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November 29, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

A photographer for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser said he was assaulted during a University of Hawaii football game, when he alleges Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich charged at him and was shoved to the ground by another school employee. The incident allegedly took place at the end of last week’s game against San Diego State. The Star-Advertiser published a story which said photographer Jamm Aquino was trying to take photos of Rolovich at the end of the game, when Aquino alleges that Rolovich “made contact” with him. The article also states that Aquino alleges an unnamed university employee shoved him to the ground, leaving him with a concussion, a bloody nose, a sore shoulder, and a split lower lip. The article alleges that Aquino fell on his camera, resulting in a damaged lens. – Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, Read More

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The theme of Danny Sprinkle’s introduction in April was reinvigorating MSU’s men’s basketball program, and Associate AD Bethany Cordell appreciated that Sprinkle was cognizant it required more than just an improvement in play.
Cordell recently said MSU already has “significantly higher” season ticket sales this year compared to the end of the season last year.
“He’s really getting out there and building that relationship,” Cordell said. “His energy is contagious, and it is super enthusiastic with the team and it starts from the top down. Having a coach that buys into your marketing ideas and goes out and helps execute them is an absolute game-changer.” In June, MSU hosted an event downtown for boosters and more than 200 people attended, athletic director Leon Costello said. Even with the football season upcoming, the Bobcats were generating a buzz around basketball. – Paul Schwedelson, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Read More

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

When Georgia Southern hosts Georgia State at Paulson Stadium Saturday (6 p.m.) in the regular-season finale, a lot will be on the line for the Eagles. A seventh win would result in salary bonuses amounting to $46,000 for the 12 coaches on the Georgia Southern coaching staff. Head coach Chad Lunsford (base salary of $680,000 in 2019) receives a $9,000 bonus while coordinators Bob DeBesse (offensive; $273,000 base) and Scot Sloan (defensive; $273,000) would earn $5,000 each with a seventh victory. The nine assistant coaches (including strength & conditioning coach Matt Greenhalgh) each receive a bonus of $3,000. – Travis Jaudon, Savannah Now, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA

After a decade of calling Ladd-Peebles home, the new Hancock Whitney stadium will be the Jaguars new hunting ground. Some fans say they’ll feel safer on campus. “Luckily we’ve not seen any violence, we haven’t had a bad experience parking here, it’s not been that bad, but I will feel much safer being there on campus,” said one mom. South Alabama administrators say safety is first and foremost. “As with all stadiums in the country, we are very aware of security starting away from the stadium with traffic in, sweeping checks throughout campus and the stadium proper, as customers enter, what steps are taken there, it’s going to be a very safe place on a very safe campus,” said athletic director Joel Erdmann. – Cassie Fambro, NBC 15, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss coach Matt Luke and athletic director Keith Carter released a joint statement on Friday apologizing for the “disappointing and unacceptable” celebration that caused Thursday’s loss to rival Mississippi State. In the final minute of the game, while it looked like Ole Miss would tie the game and send it to overtime, following a touchdown, wide receiver Elijah Moore proceeded to celebrate in the end zone by mimicking a dog peeing on a fire hydrant. His act drew an excessive celebration penalty, enforced on the extra point attempt, which kicker Luke Logan missed causing the Rebels to lose 21-20. “We want to apologize formally as a program to the Ole Miss family for the disappointing and unacceptable action that occurred at the end of Thursday’s game. Elijah is a fine young man who lost control in the moment. This incident does not reflect in any way the type of student-athletes on our football team or the culture of respect that permeates our locker room,” the statement said. – Jenna West, Sports Illustrated, Read More

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

The scenario that would create the least drama for American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco and the conference would be for either the Bearcats or Tigers to win out over the final two games, giving that team a clear path to the Group of 5’s slot in the Cotton Bowl. But on the very real chance that a two-loss champion emerges from the AAC, it seems unlikely at the current moment that they would beat out a potential one-loss Boise State or Appalachian State for that coveted New Year’s Six bid. Aresco, not surprisingly, finds plenty of fault in that formula and believes he has the requisite evidence to back up his testimony. He spoke with The Athletic Cincinnati about the AAC’s overall success this season, the merits of a possible two-loss champion, the double standard he believes exists against the conference, efforts to improve secondary bowl options and what it takes to retain the league’s best coaching talent. -Justin Williams, The Athletic. Read More.

