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December 11, 2018

MACALESTER COLLEGE
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MACALESTER COLLEGE

Today, Macalester College Vice President of Student Affairs Donna Lee announced that Donald “Donnie” Brooks will be the next Director of Athletics at Macalester College. Brooks comes to Macalester after serving as the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. “Donnie brings an invigorating energy, a depth of experience, and a passion for and commitment to Division III athletics that is unparalleled,” Lee said. “I am excited for his dynamic, visionary leadership and the new heights to which our program will soar. It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Donnie and his family to the Macalester community!” During Brooks’ two and a half years at Millsaps, the department added varsity men’s and women’s swimming, built the college’s first varsity track and field facilities, created the first full-time strength and conditioning office in the athletics conference, added full-time assistant coaches to all varsity sports, and developed focused study hall sessions.  – Read More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

In a letter to fans, Boston College AD Martin Jarmond announced a contract extension for BC football coach Steve Addazio. “After every season we evaluate all aspects of our programs to make sure they are aligned with the core mission and principles of the Boston College athletics department. While all of us wish our regular season in football had ended with more victories, we took important steps in the right direction this year: returning to the national rankings for the first time since 2008, capturing the nation’s attention with ESPN’s College GameDay on-campus, being in the running for the conference championship in November and playing in another post-season bowl.” Jarmond said in the letter posted to the school’s website. The Eagles finished the season with a 7-5 mark, going 4-4 in ACC play. Addazio’s extension keeps the coach under contract through 2022.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY

University of Nebraska at Kearney is seeking a director of intercollegiate athletics (AD). The AD reports directly to the Chancellor, is a member of the Administrative Council, and is a visible public representative of UNK. UNK’s next AD will establish collaborative leadership to manage UNK’s successful Division II intercollegiate athletics program. Specifically, the AD will coordinate a competitive and respected Division II intercollegiate sports program, maintain UNK’s commitment to a balanced high-quality educational and athletic experience for student-athletes, and provide public outreach to engage campus and the community. Email: https://unk.peopleadmin.com/postings/2583

UMBC
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UMBC

UMBC Athletics has been on the rise on many different levels in the past year. The $85 million UMBC Event Center was opened on Feb. 3, 2018. Men’s basketball upset the number one team in the country on the biggest stage for college basketball this past March. Shortly after, men’s lacrosse joined in on the fun, upsetting the number one college lacrosse team in the nation. This proposal would be the next step to UMBC’s recently opened Event Center and the timing could not be any better. In what was a monumental year for UMBC Athletics, the proposal would take advantage of the momentum and build on it. This move could end up having an even larger effect on ticket sales and improve the already incredible atmosphere at Retriever Soccer Park. -Nahom Nega, Retriever. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

After 13 seasons on the job, the most successful coach in the history of Louisville men’s soccer is stepping down. Ken Lolla announced Tuesday afternoon that the 2018 season will be his last at the University of Louisville. Lolla leaves Louisville after a 2018 season in which the Cards captured the ACC tournament title, and were the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. Read More.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE

Texas A&M University-Commerce has hired David Bailiff as its 20th headd football coach, as announce Sunday by University President Dr. Mark Rudin and director of athletics Tim McMurray. Bailiff will officially be introduced as the Lions’ head coach at a pair of events on Wednesday, December 12, at 11 a.m., Bailiff will meet with Dallas-area media and constituents at Mckinney ISD Stadium, site of NCAA Division II National Championship Game. At 3 p.m., Bailiff will be introduced to the Commerce community with an event in the Sam Rayburn Student Center. –E Greenville Extra. Read More.

THE CITADEL
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THE CITADEL

The Citadel athletics department received a $2.4 million gift to establish the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Athletic Excellence Fund and an endowed scholarship in Henry Dale and Betty’s name. The cash gift through the Smith family will be realized by the end of this year. The gift came as part of a joint effort between The Citadel Foundation and The Citadel athletic fundraising team. The Henry Dale and Betty Smith Athletic Excellence Fund will be established with a $1.9 million gift. The money will be a discretionary fund for the director of athletics and is not sport specific. The Citadel Brigadier Foundation Memorial Fund will receive $500,000 to endow a full scholarship named for Henry Dale and Betty. The scholarship is not sport specific. Read More.

ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE
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ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE

Elizabethtown College is seeking a director of athletic communications that will handle all media relations aspects of Elizabethtown College’s 24 NCAA DIII varsity athletic programs, promoting the teams, student-athletes and coaches through web, social and video media channels. –NCAA. Apply Here.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Babers went 9-3 this season and put together the second-best resume of all ACC teams yet, based on his 2016 salary numbers, seems likely to have ranked in the bottom half of the ACC in terms of compensation. All of that has created a level of concern for SU football fans about Dino Babers remaining at SU long-term that has swelled as other “hot” coaches like Purdue’s Jeff Brohm and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell have announced contract extensions with their schools in recent weeks. Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack answered some questions about the idea of a Babers contract extension, as well as addressing a number of other items of interest during a conversation with Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard on Monday. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Interactions between those tasked with asking for large sums of money and those proffering it are largely the result of relationships built on tact and propriety — and above all, privacy. Not doing anything to undermine the deep commitment and affinity alumni and donors have for a given college or university is sacrosanct. Those normal rules of decorum were recently upended at the University of Maryland, College Park, with the death of Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman for the Terrapins football team, and the subsequent firing of the team’s head coach. The events, which occurred during a $1.5 billion fund-raising campaign, roiled the campus and provided a rare public glimpse into the generally discreet practices of the institution’s main fund-raising foundation and a top benefactor. -Marjorie Valbrun, Inside Higher Ed. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Matlin says UH Athletics has cut costs in many areas and strategically increased spending in others. Meanwhile, revenue is up and deficits down at Manoa’s athletics department. His next challenge is persuading state legislators to directly fund Athletics to offset the unique costs UH faces mainly because its NCAA Division I opponents are located thousands of miles away. -Gina Gelber, Hawaii Business. Read More.

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

Florida Gulf Coast University seeks an associate director, athletic facilities & operations. The Associate Director, Facilities & Operations provides high-level guest relations and coordination of all internal and external events and camps at Athletic facilities. Oversees the recruitment, training, and scheduling for part-time OPS staff. Assists the Associate Athletics Director with special projects as assigned and ensures compliance with applicable NCAA, Atlantic Sun, Federal, and State rules, regulations, and laws governing areas of responsibility. Apply here.

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
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DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

Dartmouth College, a member of NCAA Division I and the Ivy League, seeks candidates for the position of assistant athletic director for external relations. Responsibilities include the creation and distribution of annual solicitations, newsletters, and mass emails; and the planning and execution of donor events in assigned sports including but not limited to post-game receptions, alumni games, golf outings, championship team reunions, sport anniversaries, and other stewardship events. Apply here.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Malcolm Turner will be the next AD at Vanderbilt, USA Today’s Dan Wolken reports. Turner, a member of the NBA’s senior leadership team and president of the NBA G League, will join the university on Feb. 1, 2019. “I set out to find a thought leader with the skill set and vision to manage the next stage of transformation for Vanderbilt Athletics, and that’s exactly what we found in Malcolm Turner,” Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos said. “Malcolm is a proven executive with deep expertise in multiple business disciplines including management, marketing, and development across the sports landscape of teams, leagues, facilities, and major events. He also carries a deep and personal commitment to education, evidenced by his own academic achievements and his extensive community service. His exceptional skills, combined with his passion for education and drive for excellence, will bring immense value not only to the Vanderbilt Commodores but to the rest of the university and to the entire Nashville community.” Turner graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to earn joint J.D./.M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University. –Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

