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June 9, 2019

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Twitter is not looking to enter bidding wars for major sports rights with television broadcasters, according to Kay Madati, the social media giant’s vice president and global head of content partnerships. Speaking to the Australian Financial Review (AFR), Madati said Twitter is instead focused on partnering with rights holders in order to expand its reach and generate new revenues. “The way that we’re approaching our business and our partnerships in the space is not to compete with rights holders,” Madati told the AFR. “I don’t want to be a linear television broadcaster.” -Sam Carp, Sports Pro, Read More

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick confirmed that, at its spring meetings, the league agreed to try the “bonus play” experiment for the 2019-20 season to give the league a two-year sample into the success or failure of the process. “We are going to do the same pod play in basketball – 1-through-5 with Pool 1 and so on,” Hamrick said. “We are going to re-evaluate it and see if that is something we want to do the following year.” The experiment came about in late May 2018 at the 2018 C-USA spring meetings as part of the conference’s initiative to increase the number of bids into the NCAA Tournament after the league had seen success with lower-seeded teams earning victories in their opening games of the NCAA Tournament – a statistics that included No. 13 Marshall’s 81-75 win over fourth-seed Wichita State in 2018. “The pod scheduling is based on having two or three really good teams who are in the 30s, 40s or 50s in NET rankings,” Hamrick said. “Those teams in the top pod have to be really good and one has to jump out, so if they lose the tournament, they still have something to get in.” After the 2019-20 season, officials will return to the 2020 spring meetings and evaluate the two-year success or failure rate of the format and decide what is the best proposal for men’s and women’s basketball moving forward. -Grant Taylor, Herald-Dispatch, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

North Texas athletic director Wren Baker confirmed Saturday that league officials have voted to reverse course and will allow students to sit in those premium seats. “We are going to look at it,” Baker said. C-USA had a rule on its books that prohibited students from sitting directly behind benches for visiting teams at football games. That rule was not strictly enforced until the 2014 season. UNT will look into how many of those seats have already been sold to fans who fit the young alumni parameters for the upcoming season before deciding on a course of action, Baker said. -Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn University has the autonomy to sell alcohol at its sporting venues. But fans shouldn’t expect that to change the availability of alcohol sales this upcoming season on the Plains as the university reviews the effect those sales could have. The Southeastern Conference revised its existing limitations on the availability of alcoholic beverages at athletic events during its annual spring meetings last week to allow for the sale of beer and wine in public seating areas. “I think the expectation is that we would study it,” Auburn University president Steven Leath said. “We want to have a high-quality fan experience. And we’re trying to balance family-friendly versus people that would like to have alcohol. So what we’re trying to do is think, ‘what kind of group do we need to put together to get all the right perspectives to make the right decision?’ We don’t want to rush into that. “There are some pilot programs right now like in Plainsman Park, but we want to get it right rather than get it quick.” If Auburn University determines in the future to take part in the conference’s policy and introduce a wider availability of alcohol sales, it will require approval of Auburn City Council. -Scott Fields, Opelika-Auburn News, Read More

June 7, 2019

USC
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USC

United Airlines and the University of Southern California have reached a new naming rights agreement for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to resolve criticism that placing a corporate name on the stadium would disrespect its history as a monument to troops who fought and died in World War I, the parties announced Friday. The new 10-year deal names the field rather than the whole stadium, satisfying a key elected official who joined with veterans in opposing the original plan to rename the nearly century-old landmark United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. Starting in August, the playing field will be referred to as United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a name that was suggested as an alternative when the controversy boiled up last March, shortly after the centennial of the war’s end. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, the current president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, said in a statement that the agreement ensures United remains a sponsor of a $315 million renovation and the stadium’s legacy. – espn – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

