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November 14, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

When talking about the best seat locations at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the south end zone rarely, if ever, comes up. That should change in a few years. In a news conference Wednesday, University of Utah officials announced details on its $80 million expansion project for its football stadium. And the biggest details can be described with one word: premium. The expansion, which is expected to be completed by the 2021 season, will be done exclusively on the south end zone side of the stadium. The south end corners will be closed off to create a full bowl, with nearly 6,000 seats being added. Those additional seats will raise the stadium’s capacity from 45,807 to 51,444, making Rice-Eccles the Pac-12’s ninth biggest stadium. But this expansion plan isn’t about getting as many people in the stadium as possible; it’s about providing an area that has been missing from Rice-Eccles — an area that Utah expects will end up paying for much of the expansion price tag. Harlan said $35 million of the $80 million cost will come from donations, with the rest mostly coming from the profits made from the new premium seat areas. – Ryan Miller, ksl – Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Alumni who say they’re victims of sexual misconduct by an Ohio State University team doctor allege more than 20 school officials and staff, including two athletic directors, knew of concerns about how the physician treated young men but didn’t stop him. The list of such employees grew Tuesday as 29 plaintiffs were added to one of the two pending lawsuits alleging Ohio State didn’t deal appropriately with the now-deceased doctor, Richard Strauss. He is accused of unnecessarily groping scores of athletes and others under the guise of medical care during his two decades at the school. Former tennis player Ron McDaniel said he is frustrated that Ohio State didn’t do more to stop Strauss back when players voiced concerns to coaches or administrators, as McDaniel and some fellow plaintiffs in the updated lawsuit say they did. Ohio State is “great in a lot of things, but when it came to protecting them from this guy . they didn’t do a very good job of protecting us,” McDaniel said in an interview. – KANTELE FRANKO, bgdailynews – Read More

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Over 3,400 students have signed up for the Big Ten Championship Game fan buses and free tickets provided by the Northwestern Athletic Department, according to a press release. Those 3,400 students comprise nearly 45% of the University’s undergraduate enrollment. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Coach Fitzgerald and our football program, but also for our entire University community,” Athletic Director Jim Phillips said in the press release. “We are eternally grateful to the donor who stepped forward to generously support this trip for our students. Athletics provides a gathering place for Wildcats from all over the world, whether on campus, at a bowl game, or next month at Lucas Oil Stadium.” The number includes members of the Northwestern University Marching Band, Athletics spokesperson Paul Kennedy said. 50 buses have been secured so far, he said, but the University is still figuring out how many they need. – Peter Warren, dailynorthwestern – Read More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE

Monday marked the inaugural celebration of the Charles Helleny Tip-Off Classic as the Salukis took on Buffalo at SIU Arena. In honor of the event, a special pre-game ceremony took place to rename the East Lobby of the arena as the “Charles Helleny Pavilion.” In September, Helleny donated the fourth-largest gift in Saluki Athletics history. In honor of Helleny’s gift, the first Division I men’s basketball home game each year will be known as the Charles Helleny Tip-Off Classic game. Helleny said his history with Saluki Basketball goes back to the Walt Frazier era, and he gets excited recalling the many signature home wins, such as the 2001 victory over eventual national runner-up Indiana and the thrilling battles with arch-rival Creighton. Those memories help fuel his desire to give back to SIU. The Charles Helleny gift will continue to help support the SASF and the scholarship costs for 350 student-athletes in 17 intercollegiate sports, and will also help toward the Forever SIU campaign. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

This is one of the biggest weeks in UCF history. The Knights, in the midst of a historic run with a 22-game winning streak, host Cincinnati in a major American Athletic Conference showdown. The game will take center stage nationally with ABC prime time coverage and UCF will be on showcase as well with ESPN’s College GameDay originating from campus that morning. Danny White, UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics, has been instrumental in elevating the entire sports program since arriving in Orlando three years ago. On Wednesday, White met with local media to not only talk about the exposure but also the need for an inclusive national championship process.  – ucf.rival – Read More

NC STATE
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NC STATE

The former home to N.C. State men’s basketball will be named for Jim Valvano. The school announced Wednesday that the arena in Reynolds Coliseum will be named for the former coach. The James. T. Valvano Arena will be dedicated on Dec. 5 to the man who guided the Wolfpack to the 1983 national championship. Supporters made a $5 million pledge to name the arena for Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993. The gift will help support the $35 million Reynolds Coliseum renovation project. In 10 seasons, Valvano led the program to two Atlantic Coast Conference titles and seven NCAA tournaments. That included two appearances in the Elite Eight and a Sweet 16 appearance as well as the national title. His teams went 121-37 at Reynolds Coliseum. – argus-press – Learn More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

