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February 13, 2019

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
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SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

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

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

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

February 12, 2019

STETSON UNIVERSITY
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STETSON UNIVERSITY

Stetson University seeks Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance. The Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance is a professional position that reports directly to the Associate Athletics Director for Student Services, Academics and Compliance. Duties include certification of initial and continuing eligibility; investigation and reporting of infractions, rules education, and internal auditing of all compliance systems in place (i.e., recruiting and financial aid) and supervision of the Compliance Coordinator.  – Apply Here

QUINCY UNIVERSITY
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QUINCY UNIVERSITY

Quincy University seeks DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS. Quincy University, a NCAA Division II institution and member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, invites applications for the position of Director of Athletic Communications. The position is responsible for promoting/marketing of all athletic programs. Individuals must have working knowledge of statistical and website software as well as strong writing and communication skills.  – Apply Here

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Alabama State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that Kevicia Brown has been elevated to Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services this afternoon. “We are elated to announce that Ms. Brown will serve as the Assistant AD for Academics,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jennifer Lynne Williams said. “Since her arrival on campus she has been a tremendous asset to our student-athletes and department. Ms. Brown is committed to assisting our student-athletes with excelling in their academic endeavors, as well as life after sport.”  Brown previously served as the academic advisor for multiple sports; including baseball, women’s basketball, softball, bowling, golf (men and women), soccer and tennis (men and women). She also assisted with general support to all of the student-athletes at Alabama State as part of the Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS). In her current role she is responsible for the management and oversight of Student-Athlete Support Service’s operations for all student-athletes and providing leadership to academic advisors, support staff, tutors and student workers that support student-athletes in the pursuit for academic excellence, and overall welfare.  – Read More

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Eastern Michigan University’s seventh-inning pitch to avoid having to reinstate its softball program proved a swing and a miss in the eyes of a federal court. A judge ruled Tuesday that Eastern Michigan must hire a softball coach by April 1 for competition next season, and must start competition for women’s tennis next season.  It’s a major victory for two student athletes who sued in June, demanding the university reverse its decision to cut the two sports. “We are so pleased with the court’s order,” said Jill Zwagerman, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs. “It holds EMU accountable for its violations and doesn’t let it sneak out of its obligations to these female student athletes. Judge George Steeh issued his latest ruling less than two weeks after Eastern Michigan athletic director Scott Wetherbee proposed the university add women’s lacrosse instead of bringing back softball, with Wetherbee arguing lacrosse would be cheaper in the long run, and provide athletic opportunities for more women, and thus bring the university closer in line with Title IX standards. – Tony Paul, detroitnews – Read More

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

LeDawn Gibson, the head coach of FAMU’s women’s basketball team, and assistant coach LaTasha Shipman-Ganus will not return to the program to finish the season.  A spokesperson at Florida A&M confirmed to WTXL that head coach LeDawn Gibson has been let go after the team fell to Norfolk State Tuesday. They sent WTXL the following statement: “The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Athletics announced today that women’s basketball coach LeDawn Gibson and assistant coach LaTasha Shipman-Ganus will not return to the program. Assistant coach Kevin Lynum will assume responsibilities as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Gibson had served as the Lady Rattlers head coach for 11 seasons. Shipman-Ganus spent six years with FAMU Athletics.” – wtxl – Read More

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

Idaho State University has concluded its investigation into a student-athlete’s complaint outlining allegations of assault by a coach during an away game. The thorough investigation, launched immediately after receiving the complaint, found the allegations to be unsubstantiated. No disciplinary actions will be taken against the coach related to this matter. “We are committed to the safety and well-being of all our students,” said ISU President Kevin Satterlee. “Idaho State University took these allegations very seriously, and we will always take steps to ensure a thorough and complete investigation informs our actions in these matters. When we identify areas of the University that need to be improved, we will always take that as an opportunity to provide a better environment for our students.” The University immediately launched a full investigation conducted by the Office of Equity and Inclusion. As part of the impartial and comprehensive inquiry, ISU investigators interviewed coaches, student-athletes, and support staff. – Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Lori Baldwin and Becky Bradshaw had a problem. The Ohio State Department of Athletics had noticed growing popularity of esports across the country and the university’s campus communities that were passionate and involved with video games. It was pushing Baldwin and Bradshaw, director and program manager of affinity and strategic relationships, respectively, to figure out a way to bring professional and collegiate esport competitions to campus. They began studying other universities with large esports programs, talking to esports industry leaders and gauging interest from professors and researchers on campus. When their research was done, the duo came back and informed the administration that the esports industry was large and rapidly growing, but they shouldn’t settle for only professional and collegiate competition. This led Ohio State to develop an academic major, create a competitive team and recruit researchers at the university for a first-of-its-kind esports program in October. – Jake Rahe, thelantern – Read More