“I got here when it was dark, left when it was dark and then realized, ‘It must have rained,’ ”  Melissa Meacham-Grossman says from her desk at her south valley office, betraying no signs of fatigue. “That’s where we’re at right now: long days. But it’s the best time of the year.” And so it goes come December for the woman behind the Las Vegas Bowl. As associate executive director for ESPN Events, Meacham-Grossman oversees operations, logistics, and execution of the game. A UNLV graduate who earned four varsity letters as a swimmer, Meacham-Grossman served as the university’s director of marketing from 1998 to 2005 before moving on to ESPN and the Las Vegas Bowl. We start right away in January, recapping this year, and then our office is responsible for sponsorship sales and ticket sales, taking a look at that on a year-round basis here locally and nationally. By the time we get to April, we’re already in full-on planning. Then once football starts, we’re right back at it. Bigger things could be on the horizon: The game could move into the Raiders’ stadium once it opens in 2020. She also handles the annual Wooden Legacy basketball tournament in Anaheim, California, the College Basketball Awards Show every April in Los Angeles and last year founded The Huddle, a Vegas-based group of local businesswomen who promote the Las Vegas Bowl and its goals. -Jason Bracelin, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Read More

EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY
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EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY

East Stroudsburg University’s athletics program is growing one sport bigger. The Warriors are adding women’s wrestling as an intercollegiate sport beginning in the fall of 2019, ESU president Marcia G. Welsh and athletic director Gary Gray announced Monday. The program, which becomes the Warriors’ 21st varsity sport, will debut with head coach Anibal Nieves, who is in his first year as the men’s wrestling head coach. “We believe very strongly in Division II athletics and the value of being an intercollegiate student-athlete,” Gray said. “This is an opportunity to bring that experience to more people. We do think wrestling fits. We have the rich tradition on the men’s side, and we have the infrastructure and it makes sense to go with women’s wrestling.” East Stroudsburg is expecting to finalize its “Athletics Master Plan” in early 2019. The plan, which has been in development since September, the school said in a press release, will address the implementation of acrobatics and tumbling and esports as well as facility updates for student-athletes, mainly at Koehler Fieldhouse and Eiler-Martin Stadium. Renovations to Koehler Fieldhouse will also seek to expand teaching spaces for the athletic training and exercise science programs. -Zach Sturniolo, Pocono Record, Read More

OLE MISS
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OLE MISS

Getting fired and demoted usually means taking a financial loss in just about every normal business. Not in college football. And not for Mike MacIntyre, who is set to make more money than he ever has in his life over the next three years despite his termination last month at the University of Colorado. After making $2.9 in guaranteed pay during his last season at CU, he now is set to collect about $4.9 million a year over the next three years, including paychecks from CU and his new job as defensive coordinator at Ole Miss. Ole Miss confirmed to USA TODAY it will pay MacIntyre $1.5 million a year over the next three years. Colorado athletics spokesman David Plati also confirmed to USA TODAY that CU is on the hook to pay MacIntyre his full contract buyout of $10.3 million in monthly payments through 2021. His contract at Colorado initially was signed shortly after his hiring in late 2012 and said he had a duty to obtain new employment in the event of his firing from CU. It also said that the buyout owed to him would be reduced by any amounts he received as a college head coach, NFL head coach or NFL assistant coach. CU is on the hook to pay him the full buyout, setting him up to become far richer for being fired than he would have been if he had been retained at Colorado, at least over the next three years. That’s up to $4.9 million in average combined pay per year vs. about $3 million in guaranteed pay that he was due each year at CU, plus an extra $300,000 per year in incentives he was likely to earn. -Brent Schrotenboer and Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, Read More

December 10, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

The University of Mississippi is seeking state approval to sell beer at more locations on its Oxford campus. The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors last week approved an application by the university for resort status for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the Pavilion arena and adjoining outdoor areas. The Oxford Eagle reports a university lawyer told county supervisors that Ole Miss plans to sell beer at non-athletic events. The Southeastern Conference bans beer and liquor sales at members’ athletic competitions. The Mississippi Department of Revenue now must consider resort status. – wtok – Read More

DRAKE UNIVERSITY
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DRAKE UNIVERSITY

