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May 16, 2019

ALDERSON BROADDUS UNIVERSITY
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ALDERSON BROADDUS UNIVERSITY

Alderson Broaddus University President Dr. Tim Barry announced Carrie Bodkins as the University’s next athletic director. With this appointment, Bodkins becomes the first female athletic director in Alderson Broaddus’ history. She has served as the acting athletic director since January 1, 2019, following the leave of absence of former athletic director Dennis Creehan. “Carrie will be a wonderful advocate for our students and brings with her a collegial atmosphere that will ensure our students’ successes on and off the playing field,” said Dr. Barry. Bodkins has served as the senior associate athletic director since 2015 when she moved to athletic administration full-time as the University’s compliance director after 11 years as the head coach of the AB women’s volleyball team. Read More.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

A San Jose State University scholarship fund redirected donations to pay its sports coaches and staff, according to a report published Wednesday by the school’s student newspaper. More than $6.3 million intended for sports scholarships was mishandled under the tenure of former athletics director Gene Bleymaier, The Spartan Daily reported. Donation checks sent to the university in recent years for The Spartan Foundation were instead directed to the athletics office, sources told The Spartan Daily. Athletics staff allegedly took donations and transferred approximately 96% of the money to “current accounts that paid for car allowances and bonuses to coaches and athletics administration staff.” -Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle. Read More.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The decision is not in Bill Beekman’s hands. But the new Michigan State athletic director sees what is going on around the Big Ten. Rutgers, Illinois and Indiana all announced this year that they plan to sell beer and wine at football games. That makes seven of the 14 conference schools to do so. MSU is not planning to do that, in part Beekman said because state law prohibits alcohol sales at Spartan Stadium and Michigan Stadium during college sporting events. MSU sells beer and alcohol to donors in its suites, but it can do so because that tower on the west side of the stadium is not physically attached to Spartan Stadium. “We do sell it in the suites and to a limited number of folks. I think more and more of the conference is going there,” Beekman said Tuesday at the Big Ten athletic director meetings in Rosemont, Illinois. “It’s becoming more common. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen in some venue at some point. I’m not sure our starting point would be football.” -Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press. Read More.

RICE UNIVERSITY
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RICE UNIVERSITY

Following one of the greatest seasons in program history, Rice University Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard announced on Thursday that women’s basketball head coach Tina Langley has agreed to a new five-year contract that will run through the 2024 season. “Tina Langley is an elite coach who has driven our women’s basketball program to unprecedented heights,” Karlgaard said. In 2018-19, Langley led the Owls to a program record 28 wins, and a sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. The Owls became the first team in league history to go undefeated (16-0) in conference play and also claim the tournament title. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

University of North Dakota Head Men’s Golf Coach Matt Stricker announced Wednesday he will join the Sanford Power Academy in Sioux Falls, S.D., as a golf instructor. His last day at UND will be May 24 and the process to begin the search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Stricker took over the reins of the golf program midway through the 2017-18 season and helped navigate it through some instability. “We could not be more excited for Matt and for this opportunity that he has been afforded at Sanford,” UND Director of Athletics Bill Chaves said. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA made a potentially game-changing announcement on Tuesday, appointing a working group to examine issues related to student-athletes using their name, image and likeness. Member representatives from all three NCAA divisions will comprise the working group, co-chaired by Big East commissioner Val Ackerman and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. Because the group has yet to meet and discuss any rule amendments, members of the working group referred ESPN to the corresponding NCAA spokesperson when reached for comment. The NCAA told ESPN it is not able to make any further statements or clarification on the release without fully knowing what recommendations the working group will provide. -Jeff Borzello and Tom VanHaaren, espn. Read More.

