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February 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Francisco State Director of Athletics Stephanie Shrieve-Hawkins has announced the promotion of Brandon Davis to Senior Associate Director of Athletics. “The Department of Athletics and the entire SFSU campus community continues to benefit from the leadership qualities and diligent work ethic that Brandon exudes,” said Shrieve-Hawkins. “I personally value his insight and experience in the field of athletics in higher education. He plays a key role in the decisions that are made to the success of our programs. Promoting him to this senior management position is not only appropriate, it is well deserved.” Davis joined San Francisco State in January 2017 as the associate director of athletics for communications and fan development. In that time, he has focused the program’s brand, streamlined and enhanced SF State’s social media offerings, and has helped oversee several facility improvements. In March and April 2018, he served as interim director of athletics. In his expanded role, Davis will take a larger part with the department’s day-to-day administrative duties, long-term strategic planning, and staff and sports supervision.  – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The three men who were convicted of fraud for their schemes in a college basketball recruiting scandal — which included the University of Kansas program — recently asked a judge to sentence them to probation rather than jail, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In October, a jury found former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code all guilty of fraud. The trial centered on whether the men’s admitted effort to channel secret payments to the families of top recruits, luring them to major basketball programs sponsored by Adidas, including KU, was criminal. At stake was a fortune in revenue for the basketball programs and potential endorsement deals for the players if they went pro, both the prosecutors and defense have contended. Attorneys for the three men filed separate court documents on Tuesday that requested they receive probation sentences rather than jail time. – DYLAN LYSEN, ljworld – Read More

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

The Department of Justice announced today that it had reached a settlement with Learfield IMG College to resolve a Department lawsuit alleging that it engaged in unlawful agreements not to compete for multimedia rights contracts for universities’ athletic programs. The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to challenge unlawful agreements not to compete. At the same time, the Department filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the lawsuit’s alleged competitive harm. “The illegal agreements not to compete allowed Learfield IMG College to benefit at the expense of the nation’s universities, students, and fans,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “Public and private universities rely on competition among multimedia rights providers to provide critical resources to athletic programs, but these agreements lessened that competition and thereby harmed the universities and, ultimately, American students and taxpayers.” The proposed settlement prohibits agreements not to bid, or to submit joint bids, between Learfield IMG College and any of its competitors in multimedia rights management. The Department has determined that prohibiting this conduct would resolve the competition concerns raised as a result of Learfield IMG College’s actions. The proposed settlement further requires Learfield IMG College to adopt rigorous antitrust compliance and reporting measures to prevent similar anticompetitive conduct in the future. SBJ’s Michael Smith reports multimedia rights generated $406 million in revenue for Learfield and $402 million for IMG’ in 2017. –Read More

Learfield IMG College Statement:

“We are pleased to reach a satisfactory agreement with the Department of Justice following the successful completion of the merger of Learfield and IMG College at the end of 2018. The primary focus of the DOJ’s review and the complaint is on the historical practice of joint venture bids. These joint ventures were created many years ago when the participants in the industry were very small and had limited resources and were always open and transparent to the universities. Given that the DOJ has now raised an issue with the idea of multi-media rights joint ventures, we have agreed to limit the practice going forward.

“The agreement includes no finding of wrongdoing by Learfield or IMG College, nor have any penalties been assessed. We are very confident in the integrity of our business practices, and categorically deny any allegations that either Learfield or IMG College has ever taken any action with the intent of hindering competition.

“We are satisfied with the amicable resolution of this matter and are confident that the combined company will continue to provide our partners with top quality services and invest to develop additional services and products to help them grow.”

