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March 10, 2019

NCAA
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NCAA

Veteran collegiate administrators Beth Goetz of Ball State and Jill Shields of Kansas State have been approved by the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee to become the newest members of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. Both will begin their five-year committee terms Sept. 1. -Rick Nixon, NCAA. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO

A Weld District Court judge decided Friday he would hear arguments in the open records dispute between College Insider and the University of Northern Colorado. The lawsuit, filed last month by attorneys for College Insider, alleges David Sabolcik, senior athletic director for UNC, colluded by phone and text message with the athletic directors of other schools competing in the tournament, and asked them to guarantee lower rates than the ones set by College Insider. Rates refer to profit sharing agreements between College Insider and the universities from revenue streams such as ticket sales. On Friday, attorneys on both sides appeared before Weld District Judge Todd Taylor for a status conference. -Joe Moylan, greeleytribune. Read More.

UC SANTA BARBARA
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UC SANTA BARBARA

“Tennis itself fosters many of these qualities, and there are elements to the game which are also life lessons,” said John Arnhold, former chairman of the board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Together with his wife Jody, Arnhold (’75), a trustee of the UCSB Foundation, has donated $5.25 million to UCSB athletics in support of its women’s and men’s tennis teams. Their goal: to enhance the experience of student-athletes and their fellow Gauchos, as well as of the broader community by funding a brand-new new tennis complex at UCSB. The Arnhold Tennis Center will provide six new courts; two refurbished courts; a team building complete with locker rooms, team lounge and storage space; and stands for more than 300 spectators.-Shelly Leachman, noozhawk. Read More.

NC STATE
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NC STATE

Former NC State coach Mark Gottfried has reportedly been connected to a criminal case in the federal investigation into college basketball corruption, according to ESPN. Per the report, court documents link Gottfried directly to impermissible payments to players, namely guard Dennis Smith Jr. and his father. In a disclosure from federal prosecutors, former NC State assistant Orlando Early’s attorney said his client disclosed that Gottfried gave him envelopes containing what Early believed to be cash for Smith Jr., on two occasions to deliver to Smith Jr.’s trainer, Shawn Farmer, in exchange for his commitment to the Wolfpack in 2015. Farmer was reportedly supposed to deliver the envelopes to Smith Jr.’s father. -Emily Caron, si. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal officer, statement on Alston decision: “The decision acknowledges that the popularity of college sports stems in part from the fact that these athletes are indeed students, who must not be paid unlimited cash sums unrelated to education. NCAA rules actively provide a pathway for tens of thousands of student-athletes each year to receive a college education debt-free. Although the court rejected the plaintiffs’ desire for a free market system, we will explore our next steps as appropriate.” –NCAA. Read More.

March 8, 2019

TCU
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TCU

TCU men’s basketball assistant coach Corey Barker has been placed on administrative leave, athletics director Jeremiah Donati said in a statement. Barker has been linked to the FBI college basketball corruption case, allegedly receiving a bribery payment to steer TCU players to a specific sports agency. The federal government made the accusation in a superseding indictment filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York. Barker has not been charged with a crime, and reports suggest it’s unlikely he will be. TCU acknowledged a subpoena for employment records, and Donati on Thursday said the department is conducting an “internal review.” On Friday, he issued an additional statement that Barker had been placed on administrative leave. Barker allegedly received a $6,000 bribery payment from Christian Dawkins, who was sentenced to six months in prison and found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits earlier this week. – DREW DAVISON, star-telegram – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

A federal judge ruled Friday night that the NCAA cannot “limit compensation or benefits related to education” for athletes playing Division I men’s or women’s basketball or Bowl Subdivision football. Among the items U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said these athletes may receive are scholarships to complete undergraduate or graduate degrees at any school. However, she also said that the association may adopt a definition of compensation and benefits that are “related to education.” The outcome represents a partial victory for plaintiffs who were seeking to have the association’s limits on athletes compensation in favor of allowing conferences to determine what athletes can receive. At the same time, however, it appears to prevent athletes from receiving unlimited benefits, as the plaintiffs’ attorneys had hoped. -Erick Smith and Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

The University of Utah Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking a highly qualified candidate to join the Business Office as an Associate Director of Finance. Under general supervision of the Director of Finance, this position is part of a larger team that has responsibility for all finance and business functions within the department.  – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

