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November 26, 2019

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot averaged 2,125,000 viewers for the entirety of its three-hour show (9 a.m. – noon ET) from The Ohio State University on November 23. It has averaged more than two million viewers for three consecutive weeks, the first time the feat has been accomplished since expanding to three hours in 2013. College GameDay was Saturday’s most-watched pregame show in a multitude of ways, including achieving a 52% higher audience for its three-hour show compared to the broadcast network’s two-hour show. – Derek Volner, ESPN, Read More

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

A sudden change to the Conference USA tiebreaker procedure this week is throwing a nasty curveball to Southern Miss. Southern Miss, UAB and Louisiana Tech are all tied for the top spot in the Conference USA West Division. With none of the teams facing each other in the final week of the season, the possibility of a three-way tie is in play. On Sunday, Conference USA announced the eighth tiebreaker would award the division crown and a spot in the conference championship game to Southern Miss on the merit of the Golden Eagles not having played in the conference title game in the longest stretch of time compared to UAB and Louisiana Tech. However, as reported by The Sun Herald, that specific tiebreaker has been rewritten just this week. Now, instead of awarding the division’s top spot to the team with the longest championship game drought, an average of multiple computer rankings will be used to determine a winner. Louisiana Tech would stand to have the most favorable position if it comes down to computer rankings. – Kevin McGuire, NBC Sports, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

Details about the financial agreement to end Bob Davie’s tenure as the University of New Mexico’s head football coach were not revealed during a Tuesday press conference with athletic director Eddie Nunez. “In regards to the terms of what was decided, or mutually agreed upon, right now those are still being handled and finalized between legal,” Nunez said. “Nothing becomes final until the board [of Regents] approves it. At this point, I speak specifically about all the details and everything.” Davie is under contract with UNM through the 2021 season with a base salary of approximately $422,000, a figure that is doubled with an extensive built-in incentives package. The Board of Regents are not scheduled to meet again until early December. – Will Webber, Santa Fe New Mexican, Read More

INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

When fans show up at Indiana State University’s Hulman Center on Saturday for the men’s basketball home opener, they will see a renovation project that is on time and on budget halfway through construction. University officials planned the two-year, $50-million project to allow commencement and men’s and women’s basketball games to continue at the Hulman Center during construction. A new lighting system is complete, creating a much brighter court, and a lot of the work on the facade is finished, showing the building’s updated look. “When completed, the Hulman Center will be a point of pride for the Indiana State University community as well as our men’s and women’s basketball programs,” ISU Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales said. “We ask that you be patient over the course of this season as construction continues on what promises to be a first-class facility when completed.” – Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The idea that the NCAA or ESPN nixed a potential title sponsorship by Barstool of the Mobile, Alabama bowl game is not true, the president of the bowl told AL.com on Tuesday. The Sports Business Journal reported, per sources, discussions between Barstool and the Mobile-based bowl “advanced enough that they agreed to terms before the deal fell apart because of pressure the bowl felt from both the NCAA and ESPN.” The LendingTree Bowl President Jerry Silverstein said there was never any contact with Barstool representatives. A proposal was submitted through a third party. Dave Portnoy, president of Barstool, took to Twitter to say ESPN “killed” the negotiations because “they are scared of us.” As far as ESPN goes, there is contractual language in bowl agreements with the network. There are certain parameters that each bowl must fall within. A competitor entity, like Barstool, is covered in those contractual terms. In short, a bowl couldn’t sell the naming rights to a competitor of ESPN. It is why there isn’t, for instance, a Fox Sports 1 Bowl. – Mark Heim, Al.com, Read More

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY
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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY

Niagara University has hired Eric Bugby as head coach for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. His arrival follows the resignation last month of Ben Nigro after a Niagara women’s swimmer and two of her former teammates sued the university, charging they and others were sexually harassed by members of the men’s swimming team, with the knowledge of their coach. Bugby comes to Niagara after serving as the associate head coach for men’s and women’s swimming and diving at Lehigh University. – The Buffalo News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