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Diego State University has hired the team of Legends and JMI Sports to sell naming rights and premium seats and to serve as owner’s representative for the school’s new football stadium project, sources said. Derrick Grice, San Diego State’s executive associate athletic director for the Mission Valley development, could not confirm the information. An announcement could be made today on the firms selected, Grice said. Legends and JMI have strong connections in the market. CSL International, which is part of Legends, has already conducted market research for the proposed 35,000-seat facility. JMI initially consulted on the project. The total project, including the new stadium, covers 132 acres. University and city officials are still negotiating the sale of the property, Grice said. -Don Muret, venuesnow. Read More.

LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
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LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY

Last Friday’s announcement that the students of Long Beach State voted to adopt “Sharks” as the new mascot of the school caused a major reaction among the university’s sports fans, who were posting all over social media wondering if they’d be rooting for the Sharks come the Fall. Long Beach State athletic director Andy Fee said that for those who aren’t excited about that change, there’s nothing to be worried about. “We will not be rebranding uniforms, logos, or any other marks related to the athletic department,” he tweeted. “We continue to be ‘The Beach!’” Reached via phone, Fee said that from his perspective, it will be similar to the way Alabama’s sports teams are called the Crimson Tide, while the mascot is an elephant. The Dirtbags will remain the Dirtbags, and the rest of the school’s sports teams will continue to be called “Beach,” as they have been since the athletic department phased out “49ers” five years ago. -Mike Guardabascio, the526org. Read More.

CALVIN COLLEGE
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CALVIN COLLEGE

Bill Sall is the new men’s basketball coach at Calvin. He becomes the 12th head coach in the history of a program that will celebrate its 100th year next season. Sall replaces the recently retired Kevin Vande Streek (who served 23 years at the Calvin helm), and he comes to Calvin following six years as the head men’s basketball coach at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. “I am thrilled to announce Bill Sall as our new head men’s basketball coach,” said Calvin director of athletics Jim Timmer Jr. Read More.

HOLY FAMILY UNIVERSITY
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HOLY FAMILY UNIVERSITY

Holy Family University has named Bernadette Laukaitis ’00 its new head women’s basketball coach as announced by Director of Athletics Tim Hamill on Monday. Laukaitis becomes the program’s sixth head coach in its 33-year history. “I can’t think of anyone better to lead our women’s basketball team and take the program to the next level,” said Hamill. Laukaitis comes to Holy Family after spending the past 10 years at Division I University of Pennsylvania as an assistant coach. While at Penn, she assisted with all aspects of the program, including recruitment, on-the-court coaching at individual workouts/practices and scouting opponents while establishing game strategy. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Associate Commissioner Kirsten Ford has made history becoming the first woman selected to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Rules Committee beginning September 1, 2019. Ford will be one of three Division II representatives serving on the thirteen-member committee representing nearly 75,000 student-athletes and over 670 teams in the NCAA. “I am excited to represent the football-sponsoring institutions of the RMAC and Division II,” said Ford. The Football Rules Committee is an association-wide committee consisting of six representatives from Division I, three from Division II and three from Division III. Ford is the committee’s first female representative and will serve as a member through August 31, 2023. -Jaclyn Lam, rmacsports. Read More.

LIU BROOKLYN
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LIU BROOKLYN

LIU’s new unified athletic program has its nickname after a vote by students and alumni, choosing the Shark as the new mascot, the university announced in a news release late Wednesday night, citing “Jaws” and other staples of popular culture as examples of the creature’s strength. The Shark won out over the Eagle and the Falcon. “The shark is an animal which embodies strength, resolve, and brilliance, all of which characterize the spirit of LIU and the individuals who comprise our extraordinary University,” the release said. LIU teams will begin competing as the Sharks starting this September, the first Division I program on the East Coast to use the nickname, according to the release. The Sharks replaces the Pioneers nickname of LIU Post and Blackbirds mascot used by LIU Brooklyn. The LIU Sharks will use blue and gold as their colors. -Ryan Gerbosi, newsday. Read More.

