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June 10, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

As part of its continuous enhancements to fan experience at its venues, Arizona Athletics is creating a new premium seating area for home football games. The Skybox Club at Arizona Stadium, located on the third floor of the west side of the facility, sits along midfield. The new, first-class experience will be featured in a modern and reimagined space that will open for the 2019 Arizona Football season. “We are continuing the important work of creating the best experience possible for our great fans when they visit our athletic facilities,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. “We’ve made numerous improvements over the past two years based on valuable feedback from our fans, and the Skybox Club is our newest enhancement for gamedays. This premium space is a new and dynamic option for fans to enjoy and experience Arizona Football on Saturdays.” The Skybox Club includes access to an exclusive pregame buffet and upgraded beverage service with beer and wine available to purchase.  – Read More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

The hottest topic around college football this offseason might be beer and alcohol sales at football games in the fall. A lot of that interest stems from the recent decision by the SEC to open the taps for general seating areas at venues around the conference but it’s an increasing trend across the sport at all levels. While it seems like just about every program is jumping on the bandwagon, that’s not exactly the case at Kansas State where AD Gene Taylor told the school website that sales in the Little Apple won’t be happening soon. “There is nothing imminent in the next year or two but it is certainly something we will monitor,” said Taylor. “Oklahoma State just added it in football. I think there are four or five schools in the Big 12 that are doing it in football. KSU’s stance is notable for the contrast it is with league peers. Not only did the Cowboys add beer/wine sales to general seating areas in Stillwater, but Texas Tech is considering doing the same and Oklahoma approved sales for the fall as well. – Bryan Fischer, collegefootballtalk.nbcsports – Read More

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
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HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY

The following is a press release from Humboldt State University: The search for a new Athletics Director has concluded without the position being filled, and the process will be re-launched in the future. The decision follows a months-long national search. Recommendations from the committee were reviewed in consultation with Incoming HSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., and a determination was made to end the current search. Athletics will continue to be led by Duncan Robins until a new Interim Director of Athletics is named. It is anticipated an appointment of a new interim will be made by the end of June. Vice President for Administration and Finance Doug Dawes, who chaired the search committee, thanked the committee of campus and community representatives for their diligent work. He also thanked all those who gave their time to attend the open forums and share their perspectives on the candidates.  – Learn More

TROY UNIVERSITY
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TROY UNIVERSITY

Troy Athletics will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Stadium Club at Veterans Memorial Stadium to announce Troy’s new Athletics Director. The press conference is open to the public and will be streamed live on Facebook (TroyAthletics) for those unable to be in attendance. – Learn More

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY
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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY

Niagara University is seeking an associate AD of compliance and facilities/SW Administrator. This position has direct oversight of several of the sport programs and employees, as well as summer camps, equipment room, and executing several contracts. Required qualification include a bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of three years of work experience in collegiate athletics with a minimum of one year of experience in athletics administration preferred. –NCAA. Apply Here.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra expects that will be the case with the U of L athletic association’s latest expenditure – to restore 37,800 lower-bowl seats in Cardinal Stadium to their original red color. The seats have faded badly and suffered other damage since the stadium’s original construction 21 years ago. The resulting pink seats in the stadium’s lower bowl have been one of the biggest items of complaint Tyra has fielded in his short time in the AD chair. “That’s probably No. 1 in terms of projects and improvements,” Tyra said. “And when we didn’t include it in the stadium expansion project, that just excited the issue even further. But we found a way to resolve the issue. Pink seats are probably the biggest thing I hear about, and today we got approval to move forward.” The seats won’t be replaced. The cost for that would run more than $6 million. Instead, U of L approached a company that restores destroyer guns and other equipment for the U.S. Navy, asking about using a similar process on the plastic seats. It involves pressure washing the seat, sanding it, then essentially using a blow torch to open up pores in the plastic before adding a protective UV coating to slow down fading in the future. -Eric Crawford, WDRB. Read More.

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

Seton Hall’s athletics department was a mess when Pat Lyons took over in 2011. Now the Pirates are enjoying a renaissance, and the university is rewarding him for it. Lyons is being promoted to executive vice president & chief of staff, the No. 2 administrator behind incoming president Joseph Nyre, whose tenure begins Aug. 1. Nyre announced the appointment Monday. This is a new post being created for Lyons and will include oversight of the athletics department. He will lead the search for his successor as AD. The move, which goes into effect July 1, means Seton Hall will be hiring an athletics director who reports to Lyon. -Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press. Read More.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Appalachian State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin has announced that Jon Mitchell has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being. Mitchell will oversee student-athlete health and well-being units, which include athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, sports psychology and App State’s strategic partnership with AppOrtho. He will also serve on the athletics department’s executive team. Since Mitchell joined the App State staff in 2014, he has worked as the athletic trainer for men’s basketball for four seasons, while overseeing the athletic training department. He was named Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being during the 2017-18 school year. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

