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June 12, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee senior associate athletics director Donna Thomas is retiring after working three decades at the school. School officials announced Tuesday that Thomas plans to step down July 15. Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said in a statement that “her experience and knowledge of the national athletics administration issues will be hard to replace.” Thomas has spent 30 years working for Tennessee athletics. Her duties include establishing department policy and procedure, serving as the deputy Title IX officer for athletics, overseeing the track and cross-country programs and managing the Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame. –tucson. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

University of Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens announced today that Mark Wasikowski has been named the head baseball coach for the Ducks. Wasikowski has served as the head coach at Purdue University for the last three seasons (2017-19) and was an assistant coach at Oregon the previous five seasons (2012-16). “We are excited to add a high-energy and experienced coach in Mark to lead our baseball program,” Mullens said. Wasikowski led Purdue to a 39-win season in 2018, leading the Boilermakers to only the third NCAA Regional appearance in school history and only the second since 1982. During his first season at Purdue, Wasikowski led the Boilermakers to 29 wins, a 19-win improvement from the 10-44 campaign the team had the year before his arrival. Read More.

June 11, 2019

UTEP
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UTEP

Game day in the Sun Bowl will be enhanced for the 2019 UTEP football season with the addition of the Party Patio, the newest VIP area in the iconic venue. Located at field level behind the North End Zone, the Party Patio will provide an exclusive and fun-filled experience like never before.  The Party Patio will offer numerous fan amenities including breathtaking views of the field and stadium, food options, and the opportunity to purchase premium game day beverages including draft beers from MillerCoors and Deadbeach Brewery. “We are excited to add the Party Patio to the Sun Bowl environment,” UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.  “Today’s fan is looking for exclusive and unique experiences on game day and this space will provide exactly that, allowing UTEP fans to socialize and enjoy games in a way that they never have before. The Party Patio will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff for each of the Miners’ six home games and close at the end of the game.  – Read More

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Nicholls State University is expected to announce a major renovation and expansion of the athletic facilities in Barker Hall at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. While the total cost of the project has not been officially announced as of yet, previous estimates by the administration were around $11 million and to be paid for between funds given by the state and those generated from donations. The news conference will also include the announcement of a large gift from an as-of-yet unspecified outside donor. The event will take place at the Century Club Room at John L. Guidry Stadium at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Both Nicholls President Dr. Jay Clune and Athletics Director Matt Roan will be in attendance. Nicholls has been at work to renovate and expand Barker Hall for some time now as it drummed up funds and finalized plans over the past few months. The specifics of those plans, however, have been subject to change during the planning phase. – Mike Gegenheimer, dailycomet – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Dan White has announced that Keith Champagne will take on a new role as leader of the Alaska Nanooks intercollegiate athletics program. Champagne, who currently serves as vice chancellor for student affairs, will assume the duties of athletics director, as well as continue to serve as the leader of UAF’s student affairs division. He will take over for Sterling Steward, who stepped down earlier today. “In addition to Vice Chancellor Champagne’s experience in student affairs, he has a solid background in athletics,” White said in a message to the UAF community. “I am confident that under his leadership UAF athletics will grow. I look forward to working with Dr. Champagne to establish a solid foundation and vibrant future for UAF athletics.” Champagne and White will be available to speak with media regarding the change later today, Tuesday, June 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the chancellor’s conference room on the third floor of Signers’ Hall on the Fairbanks campus. – Read More

COLGATE UNIVERSITY
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COLGATE UNIVERSITY

Colgate tennis head coach Bobby Pennington has signed a five-year contract extension, Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Nicki W. Moore announced Tuesday. Pennington just completed his 13th season as the combined head coach of both the Colgate men’s and women’s teams. He stands as the second-winningest coach on the women’s side and third-winningest coach on the men’s side in Colgate tennis history. Pennington this past season coached his 500th combined match. “Coach Pennington has developed a solid foundation for the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Colgate, and I am excited about his aspirations for the future,” Moore said. “Bobby and Jenny are strong community members – both within our department and in the Village of Hamilton – and Mia, Clifford and Parker are regular fans at many of our athletics events. The Raiders under Pennington have posted eight winning seasons on the men’s side with an overall record of 132-124. He also led the Raiders on the women’s side to seven straight Patriot League tournament semifinal appearances from 2007-13. – Read More

