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November 13, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The University of Maryland has retained the services of a national search firm to help in its pursuit of a new football coach, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The school fired DJ Durkin on Oct. 31 after 2½ months of speculation and uncertainty surrounding its football program and has apparently wasted little time in beginning the hunt for a capable replacement. A spokesperson for the athletic department declined to comment. Athletic Director Damon Evans said in an interview Tuesday that he could not share any timetable or details about the search a new coach. Another person familiar with the situation said the school is using Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search. The coaching carousel is already spinning with high-profile jobs open at Louisville and Kansas. More will be coming, and head-coaching seats could grow hotter at Rutgers, North Carolina and Kansas State, among others these next few weeks. Evans’s own status was uncertain until Maryland President Wallace D. Loh accepted a recommendation from the University System of Maryland Board of Regents to keep him in charge of the department. – Rick Maese, washingtonpost – Read More

SEC
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SEC

The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday the intention to extend the SEC Basketball Tournament’s tenure at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville through 2030. The new agreement would also give the SEC the choice to extend the tournament an additional five years through 2035. The tournaments are expected to bring a $350 million economic impact to Music City. Throughout the post-season tournament’s residency, Nashville could receive around 500 hours of national television exposure. Officials predict that 3.2 million fans will attend the upcoming tournaments, bringing tourists to the downtown area. “Nashville has proven to be an outstanding home for Southeastern Conference basketball and we are pleased to reconfirm this long-term relationship with Music City as the host for these championship events,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Nashville provides tremendous support for this tournament, creates lasting memories for our student-athletes and offers an outstanding experience and venue for our fans.” – Caitlyn Shelton, fox17 – Read More

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

The football game between Northern Arizona and Sacramento State which was originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, has been officially canceled it was announced on Tuesday. The game was postponed on Saturday night due to poor air quality caused by the Camp Fire north of the Sacramento area. Both Northern Arizona and Sacramento State officials explored options to reschedule the game, but could not find a compatible date this late in the season. – Read More

EARLHAM COLLEGE
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EARLHAM COLLEGE

The 2019 Earlham College football season has been canceled. And the future for the Division III program is in question. Interim president Avis Stewart, a 1974 graduate of the college, announced in a statement Tuesday that next year’s season would be suspended after consultation with the College Cabinet, the Senior Director of Athletics, Faculty Athletics Representatives, and the Earlham Board of Trustees and “authorizing a review to examine the factors that are necessary to build and sustain a viable and competitive football program that would potentially attract significant numbers of student-athletes to enroll in our College.” Last Thursday, Director of Athletics Julie Kline announced that head coach Nick Johnson would leave the program and undertake a new role at Earlham, assisting with student-athlete development for the Department of Athletics. With a 70-6 loss to Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Earlham completed a fifth consecutive winless season, and extended the NCAA Division III national record with its 53rd straight loss. The Quakers last won on Oct. 26, 2013, when they defeated Anderson 21-20. – Jesús Jiménez, pal-item –  Real More

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
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BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

Binghamton University has for the second time extended the contract of men’s basketball coach Tommy Dempsey, whose teams have played to a .343 winning percentage. Three games into the final year of an extension granted in 2015, the seventh-year coach’s deal has been stretched through the 2020-21 season. The initial extension was granted after he’d coached the Bearcats to a three-season record of 16-76. In three seasons and three games since, the Bearcats have gone 32-64, including 10-38 in America East Conference play. “I believe strongly in the future success of our program under Tommy’s leadership,” said Patrick Elliott, BU’s director of athletics. “We have an exciting group of athletes who I believe will be a big part of that success. A Dunmore, Pennsylvania, native, Dempsey was appointed Bearcats’ coach in May 2012. His BU program earned a National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Academic Excellence Award in 2018 for maintaining a grade-point average above 3.0. – pressconnects – Read More

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Globe Life will also be the Official Life Insurance Partner of Conference USA. With the agreement, Globe Life becomes a Conference USA Corporate Champion. The Company will also receive advertising opportunities with Conference USA at the 2019 basketball, baseball, and softball championships as well as other conference events. – Tickertech. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

