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August 15, 2019

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The Frisco Bowl has announced a new, multi-year agreement with Tropical Smoothie Cafe as its new title sponsor. Beginning with this year’s game, the bowl will be the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. “Tropical Smoothie Cafe is thrilled to partner with the Frisco Bowl and ESPN Events to introduce college football fans to our wonderful selection of tasty smoothies and made-to-order wraps, flatbreads and sandwiches”, said Rob Collins, chief marketing officer for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC. The 2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl will take place on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, and will be televised on ESPN2. Read More.

CARROLL UNIVERSITY
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CARROLL UNIVERSITY

Carroll University has named Mike Schulist interim director of athletics. Schulist, who has 12 years of experience at Carroll, most recently was senior associate athletic director for advancement, operations, media relations and marketing. Schulist, who has been with Carroll’s athletics program since June 2007, started as assistant events and facilities coordinator/sports information assistant and, after moving up through the ranks, was named senior associate athletic director July 1. “We’re pleased to welcome Mike as our interim director of athletics, and we want to thank Jim Hall for his leadership during his tenure here,” said Theresa Barry, who oversees Athletics as vice president of Student Affairs. Read More.

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
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SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE

Madi Morris has been named the Director of Broadcast and Digital Media for the Southland Conference, league commissioner Tom Burnett announced Thursday. Morris joins the Southland staff following a four-year stint at Conference USA, where she most recently served as the Assistant Director of Multimedia. She hosted the league’s nationally televised 30-minute weekly show, C-USA Showcase, as well as various other featured programming. She was also the league’s primary on-camera host handling everything from sideline coverage at regular-season and championship events to special announcements. Read More.

UCONN
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UCONN

Due to a recent investigation into the University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball program, the NCAA Committee on Infractions (COI) found that rules violations occurred within the program. The violations involved the provision of extra benefits to student-athletes by a representative of athletics interests related to outside training sessions as well as pickup games that exceeded the out-of-season countable athletically related activity weekly hour limitations due to information being reported back to the coaching staff. As a result of these infractions, the institution self-imposed several penalties and the NCAA COI added others. The penalties include a two-year probation during which a comprehensive rules education program must be implemented, a $5,000 fine, a one scholarship reduction in the sport of Men’s Basketball for the 2019-20 academic year, recruiting restrictions for the Men’s Basketball staff, public reprimand and censure, and a vacation of records. Read More.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Appalachian State Athletics is excited to announce plans to honor Hall of Fame football coach Jerry Moore with a plaza and statue in his name outside the Kidd Brewer Stadium north end zone facility that is currently under construction. The 2019 season marks the 30th anniversary of Moore’s arrival at App State. A 2014 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, he led the Mountaineers to a 215-87 record, 10 Southern Conference championships and three FCS national championships in his 24 seasons. Moore will be recognized during football alumni reunion festivities on Aug. 31 before the Mountaineers’ season-opening game against East Tennessee State (3:30 p.m. kickoff). Read More.

USC
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USC

Officials Thursday morning will unveil the completed $315 million makeover of the newly named United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The renovation, which began in January 2018, dropped the Coliseum’s capacity from 93,000 to 77,500. Every seat in the stadium was replaced and new suites and 650 video screens were added throughout the stadium. A new south-side structure was added which includes new suites, loge boxes, club seats, a concourse and a press box. The stadium added new lighting and updated its Wi-Fi and electrical and plumbing systems. Some sections got wider seats, more leg room and extra aisles. –CBSLosAngeles. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

The University of Georgia athletic department ranks among the healthiest in the nation, according to a recently released USA Today financial report from the 2018 fiscal year. Georgia ranked sixth in the nation in total revenue ($176,699,893) while reflecting $133,941,585 in “total expenses.” However, quick math and some misleading terminology could lead to a misperception UGA stowed away more than $40 million in surplus. Bulldogs athletic director Greg McGarity explained how the category the USA Today refers to as “total expenses” does not include money paid out for construction on the Sanford Stadium West End Zone project along with other sports facilities upgrades. McGarity said the USA Today chart also does not include the $4.5 million donation the athletic department gave back to the University of Georgia. -Mike Griffith, WGAU. Read More.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