ECU
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ECU

Kristina Parrish has been named ECU’s first-ever Director of Sports Nutrition, according to an announcement by Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert Tuesday. “We are excited about the addition of Kristina Parrish as the first full-time nutritionist for East Carolina University Athletics,” Gilbert said. “Kristina brings with her valuable experience at several athletic departments over the past five years and she will be a great collaborator with our athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches and athletic administration as we continue to educate our student-athletes about the importance of healthy eating.” Parrish is tasked with developing a comprehensive wellness education and healthy choices program for Pirate student-athletes in all sports as well as implementing team nutritional plans – including consultation on team meals and fueling strategies. She will also coordinate and manage food production and distribution in terms of developing training table menus, catering and meals during team travel. – Read More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

For Ann Brett Strickland, seeing the Mississippi State Bulldogs succeed is as much a business matter as it is one for cheering for the home team. Strickland is the general manager of Bulldog Sports Properties of Learfield Communications and spoke to the Starkville Rotary Club on Monday about the work the organization does to promote Bulldog athletics. Bulldog Sports Properties works with MSU’s Athletic Department on marketing and broadcasts. While the two are closely intertwined, Strickland said, Bulldog Sports Properties is an independent, for-profit organization.  “We are an external group that markets other companies through Mississippi State athletics and markets Mississippi State into that business community,” Strickland said. Strickland said Mississippi State has a strong brand, which, in a way, makes it easy to market. She said that’s bolstered by the fact that college sports, with nearly 190 million fans nationwide, are the most popular type of sports in the United States. College football, individually, with its 162 million fans, is second only to the NFL and its 185 million fans.  – Alex Holloway, cdispatch – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Georgia announced Tuesday that the university will not sell alcoholic beverages in the general seating areas of athletics venues for the next academic year. “After consideration of the many facets involved with the Southeastern Conference’s revised alcohol policy, the Athletic Association has made the decision to maintain, at this time, the current UGA policy which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages in non-premium seating areas of our athletics facilities,” UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. UGA will allow the sale of alcohol in certain portions of Sanford Stadium that require large financial contributions to the athletic department. – ajc – Read More

 

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA cleared Glenville State’s Phil Bledsoe for his senior season after the Division II college basketball player mistakenly used a new rule permitting only Division I players to declare for the NBA draft and sign with an agent while maintaining college eligibility. He has been “reinstated immediately with no conditions,” NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told The Associated Press on Saturday. That came about a week after the West Virginia school submitted a reinstatement request, starting a process that first requires a school to declare an athlete ineligible in order to ultimately clear him for competition. Compliance coordinator Bill Lilly told the AP then that the request noted he had offered incorrect guidance to Bledsoe amid confusion about the rule adopted in August following a federal corruption investigation into the sport. Both Lilly and Maryland-based agent Jerry Dianis — who had worked with Bledsoe during the draft process — had publicly expressed optimism the NCAA wouldn’t penalize Bledsoe for using a rule perceived by many to apply to any early entrant to the NBA draft. – espn – Read More

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

After unveiling plans for a new ballpark earlier this year, Marshall University is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to help move the project forward.  In February, Marshall released its vision for a new 3,500-seat ballpark that could open in 2021 at the 8-acre the Flint Group Pigments Plant property in Huntington, WV’s Highlawn neighborhood. As part of that announcement, the university revealed that it would begin a fundraising campaign to help pay for the facility, and those efforts continue months later. For Marshall officials–including athletic director Mike Hamrick–the goal is to raise $22 million for the project. In discussing the ongoing efforts, Hamrick noted that while that it is an ambitious endeavor, Marshall has had previous success with facility fundraising campaigns and that he remains focused on opening the proposed ballpark in time for the 2021 season. Marshall is hoping to break ground on the ballpark next spring. Should the plans move forward, it would solve a long-standing athletics facility issue for the university by giving the baseball program its own modern venue. – Zach Spedden, ballparkdigest – Read More

