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February 13, 2019

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

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Kansas officials are concerned that a formal NCAA infractions case may be developing into the basketball program after a recent reinstatement ruling, several sources told CBS Sports. Sources at Kansas, those close to the reinstatement process involving forward Silvio De Sousa and familiar with the NCAA process, said a door could be opening to one of the first formal infractions cases to stem from the wide-ranging FBI investigation into college basketball. Of chief concern to Kansas is the designation by the school of Adidas representative T.J. Gassnola as a “booster” of Kansas athletics in the De Sousa case.  Earlier this month, the NCAA ruled De Sousa must sit out the remainder of this season and the 2019-20 campaign because his guardian received money from “a university booster and agent.” That dual designation came as a surprise to Kansas officials who say they only agreed to designate Gassnola as a booster. Kansas athletic director Jeff Long described publicly on Feb. 1 how the school had to designate Gassnola “as a hypothetical” for the De Sousa reinstatement case to continue. – Dennis Dodd, cbssports – Read More

UNC WILMINGTON
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UNC WILMINGTON

UNCW Head Baseball Coach Mark Scalf will complete his final lineup card at the end of the 2019 season. According to a news release from UNCW Athletics, Scalf announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon, but plans to spend his 28th season with the Seahawks the same way he started, with clipboard in hand and perched atop the steps on the home dugout at Brooks Field. “It’s been an honor to coach college baseball at my alma mater throughout my career,’” said Scalf. “I’ve been blessed to work with hundreds of quality young men who were motivated to be their best as students, athletes and members of the community.  The veteran head coach has compiled a 909-676-1 record, with nine NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 16 seasons. The Seahawks have won nine Colonial Athletic Association regular season championships and five CAA Tournament titles with Scalf as head coach, including last year’s crown in Harrisonburg, Va. The Seahawks have been a model of consistency under Scalf’s watch, recording 20 consecutive winning seasons and seven campaigns with 40-or-more victories. – wwaytv3 – Read More

AAC
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AAC

For the first time since FBS football left the BCS for the College Football Playoff format, a conference is about to be up for a new TV deal. This is also the first conference to be up for a new TV deal since the split to a Group of 5 and a Power 5. That’s important because the conference up for a new deal is the American Athletic Conference. The AAC, who has pounded their chest about the Power 5 being an unfair system, will be able to set a new precedent in college football. The AAC’s current TV contract mercifully ends in 2020. It’s a borderline abusive deal that ESPN has with the AAC, seven years for $126 million. That may seem like a lot, but it only works out to about $2 million for each institution, per year. Again, that may seem healthy, until it’s compared to a conference like the Big Ten. Their institutions are making in the range of $50 million, annually, from their TV deal. –  Daniel Morrison, therunnersports – Read More

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

When Mario Moccia speaks with state legislators in the coming weeks on behalf of New Mexico State University athletics, he will have visual aides when describing potential facility upgrades. NM State recently contracted with HOK Architects out of Kansas City, to develop a master plan that includes facility upgrade projects with pricing for all 16 sports.  “When we make capitol outlay requests to the state, it certainly is helpful because you aren’t just describing some pie in the sky project,” Moccia said. “You have images and cost numbers. That helps lawmakers have a more realistic idea of costs for a project.” Moccia said developing a master plan will also aide potential donors, as well as coaches on the recruiting trail.  “When you meet with private donors, who might be interested in funding a portion, or all of a project, it helps them to see it visually and put a number behind it, and it gets them more excited about it,” Moccia said. NM State used funds that were available after last year’s athletic department debt payment restructure to pay HOK $50,000. Cost estimates were made through J.E. Dunn Construction. – Jason Groves, lcsun-news – Read More