University of Vermont seeks Assistant Director Academic Services. The successful candidate will provide academic and wellness support for UVM’s Division I intercollegiate student-athletes. They will support the goals and activities of the Department of Athletics Student-Athlete Development program and the mission of the overall University. – Apply Here

INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Indiana State Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales watched the Sycamores’ men’s basketball season that ended with a disappointing 15-16 mark — and ISU’s flat Missouri Valley Conference Tournament demise that resulted in a 77-55 first-round loss to Valparaiso on Thursday — with the same emotion many of ISU’s fans have viewed the Sycamores through. Frustration. Clinkscales prides himself on the accountability he demands from his athletic staff, so it’s no surprise his comments on ISU’s basketball season one day after it ended were candid and pointed. “Obviously, the outcome yesterday was disappointing, particularly for our fans. I hear a lot about the apathy or cynicism of our fans. I can’t dispute those when we have what happened yesterday,” Clinkscales said in a Friday phone conversation.  ISU fans have expressed dissatisfaction with the current situation to Clinkscales and he understands where disappointed Sycamores fans are coming from. Clinkscales acknowledged that ISU’s budget — the lowest in the MVC — makes things more difficult men’s basketball and for nearly all of ISU’s coaches. – Todd Aaron, tribstar – Read More

COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND
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COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND

A pair of familiar faces to the College of Staten Island Athletics program have been given elevated duties within the program in a newly developed marketing division. Kelsey Carey, an assistant coach with women’s basketball, has been named CSI Athletics’ new Marketing & Promotions Coordinator, while veteran head baseball coach Michael Mauro, has been named Marketing & Development Coordinator, to coincide with his coaching duties. The pair will team up to expand and improve on the program’s outreach to the community and improve on the philanthropic ventures of the program. Both start their new positions next week. “A critical element of the college’s strategic plan involves developing a strong connection with the borough of Staten Island,” said Director of Athletics Charles Gomes. ” A graduate of the marketing program at Fairfield University, Carey joined the Dolphins ranks in 2018 as the assistant basketball coach coming off of an outstanding playing career both collegiately and abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Carey is finalizing a Master’s Degree in International Business: Global Brand Management from Griffith College, based in Dublin. – silive – Read More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST

Indiana University Northwest is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 gift from Terry and Karen McMahon. These funds will support more than 100 IU Northwest student-athletes with the establishment of the Terry and Karen McMahon Resource Center, a room dedicated to serve both academic and athletic needs. Being able to create an environment where student-athletes can come together, as a team, was the main impetus for the gift, explained Terry McMahon, an avid sports enthusiast, who attended IU Northwest and graduated from IU Bloomington in 1962. The gift will allow the IU Northwest Office of Athletics an opportunity to renovate existing space so it can provide a greater benefit to the 10 RedHawk teams, which will include men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis, beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. The space will be conducive for academics and tutoring, as well as athletics with stadium style furniture, sport-specific sliding white boards, and technology infrastructure to support online and electronic materials, such as game film study. – Erika Rose, chicagotribune – Read More

BYU
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BYU

BYU has reached an agreement with Nike on a new seven-year contract to continue its all-sport footwear, apparel and equipment partnership through 2025-26, athletic director Tom Holmoe announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not released. But the new agreement more than doubles the annual value of the previous Nike agreement and includes annual cash compensation for BYU Athletics, according to a news release. The royalty rate for licensed BYU-Nike products will also increase revenue for the athletic program. BYU and Nike have had a partnership dating back to the late 1970s, when the school’s teams started wearing its footwear. The relationship began with the friendship of legendary coach LaVell Edwards and Nike executive Bill Kellar and Nike co-founder Phil Knight. “One of my fondest memories as a player, coach and administrator at BYU is our long-standing, great relationship with Nike,” Holmoe said. Starting with football in 1999, many BYU teams have become part of the Nike Elite program. – Jeff Call, deseretnews – Read More

LSU
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LSU

LSU has suspended men’s head basketball coach Will Wade indefinitely, according to a joint statement released by LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander and Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. “Recent media reports regarding Coach Will Wade are without question concerning to all of us. As such, we and university officials have taken deliberate and purposeful steps to fairly assess and adequately address this situation. “All of us at LSU share the obligation to protect the integrity of this institution, as such we have suspended Head Coach Will Wade indefinitely until such time as we can ensure full compliance with the NCAA, as well as institutional policies and standards.” Assistant coach Tony Benford will assume the duties of interim head coach, according to the release. -Amie Just, NOLA. Read More.

