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May 15, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Paul Kirk is joining Utah Athletics in a renamed position in charge of the department’s media relations. Kirk, who has managed Colorado State’s athletics communications for seven years, will become Utah’s associate athletic director for strategic communications, deputy AD Scott Kull announced Wednesday. Kirk also will be the primary media contact for the football program. He is replacing senior associate AD Liz Abel, whose retirement after 36 years at Utah is effective July 31. -Kurt Kragthorpe, sltrib. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

University of Utah Athletics Director Mark Harlan announced today that the department will part ways with Mat Iandolo, Utah’s head women’s tennis coach for the past 12 years. “We appreciate the effort Coach Iandolo has put into our women’s tennis program throughout the years,” said Harlan. A national search for a new head women’s tennis coach will commence immediately. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

University of Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin was a guest Tuesday on ESPN Gainesville’s Sportscene with Steve Russell radio show, and he talked on a variety of subjects, including an upcoming new look the Gators will have in their athletic facilities. There will be a lot of changes to Florida’s campus in the near future. On the southwest side of campus, the new baseball stadium is under construction near the softball and lacrosse fields. Construction has already started and the project is expected for completion in the summer of 2020. After that operation, McKethan Stadium will be cleared out to make room for the new football training facility. This will cost $85 million and it will serve as a place for the football team to work out, but also serve as a dining hall and recreational space for all student-athletes. -Alejandro Aguirre, wruf. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

With its season opener against Florida a sellout, Miami athletics director Blake James is confident there could be more opportunities for the two college football powers to face off. The Hurricanes are set to take on the Gators at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Aug. 24. The game was moved up a week to be featured during the kickoff to the 150th anniversary of college football. It’s the latest meeting in an occasional series between the two in-state schools that dates back to 1938 and their first game since 2013. “[Florida athletics director] Scott [Stricklin] and I have spoken about it and we’ll continue to talk about it, but again scheduling is very challenging,” James said during a break at the ACC spring meetings Tuesday. -Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel. Read More.

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY
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TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY

The Tuskegee University Department of Athletics announced on Tuesday that it has chosen not to renew the contract for men’s head basketball coach Jerry Dunn. A national search will begin immediately to identify his successor. “We thank Coach Dunn for his leadership of Tuskegee’s men’s basketball team and wish him well in his future endeavors,” commented Director of Athletics Willie Slater. Dunn, who spent five seasons at the helm of the program, led the Golden Tigers this past season to a 13-15 overall record — finishing 8-10 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Read More.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State’s new offensive coordinator received a bump of more than $115,000 to bring his base salary up to $517,847, according to records provided to the Detroit Free Press by the university. That is a 28.7% raise with the promotion for Brad Salem, whose base salary for 2018 was $402,462. He was the only offensive coach from Mark Dantonio’s 2018 staff to receive a pay increase. Dave Warner ($516,924) and Jim Bollman ($498,462), who previously shared the offensive coordinator title, Mark Staten ($402,462) and Terrence Samuel ($387,693) all maintain the same salaries from last season while taking on new coaching roles for 2019. The coaches for MSU’s defense — which ranked No. 1 nationally against the run and No. 10 overall — all got raises as well. Mike Tressel received a pay increase 16.6%, bringing his salary up to $667,385 for his third season as the Spartans’ defensive coordinator. His three assistants — defensive ends coach Chuck Bullough ($387,693, up 10%), defensive tackles coach Ron Burton ($424,616, up 9.5%) and secondary coach Paul Haynes ($415,385, up 9.8%) — all received salary bumps as well. -Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, Read More

