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June 13, 2019

UMKC
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The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Athletics Department unveiled a new primary logo today. The Roo athletic teams will proudly display a new mark, illustrating elements of strength, determination and a commitment to the Kansas City community that aligns with the department’s vison and core values. The goal is to elevate the Roo brand on a local, regional and national level. “Our new visual identity allows us to have a stronger connection with our students, fans, alumni and supporters on campus and in the local community. It represents our continuous pursuit of comprehensive excellence and our focus on being Kansas City committed,” said Director of Athletics, Dr. Brandon Martin. As a homage to UMKC’s history, the new mark mirrors elements from the “fighting kangaroo” logo used in years past. Evoking the past while creating a new future was a major goal of the project. –Read More

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY

Western New England University will add women’s ice hockey to its athletics program. University President Anthony S. Caprio announced the new offering, which will begin competing in 2020. “Western New England University takes immense pride in offering opportunities for student-athletes to excel in the classroom and in their chosen sport,” said Caprio. “Women’s Hockey represents the perfect opportunity to add a 20th sport to our lineup,” said Matt LaBranche, Director of Athletics, Recreational Sport & Physical Education. LaBranche added that while interest in Massachusetts and Connecticut is high, Western New England expects to recruit students nationwide for the new program. LaBranche also announced the hiring of Katie S. Zimmerman to the position of head coach for the new team. –Yahoo Finance. Read More.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

The Southwestern Athletic Conference has permanently reinstated its football championship game and will move to an eight-game conference schedule beginning with the 2020 season. The member schools’ athletic directors and senior woman administrators voted on the moves during their annual spring meetings this past week in Biloxi, Mississippi. The SWAC planned to eliminate its conference championship game, the only one on the FCS level, following the 2017 matchup, but it later reversed course and hosted one last year for the 20th straight season. “The championship game held this past season on the campus of Alcorn State University was truly an electric atmosphere and further highlighted the overall value of our league’s title game as it relates to brand exposure, visibility and revenue generation,” SWAC commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland said. –ESPN. Read More.

LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY
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LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY

Lipscomb University Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson announced Thursday morning that Nick Polk has been named the new Director of Cross Country & Track and Field. Polk comes to Lipscomb after a two-year stint as a Sports Science and Medicine Manager for USA Track and Field. In his role with USA Track and Field, Polk worked as part of the High Performance team administering sports science and medicine programs, including the Talent Protection Program. “Coach Polk has been a part of this sport on so many levels already, and I couldn’t be happier that he is bringing that experience to us,” Hutcheson said. “He has worked with a number of athletes who we will be watching internationally over the coming years and even in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel, by all accounts, was the person calling the shots during the search for a new men’s basketball coach in May, one that resulted in the hiring of Juwan Howard. Michigan enlisted a search firm, Turnkey Search, to identify, recruit, interview, and evaluate potential candidates. The cost for what amounted to about a week of work was $75,000. The contract was obtained by MLive through a records request. The agreement stated that Turnkey would be the sole entity, other than Michigan athletics representatives, to communicate with candidates about the position. Michigan had to pay Turnkey $50,000 within the first seven days of the start of their agreement and an additional $25,000 within 30 days. If Michigan was still looking for a coach more than 30 days from the start of the agreement, a highly unlikely scenario, though not impossible, and wished to continue its relationship with Turnkey, the school would have owed an additional $25,000 per month. -Andrew Kahn, mlive. Read More.

BELMONT UNIVERSITY
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BELMONT UNIVERSITY

Belmont University is seeking a director of athletic marketing and promotions. This position develops and implements comprehensive marketing plans to increase attendance, create a positive and exciting game day atmosphere, and extend the overall brand of Belmont University Athletics. Responsibilities include, among others, developing and implementing comprehensive marketing strategies to increase fan engagement and attendance, including the creation, production, and oversight of all marketing, advertising, and promotional material. -NCAA. Apply Here.

