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October 14, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

This week, Thomas penned an open letter about mental health assistance and starred in an athletic department-produced video about it. In the video, Alex Auerbach, the UA’s Director of Clinical & Sports Psychology, talked about some of the services available to student-athletes, including a drop-in mental health support group. Thomas wrote: “We are student-athletes. We compete at the highest levels of our sport and under the brightest of lights. The pressure of the game can be a lot. Being a college student has a lot of demands. Mental health isn’t just a student-athlete issues because there are millions of Americans going through something.” “We are Wildcats and we are all in this together.” -PJ Brown, Arizona Daily Star. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Prior to an upset victory by the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at Sanford Stadium, the Georgia Bulldogs had not lost at home since a Nov. 26, 2016, defeat to Georgia Tech. That was the first season at the helm for Georgia coach Kirby Smart. By not losing at home since then, Georgia did not have to worry about what happened after South Carolina won. Gamecocks players and coaches ripped out parts of the famous hedges that surround the field at Sanford Stadium. They celebrated by putting the hedges in their mouths and posing for photos. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner has now reportedly apologized to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity for the destruction of parts of the hedges, according to DawgNation. -Jordan James, 247Sports. Read More.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE

SIUE Athletics on Oct. 10 dedicated the Student-Athlete Nutrition Center inside the Cougar Pavilion housed inside the Lukas Athletics Annex at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Made possible through a philanthropic gift from Carol and Dr. Paul Nativi, the Nutrition Center is a self-service option for SIUE student-athletes offering choices including fruit, granola bars, yogurt, recovery drinks, shakes and smoothies. “What made the Nutrition Center an attractive project was the fact that it benefits all of the student-athletes,” Carol Nativi said. –The Telegraph. Read More.

October 13, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

With a new head coach, an attractive home schedule and an increase in ticket prices, the Colorado athletic department budgeted for a major spike in football ticket sales this season. Halfway through the home schedule, the department is already nearing its target. As of Friday, when the Buffs began a two-game road swing with a trip to Eugene, Ore., the CU athletic department was at around $19.8 million in football ticket sales. CU budgeted for $19.813 million in ticket sales for this season and expects to easily exceed that with single-game ticket sales later this season. -Brian Howell, BuffZone. Read More.

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State personnel confiscated T-shirts bearing the words “Chains, Tattoos, Dreads, & WE ARE” that Nittany Lions football players were wearing during the pregame portion of Saturday night’s contest at Iowa. According to ESPN’s Holly Rowe, coach James Franklin was upset that his players did not discuss beforehand their intentions to wear the shirts. “While we are supportive of our students expressing themselves in a thoughtful manner, they are expected to wear team-issued apparel on game day,” Penn State said in a statement released during the game. “We asked our students to remove the shirts out of an abundance of caution for NCAA compliance.” According to Rowe, one player told her the shirts were made and worn as a show of support for safety Jonathan Sutherland, who last week received a letter from a man who identified himself as a Penn State alumnus who was critical of his appearance. –ESPN. Read More.

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech will appeal three of the penalties that were handed down by the NCAA’s infractions committee, including the postseason ban in effect for the 2019-20 season. If the process isn’t swift, Tech officials might not complain. A rather significant aspect of the decision to contest the NCAA’s sanctions is that the appealed penalties will be stayed for the duration of the appeal process, meaning that if the appeals panel cannot reach its decision before the time that the NCAA tournament field is decided, then the Yellow Jackets would be eligible for the postseason. -Ken Sugiura, AJC. Read More.

ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE
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ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE

Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade weighed in on the national issue regarding the issue of student-athletes being able to profit off the use of their name, image and likeness. In a press release Wednesday, McGlade called it a complicated issue.“In today’s world the cultural, economic and social landscape has changed,” she said, “influencing ‘Generation Z,’ as well as public perception and society’s expectations. This changing landscape demands an updated NCAA collegiate amateur model. -David Jablonski, Dayton Daily News. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

USF announced $2.5 million in donations to the university’s athletics department, $2 million of which will be put toward the construction of the Football Center. The indoor practice facility, which will also house the program’s operations department, is slated to be built on campus across from the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center. Michael and Darlene Charles made a $1 million donation, while Suzanne Ward, a 1986 alumnus, donated $1.5 million. Ward lives in Oregon,but travels to every home and away Bulls football game. More than $21 million has been raised for the Football Center, which will cost an estimated $40 million and include a 100-yard turf field, players lounge, and strength and conditioning center. -Kelly Parsons, Tampa Bay Times. Read More.

