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January 4, 2016

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

The Lamar University Athletics Department has joined forces with ESPN to deliver live coverage of home men’s and women’s basketball games for this season and home football games beginning with the 2016 season. The package starts tonight with a basketball doubleheader against the University of New Orleans. The women’s game will start at 5 p.m., with the men’s game slated for a 7:30 p.m.tipoff. All nine remaining women’s home games and eight of the nine remaining men’s games will be on ESPN3. The Jan. 11 men’s game vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will be televised by the American Sports Network. “Lamar University is honored and excited to work with ESPN in the coverage of our home games,” LU Director of Athletics Jason Henderson said. –The Record LiveRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Eyebrow-raising read from an article Keff Ciardello’s of Texas Redzone published on several key missteps search firms have taken over the past several years. Ciardello puts Parker Executive Search under the microscope examining hires at the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, The University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, and the University of Indiana. Ciardello goes on to claim that 14 athletics directors that got their job through Parker, used the firm to help them hire later on. Ciardello concludes the piece by stating, “This could set a dangerous precedent in which the hiring process is blinded by conflicts of interest.” –Read More

KEENE STATE COLLEGE
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KEENE STATE COLLEGE

Keene State College invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Athletics. The College is seeking a dynamic and experienced athletics administrator who will provide strategic and operational leadership to the intercollegiate athletics and recreation programs. The successful candidate will be a visionary who will build upon Keene State College’s success as one of the premier public athletics departments in New England, winning 15 straight Little East Conference Commissioner’s Cups and consistently ranking in the top 80 in the NACDA Director’s Cup Standings. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, the Director of Athletics will be responsible for planning, implementing, and administering a program of intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation, consisting of 18 sports classified in Division III of the NCAA with an annual operating budget of $2.3 million. –Apply Here

TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY
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TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY

As offensive coordinator at Temple University, Marcus Satterfield played a large role during the past three years in turning around a struggling program, helping lift the Owls to a conference divisional championship, 10-win season, first Top 25 ranking in 36 years, and bowl appearance. Now Satterfield, 39, is increasing his wingspan. Stepping away from his post with the Owls, Satterfield was named Monday morning as head coach of the Tennessee Tech University Golden Eagles. Joined by his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Harper, Satterfield was introduced at a press conference on campus, becoming the 12th head football coach as the program heads into its 95th season in 2016. “As a coach’s son growing up in the state of Tennessee, and coaching in the state and the Ohio Valley Conference, I have always looked at Tennessee Tech as a possible landing spot for me,” Satterfield said.  “There is so much potential, not just for football, but also with the location, the tremendous academics, the support system that is in place, and the commitment from the administration. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

ULM is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance (5740). The ideal applicants duties will include providing leadership in the university’s efforts to maintain institutional control by developing systems that protect and assist coaches, student-athletes, the Athletic Department, and the university in following the rules. Systems must be implemented in all areas of the NCAA Operating Bylaws: ethical conduct, personnel, amateurism, recruiting, eligibility, financial aid, benefits, and playing and practice seasons.  Continually monitor, audit, evaluate, and seek to improve compliance systems and those who utilize them to ensure accuracy and efficiency. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. –Apply Here

CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY
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CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY

Cumberland Athletics has a new logo and nickname moving forward. In a release from the athletic department, “The Cumberland Phoenix” was unveiled for all things related to the CU sports programs. For several seasons, “Bulldogs” has been absent from the front of CU’s competition jerseys and “Bulldogs” is a very common nickname among college teams. The Phoenix is a ubiquitous symbol of Cumberland University. The rising bird appears on the institution’s official seal and already lends its likeness to a version of Cumberland’s athletic logo. It adorns the stained glass of the University’s Baird Chapel, grants its name to the institution’s alumni magazine, and serves as the namesake of Cumberland’s annual Phoenix Ball. – The Wilson Post. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee has settled a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by three former female employees. The plaintiffs were Former associate director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak, and Lady Vols strength coaches Heather Mason and Collins Schollser. They filed a pay discrimination complaint in 2010 and then a lawsuit two years later. The settlement is a total of $750,000 for the three, plus attorneys’ fees. –WDEF, Read More

BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE
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BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE

Belmont Abbey College is adding another sport and Belmont’s Textile Lanes will be the new home of the Crusaders’ men’s and women’s bowling programs. Bowling will become the school’s 24th and 25th sports – and fourth and fifth it has added this school year. A bowling professional since 1999, Ferguson is ranked as one of the top 100 bowling instructors in the United States. He has been recognized by the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Associated (IBPSIA), the U.S. Bowling Congress and is a USA Bowling Gold level coach who has completed all three levels of USA Bowling coach training. – Richard Walker, Gaston Gazette. Read More.