A former assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma State and the University of South Carolina was sentenced to three months in prison Friday for accepting bribes to link top players with bribe-paying managers and financial advisers. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said actions by Lamont Evans were “perhaps more egregious” than those of two other ex-assistant basketball coaches he sentenced earlier in the week. He also ordered him to forfeit $22,000 and work 100 hours of community service. Evidence against Evans contained recordings, including one in which he promised that athletes he recruited would sign with managers and financial advisers that he recommended. As Ramos announced the sentence, he referenced letters that friends and family members of Evans had written that recounted the good deeds he had done, particularly on behalf of young people. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone had argued that Evans was more culpable than others arrested in the probe because he solicited bribes and gifts, including a set of headphones, and traveled across the country several times for meetings to arrange them. – espn – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
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UNIVERSITY OF TULSA

The University of Tulsa head softball coach John Bargfeldt has resigned his position to pursue other opportunities, it was announced today. The program’s longest-tenured coach, Bargfeldt owns the most wins and highest winning percentage in school history. Under Bargfeldt, the Golden Hurricane won a conference title in eight of his 14 seasons, totaling 13 league championships and 11 NCAA Regional appearances. “We appreciate the dedication that John has given to our softball program, university and city during his 14 seasons. He has done a remarkable job of taking Tulsa softball to an extremely competitive level nationally,” said Tulsa’s Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg. “We fully expect that our success in what has become a tradition-rich softball program will continue under new leadership.” Bargfeldt led the Golden Hurricane to a winning record in each of his 14 seasons, and he is the only coach in Tulsa history to post as many as four winning seasons. –  Read More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

The budget deficit for the Washington State University athletic department is projected to reach $103 million by fiscal 2022. The WSU Board of Regents was told Friday that the athletic department remains committed to producing a balanced budget by fiscal 2023. The department intends to increase revenues 27% by 2023, while continuing to contain expenses, to achieve a balanced budget. The $103 million deficit is a $17 million increase over last year’s projection. – RICHLAND, WASH, kansas – Learn More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Fresh off a memorable run to end the 2019 season, Ohio State head coach Greg Beals has received a contract extension. The OSU Board of Trustees has approved a three year extension that will take him through at least the 2023 season. Things were up and down through the past season until a young team seemed to find itself as the sands of the hourglass began to run down on the season. The Buckeyes went on a tear — winning five of six conference games including a sweep of Purdue over the final weekend — just to get into the Big Ten Tournament. OSU went on to shock everybody and win the whole thing, then got into the NCAA Tournament and won a game there as well. One has to believe the run played a large part in Beals receiving the extension. – Phil Harrison, buckeyeswire.usatoday – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Though a renovation of Memorial Stadium remains high on Kansas Athletics’ priority list, the execution of that remains far into the future, athletic director Jeff Long said Thursday. Long addressed the topic during a KU Athletics board meeting on campus, explaining that the department was working to create a “master plan”; the purpose would be helping KU prepare for facility improvements down the road while also drafting out what a Memorial Stadium renovation might look like. This, then, would be considered the infancy of any potential football stadium undertaking. Long told The Star that KU Athletics recently submitted a “request for quotation” from architects for the master plan work, with eight firms responding. Long said that list had been narrowed to “three or four” candidates, with on-campus interviews starting soon. Once KU selects an architecture firm, it can begin crafting its master plan, coming up with a guide for five, 10 and even 20 years down the road so that the department can prioritize its needs while also organizing future fund-raising goals. – JESSE NEWELL, kansascity – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Some University of Akron sports teams could see reductions over the next three years under a plan to stem the flow of money from the university’s general fund to the athletic department. The university — which provided $22.8 million from the general fund to athletics this year — aims to reduce the subsidy by $8 million over the next few years. This will be achieved through about $3 million in cuts and $5 million in revenue increases, starting next year with a $1 million reduction, interim President John Green said. Green said he does not expect any sports will be cut completely, but some programs could have their budgets reduced and goals re-prioritized away from national competition. “Some hard choices will have to be made about the sports that we compete in,” Green said following a presentation to the university’s board of trustees on Friday. The $1 million less Green plans to transfer from the general fund to the athletic department includes both administrative cuts and expected increased revenue from ticket sales. The plan is for cuts and increases to be $500,000 each. – Jennifer Pignolet, ohio – Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Robbie Weiss has been named the Head Coach of the Men’s Tennis program, Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich announced on Friday. Weiss is the tenth head coach in the program’s history. “We are delighted to have Robbie lead our program,” said Radakovich. Weiss most recently spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach at Alabama, where he was named the ITA Southern Assistant Coach of the Year in 2018. Alabama went to the NCAA Tournament in two of his three seasons on staff, including a Sweet 16 in 2018. Weiss is set to begin work in the Duckworth Family Tennis Center, which opened earlier this year. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA

