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January 3, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA

Wolf Pack head coach Brian Polian announced on Friday the addition of new offensive and special teams coordinators to the Nevada football coaching staff. Tim Cramsey will join as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, according to a statement from the athletic department. He comes to the Pack from Montana State.  The Montana State Bobcats averaged 37.6 points and 475 yards of total offense in three seasons under Cramsey. In 2015, the team averaged nearly 42 points and 520 yards per game, good for third and fourth in the FCS, respectively. –mynews4.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

The man who kept dozens of Hurricanes returning to the University of Miami to work out and stay in shape during their NFL careers – and beyond – was relieved of his duties Thursday.  Head strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey, a native Miamian who just completed his 15th season at UM – 18 seasons if you count his previous stints at UM – was told by athletic director Blake James that he would not be retained by new coach Mark Richt.  “I’ve been there a long time,’’ a saddened Swasey, 44, told the Miami Herald by phone on Friday. “My heart is there. I’ve done everything with my heart and soul. If I had done something wrong, then I’d understand. -Susan Miller Degnan, Miami HeraldRead More

 

 

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Dave Aranda, who has guided Top-10 defenses at Wisconsin for the past three years, has been named LSU’s defensive coordinator, head coach Les Miles announced on Friday night.  In three years as the Wisconsin defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach, Aranda coached a Badger defense that combined to rank among the top 5 in the nation in the four major defensive categories – scoring, total yards, passing yards and rushing yards. Aranda’s 2015 defense capped the regular season leading the nation in points allowed at 13.1 points a contest. Wisconsin also currently ranks No. 3 in the nation in total defense (268.5 yards per game), No. 4 in rushing defense (95.4 yards per game) and No. 7 in passing defense (173.2 yards per game). Read More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

The Texas Tech Athletic Training Center’s roof deflated Thursday night due to ice and snow from Winter Storm Goliath. No one was injured and Tech officials are evaluating the damage, according to a statement the athletic department released Friday. Tech officials said a large tear on the south side of the ATC caused the deflation. Freezing temperatures and ice accumulation prevented the removal of snow and ice throughout the week, according to Tech officials. Tech officials met early Friday to discuss options for the facility. – lubbockonline.comRead More

NACDA
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NACDA

Mike Cleary, the longtime National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics executive officer, has died. He was 81. Cleary served NACDA for five decades as executive director and most recently as director emeritus. He was on the National Football Foundation’s board of directors from 1998 to 2011 and received the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award in 1994. While serving NACDA, Cleary also held posts as the commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference from 1973 to ’81 and administrator of the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association from 1986 to ’92. The Navy veteran served as president of the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation and the Michael J. Cleary Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation, named in his honor in 2008.-ESPNRead More

CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

California University of Pennsylvania is seeking Head Football Coach. The head coach is responsible for creating an environment that is supportive of individual differences and maximizes the educational and athletic development of the student athletes.  Must have extensive knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.  A minimum of three years of football coaching experience as a head coach, offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator at the NCAA Division I, II or III level is required.  Extensive collegiate football recruiting experience is required.  Successful collegiate football program fundraising experience is required. Apply here      

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO

California State University, Fresno is seeking Defensive Coordinator.  Under the direction of the Head Football Coach, the successful candidate will be a Defensive Coordinator and position coach specializing in coordinating a defensive staff to effectively implement a successful game plan; responsible for recruitment of student athletes; academic guidance for student athlete success; ensure student compliance with rules regarding behavior and appearance; assist in planning and directing the education of students in techniques, skills and theory of football; support the conditioning and training of team members in conjunction with weight/strength coach, athletic trainers and team physicians; coordinate with Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance with NCAA, MWC, and university rules and regulations. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with coaches, staff, and faculty of the university and members of the community. Apply here