With Missouri losing its appeal of the sanctions levied against it by the NCAA, there are numbers to be examined to understand the impact of the decision. As part of its appeal, the school hired attorneys to help its case. According to numbers obtained via a Sunshine request, the university had spent approximately $595,626.60 on outside counsel as of Oct. 4th. Missouri also spent approximately $4,000 on “Make it Right,” an advertising campaign designed to draw attention to the harsh sanctions, which MU Athletics repeatedly called unfair. With the sanctions being upheld, Missouri will forfeit its conference share of bowl revenue, as per a Southeastern Conference rule. -Liam Quinn, Missourian. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The University of Maryland Athletics Department has officially announced the hiring of Jason Yellin as its Associate Athletics Director / Strategic Communications Officer. Yellin, who previously worked at Maryland from 1998-2004, returns with a wealth of experience in sports media, strategic communications, branding and revenue generation at multiple Division I institutions and conference offices. In his new role at Maryland, Yellin will oversee the media relations department and be responsible for the development and execution of communication strategies that promote all 20 varsity sports programs. Yellin comes from the Big Ten Conference office in Chicago, where he spent the last four years as the Assistant Commissioner for Communications. Read More.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Charleston Southern University Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced today that Head Baseball Coach Adam Ward will be stepping down from the program on December 31. Barber also announced that Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator George Schaefer will be elevated to interim head coach for the 2020 baseball season. Ward was named the head coach of the Buccaneers back in 2017 after serving as the pitching coach during his first four seasons at CSU. A national search for a new head coach will commence in the spring. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Billboard strategy aimed at turning big-city heads. The sign proudly boasts: “This is our city. Fightingillini.com.” This is a billboard near the St. Louis airport, featuring a dozen football recruits from the Gateway City who are now playing for the Illini. It’s part of a campaign launched in 2016 by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics to “better brand ourselves” in St. Louis and Chicago, said Cassie Arner, associate athletic director who oversees marketing. Athletic Director Josh Whitman and Senior Associate AD Marty Kaufmann wanted to have a bigger presence in both cities, Arner said. Athletics has rented four billboards in St. Louis and seven in Chicago this fall, from August through December. The cost for the five-month ad buy was about $100,000, Arner said. -Julie Wurth, The News-Gazette. Read More.

ULM
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ULM

Jessica Giuggioli has been named ULM’s head tennis coach, as announced by Director of Athletics Scott McDonald on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The native of Italy has spent the last three-plus seasons as the head women’s tennis coach at Radford University. Giuggioli’s hiring is pending approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. “We are extremely excited to have Jessica join our team here at ULM,” McDonald said. Giuggioli comes to ULM after spending three-plus seasons at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Giuggioli earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Missouri in 2010, and completed a Master’s degree in professional communication/public relations at East Tennessee State in 2013. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Missouri has received its final answer from the NCAA appeals committee — and it’s the same as the previous answer. PowerMizzou has confirmed with multiple sources that the initial ruling by the Committee on Infractions was upheld. Those sources told PowerMizzou.com that all sanctions have been upheld by the appeals committed. On January 31, the NCAA released its initial sanctions against Missouri in the case resulting from the improper actions of a tutor, known to be Yolanda Kumar, who completed coursework for 12 student-athletes. Those sanctions included, most notably, a one-year postseason ban for the football, baseball and softball teams. The department filed its appeal in March and went before the appeals committee in mid-July. The penalties were stayed while the appeal was being decided, and both the softball and baseball teams participated in the 2019 postseason. With the ruling today, those schools will be ineligible for the 2020 postseason. -Gabe DeArmond & Mitchell Forde, Power Mizzou, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Three years ago, the NCAA and sports medicine leaders worked to establish new rules that would limit the influence coaches have on the hiring, firing and supervision of sports medicine personnel. Violate the rules and schools risk being cited for NCAA violations. But medical independence concerns remain, according to an Outside the Lines investigation. The rules require sports medicine staff — team physicians and athletic trainers — to have “unchallengeable authority” over the medical treatment and return-to-play decisions for injured athletes. The new rules draw a line when it comes to medical staff, insisting that the employment, supervision and decision-making of team physicians and athletic trainers be made independent of coaches. “The coach must be completely de-coupled from medical decision-making,” an NCAA briefing document states, “and primary athletics health care providers must be in an environment in which making such decisions are free of any threat from coaches.” -Paula Lavigne, ESPN. Read More.