BIG 12
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BIG 12

Amid growing discussion about the transfer portal, waiver process and debates over whether all transfers should gain immediate eligibility at their new schools, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Tuesday he believes all student-athletes who want to transfer should sit out one year, with no exceptions. Bowlsby spoke on a commissioner’s panel with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and ACC commissioner John Swofford at the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention. When the transfer portal topic came up, Bowlsby said he thought it was a “colossal mistake” for the NCAA to set different transfer guidelines for different sports. Football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and men’s ice hockey transfers must sit out one year unless they apply to the NCAA for and are granted a waiver for immediate eligibility. Meanwhile, student-athletes in all other sports are allowed immediate eligibility without penalty, provided they only transfer once. Much of the recent debate about transfers has centered on empowering student-athletes in their decisions to transfer, and that is a big reason the transfer portal was created.  – Andrea Adelson, espn – Read More

THE COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE
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THE COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE

Cathy Cummings Haker, Director of Athletics and Recreation, is retiring after 43 years of service to The College of Saint Rose. Her retirement will be effective July 1, 2019, and Saint Rose has embarked on a national search for her replacement. Haker has been instrumental in developing a flourishing NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics department of 19 programs that consisted solely of men’s and women’s basketball when she arrived in 1976 as the head women’s basketball coach. Most recently, she launched a women’s lacrosse program, with play starting in Spring 2020. “I am so thankful for the tremendous opportunity that The College of Saint Rose offered me as a young professional fresh out of college. Little did I know at the time that I would spend my entire career at Saint Rose, with the ability and the support to grow an athletics program in so many ways,” said Haker. “We are so grateful to Cathy for the way in which she has led the Saint Rose athletics program over these many years,” said Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco. Read More.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Paciolan has entered into a relationship with Temple University Athletics. Paciolan will provide Temple with a cohesive solution that integrates digital ticketing, fundraising, marketing and CRM solutions. Temple’s fans and donors will enjoy a customized mobile ecommerce experience powered by Paciolan. Fans will have the option to purchase mobile tickets, scan upon entry with their phone, manage their accounts directly from their mobile devices and seamlessly transfer or exchange tickets for events they cannot attend. Ticketing and fundraising will be seamlessly integrated into the Temple Athletics website and app, which are powered by SIDEARM Sports. “We are thrilled to offer Paciolan’s industry-leading technology and expertise to elevate our fan experience,” said Dr. Patrick Kraft, Temple’s Director of Athletics. –MarketScreener. Read More.

CAL
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CAL

Former Cal quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers has made a seven-figure gift to the football program at the University of California that will be used to renovate the football locker room and create the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship. “I’m pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football,” Rodgers said. “My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, unforgettable memories. “Aaron Rodgers is one of the most exceptional players in the history of our football program and among the most recognizable names in the world,” Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. The renovation of the Cal football locker room will be performed this summer in time for the 2019 season and, once completed, the space will be renamed the Aaron Rodgers Team Locker Room. The Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship will be awarded each year to a junior college transfer. Read More.

ULM
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ULM

Louisiana-Monroe interim athletic director Scott McDonald insists the “new” Grove will be complete when the Warhawks open the college football season at home against Grambling State on August 31. While construction has yet to begin, preliminary staging for ULM’s new tailgating hub is underway in the Pecan Grove on the east side of Malone Stadium. Bids were received by the athletic department on May 1 with an expected turnaround of no more than 60 days. “A big part of the bid process was the understanding with the contractors that this is a 60-day or less project,” McDonald said. With the opener 80 days away, ULM has 52 business days left, and 63 days counting Saturdays, to complete the project. -Adam Hunsucker, Monroe News Star. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT
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UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT

In a continuing chain of events that has affected three Connecticut colleges, Lou Izzi has replaced Anthony Vitti as director of athletics at University of Bridgeport. Although the school has made no formal announcement, a Bridgeport spokesperson has confirmed that Izzi has become the school’s vice president of enrollment management and athletics as part of an overall leadership restructuring. Izzi, who had been athletic director at New England College, was named the AD at St. Joseph of West Hartford last month before quickly backing out of that job. -Jeff Jacobs, ctpost. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Less than 48 hours after the conclusion of Florida’s 2018-19 athletic season at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the University Athletic Association Board met Monday morning to approve the budget for the upcoming year. The UAA Board of Directors passed an operating budget proposal of $140.9 million for the 2019-20 calendar year, a 3.9 percent increase over the previous year. Gators Athletic Director Scott Stricklin, after months of internal planning to finalize the UAA’s operating budget, is confident the organization is on solid ground in the ever-changing landscape of college athletics. The UAA’s budget process is committed to only budgeted expenses that are covered by revenues and contributions and does not depend on funds from the state of Florida. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

The University of North Carolina will not renew the contract of Harlis Meaders, Head Coach and Director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country, when it expires at the end of June, Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham announced today. “Harlis is a great and caring Tar Heel, and I have even more respect for him today than when I hired him in 2012,” Cunningham said. “However, we have not achieved the level of competitive success in our track and field program that we expect, and it is time to take the program in a new direction.” Cunningham and the department will immediately begin the search for a new coach to lead the program. Read More.

JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

Jacksonville University has agreed to a multi-year partnership naming Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment as the exclusive agent for campus-wide strategic business partnerships, athletic sponsorships and multimedia rights. Van Wagner will work with JU leadership to explore opportunities that drive business relationships benefiting the University, its students and faculty, staff and the broader community. “Van Wagner is one of the most respected names in college marketing and media services with extensive expertise and talent,” Jacksonville University President and Alumnus Tim Cost said. Read More.

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Ball State University Athletics has agreed to a multi-year partnership with The Aspire Sport Marketing Group for outsourced ticket sales and service. The on-campus Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC) will be responsible for the ticket servicing for all Cardinals’ ticketed sports, the identification and engagement of new fans as well as enhancing philanthropic support for the Cardinal Varsity Club. “This partnership with Aspire puts our department in an improved position to enhance customer service, cultivate more fans and, as a result, support our student-athletes. We are thrilled to work the Aspire team to help us fly forward,” said Director of Athletics, Beth Goetz. Read More.

LORAS COLLEGE
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LORAS COLLEGE

Following the hire of Emily Zadny as the new Director of Athletic Communications at Loras College, Dexter Bass Jr. has been retained and promoted to full-time status as the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. “Dex brings a passion to the profession and his dedication to Loras athletics is evident,” said Zadny. Bass Jr. arrived in the Key City in August of 2018 as a paid intern role for the 2018-19 academic year. Under the direction of former Director of Athletic Communications, Jimmy Naprstek, Bass Jr. assisted with the day-to-day coverage of Loras’ 24 athletic programs. In addition to his roles at Loras, Bass Jr. interned with the Des Moines Social Club as a marketing intern, where he designed web and print collateral material for the events, shows, and concerts held at the social club. Read More.

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY
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FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY

A coaching veteran with nearly two decades of collegiate experience, Andrew Baxter has been named the Head Coach of Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse. Baxter had served as Defensive Coordinator at Yale University since 2013 and was elevated to Associate Head Coach following the 2018 campaign. “I am thrilled to welcome Andrew and his family to the Fairfield University community,” said Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann. As Recruiting Coordinator, Baxter was integral in assembling the Yale squad that won the 2018 National Championship and returned to the title game this past spring in addition to claiming two Ivy League Regular Season Championships and four Ivy League Tournament Championships. Read More.

UAB
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UAB

The UAB Department of Athletics has announced a long-term extension with Learfield IMG College, which will serve as the exclusive multimedia rights holder for UAB Athletics. An industry leader, Learfield IMG College has a strong presence in the college athletics landscape, managing multimedia and sponsorship rights for collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas located across the country. “We are excited to continue our strategic relationship with Learfield IMG College,” said UAB Director of Athletics Mark Ingram. Under this relationship, Learfield IMG College will deliver innovative opportunities for corporate brands and Blazer fans to engage with UAB Athletics through digital and broadcast platforms, promotions at athletics contests, signage opportunities, and other advertising assets at home events. Read More.

