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May 14, 2019

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
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SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE

Southland Conference Deputy Commissioner John Williams has been selected as the league’s new representative to the NCAA Division I Council. Williams, a former collegiate basketball student-athlete and coach, NCAA administrator, and campus athletic director, is completing his second year on the Southland staff. He will begin his four-year term on July 1. As part of his Council position, Williams will also serve a four-year term on the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee. “The Southland is proud to announce the appointment of John Williams to the NCAA Division I Council and Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee,” said league Commissioner Tom Burnett. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

Stanford recently topped the list of participating Pac-12 schools in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2018-19 College and University Green Power Challenge. The College and University Green Power Challenge tracks collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation. According to the EPA, participating colleges in the Pac-12 conference produced a total of nearly 284 million kWh last academic year, with Stanford leading the way at nearly 160 million kWh of renewable energy. Stanford’s green power production currently makes up 57 percent of the university’s electricity usage, enough to power more than 15,000 homes. In 2021, a second solar generation station is scheduled to come online, bringing the university’s renewable energy portfolio to 100 percent. -Tejas Athni, The Standford Daily. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

College football, like any other sport in America, loves its prime-time matchups. The best games are usually played under the lights. However, FOX is trying to do things a little differently. They are planning on making their best game each week be a high noon showdown. During today’s FOX upfronts, the network announced it will show its best game each week at noon ET. FOX also announced it will televise Ohio State-Michigan this season. That game will be a noon kickoff as usual. It is set for November 30. -Matt Hladik, The Spun. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Paciolan has announced a new relationship with the University of Minnesota. Gopher fans and donors will gain advanced mobile and digital ticketing features to personalize the way they experience Gopher Athletics events. Fans will enjoy the ease of purchasing mobile tickets, receiving them via text message and gaining access to the venue with their phones. Season ticket buyers who cannot attend events will simply transfer or exchange tickets with mobile account management tools making it easy to fill seats and use tickets. Advanced ticketing and fundraising features will also be seamlessly integrated into the official athletics website and mobile app, powered by SIDEARM Sports, to elevate the customer experience. –Yahoo Finance. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel spent a week with the football team for a trip to South Africa before returning to Ann Arbor last week. “Just an unbelievable experience for all of us and unbelievable for me because not only did I get to experience it, I got to experience it through the student-athletes as well and their eyes were open and they were engaged and they were just taking it all in.” It was Michigan football’s third straight year with an international journey under coach Jim Harbaugh, following trips to Italy in 2017 and France last year. As was the case last year, the team had already completed spring practice and the trip was an educational, sightseeing excursion. Harbaugh previously mentioned potential future destinations for the team include Spain, Greece and Cuba, among others. However, it’s still unclear what the 2020 trip will be for the Wolverines. “We haven’t finalized anything on the next one,” Manuel said. “Stay tuned.” -Matt Wenzel, MLive, Read More

May 13, 2019

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Utah Valley University athletic director Jared Sumsion announced on Monday the hiring of Dan Nielson as the new head coach of women’s basketball. The hire marks a return to Orem for Nielson, who spent four seasons on Cathy Nixon’s coaching staff from 2009-2013. “Utah Valley University has a contagiously electric atmosphere with world-class facilities and limitless potential,” Nielson said. “I’ve continued to watch with awe and amazement how this university has grown. This is a place that I’ve held close to my heart, and I’m ready to get to work to help this program contend for WAC championships every year.” At UVU, Nielson was part of two Great West championships — one regular season and one tournament title — while recruiting and coaching nine All-Great West players. “Dan Nielson has vast experience and knows what it takes to build and maintain a successful program,” said Sumsion.  – Clint Burgi, deseretnews – Read More

COLBY COLLEGE
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COLBY COLLEGE

Colby College seeks Assistant Equipment Manager. This is a full-time, year-round appointment. The assistant equipment manager will assist the head equipment manager in all aspects of maintaining the equipment room for the Department of Athletics. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity. – Apply Here