PACE UNIVERSITY
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PACE UNIVERSITY

Pace University Athletics has received a $1 million gift from B.J. Finnerty, the wife of the late Peter X. Finnerty, to support the program and honor the legacy of her late husband who was a coach and the father of the Pace Athletics. A portion of the gift will be used to establish the Athletics Fund, which will provide for the ongoing care, maintenance and improvement of Peter X. Finnerty Field, which serves as the home for the Pace baseball and field hockey teams, the “Setters,” and is used for other activities such as intramural sports for Pace students. The remainder of the gift will enhance an existing endowed scholarship fund in honor of Finnerty. The scholarship is awarded to Pace student-athletes who demonstrate financial need and meet certain academic requirements. “I am thrilled to be able to announce such an impactful gift to support Pace student-athletes and our community,” said Pace Director of Athletics Mark Brown. “Private support is integral to the continued success of Pace Athletics and we thank Mrs. Finnerty for her incredible generosity.”  – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

After a recommendation from the Division I Transfer Working Group, the Committee for Legislative Relief this week began a holistic review of the membership-created guidelines used when reviewing waiver requests for students seeking immediate eligibility after transferring from one Division I school to another. The review, which began during the committee’s Feb. 11-12 meeting in Indianapolis, will be comprehensive and review each category of waiver guidelines. The review will include feedback from Division I Council members and other stakeholders and would update the guidelines to ensure they are aligned with current membership philosophies. Read More.

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Thursday the future matchups of the league’s 20-game men’s basketball schedule, which begins with the 2019-20 season. The 20-game matrix is in effect for three years through the 2021-22 season. Each team will play its two primary rivals every season both home and away (four games) and four repeat opponents both home and away (eight games). The remaining eight opponents will be single games, four at home and four on the road. The full cycle of repeat opponents will be complete following the third year. -Adam Winkler, wtkr. Read More.

BUTLER UNIVERSITY
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BUTLER UNIVERSITY

Butler University graduate Matt White have made a major gift to Butler University toward the second phase of renovations to Hinkle Fieldhouse, set to begin in May 2019. With the gift, the donors have chosen to honor White, who passed away after a 19-year battle with ALS on Friday, Feb. 8, by naming the practice court in the Efroymson Family Gym in his memory. The practice court will hereafter be known as the Matt White Court. The donation to the Athletics Capital Improvement fund in White’s honor is a fitting tribute to a tenacious and loyal Bulldog who maintained a fierce devotion to Butler Athletics throughout his life, expressing in his final days a desire to watch one last Butler men’s basketball game. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Despite the interest from Cincinnati first-year coach Zac Taylor, (Dan) Mullen and Gators Athletic Director Scott Stricklin had reason to believe Grantham might stay at UF. Following Florida’s victory over Michigan in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to cap a 10-3 turnaround season, Stricklin knew there could be interest in Grantham from other schools or the NFL. Taking a pro-active approach and working in-step with Mullen, the Gators extended Grantham’s contract through 2022 and increased his salary to $1.8 million annually, placing Grantham among the five highest-paid defensive coordinators in college football. -Andy Hutchins, alligatorarmy. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt has parted ways with the school after reaching a financial settlement, the school announced Thursday. Leavitt attended a coaching staff meeting and was working in the football building as of Wednesday night, sources said. He had been under contract through the 2021 season for a total of about $5 million. Under the agreement, Leavitt will receive up to $2.5 million over the upcoming years, though that amount could be reduced if he gets another job. -Adam Rittenberg, ESPN. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Six research teams will receive a total of $100,000 through the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program, designed to enhance college athletes’ psychosocial well-being and mental health. A panel that reviewed the 87 proposals and selected the grant awardees represented all three NCAA divisions. The committee, which funded grants in amounts ranging from $6,700 to $25,000, felt confident that the pilot programs funded will lead to programs that other colleges and universities can adopt for use on their campuses or adapt to fit their local needs. These six teams will present their findings in January at the NCAA Convention in Anaheim, California: Boise State, Illinois State, Embry-Riddle (Florida), Kentucky, Lock Haven, Oklahoma State and Sacramento State. Read More.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Central Washington University is seeking a director of athletic communications who will oversee all athletic communications and media relations operations of the athletic department including game-day press box and scorer’s table operations, development and dissemination of athletic-related press releases, maintain the department website, oversee all athletic-related social and new media sites, development of game day programs, develop and compile all statistical data, and work in collaboration with other internal and external constituent groups in the promotion of Wildcat Athletics. –Cosida. Apply Here.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers Athletics’ development department, R Fund, announced today the launch of a brand new website at RFund.ScarletKnights.com. The redesigned page, powered by Sidearm Sports, has been curated to better serve Rutgers Athletics’ donors and supporters with centralized online giving, streamlined dissemination of R Fund’s top priorities and opportunities to follow the donations’ impact on Scarlet Knight student-athletes. “RFund.ScarletKnights.com is built with our supporters in mind,” said Associate Director of R Fund Liz McAuliffe. New features include a tiered giving page to explain membership levels and donor benefits, informational pages to share R Fund’s mission and the lasting effects on the Rutgers Athletics community, and centralized links to premium seating and parking opportunities. The website also introduces the R Fund staff and the R Fund Student Ambassadors. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