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

The contentious ESPN-Barstool Sports relationship has taken yet another turn. Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that the enormously popular website was in talks to sponsor the bowl game that takes place in Mobile, Ala. “We had looked at several naming conventions,” Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini told SI.com this morning. However, the deal ended up getting nixed, according to SBJ, because the bowl felt pressure from the NCAA and ESPN, which will air the game. Nardini claimed to SI.com that the NCAA was on board and it was ESPN alone who nixed the deal. The SBJ report said the NCAA was pressured to not partner up with Barstool. “That was not our understanding,” Nardini told SI.com. “Our understanding was that the NCAA was fine with it, that this was good to go.” -Jimmy Traina, si. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

University of Northern Iowa Athletics Director David Harris has signed an extension to his contract with the university, committing to more than five additional years with the Panthers. Harris, who was officially named director of intercollegiate athletics in February 2016, will continue to lead the division through June 2025. “I am very grateful to President Nook for providing me the opportunity to continue leading the UNI Athletics Department,” Harris said. Earlier this year, Harris was appointed to the NCAA Division I Council, a 40-member council responsible for the decision making of the division. Read More.

MIAMI UNIVERSITY
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MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Miami University announced that Jon Schemmel has been promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Director of Development. Schemmel has served as Senior Director of Development and Associate Athletics Director for the past two years for the RedHawks. Since arriving in Oxford, Schemmel served as a co-manager for the Graduating Champions Campaign, an $82 million initiative that exceeded its original $80 million goal and successfully closed this past spring. This past year, Schemmel oversaw an all-time high of $9.446 million in total annual cash raised. As part of that, Miami Athletics saw the Red & White Club surpass the $1 million mark for the first time ever. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

NT Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker announced Tuesday Mean Green Athletics has received a gift of $1 million from Jim and Linda McNatt, to support various departmental and capital improvement initiatives. The money will be used to assist in the renovation and remodel of the Mean Green Village facility, which houses the offices, locker rooms and meeting space for several UNT programs. Funds will also be allocated for improvements to the softball facility, basketball facility, and architectural design of future facility expansions. Additionally, resources have been earmarked for recruiting enhancements and coaching retention initiatives. This is the fifth seven-figure commitment North Texas Athletics has received since Baker took over in the fall of 2016. Read More.

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

A Kennesaw State University student has reached a settlement with several defendants she accused of violating her civil rights after she and other cheerleaders kneeled during a football game to protest police misconduct and other issues. The student, Tommia Dean, settled the case last week with four of the five defendants: former university president Sam Olens, former state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, deputy athletics director Matt Griffin and senior associate athletics director Scott Whitlock. Dean’s case against Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, who didn’t choose to enter settlement discussions, will go to the U.S. Court of Appeals, said Randy Mayer, an attorney for Dean. Mayer declined to discuss the details of the settlement in a telephone interview Monday, but said “it was an amicable resolution all the way around.” -Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read More.

UTRGV
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UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Tuesday that Vaquero Village, a new pregame fan experience at UTRGV basketball games, will launch on Dec. 3 in conjunction with the men’s basketball game against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Fieldhouse. Fans will be able to access Vaquero Village, located in the fieldhouse courtyard, beginning at 5:30 p.m., when there will be a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of renovations to the fieldhouse. Read More.

November 25, 2019

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

In a letter to fans, Northern Illinois AD Sean T. Frazier discussed fundraising among other things. During the third Huskies Invest: A Week of Giving earlier this month, the department raised $303,472 to support a wide variety of efforts including Cost of Attendance, unrestricted and sport-specific initiatives. The department also signed a seven-year contract with adidas which will run through 2026, with an option for a three-year extension. – Read More

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

At the end of the 2013-15 Sports Illustrated “Dirty Games” football situation, Oklahoma State got a favorable outcome in part because of Chuck Smrt, president of the Leawood, Kansas-based Compliance Group and a former NCAA director of enforcement. Again, Smrt has been secured by OSU as a consultant. Resulting from the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, OSU last week received a notice of allegation from the NCAA for a potential Level I violation. Former Cowboy assistant Lamont Evans was accused of knowingly soliciting and receiving benefits to arrange meetings between players and financial advisers in 2016-17. – Bill Haisten, Tulsa World, Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Canisius College athletic director Bill Maher said he wants the KeyBank Center to host college basketball. Maher also said discussions about the future of college basketball at KeyBank Center have already started between the Big 4’s athletic directors and Pegula Sports and Entertainment. “We want to try and find a way for it to work, for everybody to do it in 2020,” Maher said. More than 3,800 people attended the doubleheader on Saturday at KeyBank Center.Pegula Sports and Entertainment said in a statement to The News that it is open to continuing to host local college basketball games at KeyBank Center. Maher didn’t project what the long-term future of Big 4 basketball at KeyBank Center will be, but said Canisius is committed to continuing to build a basketball event at the downtown venue. – Rachel Lenzi, The Buffalo News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