In an effort to rebuild and reinvest in its sports facilities, officials at the University of Delaware (UD) are overseeing a stadium renovation and preparing for construction of a new athletic center. The projects are part of a $60 million initiative for athletics, one of the priorities of Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware. “Our greatest focus in the department of athletics is to provide an experience for our student-athletes that prepares them for success in their future,” said UD spokesman Scott Day. Day said the project has been in the making for quite some time. “We had a groundbreaking ceremony in December, with about 300 to 400 people in attendance, including campus partners, supporters, student-athletes, staff and many folks who bleed blue and gold. It was a game-changing moment for Delaware athletics.” Day said it’s especially rewarding to see work actually taking place on campus. –constructionequipmentguide. Read More.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Work is underway to update the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex locker room, which has served as the daily student-athlete home for Mississippi State football since January 2013. “We are excited about this project and how it will benefit our student-athletes who utilize this space year-round,” said Mississippi State Director of Athletics John Cohen. A total of 121 new, state-of-the-art player lockers are being constructed featuring custom graphics, illuminated nameplates, enhanced seating, LED lighting, electrical outlets and charging ports. The modernization of the locker room space also includes new carpet, custom wall graphics, fresh paint and LED lighting on the ceilings. In addition, the player’s lounge is receiving an upgrade with new paint, carpet and lighting as well as a new barber shop area. The project will be completed this summer. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

It’s been just over a year since the University of Utah hired Mark Harlan as the athletics director. On June 1, 2018, Harlan was hired to replace longtime athletic director Chris Hill after an expansive nationwide search. Harlan’s first year had historic moments, such as the university’s announcement to significantly expand and renovate Rice-Eccles Stadium, but also featured some difficult times like the murder of track and field student-athlete Lauren McCluskey. On the air, Harlan said he was proud of the success that the Utes had experienced across all 20 sports, but acknowledged that there is still work to be done. The important thing is that the foundation is in place to take things even further. “We got our work cut out for us,” said Harlan. “But here’s the thing, the facilities here, the people we have here, the funding we have here, the donor support, etcetera, there’s not excuses that I see.” -Austin Facer, KSL Sports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA

When University of South Alabama Jaguars fans enter their new, on-campus home for football in September 2020, they will be welcomed by new LED video displays, ribbon boards and custom audio system designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota. The new main end zone display will provide nearly 3,500 square feet of viewing space at the new venue in Mobile, Alabama. ‘We are truly excited about our new on-campus stadium of which a significant aspect will be the video and audio components provided by Daktronics,’ said University of South Alabama Director of Athletics Joel Erdmann. The main end zone display will measure approximately 37 feet high by 100 feet wide. It will feature a 15HD pixel layout to bring excellent image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility to every seat in the stadium. A custom outdoor sound system will also be installed above the video screen and camera platform to provide clear and intelligible speech and a booming audio experience for fans. –MarketScreener. Read More.

FLAGLER COLLEGE
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FLAGLER COLLEGE

Flagler College Director of Athletics Jud Damon has announced Maurice Smith as the new women’s basketball head coach. Smith joins the Saints after spending the past nine years as the head coach at fellow Peach Belt Conference member Georgia College. Smith becomes the 19th coach in the program’s history. He replaces Erika Lang-Montgomery, who resigned from Flagler on May 3 to accept a position on the women’s basketball staff at the University of Florida. In addition to regular season success, Smith brings with him to the Ancient City a wealth of postseason experience and a history of developing high-achieving leaders within his program. “Mo Smith has established himself as one of the most respected women’s basketball coaches in the Southeast and we are thrilled to welcome him to our Flagler family,” said Damon. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

To fix what ails the Pac-12, “I think the key to it is, hopefully, expand the (College Football Playoff) deal so whoever wins the Pac-12 gets in,” the CU Buffs’ first-year football coach Mel Tucker told The Post recently. “And the other thing we need to do — they changed the rule, and we’re allowed to do this, so I know, in a couple of years, we’ve got Northern Colorado (in 2021) and instead of it being Week 2, it can be Week 11.” Most of Tucker’s collegiate mileage is in the Big Ten and SEC, where the bulk of the eyeballs, dollars and power in the game reside. He knows the national landscape from the other side of the coin. -Sean Keeler, The Denver Post. Read More.

LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE
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LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE

Pamela S. Samuelson, PhD has been named the next commissioner of the Little East Conference (LEC), it was announced Friday by Rhode Island College President Frank Sánchez, who chaired the search committee. Samuelson will assume leadership of New England’s premiere NCAA Division III conference for public institutions July 22, 2019. “As Chair of the Search Committee, I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Samuelson as the new Commissioner of the Little East Conference,” said Sánchez. Samuelson will be the eighth commissioner in the LEC’s 33-year history, and the fifth to serve in the role in a full-time capacity. She will succeed Cora H.L. Brumley, who will depart the Conference following a one-month transition period to pursue opportunities outside of collegiate athletics. Read More.