Budget cuts in the humanities have caused skepticism regarding the $95 million price tag of the Multipurpose center project. Athletic Director Jeff Schulman said the multipurpose project includes deferred maintenance, which are repairs that the University has put off. “We have $45 to $50 million in deferred maintenance,” he said. “The issues are the mechanical systems, the HVAC system and the plumbing.” -Stephan Toljan,vtcynic. Read More.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees approved a change to the job title for Jerry Kill, who has served as a special assistant to the chancellor since February of 2018, before adding the duties of acting athletic director for Saluki Athletics in April of 2018. During the board’s Thursday meeting, Kill was assigned the permanent title of athletic director and special assistant to the chancellor. “We are grateful for Coach Kill’s strong leadership and effective management of Intercollegiate Athletics and his continued role in working on enrollment and outreach for the SIU Carbondale campus,” said Chancellor John M. Dunn. Read More.

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

During the second quarter of Utah State’s 52-13 demolition of North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl two months ago, the Tech athletic director called his new hire, raving about the team that Wells just left. At the Dallas Country Club on Wednesday, Wells, 45, did his best to expand upon that vision in front of a group of Tech fans and donors. While the process of building a winning program begins with spring practice March 3, the process of winning over the fans has already begun. Dallas was the third stop on a tour that continues to San Antonio and Houston on Monday. “You’ll attempt to win over a fan base one handshake at a time,” Wells said. That includes bad grammar as a crowd-pleaser at his December introduction in Lubbock. -Chuck Carlton, SportsDay. Read More.

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

Lamar University has entered into an exclusive partnership with Peak Sports MGMT to sell corporate sponsorships, expand its market presence and provide additional staffing announced LU Director of Athletics Marco Born Thursday morning. Peak Sports MGMT will be seeking sponsorships for each of the university’s 17 sports and the facilities they compete in. “We are excited about Peak Sports joining the Lamar University athletics family,” said Born. “I believe LU has a great product to offer, and Peak Sports will only help strengthen our brand.” Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

There will be a little extra “madness” in Kentucky come March as the commonwealth is gearing up to potentially host four NCAA Tournament events and the boys’ and girls’ high school state basketball tournaments in a 24-day span. That doesn’t include the potential postseason runs of several in-state college teams, such as the Louisville and Kentucky men’s basketball teams, which have put themselves in good positions for March with one month left in the regular season. Up to three events could be held in Louisville. Officials estimate the economic impact at upward of $20 million. -Justin Sayers, Louisville Courier Journal. Read More.

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

MIT director of athletics and department head Julie Soriero has announced her retirement, effective at the end of the 2019 fall semester. Soriero is in her 12th year at MIT after joining the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) in July of 2007. A search for Soriero’s successor will be led by Parker Executive Search. The recipient of the NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award at the 2018 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Soriero has led MIT through a transformation into one of the top intercollegiate athletic programs in the country. Under her leadership, MIT has captured at least eight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships in each of the last six seasons, has swept the NEWMAC President’s Cups in each of the last three years and tallied a program-record 109 All-Americans and 24 Academic All-Americans in 2017-18. Read More.

ULM
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ULM

Ninth-year Louisiana-Monroe men’s head basketball coach Keith Richard has signed a contract extension through the 2022-23 season, according to an announcement made Interim Athletics Director Scott McDonald. Richard’s contract extension was approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System last Tuesday (Feb. 5). Richard has the Warhawks positioned to earn their fourth trip to postseason play in the last five years. He ranks seventh among the Sun Belt’s all-time leaders with 93 career conference victories. –thenewsstar. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss Athletics has taken a financial blow over the past couple of years, according to Director of Athletics Ross Bjork.