University of Nebraska Omaha is seeking an assistant director, athletic communications. This position will serve as the primary communication contact for men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s tennis and swimming & diving. Some travel for post season and select away games. Responsible for the production of game notes, statistics maintenance, fostering social media growth and home game management. Responsible for maintaining website pages for assigned sports. Plan and coordinate media days for UNO sports which includes communication with local news media. Field and coordinate all media requests for assigned sports. Collaborate with the Athletic Communications and Marketing team to maintain brand standards. –NCAA, Apply Here.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Florida A&M University’s Athletics Department faces a more than $300,000 shortfall that it must cover by the end of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. Athletics Director John Eason said he’s confident the university can cover the shortfall by collecting on outstanding income owed to the department and with financial help from the FAMU Foundation, the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association and the Florida A&M University Boosters, as well as fundraising efforts, such as “The Big Push” planned for Father’s Day weekend. The goal for “The Big Push” is to raise $1-million, Eason said, with the money going toward the budget shortfall, scholarships, athletic facility improvements and to establish nutrition stations on campus for athletes. -Byron Dobson, Tallahassee Democrat. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

The University of North Dakota announced Coltyn Sanderson as its new Associate Athletic Director for Athletics Major Gifts. Sanderson is a 2016 UND graduate, part of North Dakota men’s hockey national championship that season. In his new role at UND, Sanderson will work closely with UND Athletics to enhance and support the department’s fundraising efforts. He will be responsible for major gift fundraising within UND Athletics and UND, including arranging visits with individuals, corporations, foundations, and friends as well as the development of proposals for private funding. “Coltyn is a great addition to our fundraising team,” UND Alumni Association Foundation Vice President of Development Mike Mannausau said. Read More.

ATLANTIC 10
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ATLANTIC 10

Sean Kearney, the Director of Player Development at Colorado, has been named the Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball for the Atlantic 10 Conference, as announced Thursday by Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. Kearney will oversee all aspects of A-10 Men’s Basketball Operations. Kearney has been at the University of Colorado under head coach Tad Boyle since 2013. He also was the head coach at Holy Cross and the Associate Head Coach at Notre Dame under Mike Brey for nine years. “I am excited to have Sean join our staff. His coaching, media and current administrative experience is a perfect fit for the A-10,” stated McGlade. Kearney will be responsible for oversite of key men’s basketball areas; including scheduling, officiating, strategic planning and brand management. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

It would be “a tremendous challenge” for South Carolina to serve alcohol in general seating areas in Williams-Brice Stadium in time for the 2019 football season, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen, athletics director Ray Tanner said Friday. “At Williams-Brice there would be a lot of work to do to get into that position,” Tanner said Friday meeting with the university’s board of trustees. The Southeastern Conference announced a change in policy earlier this month that will allow member schools to serve beer and wine in general seating areas for the first time if the schools choose to do so. The board of trustees will make the decision about whether South Carolina will take advantage of that opportunity, Tanner said. -Josh Kendall, The State. Read More.

