violations that first came to light in November 2014. Martin has made it clear that CSUN’s mission is to continue the pursuit of comprehensive excellence, both on and off the court. As a result of the findings of an external investigation, the university has notified the NCAA that CSUN has instituted this self-imposed post-season ban. The timeline for final resolution rests with the NCAA. “CSUN has a proud tradition of athletic excellence and an absolute commitment to the success of our student-athletes,” Martin said. “Our actions today demonstrate the values on which our athletic programs are built.” In November 2014, Martin announced that CSUN elected to withhold several basketball players from competition due to potential violations of team rules and university policies until a full and thorough investigation was completed. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Almost six months ago to the day, on July 6, 2015, the NCAA sent a missive to every Division I men’s basketball coach essentially preparing them for what was coming: The rules are substantially changing, so you better change, too. Here we are on Jan. 7, and somehow, some way, coaches and players alike have seemingly, deftly adapted without much lag. It’s an unacknowledged phenomenon. Scoring is up, possessions are up and the game is squiggling toward a more fluid existence. For most, the grand takeaway at the midway point of the 2015-16 season: The rules changes are working and results are increasingly positive. -Matt Norlander, CBS Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

Officials at North Carolina are still hopeful that a long-running NCAA investigation can conclude sometime in the spring. The likelihood of that, though, depends on how quickly UNC receives its amended Notice of Allegations (NOA) from the NCAA. How quickly the case is resolved also depends on what the amended NOA contains, Bubba Cunningham, the UNC athletic director, said in an interview on Thursday. The contents of the NOA will determine the timeline for the rest of the case, Cunningham said. In August UNC was days away from the deadline to respond to the first NOA, which it received from the NCAA in May. Four days before the deadline, though, UNC announced that it had supplied additional details of potential violations to the NCAA. The case has been in a holding pattern ever since. -Andrew Carter, News Observer, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

The NCAA was going to release its ruling on alleged violations committed by former Louisiana-Lafayette football assistant coach David Saunders on Friday morning. At the last minute, the NCAA reversed course. A Friday morning email said the NCAA decision was set to be released by the NCAA at 11 a.m., with subsequent news conferences set for noon and 1:30 p.m. But shortly after 11 a.m., the NCAA announced “the Committee on Infractions call will be rescheduled for a later date.” No later date was provided. The NCAA’s decision will be based on an investigation that started in 2013 into alleged impropriety by Saunders while on the Cajuns’ coaching staff. -Luke Johnson, The Advocate, Read More

MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY
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MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY

Maryville University is seeking Head Coach – Men’s Soccer.  The Men’s Soccer Head Coach reports to the Athletic Director and is responsible for managing all aspects of the men’s soccer program. The head coach ensures prospective student-athletes are aware of all policies and procedures and recruits players each season in accordance with Maryville University, Department of Athletics and NCAA rules and regulations. Responsibilities include budget management, program administration, recruitment and academic monitoring of student-athletes, scheduling contests and practices and organizing travel and game day preparations. The head coach will promote a favorable image of the University, participate in fundraising for the program, encourage surrounding community partnerships and be involved in soccer camps. Apply here

NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

New Jersey Institute of Technology (Division I), located in the University Heights district of Newark, NJ and a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, is accepting applications for the full time position of Head Women’s Soccer Coach. Essential qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and five years’ experience as a women’s soccer coach at a highly competitive club, or collegiate level.  All applicants must demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills, possess working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations, and demonstrate a commitment to student athlete welfare and athletics excellence in a rigorous academic environment. Apply here

January 7, 2016

TEAMWORKS
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TEAMWORKS

Teamworks, a leading provider of mobile collaboration and communication software for athletic organizations is pleased to announce that the Arizona Cardinals have become the most recent team to enlist its services to enhance team communication. The Teamworks app allows the Cardinals staff to stay in constant communication with their players directly on the devices that hold their attention all day long. It enables players to securely view a live team schedule; access important documents, complete and file necessary forms, and much more, all from the convenience of their mobile phone. Just as Teamworks keeps the Cardinals connected, it does the same for college football’s top two teams as well. Both Clemson and Alabama, who will square off Monday night for the National Championship rely on Teamworks to keep them connected. –Read More

