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December 4, 2019

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Yale University’s Thomas A. Beckett Director of Athletics Vicky Chun has announced that Sarah Martinez has been named the Loring Family Head Coach of Women’s Soccer, effective immediately. She becomes the seventh head coach in Yale women’s soccer history. Martinez served last season as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs as Yale enjoyed its best season on the pitch in 14 years. Martinez graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, then earned a Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from the University of Washington in 2013. –soccerwire. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter told the Clarion Ledger that the total cost of buying out the entire football coaching staff would be approximately $17 million. Carter didn’t give details about Luke’s individual buyout, but he said the university and athletics foundation will be able to pay it out over four years to mitigate the initial costs. According to documents obtained by the Clarion Ledger, Luke was under contract through Dec. 31, 2022.Luke made $3.1 million this season, 12th-most in the SEC, according to a USA TODAY sports database. Given that Luke’s original contract signed in 2017 was built so the coach would earn a $100,000 raise every year, that would mean Luke had nearly $10 million remaining on his contract. -Nick Suss, Mississippi Clarion Ledger. Read More.

December 3, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Washington coach Chris Petersen explained Tuesday why it was time for him to step away after six seasons at Washington, eight before that at Boise State and nearly 40 years involved with football overall. “It becomes a lot of frustration and anxiety and stress. And some of the excitement and positivity and optimism can be pushed away, and that’s never a way to lead your life,” Petersen said. Washington intends to keep Petersen involved with the athletic department in a leadership advisory role with the scope still to be determined. – Associated Press, ESPN, Read More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington State AD Patrick Chun announced the addition of Brian Norton to the Cougars’ Athletic Medicine staff as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Athletic Medicine. Norton joins the Cougar staff after over 16 years of work as the Assistant Athletic Director for sports medicine at Eastern Washington University. – Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers University’s faculty council is calling for the dismissal of AD Patrick Hobbs and to make other significant changes in response to what it called a series of “missteps, blunders, and errors in judgment.” The New Brunswick Faculty Council issued a resolution this week that stated, “The list of missteps, blunders, and errors in judgment is a long one and they seem to have increased in frequency in recent years. In addition to these blunders, there have also been ethical and moral lapses.” 58% of faculty members voted to have President Robert Barchi fire Hobbs and appoint an interim AD. Dory Devlin, the university’s senior director of news and media relations, said Tuesday in a statement the school is standing behind Hobbs and described the council as a nonbinding advisory body to the New Brunswick chancellor. – Matthew Stanmyre and Keith Sargeant, NJ.com, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss and head volleyball coach Steven McRoberts have mutually agreed to part ways, it was announced Tuesday by AD Keith Carter.
“Coach McRoberts represented Ole Miss with class and integrity over the past six years,” Carter said. “He made tremendous contributions to our program and to the lives of our student-athletes, and we wish him the best as he moves forward.” – Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State announced today there will be a change in leadership of the women’s volleyball program and Geoff Carlston will not return as head coach of the Buckeyes. A national search for the next Ohio State head coach will begin immediately. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Mizzou football attendance increased by 5% in 2019 with an average of over 54,159 fans attended home games this year. The Tigers also surpassed 60,000 for the first time since 2015 during the homecoming game against Ole Miss. In 2018, the average was just 51,465. – John Pottebaum, KOMU 8 News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

The University of Texas Tower shined with burnt orange lights Tuesday to celebrate the Moody Center groundbreaking and to thank the Moody Foundation for its $130 Million grant for the university’s new basketball arena and events center. It is among the largest gifts ever made to any university for a new arena. The Moody Center is expected to open in 2022. – Read More

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan Athletics has sold out of its allotment of general public tickets for the MAC Championship Game and a limited number of student tickets remain. The Chippewas take on Miami in the title game on Saturday, Dec. 7, with kickoff set for noon. – Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The inaugural men’s basketball “Big East/Big 12 Battle” begins this week with five games to be played Wednesday-Sunday. The two conferences created the scheduling alliance that will feature 10 games each December at campus sites. The remaining games will be played throughout the month and conclude on December 22. The home school has the right to determine the venue of its game, and broadcast rights of the games are determined by the conference national television rights agreement of the home team. The four-year agreement will continue through 2022-23 with an equal number of games played in each conference’s home market each year. – Read More

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY
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YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