BELMONT UNIVERSITY
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BELMONT UNIVERSITY

Belmont University Director of Athletics Scott Corley announced Friday the promotion of David Fish to the position of associate athletic director for marketing. Fish, a fixture within Belmont University Athletics and the campus community, will oversee all corporate sponsorship, licensing, ticketing, marketing and promotions related to the Bruin athletic program. “Since his days as a Belmont student, David’s passion for Belmont Athletics has been undeniable,” Corley said. For the past six years, Fish has spearheaded Belmont’s efforts for increased fan engagement and student participation at athletic events, first as assistant director of athletic marketing and most recently as director of athletic marketing. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Big changes are coming to Bryant-Denny Stadium, as well as other Alabama athletic department facilities, as part of the initial stage of the program’s projected $600 million Crimson Standard project unveiled last August. The University of Alabama Board of Trustees approved revised plans during Friday morning’s meeting to renovate Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Mal Moore Athletic Complex and Rhoads Stadium that would increase its budget by more than $18.5 million, $17 million of which is earmarked for Alabama’s home football stadium. The revised and approved Bryant-Denny Stadium budget will increase from $75.46 to $92.47 million, while the Mal Moore Athletic Complex renovations budget is increased from $14.6 to $16.1 million. The Rhoads Stadium budget held steady at $3 million, placing the total cost for Stage 1 of the Crimson Standard initiative at $111.6 million. -Alex Byington, Montgomery Advertiser. Read More.

COLGATE UNIVERSITY
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COLGATE UNIVERSITY

Colgate Volleyball head coach Ryan Baker has earned a five-year contract extension from Raiders Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Nicki W. Moore. Baker in 2018 completed his 13th season as head coach of the Raiders and picked up win No. 200 for the Maroon with a September sweep of Lafayette. Colgate went on to a fourth-place Patriot League finish to earn yet another berth in the Patriot League tournament. “Coach Ryan Baker has been a steady, successful and developing leader of our volleyball program,” Moore said. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH

The University of Minnesota Duluth and men’s hockey head coach Scott Sandelin have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep him behind the Bulldog bench through the 2024-25 season. “I want to publicly thank (UMD Athletic Director) Josh Berlo and (UMD Chancellor) Lendley Black for their continued support and commitment to our men’s hockey program,” said Sandelin. Sandelin concluded his program-record 19th season with the Bulldogs this past April by directing UMD to its second consecutive NCAA championship and its third national title since 2011. His 2018-19 Bulldogs rolled up 29 overall victories – the second most in program history – and also captured their second NCHC Frozen championship in three years while advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth year in a row. Read More.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Florida State Athletic Department and Seminole Boosters, Inc. will be working more closely together than ever before after Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Seminole Boosters, Inc. will now be under the umbrella of the Florida State University Athletics Association (FSUAA), but will still maintain its Direct Support Organization status. The move puts the relationship between FSU and its boosters more in line with the way other universities, like the University of Florida, handles their athletic department and booster organizations. The FSU Athletic Department and Seminole Boosters, Inc. had been two completely separate entities, which created some issues when FSU needed to approve budgets or build new facilities. “This restructuring should substantially improve coordination and planning between our two entities and result in savings, particularly in back-office functions, such as financing and the budget, communications and marketing,” FSU Athletic Director David Coburn said. The Memorandum of Agreement was approved unanimously by both the Board of Directors of Seminole Boosters, Inc. and the Florida State Board of Trustees. The restructuring is set to go into effect this fall. -Wayne McGahee, The Tallahassee Democrat, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

The University of New England announced this afternoon (June 6) that Curt Smyth has stepped down as athletics director and will transition to the position of associate athletics director, while Heather Davis has been promoted to athletics director. “I am so pleased with the leadership Curt has provided, and I respect his decision to do what is best for his professional and personal life,” said UNE Provost Joshua Hamilton. Smyth had served as interim AD on three occasions before being appointed athletics director in January of 2018. He is entering his 23rd year at UNE after coming to the University as head women’s basketball coach and sports information director in August of 1997. Davis came to UNE in 2010 and served as head women’s soccer coach through the 2016 season. She assumed the role of associate athletics director for compliance and business operations in June of 2017. Davis is also the Athletics Department’s senior woman administrator and is a Title IX deputy coordinator. Read More.