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

DeAna Tyler has been named Director of Athletic Development and Major Gifts announced Lamar University Director of Athletics Marco Born Wednesday morning. Tyler comes to Beaumont from Durham, N.C., where she spent the previous three years on staff at Duke. Tyler originally started with the Blue Devils athletics department as an athletics assistant before being promoted to the position of assistant director for the Iron Dukes Annual Fund. “We are very excited to have DeAna join the LU family,” said Born. When Tyler arrived at Duke in July 2016, she was tasked with the role of aiding the Blue Devils Annual Fund and Major Gifts team in attaining prospective donors. Read More.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

After 23 years and one of the most storied tenures in Arizona State history, Sun Devil director of track and field Greg Kraft announced Wednesday that he will cede head coaching duties to associate head coach Dion Miller and move into an administrative role following the completion of the 2019 season. With Kraft’s new title as associate director of athletics for track and field, Miller will be named director of track and field on July 1, 2019. Kraft took the helm of the Sun Devil track and field program in 1996 and led ASU into a renaissance in which the men’s and women’s teams consistently found themselves among the nation’s elites. Kraft will leave ASU with an unmatched legacy and as the second-longest tenured coach in program history behind legendary head coach Senon “Baldy” Castillo. Read More.

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
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COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS

Before his burgeoning career in intercollegiate athletic administration began, Marcus Blossom attended Northeastern University on an academic scholarship and made the Huskies’ basketball team as a walk-on. He went on to lead NU in scoring his sophomore and junior seasons and earned all-conference honors three times. Holy Cross is confident that Blossom will bring that same drive and spirit in leading the college’s department of athletics. HC introduced the 39-year-old Blossom, who is currently the senior associate athletics director for business and finance at Boston College, as its new director of athletics during a press conference Wednesday morning at the Luth Athletic Complex. -Jennifer Toland, telegram. Read More.

May 15, 2019

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State University seeks Assistant Director for Premium Services and Special Events. The Athletics Department is accepting applications for a Program Assistant whose responsibilities will be to help coordinate and oversee the event planning and operations related to Iowa State University Athletics premium facilities including Jack Trice Stadium (stadium suites, Jack Trice Club, Sukup End Zone Club) and Hilton Coliseum (Johnny’s). This position reports to the Director of Premium Services and Special Events.  – Apply Here

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma Baptist University seeks Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications. The Athletics department at Oklahoma Baptist University is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Athletics Director for Strategic Communications. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating compelling content for the purpose of proactively publicizing OBU Athletics.  – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

University of Houston seeks Associate Athletic Director Strategic Communications. The Assoc Athletic Director of Strategic Communications is responsible for the oversight of the sports information, video/digital production, and communications areas of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. – Apply Here

BIG TEN
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BIG TEN

The Big Ten Conference has established a new benchmark in the how-high-is-up world of college sports finance: It recorded nearly $759 million in revenue during its 2018 fiscal year. The figure, which far exceeds any comparable annual figure for a college sports conference, was revealed in a new federal tax return that the conference provided Wednesday in response to a request from USA TODAY. It is a year-over-year revenue increase of 48 percent, with the conference reaching $512.9 million in fiscal 2017. The return also showed that commissioner Jim Delany was credited was just over $5.5 million in total compensation for the 2017 calendar year. That, too, is a single-year record for a conference. The revenue total was driven by new TV agreements that took effect at the start of the 2017-18 school year and resulted in payments of roughly $54 million to each of the 14-team conference’s 12 longest-standing members. In February, the Southeastern Conference reported just under $660 million in revenue for fiscal 2018, resulting in an average of $43.7 million being distributed to the 13 member schools that received full shares. – Steve Berkowitz, usatoday – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Projects to clean up the exterior of the University of Wisconsin Field House and construct a new plaza outside its south doors have been given a thumbs-up. Jason King, UW’s senior associate athletic director for capital projects and operations, told the Athletic Board’s finance, facilities and operations committee on Wednesday that the work, totaling just under $6 million, was approved by the State Building Commission. An exterior renovation to the 88-year-old building will include new, historically accurate doors and windows that will increase energy efficiency. The price tag was reported at $2.995 million, 92% of which will be paid for from UW athletics gift funds. The redevelopment of the south plaza outside the Field House was ticketed at $2.998 million, with 94% of the money coming from gifts. The latter project will reconfigure the area between the arena and Monroe, Little and Regent streets with new retaining walls, landscaping and steps. King told the committee that the athletic department hopes to seek bids for the projects this fall, with construction to begin early in 2020. – TODD D. MILEWSKI, wiscnews – Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