After five seasons as head football coach at Drake University Rick Fox has decided to step down.   Fox finished the 2018 season with a 7-4 record, including a near upset of FBS in-state rival Iowa State.  A press release from the University outlines his decision.  “Drake University football head coach Rick Fox announced Monday, Dec. 10, that he is stepping down from his position at Drake University. Fox will meet with members of the media to discuss his decision Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:15 p.m. in the Paul Morrison Room in the Knapp Center. Fox, who recently completed his fifth season as the Bulldogs’ head coach, had a 33-22 record at Drake following the team’s near upset of No. 24 Iowa State Dec. 1. During his tenure, the Bulldogs finished fourth or higher in the Pioneer Football League standings each year and were second in the league three times. Drake’s 28-12 PFL record over the past five seasons were better than all but two league schools during that stretch. – JUSTIN SURRENCY, whotv – Read More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Kansas State has hired North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman as its next head coach, multiple sources familiar with the decision told ESPN on Monday. The Athletic first reported that the Wildcats are expected to hire Kleiman, who has gone 67-6 with three Football Championship Subdivision national championships at North Dakota State. He will succeed Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder, who retired earlier this month. Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor promoted Klieman to head coach at North Dakota State while serving as AD at the school in 2013. Klieman is expected to agree to a six-year deal, paying him $2.3 million per year with a $200,000 annual raise with the Wildcats, sources told ESPN. North Dakota State is still playing this season as the top seed in the FCS playoffs, and a source said Klieman is expected to coach at least in Friday’s semifinal against South Dakota State. It’s unknown whether Klieman will continue to be with the Bison if they advance to the national championship on Jan. 5. – Jake Trotter and Adam Rittenberg, espn – Read More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Pennsylvania State University seeks Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Associate AD, External. This senior member of the Director of Athletics’ leadership team will serve as a primary advisor for the Director and the Department, with responsibility for multiple areas from a portfolio of external functions and internal operations. This position reports directly to the Director of Athletics and will serve as the chief business strategist to the Director.  – Apply Here

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Charleston Southern University has vacated 122 victories across three sports, as well as three Big South Conference titles won by its men’s basketball and football teams, due to NCAA rules violations. The Buccaneers were forced to vacate 51 wins and two Big South regular-season titles in men’s basketball; 18 victories and the 2015 Big South championship in football; and 53 victories in softball, according to a review of those sports’ record books. The school also expects to vacate wins in baseball over parts of three seasons, with sports such as women’s soccer, women’s tennis, track and cross country also affected. Those totals are still being processed by the school’s sports information office. In its October report, the NCAA found that CSU improperly certified 55 student-athletes in 12 sports over a six-year period, a Level II violation. Charleston Southern is not required by rule to announce the vacated victories, but has updated its record books in men’s basketball, football and softball to reflect the penalties.  – David Shelton, postandcourier – Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack heard the same negative rumblings that SU fans did heading into Bowl Selection Sunday, the ones that said the Orange might get passed over for the bowl spot they’d earned because previous bowls appearances hadn’t generated enough ticket sales. So far, he believes the school is on its way to helping dispel what he considers a misperception. In just over a week, he said, Syracuse has sold more than 70 percent of its allotment of tickets to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla. “We’re off to a really good start,” Wildhack said. “One week into this thing we’ve sold 70 percent of our allotment so the reaction has been absolutely terrific. I can’t recall (how big the allotment was), but it was a good size.” The effort, Wildhack said, will help correct a perception that left a lot of Syracuse fans stressed heading into the bowl season.  – Chris Carlson, syracuse – Read More

BIG TEN
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BIG TEN

Francois McGillicuddy has been named president of the Big Ten Network, a joint venture of Fox Sports and the Big Ten Conference. McGillicuddy is currently senior VP and general manager of Fox Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio. He will take his new job early next year and succeed Mark Silverman, who started the Big Ten Network has was promoted to president of national networks, Fox Sports in January. “Francois has been a key contributor and valued colleague at Fox Sports since 2006, so it is with great pleasure to now welcome him to the BTN family,” said Eric Shanks, CEO of executive producer, Fox Sports. McGillicuddy joined Fox Sports Ohio in 2013, he was with Fox’s Speed Network. Before Fox he was with Cablevision Systems as VP of finance for Rainbow Sports Networks. – Jon Lafayette, broadcastingcable – Read More