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

David Coburn hasn’t changed his strategy since his appointment last Friday as athletics director at Florida State. “I am just going to take it a day at a time and do my best to get things stabilized,” Coburn said Tuesday from the ACC’s spring meetings in Jacksonville. He continues to address operating budget issues and lagging season-ticket sales in football. Coburn has been tasked by Thrasher to help better integrate Seminole Boosters, Inc., and the athletics department. Coburn must also help hire a new baseball coach to replace legendary Mike Martin. Coburn confirmed that a number of current baseball coaches have expressed interest in the job. An advisory committee appointed by Coburn in February is expected to forward the names of three to five candidates to Thrasher and Coburn. “Now that the season is coming to an end, we can start talking to (current coaches) and get this wrapped up,” Coburn said. “I can’t tell you an exact time (to name a coach). I think we are in the home stretch now.” Discussions also have continued between athletics and Seminole Boosters, Inc., the independent fundraising arm of athletics. The shared vision over the years between the pair has helped FSU become one of the most visible and successful programs nationally. Seminole Boosters, Inc., raises funds for an athletic department that features over 500 student-athletes participating in 20 sports programs. Andy Miller, CEO and President of Seminole Boosters, said Tuesday that talks with the athletics department have been going “extraordinarily well.” He said the goal is to bring the two entities “even closer than they are now.” -Jim Henry, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Dan Schemmel has been hired as Stanford’s Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming, as announced by Jaquish and Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir. Schemmel spent the previous three seasons as head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs at University of Hawai’i. The women’s program won the MPSF conference championship in each of those three seasons while the men’s team captured its first conference championship since 2006. Prior to serving as head coach at Hawai’i, Schemmel spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, where he coached 17 Big Ten conference champions to nine Big Ten conference records. –Read More

May 14, 2019

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Florida State is determined to give fans and families affordable, innovative and flexible ticket options for the 2019 football season. On Wednesday, the Seminoles will introduce three new purchasing options to supplement traditional season ticket packages, including an all-mobile ticket plan that is gaining popularity nationally at college and professional events. FSU is also renewing its focus on local fans with an 850 Package that features four season tickets and entry level Booster membership for $850. There was a time when a majority of FSU football season-ticket holders lived in Leon County. Today, more than 70 percent of those season-ticket holders reside outside of Tallahassee, according to Seminole Boosters, Inc. FSU second-year coach Willie Taggart has also emphasized that local fans are the lifeblood of the school’s football and athletic program. “The home-field advantage for FSU football starts with Tallahassee and the surrounding communities.” said Greg Hulen, executive vice present of Seminole Boosters, Inc. While a season-ticket package features the best value and benefits, the new offerings provide additional flexibility for fans and families alike. – Jim Henry, tallahassee – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

University of Maryland seeks Marketing Assistant. The position will work as a member of the ICA Marketing Strategy & Fan Experience staff, assisting with developing creative marketing programs and activities which cultivate interest and support from University groups, the community, and local businesses for the University’s athletic department. – Apply Here

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
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BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

Bradley University seeks Senior Associate/Associate Athletics Director for Athletic Training Services. This athletic trainer administrator will serve as a member of the athletics administration senior staff and will be responsible for coordinating all student-athlete health care in collaboration with the team physician(s), consulting physicians and other necessary medical services providers. – Apply Here

DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY
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DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY

Dixie State University Director of Athletics Dr. Jason Boothe announced Tuesday the addition of a men’s tennis program, which will begin competition during the 2020-21 season in line with the institution’s move to NCAA Division I status and joining the Western Athletic Conference. With the addition of men’s tennis, DSU will now sponsor 16 intercollegiate athletic programs. “We are very excited to be able to add men’s tennis to our offerings,” Boothe said. “We feel this sport can be very successful here and provides some exciting opportunities for men looking to play at a high level, get a great education and go to school in a fantastic environment with fantastic facilities.” Dixie State will represent the seventh men’s tennis program competing in the WAC and will join Grand Canyon, New Mexico State, UM Kansas City, Chicago State, UT Rio Grande Valley and Seattle as competing members in men’s tennis. Current DSU women’s tennis head coach, Eric Pelton, will also serve as head coach for the men’s team.  – Keric Seegmiller, deseretnews – Read More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

