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February 10, 2019

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Stanford Sports Performance Director Shannon Turley was placed on administrative leave by the University this week. The administration has not publicly explained its decision, which comes on the heels of Turley’s twelfth season with the Stanford football program. “As this is a personnel matter, we will not be providing further information at this time,” Stanford Athletics informed The Bootleg reporter R.J. Abeytia on Thursday. Several anonymous football players told The Daily that head football coach David Shaw informed the team of Turley’s suspension “a few days ago.” “It was 100 percent the University’s decision” and not that of the football team, the players said. -Holden Foreman and Bobby Pragada, standforddaily. Read More.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE

Head coach Rick Walker announced that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, after 32 years with the Southern Illinois University swimming and diving program. He joined the Salukis in 1987 and became the head coach of the men’s team in 1992 and added women’s head coaching responsibilities in 2005. “Rick Walker has done an outstanding job during his long tenure here at the University,” said Director of Athletics Jerry Kill. Walker has coached 237 athletes to individual and relay conference titles and an additional 209 athletes to all-conference honors in his 26 seasons as head coach. Eight of his swimmers have went on to compete at the Olympics. –thesouthern. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke issued a strong statement of support for UA coach Sean Miller, but otherwise declined to detail the NCAA review of the Wildcat basketball program and the school’s move to fire assistant coach Mark Phelps. “I want to stand in front of you and say we support this basketball program, we support these players, support this coaching staff,” Heeke said “This place deserves nothing else but that. We’ve supported them all the way back.” Heeke wouldn’t comment on the schools’ move to fire Phelps but denied speculation that Arizona was building a case to fire Miller. -Bruce Pascoe Arizona, tucson. Read More.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette talks with Washington State athletic director Patrick Chun, one year into him taking over the job. On the question on what have he put on stamp on his first year, AD Chun answered ” The reality itself is, I think what happened this fall is indicative of really a good program that I was fortunate to take over. The success of this fall was one of the great joys of just being a part of Washington State.” “This place fits me and my family well. Some of it is because our roots are Midwest and another is just how nice this community is. Having your family fit a place this seamlessly has allowed me to have a different level of focus on my job. On the other side, I grew up in an athletic department at my alma mater of 15 years, then I went to a place for the last five years as AD at a program that was really stressed and underperforming on every level. Then you come here and look around and you have some of the best coaches in their respective sports, some of the best people in their professions.” he added. -John Blanchette, spokesman. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico leaders faced pointed questions from members of a key House budget-writing committee on Saturday, as the debate over eliminating men’s soccer and three other UNM sports shifted to the state Capitol. During a nearly five-hour hearing at the Roundhouse, some lawmakers offered blunt critiques of UNM’s decision-making process. The debate came as lawmakers are considering a bill that would appropriate $2 million to the UNM Board of Regents for reinstatement of the men’s and women’s skiing teams, beach volleyball and men’s soccer programs – all of which are due to be cut this summer. The legislation, which was not voted on Saturday, would also require UNM to provide a yearly report to lawmakers about the Athletics Department’s travel expenses, salaries and contracts. -Dan Boyd, abqjournal. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

After 31 years at McKethan Stadium, the Florida Gator baseball team will soon be stepping up to the plate at a new ballpark. The University of Florida held a groundbreaking ceremony today for the new stadium, set to host the Gators in 2021. The park will feature a 360-degree open concourse with added shade around the park. The permanent seating will change from 2,400 to more than 4,000. Grass berms and other non-traditional seating will also be available, which the university hopes will help create a more social atmosphere. The new park will be located on the southwest corner of campus, while the current stadium will be turned into a football training center. -Josh Kimble, wcjb. Read More.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

New documents filed in federal court in the case of a former College of Charleston baseball coach accuse the athletic director and current baseball coach of destroying evidence. Former coach Matt Heath filed suit against the College of Charleston after he was fired in 2017. Heath’s lawyers first complained Athletic Director Matt Roberts had set his cell phone to delete messages, despite being told to preserve evidence. Heath’s lawyers wanted to see if Roberts had talked with then University of South Carolina baseball Coach Chad Holbrook between January and July of 2017 while Heath was the College of Charleston baseball coach. -Debi Chard, live5news. Read More.