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State women’s basketball coach Coquese Washington, who led the Lady Lions to three consecutive Big Ten regular-season championships from 2012-2014, was relieved of her duties Friday after 12 years on the job. Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said Washington is leaving the program under a mutual agreement with the university. “I am very appreciative of Coquese’s contributions to the Lady Lion basketball program and Penn State,” Barbour said in a statement. “We both agree that the program is not where it needs to be, and this change of leadership is best at this time.” -Jerry Dipaola, triblive. Read More.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

A federal judge in Waco has ordered the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton to provide documents that it received from Baylor University to attorneys representing women who have sued the university alleging Title IX violations. U.S. District Judge Robert Pittman’s three-page order Thursday gives Pepper Hamilton until March 15 to produce documents used in its investigation, which in 2016 resulted in Baylor regents firing football coach Art Briles, suspending athletic director Ian McCaw, who later resigned, and removing Ken Starr as president of the university. Pittman’s order said the firm cannot withhold materials based on federal privacy laws beyond those redactions and omissions already approved by the court. -David Barron , Houston Chronicle. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Jamie Pollard talked to his family. He talked to his coaches. He talked to associates around the nation. Iowa State’s athletics director didn’t want to make an uninformed decision when Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby asked if he’d represent the conference on the NCAA Tournament selection committee. “I wanted their input,” Pollard told the Des Moines Register Friday, shortly after Iowa State announced he would serve on the prestigious committee that selects the field for the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. “I didn’t want to be one of those people that automatically said yes without thinking about what it entails. Pollard’s five-year term starts Sept. 1, 2019. -Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register. Read More.

NCAA
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Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland and Iowa State University Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard have been named to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. Their five-year terms begin this September. McClelland has been at the SWAC since last summer, having previously served as Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics at one of its member schools, Texas Southern University, for a decade. McClelland is a past member of the NCAA Leadership Council and was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as one of their Athletics Directors of the Year in 2007, becoming the first person from the Southwestern Athletic Conference to earn that award. He is the second SWAC commissioner to be a member of the committee, joining Robert Vowels, who served for one season in 2005-06. Pollard and McClelland will replace outgoing committee members Bernard Muir and Janet Cone. Read More.

NCAA
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The NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee has approved a change of venue for the 2019 Auburn Regional from the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Alabama, to the Saugahatchee Country Club, in Opelika, Alabama. Auburn University will remain the host institution. Course conditions resulting from unusually heavy and ongoing rains over the past few months precipitated the need for a venue change in order to provide the best experience for participating student-athletes. The other three sites hosting Division I women’s golf regional competition, May 6-8, are Tumble Creek Golf Club in Cle Elum, Washington (University of Washington, host); Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma (University of Oklahoma, host); and Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan (Michigan State University and Greater Lansing Sports Authority, hosts). –NCAA. Read More.

SPORTS BUSINESS
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SPORTS BUSINESS

Three months before kickoff for the Women’s World Cup, players for the U.S. women’s national team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Soccer Federation. All 28 members of the team were named as plaintiffs in the case filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles, and they are seeking class-action status over “institutionalized gender discrimination” toward the team. The lawsuit was filed under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. “Despite the fact that these female and male players are called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams and participate in international competitions for their single common employer, the USSF, the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts,” the lawsuit said. –espn. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Just over half of surveyed students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said they want red balloons to keep soaring over Memorial Stadium after touchdowns despite protests about the environmental impact. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that almost 52 percent of the roughly 3,800 students surveyed indicated they wanted to keep the tradition alive. Almost 43 percent argued the practice should end, while 6 percent said they didn’t care. The university uses biodegradable balloons tied with cotton string to minimize the environmental impact. –apnews. Read More.