With kickoff just around the corner, Tulane University Athletics and Tailgater Concierge have announced a partnership beginning with the 2019 football season. Green Wave fans coming out to the game can now take advantage of Tulane’s new partnership with Tailgater Concierge. Tailgater Concierge will be providing fans with an easy and fun way to tailgate by offering a variety of tailgate packages and upgrades like satellite televisions, tailgate games, BBQ grills, and more that weren’t available before. They also handle all the set-up, take-down and clean-up so all fans have to do is show up, have fun and then head to the game. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The NCAA has resumed its investigation of the University of Louisville men’s basketball program and alleged violations in its recruitment of high school All-American Brian Bowen, two sources told WDRB. According to one source, NCAA associate director of enforcement Nate Leffler interviewed a Louisville businessman on Tuesday about Bowen, former assistant coach Kenny Johnson and aspiring agent Christian Dawkins. The source said that Chuck Smrt, president of The Compliance Group, also was present for the interview. Smrt, an attorney whose company advises schools on NCAA issues, worked for the university during a previous investigation into the Katina Powell/Andre McGee stripper and prostitution scandal. -Eric Crawford and Rick Bozich, WDRB. Read More.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY
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LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

Vice President and Dean of Enrollment, Student Affairs and Athletics Dr. Jody Goins is pleased to announce the addition of Sydney Jones as Lincoln Memorial University’s assistant athletic director for external operations and development. In her role, Jones will also serve as LMU athletics’ senior woman administrator (SWA). Jones will work closely with University Advancement in efforts of strengthening community partnerships and athletic alumni relations. She will also oversee all fundraising initiatives and campaigns as it pertains to the department of athletics. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA has denied a request to delay legislation that its critics say would increase the risk of athletic directors facing criminal prosecution. The so-called “attestation of compliance” legislation adopted in the spring increases some of the ultimate responsibility for compliance in athletic departments from presidents and chancellors to athletic directors. While it is assumed those officials are always responsible for compliance, this new standard comes out of the reforms urged by the Rice Commission on College Basketball 16 months ago. “Our ADs are really up in arms,” McMillen told CBS Sports. “I’ve had several ADs tell me they won’t sign it. Lead1’s attorneys are concerned that in the climate created from the federal government’s involvement in college basketball, ADs could be next to find themselves in the courtroom. -Dennis Dodd, cbssports. Read More.

COLGATE UNIVERSITY
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COLGATE UNIVERSITY

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Colgate University, we are proud to announce a new partnership agreement with Under Armour, Inc. The Baltimore-based global leader in performance footwear, apparel and equipment will become our official outfitter beginning this fall. As part of a five-year agreement, the company will provide our 25 varsity sports with on-field and off-field training gear, in addition to outfitting our coaching and athletic department staff. In signing this deal, we will be joining the standout Under Armour roster of NCAA partners. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Attorneys representing lawyer Michael Avenatti filed a court motion on Wednesday that alleges that a Nike employee at least approved under-the-table payments to former Duke star Zion Williamson and ex-Indiana star Romeo Langford when they were still in high school in February 2017. The alleged offers — $35,000 or more for Williamson and $20,000 for Langford — were purportedly discovered among “text messages, e-mails and other documents from 2016-17 … proving that Nike executives had arranged for and concealed payments, often in cash, to amateur basketball players and their families and ‘handlers,'” according to the motion filed in U.S. District Court in New York. “Nike will not respond to the allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion,” Nike said in a statement. -Mark Schlabach, ESPN. Read More.

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis has named Julie Cromer the next Director of Athletics. She will join the Bobcats as OHIO’s first female athletics director in University history on Aug. 31. Cromer comes to Ohio University from the University of Arkansas, where she has served most recently as senior deputy athletics director, associate vice chancellor and senior woman administrator for Razorback Athletics. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

There is plenty to track these days, as University of Houston officials look to turn upgraded athletic facilities, notably TDECU Stadium and Fertitta Center, into destinations for outside entertainment and events. “We’re no different than any other athletic program,” Tagliarino, UH’s deputy athletic director, said earlier this summer in his second-floor office in the Athletic-Alumni Center. “We’re going to be charged with looking up ways to generate new revenues.” To fill openings between football and basketball seasons, Tagliarino said as many as 30 extra calendar dates could allow the school to host concerts, comedy and family shows, political debates, international soccer and religious conferences. The events could generate “seven figures” in additional revenue for the athletic department each year, Tagliarino said. -Joseph Duarte , Houston Chronicle. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

What James Ramsey said and what David Grissom heard is in dispute. But the University of Louisville’s concerns about rogue trustees were real, were investigated and were ultimately unsubstantiated. “I have to get all of the facts, but that is my understanding,” U of L President Neeli Bendapudi said Wednesday. “It was investigated by our athletics department.” Asked if that investigation took place subsequent to speculation that a trustee had provided funding for the stripper parties that cost the university its 2013 NCAA men’s basketball championship, Bendapudi replied, “Yes, and they found no basis for it.” -Tim Sullivan, Louisville Courier Journal. Read More.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