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Middle Tennessee’s athletic department broke even for the 2017-18 fiscal year which ended on June 30, according to information obtained via an open records request by USA TODAY Network — Tennessee. MTSU’s total operating revenue and total operating expenses matched at $35,353,956, up from $34,040,334 in the 2016-17 fiscal year.  It is the third consecutive year the athletic department has broken even.  Football accounted for the most revenue at $10,532,121, about 30 percent of the total revenue for the athletic department. In the 2016-17 fiscal year, the football program brought in $10,923,170. Men’s basketball accounted for $3,498,941 in total revenue, up from $3,229,362 the previous year. Women’s basketball also saw an increase in revenue at $2,406,268 compared to $2,246,497 in 2016-17.  All other sports generated $8,844,165, and $10,072,461 went toward revenue for non-program specific sports. Ticket sales brought in $1,689,824 in revenue, up slightly from last year. Football ticket sales generated the most at just over $1.1 million with men’s basketball generating the second most at just over $380,000. – Luis Torres, dnj – Read More

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

The global esports industry is predicted to grow to US$1.1 billion in revenue for the first time in 2019, according to a study carried out by the gaming intelligence agency NewZoo. Research from the 2019 Global Esports Market Report anticipates that North America’s esports market will grow to US$409.1 million in revenue over the coming year – almost double the amount expected in China. The report also claims that $US897.2 million of that growth across all esports markets (82 per cent) will be drawn from expanded media rights, advertising, and sponsorship. Together, these sectors are expected to increase to US$1.5 billion by 2022, and will represent 87 per cent of total revenue share from the esports sector. Jurre Pannekeet, a senior marketing analyst for NewZoo, said that many esports leagues are shifting their focus towards monetising their audiences having worked hard to establish a loyal fanbase. “This transition started in 2018, but this year, the industry will take its early learnings and expand upon them. As a result, 2019 will be esports’ first billion-dollar year, and its vigor has attracted brands and companies across every industry. – Steven Impey, sportspromedia – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Waiver season is underway on the transfer market. On Friday, the NCAA approved a waiver which will let star quarterback Justin Fields play immediately for the Ohio State Buckeyes following his decision to transfer from the Georgia Bulldogs in January. With the star quarterback’s future determined, the Miami Hurricanes now hope they will be the latest beneficiary of the NCAA’s newfound apparent leniency. Shortly after Fields announced he would transfer to Ohio State, Tate Martell announced he would be transferring from the Buckeyes to Miami. At baseball media day Tuesday in Coral Gables, Blake James said he expects word on Martell’s waiver “soon,” although the athletic director wouldn’t say how hopeful he is about the quarterback’s appeal for immediate eligibility being granted. “That’s an NCAA decision, so I know we’re in the process of filing the waiver the getting the results back and whatever they decide, obviously we’ll address that situation when we have the decision from them,” James said inside the home dugout at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.  – DAVID WILSON, miamiherald – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

The University of Richmond and the Department of Athletics have announced plans to renovate historic Millhiser Gymnasium as part of the broader project to build the University’s Well-Being Center and the Queally Basketball Practice Facility. Construction on the entire project will begin in earnest this spring with completion slated for the fall of 2020. Historic Millhiser Gymnasium will become the new home for the Spiders’ close to 400-plus student-athletes with its transformation into the Student-Athlete Development Center at Millhiser Gymnasium. “Millhiser Gymnasium has an important place in the history of Richmond Athletics,” Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hardt said. “This project allows us to preserve the history of Millhiser Gymnasium while breathing new life into the facility with its repurposing into the Student-Athlete Development Center.” –spark.adobe. Read More.

LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
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LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY

Long Beach State Athletics has announced that three positions relating to development and revenue generation have been filled, bringing strong revenue generating experience. Camden Stockton has been hired as the new Associate Athletics Director for Development. In that role, Stockton will focus on driving major gifts for capital projects, planned giving and endowments as well as help grow Beach Athletic Fund membership in support of student-athlete scholarships. Joining the Beach as a Development Assistant is Adam Garelik, who comes to Long Beach State from San Jose State, where he worked as a sales consultant as part of the Aspire Group, a company also partnered with Long Beach State. Additionally, Long Beach State has promoted David Kim as Ticket Coordinator from his role as a Development Intern. Kim assisted in the Beach Athletic Fund’s recent Year-End Giving Challenge that raised nearly $300,000 in one month supporting of student-athlete scholarships. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) has named Illinois chief development officer Howard Milton as the 2019 Fundraiser of the Year. The senior associate athletics director for development, Milton helped set record-breaking fundraising numbers for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics over the last two years. “I could not be more excited for Howard to be recognized by NAADD as its National Fundraiser of the Year,” said Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman. “This honor celebrates Howard’s acumen as a fundraiser, which has become well known to Illini donors over his last 10-plus years as a development officer, but it also recognizes his growth as a leader and strategist since assuming the role as our chief development officer in 2016.” Milton will be formally honored at the annual NACDA Convention in Orlando on June 12. Under Milton’s watch, he and his Office of Athletics Development team secured gift commitments of more than $42.4 million in FY18, and they are already at the $26.7 million mark halfway through FY19. Read More.

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour has announced the appointment of Scott Sidwell as Deputy Director of Athletics- External. A dynamic and experienced leader and former collegiate student-athlete, Sidwell comes to Happy Valley having served as Director of Athletics at the University of San Francisco since June, 2011. In his role at Penn State, Sidwell will work closely with Barbour and the entire Leadership Team on the day-to-day operations of Penn State’s highly successful athletic program, with 31 sports and more than 800 student-athletes pursuing comprehensive excellence. Sidwell will oversee all of the department’s external units and functions. “We are elated to have Scott joining our team,” Barbour stated. At USF, Sidwell directed an athletic department with 16 programs that compete in the West Coast Conference (WCC). Read More.

UCONN
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UCONN

UConn’s $41 million athletic department deficit might not be quite as bad as it sounds, say economists who have studied college sports accounting. Economists have often argued that accounting practices, particularly surrounding scholarship “costs,” often exaggerate athletic departments’ expenses while understating revenue, and that sports offer schools an array of benefits that don’t show up in a financial statement. After adjusting for those factors, economist Andy Schwarz said recently, UConn’s athletic department is still likely in the red and still behind most other major sports schools, but its deficit no longer seems so dramatic. When Schwarz says athletics are worth “a little bit of money” to major universities, he means $10-20 million, the amount that an average Division I school pays each year to maintain an athletic department, not the hefty $41 million figure that UConn spends. Still, Schwarz said, UConn’s official financial statement almost certainly overstates its deficit, due in part to accounting practices used in athletic departments across the country. -Alex Putterman, courant. Read More.

INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Indiana State University and Head Football Coach Curt Mallory have agreed to a contract extension that will keep Mallory in Blue and White through the 2023 season. Mallory joined Indiana State from Wyoming in 2017 and has the Sycamore football program headed in the right direction. In 2018, Mallory led the Sycamores to a 7-4 overall record and a third-place finish in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with wins over Quincy, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Youngstown State, South Dakota, Illinois State and Western Illinois. “We are excited about all that Coach Mallory has accomplished in his first two seasons and are looking forward to seeing where he will take our football program next,” Indiana State President Deborah Curtis said. Read More.