A little more than two months after a judge ordered Miami and Arkansas State to use a third-party mediator to resolve their dispute over a football game canceled ahead of Hurricane Irma, the two schools have reached a settlement. A Miami spokesman confirmed the two schools had reached a settlement, but declined to give any specifics on the deal. However, in a statement released by Arkansas State, the school said Miami has agreed to pay ASU $400,000 and the cancelled game will not be rescheduled. “I am pleased that both lawsuits have been resolved and that this matter is now behind us,” Arkansas State attorney Brad Phelps said in the statement. “I believe this is a fair resolution of these issue.” Arkansas State originally sued Miami back in February for $650,000 in damages after UM failed to reschedule its Sept. 9, 2017 game in Jonesboro that was canceled ahead of Irma’s approach. – Christy Cabrera Chirinos, sun-sentinel – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

More than 20 Carolina alumni returned to Chapel Hill on October 12th and 13th for the inaugural UNC Sports and Entertainment Summit: Innovation Made Fundamental. The partnership between the UNC Department of Athletics, Wasserman, the Carolina Sports Business Club and the MBA Sports and Entertainment club brought home Carolina alumni working in the world of sports in order for students and staff to connect with and learn from the leading minds in the industry. COO of Wasserman and ’97 graduate of Carolina, Will Pleasants worked closely with Cunningham on the summit with the goal of creating a can’t-miss event to bring back as many of the 100-plus Carolina alumni currently working in the sports and entertainment industry around the world. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Here are the liquidated damages in the executed contract signed by Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich on Oct. 28 and Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity on Oct. 29, according to a copy obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald from Clemson: —$1 million if cancellation is 24 months or more before the scheduled game. —$1.25 million if cancellation is more than 12 months and less than 24 months before the game. —$1.5 million if cancellation is 12 months or less before the game. If a party cancels multiple games, the school that cancelled would owe the damages laid out above for each game cancelled. If the second game is cancelled following the completion of the first game, the damages increase to $3 million. – Online Athens. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

More Division I student-athletes than ever are earning their degrees, according to new Graduation Success Rate data released today. The most recent rate is 88 percent, a record high and an increase of 1 percentage point from 2017 numbers. The overall single-year rate was boosted by increased rates among black student-athletes in all sports (up 2 percentage points to 79 percent), men’s basketball players (up 3 percentage points to 85 percent), Football Bowl Subdivision participants (up 1 percentage point to 79 percent) and Football Championship Subdivision participants (up 3 percentage points to 79 percent). Data released today reflect graduation numbers among student-athletes who entered school in 2011. Read More.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
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PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

The Princeton University Department of Athletics is thrilled to announce its plans to build the H.G. Levine Broadcast Center, which will become the department’s state-of-the-art facility for its broadcast production and multi-media initiatives. The broadcast center will be located in Jadwin Gym and will feature a studio for live and on-demand content, two broadcast control rooms and an editing station. The center will be connected via fiber to Princeton Stadium and to most of Princeton’s other athletic venues through the existing IP network, greatly enhancing the live and in-venue production capabilities from multiple sites. Read More.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco is reconsidering his position on playoff expansion, thanks in part to the way UCF has been ranked over the past two seasons. UCF finished last season undefeated, but the Knights were No. 12 in the final College Football Playoff selection committee rankings. After a win over Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, UCF proclaimed itself the national champion, drawing widespread attention. Aresco said the number of games played in a season for all teams would remain a concern, but he feels that an expanded playoff field should be discussed. “I don’t think there’s much impetus for it now, but it might grow because also you’ve seen a couple of [Power 5] conferences left out,” Aresco said. “This year, you could have a scenario where three could be left out. It’s possible. If that’s the case, you might even see some sentiment on that side to expand it, whether you go to six and have byes or whether you go to eight. – Andrea Adelson, ESPN. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