The final salary numbers are in for Purdue’s assistant football coaching staff. The athletic department is scheduled to spend a combined $3.535 million on the 10 assistant coaches and another $245,000 in base salary for Greg Brohm, the program’s executive director of football administration and operations/chief of staff. Brohm’s salary is included in head coach Jeff Brohm’s coaching salary pool. For the 2019 season, Jeff Brohm will use $3.78 million of the allotted $4.35 million pool spelled out in his new seven-year contract. The salary figures for all the assistants were made available to the Journal & Courier through an open records request.   New tight ends/assistant special teams coach Ryan Wallace’s base salary is $150,000 and his contract run through Dec. 31, 2019. He’ll receive the same performance bonuses as the other assistant coaches. Wallace and Kevin Wolthausen, who oversees special teams and is an assistant defensive line coach, are operating on one-year contracts. The other eight assistants have two-year contracts, which run through Dec. 31, 2020. – Mike Carmin, jconline – Read More

 

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Austin Peay women’s coach Amy McCollum announced her resignation on Tuesday. McCollum, who received Ohio Valley Conference Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2018, will be replaced on an interim basis by former coach Sara Robson, who she replaced when Robson was named Assistant Athletics Director of Operations. – Todd Hamilton, whopam – Learn More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The first matchup might be one of the best of the season, pitting Oregon against Auburn in a Pac-12/SEC matchup on Aug 31 at 7:30 p.m. Justin Herbert returned to the Ducks and will be a Heisman Trophy candidate, while Auburn once again looks to get back into the good graces of the SEC. The second Saturday night matchup of the year on Sept. 7 has two teams on the upswing. The LSU Tigers visit the Texas Longhorns. Texas was a surprise contender for the Big 12 last season after a few down years.  Then, in the third week of the season, the defending champion Clemson Tigers takes on Syracuse, who has played the Tigers as tough as anyone the last couple of years on Sept. 14. This also points to where ESPN might be bringing College Gameday the first three weeks of the season. Obviously, it is way too early to start predicting who wins these games, but being able to see Herbert, Trevor Lawrence, Sam Ehlinger and other great players in primetime to kick off the season, is a great way for fans to get excited about the 2019 season. –  Nick Villano, fansided – Read More

SUN BELT CONFERENCE
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SUN BELT CONFERENCE

The topic of diversity and inclusion is definitely on the rise in the Sun Belt Conference. Long known as a league willing to take bold steps to positively shape college athletics, the Sun Belt is taking another step in that vein – hosting its first Diversity and Inclusion Summit on May 17 as a part of the conference’s annual spring meetings in Point Clear, Ala. “Educating to Become More Aware” is the theme of the half-day session designed to open up the conversation on diversity and inclusion and explore information, techniques and solutions that can be implemented in the hiring or developmental process. “I’m excited that this Summit is one of the first things I’m getting to be a part of,” said newly appointed Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill. Dr. Katrice A. Albert, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources at the NCAA national office, will kick off the Summit by discussing the importance of diversity and why inclusiveness is so important in today’s world of college athletics. – Read More

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Charleston Southern Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced today that Associate A.D. for Compliance/Senior Women’s Administrator Ashton Turner is excited to pursue an opportunity outside of Athletics beginning June 1. Turner will be joining the staff at Vision Sports International based in Spartanburg, S.C. as the Mobilization Director to help work with the non-profit’s programs and travel. “Sometimes you just can’t ignore the door that God opens,” Turner said. “This is something I feel like God was putting front of me. Every question or concern I had was either strongly answered or I was given peace about my decision.” Barber had the following to say about Turner’s time at CSU in leading the Buccaneers through an NCAA Investigation, as well as enhancing both the compliance department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Among her new responsibilities at Vision Sports International include helping members and volunteers who are involved in sports camps, exhibition teams, and international projects with planning and training. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS

University of Central Arkansas Athletics Director Dr. Brad Teague, along with Assistant Athletics Director for External Operations Matt Whiting, has announced the addition of several new members of the UCA external unit effective earlier this semester. Five new employees have begun their tenure with the Bears and will lead several new and innovative initiatives into the future for UCA athletics. “It was quite an unusual coincidence to lose the entire external team during a short period of time,” Teague said. “But it was an opportunity to bring in totally new perspectives to our team and to enhance our external operation. Austin Hopper takes over as the Director of Development having spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant at Louisville. MacKenzie Magwire heads to UCA having spent the last two seasons as the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing, Promotions and Licensing at Northwest Missouri State.  A graduate of Southland Conference neighbor Sam Houston State, Katie Moore has been tasked as UCA’s Coordinator of Partnership Success. Hunter Roberts takes over as the new Athletics Ticket Manager by way of the University of Evansville, where he spent 2018 as an External Affairs Intern.  – Read More

UTEP
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UTEP

In recent years, the community has gone around in circles to try and figure out the solution to the attendance problem at UTEP football games in recent years. Last season we came up with a short answer to the solution: win more games. Obviously, that’s easier said than done, as the team enters its second season under Dana Dimel, which should be about a three-year rebuilding process before we see considerable results. UTEP Athletic Director Jim Senter told us on the program last season that his intentions were to accommodate gamedays for fans across town and mentioned the idea of putting out a fan-oriented survey. Among the questions on the survey executed by UTEP athletics, the topic of football start times were included. “We had over 1,500 responses to the survey and received some really tremendous feedback on what the fans are looking for from UTEP Football Gameday,” Senter said in a statement. “The survey was extremely comprehensive in nature to cover everything from football game times to ticketing, parking, tailgating, concessions, marketing and promotions, video production and much more. – ADRIAN BROADDUS, krod – Read More

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Today’s release gives an inside look at the graphics that will modernize the new 122-player locker room, located on the first floor of the renovated FOC building. The entire three-floor football operations center will feature a dynamic graphic arts packages, helping promote the ever growing Liberty Football brand. Shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 football season, Liberty’s first campaign at the FBS level, the Williams Football Operations Center started a $25 million renovation project, which is scheduled for completion in January 2020. The current renovation project will dramatically expand the footprint of the existing building. The project will add 18,000 additional square feet to the facility to bring the new building’s usable space to 65,455 square feet. Read More.

VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY
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VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY

Felicia Johnson is breaking barriers, becoming the first woman to be appointed as Director of Athletics at Virginia Union University. Johnson has spent the past 11 years as the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance /Senior Woman Administrator. She joined the VUU Athletics staff in July 2007 as Director of Compliance. “Felicia Johnson is an incredible asset to Panther athletics,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President & CEO at VUU. Johnson was awarded the CIAA Senior Woman Administrator of the Year in 2009 and in 2018. She replaces Hall of Fame Coach Joe Taylor, who was recently appointed to Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics at Virginia Union. –vuu.edu. Read More.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
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DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

Duquesne University today unveiled a bold, revitalized visual identity for its 17 athletics programs. The comprehensive redesign includes distinct primary and secondary logos, a new wordmark and an exclusive font style created specially for the next generation of DU student-athletes. The announcement coincides with the ongoing UMPC Cooper Fieldhouse renovation project as well as the resurfacing of Rooney Field scheduled for later this month. “This is the ideal time to reimagine our brand identity,” said Duquesne Director of Athletics Dave Harper. Duquesne partnered with Change Up (formerly Interbrand Retail) for the redesign project. Read More.


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