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
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LEHIGH UNIVERSITY

For the first time in school history, Lehigh University will outsource its comprehensive athletic multimedia rights to Learfield Sports as announced today by Murray H. Goodman Dean of Athletics Joe Sterrett. The multi-year agreement with Learfield will coincide with the start of the 2016-17 athletic season, allowing the collegiate marketer to begin assembling its local Lehigh Sports Properties team immediately. Lehigh University sponsors 25 varsity sports, competing at the NCAA Division I level (Football competes in the Football Championship Subdivision). Lehigh’s varsity teams compete in the Patriot League and the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman reinforced his support for football coach Kevin Sumlin in an interview Monday with SportsDay. Speculation has raged about Sumlin’s future at Texas A&M, from ESPN analysts openly discussing it during last week’s Music City Bowl broadcast to a report on Twitter that Sumlin is pursuing NFL jobs. The Aggies are coming off a second-straight 8-5 season and starting quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray both opted to transfer before the bowl, which A&M lost last week to Louisville. A&M split Sunday with offensive coordinator Jake Spavital after a dramatic drop off in production. Sumlin made his reputation on relentless offenses that ranked among the nation’s best, but that has not been the case recently. Sumlin has $20 million remaining on his contract, which is for $5 million a year through 2019. If he were to be fired without cause, full payment for the term would be due within 60 days. -Kate Hairopoulos, Sports Day, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

One-third of the college basketball season is in the past, and it’s almost reached its midpoint. Yes, you read that right. The guess here is that the average American sports fan isn’t aware of that, or that some of the most crucial pieces of many teams’ postseason résumés already have been determined. But college basketball’s too-quiet annual return to the court doesn’t have to be that way. There is a solution to help it capture more attention, and it doesn’t involve confining it to one semester. College basketball already has the undisputed best tournament in all of sports. What it needs is another one. -Daniel Uthman, USA Today, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

University of South Dakota head football coach Bob Nielson has announced Brian Mohnsen as football assistant head coach. Mohnsen was a part of three Nebraska national championships (1994, 1995, 1997). He spent 12 years with the defense in the scouting department as the director of video scouting for the Huskers. He went on to coach at Northwest Oklahoma State, Minnesota State, Buffalo and Southeast Missouri State. He spent the last two seasons at Western Illinois.

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Shannon Moore has been appointed special teams coordinator at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head football coach Scottie Montgomery. Moore will direct the Pirates’ punt, field goal, kickoff, return and coverage units after orchestrating the overhaul of one of the most improved special teams squads in Conference USA, if not nationally, during his two recent years of work at Florida International. A native of Gordon, Neb., Moore played three seasons at Black Hills (S.D.) State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 2000.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

University of Missouri Head Football Coach Barry Odom has recruited Rohrk Cutchlow (pronounced ROAR-k) to join his new staff at Mizzou in the vital role of Director of Athletic Performance, as announced today. In his new position, Cutchlow will oversee all aspects of the Mizzou Football strength and conditioning program. His start date in January is to be determined. Prior to Memphis, Cutchlow served the 2011 football season as the director of strength and conditioning at Tulsa, where he oversaw a program that won eight games and played in the Armed Forces Bowl.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Tight-ends football coach and recruiting coordinator Chip Long is leaving Arizona State to join Mike Norvell’s staff at Memphis, where he will work as offensive coordinator. With Long and Norvell’s departures, ASU has lost its top two recruiters, which – with a month before National Signing Day – could present a challenge. According to 247 Sports composite rankings – which takes into account all the major recruiting services – the Sun Devils have signed Top 25 recruiting classes the last two years. – Doug Haller, azcentral sports. Read More.

