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November 25, 2019

UNLV
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UNLV

UNLV Athletics has announced it will part ways with head football coach Tony Sanchez at the end of this season. “We appreciate everything that Tony has done for our university and football program,” Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said. In five seasons under Sanchez, the Rebels have had a 19-40 record. A national search for a new football head coach will begin immediately. –Read More

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
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ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

The Robert Morris University Department of Athletics announced Monday a partnership with Taymar Sales U., a college sports marketing company focused on driving new revenue for athletic departments that own and operate collegiate sporting events. “RMU Athletics is excited to partner with Taymar Sales U., and we see this as a great opportunity to partner with the fastest growing ticket sales company in our industry,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Chris King said. Taymar Sales U. utilizes a partner-centric model, allowing for an open, creative and collaborative approach between the vendor and athletics department to help build ticket sales and attendance. Dan Gale of Leona Marketing assisted with negotiations. –Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Officials said 42 people were charged with disorderly conduct after a protest interrupted a Saturday football game between archrivals Harvard and Yale. Students from both schools occupied the midfield of the Yale Bowl during Saturday’s halftime protest. Some held banners urging their colleges to act on climate change. Other signs referred to Puerto Rican debt relief and China’s treatment of Uighurs. Most protesters walked off after about an hour; those who remained were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. They were issued a court summons and released, according to a statement from Yale University. Organizers of the protest had initially estimated that 20 to 30 protesters were arrested. –ESPN. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD

The University of Illinois Springfield has named Peyton Deterding as its new director of athletics, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. He has spent the past 12 years at Illinois State University, where he currently serves as senior associate athletic director. “I am so pleased that Peyton Deterding will be leading the UIS Prairie Stars as director of athletics,” said Chancellor Susan Koch. Deterding climbed to the top of a national pool of more than 50 candidates that applied to lead the UIS Athletics Department. At ISU, Deterding was appointed senior associate athletic director in 2016. Deterding received his master’s degree in exercise and sport science with an emphasis in sport administration from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Read More.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

On the day Florida State hired Willie Taggart as its football coach, the Seminoles typed up a nine-page letter of agreement which was meant to be a placeholder until the two sides finalized a formal contract, which they intended to do “as soon as practicable.” That never happened. Taggart spent his entire Seminoles tenure —from his hiring on Dec. 5, 2017 to his firing on Nov. 3 of this year — without ever signing a contract beyond the initial letter. according to FSU. The obvious problem of not having a formal contract is that, well, there’s not a formal contract. The initial letter of agreement alludes to a future deal four separate times. The fact that it was never executed, Greenberg said, could allow one side to argue that Taggart was merely an at-will employee. -Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times. Read More.

MERCER UNIVERSITY
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MERCER UNIVERSITY

Mercer Director of Athletics Jim Cole announced Sunday that the school would part ways with head football coach Bobby Lamb, effective immediately. Lamb was hired in 2011 as the 19th head football coach in program history and was tasked with guiding the Bears through a return to the gridiron following a 72-year hiatus from the sport. Mercer was 40-39 in his seven seasons at the helm. The school will begin a national search immediately for Mercer’s next head football coach. -Amy Zimmer, WJCL. Read More.

URSINUS COLLEGE
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URSINUS COLLEGE

Ursinus College has canceled the rest of the season for its men’s and women’s swimming teams after an investigation found violations of the college’s anti-hazing policy and student code of conduct. The college, which announced the cancellation Friday, also said swimming coach Mark Feinberg had been placed on probation following an investigation that began in early September. College officials said the issue involved alcohol and underage drinking. Tom Yencho, a spokesperson for the college, said Sunday that the hazing occurred early in the semester but didn’t provide details about what happened. -Maddie Hanna, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Read More.

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

The most important factors that will influence a student athlete’s ability to monetize their social media will be the size of their following, engagement rate and overall awareness of the student athlete, which is likely to be influenced by the sport they play and the success of their program. All of the marketers I spoke with emphasized Instagram and YouTube as the two platforms where student athletes have the most potential for monetization. “The minimum following may be similar across all platforms, but the earning potential would be highest on Youtube, then Instagram,” says Stephanie Stabulis, vice president and senior strategy director of HireInfluence. -Kristi Dosh, forbes. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO

Earnest Collins Jr. has been fired as the head football coach of the Northern Colorado Bears, director of athletics Darren Dunn announced Sunday. Collins helmed the program for nine seasons, compiling a 28-72 record during his tenure. UNC finished the 2019 season with a 2-10 record. “This is never an easy decision to make,” Dunn said in statement. Collins signed a five-year contract in 2016, according to the Greeley Tribune, after leading the program to its first winning season since moving up to Division I. The school has retained consulting film College Sports Solutions to assist in finding its next head coach, Dunn said. -Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post. Read More.