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

A roundup of some of the key sports technology stories you need to know, including SportTechie’s own content and stories from around the web, as follows: Amazon looks to buy yankees’ Regional Sports Network, an Amazon-led investor group is close to buying an 80 percent stake in the YES Network for about $3.5 billion, according to the NY Post.; SportsEngine will integrate Snap! raise fundraising platform, NBC Sports-owned SportsEngine, an online platform that specializes in providing management tools for youth sports organizations, has partnered with Snap! Raise, an online social donation platform.; Vodafone plans 5G network at Manchester United’s Old Trafford, soccer superpower Manchester United is in talks with British telecommunications firm Vodafone to launch 5G at its historic Old Trafford stadium sometime later this year, according to the Daily Mail.; Brave Bison will manage PGA Tour’s video content on Facebook, social video company Brave Bison has expanded its partnership with the PGA Tour.;and Video Advertising Bureau breaks down Esports audience, A new report from the Video Advertising Bureau found that 65 percent of esports fans are millennials with an average age of 26. -Andrew Cohen, sporttechie. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The University of Maryland Athletics Department and The Aspire Sport Marketing Group have reached an agreement to extend their outsourced ticket sales and service contract. Since its inception in 2011 the partnership has resulted in over $13.5 million in new ticket revenue. Aspire’s Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC) at the University of Maryland has handled new ticket sales and renewals and with the extension will support the Terrapin Club in soliciting philanthropic donations. “Since 2011, Aspire has been a great partner for Maryland Athletics,” said Associate AD. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

In an effort to inject more financial transparency into college sports, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has unveiled a revamped and innovative College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database. The new resource provides unprecedented access to athletics revenues, expenses, and debt as well as institution-wide academic spending for more than 220 public NCAA Division I colleges and universities dating back to 2005. The free, open-access database provides telling documentation of major college sports finances, at a time when institutions face lawsuits to direct more financial benefits to student-athletes. For the first time, database users are able to view rich graphics that demonstrate, by institution, conference or competitive subdivision, “Where the Money Comes From” and “Where the Money Goes” in college sports. The CAFI database uses information self-reported, by institutions, from NCAA financial reports and reports required by the federal government. –prnewswire. Read More.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE
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BOWDOIN COLLEGE

The 9,000-square-foot Whittier Support Building, which is fully accessible and ADA-compliant, is located adjacent to Whittier Field and Magee-Samuelson Track. As well as new locker rooms, it features an athletic training room, equipment storage and laundry facilities, and public restrooms, including a family bathroom—these will replace restroom facilities previously located in the historic Hubbard Grandstand. Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan said the training room provides a state-of-the art environment for student-athletes and trainers to prepare team members for practice and competition, as well as rehabilitation exercise and recovery space. -Tom Porter, .bowdoin.edu. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco men’s soccer head coach Eddie Soto announced his resignation from the University of San Francisco Thursday afternoon after five successful years on the Hilltop. Soto will become the new head coach for the Cal State Dominguez Hills men’s soccer program. Soto took over the reins of the famed Dons’ soccer program prior to the 2014 season following the end of Erik Visser’s 13-year tenure. He became the fifth head coach in USF men’s soccer history, inheriting a program that has won five national championships, made 30 NCAA Tournament appearances and has produced 48 All-Americans. “Over the last five years, Eddie has done an incredible job of leading our storied program back to national prominence,” said USF Director of Athletics Joan McDermott. Read More.

USC UPSTATE
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USC UPSTATE

The University of South Carolina Upstate announced it has hired John Fray as its associate athletic director of development. In this role, Fray will be responsible for the oversight of fundraising for USC Upstate Athletics. Prior to joining USC Upstate, Fray served for three years as the director of development at Arkansas State University. While serving in that role, Fray worked with faculty and staff to develop and implement a strategic plan to raise funds for Arkansas State’s College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Technology. –Read More

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

A Georgia Tech official said there is no change in status for women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph, who was put on administrative leave on Feb. 27. Georgia Tech associate athletic director and senior woman administrator Joeleen Akin said that there is no timetable for announcing a decision about Joseph’s future with the program. “There’s nothing that we can say except that we’re just trying to move as thoroughly and swiftly as possible,” Akin said. “Because it’s a personnel issue, we don’t want to comment on anything.” -Mechelle Voepel, ESPN, Read More

March 7, 2019

ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY

St. Mary’s University seeks Associate Athletic Director of Internal Operations & Compliance. The Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations and Compliance will serve as a member of the senior management team and will assist the Director of Athletics in the daily management of the Department of Athletics.  The Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations and Compliance is also responsible for work related to NCAA DII compliance. – Apply Here

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK BUFFALO
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STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK BUFFALO

State University of New York at Buffalo seeks Associate Director of Athletics for Development. The Associate Director of Athletic for Development supports and enhances the mission of the State University of New York at Buffalo Athletics Department and is responsible for working to optimize philanthropic support for Athletics. – Apply Here

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