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April 17, 2019

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Ireland, who served his alma mater as its sports information director for 30-plus years, stood in front of the majority of the NSU athletic department staff Tuesday afternoon and announced his retirement, effective in mid-to-late May. A 1986 broadcast journalism graduate from Northwestern State, Ireland returned to his alma mater in January 1989 and began a three-decade career promoting NSU’s 14 intercollegiate teams. “Doug has earned a reputation as an icon in sports media in Louisiana and far beyond,” said Pierce, Northwestern State’s vice president of external affairs who helped Hildebrand bring Ireland back to Natchitoches in 1989. –shreveporttimes. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN

USC Aiken will transition the men’s and women’s tennis programs to club sports at the end of the spring season, according to the school’s athletics website. The decision comes after a thorough review of all sports offered at USC Aiken and an analysis of the demand for the sport, scholarship needs, and operational costs, the school said. The decision does not impact USC Aiken’s affiliation with the Peach Belt Conference or NCAA Division II, it said. By transitioning tennis to a club sport, it is making way for the addition of more high-demand Division II athletics, the school said. –The Augusta Chronicle. Read More.

April 16, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

University of Maryland seeks Director of Video Production. The Director of Video Production will work as a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Broadcasting & Production staff, and be under the direct supervision of the Assistant Athletics Director of Broadcasting & Production. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

University of Maryland seeks Assistant Athletic Director, Media Relations. The Assistant Athletics Director of Media Relations is responsible for serving as the sports information director and spokesperson for the University of Maryland men’s basketball program and other assigned programs. – Apply Here

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Old Dominion athletic director Wood Selig announced Tuesday night that the University has extended the contract of men’s basketball coach Jeff Jones for two more seasons. The new extension will keep Jones under contract for 5 more years, through the 2023-2024 season, and Jones says it’s his plan to be here five more years. Selig made the announcement at the Blue Blue Barbecue, an annual event that allows ODU’s coaches and players to connect with fans shortly after the season ends, and during which the coaching staff hands out awards. The announcement was greeted with sustained applause. Jones is 122-49 over the last five years, which ranks 19th among the nation’s 353 Division I schools. ODU finished 26-8 this season, won its first Conference USA title and went to the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight seasons. Jones was Conference USA Coach of the Year, senior B.J. Stith was named Player of the Year and ODU led the league in attendance with an average of 6,620 per game. – ADAM WINKLER, wtkr – Read More

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Tuesday that construction will begin this summer on the remodel of the Beavers’ P. Wayne Valley Sports Performance Center (SPC). The $3.5 million expansion is fully funded via private gifts. “We are delighted to have received two generous gifts to make this project a reality,” Barnes said. “One provided by a former Beaver football student-athlete and current business owner, the other by the family of two former Beaver football student-athletes.”  Both parties wish to remain anonymous. The project includes all new equipment, a Gatorade Fuel Bar, overall rebranding, and other physical improvements that will enhance OSU’s Sports Performance staff’s ability to physically train the school’s 500-plus student-athletes. One of the biggest benefactors will be the football team with the enhanced weight stations and other training areas. “While this facility will continue to be home base for our teams’ strength and conditioning needs, a larger focus is on what the football program requires to continue to grow,” Barnes said. – Read More

THOMAS COLLEGE
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THOMAS COLLEGE

Sara Shaw has been named the new Director of Athletics at Thomas College, Executive Vice President Bernie Ouellette announced on Thursday. Shaw comes to Thomas with over a decade of experience as a small college assistant athletic director, coach and student-athlete. She is currently the assistant athletic director and head softball coach at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where she was named 2016 Association of NCAA Division III Independents Coach of the Year and 2018 American Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year. “I am honored and thankful to have been selected to lead the Athletic Department at Thomas College,” Shaw said. “Throughout my playing and coaching years, I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for the institution and it’s athletic programs. Shaw had previous stops at Central Maine Community College, where she was Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director, and was Director of Parks and Recreation for the town of Limestone, Maine. – Read More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State announced parking and game day traffic flow alterations back in November. Now, the athletic department has announced additional changes and upgrades ahead of the 2019 season. The list includes (text courtesy of a school release): “Fans who park in Lots 14-18 (former Pink and Green lots) will be contacted by ICA and given the option to access their parking lot via Fox Hollow Road (North zone) or Atherton Street (West zone) onto Park Avenue for the 2019 season. “Following every home game, fans who park in Lots 14-18 will be required to exit via Park Avenue westbound toward Atherton Street during the one-way traffic pattern, which typically lasts approximately 60-90 minutes after a game concludes. Once the one-way out-bound traffic pattern ends, fans in all lots will be able leave the stadium vicinity via any route.””Penn State Athletics will also be investing in a drive aisle reinforcement product (see photo above) in two lots to reduce the amount of rutting that occurs in the drive aisles. –  Greg Pickel, pennlive – Read More