UNC WILMINGTON
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UNC WILMINGTON

The University of North Carolina-Wilmington has agreed to deals with large beer distributors over local craft breweries in its inaugural season of alcohol sales at basketball games and other sporting events. Under the contracts, signed by Athletics Director Jimmy Bass in mid-September and the beginning of October, each company agreed to pay $10,000 in cash to UNCW Athletics “in support of the University,” and provide complimentary beers at all Seahawk Club functions. When asked why the contract stipulated $10,000 cash payments, university spokesperson Christina Schechtman said in an email Friday evening that “certain types of recognition of and participation by sponsors of Athletics games and via other outlets are discussed by both parties.” -Mark Darrough, PortCityDaily. Read More.

November 24, 2019

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn’s Board of Trustees on Friday approved the replacement of Jordan-Hare Stadium’s field lighting, replacing the existing metal halide system with new LED fixtures. The project was presented and approved during the board’s November meeting Friday morning at the AU Hotel. The new lighting system is a necessary upgrade to Jordan-Hare Stadium, as the current metal halide field lighting system has exceeded its life expectancy and the requisite bulbs for the system are no longer being manufactured. The replacement of the old system, including 20 galvanized steel light poles, and installation of the new fixtures is expected to cost between $3.75 and $4.25 million, all of which will be paid for by Auburn’s athletics department. The project is scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2020 football season. -Tom Green, al. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

The Southeastern Conference will allow fans attending Razorback football games at War Memorial Stadium to buy beer “in public areas of the stadium.” The new rule, announced by the state Parks Department yesterday, will go into effect for this year’s game, Nov. 29, when the Hogs take on the University of Missouri Tigers at War Memorial. According to a press release from Arkansas State Parks, “The program will now be expanded to create availability for the purchase of beer to fans 21 years or older within designated public areas in and around the stadium.” Presumably that includes the parking lot outside the stadium. -David Ramsey, Arkansas Times. Read More.

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Murray State says it has reassigned head football coach Mitch Stewart to another position in the athletic department and will begin “an efficient” national search for his replacement. Stewart was 19-27 in five seasons with the Racers and 15-23 in Ohio Valley Conference play. Murray State finished 4-8 and 2-6 in the OVC after losing its season finale 31-24 to Southeast Missouri on Saturday. The school said in a release Saturday night it would have no further comment until the search is concluded. –wtop. Read more.

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
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CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

Preston Murphy, the Creighton assistant basketball coach who was on paid administrative leave since being named in an FBI investigation into college basketball, has resigned. Murphy and Creighton announced his resignation Friday night. A statement from Creighton said Murphy would be pursuing other opportunities in basketball. Murphy’s name had come up last spring in the federal trial of aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins. Murphy allegedly was paid $6,000 in 2017 to steer prospective pros to Dawkins. –USA TODAY. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

The UND football team made its final case to be in the FCS playoffs Saturday afternoon with a 36-18 win over Southern Utah at the Alerus Center. But long before the clock ran out in Saturday’s game, athletic director Bill Chaves began his behind-the-scenes work to put UND in its best position to not only be in the playoffs, but to host a game next weekend in the Alerus Center. He made sure that the NCAA’s Division I Championship Committee — which is comprised of 10 athletic directors from around the country — knows the Fighting Hawks’ resume. “I have faith in my counterparts that they have lots of data points that they’re going to have to look through,” Chaves said. -Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Protesters wearing the colors of both Harvard and Yale staged a sit-in at midfield of Yale Bowl during halftime of the 136th edition of the annual football rivalry known as The Game. Most walked off after about an hour with a police escort; about 20-30 who remained were arrested. A few dozen protesters initially trickled onto the field as the Yale band finished performing its halftime routine, some holding a banner asking the schools’ presidents to divest from the fossil fuel industry. Other signs referred to Puerto Rican debt and the treatment of the Uighurs. Yale officials said in a statement handed to reporters in the press box during the fourth quarter that the school “stands firmly for the right to free expression.” Between 20 and 30 people were arrested, released and given a court date, protest organizers said. –WTHR. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Oregon has the distinction of being one of the few remaining schools in the hunt for College Football Playoff semifinal berth. The Ducks were again placed sixth in the latest rankings, released on Tuesday. Mullens was given the opportunity to clear the air on this week’s The Ryen Russillo podcast. While Mullens was not asked specifically about Finebaum’s comments, he was given the opportunity to expand upon how the recusal process works. “On my computer screen, Oregon is blacked out,” he explained. “I can’t even click on it for anything, to put them in the pool or to vote for them. So when Oregon is on the board being discussed, I’m recused from the room. When I come back into the room, they share with me what was discussed and what the decisions were.” -Erik Skopil, 247sports. Read More.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., introduced Kortne Gosha as the new vice president and director of FAMU Athletics during the Future of FAMU Athletics Fundraising Breakfast, hosted by the FAMU National Alumni Association, on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel. On Dec. 3, Gosha will assume the position held by John Eason, Ph.D., who announced on Friday that he would be retiring as athletic director, effective Dec. 2. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Gosha trades in one orange and green for another. He spent the previous year as the associate athletic director for Facilities and Operations at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. –WTXL. Read More.

