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December 2, 2019

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

One of the sticking points over Greg Schiano’s contract demands during the negotiations over his return to Rutgers University as head football coach was a commitment to build a new multi-million-dollar football complex as part of his deal. It’s a dream Schiano will now be tasked to help realize, by raising the money to help pay for it. In that agreement, the Rutgers said at least half of the cost of the expected $150 million project would have to be raised from private sources before Rutgers commits to building it. And Schiano will be expected to bring in a large chunk of that money, along with Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs, according to the language of the proposed terms that led to the agreement. -Ted Sherman, nj. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

On Nov. 22, Ole Miss athletics director Keith Carter said he felt the football program was heading in the right direction and described Matt Luke as the school’s coach of the present and future. Nine days later, Carter fired Luke. Carter explained that he no longer believes Luke did enough to retain the job, despite the positives he had seen in recruiting and academics. “We tried to look at the totality of the program,” Carter said. Beyond the apathy, Carter also addressed the importance of Luke’s win-loss record in this decision. “Winning is important,” Carter said. “We know that we can win at Ole Miss and compete for championships. -Nick Suss, Mississippi Clarion Ledger. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Chris Petersen announced Monday that he will step down from his position as University of Washington head football coach following the Huskies’ bowl game. UW Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen has named current defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake the new head coach of the Huskies. Petersen will transition into a leadership advisory role for Husky Athletics. “It has been a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution,” Petersen said. Petersen steps down with a career record of 146-38, compiled during his eight seasons at Boise State and six years at UW. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

The University Athletic Association released a teaser trailer with renderings of the new Florida Football Training Center ahead of Saturday’s win over Florida State, and now Gators fans can capitalize on this exciting announcement and make an impact on Florida Football by contributing to the projected $85 million day-to-day home of the program – in addition to pushing Gator Boosters and the Athletic Department towards its $155 million fundraising goal by June of 2020. With the Gator Game Changer program, fans can make an impact with any level of contribution. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

USF athletic director Michael Kelly said Monday he plans to move briskly ― and mostly on his own ― in the search for the program’s fifth football coach. “We do not intend to use a search firm,” Kelly told reporters inside a Selmon Center conference room Monday, less than 24 hours after dismissing Charlie Strong. “Michael Kelly and associates will be the search firm.” Third-year defensive coordinator Brian Jean-Mary will serve as interim coach during this period of transition, with the rest of Strong’s staff continuing to recruit. -Joey Knight, Tampabay. Read More.

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Michelle Manning, currently the director of athletics at Carthage College in Wisconsin, has been named senior associate director of athletics for administration at Bucknell. In her new role at Bucknell, Manning will directly supervise several varsity programs and will serve as the Department of Athletics and Recreation’s primary academic liaison. Manning will assume many of the responsibilities previously overseen by Maisha Kelly, who has transitioned into a new role as senior associate AD for development at Bucknell. Manning assumed the role of director of athletics at Carthage in July 2018. She has overseen an NCAA Division III program with 27 sports. Read More.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

This type of thing is becoming a regular occurrence when Auburn wins the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Once again Saturday night, Auburn’s fans stormed the field following a 48-45 win against in-state rival Alabama. And once again, it was costly for the program, as Auburn was fined $250,000 by the SEC on Monday morning for violating the league’s policy about “access to competition area.” It was the third time in seven years that Auburn has been fined for that violation at Jordan-Hare Stadium and the fourth time overall since that span, including a court-storming at Auburn Arena following an upset win against Kentucky in 2016. This will be Auburn’s second time paying the $250,000 penalty and the first time under second-year athletics director Allen Greene. -Tom Green, al. Read More.

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Old Dominion University athletic director Dr. Camden Wood Selig announced Monday that Bobby Wilder has resigned as ODU’s football coach. “I have resigned as head coach of the ODU football program as I feel it’s in the best interest for this program going forward,” Wilder said. Wilder tendered his resignation to Selig and senior associate athletic director for football Bruce Stewart on Monday morning. “This should in no way detract from or diminish the sacrifice and commitment that Coach Wilder has given ODU and our entire Hampton Roads community while leading our football program,” Selig said. Selig indicated a national search will begin immediately and will use the assistance of a search firm. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The Nevada and UNLV athletics departments are working with the Mountain West and UNR police department to review the post-game fight that ensued following the Rebels’ 33-30 overtime win over the Wolf Pack. Following UNLV’s game-winning touchdown, a brawl broke out that nearly spilled into the crowd. Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth and UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois released the following statement after the game. “The events that occurred following today’s football game have no place in college athletics and we are deeply disappointed by this incident, which detracts from what was a hard-fought and emotional football game between our state’s only two NCAA programs,” they said. -Chris Murray, Nevada Sports Net. Read More.