Eddie Nuñez, UNM Director of Athletics, and Bob Davie, head football coach, have mutually agreed to part ways at the conclusion of the 2019 football season. “After meeting with Coach Davie this morning, we both agree that the time has come for a new direction for our football program,” said Nuñez. “In stepping aside, I’m proud of what we accomplished at UNM, but we are all disappointed that we have not been able to sustain the success that we achieved and all desire” said Davie. Counting his five seasons as the head coach at Notre Dame, Saturday’s season finale will conclude his 13th season as a head football coach, and counting his 10 years at ESPN, it will conclude his 43rd season in college football as a coach or a broadcaster. – Read More

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

Mike Schultz will not return as Lamar University head football coach announced LU Director of Athletics Marco Born Monday afternoon. Schultz posted a 13-22 (.375) mark during his three seasons on campus. A national search has begun for Schultz’s replacement. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

In response to nine confirmed mumps cases on campus, Razorback Athletics officials will provide an additional dose of MMR vaccine to student athletes, coaches and staff, according to a press release from Razorback Athletics on Monday. Kevin Trainor, chief public relations officer for AD Hunter Yurachek, said that the MMR boosters were encouraged but not required. Trainor would not confirm or deny if any members of Razorback Athletics have been diagnosed with mumps. Razorback officials did notify LSU officials that there had been cases of mumps on campus following the football game against LSU on Nov. 23. The Arkansas Department of Health released a public health directive Nov. 22 confirming the cases, leading UA officials to advise unvaccinated students against attending classes or activities for 26 days. – Grant Lancaster and Kate Duby, The Arkansas Traveller, Read More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Boston College men’s soccer coach Ed Kelly has retired after 32 years. Kelly was the winningest coach in BC history, with a record of 289-239-67. He also spent time at Seton Hall and was one of 15 active coaches with more than 325 career victories. BC’s season ended Sunday evening. – The Associated Press, The Seattle Times, Read More

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Mark Elder will not return as Eastern Kentucky University’s head football coach, Interim Director of Athletics Mark Sandy announced on Monday. Elder’s contract will expire in December. “On behalf of the university and athletics department, I want to thank Mark for his hard work, diligent effort and contributions to EKU football,” Sandy said. “We all wish Mark and his family nothing but the best.” A search for Eastern Kentucky’s next head football coach will begin immediately. – Read More

SEC
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SEC

The Southeastern Conference encourages fans to use the SEC Ticket Exchange, the only authorized fan-to-fan ticket marketplace for the SEC Football Championship Game, when purchasing or selling tickets on the secondary ticket market for the SEC title showdown between Georgia and LSU to be played December 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The ticket exchange can be found at www.secticketoffice.com. Tickets for the SEC Championship Game between Georgia and LSU are sold out, prompting many fans to seek tickets through the secondary market. The SEC encourages fans to use its SEC Ticket Exchange when buying or selling tickets on the secondary market because it is the only site that guarantees a verified ticket from TicketMaster. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

University of Michigan is seeking a director of compliance for eligibility. The Director/Assistant Director of Compliance for Eligibility will support several areas related to eligibility and recruiting and will have primary responsibility for managing the continuing, transfer and initial eligibility process, including keeping coaches, admissions, academic support and related staff informed as to the academic status of current and incoming student-athletes. –NCAA. Apply Here.

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell University is seeking an assistant athletic director, operations and events. The Assistant Athletic Director, Operations & Events serves as the department’s facility scheduler and a game day events manager. This position works as part of an events and operations team under the direct supervision of the Associate Athletic Director, Operations and Events. The Assistant Athletic Director works closely with internal University offices, as well as the coaching staff, student-athletes, outside groups, and spectators. –NCAA. Apply Here.


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