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

Bowling Green State University is seeking Director of Strength & Conditioning. Position Summary General manager directly oversees daily operation of the Strength and Conditioning Department. Duties include designing, writing, implementing, analyzing and evaluating year round strength and conditioning programs for all members of the University’s 18 Intercollegiate Athletic teams. The qualified candidate also monitors and manages daily operation of the athletic fitness center. Apply here

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

N.C. State’s football team will have a new offensive coordinator next season. Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren made the decision to replace assistant coach Matt Canada after a disappointing 7-6 season finished with a 51-28 loss to Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl.  Doeren said after the game he would go through an evaluation process of the entire program. He repeated on Sunday that this decision was part of that process. “Every year I go through everything from A to Z,” Doeren said. “I’m still in the middle of that process.” – Joe Giglio, The News & ObserverRead More

 

 

 

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Texas Tech on Saturday announced the resignation of football strength and conditioning coach Chad Dennis, yet another staff shakeup after a 7-6 season. Dennis is another original member of Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury’s staff, formed in 2013, now leaving the program. Dennis had been a strength and conditioning assistant coach previously at Texas A&M (2002-05, 2012), Houston (2006-12) and Connecticut (2005-06). He and Kingsbury had worked together at A&M and Houston. A Tech athletic department spokesman confirmed that assistant strength and conditioning coach Billy Yates also is leaving the staff. -Don Williams,  lubbockonline.com- Read More

December 31, 2015

NCAA
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NCAA

The job of strength and conditioning coach has come a long way since the first one was hired in 1969. That’s when Boyd Epley was given the position to help bulk up Nebraska players at a wage of $2 an hour. Today, some of the biggest names in the business at the top college programs are making quite the living doing their job. Just a few weeks ago, Alabama and Georgia battled for the services of popular strength coach Scott Cochran, who ultimately stayed in Tuscaloosa and is expected to get a big pay bump next year from his already-high salary. Why is this happening? Athletic directors and head coaches have realized that strength coaches at the college level can have more impact than any other coach. They are with the players more, know them better and communicate with them on a more personal level. -Darren Rovell, ESPN, Read More

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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon State has established itself as one of the nation’s elite baseball programs, winning back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, reaching the College World Series again in 2013 and collecting consecutive Pac-12 Conference titles in 2013 and 2014. As the program approaches the 10-year anniversary celebration of the back-to-back national championships, Oregon State Athletics is excited to announce that a new state-of-the-art video board will be in place for the 2016 season. The board will double the size of the current video board that has been in place for nearly a decade. Expected to measure approximately 26-feet high and almost 50-feet wide, it is projected to be the largest in the conference upon completion. –Read More

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

The USU Credit Union, a division of Goldenwest, has committed $2 million to the Utah State University football stadium renovation. “We are passionate about supporting Utah State,” said USU Credit Union Division President David Butterfield. “T he stadium renovation project will help elevate Aggie athletics to even greater heights.” Kerry Whalen, president and CEO of Goldenwest Credit Union, said the credit union board is deeply committed to its investments in Cache Valley and to USU. –Cache Valley Daily, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Until Thursday when the semifinalists take the field, there’s nothing much for us to do but sit around and speculate and who is the better team. Since I write about dollars and cents and not x’s and o’s, my inclination is to wonder if some teams are financially predisposed to find their way to the College Football Playoff. Taking a look at last year’s teams – Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Oregon – it’s notable that three of the four fell in the top ten for total expenditures on the football program, according to data from the Department of Education:

#1 Alabama: $51,044,292

#6 Ohio State: $32,588,493

#10 Florida State: $31,299,768

#42 Oregon: $20,679,336

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that it’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. Everything from the school’s tuition rate to whether coaches get freebie rides on the university’s plane for recruiting can impact those numbers. Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem coincidental that three of the semifinalists were among the biggest spenders in the FBS. -Kristi Dosh, Forbes, Read More

