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August 3, 2015

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Florida International University, Athletics Department is currently seeking an Associate Athletics Director (JOB ID  #510013), Business Operations. Job duties include: Prepares annual intercollegiate athletic financial audit statements which is presented to Board of Trustees as well as the NCAA, Directs all financial activities of Athletics Operations and the Athletics Finance Corporation. Ensures the successful operation of the Business office applies to State, University, NCAA, Departmental and other approved polices and procedures to areas of responsibility and Serves as the liaison for the Athletics Finance Corporation. Negotiate and approve contracts and agreements with vendors for purchases of good and services. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics partnered with SIDEARM Sports to roll out a new and improved online presence for MUTigers.com. The site debuted July 31st, the new online home for Mizzou Athletics features a modern design and improved user interface with exciting new features that will benefit Tiger fans of all sports. As part of the new website, all audio and video streams for all sports will be free, as the old subscription model has been scrapped. Fans unable to attend Mizzou games in person, or those who live outside of radio/television coverage, can catch all the action at no cost online for sports providing broadcasts

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

It’s five years later now almost to the day since Damon Evans, as he says, “let go or resigned or however you want to term it” from Georgia following a DUI arrest when he was with a woman who was not his wife. He calls his parting with Georgia “the best decision at that time for all concerned.” Five years later, he is now the senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer of University of Maryland. He now oversees Maryland’s budget on a daily basis and works on such things as coaching contracts, media rights deals, facilities, staff leadership, serves on university committees and does some fundraising. – Mark Weiszer, Online Athens, Read More

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State has a proposed $70 million athletics department budget for the 2016 fiscal year, up from $62 million last year. It’s the price of doing business in this age of cost-of-attendance, a stipend that pays each Cyclone scholarship athlete between $2,430 and $2,903, according to the proposed budget. Iowa State’s budget proposal includes a line or two about football travel costs increasing from last year. The team will use chartered planes for all six road trips — to Toledo, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas State and West Virginia. The football team bussed last year to Iowa and Kansas. -Randy Peterson, The Des Moines Register, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL

The University of Massachusetts Lowell needs an Assistant Director for Athletic Marketing and Promotions. The AD for Athletic Marketing and Promotions is responsible for the coordination of marketing efforts and positive promotion of UMass Lowell Athletics, its eighteen Division I athletic programs and more than 400 student-athletes. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Bob Woodruff will be inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 4. During his watch as men’s athletic director from 1963-85, Tennessee’s teams and the facilities they performed in changed dramatically. However, when he died in 2001 in Knoxville at age 85, it was Tennessee he had impacted most. Smart, innovative, loyal, Woodruff was never an orator. He was a man of actions, not words. When Woodruff faced mandatory retirement at age 70 in 1985, Doug Dickey, fittingly, became his successor. -Mike Strange, KnoxNews, Read More

NDSU

North Dakota State University athletic director Matt Larsen today announced the promotion of Justin Swanson to assistant athletic director for marketing and fan engagement. Swanson started at NDSU as the director of marketing and promotions in May 2012 after four seasons as an assistant athletic director at South Dakota State. He also spent one year in marketing and promotions at Maine. An undergraduate and graduate assistant at NDSU from 2001-2007, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2006 and completed a master’s degree in health, nutrition and exercise science at NDSU in 2007.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said during a Thursday radio interview he wants someday to see a “first-class” expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium but that the school is taking a patient approach. U of L has been conducting a feasibility on expanding the stadium – presumably by enclosing the open north end zone – since 2013. An estimated $55 million expansion was included on the broad, university-wide capital plan – a wish list of sorts of all potential projects that could occur through 2022 – that was approved by the U of L Board of Trustees in early June. -Steven Jones, The Courier Journal, Read More

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

TCU’s renovated basketball arena remains on schedule to open in time for the start of the season in November, and it will have a new name when it does — the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. The school announced the name change Thursday in a news conference, with athletic director Chris Del Conte thanking Schollmaier, the retired CEO of Alcon Laboratories, “for making our dreams a reality” with a project that started at $30 million and is now close to $80 million. The new name replaces Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, used since the facility opened in 1961 and named for board member Milton Daniel and football coach Dutch Meyer. -Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