San José State University and Provident Credit Union have forged an $8.1 million, 20-year partnership agreement to rename The Event Center at San José State University to Provident Credit Union Event Center. The California State University Board of Trustees approved the venue renaming and broader agreement at its July 24 meeting. Funds from the annual payments will be used to make improvements, upgrades, renovations and for ongoing maintenance to the Event Center, a 30-year-old facility managed by Student Union, Inc., a student auxiliary. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a 20-second action rule in baseball that will be enforced before all pitches in the 2019-20 academic year. It will be optional for a school to have visible clocks to keep the time between pitches. If no visible clock is used, one of the base umpires will keep the 20-second time limit on the field. If the pitcher is at fault for violating the 20-second action rule, a ball will be awarded in the count. If the hitter violates the 20-second action rule, a strike will be awarded in the count. The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee proposed the change to enhance the pace of play. -Greg Johnson, NCAA. Read More.

UW GREEN BAY
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UW GREEN BAY

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball team will have Linc Darner as its coach for at least one extra season. Chancellor Gary Miller announced Wednesday that he’s leaving the school Sept. 30 to become the president at the University of Akron, which also impact’s Darner’s future. Darner has an option in his contract that allows him to extend his deal by one season should the chancellor or athletic director leave the school during his tenure. He will pick up the option – he did the same when former AD Mary Ellen Gillespie left for Hartford in 2017 – and now will be locked up through the 2024-25 season. -Scott Venci, Green Bay Press-Gazette. Read More.

August 14, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Reporters got a first look at Notre Dame’s brand-new practice facility Wednesday as members of the media got a chance to tour and take pictures of the new building. The building, named Irish Athletic Center, is 114,000 square feet and took 11 months to complete. Irish head coach Brian Kelly has spoken about the need for the new facility. Almost all of Notre Dame’s athletics teams and lots of intramural sports shared the Loftus Center, meaning the old field was in use between 18-19 hours a day during busy portions of the year. Now the football team (and both soccer teams) will move to the new space to make things less crowded for everyone. – Marek Mazurek , fightingirishwire.usatoday – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino’s attorneys have asked a federal judge to reopen discovery in his lawsuit against the university’s athletics association to allow them to examine whether a Cardinals trustee was the “cash source” for payments to strippers, who allegedly danced and had sex with players and recruits during parties at a campus dorm. The allegation about a Louisville trustee funding the stripper parties surfaced earlier this week from a July 26 deposition of former board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom in an unrelated financial fraud lawsuit the university and its nonprofit foundation are pursuing against former Louisville president James Ramsey and some of his top aides. During the deposition, Grissom said under oath that Ramsey told him in June 2016 that another trustee was the “cash source” of payments to Katrina Powell and other women who danced at the parties. Ramsey’s lawyer, Steve Pence, told WDRB that his client never made the statement to Grissom. – Mark Schlabach, espn – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

The University of Northern Iowa has a new Director of Athletics Marketing, in the promotion of Josh Bender as head of the UNI sports marketing operations. UNI Athletics Wednesday announced the hiring of Bender as the Director of Athletic Marketing, Bender’s new roles will include leading UNI’s athletic marketing operations by developing and implementing all marketing plans, overseeing all media placement promoting UNI Athletics, directing UNI’s spirit squads, overseeing athletic licensing and leading T.C.’s Kid’s Club. Bender previously worked as the Athletic Marketing Assistant at UNI and was a student assistant during his at UNI as an undergrad. He twice acted as the interim Director of Marketing and has nearly a full year of experience acting as the lead of UNI’s athletic marketing operations, including the last six months. – kwwl – Read More

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

A welcome breeze blew through the second-level concourse on the east side of Old Dominion’s S.B. Ballard Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. From that perch above the first level of seating, the brand-new turf field looked almost close enough to touch. The reconstructed stadium is both larger and more intimate than its predecessor, the Depression-era Foreman Field. That trick of modern design and construction is just one of the ways the new facility eclipses the old. “It’s just going to be a better experience in general,” said Stephen Ballard, whose company built the facility at a final price tag just north of $70 million. For years, it took a healthy imagination to picture ODU in a facility worthy of its status as an FBS program. On Wednesday, it required just a hard hat, a reflective vest and a willingness to brave the mid-August humidity. Ballard and officials from ODU opened the gates to the media for a one-hour tour, 17 days before the Aug. 31 season opener against Norfolk State. – Ed Miller, pilotonline – Read More