VASSAR COLLEGE
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VASSAR COLLEGE

The Vassar College athletic department and Athletic Communications Director Jamie Chagnon announced the appointment of Tiana Aument as the new Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. Aument will assume her post on January 11, 2016. Aument comes to Vassar College after her December 2015 graduation from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. A mass communications major, Aument has served as a staff writer for the USF Oracle, covering USF basketball, baseball, football, soccer and volleyball.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

For the second consecutive season of the College Football Playoff, one team may benefit from unlimited practices and team meetings while the other must adhere to the NCAA’s 20-hour rule limiting countable athletic activities. This is because Alabama’s spring semester starts Jan. 13 — two days after the CFB Playoff title game on Jan. 11 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET), while Clemson’s spring semester begins Wednesday. The Tigers are not restricted by the length of any practices/team meetings until Tuesday, but they are limited to a maximum of four hours a day beginning Wednesday, according to NCAA rules. An ACC spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that Clemson will adhere to the practice limit. -Brett McMurphy, ESPN, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

For the second straight year, college football’s New Year’s Six bowl games were a total bore. This time, they were also a historic bore. The six highest-profile bowls — the Orange and Cotton for the national semifinals, and the Peach, Rose, Fiesta and Sugar — were decided by an average margin of 24.2 points. That’s the widest margin in one season for the biggest bowls during the College Football Playoff and BCS eras. Last year, the first New Year’s Snooze — er, New Year’s Six — games were decided by 18.2 points. That doesn’t even count Ohio State’s 22-point win over Oregon for the national championship. These are supposed to be the best bowl games? -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

“One of the keys of being successful there is to find somebody who can not only come in, but also embrace the community,” former SUU athletic director Ken Beazer said. “The coaches that have the longevity there, the (cross country coach) Eric Houles, the Scott Baumans, obviously, they fit that category.” That’s the challenge for SUU Athletic Director Jason Butikofer and his staff — find a football coach who also fits that same mold. A coach that won’t just use SUU as a springboard to a bigger job, but will want to build something special in Cedar City, like Bauman and Houle have done. So it’s not just football knowledge or coaching ability that will make a coach successful at SUU (though those things will play a massive role), but also the ability to fit in, connect with and desire to stay in the Cedar City community. -Ryan Miller, The Spectrum, Read More

UNION UNIVERSITY
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UNION UNIVERSITY

It’s new year, new bulldog at Union University, as the school unleashes their athletics logo on Blackstock Court. The old Buster Bulldog is retiring after more than a decade. “I think the bulldog looks pretty mature,” Union Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Mark Campbell said. “Looks a little bit mean, but also I think pretty respectful too, so I think it’s a great picture of what we want to represent as an athletic department.” The new court features additions like the Gulf South Conference logos, and an exact copy of the signature from the court’s namesake, Coach David Blackstock. The upgrades Blackstock Court came along with some changes that were needed as being part of the NCAA. -WBBJ Newsroom, WBBJ, Read More

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

It’s been 13 days since former Ball State head coach Pete Lembo announced his resignation. In that time, athletic director Mark Sandy has been making phone calls, gauging interest and “getting to know potential candidates.” Sandy said he’s spoken to “less than 10” prospective hires over the phone and informally met two of them in person. He didn’t refer to either of those as interviews. “An interview would be when they come to Indiana, or campus,” Sandy said. He wouldn’t say whether those two meetings were with candidates from outside Ball State’s program. There are no finalists for the job, just yet, but Sandy wants to get Lembo’s replacement hired within two weeks. With no search committee in place, Sandy is leaning on his athletics staff for help in researching candidates. He’s also taking references and tips from friends in other athletic departments. Beyond that, though, he is the point person for the search. -Dakota Crawford, The Star Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

The Cathy and John Pelusi Life Skills Department within the Athletic Department at The University of Pittsburgh is seeking to hire a Administrative Operations Specialist for Life Skills. This position is a key support position for the Cathy and John Pelusi Life Skills Department within the Athletic Department and requires strong organizational skills and the ability to work closely and effectively with a wide variety of individuals at all levels within the Athletic Department and the campus community as well as with external constituents. Incumbent will provide assistance to and help plan and execute special projects and events for the Life Skills Department. Apply here

January 3, 2016

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

A $500,000 gift from former Northwestern State football player Bryant Lewis and his wife, Heloise, will fund modernization of the reserved chairback seats on the lower deck of the west side stands at Turpin Stadium. A portion of the gift will also further develop the athletic scholarship which was established in 2006 by the couple. Remaining funds will benefit the Demon football program, said athletics director Greg Burke. The area behind the north end zone of Turpin Stadium, underneath the scoreboard, will be named “The Bryant Lewis Family Plaza” to complement “The Jack Clayton Plaza” behind the south end zone. Lewis, a Haynesville businessman, has owned and operated Magnolia Pulpwood Company, L.L.C., since 1969. A 1958 NSU graduate, he was enshrined in the Long Purple Line, the university’s Hall of Distinction for former students, in 2007. Read More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