A report surfaced that CU would part ways with head football coach Mike MacIntyre at season’s end. In response to the report, George stated that no decision on the football program’s has been made. “We do comment on speculation or unsubstantiated rumors with anonymous sources. Let me just say I have made no decisions regarding the future of our football program.” Based on a new deal agreed to in January of last year and approved five months later, CU would owe MacIntyre a buyout in excess of $10 million if he’s fired without cause. In five-plus seasons with the Buffaloes, MacIntyre has posted a 30-43 record overall and 14-38 in Pac-12 play. – NBC Sports. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, is adding a new bowl game to its roster beginning in 2020 with the creation of the Myrtle Beach Bowl. The game will feature matchups from three conference partners – Conference USA, Mid-American Conference (MAC) and Sun Belt Conference. Each conference will participate up to four times between 2020 and 2025. The Myrtle Beach Bowl will be played at Brooks Stadium, located on the campus of Coastal Carolina, and will be nationally televised on ESPN networks. – South Strand News. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State fans could be paying more to watch the pigskin next year, under a football ticket prices proposal before the university’s board of trustees this week. The proposal calls for season ticket holders with reserved seats for the 2019 football season to pay $702, an 8 percent increase over this year’s prices. Box and club season ticket prices for next year would be $851, up from $789 this season. Student ticket prices will remain unchanged at $34 per game. The proposal also includes an increase in membership dues for the Ohio State University Golf Club, including the reinstatement of the $1,000 initiation fee, which had been waived since 2010 after a decline in memberships. – Jennifer Smola, The Columbus Dispatch. Read More.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Former Michigan State recruiting director Curtis Blackwell is suing Mark Dantonio and other current and former MSU officials over what he calls an unlawful arrest and retaliatory termination from his job last year. In a lawsuit filed on Monday in federal court in Grand Rapids, Blackwell claims that Dantonio, former athletic director Mark Hollis and former school president Lou Anna K. Simon did not renew his contract as retaliation for Blackwell’s lack of cooperation with a school sexual assault investigation. The suit seeks at least $150,000 in damages, plus attorneys fees and punitive damages. – Kyle Austin, MLive. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

The University of Utah Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an $80 million non-state revenue bond to upgrade and expand Rice-Eccles Stadium. The trustees’ approval comes as the U.S. Olympic Committee prepares to conduct site visits and gauge public support for hosting a future Winter Games, likely 2030. On Monday, Reno-Tahoe, one of Salt Lake City’s competitors to host another Winter Games, dropped out of the running. The stadium’s current capacity is approximately 45,800, although it held 47,825 people for a football game against the University of Michigan in 2015, according to Wikipedia. It is one of the smaller stadiums among PAC-12 universities. – Marjorie Cortez, KSL. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

If the Southern Miss football team is going to earn bowl eligibility, it will have to win its final two games. USM athletic director Jon Gilbert told the Sun Herald on Tuesday he has decided to end the program’s pursuit of a 12th football game, which would have been played on Dec. 1. USM had its Sept. 15 contest at Appalachian State canceled due to Hurricane Florence, limiting the Eagles to 11 games. – Patrick Magee, Sun Herald. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

On behalf of Ohio State University, Buckeyes President Michael Drake has released a statement strongly condemning Brett McMurphy’s latest story involving an alleged racially-charged incident involving former assistant Zach Smith and former player Trevon Grimes. McMurphy alleges that Grimes and Smith got into a verbal altercation during the 2017 season which ended with the Buckeyes coach calling the former player a racially-derogatory name. Grimes left Ohio State during the 2017 season, transferring to the University of Florida. -Brad Crawford, 247 Sports, Read More