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward likes to be as transparent as possible to those he is accountable to – Aggie fans. He has been in College Station for a little over three years now after arriving in January 2016. In that time, he has made several big hires and overseen big fundraising campaigns as well. Woodward has sent a monthly internal newsletter to the A&M athletic department for the past two years and now has decided to make it public as well. He published the first of those this week. Davis Diamond Dedication. Softball opened their season this past weekend as our Aggies claimed four wins in the Aggie Classic at their new home, the beautiful Davis Diamond. Vs. Cancer. Since 2014, head baseball coach Rob Childress and the baseball team have partnered with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to raise money and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer. Diversity and Inclusion. In an effort to increase diversity, inclusion, equity and climate within the Athletics Department, we have created the CARE (Culture, Awareness, Respect, Equity) Committee. – BRIAN PERRONI, 247sports – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Maybe it’s fitting that Nebraska’s in-state post-National Signing Day event featuring head coach Scott Frost, athletic director Bill Moos and several assistants took place at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland.
Frost and the Huskers certainly spent a lot of time in the air in recent months. And to that end, not only did the coaching staff spend a good amount of time reviewing the Huskers’ 2019 recruiting class — like they did at later events in Kansas City and Denver — but also talking through the ins and outs of the new “Husker Air Fleet” program. Moos outlined some of the details on his monthly Husker Sports Nightly radio appearance Tuesday about the fundraising program meant to help facilitate even more travel flexibility for Frost and head coaches in men’s and women’s basketball, plus volleyball. The program, according to Nebraska Foundation literature, allows donors to contribute hours of use on their own private aircraft, cash, access to fractional ownership of planes and more. – PARKER GABRIEL, journalstar – Read More

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE
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LAFAYETTE COLLEGE

Lafayette College Director of Athletics Sherryta Freeman has announced the hiring of Ryan Adams as the new head coach of the Leopards’ volleyball program. “I’d like to thank Sherryta Freeman, Andrew Foster and the entire search committee for selecting me for this amazing opportunity,” Adams said. “It became clear to me during the interview process that Lafayette College has amazing support from the campus and the athletic department to be successful. I just can’t wait to be a part of the next chapter of the volleyball program.” Adams comes to College Hill after a pair of stints as an assistant at Bucknell from 2014-16 and this past season. In his first two years, the Bison racked up 21 combined wins, with 13 in the Patriot League and were on the doorstep of a conference tournament berth in 2015. He played a large role in the program’s first winning season in nine years.  – Read More

UCLA
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UCLA

UCLA Athletics officially announced its plan to construct a new on-campus student-athlete academic facility to be known as the Mo Ostin Academic Center for Student-Athletes. The center will be designed to serve the scholastic needs of UCLA’s nearly 700 student-athletes, who participate in 25 intercollegiate athletic programs. To be named after legendary music industry executive and philanthropist Morris “Mo” Ostin, who has generously committed the lead gift of $15 million to the proposed project, the comprehensive, state-of-the-art academic facility will be located in the heart of the UCLA campus immediately adjacent to the east side of the J.D. Morgan Center. With Ostin’s commitment in place, the UCLA Athletic Department is launching a comprehensive $35 million fundraising campaign to fund the new building. Construction will begin as fundraising milestones are reached. “UCLA has a deep commitment to academic success for all of our students, particularly those with demanding schedules, like our student-athletes,” said Chancellor Gene Block.  – newsroom.ucla – Read More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