The Gainesville Sun sat down with Florida associate athletic director Mike Hill and hit on a number of topics with the 2015 season approaching, including stopping a slide in in-game football revenue and ticket sales. In short, the Sun looked at several ways Florida is trying to increase in-game revenue after suffering a $506,700 year-over-year loss in revenue from home games in 2014. The Sun story notes that Florida’s biggest remaining task prior to the 2015 season is to sell premium seating in the Champions Club and Touchdown Terrace. The bottom line? Florida will continue pushing hard to sell its remaining tickets heading into the start of the Jim McElwain era. But ultimately, the one thing that can help sales more than anything else is an improved product on the field. -Thomas Goldkamp, 247Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Joan Cronan former University of Tennessee women’s athletic director, will be inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 4. Cronan retired last year after serving two years as adviser to Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. From 1983 to 2012, she served as Lady Vols AD, helping to build and oversee one of the nation’s most respected and popular women’s programs.Under Cronan’s watch, fundraising and marketing flourished. Cronan first came to UT as the women’s basketball coach in 1969. She was content as the athletic director at College of Charleston (S.C.) before returning. – Dan Fleser, Knoxnews, Read More

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY

The Marquette men’s basketball team has been one of the most successful programs in the country at drawing fans, evidenced by the top-25 ranking in total attendance every year since 2003. The athletics department is looking to not only continue this streak but wants an innovative and energetic leader who can help take its attendance figures to even greater heights. The newly-created Assistant AD for Ticket Sales & Strategy position will initiate the annual sales plan for seven ticketed sports, with intense focus on men’s basketball, and will oversee the sales team while working alongside marketing and ticket operations staffs while reporting directly to the Deputy AD. The chosen candidate must show a history of leadership and growth at previous employers and have a mentality that invites the challenges of working in a competitive professional sports town. Apply here.

July 31, 2015

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Northern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Ken Bothof announced the hiring of Jeff Baldwin as the department’s Director of Development where he will work to increase funding support for athletic programs at NKU. As the athletics department’s Director of Fundraising at Bradley University, Baldwin had oversight of the fundraising budget, created annual fundraising goals, organized special fundraising events and spending budgets for the Braves’ sports teams. After completing his undergraduate studies and earning dual degrees in secondary education and history at the University of Alabama, Baldwin earned a Masters in Sport Administration from The University of Louisville. – NKY Tribune, Read More

COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY

Colorado Mesa University announced Thursday the hiring of Joshua Munk as the assistant athletic director for facilities and events. Munk will manage all events and facilities for CMU’s 24 varsity sports. He most recently served as the Big Ten Conference’s associate director of football and basketball operations from 2011 to 2015, handling the conference’s football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball championships. Munk will officially start with Mesa on Aug. 5. -Matt Meyer, GJ Daily Sentinel, Read More

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Milton Overton Jr. is ready to begin his tenure as the school’s athletic director and Alex Wood has already solidified his place as the coach of FAMU’s immediate future. Overton has plans to implement new academic software to battle FAMU’s ongoing Academic Progress Rating issues. Wood is implementing a new offense and defense for FAMU’s football team. Both Overton and Wood have said FAMU’s academic culture will be different. For the first time a long time, it feels like the direction of FAMU’s athletic department is clear. Overton’s contract, according to an offer sheet extended by FAMU President Elmira Mangum, is with $185,000 annually with a courtesy car and salary incentive bonuses for reaching milestones in “team, academic and departmental revenue performance.” – Jordan Culver, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett said what he told the UM Regents in May, a nearly $8 million budget deficit will be significantly lower than expected. With the departures of athletic director Dave Brandon and football coach Brady Hoke, Michigan had significant buyouts, including $3 million for Hoke. Brandon was to receive $3 million over four years, but because he is now CEO at Toys R Us, Michigan’s budget will get a break. – Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News, Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Kyle Flood is considered a player’s coach, and his support of the NCAA rule change to allow schools to provide annual cost-of-attendance stipends to student-athletes isn’t going to hurt that reputation. Beginning in September, Rutgers plans to give a stipend of about $4,200 to all in-state student-athletes on full scholarship and between $4,800 and $4,900 to all out-of-state student-athletes on full scholarship, athletics director Julie Hermann said earlier this week. As for future student-athletes, Flood said the stipends have not been a factor on the recruiting trail. Many top recruits in the class of 2016 surveyed by SI.com were either unaware of the stipends or were not letting the dollars become a big factor in their decision. – Ryan Dunleavy, APP, Read More