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
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MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY

Marquette University is seeking an Assistant/Associate Athletic Director, Marketing & Fan Engagement.
The Assistant/Associate Athletic Director, Marketing & Fan Engagement will develop and implement marketing, game operations and promotional plans to enhance the brand and revenue of Marquette Athletics. He/she is responsible for many external operations of the department; delivers, directs and implements the strategy plan for marketing, promotions, game management, community outreach, and student spirit groups. Apply here

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

College of Charleston, located in Charleston, SC, is seeking candidates for the Associate Director of Video Operations. Bachelor’s degree is required. Video board production and creative services in a collegiate athletics program is preferred, as well as an understanding in operations and use of equipment. Other preferred qualifications include: knowledge of the use and process of how analog and digital patch panels work; understanding of SDI & HDMI technology; knowledge of analog and digital video transmission; experience with 3Play/Tricaster and Blackmagic Design controls and software; experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere or Final Cut Pro; understanding of video capture and streaming technologies (Ex. Stretch Internet); general sports broadcast experience; XLR/Audio broadcast technology experience; and camera control experience (White balance, ISO, Aperture, Iris, etc). Apply here

MARIST COLLEGE
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MARIST COLLEGE

The Athletics Department at Marist College invites applications for the 12-month, part-time position of Multimedia Coordinator. The Multimedia Coordinator will assist the Assistant Athletics Director for External Affairs with preparing video and audio packages for the Athletics Department’s website and LED video boards; generating social media content (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and assisting administrative staff with special projects within NCAA Division I athletics. The Multimedia Coordinator will serve as liaison to the MAAC conference office for men’s and women’s basketball instant replay system, video streaming and highlights. Apply here

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

James Madison University, a Division I FCS member of the NCAA and Colonial Athletic Association, is seeking a Head Football Coach to build upon a rich tradition of success with this nationally recognized program. This individual is expected to field teams which regularly compete for conference championships and postseason play. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package.  Nominations and references regarding potential applicants should be sent to Bill Carr at: [email protected] Apply here

QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE
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QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE

Queens University of Charlotte, located in the heart of the thriving new South city of Charlotte, North Carolina, seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to become its new Director of Athletics. Apply here.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson athletic department officials have learned that the NCAA has granted its request for relief in regards to the football team’s preparation for the College Football Playoff National Championship. “Clemson’s spring semester began with classes on Wednesday, beginning the limit on countable athletically related activity. Clemson requested permission to exceed the daily-hour limitation on a very limited basis and for student-athletes to miss class Thursday afternoon with professor approval. Clemson will not exceed the weekly 20-hour maximum,” according to a statement from Clemson University.  –FOX Carolina, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

After years of playing in one of the Southeastern Conference’s most outdated facilities, Mississippi hosts the first game in its $96.5 million new basketball arena on Thursday night. The new arena — called The Pavilion at Ole Miss — will undoubtedly be a huge upgrade over the 50-year-old Tad Smith Coliseum. The new venue has a capacity of 9,500, including more than 1,700 premium seats. That likely will be enough to draw fans in the short term. Bjork said Ole Miss has sold about 5,000 season tickets for The Pavilion through the remainder of the year, compared to about 4,100 last year at Tad Smith Coliseum. – ESPN. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

As Illinois searches for an athletic director ahead of the Jan. 21 trustees meeting, Rick George provided a reminder that he’s not in the mix. “I have not spoken to anyone from Illinois and I did not send my application in for the position,” the Colorado athletic director wrote in an e-mail to The News-Gazette Wednesday afternoon. UI President Timothy Killeen has said he’d like to have a candidate selected in time for the trustees’ next meeting. Asked Wednesday if that’s  still the plan, UI spokesman Tom Hardy said he hasn’t heard otherwise from the campus. “The level of optimism about that timetable may have shifted, but I haven’t heard if there’s any change in the schedule,” he said. -Julie Wurth and Jeff D’Alessio, The News-Gazette, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

University of South Florida seeks an Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. This Position is responsible for the overall administrative oversight and direction of the USF Athletics Compliance Office with a primary role of facilitating institutional control over its athletics programs in order to ensure consistent adherence and behavior with the letter and spirit of NCAA, American Athletic Conference, and University rules and regulations. Apply here.