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Texas State athletic director Larry Teis said a list exists of “who is really interested and wants to coach the Bobcats.” The school is using the Parker Executive Search group along with a search committee made up of Teis, Texas State Provost Gene Bourgeois, university President Denise Trauth, faculty representative Paul Gowens, special assistant to the president Vicki Brittain and Joanne Smith, the vice-president of student affairs.  A handful of potential candidates have surfaced, most notably K.C. Keeler of Sam Houston State, an FCS school that’s won 11 games each of the past two years and went four rounds deep into the playoffs this fall. Keeler also coached at Delaware from 2002-12 going 86-52 there. One report said Keeler has already interviewed for the Texas State opening, though Teis would not confirm or deny that. Current Texas State offensive coordinator Mike Schultz, who has in the past been a finalist for head coaching jobs at TCU and New Mexico State, also will get a chance to interview. -Steve Habel, American-Statesman, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

With the money made from college sports increasing every year, the way colleges treat their athletes has become controversial. That’s because college sports is a tremendously lucrative business for everyone but the athletes. The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) will receive $7.3 billion from ESPN for the right to broadcast the seven games of the College Football Playoffs (CFP) between 2014 and 2026, and $11 billionfrom CBS and Turner Sports to broadcast “March Madness” over the next 14 years. Individual colleges also make out well: The University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team’s trip to the Final Four this year, for example, brought more than $8 million in revenue to the universities of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Each of the “Big 5” conferences will make an estimated $50 millionfrom the college football playoffs this year. And none of this counts the money made from concessions, merchandise and licensing fees. Many pundits argue that it’s exploitation to have players work for such paltry compensation while universities, advertisers and television networks profit from their efforts.  -Kevin Wallsten, Tatishe M. Nteta and Lauren A. McCarthy, Washington Post, Read More

December 30, 2015

COLONIAL STATES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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COLONIAL STATES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) is made up of twelve NCAA Division III mid-Atlantic institutions and is accepting applications for the position of Conference Commissioner. The institutions, all private four-year institutions, are committed to success in academics and providing quality, broad-based athletics experiences to the student-athletes. The CSAC office is currently at Neumann University and its future location could be negotiated. The Commissioner needs to be in proximity to the colleges/universities in the Conference in order to visit campuses and to accomplish the work of the CSAC Conference. –Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applications for the position of Deputy Director of Athletics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide leadership and direction to a nationally successful athletics program that has garnered 20 national championships in the last decade. UWL prides itself on a successful Division III athletic program with broad-based student participation and a balanced student athlete philosophy supported by our history of 74 Academic All-Americans. Reporting to the Athletic Director, the Deputy Director of Athletics will assist in the overall responsibility for the management, administration, and supervision of a 19-sport Division III intercollegiate athletics program. The Deputy Director of Athletics will advise on all aspects of program administration including; fiscal management, strategic planning, personnel, facilities, resource development, policy development and implementation, eligibility and compliance, as well as day-to-day operation of the program. –Apply Here

CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY
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CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY

Longtime Cumberland supporter and radio partner Susie James made a donation to the athletic department this month to help with the purchase of new scorers’ tables for the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. With the help of James and the Smith family, who made a donation earlier this month, Cumberland athletics will purchase three new professional scorers’ tables for use during basketball, volleyball and wrestling events in the Dallas Floyd, a long overdue purchase for the department. “Susie is a great friend to our university and the athletic department and we are especially excited she is helping us with this donation to complete the purchase of scorers’ tables for the gym,” said Ron Pavan, CU director of athletics. –Lebanon Democrat, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Redshirt senior safety Reggis Ball was dismissed from the Memphis football team today after wrestling a football away from a member of Auburn’s equipment staff, pushing the staff member to the ground in the process. A video of the incident, which occurred after Memphis’ 31-10 loss to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl, was recorded by a fan and posted on Facebook. Several media members also witnessed Ball grab the football, with one reporting that he ran away “while giving the finger.” “I want to personally apologize to (athletic director) Jay Jacobs, (coach) Gus Malzahn, the Auburn Football team, its fans and the Birmingham Bowl for the highly-inappropriate actions of one of my student-athletes regarding a game ball at the end of Wednesday’s game,” Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement. “This player’s actions are totally unacceptable. He has been immediately removed from the team and we will continue to move swiftly in addressing what occurred. -Tom Schad, Commercial Appeal, Read More