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Northern Illinois University Athletics is proud to announce it has partnered with the Phi Sigma Kappa Alumni Association of NIU on a gift via the NIU Foundation for the build-out of the nutrition center to benefit all student-athletes at NIU. “We are so pleased to partner with the Phi Sigma Kappa Alumni Association of NIU on this project. With the creation of the Phi Sigma Kappa Alumni Nutrition Center, along with the overall upgrades taking place within the Northwestern Medicine Performance Center, it is an exciting time for our student-athletes,” said NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics, Sean T. Frazier. “For over 10 years, we, as an organization have been a supporter of the NIU Foundation and Athletics. We are so glad that we can continue our tremendous partnership,” said PSK Alumni President, Kent Ebersold ’85. The Phi Sigma Kappa Alumni Association of NIU has committed to a naming rights gift of the Nutrition Center that recently began construction in the east corridor of the Barsema Hall of Champions between the Yordon Center and Kenneth & Ellen Chessick Practice Center. This unique partnership brings together a number of campus and community entities. – Read More

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

March Madness was good for Pennsylvania’s burgeoning sportsbook industry, as the popularity of the NCAA Men’s Tournament and the opening of two new sportsbooks led to monthly records for the number of bets and revenue in March. Pennsylvania’s $44.5 million handle in the month of March is the largest in a single month outside of the country’s two largest legal sports betting jurisdictions, Nevada and New Jersey — a sign that the state is emerging as the U.S.’s third-largest market, according to analysts for PlayPennsylvania.com. “The legal sports betting market in Pennsylvania has seemingly limitless potential, and March was a significant step forward,” said Jessica Welman, sports betting analyst for PlayPennsylvania.com. “The FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino, and the new sportsbook at the Valley Forge Turf Club, were welcome additions to the market. And those openings show operators are bullish on Pennsylvania.” Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh remained the market leader by attracting $11.9 million in March bets, up 47 percent from $8.1 million in February. – KEITH SCHWEIGERT, fox43 – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
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UNIVERSITY OF TULSA

Local sports radio talk show host and former NFL offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski will return to his alma mater as The University of Tulsa athletic department’s Director of Premium Seating, it was announced today by Vice President & Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg. Ostroski has served as co-host of the “Coach and the Big O” show on The Sports Animal 97.1 FM Radio for the past 14 months. Ostroski also coached middle school and high school football at Holland Hall School between 2005-18. “We’re excited to have Jerry join our team once again. He brings tremendous knowledge of our city and our athletics program,” said Gragg. “In the role of director of premium seating, Jerry brings a uniqueness to the position as a former student-athlete and someone who has been entrenched in this community.” “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 14 months on the radio with Coach Pat Jones. It’s been great working beside Pat and with the rest of the staff at The Sports Animal,” said Ostroski. Ostroski will begin his position at Tulsa on April 29.  – Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

The question was designed to be simple and it was. “How do you go about privately funding the Ross-Ade Stadium project?” Simple question. Simple answer, right? “It’s not simple,” Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski said. So much for the uncomplicated approach. It won’t be easy for Bobinski and his team to raise enough money to re-make Ross-Ade Stadium and add all the necessary modern amenities, not only for the short term but for the long term. Premium seating locations. South End Zone. All on the to-do list.  They’ll try and predict the future when it comes to viewing habits and what the next generation desires from attending a live sporting event. The final cost will determine how much of a challenge this will be, or if one at all. And we won’t know the price tag until the ideas are converted into actual drawings. Don’t look for those concepts to become reality until later in the summer. Most recently, the $65 million Football Performance Center added to the athletic department’s increased debt, which Purdue is paying off at a rate of about $14 million a year. – Mike Carmin, jconline – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Rick Barnes’ phone rang two weeks ago. To his surprise, it was UCLA inquiring if the Tennessee basketball coach was interested in its vacant head coaching job. His mind jetted back to when he was an eighth-grader in North Carolina. His mother and a friend spent $56 to send a young Richard Dale Barnes to a basketball camp at Campbell College, where legendary UCLA coach John Wooden was a featured guest. Fifty-some-years later, Barnes had the opportunity to follow in Wooden’s footsteps as the UCLA basketball coach. And Barnes would have done so if not for a snag in negotiating his $5 million buyout at Tennessee. “I asked God for total clarity,” Barnes said. “And when they came back with their decision, I knew that I’m not supposed to be the coach at UCLA.  Barnes and Tennessee reached a new deal that day, months after he negotiated a new contract following a breakout season with the Vols. That contract set Barnes’ buyout, which proved the only obstacle keeping Barnes from heading to Westwood. – Mike Wilson, knoxnews – Read More