The victim in the sexual assault trial of former Baylor University football player Sam Ukwuachu has reached a settlement agreement with the school, according to a report. John Clune, an attorney for the victim, told the Dallas Morning News that “the matter has been satisfactorily resolved,” although no lawsuit was reportedly filed in the case. Ukwuachu, a former freshman All-American who transferred to Baylor from Boise State University, was convicted in August of the 2013 sexual assault of the former Baylor soccer player, who has since transferred to another Texas university. –wacotrib.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

If you’re a University of Illinois fan who hoisted your champagne flute on New Year’s Eve, there was no limit to the things you might have toasted. Good riddance to a miserable 2015 would have been a fine, generic first choice. The search to find a savior as the new AD continues. Those who will whisper about the quest were recently unsure if a hire could be made in time to be on the agenda for the Jan. 21 Board of Trustees meeting. That hiring will mark the single most important moment in 2016, because the rest of the dominos will start falling once that person is in place. – Mark Tupper , pantagraph.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham football team didn’t play a single snap during the 2015 season but the Blazers have been seen repeatedly during the postseason. A series of commercials have kept UAB front and center in the minds of fans as they build toward the rebirth of their program in 2017. The commercials, that feature head coach Bill Clark and cornerback Jordan Petty, say the football team will be ready and challenges fans to be ready by purchasing season tickets. A third spot featuring Clark and lineman Lee Dufour has also been released. “We’ll be on 35 of the 40 bowl games total, all of them on ESPN and their family of networks,” said Frank Cuervo, the senior associate athletic director at UAB. -Solomon Crenshaw Jr., alabamanewscenter.comRead More

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

The attorney representing Western Kentucky University athletic director Todd Stewart, two associate athletic directors and the former coaching staff of WKU’s suspended swimming and diving program wants a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit from a former swimmer who alleges he was assaulted and hazed by teammates. The motion from Bowling Green attorney Tom Kerrick to dismiss the lawsuit filed by former WKU swimmer Collin Craig is accompanied by a 33-page argument asserting that WKU officials should not be held legally responsible for events claimed by Craig to have occurred at an off-campus house during events that were not sanctioned by the university or sponsored by the team.  Craig claims he was subjected to verbal abuse and physical assaults from teammates and forced by other team members to drink alcohol during the fall 2014 semester, when he was a freshman at WKU. -Justin Story, bgdailynews.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

College Football Playoff executives said they were going to change the paradigm of New Year’s Eve in America and instead Americans changed the paradigm of the College Football Playoff.  There are 12.5 million reasons why 12.5 million fewer people tuned into the first semifinal game this year than last. There’s another 10 million why they didn’t watch the second one. The most obvious is that they moved the games from New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve and then told their customers to deal with it. -Dan Wetzel, Yahoo SportsRead More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington State University Athletics has added clarity to its position regarding football student-athlete Riley Sorenson and the personal situation he and his family are dealing with. Prior to last Saturday’s Sun Bowl, Sorenson’s father suffered a medical emergency which has kept the family in El Paso, Texas. Earlier this week, parties related to the Sun Bowl, with the best intentions for the family at heart, and without the knowledge of Cougar Athletics, created a GoFundMe account to assist the family with expenses related to the situation. While well meaning, the efforts at the time were not in compliance with NCAA rules. Since that time, WSU Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance John Lucier has worked diligently with the Sun Bowl, the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA to ensure proper procedures have been put in place to assist the family.  Read More

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Western Illinois interim director of athletics Matt Tanney announced that the Leathernecks have reached an agreement with Charlie Fisher to become the next head football coach. Tanney said an introductory press conference will be held Monday at a time and location to be announced. Fisher becomes the 28th head football coach in WIU history. He has spent the last two years at Richmond, last year taking over as the offensive coordinator in 2015 after serving as the wide receivers coach and director of recruiting in 2014. This season, the Spiders advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs (10-4 overall record) while earning a ‘Top 10’ national ranking. “I am honored and humbled to be named the head football coach at Western Illinois University,” said Fisher. Read More


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