JOHN A. LOGAN COLLEGE

Earlier this year, John A. Logan College tried to completely cut its golf program. The board tabled that decision. School leaders call this cut to athlete housing the alternative to that decision. Part of getting athletes to JALC comes with the pitch of the school paying for housing. Tuesday night, the college voted to no longer fund housing for student athletes, which cost the school $150,000, one fifth of the overall sports budget. The move won’t affect athletes already committed, and won’t take affect until the Fall 2017 season. – Craig Choate & Jared Roberts, WSIL, Read More

RICE UNIVERSITY

Rice athletic director Joe Karlgaard and the university’s athletic department set a goal with their fundraising branch, the Owl Club. When the fiscal year ended in June, it was a record-breaking one at Rice. The number of gifts alone rose by 57 percent. The previous record number of gifts was set in 2009 at 1,430. The goal the Owls set for the 2014-15 fiscal year was $2.2 million. They received $2.304 million, a 52.6 percent increase over the $1.51 million in donations they got the previous year. It even beat the program’s record of fundraising of $1.81 million in 2013. Karlgaard believes this isn’t the ceiling for the Owls, either. The goal for 2015-16 is $2.5 million. -Stephanie Kuzydym, Houston Chronicle, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

USM announced plans Thursday for a new student-athlete academic center that will bear head football coach Jeff Bower’s name. Bower led Southern Miss to more on-field success than any head football coach in the school’s history. The Bower Academic Excellence Center will reside in the same vicinity, but will feature more space, updated accommodations and a new library for student-athletes. Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis said the project will cost $2 million, $1.15 million of which has already been raised or pledged. “(Coach Bower) left a legacy here of academic excellence,” McGillis said. “I think it’s a beautiful way to cement that legacy in a visible way. – Jason Munz, Hattiesburg American, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

The University of Houston Department of Athletics announced Thursday that Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), the official wireless internet provider for TDECU Stadium, will enhance its wireless service at the Cougars’ home facility for the start of the 2015 season. Boingo’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS) network, which will provide fast, reliable cellular coverage and data capacity throughout the 40,000-seat TDECU Stadium, will be leveraged by T-Mobile starting this summer. Timed to the start of the 2015 season, Boingo has also expanded the Wi-Fi network at the stadium to include the stadium Level 1 party decks and Bert F. Winston Band Complex. This is the latest fan experience improvement announced by UH Athletics. – Business Wire, Read More

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Sources tell College AD that Georgia State and Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment are in the final stages of closing a multi-media rights partnership. We are told an official announcement will be coming “soon”. Florida International was the first college to sign a multimedia rights contract with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment. The seven-year contract was announced July 20th, 2015, with cash guarantees of about $4 million for FIU and a total value estimated at $9.2 million. Van Wagner will manage FIU’s local broadcast and digital media and venue signage. It also will be involved in the marketing and promotion of home sports events.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

It’s Day Two of the Mountain West Conference media session, and one of the topics on the table is the new cost of attendance scholarship. “I don’t believe that a college student athlete needs $5000 extra,” said Brian Polian, head coach at Nevada. Blake Decker, quarterback at UNLV said “When you’re trying to live off the cost of $1000 over the course of a summer – over 3.5 months – that’s pretty impossible,” . Rocky Long, head coach at San Diego State said “I think having a scholarship that pays for the full cost of going to college is the right deal, but it has to be standardized somehow so everybody gives the same amount.”Polian is an outspoken advocate of finding a happy medium to provide some assistance without breaking the bank. – J.P. Murrieta, KOB, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, BIRMINGHAM