June 12, 2019

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Every coach involved with Georgia Southern University’s 10-3 season in 2018 received sizable raises for 2019. The amount boosts their overall payroll from $1,855,000 to $2,133,000 for 2019. Salary numbers for Georgia Southern football head coach Chad Lunsford and every assistant on his staff were obtained by the Savannah Morning News through Georgia Open Records requests to Georgia Southern University. The pay raises differ by position and title with some positions receiving pay-percentage increases up to 40 percent. Newly hired wide receivers coach Lamar Owens will be paid $95,000 in year one under Lunsford. Combined, the nine returning on-field coaches received raises this spring amounting to $123,000bringing their combined base salary for the upcoming season to $1,258,000. Adding in Owens’ pay makes for an assistant coach (10 coaches) payroll of $1,353,000 in 2019. Lunsford’s offseason raise — from a $650,000 annual base salary in 2018 to $680,000 for 2019 — was generally expected after the immediate success. Last year, GS won over rivals Appalachian State and Georgia State in the same season for the first time since 2014. – Travis Jaudon, savannahnow – Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn has taken its first significant, public step toward building a new football-only facility. Following the events last Friday’s board of trustees meeting, university president Steven Leath announced in a series of tweets Wednesday that a working group will “immediately begin exploring options” and is expected to “provide options and recommendations” to the athletics department, Board of Trustees and senior university leadership by the fall. The working group will be chaired by the university’s chief operating officer, Ron Burgess, and will include trustee Mike DeMaioribus, Tigers Unlimited board member Earlon McWhorter and other members of the school’s senior leadership, who will seek input from around the Auburn community. The football-only complex wasn’t part the agenda for last Friday’s board of trustees meeting, but executive committee chairman Charles McCrary brought up the topic, telling Leath “It’s my sense of the board that everybody on the board agrees that we need to build that building.” – Josh Vitale, montgomeryadvertiser – Read More

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Nicholls State University will begin construction on a $6.5 million football facility thanks, in part, to the largest single monetary donation in the institution’s history at $2.52 million from an anonymous outside donor. At Wednesday’s announcement in the Century Club Room of John L. Guidry Stadium, athletic director Matt Roan heralded as “transformative” and “game changing” for the program. Nicholls detailed plans for a 20,000-square-foot facility to be built in the south end zone of John L. Guidry Stadium over the next year. While an official date has not been set to break ground, the project is expected to begin in the next few weeks with completion by the start of the 2020 football season. The yet-to-be-named building will include, among other features, space for coaches offices, a new locker room and lounge for players and a 142-seat team meeting room, which can also be used for game day seating open to fans. – Mike Gegenheimer, houmatoday – Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

A bipartisan state House bill that would allow state universities to sell beer and wine sales game days has cleared another committee. Right now, state law prohibits sales and consumption of alcohol except in certain areas of Kenan Stadium at UNC Chapel Hill and Carter-Finley Stadium at N.C. State. House Bill 389 would expand sales and consumption to all campus stadiums, arenas and athletic facilities  Each school’s board of trustees would have to vote to allow such sales. Only beer and wine would be allowed at sporting events. Beer, wine and mixed drinks would be available at non-sports events if vendors have the correct permits. The Senate Commerce and Insurance committee recommended the bill Wednesday, preceded by the Education/Higher Education committee June 5. It now goes to Rules and Operations. The House approved the bill by an 88-24 vote April 16. The bill would require alcohol sales take place in designated areas that allow for vendors to control sales, including checking for identification for underage fans. – Richard Craver , journalnow – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

CWS officials announced Wednesday a joint pledge with the NCAA to fund the rehabilitation of local baseball and softball diamonds affected by flooding.  “We don’t know the exact amount, but among ourselves here we expect to give tens of thousands of dollars to these entities,” said Jack Diesing, president of College World Series of Omaha, Inc.  The pledge was made in addition to grants also funded by the CWS and NCAA that annually benefit baseball programs in the area. Nearly $4 million has been distributed to those programs since 1973.  – Jessica Wade, omaha – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee has proposed changes to pregame and in-game stick checks for the 2019-20 academic year. All rule changes must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to consider the women’s lacrosse rules recommendations July 24. Committee members, who met last week in Indianapolis, discussed stick checks thoroughly before deciding to replace the pregame stick check procedure with a random selection and closer inspection of eight sticks and to reduce the number of in-game stick checks to two per team. Currently, teams can request three stick checks. Additionally, only a coach who called a timeout can request a stick check. If a coach requests a stick check without calling a timeout and the opponent’s stick is found to be legal, the team that made the request will be charged with a timeout. If a team does not have a timeout and the opponent’s stick is found to be legal, possession of the ball will be awarded to the team that passed the stick check. – Read More