CHATTANOOGA
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CHATTANOOGA

The Mocs Club is excited to announce some new changes to their giving structure for 2019 and beyond. In order to ensure we are able to support all 300 student-athletes, all Mocs Club benefits, including parking and hospitality room access will be based entirely off of unrestricted gifts to the Mocs Club. Funding for student-athlete scholarships continues to be Chattanooga Athletics’ most immediate need. Of the 15 athletic programs on campus, only three (Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball) are fully funded. “It was important for us to identify our most critical need in 2019,” stated UTC Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton. “With the cost of educating our student-athletes constantly growing, it is absolutely essential that we continue to grow unrestricted giving.” Read More.

LOURDES UNIVERSITY
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LOURDES UNIVERSITY

Lourdes University athletics director Janet Eaton has announced the hiring of Matt Johnson as the Gray Wolves’ next head men’s soccer coach. No stranger to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, Johnson previously spent nine seasons at Marygrove College, where he compiled a 75-84-8 record overall and a 35-22-6 mark in conference play. “I am excited to have Coach Johnson join our coaching staff here at Lourdes,” Eaton stated. Read More.

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

The Murchie Family Fieldhouse, on UB’s North Campus, is almost complete with the recent installation of the artificial turf. Construction began on the $18 million facility back in the fall of 2017. It’s expected to be done this April. 92,000 sq. ft. building includes two towers so coaches can get an overhead look at what’s happening below. There’s a 100-yard field for the football team to practice on, and soccer athletes to use. There’s a sprint track and long jump pit as well. Dividers will be added, so three different groups will be able to practice at once. Batting cages will also be included. The ceiling is about 65-feet high, so kickers will be able to practice field goals. Punters may hit the rafters once in awhile, but they will practice there as well. No state dollars were used to build the facility. It was paid for by donors and football conference revenue. -Kelsey Anderson, WIVB, Read More

LSU
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LSU

A legislative audit of LSU’s athletic budget for fiscal 2018 showed Hurricane Harvey increased operating expenses, total revenues increased in the Tiger Athletic Foundation and that head coach Ed Orgeron received a $10,000 relocation incentive payment that was not included in his contract. The report was released Monday morning by state Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera. The LSU athletic department spent $137.5 million in fiscal 2018, from July 2017 through June 2018. The expenses were up $5.7 million from 2016-17. The audit report included explanations for expenses that increased more than 10 percent from 2017 to 2018. Hurricane Harvey partly led to LSU spending $2,865,442 more on operating expenses. The hurricane moved the location of the Tigers’ 2017 season-opener against BYU from Houston to New Orleans, and “due to the lack of ticket sales, LSU was obligated to pay $736,450 for the unsold tickets.” In 2017, there was a considerable increase in the money spent on recruiting; TAF spent $851,332 toward athletic recruiting in 2017, which was more than double the $392,421 it spent in 2016. The increase toward recruiting in the TAF budget reflects a similar change in the LSU athletic budget for fiscal 2018, which showed that LSU spent $420,800 more on recruiting expenses than it had in the previous year. -Brooks Kubena, The Advocate, Read More

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M dedicated Davis Diamond, its $28.6-million softball complex, on Saturday, and the Aggie track and field team will have its first home outdoor meet on April 6 with the debut of $39.8-million E.B. Cushing Stadium. A&M made the financial commitment for those facilities so they’d be in the top quartile of the Southeastern Conference, A&M athletic director Scott Woodward. A&M has invested heavily in facilities in the last decade, including $485 million to renovate Kyle Field and $24.3 million to redo Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. And A&M’s not finished. “We’re going to re-invest in redoing our weight room and redo and expand the locker rooms for swimming,” Woodward said. “We’re continuing to invest and do those things.” -Robert Cessna, The Eagle, Read More

February 11, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

University of San Diego seeks Assistant Director/Director for Strategic Communications. The Assistant Director/Director for Strategic Communications assists the Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications with all strategic communication and digital efforts for USD’s seventeen NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic teams. The Assistant Director/ Director for Strategic Communications is assigned to specific sports by the Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications. Assignments include home game coverage and travel to selected away contests, creating and editing digital content, writing assignments, and hiring of game staff for assigned sports.  – Apply Here