Frank Cuervo, a veteran athletics administrator with a broad range of external experiences at multiple Division I institutions, has been named Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations at UAB, Blazers’ Director of Athletic Mark Ingram has announced. Cuervo will oversee all external units in the department, including development, marketing, licensing, communications, video services, ticketing operations and sales, as well as UAB’s multi-media relationship with IMG. Cuervo joins the UAB staff after spending the past four years as a General Manager for Learfield Sports at Missouri State University. Cuervo is a 1997 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Public Relations. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Sport Management from The Ohio State University in 2000.


NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Northern Illinois University Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced a pair of staff promotions Thursday as Ryan Sedevie has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Collegiate Advancement and External Affairs while Tim Rice has been elevated to Senior Assistant Athletic Director for Revenue Generation. Sedevie, who is completing his second full year at NIU on Frazier’s senior staff, is in charge of several of the Huskies’ external operations areas, including marketing and fan experience, athletics communications the ticket office and trademark licensing. Under Tim Rice’s direction, the Huskie Athletic Fund enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2014 with over $1 million in cash gifts received for the first time in school history, while the annual fund increased by 24 percent from 2013 to 2014.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

UC Berkeley’s student-athletes are now encouraged to attend CalSO after the final buzzer sounded on a separate athlete orientation program. The campus has always invited student-athletes to participate in CalSO, but many opted for the Athletic Study Center’s orientation instead. Now CalSO has incorporated the ASC program — a decision implemented the year after the Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics and Athletics released a September 2014 report on improving student-athletes’ academic achievement. The task force report acknowledged that some student-athlete-specific programming was necessary and appropriate but noted that the campus should promote integration. Therefore, it recommended that CalSO become a fully cohesive orientation program by summer 2015. -Andrea Platten & Hooman Yazdanian, Daily Cal. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez insisted Thursday that his program’s tougher admissions process for athletes compared to other schools has not competitively hurt the Badgers. On the other, Alvarez said Wisconsin is discussing a return to its old process so recruits could appeal verbally to their individual college at Wisconsin, making a case for why they should be admitted. Alvarez said he is hopeful a new admissions process will be in place for the 2016 class. – Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma Christian University announced Wednesday it has been approved for full NCAA Division II membership, the final step of a journey that began in earnest four years ago. The decision by the NCAA means that starting with the 2015-16 academic year, the university’s teams now are eligible for NCAA and Heartland Conference postseason competition. The Lady Eagles and Eagles will be able to compete in conference tournaments and earn automatic or at-large bids into NCAA Division II tournaments and meets. OC’s membership officially begins on Sept. 1, and the first two OC athletic events under the NCAA banner will be Sept. 3. – Tahlequah Daily Press, Read More

July 30, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

UT’s athletic department announced Thursday that it collected a record $48.4 million in “cash and support” in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The previous record was $47 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008. Additionally, Tennessee Fund membership has increased to 12,954 members, its highest mark since 2010. Annual giving to the Tennessee Fund accounted for $28.3 million (58%) of the total figure, an increase of $3.65 million from 2013-14. Gifts given specifically to support capital projects totaled $12.6 million. The remaining dollars raised, approximately $7.5 million came in the form of endowments, planned gifts and gift-in-kind contributions.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY

Howard University Athletics unveiled its new Bison logo during a press conference Thursday, using a process that engaged all stakeholders in the Howard community. The development of the new logo began in January, with the university solicited input from students, faculty, staff and alumni via social media. Chief Brand Strategy, the firm chosen to direct the process, incorporated those ideas in developing a set of draft designs. Over the next several months, the logo and the associated wordmarks will become integrated across the athletic department and with the assistance of the University administration, become part of the institution’s marketing and promotional materials.-Stephan Braodus, New Pittsburgh Courier, Read More


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