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Danielle Spencer was named head coach of Stanford women’s lacrosse on Wednesday, as announced by Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir.  Spencer, who served as an assistant at Stanford in 2012, returns to The Farm after she turned around the Dartmouth program in just three years and earned Ivy League Coach of the Year honors in each of her final two seasons. Spencer inherited a program coming off three consecutive losing campaigns, but the Big Green won 11 games in her second year and captured an Ivy League regular season title in her third season. “We are thrilled to welcome Danielle to the Stanford family,” Muir said. “Danielle is well-respected among her coaching peers and throughout the lacrosse community, and has an established history of bringing out the very best in all those associated with her program. “I am very excited for this next step in my coaching journey,” said Spencer, who becomes the seventh head coach in Stanford women’s lacrosse history. – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

At least six Division I men’s basketball programs will receive Notices of Allegations for Level I violations from the NCAA by the summer, stemming from the federal government’s recently completed investigation of the sport, a top NCAA official told CBS Sports. Stan Wilcox, NCAA vice president for regulatory affairs, said two high-profile programs would receive notices of allegations by early July. The remaining four would be rolled out later in the summer in what was described as a wave of NCAA investigations meant to clean up major-college basketball. “There’s even another group of cases that we’re still working on,” Wilcox said. “The main thing is that we’re up and ready. We’re moving forward and you’ll see consequences.” Level I violations are considered the most serious by the NCAA. They carry the strongest punishments that can include scholarship reductions, postseason bans and show-cause orders against coaches. According to the NCAA, a Notice of Allegationsis sent after an investigation has closed.  – Dennis Dodd, cbssports – Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Stanford University’s former sailing coach avoided significant prison time and was sentenced Wednesday to just one day behind bars for his role in a massive college admissions scandal. John Vandemoer was the first person to be sentenced in the sweeping corruption scandal that exposed the sophisticated network of college admissions ringleader William Rick Singer, who helped children of well-heeled clients cheat their way into elite universities. U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel sided with defense lawyers who said their client should not get more than the one day, which the judge dismissed as time served. The government had asked the judge to sentence Vandemoer to 13 months in prison. Before Wednesday, Vandemoer had already pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy for accepting $610,000 in bribes that all went into the school’s sailing program. The money did not directly line Vandemoer’s pockets, the judge and lawyers on both sides agreed. – Ezra Kaplan and David K. Li, nbcnews – Read More

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Chelsea Floyd, the interim marketing director for the 2018-19 academic year, has been elevated to Assistant AD for Marketing and Fan Engagement as announced by Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro on Monday. “As an interim last year, Chelsea did a tremendous job of leading the marketing department, injecting enthusiasm and displaying excellent strategic management skills,” said Massaro. “We are all very excited to add her experience and ideas to help make our events even better in the future.” In her role, Floyd will be responsible for the day-to-day marketing and game day marketing for all 17 sports while also serving as the department’s liaison with the Collegiate Licensing Company.  Floyd, a 2016 graduate of Middle Tennessee, joined the Blue Raider athletic department in January 2017 as assistant director of marketing and fan engagement. She served in that role until July 2018 when she was named interim marketing director. – Read More

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

Clayton Edwards has been hired as FGCU’s assistant director of ticket operations. “We’re excited to have Clayton join our ticket staff,” FGCU’s director of ticket operations Al Buddin said. “His ticket sales experience and familiarity with Southwest Florida will make him a valuable asset to our team.” In his role, Edwards will develop and lead the daily sales outreach for FGCU’s seven ticketed sports, while managing daily sales operations of part-time ticket sales staff by executing inbound and outbound sales strategies, which include visits to local organizations and businesses to enhance current and future ticket sales. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
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UNIVERSITY OF TULSA