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

A bill designed to protect the health and safety of college athletes has been signed into law in Maryland. State Del. Shelly Hettleman said the bill was a direct result of the “unfortunate and tragic death” of Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old University of Maryland athlete from Randallstown, Maryland. McNair was an offensive lineman at the College Park campus who collapsed after a preseason conditioning drill and later died last year. Investigations found that there was a delay of more than an hour before 911 was called to attend to the freshman football player. McNair’s death led to calls for changes at the University of Maryland. Hettleman said House Bill 876 “requires each higher education institution in Maryland to develop a system whereby their student-athletes can express concerns about what is happening on their team to somebody outside of the athletic department.” The bill is intended to deal with “team culture,” Hettleman said. After McNair’s death, ESPN had reported on what it called a “toxic culture” inside the University of Maryland’s athletic department where athletes were bullied and belittled.  – Kate Ryan, wtop – Read More

BROWN UNIVERSITY
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BROWN UNIVERSITY

The NCAA Division I coaching carousel is spinning excruciatingly slowly, with some of the biggest positions (Princeton, UNC, and Stanford) seeing no hirings yet, and with reports being that at least the latter two of those positions have had several coaches pull their names out of contention. But, on Monday, two* mid-level D1 programs did announce new head coaches, including Brown University, which announced Kevin Norman as its new men’s head swimming & diving coach. Norman won’t come from far away: he spent the last decade as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the men’s and women’s teams at Ivy League rivals Yale. He replaces Chris Ip, who spent 5 seasons as the school’s head coach. “Kevin has helped build a highly successful program at Yale and has shown the ability to recruit and develop student-athletes at the highest level,” said Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. Yale’s women have a perfect 26-0 dual meet record over the last two seasons, including winning the coveted dual meet league championships in both 2018 and 2019. – BRADEN KEITH, swimswam – Read More

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Colorado State University seeks Associate Athletics Director for Communications. The Associate Athletics Director for Communications is responsible for directing communications and media relations efforts for the institution’s NCAA Division I-FBS intercollegiate athletics program that sponsors 16 men’s and women’s sports. Individual serves as the primary spokesperson for the Department of Athletics and is responsible for the highly visible, revenue-generating sport of football. – Apply Here

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

Scott Measell has been promoted to Director of Event Management, as announced by James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne on Monday afternoon. In his new position, Measell will oversee JMU Athletics’ entire event staff through training, hiring, recruitment and more, while serving as the game manager for multiple sports. These duties include liaising with on-campus departments, such as parking services, public safety and facilities management, while coordinating the scheduling and execution of all events and activities held in athletic facilities. “I am thrilled that Scott has earned this opportunity leading our event operations at JMU,” Assistant A.D. for Facilities and Events Ty Phillips said. Since joining JMU Athletics this past August, Measell has served as the Assistant Director of Events, acting as the game manager for men’s basketball, women’s soccer and lacrosse and overseeing operations for several other sports’ home events. “I would like to thank Jess Jarrett, Ty Phillips and Jeff Bourne for giving me this opportunity,” Measell said. Prior to James Madison, Measell was on staff at American, overseeing event operations for field hockey, wrestling and lacrosse during his time as an Operations Manager.  – Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

This season’s Orange Bowl is moving to Dec. 30, with a prime-time kickoff, after originally being scheduled to be played the afternoon of New Year’s Day. The Orange Bowl has traditionally been played at night, but the earlier kickoff was initially planned when it became part of the six-bowl rotation that hosts the College Football Playoff. The Orange Bowl will not be hosting a national semifinal this season. Had it stayed on Jan. 1, the Orange Bowl would have been competing against other traditional New Year’s Day games and kicked off around 1 p.m. EST. – espn – Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Sports gambling is coming to Indiana. With it come concerns from college programs within the state about regulation and protecting the integrity of athletic events. Indiana became the 10th state in the country, and first in the Midwest, to legalize sports betting when Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law last week that also opens up construction of casinos in Terre Haute and Gary. The bill will allow for wagering on mobile devices. The Indiana gaming commission will sort through other potential regulations and begin approving casinos on July 1, with a target start date for sports betting to begin on Sept. 1, in time for football season. The last reported major gambling scandal in college athletics occurred more than 10 years ago, when six University of Toledo basketball and football players engaged in point shaving activity from 2004-06 based on their ties to Detroit bookmakers. All involved pleaded guilty to charges and cooperated with FBI investigators in exchange for lighter sentences. Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass said with legalization pending, the school examined its practices in educating athletes about the dangers of sports gambling through an outside law firm. – Kevin Brockway, kokomotribune – Read More