LSU
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LSU

Now that the LSU football team’s home games are done for the season, the athletic department is offering up “a piece of Tiger Stadium history” for fans. A free slab of Tiger Stadium sod. “LSU Athletics is making free slabs of sod from Tiger Stadium available to fans as contractors begin removing sod in a months-long project to replace the field and improve drainage in Tiger Stadium,” LSU athletics posted to lsusports.net on Sunday. The sod, roughly measured 18″x24″ will be free for the taking on Monday afternoon at the Bullpen lot of Alex Box stadium. –The Advocate. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nuñez said Sunday that the search for a new football coach is well underway and he is prepared to discuss updates at a press conference tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. UNM had a mutual parting of the ways with longtime coach Bob Davie last week. “I can definitely say there’s a lot of interest out there,” Nuñez said. Davie was under contract through the 2021 season with an annual salary of approximately $850,000. His base pay was roughly half that, at $422,690. Early termination of the contract calls for a buyout, but the exact terms of that exchange will not be finalized until the Dec. 10 UNM Board of Regents meeting. -Will Webber, Santa Fe New Mexican. Read More.

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

As one of the largest craft breweries in the country, Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing continues to seek ways to further its community reach. Now, to do that even more effectively, it has turned to sports. The nearly 30-year-old brewery has released year-round beers in partnership with Colorado State University and North Carolina State University, called Old Aggie and Old Tuffy premium lagers, respectively. New Belgium also owns San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing, which is brewing Dubs Golden Ale for the Golden State Warriors. In a beer market that’s increasingly tightening and leaving little room for the more than 7,500 breweries in the U.S. to grow, New Belgium believes connecting with collegiate fan bases could be a key to sustaining growth. -Pat Evans, front office sports. Read More.

December 1, 2019

OLE MISS
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OLE MISS

Ole Miss has reportedly decided to make a coaching change. Matt Luke, the man who took over for Hugh Freeze in the summer of 2017, has been fired after three seasons with the school according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by Rivals’ Rebel Grove and confirmed by Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel. Luke had a record of 15-21 in that time at Ole Miss and his record had declined by a game each season from 6-6 to 5-7 and then 4-8 in 2019 after the Rebels infamously lost the Egg Bowl Thursday night. Per Rebel Grove, the buyout for Luke and his staff is in the range of $17 million. Luke had hired former Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre to run the defense ahead of the 2019 season and also hired former Michigan and Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez to be the team’s offensive coordinator. -Nick Bromberg, Yahoo, Read More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Boston College fired coach Steve Addazio on Sunday, sources told Yahoo Sports, ending his seven-year tenure with a record of 44-44. Addazio led Boston College to bowl games in six of his seven seasons. Sources told Yahoo Sports that wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell will serve as the interim coach while BC searches for a replacement. -Pete Thamel, Yahoo, Read More

USF
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USF

Just three seasons into his tenure at South Florida, coach Charlie Strong has been fired. This following a difficult year in which the Bulls finished 4-8 overall and 2-6 in AAC play. Strong’s firing was first reported by USA Today’s Dan Wolken. It has been all downhill for Strong and the Bulls since he joined the team in 2017. After posting an impressive 10-2 record in his first season, USF lost its final six games of the 2018 season following a seven-game winning streak to start the year. -Barrett Sallee, CBS Sports, Read More

UTSA
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UTSA

UTSA Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos announced Sunday a change in leadership of the football program, as fourth-year head coach Frank Wilson has been relieved of his coaching duties. “I want to thank Coach Wilson for his efforts on behalf of the football program and the university, and for his commitment to his student-athletes,” Campos said. Hired as UTSA’s second head coach on Jan. 15, 2016, Wilson compiled a 19-29 record in four seasons at the helm, including a 4-8 mark in 2019 that ended with Saturday’s 41-27 setback to Louisiana Tech. “We will use a search firm and immediately begin a national search for UTSA’s next head football coach.” Read More.