For the first three years of the College Football Playoff, things were good for the Big Ten. Ohio State made it in 2014 and went on to a national championship. Michigan State made the field the next season and in 2016, despite not winning the conference championship, the Buckeyes were back. The last two seasons, however, the Big Ten has been shut out, making it three straight seasons the conference’s champion has been left out. That isn’t sitting well with the powers that be. Commissioner Jim Delany has indicated there should be open discussions about looking at how the field is determined and possible expansion, and it’s an opinion that is shared by at least some of the Big Ten athletic directors. “I’m open to the consideration and looking at it and thinking about it,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said at the Big Ten’s spring meetings.  Those championships, however, have not carried a lot of weight recently with the selection committee. In 2016, it was Penn State that didn’t make the field. In 2017 and 2018 it was Ohio State that won the Big Ten, but couldn’t find its way into the field. – Matt Charboneau, detroitnews – Read More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE

Teamworks, the leading athlete engagement platform for collegiate and professional organizations, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Southern Illinois athletic department. With Teamworks, the Salukis will better serve student-athletes by streamlining communication and operations to eliminate wasted time. In addition to Teamworks’ core offerings, SIU will leverage Teamworks Academics to improve the academic success of all student-athletes. “I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact Teamworks can have in keeping everyone connected and focused,” said Jerry Kill, SIU Director of Athletics. “With Teamworks, we are improving the experience of every Saluki student-athlete by streamlining communication with the people around them, from academics and media to equipment and sports medicine. Giving our student-athletes time back in their day through Teamworks is invaluable.” With Teamworks Academics, the Salukis will simplify the logistics around academic support to improve outcomes. With repetitive work streamlined, SIU will be able to address the unique academic needs of each student-athlete through individualized objective-based learning plans. Teamworks Academics is a new solution, launching in Summer 2019. – Read More

UTA
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UTA

On the heels of successful seasons, Casey Devoll has been promoted to head coach of the UT Arlington men’s golf program, while Catherine Matranga has been promoted to head coach of the Maverick women’s golf program, Director of Athletics Jim Baker announced. Devoll and Matranga had been associate head coaches of their respective programs since 2016-17, but will now have the opportunity to oversee and manage all aspects of their teams as they continue to make progress. In addition to Devoll’s promotion, former UTA golfer Adam Babb has also been elevated from a volunteer assistant coach to a full-time assistant role with the men’s program, while fellow alumnus Paul McConnell remains on staff as a volunteer assistant coach. DEVOLL’S THOUGHTS. “Being named the head coach of the Mavs is a great honor. I am really looking forward to the next few years with the student-athletes we have here and the new ones coming into the program. MATRANGA’S THOUGHTS. “I am very excited to be named the head coach and continue building our women’s program. I’ve been here since the program started two years ago. – Read More

BIG TEN
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BIG TEN

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was talking to reporters Tuesday about who might replace retiring Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany when Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez walked behind him. “Someone like a Barry Alvarez,” Smith said coyly. “He’d be a prototypical candidate.” As Alvarez playfully grabbed him by the back of his neck, Smith joked, “Oh, is Barry here?” In all seriousness, Alvarez, 72, said he is not interested in the job. “I’m moving toward Jim’s route,” he said, alluding to retirement. Athletic directors who spoke Tuesday after two days of meetings concluded at Big Ten headquarters in Rosemont said they hope the next commissioner has a strong understanding of the conference’s philosophies and values, ideally from the inside. “Certainly you need someone who understands this league and appreciates what this league represents,” said Alvarez, who has been Wisconsin’s athletic director since 2004.  Delany, 71, announced in March he plans to retire by June 2020 after 30 years at the helm. He oversaw landmark moments for the conference: expansion to 14 teams, the creation of the Big Ten football championship game and launching the Big Ten Network. – Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune – Read More

LIMESTONE COLLEGE
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LIMESTONE COLLEGE