AURORA UNIVERSITY
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AURORA UNIVERSITY

Nicki Pieart, assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer, is an excellent example of the “service before self ” mantra. Her dedication to serving both the campus and greater Aurora community through numerous service initiatives is admirable. Throughout her time at AU, Pieart has worked with several athletic teams to coordinate service projects at a number of area organizations and has been a strong leader for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. For her hard work and dedication to serving others, Pieart was awarded The John McKee Citizenship Award earlier this year. The award is presented to a member of the AU community who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship and is actively engaged in a community service beyond his or her role at the university. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

At Tuesday’s Orange Bowl media session there was plenty of buzz, but most of that buzz dealt with an off the field issue. Mainly someone’s directive that OU running back Joe Mixon would only answer football related questions and a threat of reporters being removed from the session if they veered of topic. As a result, others in the OU party were forced to answer the questions. An exchange between reporters on Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione can be found below: What was the discussion with Bob Stoops and David Boren like after you viewed the surveillance tape? “It was most difficult. There isn’t anything that we would say to excuse anything that happened. In our case, when we were faced with the options based on the findings of the district attorney and legal matters as well as his role as a student, the decision resulted in some significant consequences, disciplinary action, decisions, however you want to phrase it. Those were laid (out) to him and everyone associated understood. We also discussed this particular situation and the value of a second chance. At the time we made the decision, we didn’t have really any confirmation that he would stay and work through it. It was very possible he would decide to leave. However, he decided to stay at the university and sit out that year, address and accept all the consequences before him. The second chance for him to rejoin the team was offered.” -Guerin Emig, Tulsa World, Read More

 

NCAA
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NCAA

The Alamo Bowl figures to be one of the most exciting bowl games this season, with TCU and Oregon facing off in a battle of high-octane offenses.Both teams are known for getting a little weird with uniform designs — especially Oregon — and the Alamo Bowl is getting in on the design fun with some interesting detailing in the end zones for Saturday. -Robby Kalland, CBS Sports, Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

As the Clemson Tigers get ready to take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Thursday, athletic director Dan Radakovich took to USA Today to address the state of Clemson Athletics, specifically the Tigers new football operations facility. The new facility, which is currently under construction, has recently come under criticism from some.

•Fact 1 — Absolutely no university, student or state funds are allotted to the construction of the facility, nor are they used for any aspect of the operation of our athletic department. Rather, the generosity of our supporters has made this facility possible. Redirecting donor contributions — whether they are targeted for engineering, research or athletics — is detrimental to the overall continued success of the university.

•Fact 2 — This new operations facility allows us to repurpose the football space, creating a 38,000 square-foot academic success center benefiting every student-athlete across each of our 19 sports. Our emphasis on academic success has resulted in our overall department’s Graduation Success Rate of 91%, which ranks fifth nationally among public institutions.

•Fact 3 — While we build outstanding facilities to assist in our student-athletes’ development, we also recognize that most will not make a living from pro sports. That’s why we provide programs in leadership training, social media awareness and personal finance. We also provide the Tiger Trust, which allows any student-athlete who leaves campus in good academic standing to return on athletic aid to complete his or her degree. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

For Arkansas, the gift was graphics in a new football facility. For Florida State, it was a visual face lift for its football locker room and meeting rooms. For Mississippi State, it was branding work for facilities in seven sports. These projects were intended to help large public universities, but the costs and contracting details associated with them are shielded from public disclosure by private athletics booster organizations exempt from open-records laws. The absence of these documents from public records “speaks volumes about the relationship between the booster club and the school and the influence the booster club may have over the school’s activities and their public funds and buildings,” says Kevin Goldberg, legal counsel for the American Society of News Editors. -Rachel Axon, USA Today, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