TheDawgReport.com spoke last Thursday with Washington State University athletic director Pat Chun at the 84th MTRWestern Seattle Sport Star of the Year event. The Cougars AD shared his thoughts on the 2018 football season, the future of men’s basketball coach Ernie Kent, and several other Pac-12 and WSU topics. Among others were, on expanding the football recruiting budge, he stated “From a big picture standpoint, I think we’re always cognoscente of the fact that we have to make incremental investments in our football program. With all of our programs, football specifically, the competition is so fierce. On the fundraising efforts improving as a direct result of the football teams’ success in 2018, Chun said, “Well our numbers have been up. I’m of the belief they correlate with the success of all our teams, but we also understand that football is our highest profile. -Lars Hanson, TheDawgReport. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Significant regional realignment may be coming soon to Division III sports. At a meeting last week in Indianapolis, the Division III Championships Committee expressed support for a detailed proposal from the Division III Commissioners Association that would reconfigure regions across Division III. A subcommittee within the Commissioners Association, composed of eight conference commissioners from around the country, has been working with the Championships Committee, sport committees and Division III membership in recent years to address the topic. The Championships Committee approved some requests for regional realignment that will go into effect early. -Brian Burnsed, NCAA. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Former Michigan football assistant coach Pep Hamilton is set to receive nearly five months salary following his resignation earlier this month. Hamilton, who served as the Wolverines’ assistant head coach, passing-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last two seasons, formally resigned on Feb. 4 to pursue “looking for employment opportunities outside the University,” according to the severance agreement MLive obtained on Wednesday. In the agreement, obtained through a public records request, signed by Hamilton — whose legal first name is Alfonza — and athletic director Warde Manuel, Michigan will continue to pay Hamilton his base salary through June 30, 2019. Hamilton was in the third year of a four-year contract at Michigan that was set to pay him a base salary of $1 million in 2019 and $1.25 million in 2020. -Aaron McMann, mlive. Read More.

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
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MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Kathy Twist worked as registered nurse for hospitals in Buffalo, N.Y., for 18 years. That experience allowed Twist, a senior associate AD for sports administration at the University at Buffalo, to pick up on a trend with the student-athletes across the Mid-American Conference. “We started seeing it around 2012,” Twist told Sporting News. “Something was going on with the mind and body connection. We saw more anxiety and depression. Not only our student-athletes, but it was reports from across the country. We kind of got a head start on it back then.” The push to increase mental health awareness and care for student-athletes, however, is an ongoing educational process for student-athletes, coaches and administrators. That explains the initiative the MAC continued this week with its third Mental Health Summit in Cleveland. This year’s summit focused on suicide and self-harm prevention. -Bill Bender, sportingnews. Read More.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

In the midst of a 12-game losing streak, the Tulane men’s basketball team is limping to the finish of its worst season in three decades and Coach Mike Dunleavy’s job security has been called into question by some fans and media. But not by the person that matters most: athletic director Troy Dannen. “Mike Dunleavy’s not going anywhere,” Dannen said Tuesday. “This has been a tough season, but I’m as optimistic about the program today as I was when I hired Mike three years ago.” “It was understood when he came here three years ago that it was going to be a heavy lift, but I’m not sure people truly appreciated how far down the program was,” Dannen said. -Jeff Duncan, NOLA. Read More.

REGIS UNIVERSITY
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REGIS UNIVERSITY

Less than a month after announcing a $21 million residence hall expansion and renovation, Regis University said this week it plans to expand its athletic facilities with a $1.4 million indoor practice facility. The Berce Athletic Center, which will break ground in July, will be an approximately 24,000-square-foot air dome, a structure usually made from fabric that uses pressurized air to maintain its shape. The dome will house two full-size basketball courts, volleyball courts, a weight-and-fitness area, and a film room. Spafford said the facility, which will be located north of the Regis Field House, most likely will be completed in November. Regis also is nearing completion of an $11 million renovation of its student center. -Kate Tracy, businessden. Read More.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Four men’s athletic teams at Florida A&M University, including the basketball team, have been banned from postseason play due to NCAA compliance violations. Wednesday morning, the FAMU athletic department made the announcement at a press conference. Four teams, the men’s basketball team, the men’s golf team, and the men’s indoor and outdoor track teams, cannot play in conference championships after the season ends. FAMU officials say the ban comes after the programs failed to meet the NCAA Progress Rate (APR) requirements. –WTXL. Read More.

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Athletics Director Matt Roan said that the athletic department has gained support from Jay Clune, Nicholls president, to build a study hall for athletes as part of the renovation of the library. “We are not 100 percent [about the location], but Dr. Clune has been supportive, and I would like to move forward to create a center for student-athlete academic success,” Roan said. Student-athletes have a tight schedule that makes it important for them to have the resources, as well as space, that can help them academically. “[Student athletes] have 20 hours a week that they are committing for practice and weights and all those sorts of things. We really don’t have that space where we could have tutoring, that’s dedicated for us, mentoring, group study spaces, larger study spaces together,” Roan said. -Tobias Lentz, thenichollsworth. Read More.