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Tyler Nehring joined the staff at Northwest Missouri State University as Business Operations Coordinator for Athletics in April 2019. Nehring comes to Northwest from U.S. Venture, Inc. (Appleton, Wisconsin), where he served one year as an Accounting Analyst in Enterprise Risk/Internal Audit. Prior to that, Nehring was an NCAA Postgraduate Intern at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. During his time at the NCAA, he worked in the Administrative Services-Finance department and gained experience with championships finance, NCAA financial reporting and additional NCAA operating functions. Nehring received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and management information systems from Winona State University (Minnesota) in 2016. He was a baseball student-athlete for the Warriors and received the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction award in 2016. Nehring was named Winona State’s Male Student Athlete of the Year in 2014. – Read More

LIU
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LIU

Long Island University announced that is has accepted membership into the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association on Tuesday, April 16. LIU will begin competition as the league’s 17th member during the 2019-20 season. The EIWA is the oldest wrestling conference in the nation, founded originally in 1904 by Yale University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University. Along with being the oldest conference, the EIWA is the largest conference in the country and its champion receives an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I Championship. “The move to Division I is exciting and our acceptance into the EIWA is brining that excitement to another level,” head coach Joe Patrovich remarked. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Texas Athletics announces the launch of the Longhorns K9 Club presented by Nulo Pet Food. The annual membership club serves as the official dog club of the Texas Longhorns. For $20, dogs receive a membership package with official club items including a member certificate, dog tag, bandana, travel food/water bowl, flying disc, name and photo inclusion on the Longhorns K9 Club webpage, and special offerings from Nulo Pet Food. In addition to the annual package members receive, members have the opportunity for their dog’s photos to be displayed on official Longhorns K9 Club videoboard and social media features. An annual Longhorns K9 Club event in collaboration with Nulo Pet Food will be held with appearances by Texas Cheer, Texas Pom, and Hook ‘Em. –Read More

MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Missouri Western State University director of athletics Josh Looney has announced an agreement with Candi Whitaker to become the ninth head women’s basketball coach at Missouri Western. Whitaker recently served as the head coach at Texas Tech from 2013-18. “Candi is poised to make a difference at Missouri Western,” Looney said. Whitaker will be introduced to Griffon Nation in a press conference at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in the Hall of Fame room inside Spratt Memorial Stadium. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Barry University failed to monitor its men’s soccer work-study program, resulting in student-athletes being paid for work they did not perform, according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions. According to the committee, 13 members of the men’s soccer team collectively logged more than 40 and up to 161.5 hours per week to complete their work-study job duties when only 37 to 40 hours were available, resulting in an overpayment of approximately $30,510. The assistant men’s soccer coaches supervised the work-study positions, and the committee found they were the primary reason why the work-study abuse occurred. One assistant coach told the NCAA enforcement staff during the investigation that he noticed discrepancies in the number of work hours logged by one student-athlete and addressed it with him but did not follow up to ensure that the correct hours were logged. -Emily James, NCAA. Read More.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Robert Barchi has heard the complaints about Rutgers athletics spending, the fact that the department receives more financial support from the university’s operational budget and from student fees than just about any other major-level school on an annual basis. But, as the president of Rutgers University, Barchi understands the juggling act between developing competitive programs to compete in the Big Ten and trying to be fiscally prudent. At a state university with nearly 71,000 students, 23,000 faculty-and-staff members and more than 500,000 living alumni, Barchi knows there’s never going to be consensus opinion on Rutgers athletics spending. Pressed for his thoughts on a football program heading into Ash’s fourth campaign, Barchi told NJ Advance Media: “Certainly a 1-11 season can’t be considered a success.’’ -Keith Sargeant, NJ Advance Media. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

In an effort to curtail the spread of rampant early recruiting, the NCAA is reportedly considering a rule that would ban coaches from making any contact with prospective student athletes before the summer after the athlete’s sophomore year. As reported by the New York Times, a current proposal before the 40-member NCAA Division I Council meeting later this week would ban all recruiting contact between coaches and athletes until June 15, and ban all official visits for a further six weeks. The idea is to take some of the pressure off student athletes and parents who have increasingly felt like they have to accept scholarship offers, sometimes put on a time limit, early in the athlete’s career. -Cam Smith, USA Today. Read More.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