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque has announced a number of promotions among the Trojan Athletic Department’s senior staff. Molly Castner and Eric Silakowski have been given the roles of Deputy Athletic Director while John Evans has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director. “I am pleased to announce these well-deserved promotions as we continue to strengthen our administration to better serve our student-athletes, coaches and supporters of Little Rock’s Team,” Conque said. Castner is in her third year as a member of the Little Rock senior staff, serving as the Trojans’ Senior Woman Administrator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Silakowski attains the title of Deputy Athletic Director for External Operations as he has been with the Trojans for two years. Read More.

DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY

AD Mike Kinnison addressed an open letter to Stateman Nation saying he will no longer serve as head baseball coach and will focus on serving the athletic director role. “Serving as coach of the Delta State Baseball program for the past 26 years has been a great honor and the pride of wearing the Green and White is second only to my faith and family.” “After much thought and prayer, I have reached a decision to focus completely on the duties of Director of Athletics and therefore will not return as head coach of the Statesmen next season.” “Rest assured our program will move forward. I will continue to serve the duties of Head Coach until our next leader is chosen. That process will begin immediately. I look forward to the future of Delta State Baseball and will be fully supportive of the program in this time of transition.” he stated. Read More.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
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SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

During a career of more than 30 years in athletic administration, Jim Schaus has never worked in the Southern Conference. But Schaus, recently named as the SoCon’s new commissioner, is no stranger to the league. His father, Fred, coached basketball legend Jerry West at West Virginia, leading the Mountaineers to six SoCon titles before going on to coach the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. Schaus talked with The Post and Courier about his view of the 10-member SoCon, which includes South Carolina schools The Citadel, Wofford and Furman, and the future of the league. -Jeff Hartsell, Post and Courier. Read More.

LYNN UNIVERSITY
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LYNN UNIVERSITY

Lynn University Director of Athletics Devin Crosby today announced Angie Jabir as the new deputy athletics director and senior woman’s administrator.  Jabir brings nearly 15 years of athletics administrative and coaching experience.  She most recently served as the associate athletic director for internal operations, sports administration and business services and senior woman administrator at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). “Angie has a professional reputation of honor and excellence, which are vital characteristics for a Fighting Knight,” said Crosby. In her new role with the Fighting Knights, Jabir will oversee the department’s policies and procedures, coordinate NCAA bids and other budgetary items, manage sports performance and healthcare administration, serve as the Title IX liaison and supervise student-athlete conduct. Read More.

RIDER UNIVERSITY
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RIDER UNIVERSITY

On June 8, Rider hosted a ceremony to formally announce a gift of more than $2 million from alumni Wayne and Jill Canastra and to celebrate the dedication of the Maurer Center as the Canastra Health and Sports Center. The South Orange, N.J., couple’s gift will contribute toward multiple projects, including the renovation of the University’s Alumni Gymnasium, the facade of the Canastra Health and Sports Center, and the Center’s Richard A. Coppola Pool. Although Wayne ’72 and Jill ’72 were not student-athletes during their time at Rider, they have been consistently strong supporters of the Athletics program, as well as of other areas of the institution. “Jill and I have a rule that we live by, which is to give back,” Wayne says. A portion of their gift is being applied to the University’s pool. Renovation is well underway, and the pool will be closed throughout the summer as improvements are made. –rider.edu. Read More.

BYU
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BYU

The two separate contracts — one for bowl placement and the other for the broadcasting of up to five BYU football home games per year — both expire at the conclusion of the 2019 season. The bowl contract ends when BYU plays in the ESPN-owned Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 (if it is bowl eligible and not selected to play in a New Year’s Six game or the College Football Playoffs). The Salt Lake Tribune has learned that discussions have intensified the past few weeks, perhaps so BYU can make a news splash on June 18 when it holds its media day — earlier than any program in the country, as usual — to kick off the 2019 football season. This year’s theme will be “150 Years of College Football: BYU’s Impact on the Game,” and will play up the fact that ESPN’s first live regular-season broadcast was the BYU-at-Pittsburgh game on Sept. 1, 1984, the season that ended with BYU winning the national championship. Contacted late last week, ESPN confirmed that it is extremely interested in continuing the partnership. -Jay Drew, The Salt Lake Tribune. Read More.