UNLV
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UNLV

Consider it a reward for perfect attendance at school. The UNLV Athletics Department announced Wednesday it’s introducing a new rewards program for season ticket holders. According to the university, the Rebel Rewards Ticket Scan Program will reward season ticket holders who use their tickets at games this coming season. The program will be in place for football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and baseball. Ticket holders will get rewarded when they attend 60%, 80% and 100% of eligible events. The 60% threshold won’t apply for football, however. Rebels fans can still have their ticket count if they give it to someone else, according to the athletic department. – Matthew Seeman, news3lv – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

The UA athletic department announced on Monday the rollout of a series of “improved elements to the game day experience,” starting with what the department is calling the “HogTown Street Festival” on Saturdays at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The “HogTown” area will be on Maple Street, north of the stadium, and it will include a stage with live music, a video board showing the top college games of the day, a beer garden, food trucks and other activities. – nwaonline – Read More

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY

In an effort to better prepare its student-athletes for leadership positions and help hone necessary life skills, Southeastern Louisiana Athletics has created the Lion Leadership Institute, Director of Athletics Jay Artigues announced Wednesday. “We want to make sure we accomplish our job of developing a holistic student-athlete,” Artigues said. “Our mission statement is excellence in the classroom, the community and competition, but real-life life skills are something our student-athletes need to succeed. We don’t want them to leave here just better students and better athletes. We also want them to leave here better people.” The mission of the Lion Leadership Institute (LLI) is to expand on the athletic department’s mission statement, creating opportunities for Southeastern student-athletes to grow and mature in areas beyond athletic competition. “There are certain things you don’t think about,” Artigues said. “Things that used to be taught but have fallen by the wayside, like how to balance a checkbook, open a bank account or approach a job interview. – Read More

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced a comprehensive distribution agreement to continue to deliver Disney’s robust lineup of premier sports, news and entertainment content to Spectrum customers. It expands upon the previous deal and supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple platforms. The new agreement contemplates Charter’s future distribution of Disney’s streaming services, including Hulu, ESPN+ and the soon-to-be-launched Disney+. Spectrum TV will also offer customers access to ESPN’s upcoming ACC Network when it launches on August 22. Additionally, Disney and Charter have also agreed to work together on piracy mitigation. The two companies will work together to implement business rules and techniques to address such issues as unauthorized access and password sharing. Spectrum TV will also continue to provide its customers widespread access to ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, and the newly acquired networks of FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Life, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, and BabyTV.  – espnpressroom – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

University of Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra Wednesday told reporters the U of L Athletic Association has agreed to buy Caboose Express for $1.5 million, settling a lawsuit the company filed when it was threatened with eviction. Tyra said the deal guarantees the cabooses will remain “with certainty and in perpetuity.” Tyra said the deal was reached through mediation last week and the 14 cabooses will “absolutely” be in place for the Cards’ home opener Sept. 2 against Notre Dame. “It wasn’t our intention from day one to have them go away,” Tyra said. “We think they are iconic. We think they are part of our program. We wanted more control. We wanted more risk management in place.” In fact, Tyra said in an interview earlier this year that university might get rid of the cabooses entirely to allow for more parking.  – Andrew Wolfson, courier-journal – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

University of New Orleans Director of Athletics Tim Duncan rounded out his executive staff Wednesday with the hiring of Steve Stroud as Deputy Athletic Director and Chief Development and Revenue Officer. Stroud joins the Privateers after five years as Troy University’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. Primarily responsible for fundraising and premium ticket sales, Stroud was instrumental in Troy’s record-setting fundraising in each of the past three years. The Trojans saw drastic improvements in attendance with Stroud leading the marketing in 2015-16 and as the primary contact for suites and premium seating in 2017-19. At New Orleans, Stroud will oversee all external units and he will be the sport administrator for baseball. “I am excited to add Steve to the team we are building here at New Orleans Athletics,” said Duncan. “He is a fundraiser’s fundraiser, meaning he is a person that proven development officers call when they have questions about structure, strategy or metrics. – Read More

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

John Westbrook, Jr. has been named Director of Strategic Communications for the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Westbrook will oversee the day-to-day communications for volleyball, soccer, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, and softball. Westbrook arrives to the league office after working with the Elizabeth City State University Athletics department from the Fall of 2016 to the Summer of 2019. In his role as Sports Information/Marketing Director, Westbrook oversaw Communication for all sports and leads marketing efforts for the athletics department. Read More.


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