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Leon Costello wishes he could say Montana State raised $18 million comfortably on time. The MSU athletics director admitted it was a push to get it done by this week. But he wanted to announce his department pulled it off during Montana State’s homecoming week, two years after MSU made the Athletics Facility Master Plan public during homecoming week in 2017. But now MSU can begin construction on the Bobcat Athletics Complex, an addition planned for Bobcat Stadium’s north end, after meeting that record $18 million in private funds, which was announced Friday. -Colton Pool, Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Read More.

UCONN
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UCONN

Former UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun issued a statement Saturday responding to allegations of sexual discrimination and creating a hostile work environment contained in a federal lawsuit filed Oct. 9 against the University of St. Joseph by the school’s former associate athletic director. Calhoun, who came out of retirement to coach the newly created men’s basketball team at St. Joseph, said in a statement that he acknowledged he was flawed but said he never “knowingly treated any woman unfairly because of her gender.” He also said he has long been a strong supporter of equal rights for women, noting that he worked for a female president at UConn, works for a female president at St. Joseph and married a feminist. -Dom Amore, Hartford Courant. Read More.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Now almost every Southeastern Conference school works with some kind of sports psychologist, for the national focus on student-athlete mental health is at an all-time high, A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said. “For years and years, the stigma of that whole going to see a counselor or even a sports psychologist — you did it in the cover of darkness and you didn’t want anybody to know about it,” Bjork said. Pittsinger, who leads A&M athletic’s counseling and sports psychology services, has been a full-time member of the athletic department since 2016. In a first session, Pittsinger says 60 to 70% of student-athletes typically show up for on-field performance aid and find that general mental health and sports performance conversations start to blend together. -Travis Brown, theeagle. Read More.

October 11, 2019

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Montana State has succeeded in the largest athletics fundraising campaign in university history, raising $18 million for the Bobcat Athletic Complex, an addition planned for the north end of Bobcat Stadium that will be the new home for MSU’s football program. Construction will begin on the 40,000-square-foot addition after the current football season. The facility is expected to open before the 2021 football season. – Missoulian, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

Alcohol sales have been a hit at college football games in North Carolina this year. UNC announced Friday it had sold more than 43,000 units of alcohol in the team’s three home games. UNC released figures that show $325,000, $393,000, and $416,000 in net concessions sale respectively at its September home games. – WWAY, Read More

UC DAVIS
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UC DAVIS

A new UC Davis campaign is highlighting the success of the more than 700 student-athletes who have transformed the campus into one of the best Division I athletics programs in the nation. The “Champion Aggies” campaign launched during the initial weeks of the fall quarter with a dedicated webpage housed on the university’s main site and light-pole banners featuring fall-sport student-athletes. The banners will change during the winter and spring quarters to feature members of teams competing in their respective seasons. Also, for the first time, UC Davis Athletics has an advertising presence at Sacramento International Airport, with big poster ads in the terminals. Soon, a Unitrans bus will turn from red to blue with a Champion Aggies-themed wrap showing some of the student-athletes from UC Davis’ 25 Intercollegiate Athletics programs. “This campaign will help strengthen the connection of our athletics program to students, faculty, staff, alumni, the Davis community and sports fans across the country,” said Blue. “We hope the campaign will foster even greater school spirit and support for our student-athletes.” – Melissa Blouin, UC Davis, Read More

UNLV
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UNLV

UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois shared insights into nonconference scheduling saying, “I have three objectives, and the first is postseason positioning. Depending on where the program is and its expected evolution, we look for ways to maximize our chances to get to the postseason. The second thing I look for is community interested in competitive matchups. The third thing is current and future student-athlete opportunities. When we’re putting together a schedule, it’s beneficial if we’re playing in an area that we recruit.” – Ron Kantowski, Las Vegas Review Journal, Read More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State was set to place Nevada to open its 2020 season. Now, it will face Kent State instead, because the Golden Flashes were leery of playing three SEC teams next September, so the Razorbacks and Nittany Lions ended up swapping non-conference opponents. PSU coach James Franklin shared his thoughts on how the Lions plan to schedule games moving forward. “One of the things that I’d like to do, is I’d like to get away from some of the home and homes that we’re doing and play some of the neutral site games, so instead of playing a home and home with someone, I would rather go play a neutral site game, maybe in the Meadowlands, or Washington, D.C., or whatever it may be, play a neutral site game in this region that everyone can get to,” Franklin said. – Greg Pickel, Penn Live, Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