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Missouri State Athletics Director Kyle Moats said he believes that Dave Steckel will be the man to turn the football program around despite having a 13-42 record in five seasons as the team’s head coach. In a phone interview with the News-Leader on Thursday afternoon, Moats went more in-depth about why he decided to bring Steckel back for a sixth season. “We believe we can get it done,” Moats said. “This is a long term deal and he’s got seven years to get it done and we fully expect that he gets that time to get it done. We believe we can.” -Wyatt D. Wheeler, Springfield News-Leader. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

A lot has happened in Harris’ first three years — including Nook replacing former president Bill Ruud February of 2017, a new on-campus tennis center, a softball hitting facility and a healthy amount of athletic and academic success. However, among all the successes, and real or perceived shortcomings to date, UNI football’s snub of a top-8 seed in the FCS Playoffs last Sunday provoked some of the most pointed and candid remarks from the Panthers AD since arriving in Cedar Falls. “From a South Dakota State standpoint I don’t see them as having played a strong non-conference schedule at all, and I don’t think anybody would say that,” Harris said. “I see us as being clearly the team that should have been a seeded team.” Asked if any philosophical change was on the horizon, Harris was noncommittal, but didn’t spare details when the topic of buy games came up. -Cole Bair, The Gazette. Read More.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

While Thursday’s Egg Bowl should offer Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead and the Bulldogs a chance to silence their doubters, MSU has already come out on top of Ole Miss in the state’s football spending battle. Based on records obtained by The Dispatch, in the past three years, football revenue and expenses at Ole Miss have far outpaced those at Mississippi State despite having a far worse win-loss record. Under Cohen’s watch — which began in 2016 — MSU has seen capital expenditures on improvements to its game day locker room ($3.6 million) and to the existing Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex. Davis Wade Stadium also underwent a $75 million renovation to enhance the north end zone in 2014 when Cohen was still the Bulldogs’ head baseball coach. “I think that we have a blue collar mentality of everybody knows we have to do more with less,” he said. -Ben Portnoy, The Dispatch. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Zero NCAA representatives involved in Mizzou’s denied appeal have answered questions about the decision. Not to the media. Not to Mizzou athletics director Jim Sterk. And when the waves of backlash became too much to ignore, the NCAA countered by releasing a say-nothing quote attributed to no one. “While Missouri’s disappointment is understandable, the rules and infractions processes are developed by NCAA members,” said an NCAA statement released Wednesday. When schools across the country encounter that moment when they are forced to decide how to handle a breach of NCAA rules, two clear paths are supposed to exist. Full cooperation is supposed to be rewarded. Anything other than it is supposed to be hammered. The rejected appeal handled down Tuesday scrambles those paths. –stltoday. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Minutes after South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner doubled down on his public support of head football coach Will Muschamp, discussion on 107.5 The Game’s The Halftime Show turned to resources and support Muschamp has to make changes. “To simplify your question, if our football coach, our basketball coach, our baseball coach feel they need to make a change within their program, certainly within reason I am going to support them,” Tanner said. “He’ll get the support he needs and asks for if he goes in that direction.” -John Del Bianco, 247sports. Read More.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M sold alcohol to fans in general public seating areas for the first time in the 2019 season. Aggies AD Ross Bjork is pleased with the results. The athletic department announced this week that alcohol sales generated $1.3 million in revenue (split between Texas A&M athletics and its concession partner). According to a report by Hope Barnett of KBTX-TV, the athletic department surveyed 2,500 people, with 40 percent saying they purchased alcohol at an Aggies football game in 2019. –Saturday Down South. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Wednesday marked the first full day since Jan. 30 without uncertainty over the outcome. The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee sent notice late Monday night to MU athletics that all previously announced sanctions would be upheld. That fact became public knowledge Tuesday. “There was no logic in today’s decision and result,” MU athletic director Jim Sterk said Tuesday during a news conference at the Sprint Center. The athletic department will not gain a projected $9-10 million in revenue given out by the Southeastern Conference from postseason events such as bowl games, the SEC championship game and the College Football Playoff, should the likely event of a conference team making the four-team national title event occur. MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said the athletic department will make up for lost revenue through a loan from other university resources. -Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune. Read More.

November 27, 2019

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Missouri State University’s AD Kyle Moats issued a statement Wednesday related to the university’s decision to retain head football coach Dave Steckel. “Even though there are a number of areas we agree need immediate improvement, we are in agreement that the prudent course of action is to push forward with our commitment to Stec and this team. Getting our football program turned in the right direction remains a priority for the university, and we expect our commitment to this staff to be rewarded with results on the field.” Steckel was named as Missouri State’s 20th head football coach on Dec. 14, 2014 and remains under contract through the end of 2021. – Ozark Sports, Read More