John Kresse will wrap-up a 40-year career at College of Charleston. Added to his 23-year coaching career are the last 17 years as a teacher, fundraiser, and assistant to the president. Kresse will retire from his current role as Special Assistant to the AD. Next week, Coach Kresse will be honored with a lifetime achievement honor at the Charley Awards. -Warren Paper, Post and Courrier, Read More

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

The Kentucky State University director of athletics will serve on the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) board of directors. Etienne Thomas will begin serving on the board beginning in July. Thomas was hired at Kentucky State in July 2018. Prior to her arrival at Kentucky State, Thomas served as the associate athletics director of student life at the University of Kansas. –kysu.edu. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

Pac-12 Networks announced today that Steve Tseng, a highly respected sports and entertainment sponsorship sales executive, will join the Pac-12 as Executive Vice President, Sales, effective May 13. In his new role, Tseng will be responsible for revenue growth across sponsorship, advertising, branded content and related Pac-12 assets, based out of Pac-12 headquarters in San Francisco and reporting into Pac-12 Networks President Mark Shuken. “As we look to drive value across our Pac-12 Networks and Conference, I am excited that Steve will be bringing his track record of success in vertically integrated sales to attract brands to the Pac-12 property,” said Shuken. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Bill Maher looked at the unusually low attendance for the Frozen Four, and acknowledged this much: Price in the marketplace for tickets was a concern. Minnesota Duluth won its second consecutive national championship in men’s hockey Saturday at KeyBank Center, but the Bulldogs won inside an NHL venue that had nearly 5,500 empty seats for the title game. Maher, Canisius’ athletic director and a tournament co-director, on Monday addressed the uncharacteristic drop in attendance at the Frozen Four championship game. Ten previous host venues had average crowds of at least 17,806 for the Frozen Four, according to NCAA records, and the 13,624 at the Frozen Four national championship game Saturday in Buffalo was the lowest attendance for the title game since 2001. -Rachel Lenzi, buffalonews. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

The University of Montana announced on Monday a new contract for head basketball coach Travis DeCuire. The agreement replaces his previous contract, signed last spring, and extends through June 30, 2022. The three-year deal is the maximum length Montana’s Board of Regents allows. DeCuire just completed his fifth season at his alma mater, leading Montana to the NCAA tournament with a 26-9 record. Read More.

FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY
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FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY

Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, has announced a bequest from the estate of Nonie and Earl Field (’37). The largest gift in the university’s history will support student scholarships in perpetuity in the arts, athletics, and music. Longtime supporters of Fort Hays State, the Fields received the university’s Distinguished Service Award, served as members of the university’s first capital campaign committee, were members of the Tiger Athlete Difference Makers, and in 1991 were inducted into the Tiger Sports Hall of Fame. –philanthropynewsdigest, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

The University of Memphis Athletic Department announced Monday that football season tickets are on sale and for the first time in five seasons, prices did not increase. Premium seats for the 2019 season remained at $350, lower sideline seats are at $300, upper sideline ticket are at $250 and end zone seats are at $150. Family Fun Zone tickets also remained at $400 for four season tickets. Parking passes also went on sale Monday and the deadline for renewing season tickets is June 3. -Evan Barnes, Memphis Commercial Appeal. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska raised between $160,000 and $170,000 for the state’s flood victims between the Huskers’ spring game and the NIT home basketball game in March, NU athletic director Bill Moos said on his monthly radio show Monday night. “It was heartwarming,” Moos said of fans’ generosity. The Huskers’ pregame Tunnel Walk featured NU players talking about flood relief in the state. -Sam McKewon, starherald. Read More.

LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY
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LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY

Lenoir-Rhyne head baseball coach Tom Fleenor has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into misconduct. Athletic director Kim Pate confirmed the decision Monday afternoon but didn’t provide any additional details. Fleenor, who is in his sixth season as the university’s head coach, didn’t manage the Bears in their home doubleheader Saturday against Wingate. He has led the program to a 129-115 record over his first five seasons, during which time the Bears have gone 52-80 in South Atlantic Conference games and haven’t finished better than fifth in the league. Fleenor was reached by telephone Monday afternoon but had no comment. -Aaron Schnautz, hickoryrecord. Read More.

April 15, 2019

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Diego State University seeks Student Athlete Development Coordinator. Under the general supervision and guidance of the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services, this position operates with a high degree of autonomy and will provide student-athlete development support in accordance with NCAA, conference, and university requirements. – Apply Here

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