COKER COLLEGE
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COKER COLLEGE

Coker College Vice President of Athletics and Athletics Facilities, Dr. Lynn Griffin, has appointed Julia Rowland as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance, it was announced today. Rowland has served as the head women’s volleyball coach since 2015, and has led both the men’s and women’s volleyball programs since 2017.  Rowland holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from King, a master’s of arts in teaching from Carson-Newman and an educational specialist degree from Union College. Read More.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
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LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

Beer sales at Loyola Marymount University men’s basketball games will begin with Tuesday evening’s game against CSUN at Gersten Pavilion. All fans with reserved tickets will have the ability to purchase up to two beers. Fans who bought $8 or $9 general admission tickets can pay $10 to upgrade on the spot for a reserved ticket to be eligible to purchase beer. Reserved tickets cost $15-$19. – Mynewsla. Read More.

TUSCULUM UNIVERSITY
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TUSCULUM UNIVERSITY

Josh Ealy has been named the new director of athletic development at Tusculum announced Doug Jones, vice president of athletics and university initiatives. Ealy will be responsible for leading the fundraising efforts for the TU athletic department, including major gifts, annual fund gifts, and gifts to capital projects. He also heads the Pioneer Club, which works to raise funds for the athletic department through connections with parents, alumni, staff and other supporters of the University. – Read More.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State Deputy Athletic Director Greg Ianni announced his plans for a 2019 retirement on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Ianni, who has worked in the Spartan athletic department since 1993, will retire from his current duties effective January 31, 2019, and will work in an advisory capacity for the Athletic Director for the remainder of his contract, which ends June 30, 2019. – 971theticket. Read More.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Work began Monday on a new party deck at CSU’s Moby Arena that school officials expect to be in use by late January. The party deck will operate as a premium area similar to the New Belgium Porch at Colorado State University’s Canvas Stadium, boosters were told last spring, when athletic director Joe Parker announced the planned addition. Fans will be required to pay beyond what they pay for their game ticket to access the area, where they will be able to purchase and drink beer during CSU basketball and volleyball games. CSU football fans paid $200 for season-long access to the New Belgium Porch this year, with membership capped at 1,200. – Kelly Lyell, Fort Collins Coloradoan. Read More.

MCMURRY UNIVERSITY
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MCMURRY UNIVERSITY

McMurry University Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson has announced that Lance Hinson has resigned his position as the university’s head football coach. Hinson’s resignation is effective immediately. Ferguson said that a search for a new head coach will begin immediately, with a goal of completing the process by early December. The ultimate priority for the search is to identify a head coach who will provide an exceptional experience for the scholar-athletes, while also reflecting the values of the University and department. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced today that it will break ground on a new state-of-the-art indoor practice facility for the Fighting Illini baseball program, and that a lead naming gift of $3.0 million has been pledged by Susie Atkins. The facility, which will go before the University of Illinois Board of Trustees for final approval at its January meeting, will be named the Susan and Clint Atkins Baseball Training Center.The gift counts toward in the $300 million fundraising goal for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, which is part of “With Illinois,” the recently announced $2.25 billion University-wide fundraising campaign. Read More.

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

WKU athletic director Todd Stewart has led the Hilltoppers to unprecedented success during his six-year tenure on the Hill, capturing 36 total conference championships. Stewart said that while his prior experience helped him tremendously, his competitive nature drives his success at WKU—on the field and in the classroom. Stewart said the most vital part of his career development was the 15 years he spent working in communications and media relations with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. He said operating “in a fishbowl” under intense scrutiny prepared him for his current role. “Sometimes here we try to recruit publicity, but in the NFL, you manage it,” Stewart said. “You’re getting it whether you want it or not.” WKU’s athletics budget ranks 12th out of 14 C-USA schools, which Stewart said makes maximizing resources important. Stewart said he feels good about the fact that 12 different sport programs have won conference championships during his tenure. “I have always believed that a rising tide lifts all boats,” Stewart said. “I do not believe that one program’s success comes at the expense of another one so…any time any of our programs succeed it shines a greater spotlight on the entire campus…and elevates everybody.” Stewart said although the team’s performance so far this season reflects who WKU is right now, he does not believe it is an indicator of who they will be in the future. “We all got spoiled from 2014 to 2016,” Stewart said. “I mean that three-year period was probably the best three-year period in the history of our program… when you look at it from a standpoint that we won three straight bowl games at the highest level, we won two conference championships and were ranked in the top 25.” -Drake Kizer, WKU Herald, Read More