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

The Cleveland State department of athletics has announced the Viking Fan Frenzy, a new men’s basketball ticket promotion available beginning on Saturday, Nov. 30. Fans can purchase a lower level seat to any upcoming CSU men’s basketball home game for $10. If the Vikings do not win the contest, as long as the fan has scanned their ticket and attended the Wolstein Center, the ticket will roll over to also be available for the Viking’s next home game. When the team secures a victory, fans will be given a chance to buy back in to the promotion with another $10 purchase. – Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Greg Schiano still might return to the negotiating table at Rutgers. Talks could still be reopened, The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy confirmed. A deal is not necessarily dead. School officials also are open to the possibility of reopening talks with Schiano, who reportedly sought an eight-year deal worth $32 million to come back to the Big Ten program he ran from 2001 to 2011 before becoming the head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Everybody’s hope was built up and then (Schiano) was jilted, which really lost the fan base and the big-money donor base,’’ former New Jersey state senator and Scarlet Knights season ticket holder Ray Lesniak said. “The only way to get them back is to bring Schiano back to the negotiating table and get this done. That would be a great thing. Everybody checks their egos at the door. And let’s jumpstart this program.’’ – Peter Botte, New York Post, Read More

USC
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USC

According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Helton is impressing his bosses at USC, and they appear to be leaning toward keeping him for 2020. New athletic director Mike Bohn is said to be pleased with Helton, and university president Carol Folt likes his leadership style. While there are lingering concerns about Helton’s recruiting classes, he is credited with bringing stability to the program. – Grey Papke, Larry Brown Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday he did not arrange for the firing or reassignment of former team medical staff members or interfere with the medical treatment of athletes. “Absolutely not. Our athletic training staff has always reported to the athletic director,” Pruitt said. Former members of the Tennessee’s sports medicine staff told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” in a story that published Tuesday, that Pruitt tried to pressure athletic trainers and interfere with the medical staff’s treatment of injured athletes. The ESPN story did not name those former medical staff members. After spring practice in 2018, UT fired head football athletic trainer John Burnside, who served in that position during Butch Jones’ final season. Additionally, ESPN reported two orthopedic team doctors with Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic were reassigned from the football program to elsewhere within the athletic department. NCAA legislation requires student-athletes to receive independent medical care from team physicians and athletic trainers by giving those medical staff members autonomous authority to make decisions related to the health and safety of athletes, without the influence of coaches or athletic department personnel. – Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel, Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

LSU’s Tiger Athletic Foundation and Texas A&M’s 12th Man Foundation are teaming up for a Thanksgiving Challenge to support student-athletes at both Universities. Support your favorite team by making a gift Nov. 24-30. The 12th Man Foundation funds scholarships, programs and facilities in support of championship athletics at Texas A&M. When you give to Tiger Athletic Foundation, you impact LSU student-athletes by providing the tools needed to succeed in the classroom, on the field and in life. – Read More

SFA
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SFA

The biggest winner in the aftermath of Stephen F. Austin’s shocking upset of No. 1 Duke might be the fundraising effort for the family of, Nathan Bain, the player who hit the winning layup. Since the end of the game, the 2-month-old GoFundMe page set up to help Bain’s family rebuild from Hurricane Dorian damage had raised more than $80,000 as of 6 p.m. ET Wednesday. It’s a massive spike from the roughly $2,000 it had raised before Tuesday night’s stunning result became the talk of college basketball. GoFundMe spokeswoman Aja Shepherd said the Bain family site was the second-most popular campaign Wednesday — surpassed only by one for victims of an earthquake in Albania. – Associated Press, ESPN, Read More

DUKE UNIVERSITY
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DUKE UNIVERSITY

Duke lost a home basketball game last night to Stephen F. Austin, which was Duke’s first home loss to a mid-major since 1983, almost 13,500 days ago. Fans on social media are not taking the loss well, and because of that, Duke basketball’s official Instagram account turned off the ability to comment on its posts. – Drew Franklin, Kentucky Sports Radio, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina AD Ray Tanner laid out one simple goal for his football coach: build a team that can contend and challenge for SEC East titles, SEC titles and all else that comes with it, and he still strongly feels Will Muschamp is the man to get that done. “I believe strongly that our fan base and our biggest supporters are going to be very happy, at some point, it’s not today, because nobody wants to have four wins as we sit here,” Tanner said on 107.5 FM. “But I believe strongly in what we’re doing. And he is our football coach, and I expect him to be our football coach for a long, long time.” The term Tanner came back to several times was “investment,” treating football as a long-term process. “We’re certainly not happy with where we are today record-wise,” Tanner said. “Coach Muschamp or anybody else affiliated with football, but I personally believe in the investment that is being made.” – Ben Breiner, Myrtle Beach Online, Read More