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY
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UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY

When the University at Albany bid successfully for a home game in the NCAA football playoffs, athletic director Mark Benson said, “Our hope is we’re going to get a really strong turnout from the community.” That didn’t happen on Saturday. A crowd of 1,660, by far the smallest in Casey Stadium history, turned out to watch the Great Danes drub Central Connecticut 42-14 in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision Tournament. It was significantly fewer than the previous low of 2,483 for the regular-season finale against Stony Brook last season. -Mark Singelais, timesunion. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Despite missing a bowl game and losing to Arizona State in both of his first two years as head coach of Arizona, Kevin Sumlin’s job as head coach appears to be safe. Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke told reporters after the game that Sumlin will return for the 2020 season. “We have no reason not to be committed to coach Sumlin, to Kevin, and the process he’s put in place,” Heeke said. Year three for Sumlin will begin with a new starting quarterback, following the departure of senior Khalil Tate who played in his final game as a Wildcat against Arizona State. -Tom Kuebel, arizonasports. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Although the regular season has ended, college football is still building toward its biggest moments, and so are the incentive earnings of head coaches that will end up as the largest part of incentive payouts schools also will make to assistant coaches, strength coaches, and — at some schools — to athletics directors and a range of team staffers. But head coaches are not just qualifying for bonus money. They also are reaching benchmarks that trigger future considerations from their schools. For the first time, USA TODAY Sports is tracking on a weekly basis the amounts public-school football head coaches are scheduled to be getting and for what achievements. The information is based on contracts USA TODAY Sports obtained from the schools through open-records requests and is updated through the games of Nov. 30. -Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Prior to kickoff against the rival Florida State Seminoles on Saturday night, the Florida Gators gave their fans a tease of what’s to come for Gators’ athletics. That being new, state-of-the-art athletic facilities. A process long in the making, the Gators have dedicated $65 million towards building a new, 130,000 square foot training center, considered as Phase 3 of a 10-year plan to upgrade the athletics facility. The renderings, which were put on display to 89,409 fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, included a new weight and training room, locker room, and fueling station. There will also be a dining hall specifically for student-athletes, and several pools. –si. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Jim Sterk has officially embarked upon his first football coaching search as Missouri’s athletic director. Sterk fired football coach Barry Odom after a tumultuous finish to the season. Odom, 43, completed his fourth year as Mizzou’s coach Friday in a 24-14 win over Arkansas. The change in leadership leaves Sterk searching for a new football coach — on a tight deadline. Sterk will use Parker Executive Search, the same firm Mizzou utilized to find basketball coach Cuonzo Martin in 2017. Mizzou paid $80,000 plus expenses the last time it used the firm. Sterk’s search committee will also be small, he said, including input from Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and MU President Mun Choi. Sterk has hired three football coaches in his career: two at Washington State and one at San Diego State. From those experiences, Sterk stressed “confidentiality” will be crucial for the search; he is hoping to move swiftly and be “up front” with potential candidates. – Souichi Terada, The Kansas City Star. Read More.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

As the chairman of the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, WVU director of athletics Shane Lyons is directly involved in formulating the rules and regulations that go into governing the sport at the college level. One of the biggest issues facing college athletics today is the controversy surrounding the student-athlete’s potential ability to be compensated by the private sector for the use of their name, image or likeness (NIL). “First of all, it’s a very debatable topic,” said Lyons. “The idea has been discussed for a number of years. As an Association, we need to get our arms around it and look at what really is a collegiate model. I think the word ‘amateurism’ is really out the door…” -Greg Hunter, bluegoldnews. Read More.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Coach Joe Moorhead will return to Mississippi State in 2020, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger. Steve Robertson was first to report Moorhead would stay with the Bulldogs. Dellenger reports Moorhead met with Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen for four hours on Saturday to discuss the program’s future. The coach is expected to have his contract extended to a fourth year. The Bulldogs hired Moorhead ahead of the 2018 season after coach Dan Mullen left to go to Florida. -Jenna West, si. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Following Texas’ 49-24 victory over Texas Tech on Friday, which concluded the Longhorns’ regular season at 7-5, athletic director Chris Del Conte said he feels good about the overall direction of the program even if this season didn’t go as well as those in the program had hoped. The Longhorns, who came into 2019 ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll, are currently fifth in the Big 12 standings. Del Conte was not critical of head coach Tom Herman, who has been the target of some fans’ ire in recent weeks. Like Del Conte, Herman had an overall positive tone when asked about the Longhorns’ outlook. -Sam Khan Jr., ESPN. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