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Jackson State athletic director Ashley Robinson receives four-year contract extension. From Jackson State University: Jackson State president William B. Bynum Jr. has extended the contract of its vice president and director of athletics Ashley Robinson from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2023. Robinson joined Tiger Athletics in June 2018. “Ashley has been instrumental in helping us to run and operate a high quality, NCAA Division I compliant athletic program as we seek to bring back the glory days of JSU Athletics,” said Bynum. –WJTV. Read More.

November 22, 2019

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Gus Malzahn’s future as Auburn’s head coach does not appear to be in danger. There have no discussions about his job status, sources told the Montgomery Advertiser. The athletic director’s feelings on the direction the Tigers are headed hasn’t changed. “We’ve had one of the toughest schedules in the country. We’ve been competitive in every one of those games,” AD Allen Greene said Friday at Auburn’s Board of Trustees meeting. “Our focus right now is on Samford, on Alabama and the Iron Bowl, and recruiting. Our whole focus right now is finishing out the season on a strong note and then focusing on reloading for next year.” Malzahn is in the second year of a seven-year, $49 million contract that he signed following the 2017 season. Still, that contract represents the significant commitment Auburn made to Malzahn, albeit before Greene was hired to replace Jay Jacobs as athletics director and while former university president Steven Leath was running the show — the deal is 75% guaranteed, which means Malzahn’s buyout, if fired, would be more than $27 million. “I love our coaching staff. I love our players,” Greene said. “The more chance I get to spend with them, you start to realize what great Auburn men they are, and they represent the university in a first-class manner, and they compete no matter what the scoreboard says.” -Josh Vitale, Montgomery Advertiser, Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Welcome to college football in the 21st century, where technology, money, and convenience have changed how fans consume games. “It’s not just one thing,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told The Blade while discussing college football attendance trends. “It’s a multitude of things, which is why we have to continue thinking creatively.” Ohio Stadium will overflow Saturday as No. 2 Ohio State and No. 8 Penn State tangle, but the facts are undeniable: fans are increasingly staying home because of high ticket prices combined with expensive concessions, parking, and an overall decline in the game-day experience, once a grandiose event. The viewing experience at home has caught up with the hassle of attending in person — 60-inch high-definition televisions, cheap food and drinks, and whichever guests you want to invite. “Technology [is our biggest competition],” Smith said. “The comfort level of your home, watching games, and all the creature comforts that exist. There are more games televised. Back in the day, you only had one game to watch on TV. The social part of it has become a big competitor.” In seven of the past eight seasons, attendance has declined nationwide. The average crowd in 2018 of 41,586 was the lowest number since 1996. -Kyle Rowland, Toledo Blade, Read More