MERRIMACK COLLEGE
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MERRIMACK COLLEGE

Merrimack College is pleased to announce that Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson has signed a five-year contract extension. “I said at my inauguration that joining Division I was a vital strategic goal for Merrimack, and Jeremy has been a key driver of that,” said President Christopher E. Hopey. “Under Jeremy, Merrimack Athletics has achieved great things, and his leadership will keep that momentum unabated as we fully enter the Northeast Conference.” Gibson has led Merrimack’s athletic programs for the past six years, overseeing Merrimack’s 24-sport, NCAA Division I and II varsity athletic department that has competed in the highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference (Division II) and Hockey East Association (Division I). He will continue to lead the department as it begins a four-year NCAA Division I Northeast Conference (NEC) reclassification this summer. The College accepted an invitation to join the NEC in September 2018, marking the highly anticipated start of a new era for an Athletic Department that has served as a leading source of institutional pride while advancing the vision, mission and values of Merrimack. – Read More

WILLIAM & MARY
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WILLIAM & MARY

William & Mary Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge announced the hiring of Kevin Dwan as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations for Revenue Generation and Brand Management. Dwan will be responsible for the strategic direction, oversight, coordination, leadership and active participation in the revenue generation and external functions and will serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. “Kevin brings all the requisite skills we are seeking and more,” Huge said.  “He has the demonstrated ability to plan and execute successful strategies that have grown both revenues and brand awareness in multiple different environments. Dwan will provide leadership for revenue generation units, including ticket operations staff and sales; athletics communications; marketing; promotions; merchandise sales; brand management; licensing; corporate partnerships and video production units. Prior to coming to William & Mary, Dwan was the Associate Athletics Director for Sales and External Relations at the Naval Academy for the past four years.  – Read More

ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY

Illinois State Director of Athletics Larry Lyons announced the hiring of Normal, Illinois, native and former Indiana assistant coach Caitlin Hamilton as the program’s new head swimming coach on Monday. Hamilton replaces Scott Cameron, who resigned the position in May to pursue other career opportunities. Hamilton, a Normal Community High School graduate, comes to Illinois State after completing her second season on the Indiana coaching staff, serving as an assistant swimming coach for both the Indiana men’s and women’s teams. For the first time in school history, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won the Big Ten team titles in 2018-19. “We are very excited that Caitlin is joining the Redbird family and taking over our swimming program,” Lyons said. “She competed at a championship level locally and at Purdue, and has a broad base of coaching experience with success in regional, national and Olympic pools. At the NCAA Championships, Hamilton helped guide the men’s team to back-to-back top-3 finishes for the first time in 44 years.  – ANDY ROSS, swimmingworldmagazine – Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich will be pushing for the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championships to come to the Palmetto State when the league’s athletic directors hear bids later this week from cities vying to host the 2020 tournament and beyond. Radakovich and his ACC colleagues are at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida to discuss a new host site among the many other things they hope to get accomplished at the ACC Spring Meetings this week. The Durham, North Carolina Sports Commission announced last week that Durham Bulls Athletic Park will not be able to host the tournament anytime soon because of the International League’s new policy on blocking out dates needed for such events. The Clemson Insider learned in March Greenville’s Fluor Field and Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach are two of the venues that are being considered by the ACC to host the 2020 championship and future championships as well.  – Will Vandervort, theclemsoninsider – Read More

COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
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COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