After the news broke last weekend that Greg Schiano was not returning as head coach of Rutgers football for a second time, true outrage from a collective group of fans, alumni, donors, and former players was voiced across multiple platforms. On Wednesday afternoon, news that Schiano and Rutgers was not a completely dead deal after all and talks were set to resume gave fans hope that this could be saved. With that thought, longtime season ticket holder and donor, as well as co-host of the Scarlet Spotlight podcast, Jon Newman sent this one tweet on Wednesday afternoon and it has created a fundraising frenzy. Amazingly, as of Saturday morning, the campaign had reached just under $313K with 1400 fans making individual pledges. -Aaron Breitman, onthebanks. Read More.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan Athletic Director Michael Alford knew what he was getting when hiring Jim McElwain to be the football coach in early December 2018. “He’s a winner,” Alford said. “I thought it was the perfect time for the program for where we were at the time.” “I can tell you he loves the people in Mount Pleasant and Central Michigan University,” Alford said. While Alford was doing a coaching search to find former coach John Bonamego’s replacement, he said a handful of players went to his office to express their opinion. Going beyond the on-field successes, Alford said McElwain has focused on teaching the student-athletes life lessons that will serve them well even after their time on the field is complete. McElwain discusses making the right choices every day with the members of his team. “What I was most proud of was seeing them grow throughout the year,” Alford said. -Evan Petzold, cm-life. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Following Saturday afternoon’s brawl at the end of the Nevada-UNLV football game at Mackay Stadium, the athletic directors from the two schools released a joint statement. Nevada’s AD Doug Knuth and his counterpart in Las Vegas, Desiree Reed-Francois, issued the statement just after 6 p.m. It reads: “The events that occurred following today’s football game have no place in college athletics and we are deeply disappointed by this incident, which detracts from what was a hard-fought and emotional football game between our state’s only two NCAA programs…” -Duke Ritenhouse, Reno Gazette Journal. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Missouri fired coach Barry Odom on Saturday, a day after the team completed its season at 6-6. “As a program, we had tremendous momentum coming into the 2019 season with the opening of the new south end zone facility as well as other strategic investments in our football program,” Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement. “However, we lost a great deal of that energy during the last half of the season. This decision was difficult to make but was necessary.” Odom went 25-25 and 13-19 in SEC play during four seasons at his alma mater, where he served as defensive coordinator before being promoted to succeed Gary Pinkel after the 2015 season. Associate head coach and defensive line coach Brick Haley has been named interim head coach. -Adam RittenbergMark Schlabach, ESPN. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Greg Schiano is returning to become the head coach of the Rutgers football team, according to a Yahoo Sports report early Sunday morning. The two sides agreed in principle to an eight-year contract, but it still needs to be approved by the school’s board of governors, the website reported. Momentum for Schiano’s return had built earlier this week, The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy confirmed.Former Rutgers coach Chris Ash was fired by athletic director Pat Hobbs on Sept. 29, four games into his fourth season, following a three-game stretch in which Rutgers was outscored 112-16. -Ted Holmlund, New York Post. Read More.

November 29, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Texas AD Chris Del Conte said Friday the Longhorns’ 7-5 regular season was disappointing “because of expectations” but added he believes UT’s football program “has building blocks,” is moving in the right direction and that he and football coach Tom Herman are “very much aligned.” Del Conte said Herman will decide if any changes need to be made to Herman’s coaching staff and had no timetable for when he and Herman would meet to talk about end-of-season evaluations. Del Conte said the progress of Texas football needs to be seen from a big-picture perspective. – Chip Brown, Horns 247, Read More


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