The University of Tulsa has named former Golden Hurricane slugger Crissy Strimple as the school’s sixth head softball coach, Vice President & Director of Athletics Derrick Gragg announced today. Strimple has spent 14 seasons in the Tulsa dugout as a player and coach, including the last eight seasons as the associate head coach. “As a 12-year assistant who has helped build the TU softball program both as a coach and student-athlete, Crissy is the ideal person to take over as head coach,” Gragg said. Strimple mentored the Tulsa infielders and served as the recruiting coordinator in her role as associate head coach. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers University Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs today announced leadership changes in the men’s and women’s track & field and cross country programs. Robert Farrell will serve as director of track & field and cross country and Mike Mulqueen will transition to men’s and women’s cross country head coach. The contract of James Robinson will not be renewed. Robinson served 13 seasons as head coach of the women’s cross country and track & field team programs, coaching 17 All-Americans and 10 conference individual champions. A 1995 Rutgers graduate, he assumed the reins in 2006 following the retirement of Roberta Anthes. “James is an alum and former team captain who dedicated much time and effort to Rutgers Athletics,” said Hobbs. “We wish him the best moving forward.” Read More.

IONA COLLEGE
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IONA COLLEGE

Iona College Director of Athletics Matthew Glovaski has named Esai Velez-Perez the new head coach of the Maroon & Gold volleyball program. Velez-Perez comes to New Rochelle from Hofstra University on Long Island, NY. “We are beyond excited to welcome Esai Velez-Perez to New Rochelle as our new volleyball head coach.” Glovaski notes, “We’ve had immense success in the program over recent years and Gael Nation should be enthusiastic to see Velez-Perez continuing to carry the torch.” Velez-Perez joins Gael Nation after five seasons as an assistant coach with the Pride. Hofstra won two Colonial Athletics Association conference championships, the first in his debut year in 2014, and the second coming last season. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
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UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

The University of Hartford Department of Athletics has signed Justin Blood to a contract extension that will keep him as the head coach of the Hawks’ baseball team through the 2024 season, Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie announce on Wednesday. “We are thrilled that Justin will continue to lead the young men in our baseball program here at Hartford”, commented Gillespie. In eight years at the helm, Blood has the led the Hawks to 193 wins, the most by any coach in the program’s 61-year history. Read More.

SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
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SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE

Following an extensive search, Ryan Small has been named the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications at Saint Anselm College. Small comes to the Hilltop after serving as a Graduate Assistant for NCAA Division II Millersville University, recently earning a master’s degree in Sport Management. With the Marauders, Small provided coverage of 10 of Millersville’s 19 varsity sports teams while also overseeing and directing the high-definition live stream broadcasts. He was tasked with developing the student work study staff and managed all live statistics for his assigned sports, most recently providing assistance at back-to-back NCAA Division II Atlantic Baseball Regionals, hosted by Millersville. Small has gained valuable on-the-job experiences through internships at Messiah College, Tufts University and Harvard University. Read More.

ULM
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ULM

University of Louisiana Monroe President Dr. Nick J. Bruno announces Scott McDonald as the new ULM Director of Athletics. McDonald joined the university in June 2018 as Chief Administrative Officer and soon took on the role of Interim Director of Athletics. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, June 14 on the seventh floor of the ULM Library. “Scott has been serving as Interim Director of Athletics and we are very happy he has chosen to remain and take the full-time, permanent position,” said Bruno. McDonald was a four-year letterman as an outfielder for Lou St. Amant, from 1980-83. During his senior season, ULM won the 1983 Southland Conference Tournament Championship and became the first team in program history to advance to an NCAA Regional (Austin, Texas). Read More.

CAL
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CAL

In a landmark appointment for the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring University of California-Berkeley women’s coach Lindsay Gottlieb to be an assistant coach on John Beilein’s staff, league sources told ESPN. Gottlieb, a Final Four and seven-time NCAA tournament head coach for the Golden Bears, is the first women’s collegiate head coach recruited to an NBA staff. Sources said Gottlieb, 41, will sign a four-year contract and is expected to play a prominent role in support of Beilein and associate head coach JB Bickerstaff. Commissioner Adam Silver has been determined for the league to welcome more women’s coaches into its ranks, and Gottlieb’s stature and coaching credentials are unprecedented among women’s coaches in the NBA. -Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN. Read More.