The Athletic Department comes No. 24 nationally in revenue and has an annual budget of $117 million, which has almost doubled in the past five years. Despite the increases, there’s one area that Ole Miss has taken a loss in. The “reserve fund,” as Bjork calls it, is down from where it was a few years ago. “Through that success in our financial picture, we’ve been able to build that ‘reserve fund’ up to about $27 million,” Bjork said on the Oxford Exxon podcast Monday afternoon. “With the bowl ban the last two years, that’s about a $16 million hit. We’ve had some other revenue losses with ticket sales, sponsorships and other donations.” -Justin Dial, The Daily Mississippian. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

UND will host the NCAA West Regional in Fargo’s Scheels Arena this March, marking the fourth time in the span of five years that it has hosted a regional. The school is hoping to host more in the coming years, too. A source confirmed to the Herald that UND has bid to host regionals in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The source could not confirm which venues UND put in its bids — it has recently hosted at both Fargo’s Scheels Arena and Sioux Falls’s Denny Sanford Premier Center — but Scheels Arena is again in the mix. The NCAA will most likely announce the regional sites sometime next month. After the 2020, 2021 and 2022 regionals are awarded, the NCAA will have its postseason men’s hockey tournament sites set for the next three years. It previously awarded Frozen Fours in 2020 (Detroit), 2021 (Pittsburgh) and 2022 (Boston). -Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald, Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Between the uncontested dunks and the unexplained dismissals, West Virginia’s week of basketball has been weak even by this season’s woebegone standards. A team that started No. 13 in the AP preseason poll now flounders at No. 10 in the Big 12 standings, a precipitous freefall that has fans checking out. Athletics director Shane Lyons wouldn’t elaborate on what ended the WVU careers of Harris and Ahmad, but as for Bob Huggins’ career, Lyons presumes his head coach has plenty of victories left. “He’s obviously very capable of fixing the team — he’s done it before,” Lyons said this week. “The guy’s a hall-of-fame coach, and I’m very fortunate to be sitting in this chair, unlike some ADs who don’t have that caliber of a coach. Huggins is a proven leader and one of the greatest to ever coach in college basketball.” -Allan Taylor, Dominion Post, Read More

UC DAVIS
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UC DAVIS

Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Dan Hawkins, signed a two-year extension, and is now under contract throughout the 2023 season, as announced by Director of Athletics Kevin Blue on Wednesday. The announcement follows the most successful season in the program’s Division I era, one that included the UC Davis’ inaugural Big Sky Conference championship, first-ever FCS playoff appearance, a berth in the Elite Eight and home postseason game. The program won 10 overall and seven league games, both new program records. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico’s athletic director Eddie Nuñez talked one-on-one with KOB about the ongoing investigation into UNM’s athletic department. He also discussed a possible move into a newer building. According to the NM Fishbowl, Eddie Nuñez is considering moving into a fancier building which would cost the school $1.5 million. Nuñez told KOB he wants to consolidate offices by moving into a different, newer building across the street where other employees are currently staffed. Additionally, the Lobo Development Corporation, a public-private group, has offered to give the regents a $1.5 million, 15-year loan. However, UNM officials said the process for receiving those funds has not been initiated on the university’s end. “The reality is the amount of money that has been mentioned is something that definitely athletics has no rhyme or reason to be able to do so with it so no at this point we don’t have that. We hope to continue to make our budget situation as good as it could be,” he said. -Patrick Hays, KOB4, Read More

February 13, 2019

KEISER UNIVERSITY
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KEISER UNIVERSITY

Keiser University seeks Director of Compliance and Internal Operations. Director for Compliance/Internal Operations will report to the Director of Athletics and is responsible for ensuring departmental compliance with all Keiser University, TSC, MSC, and NAIA rules and regulations. This position will provide leadership and oversight of a comprehensive NAIA compliance program in all matters pertaining to the monitoring, interpreting, educating, documenting and investigating of all institutional, NAIA and conference rules and regulations; as well as submitting required NAIA and conference reports.  – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