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Marshall men’s soccer coach Chris Grassie has been served an eight-match suspension while junior midfielder Pedro Dolabella will serve the longer of a four-game suspension or the rest of the 2019 season. The suspensions stem from the final match of the 2018 season when Dolabella received a pair of yellow cards, which is an automatic red and ejection, in a 2-1 loss to Kentucky in the Conference USA Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to the release on the matter, the referee from that match did not follow an NCAA-mandated rule and never entered the card into the NCAA’s red card depository. As a result, ejection reports were never sent to the coach, conference office nor Marshall University athletic administration. Per NCAA rules, Dolabella was required to sit out one match this season as a penalty for the red card. Dolabella appeared in the Thundering Herd’s first 20 matches this season — the entire regular season schedule and the Conference USA tournament. – Grant Taylor, The Herald-Dispatch, Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Gene Smith stepped down from the College Football Playoff committee in February to help with Ryan Day’s transition as a first-time head coach. But that wasn’t the only reason why. The Ohio State athletic director disagreed with a two-loss Georgia team being ranked over one-loss Big Ten Champion Ohio State this past season, he told The Lantern in an exclusive sit down Wednesday. “I stepped down to be here for more of Ryan Day, to support him, but I was also concerned about how the committee was applying the criteria,” Smith said. “We could debate whether we should have been four-, five- relative to Oklahoma, but I just felt that the application of the criteria relative to Georgia and us last year was troublesome for me.” –The Lantern. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

The NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement upheld the conditions of James Wiseman’s reinstatement, the NCAA and University of Memphis announced Wednesday. Wiseman remains eligible to play on Jan. 12 against South Florida. Per terms of the NCAA’s original decision on Nov. 20, he also will have to donate $11,500 to a charity of his choice. In a statement, University of Memphis athletics expressed disappointment over the decision but looked forward to continuing a promising season. Wiseman also responded with an optimistic statement on Twitter. –Memphis Commercial Appeal. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The Wooden Legacy will be reduced to four teams and played over two days during Thanksgiving week in 2020. Next year’s event will feature Georgetown, Kansas, UCLA and Virginia in games at Anaheim Convention Center. Owned by ESPN Events, the event named for late Hall of Fame coach John Wooden has a new title sponsor in Paycom Software Inc. this year. The 2019 edition beginning Thursday features No. 14 Arizona, Charleston, Long Beach State, Penn, Pepperdine, Providence, UCF and Wake Forest. –ESPN. Read More.

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Ball State athletic director Beth Goetz told the Star Press on Tuesday former Cardinals quarterback Mike Neu, in the midst of his fourth season as BSU’s head coach, will receive an extension after the season. “It’s clear that under Mike Neu’s leadership we are headed in the right direction,” Goetz said. Neu, who has one year left on his contract after this current year he’s in, is 14-33 overall as the head coach at Ball State and 4-7 this year. He has yet to see a season end with at least five wins, although that could change Friday in the regular season finale at Scheumann Stadium against Miami (Ohio). -Jordan Guskey, Muncie Star Press. Read More.

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
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JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

Johns Hopkins University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jennifer Baker announced several staff promotions and one addition within the department’s development team, Blue Jays Unlimited, today. Grant Kelly, a 13-year veteran of Johns Hopkins Athletics, was recently named Senior Director of Development, Homewood Programs. Meredith Rosenblatt, who has served Hopkins Athletics for seven years, will assume the role of Director of Development and oversee the day-to-day operations of Blue Jays Unlimited. Additionally, Stephanie Littleton has been promoted to Associate Director of Development.In addition to the promotions, Blue Jays Unlimited has also added Annie Koogle to its staff as the Assistant Director of Events & Stewardship. Finally, Ryan Barrett who served BJU for the last year, was recently named Assistant Director of Development for the University of Pennsylvania. Read More.

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Cleveland State University Director of Athletics Scott Garrett has been appointed a member of the Board of Trustees for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “We’re excited to have Scott Garrett join our Board of Trustees,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is one of the most distinguished sports commissions in the country, effectively leveraging sporting events and activities to further economic development in Northeast Ohio. Since 2000, the GCSC is responsible for attracting nearly 200 sporting events, which provide more than $806 million in economic activity, to Northeast Ohio. Read More.

November 26, 2019

TEXAS WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY

Sandee Mott, senior athletic director at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will be the next athletic director at Texas Woman’s University. Mott, who has spent the last 26 years in intercollegiate athletics, will start in the position Jan. 2. Chalese Connors, the current athletics director, is moving to lead TWU’s new Pioneer MoneyWise Center, where she will build a new center to help students with financial literacy. – Denton Record-Chronicle, Read More


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