PAC-12
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PAC-12

The Pac-12 provided an increased level of transparency last month with the release of its annual financial data. In addition to the federal tax filings, the conference included a breakdown of revenue and expenses for each half of the whole: the Pac-12 Networks and conference-side operations. Expenditures at Pac-12 HQ have drawn scrutiny for several years and entered the public sphere in Dec. 2017. No other conference operates its own media company, whose revenue and expenses are combined with conference operations and reported as a single, consolidated entity on the federal tax filings. To that end, the transparency provided by the Pac-12 last month with its FY2018 financials helps us compare expenses to those of Autonomy/Power Five peers. According to the conference, FY18 operational expenses unrelated to Pac-12 Networks were $40 million. -Jon Wilner, mercurynews. Read More.

EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY

Eastern New Mexico Athletic Director Dr. Greg Waggoner officially announced that Ryan Shumaker is being promoted to the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing, Events and Sports Information in the Eastern New Mexico Athletic Department effective July 1, 2019. “We have witnessed Ryan’s competency at work over the course of this past year as he has done a remarkable job of upgrading our sports information office,” said Waggoner. Shumaker will begin his new role on July 1 after serving as the Sports Information Director at ENMU for the past year, where he has brought dramatic improvement to the functionality of the sports information office. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN

Chris Palmer, who became the sixth director of athletics and recreation at the University of New Haven in January 2018, is going back into retirement. His last day will be June 30, according to school sources, and a national search to find his replacement has begun. Palmer, 69, coached 13 teams in four professional football leagues, coached at five different colleges and retired from coaching three times. He led New Haven’s football program in the 1980s before going on to a long coaching career that included two Super Bowl runs as an assistant. He was head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 1999-2000. Palmer, who graduated from Immaculate High in Danbury and Southern Connecticut, replaced Duane Bailey as athletic director at New Haven. -Jeff Jacobs, nhregister. Read More.

TROY UNIVERSITY
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TROY UNIVERSITY

Brent Jones was introduced as Troy University’s new Director of Athletics following a two-year stint as Troy’s Deputy Director of Athletics for External Operations, Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “Since the inception of Trojan athletics in 1909, nine athletic directors have served the university, and I have been privileged to appoint six of those,” Dr. Hawkins said. “At the end of this search process, we realized the best fit for us at this time is Brent Jones. Brent has a record of leadership success at the DI level, particularly in revenue generation.” In his role as Deputy Director of Athletics, Jones had oversight of marketing, communications, advertising, ticket sales, Troy Sports Properties, broadcasting, promotions, fan engagement, fan experience, branding, licensing and trademarks. He served as the sport administrator for the baseball program and was in charge of football scheduling. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers Athletics today released a preview video of the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center at Rutgers University. The 307,000-square-foot, four-story facility and parking deck that rose via partnership, the R Big Ten Build campaign, and tax credits under an Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant, will begin welcoming tenants later this summer with an official grand opening slated for September. RWJBarnabas Health President and CEO Barry Ostrowsky and Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs guide the tour, which reveals the facility’s progress and communicates special features. The Center represents a partnership between Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health to create a comprehensive sports medicine program to serve Rutgers athletes, students and communities throughout New Jersey. RWJBarnabas Health is the exclusive health care provider for Rutgers Athletics and is creating a best-in-class sports medicine program to be expanded across the state. The facility will serve as headquarters for a world-class sports medicine program. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

The University of Colorado system Board of Regents will discuss student-athlete safety and campus economic impacts, and it will elect the board chair and vice chair at its June meeting at Williams Village at the University of Colorado Boulder. The meeting, which will be outgoing President Bruce Benson’s last, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. through noon Friday. It includes a panel at 4 p.m. Thursday on health and wellness in intercollegiate athletics. The panel is expected to discuss concussions in student athletes, as well as legislation supporting student athletes and their roles within the athletic department. -Madeline St. Amour, ColoradoDaily. Read More.


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