CAL POLY
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CAL POLY

Cal Poly has formally appealed major NCAA sanctions over financial aid violations involving hundreds of student- athletes. Spokesman Matt Lazier released a statement Monday saying the university is still awaiting further details from the NCAA on the process, including a potential timeline. The university declined to provide further information right now as the NCAA considers the appeal. This comes a month after Cal Poly filed an intent to appeal with the NCAA. Back in April, the NCAA placed Cal Poly on two years of probation. -Ed Zuchelli, keyt. Read More.

ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY
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ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY

Chelsea Rosiek has stepped down from her role as the St. Bonaventure women’s lacrosse head coach, Director of Athletics Tim Kenney announced. “We thank Chelsea for her efforts during her time with us and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” Kenney said. “We will immediately begin a national search for the next leader of our program.” “I would like to thank Tim Kenney and (Deputy Director of Athletics) Barb Questa for the opportunity to coach at Bonas,” Rosiek said. Rosiek had been head coach of the Bonnies for the past four seasons. Read More.

GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia Southwestern State University has hired Aaron Coombs as its new head men’s basketball coach, Director of Athletics Mike Leeder announced Monday afternoon. Coombs comes to GSW from Oklahoma Panhandle State University where he completed his first season at the helm for the Aggies. In his lone season in Goodwell, Coombs guided OPSU to a 16-14 overall record, and the program earned a conference playoff berth for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Coombs took over an OPSU program that was 11-17 in 2017-18 and had just posted double-digit victory totals for the first time since 2002-03. GSW is coming off a 6-22 campaign and Coombs will be challenged with quickly building a roster that graduated seven seniors. “We want to compete for championships,” Leeder said. “In the time I’ve had a chance to visit with Aaron, I think we’ve shared a similar vision in how we were going to go about getting there.” Read More.

June 10, 2019

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Former Auburn and Akron head coach Terry Bowden will be assisting Clemson as an unpaid football intern as he pursues a Master’s degree, athletics department spokesman Ross Taylor told USA TODAY Sports. Bowden, 63, will serve as a graduate intern while paying his own way to pursue a higher degree in athletic leadership. Most recently at Akron, where he was fired last December after a 4-8 season, Bowden is the younger brother of former Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden, who was fired midway through the 2008 season and replaced by current Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. He is also the son of Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden. Bowden did not return USA TODAY Sports’ request for comment. A former running back at West Virginia, Bowden began his coaching as a graduate assistant under his father at Florida State before landing his first head coaching position at Salem College in 1986.  – Paul Myerberg, usatoday – Read More

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

Paciolan, the leading ticketing service provider for college athletics, has announced college sports fans will be able to add contactless tickets to Apple Wallet and enter stadiums with just their iPhone and Apple Watch. The first schools to offer contactless tickets for the fall 2019 football season include Baylor University, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, University of Mississippi, Georgia Tech, and Rutgers University. Students and fans can easily and securely enter stadiums by simply placing their iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader, eliminating the need to search their pockets or worry about misplacing paper tickets. Providing NFC-enabled tickets is the next step in Paciolan’s comprehensive mobile ticketing strategy to help reduce fraud at the gate and assist colleges in better understanding who attends their games.  “iPhone and Apple Watch make going to college sports games easier than ever,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. iPhone and Apple Watch users will receive their purchased tickets via text message and can add them to Apple Wallet with a single touch. – finance.yahoo – Read More

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

President Nellis, today, announced the members of the search committee for the next Director of OHIO Athletics after Jim Schaus announced his resignation earlier this month. Nico Karagosian, Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the Ohio University Foundation, and Jenny Hall-Jones, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students will co-chair this search committee. This committee includes a broad cross-section of our University.  – Read More


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