After the men’s basketball team at Loyola University in Chicago advanced to the Final Four for the first time in 50 years, the Ramblers earned about $8.2 million for schools in the Missouri Valley Conference. Chris Welch, a former Northwestern basketball player and Illinois state representative proposed a bill following California’s name, image and likeness lead. “The school didn’t profit at all. The next year the coach got a multi-year contract and he’s now a millionaire,” Welch explained. “Congratulations to coach (Porter) Moser, I think he did a fantastic job, but I do think that students should be able to profit off of their own names, likenesses and images.” Not only does Welch consider it an issue of fairness, he thinks college sports programs in his state could get left behind. “The reality is California is a Pac-12 state, Illinois is a Big Ten state and we compete for top talent,” Welch said. “With that bill now being law in California, I think at a minimum we need to be on par and our coaches need to have the ability to recruit on the same level as California universities.” – Eric Stock, WGLT, Read More

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY
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LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

On July 24, LIU announced the hiring of their new Director of Athletics, William E. Martinov. The new athletic director is focused on the student-athlete experience, “They’re students first. We support them along with the LIU Promise program. We want to make sure their athletic experience is just as good as their academic experience.” He goes on by saying, “I’m excited about new opportunities for our athletics. We will grow as a Division I program and continue to recruit exceptional student-athletes.” –  LaMont Jackson, Seawanhaka, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents will vote on the expansion and renovation of Georgia’s Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall during next week’s two-day meeting which starts on Tuesday. The $80 million project, which includes an expanded weight room and sports medicine facility, was unanimously approved by UGA’s athletics association board of directors last month. Forty million of the $80 million bill would be funded through the athletics budget and cash reserves while the other half would be covered by private gifts to the university. Planned construction for the project is broken down over two phases, with the first phase projected to begin in January of 2020 and hopes to have done before the 2021 football season. – Eric Jackson, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Read More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Indiana University announced today that they have officially dedicated the Terry Tallen Complex. The multi-million dollar, 25,000-square-foot complex is home to the new Indiana football locker room that the IU team moved into on August 13th. The new facility is named after IU football alum and two-time team captain Terry Tallen, whose $2 million gift to the “For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign” is the largest gift ever provided to IU by a former football player. – Matt Weaver, Peegs, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

The Crimson Tide launched the Roll TideCast: The Official Podcast of Alabama Athletics on Friday. The podcast takes an inside look at University of Alabama Athletics and the tradition of excellence and legacy of champions that surrounds the Tide. On the first edition, the Crimson Tide Sports Network’s Roger Hoover visits with Greg Byrne to check on what a typical week looks like for Alabama’s Director of Athletics. Future episodes will come throughout the year and feature in-depth conversations with individuals past and present who make the Crimson Tide legendary. – Read More

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Director of Athletics John Currie announced Friday that interim head volleyball coach Randi Smart has been promoted to head coach. Smart, who has exemplified Wake Forest’s commitment to excellence and focus on providing a world-class student-athlete experience, will be the 12th head coach in the history of the Demon Deacon volleyball program. Smart joined the Demon Deacons in 2017 as associate head coach and was named interim head coach in March 2019. – Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson’s Memorial Stadium is set to receive a nearly $70 million makeover, the first major upgrade since 2006. The Clemson Board of Trustees approved several upgrades to Death Valley on Friday, including a new 7,166 square foot video board. The project is estimated to cost $68.7 million and should be completed before the 2021 football season. Construction is set to begin next December. In addition to the new video board and redone parking lot behind the west end zone, Clemson is also renovating its locker room, adding premium seating and adding ADA accessibility. Funding for the renovations will come from IPTAY and will be a mix of debt and cash, AD Dan Radakovich said. Ticket prices are not expected to greatly increase in order to fund the changes. – Matt Connolly, The Charlotte Observer, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Arizona Athletics’ award-winning C.A.T.S. program has focused on the holistic development of student-athletes since its creation in 1991 and mental health has been a part of that Commitment to an Athlete’s Total Success. As a pioneer in the industry, C.A.T.S. has grown and developed its mental health services as a national leader in the field. “Mental health and wellness has been a priority from the top of the university, starting with President Robbins to our athletics administration and Dave Heeke,” said Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology Dr. Alex Auerbach. “They have really been driving mental health and wellness as a foundation for student-athlete and staff development.” Arizona Athletics helps drive that journey with three full-time mental health professionals on staff with Dr. Auerbach and two mental health counselors. This team of top professionals provide a wide array of mental health, wellness and performance services for student-athlete and employee success, health and wellbeing. The department will continue to use its clinical and sport psychology services to power its quest for excellence in student-athlete performance, wellness and safety to support their development during their careers and life after graduation. – Read More

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Eastern Washington University is looking for an Director of Compliance to monitor NCAA legislation, Big Sky Conference Rules and Eastern Washington University policies for the athletic department. The position reports to the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance. The position is Responsible for ensuring the integrity of the Athletic Compliance Department and alignment with the organizational goals of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. –NCAA. Apply Here.