An attorney for Nebraska running back Maurice Washington said Wednesday he never told anyone at the university about the nature of potential charges against the player in a pornography case that cropped up just as last season was getting started. Washington was charged in California in December with possessing and distributing a video of a former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016, when she was 15. Washington is suspected of storing the video on his cellphone and sending it to the victim last March. He is charged with a felony count of possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct and a misdemeanor count of posting a video or photograph of a person engaging in or simulating sexual conduct without consent, leading to the person suffering emotional distress. Washington was a star at King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, California, where he met the girl. He later attended high school in Texas. – foxsports – Read More

LSU
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LSU

The new Alex Box Stadium is not quite so new anymore. It has been 10 years since the then state of the art ballpark at the corner of Gourrier and Nicholson replaced the old Alex Box, a Works Progress Administration-era facility that was LSU’s baseball home for more than 70 years. While several Southeastern Conference rivals have built or rebuilt their ballparks since “The Box” opened in 2009, LSU has spent much of that decade polishing the gem. “You have to improve,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “You look around and Mississippi State and Florida are building new stadiums in excess of $50 million each. In a competitive league like the SEC, you always have to be making improvements.” This year there has been more polishing than ever. “It doesn’t have to be new all the time,” said Emmett David, LSU’s senior associate athletic director for facilities and project development. “You can have character and still have quality. That’s what Alex Box Stadium gives you.” Fans attending LSU baseball’s opening weekend will notice several changes, new construction and soon will see even more work going on outside the stadium.  – SCOTT RABALAIS, theadvocate – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–KANSAS CITY

University of Missouri-Kansas City softball players are coming out in support of embattled assistant coach Greg Bachkora, accused of sexual harassment by former players. But the three women who had complained about Bachkora to university officials said Wednesday they are defending their allegations, even as some of their former teammates are pressuring them to recant. Twenty-five current and former UMKC softball players signed a letter to university faculty, students and community members saying, “Coach Bach is very important to us and our team. There is no one that cares more about our well-being, lives, jobs, etc. than him. We cannot express our gratitude for him nor describe to any extent how much he means to us on paper, but we hope to be heard nevertheless.” The letter goes on to say, “Never have any of us felt uncomfortable or uneasy about either of our coaches, especially in an inappropriate, sexual manner.” – BY MARÁ ROSE WILLIAMS AND BLAIR KERKHOFF, kansascity – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

The number of UA athletes and athletic department employees investigated for sexual or domestic violence between Jan. 1 2012, and Dec. 31, 2017, appears to be nearly twice as many as previously reported, one of the university’s attorneys said last month. The UA initially said there were 16 investigations into sexual assault, sexual harassment and dating violence during the six-year span. That number is actually 27, according to a statement made in court. The university is currently defending itself in two Title IX lawsuits related to its handling of former Wildcats football player Orlando Bradford, who is serving a five-year prison sentence after he admitted to choking two of his ex-girlfriends. Both women have since filed lawsuits against the UA, saying school officials knew Bradford was a danger to women and failed to take appropriate steps to protect other students. As part of the discovery process for one of the lawsuits, lawyers for the plaintiff requested investigative records for all sexual assault, sexual harassment and dating violence incidents involving “student athletes, athletic department employees and athletic department coaches.” – Caitlin Schmidt, tucson – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

The University of Wisconsin athletic department is asking for an 11 percent hike in spending authority for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The Athletic Board’s Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee on Wednesday unanimously voted to forward the request for a budget of $159.4 million to the full board on Friday. The expense total is $15.9 million higher than in the 2018-19 budget, and $54.8 million more than it was five years earlier, a 61 percent increase. Mario Morris, UW’s associate athletic director for business operations, said the yearly escalation was due largely to a $20 million price tag for three major capital projects and a 2 percent increase in the campus centralized services assessment for shared operations. UW will contribute $13.5 toward completion of the Nicholas Recreation Center, where its swimming and diving teams will compete. Another $3.8 million will go toward design costs for planned renovations at the Kohl Center and Camp Randall Stadium. – TODD D. MILEWSKI, lacrossetribune – Read More

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