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

The latest Forbes report says that the networks, which were originally expected to fetch up to $22 billion on the open market, might go for somewhere between $10 billion and $13 billion. Reports indicate that Liberty Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Major League Baseball are the leading suitors. Besides the 21 RSNs, there have been other sports television stories, including the Yankees’ purchase of the YES Network, the Chicago Cubs’ impending launch of their own television network and the other Chicago sports teams’ recently renewed deal with NBC Chicago. For an insider perspective on all of these subjects, I reached out to an expert in the field, Dr. Harvey Schiller. “I think there’ll be new entrants into it,” Schiller said about the sale of the 21 regional sports networks. Schiller was surprised by reports that the sale price appeared to be going down but thinks the emergence of online streaming has something to do with it. -Seth Everett, forbes. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

Midway through their seventh year, the Pac-12 Networks aren’t merely stagnating. They’re shrinking in reach and drastically underperforming revenue expectations, according to information obtained by the Hotline that sheds unprecedented light on the financial realities of the conference’s wholly-owned media company. Information provided to the Hotline by SNL Kagan, the renown media research firm, indicates the Pac-12 Networks have lost seven percent of their audience since the peak in 2016, with much of the decline attributed to the discontinuation of service on U-verse last year. With just 17.9 million subscribers (per Kagan), the Pac-12 Networks will have fewer subscribers in 2019 than The Pursuit Channel, The Sportsman Channel, Fox Deportes and Z Living, according to Nielsen cable coverage estimates from the fall. -Jon Wilner, mercurynews. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Tuesday, Walton and his team return to a refurbished home. The Gators will unveil their $15 million renovation to the softball stadium Tuesday against Japan in an exhibition game. For the last the eight months, home for Walton has been a Pac-Van trailer near the Southwest Recreation Center Fields. The players also shared one as a locker room. With the success of Walton’s program, the new amenities have been a long time coming. Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill, one of five seniors on this year’s team, has no complaints about all the changes and moving parts before her final season. -Zach Abolverdi, daily commercial. Read More.

ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY

Less than three years after announcing that men’s swimming was cut, Adams State University is reinstating the program for the 2019-2020 school year. In June of 2016, the school announced it would be cutting its men’s swimming and men’s golf programs, effective immediately. The women’s swimming program, however, continued. Now, the school says it will be adding men’s swimming back into its athletic department. Current women’s head coach Quint Seckler, in his second year heading the program, will take over as the men’s head coach as well. -Jared Anderson, swimwam. Read More.

AUGUSTANA COLLEGE
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AUGUSTANA COLLEGE

in part to an $8 million challenge grant from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, Augustana has announced plans for construction of the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Innovation in Health, Wellness and Human Performance. The facility, scheduled for completion in 2020, will house an aquatic center with a 25-yard competition pool, as well as classrooms, team spaces, office space and exercise laboratories. With the addition of the center, plans are to expand the rosters of the Viking women’s and men’s swimming & diving teams and explore the addition of women’s water polo as a varsity sport while maintaining men’s water polo as a club sport. Read More.

LSU
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LSU

Every Monday morning, LSU senior associate athletic director Robert Munson is greeted back to his office by 65-75 pages of fan feedback regarding their individual gameday experiences. Munson said LSU’s athletic director Joe Alleva has challenged athletic department staffers to “stay ahead of the curve. To do that, LSU has blended a focus on the fan experience with relying on new technologies to quantify data that hadn’t previously been addressed. And because of that newly available data, LSU tinkered with its ticket prices to align price and value. “There are a lot of people who want to come to football games, who aren’t coming to games because they don’t think tickets are available,” Munson said. “So the message here is, yes, in fact, tickets are 1.) available and 2.) they’re affordable.” But not all technologies have improved attendance. TV productions, social media and in-hand streaming are the three technological challenges that have drastically changed how fans engage with live events across the country, Munson said. – Amie Just, NOLA. Read More.