CHATTANOOGA
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CHATTANOOGA

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Mocs Club announces plans for the second annual “Drive for 25” campaign. This Nov. 9 day of giving is centered around the home-opening double-header for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at McKenzie Arena. Last year was the first time that Chattanooga Athletics participated in a day of giving. The campaign was a major success with $25,000 raised. An anonymous donor matched the total gifts resulting in $50,000 in total. The campaign received 126 gifts and welcomed 32 first-time donors in the process. The campaign again focuses on the Mocs most crucial need; unrestricted dollars towards the annual budget enhancing the complete student-athlete experience. Read More.

PAC-12
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PAC-12

In the past five months, the Pac-12 has announced a series of structural changes to the men’s basketball schedule. The latest move, announced Tuesday, adds a series of high-quality games to the non-conference inventory using a scheduling model that hasn’t been attempted, anywhere. The Pac-12 Coast To Coast Challenge is the conference’s answer to the ACC/Big Ten and Big 12/SEC challenges. Each year starting in Dec. 2020, three Pac-12 teams will face opponents from another power conference on a single weekend at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The following year, the participants will tangle on a neutral court in the opposing conference’s footprint. Instead of the traditional home-and-home series, it’s neutral-and-neutral. Together with the Oak View Group, the Pac-12 created the Coast to Coast Challenge. “All the other major conferences have their challenges, so we weren’t going to find anything that was 12 against 12,’’ said Dan Shell, president of Oak View Collegiate. “This is like a four-pronged challenge, where it’s the Pac-12 against everybody. Players like good games in NBA arenas. The Pac-12 teams can recruit to this.” -Jon Wilner, The Mercury News. Read More.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt and Michigan baseball will play in a rematch of the national title series in the David Williams Fall Classic, promoting diversity and inclusion in memory of the late athletics director. Vanderbilt will play as the Nashville Stars and wear special uniforms paying tribute to Nashville’s rich and diverse baseball tradition. Michigan will play as the Detroit Stars. Both were former Negro League teams in the cities where Williams spent much of his life. Williams, who died at 71 on Feb. 8, grew up in Detroit as the son of a member of the Tuskegee Airmen and a public school teacher. In Nashville, he served as the SEC’s first black athletics director at Vanderbilt. He spent his 16-year tenure as athletics director and vice chancellor over student affairs trying to push social change on campus. Vanderbilt worked with Nike, Music City Baseball and the Negro League Baseball Museum to develop uniforms for the event. “(The David Williams Classic) gives us all an opportunity to recognize David and his family for his work to promote diversity and inclusion as well as recognize the positive contributions to American society of the Negro Baseball Leagues,” coach Tim Corbin said. “Our connection with the Michigan program, especially as it pertains to diversity specific to college baseball, makes for a natural date for both schools. “The fact that David Williams was a Detroit, Michigan, native and knew Coach Bakich very well, gives it additional meaning.” -Adam Sparks, Nashville Tennessean, Read More

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Christy Drale has named George Lee, current senior associate athletic director and CFO, as the new athletic director for the UA Little Rock Trojans. Lee, who joined the Athletics Department 23 years ago as business manager, assumes the position Nov. 1. He replaces Chasse Conque, who left the university in August to become vice chancellor and AD at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The new athletic director pointed out that this is the university’s inaugural year of men’s wrestling, and many fans are enthusiastic about starting the state’s only Division I wrestling program. Lee commended the members of the Trojan Athletic Foundation for their support and assistance in raising funds for the program and helping raise the profile of the Trojans. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

For the first time in at least 10 seasons (the Journal has collected such data dating to the 2010 season), it appears the Lobo football team will hit its ticket revenue projection this season. Through two of six home games, UNM has collected “around $800,000” in ticket revenue, according to UNM Deputy Athletic Director David Williams, or about 84 percent of the revenue it was projecting to get for the entire season ($955,000). This season, knowing it had the “odd years” benefit of the alternating in-state rivalry game with NMSU being in Albuquerque, it took last year’s actual collected revenue and added a modest $75,000 to the projection, which appears well within reach with four games remaining. “Yes, we feel good about reaching the $955k budgeted number,” Williams wrote in an email. -Geoff Grammer, abqjournal. Read More.


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