February 8, 2019

FRESNO STATE
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FRESNO STATE

Fresno State raised more than $4 million toward its athletic scholarships in 2018, more than it had in any of the past 10 years. But university and athletic department officials said donations must double this year to stabilize the Bulldog Foundation, which raises those scholarship dollars and is reaching a critical point with its net financial position in a steady decline. Due to increased costs stemming from a cost attendance stipend for student-athletes and the addition of wrestling and women’s water polo programs, the net position of the BDF dropped to $13.9 million from $17.8 million over a three-year period, and it is expected to remain around that level or be down again slightly in 2018. The cost of scholarships meanwhile continue to rise; the athletic department has budgeted $8.1 million in 2019, an increase from $5.6 million in 2015. Unchecked, they are on a collision course. So how much trouble is Fresno State in? Read More.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

IU athletic director Fred Glass used to refer to the profitable revenue streams opened by Big Ten television contracts and NCAA distributions as “the cavalry over the ridge” as IU, poorer than many of its peers, tried to “hold down the fort” financially. Such metaphors aren’t necessary anymore. IU athletics reported revenues of almost $123 million in the 2018 fiscal year, according to its annual NCAA financial report. That marks an all-time high in one-year revenue for Indiana, and it’s more than double the $61 million-plus the department reported in 2009, the year Glass took over. In total, IU’s athletic department reported $122,933,136 in revenues and $116,277,652 in expenses last year, according to documents obtained by IndyStar via a records request. Both numbers are record highs, and substantial increases on Indiana’s 2017 totals. The $6,655,484 net profit is IU’s largest in terms of hard dollars (though not when adjusted for inflation) since the NCAA began distributing these reports more than 10 years ago. Ballooning TV contracts, conference-specific networks and other factors have exploded revenues across the college landscape in the last decade-plus. | Read More.

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

The Boise State baseball team will not play in a new, on-campus stadium in 2020, the athletic department said in a press release Friday. Boise State announced the revival of its baseball program in April; the 2020 season will be the school’s first varsity baseball season since 1980. The school said it is still determining where it will play its 2020 home games. Though the school secured the last few pieces of land necessary for a proposed stadium in December, it was still in talks with potential developers as of last week, according to Boise State spokesman Greg Hahn. | Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

The North Texas Athletic Department has released its 2018 Annual Report, a review of Mean Green success and performance during the 2017-18 seasons. It is the first such annual report during the tenure of Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, and part of a commitment by the athletics department to provide transparency through an annual report. “One of the areas in our Mean Green strategic plan focuses on accountability and transparency,” Baker said. The 2017-18 season was one of the most successful seasons for North Texas athletics, both academically and athletically. It was the first season since 1977-78 that football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball all finished with a winning record, and five teams overall had winning records – the most in school history. Additionally, ticket sales and fundraising revenue set record numbers, led by the two largest gifts ever received by Mean Green athletics. Read More.

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

When Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury spoke at the introductory news conference for coach Geoff Collins on Dec. 7, he joked that Collins was so in sync with him about the importance of brand and culture that he wasn’t sure if Collins was recruiting him with a tailor-made sales pitch. “I think he’s very strategic,” Stansbury told the AJC. “When I met with him, the first two things that he talked about was brand and culture, and we see that he’s been pretty focused on it.” It’s also what Stansbury envisioned the team needed. “So I think there’s a reason for everything he does,” Stansbury said. -Ken Sugiura, ajc. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota continues to invest in facility upgrades for its sports programs. Gophers volleyball is the next in line and will receive a $4 million improvement to its 7,000-square-foot facility at Maturi Pavilion. The project received unanimous approval from the U’s Board of Regents during its meeting Friday. The “substantial completion” date for the project is expected to be August 2019, around the time the volleyball team begins preseason camp for next season. The project’s cost will be $3.116 million for construction and $884,000 for “non-construction” items, according to athletics department documents, which game the financial breakdown as: $2.25 million from donors, $1.55 million from university debt, which will be a “bridge” to pledged gifts, and $200,000 coming from the athletic department. -Andy Greder, twincities. Read More.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

The Former athletic director for Vanderbilt University has died. David Williams’ last day with the Commodores was just last week. Williams died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Friday. He served as the Vanderbilt head of athletics for 15 years and was the school’s first African American vice chancellor. After stepping down as AD, Williams was slated to shift his focus to a full-time role as tenured professor of law at the Vanderbilt Law School. -Kaylin Jorge, fox17. Read More.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff (CFP), announced today that Gary Barta, University of Iowa Henry B. & Patricia B. Director of Athletics Chair, has been appointed to the selection committee by the CFP Management Committee. He will begin a three-year term this spring. Barta replaces Ohio State Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith, who is stepping down after two years of service. Barta was named to the committee by the CFP Management Committee. “Gene has been an invaluable member of our CFP selection committee,” Hancock said. “I’m delighted that Gary will be joining the committee. He is a highly respected leader in college football and I look forward to him becoming a member of the committee. I know Gary to be a person of excellent judgment and he’ll fit right in.” Read More.

CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY

After five years as the Director of Athletics at Central Methodist University, Brian Spielbauer has confirmed that he has given the University his resignation. After five years as the Director of Athletics at Central Methodist University, Brian Spielbauer has confirmed that he has given the University his resignation. “I want to thank Dr. Drake, Dr. Parisi, and the coaches at CMU that I have been blessed to work with,” Spielbauer said. A nationwide search for a replacement will begin immediately. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

During a 30-minute conversation about the future of sports media rights in general and the Pac-12’s options in particular, Joe Ravitch used a series of qualifiers. Ravitch is a partner and co-founder of The Raine Group, the investment banking and advisory firm recently hired by the Pac-12 to help chart its future in the ever-evolving, ultra-lucrative media rights game. He’s the short-term advisor helping the conference find the long-term partner and establish the business model that would maximize its position for rights negotiations in advance of 2024. In that role, Ravitch’s view of the future media landscape matters a great deal. “The future is all about smaller sports (packages) and the ability to slice and dice, so you’ve got, let’s say, Colorado games for $10 a month for fans living anywhere. “If it’s done right, maybe you get Pac-12 basketball games on Tencent,’’ he added, referring to the Chinese internet giant. -Jon Wilner, mercurynews. Read More.

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

While officials at Eastern Michigan University have reinstated women’s tennis, they still are balking at reinstating softball, arguing the program is too cost-prohibitive and does little to help bring the school more in compliance with Title IX. Instead, the Ypsilanti-based university has proposed adding women’s lacrosse instead. Athletic director Scott Wetherbee, in a three-page letter sent late last month to federal Judge George Steeh, argued that adding a lacrosse team instead of softball would not only be cheaper for the university, but also add to the school’s female student-athlete numbers, since lacrosse rosters are significantly larger than softball rosters. -Tony Paul, The Detroit News. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith pressed the commissioners of the Pac-12, ACC, SEC, Big 10 and Big 12 conferences to take serious and meaningful steps to address the misconduct and sexual violence within their athletics programs. In August 2018, the NCAA dissolved its Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence without considering or adopting any meaningful solutions beyond actions already required by federal law. In a letter led by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the senators asked for the commissioners’ plans to address the epidemic of campus sexual violence, specifically as it pertains to college athletes. –klobuchar. Read More.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

The NCAA has given Clemson an extension for its appeal on a performance enhancing drug case in which three football players failed drug tests just before the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl. The Tigers were set to have to state their case to the NCAA next week, 45 days after B samples came back positive, but the university’s legal team said it needs more time. The university will now have an additional 45 days, meaning they will not have to make the appeal until April now. “We’re working through that process right now,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said. “It’s just very slow because it’s kind of out of our hands. We’ve sent some things off to be tested and the results haven’t come back yet.” -Grace Raynor, post and courier. Read More.

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Air Force Director of Athletics Nathan Pine has big plans for Air Force athletics. The new AD took time out to visit with FalconVision to tell fans about what he hopes to accomplish for the department and a little more about himself as he takes over the program. Pine comes to the Academy from Holy Cross, where was the director of athletics since December 2013. He quickly revitalized the athletics program at Holy Cross and transformed the athletics culture on Mount St. James to put Holy Cross back into the national consciousness, while continuing to honor the academic mission of the College. He joined the Crusaders after serving as the deputy director of athletics at the University of Maryland. Prior to his time at Maryland, Pine spent three years at the University of California at Berkeley, where he oversaw all aspects of the major gift program and development staff for athletics. He led the university’s athletics fundraising capital campaign, an unprecedented $500 million effort. Pine previously spent four years at the United States Military Academy, where he was a key member of the athletic senior leadership team. He began his career in the athletic department at Oregon State University, where he was instrumental in the growth of annual fundraising and the renovation of Reser Stadium during his five-plus years in Corvallis following graduation. Read More.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Utah Valley University Athletic Director Vince Otoupal resigned from his position on February 8, 2019 to pursue other opportunities. Dr. Jared Sumsion will serve as interim athletic director until a replacement is found. Otoupal, who served in the capacity for five years, led the Wolverines into the Western Athletic Conference as the school matured into a full-fledged university. He oversaw 16 UVU sports in NCAA Division I competition. “I have really enjoyed my time at UVU,” said Otoupal. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY
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UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY

Larry Hamilton has been named the new head coach of the University of Detroit Mercy women’s golf program. He is the third coach in program history. “Larry brings a wealth of coaching experience in the game to our women’s program,” said Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. “His passion for coaching and all his prior experience will be a major asset to our student-athletes and we are happy to have him and his family join us here in Titan Territory.” Hamilton brings over 25 years of experience in the game, both in coaching and in the business. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

A bill proposed in the Maryland General Assembly this week would give athletes in the state the ability to collectively bargain for rights and potentially unionize. The bill is sponsored by Brooke Lierman (D-Baltimore) and comes in the aftermath of the school’s handling of Jordan McNair’s heatstroke. The offensive lineman died two weeks after he collapsed while doing a conditioning workout in May. An investigation revealed that McNair was not treated properly in the immediate aftermath of his collapse. -Nick Bromberg, Yahoo Sports. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA on Friday said that a committee examining sports wagering will consider whether buzzer-beaters during the NCAA tournament should be reviewed, clarifying the idea as it was presented Thursday. On Thursday, NCAA director of media coordination and statistics David Worlock had told ESPN’s David Purdum in a statement that shots made at the buzzer would be reviewed “in the interest of accuracy of score and team and player statistics.” A source later told ESPN that membership committees will make the decision as to whether the use of instant replay will be mandatory on last-second shots during the NCAA tournament, even if they do not impact the outcome of the game. –ESPN. Read More.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

A second national championship in three years for the Clemson football program meant lofty raises were going to be in order for Clemson’s assistants this offseason, and Friday morning, the university’s Board of Trustees was happy to generously deliver.  Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott have now joined the $1 million club. The brains who co-coordinate Clemson’s offense, each made $850,000 in 2018 and will now make $1 million in 2019 thanks to a historic 15-0 season that saw the Tigers crush Alabama in one of the most dominant national championship performances in college football history. -Grace Raynor, post and courier. Read More.

VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE
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VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE

VMI Athletics Director Dr. Dave Diles announced today that the contract of head men’s basketball coach Dan Earl has been extended through the 2021-22 season. “Dan is the consummate professional,” said Diles. “A great teacher, recruiter and overall-he’s a tremendous coach. He’s building the foundation of the program the right way, with young men that represent VMI incredibly well and I’m pleased that he’ll continue as our Head Basketball Coach. He’s been really challenged this year with unprecedented injuries, but our future is very bright. Coach Earl is a great ‘fit’ for VMI.” Earl is currently in his fourth season as head coach of the Keydets after serving as an assistant coach at Penn State and Navy under Ed DeChellis. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

The hiring of Les Miles appears to have already made an impact on Kansas football ticket sales. Athletic director Jeff Long said Thursday that KU had sold more than 9,000 season tickets for 2019; that number is 97 percent of the total that the department secured last season. “Very excited and enthused,” Long told The Star following KU’s Athletics board meeting Thursday. “And I think that momentum will build.” This year — thanks in part to a new ticketing strategy from deputy athletic director Chris Freet and changes with its ticket marketing firm — Long said KU opened up the process earlier. The results have been positive so far, according to Long, with KU nearly matching last year’s season-ticket total with seven months left before the season. -Jesse Newell, kansascity. Read More.

FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Florida Institute of Technology announced Thursday that it will discontinue three varsity sports programs at the conclusion of the current spring season: men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s golf. The reduction affects 25 student-athletes — 10 men and 15 women. Athletics leadership met personally with the affected student-athletes earlier today to share the news and answer questions. Florida Tech Athletics Director Bill Jurgens said that this move will allow the university to better focus its finite athletic resources across the remaining 18 varsity sports. -Timothy Walters, Florida Today. Read More.

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

Ohio University created a position within the athletic department this past year to allow student athletes access to a psychologist specialized in athletics. Michelle Pride, a psychologist who specializes in athletics, said in an email that she now works at the Convocation Center two days a week, providing individual and crisis counseling to athletes. She consults with coaches, athletic trainers and also does outreach and presentations with teams. Emily Deering, a senior on the women’s track & field team and president of the student-athlete advisory committee, said there wasn’t a procedure or policy in place that all students or coaches could refer to in situations where self-harm, suicide and mental health were concerned. “At our last senior staff meeting I passed out some testimonies from student athletes who have used her services and I think first and foremost the athletic department’s ability to take student athlete feedback and put it into a full blown position, that has shown tremendous success,” Deering said. -Chloe Meyers, thepostathens. Read More.

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