For years, the highest-paid public employees in many states have been football and men’s basketball coaches at state universities. But as big-time college sports revenues have nearly doubled over the past decade, coaches are far from the only ones cashing in. Since 2004, many athletic directors have seen their pay soar and have gone on hiring sprees, surrounding themselves with well-paid executives and small armies of support staffs to help their premier teams — primarily football — recruit, train and plan for games. Rising administrative and support staff pay is one of the biggest reasons otherwise profitable or self-sufficient athletic departments run deficits, according to a Washington Post review of thousands of pages of financial records from athletic departments at 48 schools in the five wealthiest conferences in college sports. In a decade, the non-coaching payrolls at the schools, combined, rose from $454 million to $767 million, a 69 percent jump. -Will Hobson and Steven Rich, Washington Post, Read More

December 29, 2015

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma State and former Texas assistant Joe Wickline settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit Tuesday, a move that lets Longhorns coach Charlie Strong and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes avoid having to testify in an Oklahoma courtroom about who called the plays for Texas. Oklahoma State sued Wickline — who was fired by Texas on Dec. 12 — in 2014 for nearly $600,000, arguing he made a lateral move to Texas and didn’t take a promotion with “play-calling duties” as stated in his previous contract. Terms of the settlement were not immediately released. Oklahoma State notified a Stillwater judge Tuesday it was dropping the lawsuit, and school attorney Sean Breen in Austin, Texas, told The Associated Press the case was settled. -Jim Vertuno, Associated Press, Read More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington State University Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Tuesday that he and Head Coach Mike Leach have agreed to a provision in Leach’s contract to extend the agreement an additional year through the 2020 season. In addition, Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch and Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Joe Salave’a have signed multi-year contracts to remain part of Coach Leach’s staff. “Mike Leach and his entire staff have done a tremendous job in building our football program, and the goal is to keep moving forward,” said Moos. “Cougar football has returned to the upper echelon of collegiate football where it most deservedly belongs. I believe I speak for all Cougar fans when I say we want Mike Leach leading our football program for many years to come.” This season Leach guided the Cougars to a 9-4 record and a victory in the 2015 Sun Bowl, WSU’s first bowl win since the 2003 season. The Cougars’ nine wins are the most since 2003 and included come-from-behind road victories at Rutgers, Oregon and No. 18 UCLA. Additionally, the Cougars are second in the nation in passing after finishing first last season, and currently led all FBS schools in red zone offense. –Read More

RHODES COLLEGE
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RHODES COLLEGE

Jim Ryan, who has served as the defensive coordinator at Washington University (St. Louis) the past four years, has been named Rhodes new head football coach. Ryan was recently named the NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Ryan replaces Dan Gritti, who served as the Lynx head coach from 2011-15. “We are thrilled Jim Ryan is joining our staff at Rhodes,” said Mike Clary, Rhodes Director of Athletics. “Coach Ryan embodies Rhodes vision and embraces our student-athlete model.” –Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs made a rare media appearance Tuesday morning. Jacobs visited WJOX-FM’s studio to do an interview on the station’s Opening Drive program hosted by Jay Barker and Al Del Greco. Del Greco is a former Auburn placekicker. The 10-minute discussion centered on Jacobs’ future with the program and the football team’s struggles this season. On his own future, Jacobs didn’t mince words. “I’m not retiring, stepping down,” Jacobs said. “I don’t have anything else I want to do right now. I love what I’m doing.” Jacobs was hired as director of athletics for Auburn in December 2004 and doesn’t see his tenure ending anytime soon. “I don’t have anything else planned,” Jacobs said of honoring his multi-year contract. “When you go 6-6 in football all kind of stuff pops out, all kind of rumors pop out.” -Michael Niziolek, Ledger-Enquirer, Read More


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