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Middle Tennessee State University seeks Coordinator – Athletic Development. Perform a variety of tasks and functions pertaining to daily operations of the Blue Raider Athletic Association (BRAA). Organize, coordinate and perform administrative duties to assist the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development and the sports that the Director supervises to include Men’s and Women’s Tennis as well as the Assistant Athletic Directors of the BRAA in implementing office procedures and programs for the development office. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss picked up its final piece of NCAA punishment, and it has a significant effect on the Rebels’ record book. Ole Miss, because of ineligible player participation, vacates all wins from 2010 (four wins), 2011 (two), 2012 (seven) and 2016 (five). All wins other than the Music City Bowl from 2013 (seven wins) must be vacated, as well as all wins from 2014 except for the Presbyterian game (eight wins). “It’s the last part of this process,” Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork said. “In a way it’s just a piece of paper because you saw those games.” It’s a total of 33 victories over the course of six seasons and a span of seven years. Houston Nutt’s official record goes from 24 wins to 18 wins because of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Hugh Freeze’s official record moves from 39 wins to 12 wins. The Rebels lose the BBVA Compass Bowl win from the 2012 season but keep the 2013 Music City Bowl and Sugar Bowl from the 2015 season. – Chase Parham, olemiss.rivals – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

As his department launches a public relations full-court press in response to the NCAA sanctions against his football, baseball and softball teams, Missouri athletics director Jim Sterk met with local media on Monday for about 40 minutes to discuss the recent penalties and the school’s looming appeals process. Sterk and Andy Humes, MU’s executive associate AD for compliance, pulled back the curtain on how parts of the process have unfolded. A lot of what they discussed was detailed in the NCAA Committee on Infractions report, but this was MU’s chance to share their interpretation and opinions on the ruling. Sterk stressed that Mizzou’s angst isn’t with the NCAA per se – or even the NCAA enforcement staff that MU’s compliance department worked with closely during the past two years. Sterk and Humes indicated that MU and the NCAA enforcement staff worked well together while uncovering evidence for the case. – Dave Matter, hendersonvillestandard – Read More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

An internal report by seven Penn State trustees questions the findings of the 2012 Freeh Report and the methods used to draw its conclusions. The document, officially titled, “Report to the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State University on the Freeh Report’s flawed methodology and conclusions” was completed and presented to the full trustee board in the summer of 2018. The seven trustees who commissioned the report said the full board decided to not make its findings public. In its report, the group of seven former and current trustees concluded Penn State paid for an independent investigation that was not independent, fair or thorough. The trustees’ report said the Freeh report investigators used deeply flawed methodology and the report is full of factual mistakes. Page 18 of the trustees’ report, titled “Use of coercion,” said the Freeh investigators “shouted, were insulting and demanded that interviewees give them specific information — such as — tell me Joe Paterno knew Sandusky was abusing kids.” –  Gary Sinderson, wjactv – Read More

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

For the fourth straight season, every Southeastern Conference spring football game will be live on ESPN networks. In addition to televised action, every game will be available to stream on the ESPN App. SEC Network’s coverage begins with Vanderbilt’s Black and Gold Spring Game on Saturday, March 30 and continues with a full slate of games every weekend through April 20. ESPN2 will feature SEC Champion Alabama on Saturday, April 13, while ESPNU will showcase Arkansas (April 6), Mississippi State (April 13) and Missouri (April 13). Talent assignments and additional spring game details will be announced in the coming weeks. – Amanda Brooks, espnmediazone –  Learn More

LSU
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LSU

LSU is adding a second alcohol-selling venue in Tiger Stadium, after the first one was met with widespread success. The location of the second Chute has not been pinned down yet, but it will operate within the same parameters of the first one, LSU senior associate athletic director Robert Munson told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Munson said capacity, which is approximately 1,250 fans, was met at the first Chute at some point during every game during the season. “The capacity remained the same from the beginning to end,” Munson said. “We thought it was just right. The lines were never long to get in. The lines were never long to get beverages, so it worked out really, really well.” LSU made several tweaks to the first Chute during the season. Some of those changes were as simple as moving tables and chairs, but others were more substantial. LSU added wine midway through the season, as well as a second video wall and mobile charging stations.  – Amie Just, nola – Read More

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