The next step in the deal between the Colonial Athletic Association and FloSports is for both parties to ensure the product is primed for football season. Week 1 contests for CAA members begin as early as Thursday, Aug. 29. “We need to work with Flo to create the 50-game football schedule that’s going to be on Flo,” conference commissioner Joe D’Antonio said this past Friday while in Harrisonburg for the CAA softball championship. “That needs to be done sooner rather than later.” To expedite the process, D’Antonio said the league planned to send FloSports a draft of that slate on Monday. “We hope to know sooner rather than later what that schedule is going to look like,” D’Antonio said. “And specifically, our goal is to announce the football schedule [for FloSports] well before media day.” CAA football media day is typically the third or fourth Tuesday of July. D’Antonio said the conference and FloSports are working together to come up with the 50-game streaming schedule. – GREG MADIA, winchesterstar – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

The University of Colorado Boulder became the first university in the nation to commit to the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework, bolstering its status as a sustainability leader. The University of Colorado Boulder Athletic Department signed onto the agreement last week, joining the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, FIFA, the New York Yankees, the NBA and the Green Sports Alliance and others in the effort to raise awareness and inspire climate action. Several major sports bodies partnered with U.N. Climate Change in December to launch the framework as a way to drive emission reductions among sports operations and tap the popularity and passion of sport to engage millions of fans in the effort. “We’re thrilled to be an early adopter of the U.N. Sports for Climate Action Framework,” said CU Athletic Director Rick George. The U.N. Sports for Climate Action Framework has two overarching objectives: to achieve a clear trajectory for the global sports community to combat climate change and to leverage sports as a unifying tool to drive climate awareness and action among global citizens. – Read More

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State women’s tennis head coach Chris Cagle announced his resignation from the program, effective May 31. Cagle’s eight-year tenure as a tennis coach at Penn State will wrap up at the end of the month. He served as an assistant coach for the men’s program before taking charge of the women’s program on an interim basis after Dawana Denny-Wine’s resignation in December 2013. He spent five full seasons in charge of the women’s tennis program and led it to a 45-65 record since taking the head coaching gig full-time. “We are very appreciative of the impact Chris Cagle has made on our student-athletes,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a release.  In his debut season with the program, Cagle guided the Nittany Lions to a program-best fourth place finish in conference play and 13-11 record overall. Penn State also made it to the Big Ten semifinal before losing to Michigan. – Mikey Mandarino, onwardstate – Read More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Urban Meyer continues to be a fascinating figure in college football, despite the fact that he retired from coaching following Ohio State’s Rose Bowl win over Washington on Jan. 1. After 17 years of coaching and winning three national championships, the former head coach hasn’t gone away and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon. Since his retirement, he began co-teaching a class on leadership within Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and is working as an assistant athletic director within the Buckeye athletic department. Last week, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith was on Sirius College XM and discussed what Meyer’s roles have been so far. “He’s really working with us on coaching the coaches, really working with a lot of our coaches on their motivational techniques with student-athletes and how to help student-athletes be the best that they can be,” Smith told hosts Matt Schick and A.J. Hawk. -Patrick Murphy, 247sports. Read More.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State has settled two Title IX lawsuits with opposing parties in a sexual assault case that had resulted in disciplinary action against a former football player, according to court documents filed Friday. Court filings showed that mediation meetings held this week led to the university settling its lawsuit with a former female student, who went by Jane Doe in court filings, and a separate but related lawsuit filed by former football player Keith Mumphery, who the woman reported sexually assaulted her in 2015. Terms of the settlements were not included in the court documents filed in the U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan; Judge Janet T. Neff has asked for dismissal papers to be filed in early June. Attorneys for Mumphery and the woman declined to comment, and a Michigan State spokeswoman said Friday that she could only confirm that the school has reached settlements with both parties and could not provide further details at this time. -Paula Lavigne, ESPN. Read More.

ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
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ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

St. Cloud State University women’s hockey coach Eric Rud announced his resignation and will now serve as an assistant coach for the men’s hockey program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. St. Cloud State University Director of Athletics Heather Weems said that the national search for a new head coach to replace Rud will begin immediately. “I want to thank Eric Rud for his leadership and commitment to our women’s hockey program and athletic department during his tenure on campus,” Weems said. The fourth coach in the history of the women’s hockey program at St. Cloud State, Rud finished his fifth season with the Huskies in 2018-19. Read More.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan softball head coach Margo Jonker announced her retirement on Monday, leaving as one of the greatest head coaches in NCAA Division I softball history. “It has been an amazing 40 seasons and I will really miss working with these fantastic student-athletes, but it is time for me to step aside and let someone else be the gatekeeper for this program,” Jonker said. Jonker finishes her career with a record of 1,268-808-7, the ninth-most wins in NCAA Division I history. “Simply said, Margo Jonker is a legend in the sport of softball, in the Mid-American Conference and at Central Michigan University,” Zyzelewski Family Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Michael Alford said. Coach Jonker’s retirement is effective June 30. She will provide leadership for the program until a new head coach is named. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Morgyn Seigfried, widely considered a leading expert in cutting edge communications and actionable strategies for social and digital media, will join Kansas Athletics as Associate Athletics Director for Creative Services & Communications. She will start at KU May 29. “Morgyn brings a balance of creativity, experience and leadership to an area of our department that is inundated with requests for more content and story-telling on a regular basis,” Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. Seigfried will be responsible for the oversight and coordination of all creative services, communications and media relations within Kansas Athletics. Read More.

LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY
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LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY

For more than a decade, Michelle Meadows has been a behind-the-scenes driver of the growth and development of Longwood athletics. Now entering her 14th year in the department, the 2001 Virginia Tech graduate and first-ballot Hokie Hall-of-Famer will continue that push on the front lines as Longwood’s newest athletics director. Longwood University President W. Taylor Reveley IV announced Monday that Meadows was named director of the institution’s 14-sport athletics department, earning that appointment after an eight-month stint as interim athletics director and a 13-year tenure in multiple high-level roles within the administration. “Michelle Meadows profoundly understands the mission of Longwood athletics and the university’s vision for our program,” Reveley said.  Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

The University of Iowa Department of Athletics seeks applications for a self-motivated, results-oriented individual with the knowledge, ability and interpersonal skills required to serve as Assistant Director of Marketing. This is a full-time position that includes full University benefits. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, create and implement marketing and advertising plans that aggressively and proactively enhance the outreach efforts of the Department and maximize the opportunities to generate revenue through the sale of season and single-event tickets for athletics events. –NCAA. Apply Here.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

University of Michigan coach John Beilein has agreed to a five-year contract to become the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coach, league sources told ESPN. Beilein reached a deal with the Cavaliers on Sunday and informed Michigan’s administration of his decision to leave for the NBA on Monday morning, sources said. The Cavaliers have been using the term “culture driver” internally when discussing the possibility of hiring Beilein. He’s considered one of the elite offensive tacticians and teachers in basketball, a coach who has never been an assistant and climbed almost every level of basketball — coaching high school, junior college, Division III, II and I. The final step in an odyssey that’s brought him an 829-468 college record has been the NBA — and now Beilein makes the leap. -Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN. Read More.

HOCKEY EAST
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HOCKEY EAST

Hockey East coaches have informed their athletic directors they would like to return to the 11-team playoff format next season. The coaches, who met recently during the annual American Hockey Coaches Association in Naples, Florida, want to include all league teams and scrap the eight-team format used this season. Hockey East teams play 24 league games. They play six teams twice and four teams three times. The athletic directors will vote on the playoff format at their meeting next month. Under the 11-team format, the top five teams earned first-round byes and the bottom six played a best-of-three first round series. The three survivors advanced to a best-of-three quarterfinal series. Hockey East and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association were the only two conferences among the six in Division I that didn’t include all of their teams in the playoffs. -Larry Mahoney, Bangor Daily News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER

Ryan Callahan, a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus community for more than 15 years, has been named Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. The announcement was sent to all university faculty, staff and students by Interim Chancellor Cheryl Green on Friday. Callahan most recently served as Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Operations, a position he held for the last two years. In that role, Callahan maintained operating budgets for all 20 sport programs and oversaw event management, NCAA/postseason reporting and campus purchasing. He also played a role in capital projects and strategic planning. –Daily Union, Read More


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