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Given 24 hours and the expanses of their expertise and imagination, four Georgia Tech students and a fifth from Georgia State developed software for the Yellow Jackets volleyball team to better monitor its jumping performance. Other teams of students designed computer applications to free Tech’s softball coaching staff from hours of labor, improve fan experience at games and provide instant digital feedback for pole vaulters. The cost for Tech’s athletic department to tap into some of the brightest minds on campus? Primarily, the efforts of an assistant athletic director to bring Tech’s first-ever “Sports Innovation Challenge” to life and, thanks to sponsorship, not a whole lot more. The event, held two weekends ago, was an expression of the vision cast by athletic director Todd Stansbury for Tech to become a center for sports innovation. The competition was staged at the Bill Moore Student Success Center, which abuts Bobby Dodd Stadium and has a view onto the field. The hackathon – an event in which computer programmers and other software developers gather in collaboration for a project, ranging in time from several hours to a few days – brought together 24 teams formed from 130 students. It was created by Doug Allvine, Tech’s assistant AD for innovation. Stansbury created the position for Allvine to help the athletic department collaborate with the estimable research, technology and innovation arms of the institute. In the competition, students could take on different challenges proposed by the athletic department to develop products to improve fan experience through artificial intelligence, analyze social-media use by recruits, present electronic data collected by the volleyball team on players’ jumping, collect and analyze opponent data for the softball team and improve medical response for athlete and spectator injuries at high-school football teams. -Ken Sugiura, AJC, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

The University of Colorado will part ways with football coach Mike MacIntyre effective at the end of this season Denver7 reports citing multiple sources. MacIntyre has spent six years as the head coach at CU, posting a 30-43 record. Sitting at 5-5, the Buffs must win one of their remaining two games against Utah or California to qualify for a bowl game. MacIntyre has three years and roughly $10 million remaining on his contract. And Denver7 was unable to reach athletic director Rick George. -Troy E. Renck and Joseph Peters, Denver7, Read More

November 12, 2018

ECU
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ECU

East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton received a finalized list of proposed trait recommendations from the athletic director search committee Monday as ECU works to find the next leader of its athletics department. Staton said he hopes to have the athletic director position filled by the end of this year’s football season. Staton said he gave the search committee until Monday to submit their final recommendations to him, listing the traits and qualifications they see necessary to become ECU’s next athletic director. Staton said there are other traits he hopes the new athletic director will have including transparency, discipline in how they manage the department and their approach toward academics. He said the committee will be looking to hire someone who is a proven leader based upon previous experience. Dave Hart, special advisor to the chancellor for athletics at ECU, said he was brought on to aid the university and chancellor earlier this year. Hart said he has been working as a “temporary” athletic director, but his contract will end on Dec. 15. The purpose of the Nov. 2 search committee meeting, according to Staton, was to discuss what the 13 representatives, including Staton himself, would like to see for the future of ECU’s athletics and in the future athletic director. Staton said in the meeting he is looking for a director candidate who is a visionary, transformative, inclusive and a decisive leader. -Jennifer Flippin, The East Carolinian, Read More

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
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CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

Creighton men’s soccer head coach Elmar Bolowich announced his resignation today to become the Executive Director of Armada Youth FC in Jacksonville, Fla., and McCormick Endowed Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen announced the promotion of Creighton Athletics Hall of Famer Johnny Torres from assistant coach to head coach to take over the reins of the program. “We’re excited to announce Johnny Torres as Creighton’s next head men’s soccer coach,” Rasmussen said. “When you look at who we’ve had as head coaches, you’re talking about some of the legends of the game in Elmar Bolowich, Bob Warming and Bret Simon. Johnny was National Player of the Year twice and he has done a tremendous job as an assistant coach. He has earned this opportunity.” Torres’ new appointment marks his first head coaching position. – Read More