June 9, 2019

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

Virginia Tech AD Babcock said he hopes his department can raise $350-$400 million during the university’s upcoming $1 billion-plus capital campaign. With $40-$50 million earmarked for renovating Cassell Coliseum, might the Hokies’ basketball programs have to play home games off campus (Roanoke Civic Center?) for a season during such a project, as Clemson did in nearby Greenville, S.C. for 2015-16, while Littlejohn Coliseum was upgraded? Babcock said an ongoing feasibility study will determine if that’s necessary and noted that Cincinnati, where he was AD from 2011-14, played off-campus during 2017-18 while its arena was refurbished. Babcock recently toured the Bearcats’ modernized digs. “If we had to move out for a year,” Babcock said, “that’s what we’d do.” -David Teel, Daily Press, Read More

LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
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LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY

Long Beach State Director of Athletics Andy Fee announced that Eric Valenzuela has been hired as the new head coach for Dirtbags Baseball. Valenzuela comes to Long Beach State after six successful seasons at St. Mary’s, bringing unprecedented success to the Gaels program. Under Valenzuela’s leadership, St. Mary’s has recorded four consecutive 30-win seasons after recording just three seasons at .500 or better in the 22 years proceeding his arrival. In three seasons, Valenzuela led St. Mary’s to their first ever West Coast Conference title and the program’s first NCAA Regional appearance in 2016 and has gone on to record 136 wins over the last four seasons. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame has announced Irish baseball coach Mik Aoki will not be back next season. Aoki served as head coach of the Notre Dame baseball program for nine years, following stints as head coach of Columbia and Boston College. The University will now search for the program’s 21st head coach. The Irish were 248-253-1 (.495) under Aoki, making an NCAA regional appearance in 2015. –WNDU, Read More

USC
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USC

Anna Collier announced her retirement from collegiate coaching on Thursday after leading Southern California’s beach volleyball program since its inception eight years ago. Under her guidance, USC won three national championships and three Pac-12 titles. In a press release, Athletic Director Lynn Swann said that USC will undergo a nationwide search for a new coach. -Eric He, LA Daily News, Read More

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director Malcolm Turner gave some insight on how Vanderbilt athletics plans to approach the change in policy. The adapted alcohol regulations came as very little surprise to Turner; he suspected this change and as a result, he began preparing and researching methods of implementation. Despite such preparation, the University appears far from making a decision on the matter, Turner told the Vanderbilt Hustler. Turner had prepared his team for the change in policy, but noted that there is still no strict deadline for when a decision will be made. He believes that “within a few weeks” there will be more clarity, but so long as Vanderbilt Baseball is in-season, it’s unlikely that they will make any progress. Turner gave little indication on what the policies might look like in the future, but at this point in time, fans should not expect widespread alcohol sales. -Simon Gibbs, Vanderbilt Hustler, Read More

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

Longtime San José State University athletics media relations director Lawrence Fan is being promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Football Communications and Special Projects, as announced by director of athletics Marie Tuite. In his new role, Fan will coordinate and oversee all San José State football media relations including interacting with all local, regional and national media members who cover Spartan football. He will also work on special projects for the department and serve as historian for all relevant projects. –Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

At Friday’s Auburn University Board of Trustees meeting officials offered support for what they called a “Football Performance Facility” and Auburn’s head football coach, Gus Malzahn, attended the meeting to ask for the facility to be built. “We all agree we need to do it,” said board member Charles McCrary, who noted that the project was discussed in a committee meeting prior to the board meeting and there is general consensus the facility needs to be built as soon as possible. No formal vote was taken on the project or any timetable set for the project, but the direction of the board to President Steven Leath was to make the project a priority. The president was asked by the board to put together a working group to get the facility into the construction stage as soon as possible. -Mark Murphy, Auburn Undercover, Read More

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY

Weber State University is not in a rush to hire a permanent replacement. WSU has a “tremendous amount of confidence” in Tim Crompton, the 15-year head women’s soccer coach who was named interim athletic director on May 28, according to school vice president Norm Tarbox. Crompton steps in for Jerry Bovee, who was hired by his alma mater Utah State on April 23 to be associate athletic director there. Tarbox, vice president for administrative services who has been at WSU since 2002, said university policy allows an interim AD to be in place for up to 12 months before naming a permanent hire. The only certain thing in Crompton’s appointment is that he will not coach women’s soccer this fall, with assistant Meagan Thunell taking the reins as interim head coach. After that, it’s possible Crompton could serve out the nearly 12-month term as interim AD and then be reinstated as head soccer coach, or, be an athletic director candidate. -Brett Hein, Standard-Examiner, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

The 2019-2020 fiscal year figures to be another record-breaker for South Carolina athletics, Ray Tanner told the USC Board of Trustees on Friday. The Gamecocks’ upcoming athletics budget is $125,411,845 million, said Tanner, the school’s athletics director. South Carolina projects it will spend $113,010,805 million of that to power its athletic department. Both numbers are all-time highs. “I feel really good about it because our revenues are all good, and we have managed our expenditures. We manage well,” Tanner said. -Josh Kendall, The State, Read More


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