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

New Mexico State head baseball coach Brian Green has been given a new four-year contract that keeps the Aggies skipper through 2022, effective immediately. Green completed his fourth season as the head coach of his alma mater in June of 2018 after being named the 10th head coach in New Mexico State baseball history on Friday, July 25, 2014. After signing the new contract to remain in the City of Crosses, head coach Brian Green said, “What a great day for Becki and me and our coaching staff in Las Cruces. I’d like to personally thank Chancellor Arvizu and Chief of Staff Martinez for teaming with Mario Moccia and Braun Cartwright to honor me and Becki with a four-year extension. I’d also like to thank the members of the community whom have invested in the Green family and this coaching staff to continue to build this program into the winner we all know it can and will continue to be, Aggie Up!”At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Green has guided NM State to 109 wins in a three-year stretch. That stretch also includes three-straight nationally ranked recruiting classes.  – Read More

UTEP
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UTEP

Kathryn Balogun, who enjoyed record-setting seasons as the women’s soccer head coach at Texas Southern University over the last five years, has been named women’s soccer head coach at UTEP, Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Monday. “We are excited to welcome Kathryn Balogun to the UTEP Miner Family,” Senter said. “Coach Balogun has a proven track record of doing more with less as a head women’s soccer coach. Her SWAC record while serving as the head coach at Texas Southern University was competitive.  Under her leadership, the Texas Southern program increased team grade point averages and graduation rates.  “I would like to thank the Miner search committee for this opportunity, especially Director of Athletics Jim Senter and Assistant Athletic Director David Kooger,” Balogun said.  Under Balogun’s leadership, the Tigers pitched eight shutouts during the 2014 season, scored 33 goals during the 2015 campaign and combined to post a sparkling 31-13-6 record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, while advancing to the league tournament every year. – elpasoheraldpost – Read More

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

Northern Arizona will have its 30th head coach, and first new head coach since 1998, with the announcement on Monday that Chris Ball has accepted the position. Ball, who worked for Todd Graham at Arizona State from 2012-15, was the defensive coordinator at Memphis for the last three seasons under Mike Norvell, who was one of Graham’s many offensive coordinators. Ball was also on the staff with Graham at Pitt in 2007. Ball replaces Jerome Souers, who was 123-114 overall and 85-77 in Big Sky Conference games in 21 seasons in Flagstaff. –Azcentral. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said he’s disappointed that the NCAA doesn’t have more urgency to get to the bottom of an investigation into alleged pay-for-play schemes and other corruption in college basketball. Last week, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the investigation wouldn’t be completed anytime soon, and potential penalties wouldn’t be doled until after this season, at the earliest. -Mark Schlabach, ESPN. Read More.

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

A former student is suing members of the athletic department, alleging tennis coaches and players used racial slurs and discriminated against him and “unlawfully” suspended him from the team. In a 35-page complaint filed in the D.C. District Court Nov. 26 but made available to the public last week, Jabari Stafford – a former men’s tennis player – claims multiple tennis coaches, players and department staff members “fostered an environment that was conducive to blatant discriminatory conduct.” He alleges that even though he brought his concerns to multiple administrators, the University failed to investigate his claims or reprimand the coaches. Stafford, representing himself, asks for $1 million to compensate for the discriminatory conduct and mental and emotional distress. – Barbara Alberts and Dani Grace, The GW Hatchet. Read More.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY
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HOWARD UNIVERSITY

University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick announced in a letter addressed to the Howard University Community the appointment of Ron Prince as the new head coach of the Howard University football team. Coach Prince will replace former head football coach, Mike London. He will be formally introduced to the Howard community this afternoon, December 10, 2018, during a 2 p.m. press conference in College Hall South. According to him, coach Prince brings outstanding leadership expertise and will be an asset to the entire Howard University community. He comes to Howard after serving, most recently, as the offensive analyst for the University of Michigan Wolverines. He contributed to the Big Ten team ending the regular season with a 10-2 record. The Wolverines were No. 1 in the conference in third-down conversions, time of possession and offensive turnovers. –WHUR. Read More.

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