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Nicholls State University Athletics Director Matt Roan announced Monday that Jay Van Vark has resigned from his position as head volleyball coach. “We will commence a search right away with the goal of bringing the best coach possible to Nicholls to successfully lead our program into the future,” Roan said. The Colonels concluded their season Saturday against Central Arkansas, finishing with a 3-26 overall record, including 1-15 in league play. – volleymob – Learn More

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

Duane Bailey, whose career in athletics administration has spanned the Big East Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference and National Football League, has been selected by Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard to join Louisiana’s senior leadership in the role of Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Financial Officer. Bailey recently previously served for seven years in the same capacity at Seton Hall, aiding the Pirates in their collaboration with the university on financial planning, overseeing departmental external relations, compliance and risk management and working directly as a sport program administration with the school’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs. “We are extremely excited to have Duane, Gale and Ava join the Ragin’ Cajuns Family,” Maggard said. “His experiences will be a great asset to our department, and we look forward to the leadership he will provide.” Bailey oversaw $39 million worth of construction and renovations of Seton Hall’s athletic facilities, as well as negotiated the Pirates’ all-sport apparel agreement. He was also involved in the funding and planning of Seton Hall’s student-athlete life skills programming. – Read More

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Digital streaming of NFL Thursday Night Football more than doubled its total audience for last Thursday’s Steelers-Panthers game compared to 2017’s Week 10 Seahawks-Cardinals offering. Accounting for all digital platforms—Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL properties, Yahoo Sports, and Fox Sports—the average minute audience (AMA) for the Steelers’ 52-21 win over the Panthers was 782,000, an increase of 105 percent over last year (439,000). The NFL has enabled wider reach of its streaming this year and has reaped benefits in all game windows. Yahoo Sports, for instance, has set several records for app usage. A reported 2.2 million viewers worldwide opened a stream on Prime Video or Twitch for either the game or pregame shows last Thursday. The AMA on Amazon-owned platforms was a season-high 540,000. Amazon’s AMA for the 2018 season’s TNF package has been 455,000 through the first seven games, a nearly 47 percent increase over the 2017 AMA of 310,000. (Amazon defines AMA as the viewership that tuned in for at least 30 seconds.) A little more than two-thirds of the overall streaming audience, 69 percent, watched on Amazon platforms last Thursday. – Joe Lemire, sporttechie – Read More

UTEP
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UTEP

UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Monday that volleyball head coach Holly Watts will not return for the 2019 season. Watts finishes her UTEP tenure with a record of 48-127, including a 24-64 mark in Conference USA play. The Miners last posted double-digit victories (14) in her first season as head coach in 2013. UTEP qualified for the Conference USA Tournament twice in her six seasons as head coach, in 2013 and 2016.  The Miners finished 5-21 in 2018 with a 2-12 C-USA record. Watts also played one season for the Texas basketball team (1993-94), averaging 15.4 minutes, 7.5 points, and 5.6 rebounds, with a .593 field goal percentage. Her efforts helped the Longhorns to an SWC title and top-25 ranking. – elpasoheraldpost – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

One day after the firing of University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino and the concern for many Cardinal fans is the financial impact on UofL. The school has paid out some big expenses, while reporting lower donations in recent years. Now, it’s looking at a $14 million buyout for Petrino, who was relieved of his duties on Sunday. Bill Stone, a longtime booster with deep ties to the school, predicts UofL will weather the storm. Stone said fans should consider the $63 million expansion of Cardinal Stadium and other big investments that will pay off over time. Stone sat on the UofL Athletic Association board until July and also served as a trustee. He knows how UofL will be affected by the $14 million buyout.  “Certainly, we’ve gotten some financial hits recently that we had not planned on three years ago,” Stone said. The list of recent expenses is heavy. – Mark Vanderhoff, wlky – Read More

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