NCAA
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NCAA

The Winthrop Clinic is a special AD-only series of publications to help administrators utilize Win AD’s continually expanding data and updated features. Each edition provides ADs with turn-key, actionable content on employing innovative ideas and strategies in order to improve performance, increase revenue, and save time by harnessing the power of Win AD. In this edition of The Winthrop Clinic, we analyzed the revenues and expenses of men’s basketball programs outside of the ‘Power 5’ conferences. To perform our analysis, we looked at the budgets of more than 200 programs across six seasons (2009-10 through 2014-15), highlighting key trends and making detailed comparisons. All financial data used in this analysis is derived from NCAA financial reports, not EADA data. We then separated the ‘Non-Power 5’ schools (e.g. everyone outside the P5 conferences) into more specific peer groups and not only compared these groups to one another but also to two additional peer groups: ‘Power-5’ schools and ‘Top Performing’ non-P5 schools (note: we detail the criteria used to identify ‘top performing’ schools below). –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team will appeal the NCAA sanctions that were handed down over this past Christmas break, UH Athletic Director David Matlin announced in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “There is no question, we have to acknowledge that we have done some things wrong, and we are getting better,” Matlin said. “But at the end of the day, we do feel it is a little harsh on these current student athletes and especially on the postseason fan.” Despite previously stating that they were not going to appeal the sanctions, Matlin explained why Hawai’i has decided to pursue the appeal process. “When I took the job, the decisions that we make are to [always] support our student athletes,” Matlin said. “We felt the penalties were a little harsh and none of them [the players and coaching staff] did anything to deserve these penalties.” -Zachary Johnson, Kaleo, Read More

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January 6, 2016

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Texas State has hired Everett Withers as the Bobcats new football coach. Withers was previously the head coach at James Madison. Texas State will hold an introductory press conference Thursday after at 3 pm.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Over the next four years, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze will average $4.925 million per year, as Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced salary increases for the football staff on Wednesday. After guiding the Rebels to a second straight “New Year’s Six” bowl and a victory in the AllState Sugar Bowl, Freeze’s contract has been extended by one year to the maximum four years allowed by the state of Mississippi, and his base salary will rise from $4.3 million to $4.7 million as of Jan. 1, 2016. His salary will increase by $150,000 per year, and incentives will continue to be based on APR, playoff rankings, coaching honors and SEC Championship game and bowl participation. In addition, the salary pool for Ole Miss’ nine assistant coaches rises from $3.11 to $4.26 million, and the budget for operations, strength and conditioning and other support staff increases by $260,000. Read More

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

New Orleans Saints QB coach Mike Neu is expected to become the new Ball State head coach, a source told FOX Sports Wednesday. The 45-year-old Neu is an Indianapolis native and a former Ball State QB. He has head coaching experience having led two Arena League teams. He will replace Pete Lembo, who stepped down to take a job on the Maryland staff last month. -Bruce Feldman, foxsports.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

The Department of Athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking applicants to fill the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing & Promotions. This is an 11-month position located on the UAF campus, the nation’s northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant university and international research center. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes a benefits package with medical insurance, retirement, pension, and vacation and sick leave. The Assistant AD for Marketing & Promotions will assist with the development and implementation of marketing and fundraising strategies designed to enhance the image and create awareness of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Athletics. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Coyote fans will be seeing exciting additions throughout campus in 2016 as the University of South Dakota has selected Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings to design, manufacture and install LED video displays and scoreboards at athletics facilities on campus in Vermillion. The installation at the new Sports Performance Enhancement Complex includes new video, ribbon and scorer’s table displays, scoreboards for the new practice facility, a scoreboard for soccer and a portable video display for track and field. The DakotaDome will also receive an upgraded video display.


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