QUINCY UNIVERSITY
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QUINCY UNIVERSITY

The Quincy University athletic department announced Thursday (June 6) the addition of men’s and women’s bowling programs that will begin competition in the 2020-21 academic year. The department will begin a coaching search for men’s and women’s bowling in the coming weeks with the aim of having the coach in place to recruit and build the foundation of the program by early July of this year. This will bring the Hawks total athletic programs offered to 23. “We are pleased to announce the addition of men’s and women’s bowling to our athletic offerings at QU,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Marty Bell. The National Tournament will be held at AMF Pro Lanes in Kansas City, Missouri in 2021, Quincy’s first year of competition. Read More.

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Northwest Missouri State University Director of Athletics Andy Peterson has announced the hiring of Troy Katen as Deputy Athletic Director – External Operations for the Bearcats. “We are extremely happy to have Troy join our athletic department,” Peterson said. “Troy’s background in development and marketing at the intercollegiate level will provide a necessary need for our programs. Having been a college coach is also a benefit and will allow Troy to relate to our coaches, staff and Bearcat supporters.” Katen previously served as the Associate Athletic Director for the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Katen oversaw the athletic operations for USM and served as coordinator for the Spire Golf Classic, Spire Club, and the Spire Athletic Partnership Program. He also served as the USM Champions of Character Liaison for the NAIA. Read More.

UIC
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UIC

UIC Director of Athletics Garrett Klassy unveiled the first-ever Acceleration Plan produced by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics on Friday, June 7. The Acceleration Plan, entitled Turn Up the Flame, is a comprehensive, three-year playbook of goals and aspirations to amplify the student-athlete experience, unify the entire Flames Family, increase external engagement, enhance existing facilities and develop a culture of sustained success. Read More.

CONFERENCE USA
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CONFERENCE USA

Conference USA Assistant Commissioner Kelly Gatwood has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Softball Committee. Gatwood’s term will begin on Sept. 1, 2019, and run through Aug. 31, 2023. She currently serves on the NCAA Softball Rules Committee, a role that began on Sept. 1, 2016, and ends on Aug. 31, 2020. “As a former player, coach and current softball administrator, this is an outstanding opportunity for me both personally and professionally,” Gatwood said. Currently, Gatwood is the Assistant Commissioner for Sports Services and serves as the sport administrator for softball, volleyball and women’s tennis. She is also the conference liaison for the Senior Woman Administrators. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

In the works for 50 years, the University of Idaho broke ground Thursday on their brand new basketball arena. “We want to take some of our sister stations like BSU and ISU to the Woodshed,” school president Chuck Staben said, drawing laughs from the crowd gathered for the ceremony. The Idaho Central Credit Union Arena is coming to Moscow in 2021. “This is a once-in-a-life time venue and this will be the biggest project that most of us do in our life-times,” says Interim Athletic Director Pete Isakson. The state-of-the art 62,000-square-foot arena will hold 4,200 people and become the first mass-timber sporting facility in major college athletics. -Stephen Pimpo Jr., KLEW. Read More.

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Portland State Athletics has announced a transition in the leadership of its men’s and women’s tennis programs. Director of Athletics Valerie Cleary announced on Thursday that men’s coach Toby Krauel and women’s coach Jay Sterling would not be retained. “We appreciate all the work they each did for our tennis programs and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors,” said Cleary. Sterling came to Portland State as an assistant coach for both men’s and women’s programs in 2009. He was named Head Coach of both programs in 2010, then became the exclusive Head Coach of the women’s program in 2013-14. Krauel has been the Head Coach of the men’s program since 2013-14. Cleary stated that a national search for new Head Coaches will begin immediately. Read More.

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY
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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY

Niagara University women’s basketball coach Jada Pierce had her contract extended through the 2022-23 season on Thursday. “Jada has established herself as a leader in our department and on our campus in her first four years at Niagara,” NU Athletics Director Simon Gray said in a news release. “While I certainly appreciate the competitiveness on the court, I strongly value the type of student-athlete that she brings into her program.” The Purple Eagles went 12-19, 8-10 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and started the conference season 7-4. It was Niagara’s best start to conference play since the 2004-05 season. –The Buffalo News. Read More.


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