A newly released record provides more detail about the 2015 sexual assaults that resulted in the discipline of three Youngstown State University athletes, one of whom YSU later hired as an assistant coach of its women’s tennis team. The report offers a sense of the conduct that YSU deemed acceptable enough to place Bassem El Mekawi in a position of power over women athletes just two years after punishing him for his role in the sexual assault. YSU officials did not respond to requests for comment on this story but previously said in a statement that “YSU has begun a comprehensive and strategic review of our current policies, procedures and practices regarding student conduct and Title IX, including discussions among top administrators.” – Kenny Jacoby, USA TODAY, Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State AD Gene Smith Smith presented an overview of the NCAA Name, Image and Likeness Working Group’s process to the University Senate on Nov. 14. Smith said trying to field nationally relevant intercollegiate competitions in different states with different laws would be unworkable – so the NCAA, league commissioners and institutions see federal legislation that creates consistency across the country as the only practical solution. “We need to come up with a method to allow our student-athletes to take advantage of their name, image and likeness, make sure it’s something we can regulate, and make sure it’s something that’s not tied to athletic ability,” he said. The working group will continue deliberating through April. – Emily Caldwell, Ohio State News, Read More

TROY UNIVERSITY
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TROY UNIVERSITY

Troy Athletics is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the Associate/Assistant Athletics Director of Marketing and Promotions. The responsibilities listed below provide a guideline of expected responsibilities. Detailed responsibilities will be assigned based on candidate’s background. –NCAA. Apply Here.

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Liberty Athletic Director Ian McCaw was on the Sports Talk Garage podcast this week to discuss an array of topics related to Liberty Athletics, and he provided some very interesting answers concerning Liberty’s future, the possibility of joining a conference, and upcoming construction projects. “We feel very good about where we are right now,” McCaw stated when asked about Liberty’s current position as an FBS Independent and ASUN member. “Long-term, we do feel that Liberty has Power 5 potential, but that is a very challenging transformation to crossover.” Prior to announcing the move to the FBS ranks as an Independent in February 2017, Liberty had flirted with the Sun Belt Conference for several years but never received the necessary votes to be included. -Jon Manson, ASOR. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers University’s Board of Governors approved a football coaching contract for Greg Schiano Tuesday. Schiano is now the highest-paid state employee in New Jersey history. He’ll make $4 million per year for eight years, $32 million for the life of the contract. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s salary is $175,000. If Schiano is fired, he’ll get 76.875% of his remaining salary if he’s dismissed. So if he’s fired tomorrow, Rutgers will have to write out a check for $24.6 million and if he quits before Dec. 1, 2020, he’ll owe RU $8 million. The buyout figure decreases over time. If he quits during the final three years, he’ll have to pay the university $1 million. -Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers University Director of Athletics announced that the contract of head women’s volleyball coach CJ Werneke will not be renewed. Werneke spent 12 seasons as the head coach guiding the program through the transition from the Big East to the American and the Big Ten. “We would like to thank CJ for his time and service at Rutgers and his dedication to our student-athletes, including navigating the program through conference realignment to join the nation’s best volleyball conference,” said Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. A national search will begin immediately. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

ick Carparelli, longtime football administrator and sports executive, has been named the Executive Director of the Football Bowl Association. He will officially succeed Wright Waters upon his retirement in April but will begin in a transition role in January of 2020. “Nick is a skilled consensus-builder and excellent communicator, bringing significant relationships with our numerous stakeholders and in-depth knowledge of college football.” said Mike Nealy, Football Bowl Association Chair and Executive Director of the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl and Cheez-It® Bowl. Widely respected in college football, Carparelli most recently served as Senior Director of College Sports Marketing at Under Armour where he created strategic marketing plans for their collegiate partnerships. –Football Bowl Association. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN

Director of Athletics and Recreation Sheahon Zenger announced the addition of Sara Richwine who will join the Chargers senior leadership as the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student-Athlete Services. Richwine comes to New Haven from Bridgeport where she served as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Prior to joining the Purple Knights in March of 2016, Richwine, who has experience at both Division I and Division II, was an Athletic Compliance Assistant at Central Connecticut State University. A 2009 graduate of Muhlenberg College, Sara graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Political Science. Read More.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

In a letter to the university community, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne reports that an external review commissioned in the wake of Operation Varsity Blues found no evidence of additional fraud at Stanford but made recommendations for policies and procedures that the university will fully adopt. “After the news of Operation Varsity Blues, we took a number of immediate actions. Those steps included verifying that Stanford had received no other contributions from the foundation implicated in the government’s investigation; implementing a second-level review process to confirm the athletic credentials of all recruited student-athletes; and developing enhanced controls in the university’s gift acceptance process. We also launched the external review, undertaken by the international law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. The firm interviewed more than 55 people and obtained and reviewed more than 35,000 records.” Read More.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell has agreed to a contract extension through the 2025 season. “I greatly appreciate Dr. (Wendy) Wintersteen’s and (Iowa State AD) Jamie’s (Pollard) proactive approach to extending my contract,” Campbell said. Campbell guided his 2019 team to a tie for third place in the Big 12 and a berth in a bowl game for the third season in a row. The Cyclones were 7-5 overall and appeared in the College Football Playoff rankings for the third consecutive year. Details of Coach Campbell’s contract extension will be released at a later date. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Greg Schiano is back as Rutgers football coach. The university’s Board of Governors on Tuesday approved an agreement to bring back the former Scarlet Knights coach to lead the downtrodden program that has lost 21 straight Big Ten Conference games and won seven games over the last three seasons. The 53-year-old Schiano was given an eight-year, $32 million deal. The agreement, initially announced on Sunday, came a week after talks to bring back Schiano had fallen apart when the two sides couldn’t agree on other financial commitments by the school toward improved facilities and infrastructure. –The Island Packet. Read More.