The Limestone College Athletics Department and Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance Curt Lamb have announced that a Sports Nutritionist/Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach will be added to the staff thanks to a Coaching Enhancement Grant awarded by the NCAA. Limestone will receive three years of grant funding from the NCAA to support the salary, wages and benefits of the hired coach, and will also provide funding at the beginning of each of the first three years to support professional development. This grant requires a five-year commitment by the recipients. The NCAA Coaching Enhancement Grant is designed to provide financial assistance to member schools that are committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in newly created assistant coaching positions for any NCAA-sponsored sport.  – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA president and Board of Governors appointed a working group to examine issues highlighted in recently proposed federal and state legislation related to student-athlete name, image and likeness. The NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group will be made up of member representatives from all three NCAA divisions.  “This group will bring together diverse opinions from the membership — from presidents and commissioners to student-athletes — that will examine the NCAA’s position on name, image and likeness benefits and potentially propose rule modifications tethered to education,” said Val Ackerman, commissioner of the Big East and working group co-chair. “We believe the time is right for these discussions and look forward to a thorough assessment of the many complexities involved in this area.” According to the board, the group will not consider any concepts that could be construed as payment for participation in college sports. The NCAA’s mission to provide opportunity for students to compete against other students prohibits any contemplation of pay-for-play. – Read More

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
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COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS

College of the Holy Cross today named Marcus Blossom as its new director of intercollegiate athletics, announced Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. Blossom, currently the senior associate athletics director for business and finance at Boston College, will assume his new role July 1. Blossom will be publicly introduced at 10 a.m. Wednesday at a press conference on campus in the Doran Auditorium inside the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. n 2014, Blossom, 39, joined Boston College, where he has been responsible for all budget and financial operations, and served as a member of the department of athletics executive team assisting with all aspects of strategic planning and vision execution. He was also the sport administrator for Men’s Basketball and had oversight of technology, interactive media and broadcast services. –Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

The University of Southern California coach who created fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including Lori Loughlin’s daughters, pleaded guilty in the college admissions scam on Tuesday. Laura Janke, the 36-year-old former assistant women’s soccer coach at USC, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering and agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigation and testify at trial if needed. Prosecutors recommended that she be sentenced to 27-33 months in prison, the low end of the sentencing guidelines. They also agreed not to bring further criminal charges against Janke. Janke was among a dozen coaches and test administrators indicted on a racketeering conspiracy charge in March as part of the admissions scam. -Eric Levenson and Mark Morales, CNN. Read More.

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
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STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron announced today that Jim Nagle will not return as head coach following eight years at the helm of the men’s lacrosse team. Nagle, who guided the Seawolves to a 9-6 record in 2019, closed out his Stony Brook career with a 68-59 record, including a 31-14 mark in America East action. “I appreciate Jim’s dedication to the Stony Brook men’s lacrosse program and our student-athletes over the past eight years,” said Heilbron. A national search for Stony Brook’s next head coach will begin immediately. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

When football announcers tell us where the University of Georgia’s football team is playing in its Sept. 7 home opener, they’ll be saying “Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium.” The state Board of Regents made it official Tuesday. In a vote with no suspense, the board gave its formal approval to naming the field in honor of former UGA football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. Now 86, Dooley was a young man of 31 when he was hired to coach UGA’s floundering football team in 1964. Dooley immediately revived the program with SEC championships in 1966 and ’68, the first of six he would win in 25 years as the UGA head coach, along with Georgia’s only national championship in 1980. Dooley became athletic director and continued in that role until he stepped down in 2004 after years of friction between Dooley and then-UGA President Michael Adams. UGA plans to dedicate Dooley Field on Sept. 7 at Georgia’s first home football game of 2019 against Murray State University. -Lee Shearer, onlineathens. Read More.

MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY
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MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY

Minot State Director of Athletics Andy Carter announced on Tuesday that head softball coach Dave Kivett will not return after two seasons at Minot State University. “After a careful evaluation of the overall direction of the program, I felt it was best in the interest of the trajectory of our growth to find a better fit to lead our softball program,” said Carter. In the two seasons, Kivett complied a 51-47 overall record with two NSIC Tournament appearances while the Beavers broke over 20 Division II era school records. A national search for the new head softball coach will begin immediately. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

On the fifth floor of the Champions Center sits the office of Colorado Buffaloes Athletic Director Rick George. As the AD for CU, George has greatly aided not only the athletic department as a whole, but all of the university’s sports teams and has a direct hand in success of CU’s sports teams. During his six years in charge of university athletics, George has helped the department in many ways. George welcomed the CU Independent into his grand office space for a one-on-one sit-down interview, where we discussed his role as the Athletic Director, his accomplishments and the future of the athletic programs. -Amanda Boyer, cuindependent. Read More.

LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY
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LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY

Lenoir-Rhyne University is seeking an associate AD for compliance who has a primary responsibility to direct, oversee, and coordinate all aspects of the NCAA Rules compliance program in accordance with all South Atlantic Conference, NCAA and University rules. This position is also responsible for educating all applicable constituents and monitoring activities to ensure compliance with all Lenoir-Rhyne University, NCAA and conference rules and regulations. The position serves as a member of the athletics senior administrative team. -NCAA. Apply Here.

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Ross-Ade Stadium is headed toward a video/ribbon board makeover during the next two seasons. Purdue is adding a “Monster Ribbon Board” prior to the start of the 2019 season in the north end zone. Before the 2020 season, the athletic department will replace the aging video board in the south end zone with a modern version. The project in the north end zone will be completed in two phases. Indianapolis-based Geiger & Peters, Inc., won the bid to construct the steel structure that will hold the ribbon board. Daktronics will build the ribbon board, which is 10-feet tall and 375-foot long. It will feature statistics, scores from the Big Ten and around the country along with advertisements and messages. -Mike Carmin, Lafayette Journal & Courier. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

While most Michigan fans claim Ohio State as the Wolverines’ biggest rival, there’s no doubt there is a certain level of importance placed on the series with Notre Dame. It’s one that ended in 2014 before the teams agreed to a home-and-home that will be completed this fall when Notre Dame visits Michigan Stadium on Oct. 26. Beyond that, however, there are no guarantees as to when the two storied programs might meet again. However, it’s something that’s on the radar for Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel and his counterpart at Notre Dame, Jack Swarbrick. “We haven’t talked about anything recently,” Manuel ” I’ve been working on some other scheduling things and so has he and so we both have the interest to do it in the future, just not sure when.” -Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News. Read More.

UCLA
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UCLA

UCLA head swim coach Cyndi Gallagher is retiring following her 31st season as head coach, multiple sources have told SwimSwam. Gallagher graduated from UCLA in 1983 and was named head coach in 1988, and coached Bruins to an initial string of top three Pac-12 finishes. Her team won Pac-10 titles in 2001 and 2003, but has not finished higher than fourth since 2006. Gallagher was one of three female head coaches of Division I top-25 schools nationwide. -Torrey Hart, swimswam. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA is turning to a proven internal senior leader with deep experience in legal and regulatory affairs to serve as the Association’s first vice president of hearing operations. Naima Stevenson Starks, currently NCAA deputy general counsel and managing director of academic and membership affairs, will assume her new role June 3. NCAA President Mark Emmert created the position following recommendations from the Commission on College Basketball. “Naima brings to this critical role a wealth of knowledge of the issues facing the NCAA and a strong record of supporting the Association’s infractions and regulatory processes,” Emmert said. As vice president of hearing operations, Stevenson Starks will serve as direct liaison to the NCAA Committees on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committees in all three divisions and oversee the staffs that support these committees. -NCAA. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Tom Bowen, the University of Memphis athletic director the past seven years, has resigned from his position to pursue other interests, the university announced Tuesday morning. Allie Prescott was named interim athletic director. The U of M scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference Tuesday to expound on the matter . There was no immediate information regarding what might have precipitated Bowen’s decision. The resignation comes about two months after the university and Bowen agreed to a six-month extension of his contract that originally was set to expire at the end of June. Bowen earns $400,000 – a salary structure that has not changed since 2015. -Clay Bailey, Daily Memphian. Read More.


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