BODYARMOR today announced that the brand will become the Official Sports Drink of NCAA championships, including March Madness, beginning in 2019. The new partnership will make BODYARMOR the Official Sports Drink of the NCAA. As part of the agreement, BODYARMOR’s logo will be seen on coolers, cups, water bottles and on sidelines and bench areas at NCAA championships, which includes the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the Final Four this April in Minneapolis. In addition, BODYARMOR sports drink will be available in all sideline coolers and in locker rooms. –Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Seven days after University of Michigan assistant gymnastics coach Scott Vetere was caught having sex in a parking lot with one of his female gymnasts, Michigan banned him from ever working for the university again. Vetere resigned from his position earlier that day, but blamed a different reason for stepping down. Vetere, 39, was arrested on Oct. 8 in the parking lot of an Ann Arbor apartment complex after police officers witnessed him and a female gymnast, 18, performing a sex act in a car, according to a police report. – David Jesse, Detroit Free Press. Read More.

STERLING COLLEGE
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STERLING COLLEGE

Sterling College announced Justin Morris ’00 has been named director of athletic operations, effective December 1. Morris currently serves as the assistant athletic director and head women’s soccer coach. Morris will move into the director of athletic operations after serving as assistant athletic director for seven years, head coach of the women’s soccer team for 20 years. He has also served the College in the following roles: head men’s soccer coach, head tennis coach, sports information director and admissions counselor in various points in his career. Read More.

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Texas State University seeks an assistant director of sports information. Create sport related publications, including graphics and copy, for distribution to media and other constituents; provide creative input to enhance the athletic department’s web site; serve as media relations contact and provide statistical coverage for assigned sports; write press releases; supervise student workers during coverage of home events; and other duties as assigned. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Former Tennessee athletic director John Currie is back at work for a Big 12 institution. Texas hired Currie as a consultant on the school’s major capital campaign, according to a report Tuesday by the Austin American-Statesman. Since he was ousted as Tennessee’s athletic director last December, Currie served short-term faculty roles at Robert Morris University and Columbia University. The Austin American-Statesman reported he also had consultant jobs at Georgia Southern and South Carolina. “I have tremendous respect for John and what he did at Kansas State and for his entire career,” Texas AD Chris Del Conte told the Austin American-Statesman. “What he did at Kansas State was phenomenal.” -Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News, Read More

UCONN
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UCONN

UConn football coach Randy Edsall has made abundantly clear over the past year that he doesn’t like the direction college sports has headed, with seemingly little attention paid to the well-being of athletes. On Tuesday, he enumerated several specific complaints about how college sports are run. First, Edsall elaborated on an earlier gripe about night games on the road. “It’s awful what has happened to us,” Edsall said. “I don’t like it when people talk about health and welfare of the student-athletes when you get back here between 2:30 and 4:30 in the morning and then the next day there’s not much you can do with them. And when that continually happens, that’s not fair.” Edsall said he and athletic director David Benedict have both spoken to leadership at the American Athletic Conference about working some kind of regulation into the league’s next television contracts. “This is what leads to the argument that this is a professional model. It’s not a collegiate model,” Edsall said. As another example of NCAA mismanagement, Edsall cited the unintended consequences of a rule that requires players to have seven days without team activities after their seasons end. Designed to ensure rest for athletes, the rule prevents UConn players from hosting recruits over the final weekend of the regular season, because doing so would technically constitute a team activity. Edsall said he has applied for a waiver that would allow for recruiting visits to proceed. “Because we didn’t qualify for a bowl, we have to go and try to get a waiver to be able to have our young men host prospective student-athletes next weekend if we bring them in,” Edsall said. “We didn’t win enough games, so now we’re going to get penalized so we can’t have a recruiting weekend on top of that? Now how insane is that? -Alex Putterman, Hartford Courant, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The UNM regents concluded that eliminating various teams, including the highly popular and successful men’s soccer program, and reducing the rosters of others, was necessary in order to deal with Athletic Department financial issues and Title IX concerns. This decision was based on recommendations and reports provided by the UNM administration, including a financial analysis prepared internally by the Athletic Department. Among those who found fault with UNM’s analysis was Andy Schwarz, a nationally known economist who specializes in collegiate athletic financial issues. The overall conclusion by Schwarz was that UNM’s internally prepared financial analysis was seriously flawed. Schwarz focused primarily on UNM’s assertion that it would save $467,485 annually by no longer having to provide grants-in-aid – athletic scholarships – to students on the eliminated or reduced teams. Schwarz determined UNM had seriously erred in assessing how much money each eliminated scholarship would actually save and had failed entirely to take into account the lost revenues from the tuition and fees paid by non-scholarship athletes on these teams. His conclusion: Not only would the grants-in-aid portion of the cuts not save UNM $467,485 annually, it would actually cost the university $328,830 annually due to lost revenues. Therefore, this independent analysis demonstrated the financial information provided by the Athletic Department was materially flawed by an annual amount totaling approximately $796,000. Considering that the UNM administration asserted that the cuts as a whole would save UNM about $1.15 million per year, that meant UNM’s figures were overstated by at least half. -Tony Strati and Jason Hix, Albuquerque Journal, Read More