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

According to New Mexico State athletics director Mario Moccia, the Aggies will not be seeking a new head football coach this offseason. Each situation is different, and there are significant differences between the programs who pulled the trigger on firing a head coach and the New Mexico State football program. “In that period of time, Doug was one of those coaches who got a seven-win season and was invited to a bowl game and won a bowl game. I have no doubt that he can do that again because he’s done it once before under more difficult circumstances meaning he was coming off the DeWayne Walker and Hal Mumme eras and beyond who never received bowl invitations.” Moccia stated. -Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-News. Read More.

JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

As a premier private university intensely focused on recruiting, developing and graduating engaged global citizens who are job-ready, Jacksonville University today announced major changes to its Division I Athletics program with the goal of strengthening the University and enhancing the experience for all students. After conducting a data-driven analysis, the University announced it will no longer play football and will discontinue its Division I program, effective immediately. The University has participated in the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League since 1998. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

When Yale recruited Carol Roberts in 1977 to play field hockey and softball, the locker room for those sports was still about a half-mile from the women’s playing fields. As Ms. Roberts recalled, both teams shared one portable toilet. Decades later, as chief financial officer of International Paper, Ms. Roberts, 59, a mechanical engineer by training, donated $4 million of a $6 million project to build a field house for Yale’s female athletes between the field hockey and softball fields. As the 50th anniversary of Title IX approaches, the pioneering athletes who first benefited from the 1972 federal gender-equity law are now in their 50s or 60s, and some of them have gained sizable wealth as more women have entered the executive suite. They have created a subset of university giving, donating millions back to their alma maters as primary donors to build facilities and endow scholarships and coaching positions. -Jeré Longman, The New York Times. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Already, in the wake of sanctions levied by the NCAA on the school’s football, baseball and softball programs over academic misconduct, the university’s athletic department had offered up a series of public rebukes of the organization that determined its penalties. Athletic Director Jim Sterk said the school was “shocked and dismayed” and that the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions “abused its discretion.” Yet still, as Missouri grappled with the sanctions, the athletic department put forth a response more direct and more public than any of the others. And so came “Make it Right,” the aggressive marketing campaign designed to take on the NCAA. In essence, the university declared war. Missouri’s appeal and the campaign that came with it was not successful, but others around the NCAA landscape took notice of the effort. -Eli Lederman, Missourian. Read More.

BYU
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BYU

BYU and the Worldwide Leader in Sports are inching closer to an agreement to stick together. The Cougars have agreed, in principle, to an extension of a broadcasting deal with ESPN through the 2026 season, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported Monday evening. The deal, which McMurphy reports will add seven years to the original contract BYU signed at the outset of independence (plus an option year that the network picked up), would also guarantee the Cougars will play in one of ESPN’s contracted bowl games for every season they’re bowl eligible. No agreement had been formalized as of Monday afternoon, representatives of the BYU athletic department told KSL.com. -Sean Walker, KSL. Read More.

UTEP
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UTEP

Tuesday (Dec. 3) is “Giving Tuesday” and in the spirit of the season, the Miner Athletic Club will be raising $15,000 for a UTEP Athletics Van. The van will support each of the Miners’ 16 Division I athletic teams while providing safe and comfortable travel to and from practice, competition, doctors’ visits and community events. The van will also be used to assist with recruiting. “People are always asking me about how they can make a difference for UTEP Athletics,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. Read More.

UW MILWAUKEE
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UW MILWAUKEE

Director of Athletics Amanda Braun unveiled today a new Strategic Plan for the Milwaukee Athletic Department. The unveiling caps a yearlong process of renewing and enhancing the department’s “Path to Prominence” Strategic Plan for the years 2019-2024. The plan has yielded seven strategic goals. “The plan allows our department to drive forward in an action-oriented, consistent manner that leads to a high level of excellence,” Braun noted. Goals and strategies were developed by seven workgroups – Student-Athlete Success, Employee Relations, Campus and Community Engagement, Facilities and Branding, Revenue Growth, Department Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion. Read More.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell announced Monday that head volleyball coach Grayson DuBose will not have his contract renewed. A national search will begin immediately to identify his successor. “These decisions are never easy, and we thank Coach DuBose for his commitment to Aggie volleyball over the past 14 seasons,” said Hartwell. DuBose led the Aggies into the Mountain West era, posting a 45-83 record in the league. Under DuBose, 20 Utah State players earned all-conference honors a total of 31 times. Read More.


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