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY
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HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY

High Point University Athletic Director Dan Hauser announced the newest addition to its staff this Tuesday, as newly appointed Zach Haines takes over head coaching responsibilities for Panthers men’s soccer in 2019. “We are thrilled to announce Zach Haines as the new men’s soccer coach at High Point University,” Hauser said. Becoming just the fourth Head Coach in HPU men’s soccer Division I history, Zach Haines arrives on the Panther campus having spent the previous season with Denver University. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII HILO
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII HILO

Former UH Hilo tennis player and Hilo native Kallen Mizuguchi has been named the Vulcans’ men’s and women’s interim tennis coach for 2019. Mizuguchi played for the Vulcans from 2011-15. He played on court one in doubles, earning Third Team All-Pacific West Conference honors as a senior. He also played No. 2 singles for the Vulcans. Mizuguchi has remained active in Hilo tennis circles, helping to coach youth and adults with fellow former Vulcan Randy Kunimoto. A UH Hilo graduate in Business, he works as an insurance agent in Hilo. Read More.

CAL STATE FULLERTON
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CAL STATE FULLERTON

Cal State Fullerton Athletics Director Jim Donovan has signed a contract extension through 2023. Donovan manages a department with a $19.2 million budget, more than 65 full-time staff, more than 150 part-time staff and 350-plus student-athletes. –Read More

PURDUE FORT WAYNE
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PURDUE FORT WAYNE

Purdue Fort Wayne has placed head women’s basketball coach Niecee Nelson on administrative leave for a “pending personnel matter.” The move was announced in a news release Tuesday afternoon. Purdue Fort Wayne Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton did not provide a reason for the decision, calling it a “pending personnel matter.” Assistant coach Marcie Alberts will fill in for Nelson as coach during “upcoming games,” the release said. –WANE, Read More

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Chris Ballard – who has been part of the ACU Athletics staff in several capacities since 2011 – returned to the staff Monday as the Associate Director of Athletics for Student Services, overseeing all areas of compliance and academics for the department. Ballard has served as a graduate assistant football coach before joining the administrative staff in March 2014 as director of academics before moving up to associate director of athletics for academics in March 2015, a position he held for three years. He moved over to Admissions in August 2018 and worked as an admissions counselor before being lured back to ACU Athletics. He will start his new job on Monday, Feb. 11. In his new role, Ballard will be responsible for leading, monitoring and completing all tasks and responsibilities, assuring institutional control in meeting NCAA compliance standards. He will provide leadership over both compliance and academic support services, and provide support services to ensure the successful academic pursuits of student-athletes. –Read More

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
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SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

Sacred Heart University Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine has announced the addition of Charlie Dowd as deputy director of Athletics for external affairs. Dowd has spent the last seven years as the SVP of operations for Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment, serving as part of the management team that has led a resurgence at Webster Bank Arena. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

On Feb. 4, Tim Miles received an email from Athletic Director Bill Moos with a one-word subject line.Re: Support. In a meeting earlier this month, Miles said on Tuesday, Moos told the coaches not to worry. He was there for them. “He said he’s gotta make a decision after the year on what to do. Retention is certainly an option, and he wanted us to know, ‘Don’t listen to any noise out there,’ ” Miles told The World-Herald. “I think at his heart, Bill is a coaches (A.D.), and he loves the locker room, he loves the interaction with the people. It’s what he’s best at,” Miles said. “It felt great. It was a nice boost of energy. Everyone had a little more hop in their step after.” Moos said on his weekly radio show Tuesday night that he and Miles had “a real nice talk” during the meeting. “Tim Miles is a good coach, very passionate,” Moos said. “I wanted to get a feel for what their thoughts were.” -Chris Heady, World-Herald, Read More

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