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

Idaho State University interim athletic director Pauline Thiros could be dropping the interim from her title as she throws her hat in the ring for a more permanent position. “In our initial conversations about serving as interim, [President Kevin Satterlee and I] had discussed that it would be a true interim position,” Pauline Thiros told KID NewsRadio. “I was willing to accept no matter what because I love athletics and these are my people, this is what I’m passionate about, so my only thinking was that as long as he was going to allow me to get a position and make meaningful changes and swing for the fences for as long as I had the opportunity, I was all in.” Since then, Thiros has overseen successes on the fields and courts of Idaho State University’s athletic programs, prompting President Satterlee to reconsider the stipulation that Thiros only serve as a temporary director. “I think that [President Satterlee] just realized we were making a very good team, was pleased with some of the changes that were happening and the pace with which we are moving forward and felt like it should be a consideration,” Thiros said. “So, I’m very happy to throw my hat in the ring. I’m grateful to him.” While the process and search for a new athletic director continues, with Thiros on the list of potential candidates, Thiros said she plans to keep on improving the athletics at Idaho State University. -Sydney B. Jansen, 590KID, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA

The Nevada Wolf Pack athletic department’s apparel contract with adidas, which was announced in late May is officially completed. The 15-page contract, signed by all parties by late September. After 10 years with Nike, the Wolf Pack signed to a seven-year deal with adidas that runs through the 2024-25 athletic season. While Nevada did not release the financial details of its contract, multiple sources with knowledge of the deal have told NSN the contract is roughly worth $900,000 per year. (That would value the deal around seven years, $6.3 million.) The Wolf Pack’s contract with Nike called for $400,000 annually in equipment and apparel, plus a $10,000 bonus for being part of the N7 program, which supports Native American communities. “They’re really good,” Wolf Pack athletic director Doug Knuth said of his initial impression of working with adidas. “It’s as advertised. We heard a lot about their customer service, which was a big deciding factor for us. What people told us across the country about their customer service being second to none, we’ve experienced that. It’s been really great for our coaches and our staff. The product, we think, is as good as anybody else in the market. We’ve experienced that as well. The product is great. I think the athletes have enjoyed the products we’ve had so far, so it’s been good.” -Chris Murray, Nevada Sports Net, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY

UMKC will announce Dr. Brandon Martin as its new athletic director Wednesday morning. Martin served as the Director of Athletics at California State University, Northridge. From 2013-18, Martin lead the day-to-day operations of CSUN’s Division I athletics program that included a $15.8 million operating budget, 19 sport programs and over 400 student-athletes. Prior to his time in Oklahoma, Martin worked at the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, Martin was also a Senior Associate Director of Athletics. As a member of the senior executive staff, he had oversight of strategic planning, policy evaluation, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and capital projects, as well as sport oversight.

November 13, 2018

INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Indiana University of Pennsylvania seeks Director of Athletics. The Division of Student Affairs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position to serve as the Director of Athletics.The Director of Athletics provides management and leadership to a department with 19 men’s and women’s athletic programs. The incumbent provides leadership in execution of all activities, operations and policies of a nationally respected and successful NCAA Division II department. – Apply Here