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

The NCAA on Friday served Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball program with a notice of allegations that is highlighted by a Level I unethical conduct charge against former Cowboys associate head coach Lamont Evans, a source told CBS Sports. Evans was one of four assistant coaches (and 10 men in total) arrested in 2017 in the federal government’s undercover sting operation on bribery and fraud within college basketball recruiting. He was convicted in April and sentenced in June to three months in federal prison. Oklahoma State’s notice of allegations does not charge current Cowboys coach Mike Boynton or any other current member of the current coaching staff with any violations, the university announced later Friday afternoon, confirming the CBS Sports report. The NCAA accuses Evans of unethical conduct, claiming he effectively used and/or sought to use his position to take advantage of student-athletes and sway them toward earnings or partnerships after they left college. The allegations also does not mention or charge former Oklahoma State/current Illinois coach Brad Underwood. -Matt Norlander, CBS Sports, Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn is retiring its 20-year-old golden eagle mascot two years after it was grounded from flying at football games because of heart disease. A university statement issued Friday said the bird named Nova is being replaced by another golden eagle named Aurea that will become War Eagle VIII. A ceremony marking the transition is planned for Auburn’s home game against Samford on Saturday. -ESPN, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

FSU sent boosters a letter asking them to donate funds to complete the Seminoles’ coaching search and spark a football renaissance. FSU president John Thrasher wrote the letter asking Seminoles Boosters for financial support. “Today, if you are able, I ask that you increase your annual booster commitment, please consider a one-time 20 percent increase and encourage your family and friends to join Seminole Boosters today,” the letter dated Nov. 20 read. “I truly believe every Seminole can make a difference in this effort.” Thrasher stated he joined FSU athletics director David Coburn in taking “decisive action to help restore our status as a national contender. The letter urges donors to “please join your fellow Seminoles as we embark on the Renaissance of FSU football to restore its rightful place in college football.” -Iliana Limón Romero, Orlando Sentinel, Read More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

ESPN’s Paul Finebaum once again called into question the credibility of Ducks AD Rob Mullens, who is in his second year as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, but this time in far more explicit and personal terms. During his Thursday radio show, Finebaum cited a column by USA Today’s George Schroeder pointing out the awkwardness of the CFP selection committee chair being the sitting athletic director of a school whose team is contending for what could be the final spot in the four-team field. However, CFP protocol calls for Mullens to leave the room anytime the No. 6 Ducks (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12) are among the teams being discussed, which has been at the same time as No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Alabama for each of the last two weeks. “I frankly don’t know if I trust this guy being in charge,” Finebaum said during his show, which is simulcast on the SEC Network. “I don’t trust him because he’s not honest, and I just think he has an influence on that committee. Maybe I should save my powder if Oregon gets in, but then it’s going to be too late.” -James Crepea, The Oregonian/OregonLive, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

University of Utah is seeking a director of compliance. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to, the following: researching, writing, and issuing NCAA rules interpretations; assisting in the investigation and reporting of NCAA violations; preparing and submitting NCAA and Pac-12 waivers; developing and implementing a comprehensive rules education program for internal and external constituents. –NCAA. Apply Here.

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

FAMU Director of Athletics Dr. John Eason has announced his retirement effective Dec. 2 … The School will formally introduce a new Director of Athletics tomorrow morning at the Future of FAMU Athletics Fundraising Breakfast – FAMU Athletics twitter.

INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Indiana State University Division of University Advancement announced Danny Plasencia has been named the assistant director of athletics and director of the Sycamore Athletic Fund. Plasencia will begin this role on December 2 and will oversee fundraising efforts of the Department of Athletics. “Coming off the successful completion of Elevate the Campaign for Sycamore Athletics, there is momentum in athletics fundraising,” said Andrea Angel, Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation. He comes to Indiana State from the University of Louisville where he worked as the director of championships and director of development. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

It took the NCAA fewer than five business days to make known its ruling in the James Wiseman case. Memphis’ star freshman was declared ineligible mid-morning on Nov. 14, and by late afternoon on Nov. 20, the announcement was made that the Tigers would have to make do without him until their game against South Florida on Jan. 12. Laird Veatch, the university’s athletic director, is hopeful the appeal process will track along a similar timeline. Memphis is expected to formally file its appeal of the NCAA’s decision Friday. “I think it’ll hopefully be in the not-too-distant future,” said Veatch. “We’ll do everything we can to move it forward. I’m optimistic, at least, that they’re going to want to move forward, too.” -Jason Munz, Memphis Commercial Appeal. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

The University of Kansas’ deadline to respond to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations against the men’s basketball program and coach Bill Self has been set for Feb. 19, 2020, KU confirmed Thursday afternoon. The school originally received the notice — alleging five Level I violations involving basketball and two lesser violations involving football — on Sept. 23. Upon receiving the notice, a university typically has 90 days to respond, which would have been Dec. 22. However, the NCAA in September halted its deadlines for schools to respond to the governing body until Nov. 20. -Jesse Newell and Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star. Read More.


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