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn University president Steven Leath is standing by the coach he signed to a seven-year, $49 million contract less than one year ago. Leath echoed Auburn athletics director Allen Greene’s comments from last week, throwing his weight behind Gus Malzahn for the remainder of the season and 2019 in the midst of a disappointing year that has resulted in the Tigers dropping out of the rankings after rising as high as No. 7 nationally. “Well, I hired what I think is a first-class athletic director in Allen Greene,” Leath told Auburn Undercover on Tuesday. “He’s doing a first-class job, so I stand with Allen — and Allen I think was pretty clear with his comments about Gus being here next year. So, I don’t really have anything to add to that specifically.” Asked whether Leath wants Malzahn to be the coach in 2019, the president responded swiftly: “Yep.” Leath was one of the primary men in the room during Malzahn’s contract negotiations following the Tigers’ advancement to the SEC Championship in December 2017. – BRANDON MARCELLO, auburn.247sports – Read More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Before coming to Baylor as head men’s golf coach, Mike McGraw built a golfing powerhouse at Oklahoma State, with national titles and multiple conference titles, along with the premier golf practice facility in the country. But when he arrived in Waco in the summer of 2014, he had another goal in mind. “I want to do it here,” he said. McGraw’s job, alongside Baylor women’s coach Jay Goble, just got a little more doable — and more luxurious. That’s thanks to the recent dedication of the Billy W. Williams Golf Practice Facility and Clubhouse, the first totally privately funded athletic facility in the ever-growing Baylor athletic footprint. While the official grand opening of the sparkling, multi-million dollar facility took place on Friday with members of the Williams family in attendance, both the men’s and the women’s teams have already earned plenty of on-course success. Both the men’s and women’s teams have recorded top-eight finishes in the NCAA Golf Championships. The women have earned a NCAA runner-up finish while the men recently thrashed an elite Big 12 field to capture the first-ever Big 12 Match play title. – ART STRICKLIN, wacotrib – Read More

ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE
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ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE

St. Francis head women’s basketball coach Joe Haigh is taking a leave of absence for personal reasons, according to the school’s athletics department. Haigh is in his seventh season as head coach of the Red Flash. He led the team to the NCAA Tournament last season. Director of Athletics Susan Robinson-Fruchtl will be the interim head coach. She was the head coach at St. Francis from 2007-2012. – Josh Kurelac,  wjactv – Learn More

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Whatever optimism there was around the prospects for traditional pay TV video subscriber growth was snuffed out in the third quarter, as the sector shed more than 1.2 million customers, according to Kagan, a unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence. Accelerated satellite TV subscriber losses and sluggish growth from virtual MVPDs like Sling TV and DirecTV Now stamped out any improvements in the cable sector. Kagan’s numbers are higher than MoffettNathanson principal and senior analyst Craig Moffett’s estimates — earlier this month he saw the sector, including vMVPDs, declining by about 709,000 subscribers in Q3. According to Moffett, traditional pay TV companies lost 1.1 million video customers while vMVPDs added 414,000 customers. Kagan did not break out individual sector results, but the message was the same — cord cutting appears to be accelerating.  – MIKE FARRELL, multichannel – Read More

WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE
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WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE

Washington and Jefferson College seeks Sports Information Director. Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is searching for staff members to contribute their talents to our campus community. W&J seeks to create a transformative learning experience for its increasingly diverse student body, and bolster an inclusive environment in which everyone’s voice is heard and appreciated, and individuality is celebrated. W&J is dedicated to the values of a liberal arts education that is both liberating and practical, and supports a community committed to multicultural and global understanding. Sports Information Director. – Apply Here

UC RIVERSIDE
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UC RIVERSIDE

University of California, Riverside seeks Special Assistant to the Athletics Director. The Special Assistant to the Athletics Director provides executive level coordination and support to the Athletics Director and Senior Leadership of the UC Riverside Athletics office, providing high level programmatic and administrative support on a wide range of issues, projects, programs, and on matters of importance to Athletics. Represents Athletics in a professional manner, exercising sound judgement, tact, and the utmost discretion. – Apply Here 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

The College Football Playoff rankings remained unchanged in its top 10 this week after last week’s top 10 teams each claimed victory — the first time in the history of rankings that’s happened. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan held put in the top four, with Georgia and Oklahoma still knocking on the door at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Alabama is No. 1 for the 15th time in 28 rankings releases. “These are complete teams,” said committee chair Rob Mullens when asked about the gap between Alabama and Clemson. “We spent a lot of time talking about it. They are both top 10 offenses, top 10 defenses, but at this point, everyone has Alabama one, Clemson two.” LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State stayed the course to round out the top 10. There was shuffle beyond the top 10, with some losses dropping a few teams and knocking out others altogether. But first, those that gained. Undefeated UCF climbed up one spot to No. 11 from No. 12, as did Syracuse, up to No. 12 this week from No. 13. Penn State climbed six spots, up to No. 14 from No. 20 last week, after a 22-10 win over Wisconsin. – espn – Read More

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