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December 21, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

The University of Arizona on Monday announced assistant coach and cornerbacks coach David Lockwood won’t return for the 2016 season. Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez said analyst Jahmile Addae will be promoted to the position. Addae spent the previous three seasons with the Wildcats as an analyst, assisting day-to-day duties of program management with a focus on defensive film breakdown. Prior to his time at Arizona, Addae coached running backs coach at the University of Cincinnati in 2010 and 2011. Before that, he served as UC’s Director of Player Development. –Tucson News NowRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

For the 10th consecutive semester, the student-athletes in the University of Memphis Athletic Department posted a departmental GPA of at least 3.0, finishing the Fall of 2015 with a 3.00 GPA. Fifteen of the program’s 17 teams posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Tiger men’s tennis team led all men’s sports with a 3.50 GPA, while women’s soccer led the female sport’s side with a 3.74 GPA.  Academic success was not the only highlight for Memphis student-athletes that was announced on Monday. It was also announced that Memphis finished in the top 25 in the country in the NCAA Team Works Competition. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Virginia lost a defensive line coach Monday before he officially started the job in Charlottesville, but new coach Bronco Mendenhall quickly picked up a replacement in the form of Shane Hunter. Hunter, who has served for the last three seasons as a graduate assistant under Mendenhall at Brigham Young, will slide into the defensive line coach position vacated by Shaun Nua. Last Tuesday, Nua was hired away from Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo’s staff by Mendenhall, but Nua decided Monday to stay at Navy. With the hiring of Hunter, Mendenhall has finished putting together his nine-member assistant coaching staff. -Norm Wood, Daily PressRead More

MCPHERSON COLLEGE
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MCPHERSON COLLEGE

McPherson College Director of Athletics Andrew Ehling is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Cleveland as the Head Volleyball Coach for the Lady Bulldogs. Cleveland is a native of Nebraska but has spent six of the last ten years in Hesston, Kansas with the last five being head coach for Hesston College. In her two most recent seasons, she accumulated a record of 42-20 mostly against the very strong NJCAA Jayhawk Conference. Cleveland also has been the Director of the Hesston Wellness Center for over four years. –victorysportsnetwork.com- Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA had to embark on a search of its own a few months ago when Damani Leech, who had served as Managing Director of Championships and Alliances, accepted a new post with the NFL. The result of that search culminated Monday with the appointment of Indiana State athletic director Ron Prettyman to the post. Prettyman is no stranger to college baseball. He served on the Division I Baseball Committee this past season and had spent the past 11 years as the Sycamores’ athletic director. “As I embark on a new professional endeavor as a Director of Championships and Alliances with the NCAA in Indianapolis, I will call upon my experiences at Indiana State and elsewhere to perform my tasks well,” Prettyman said. “I am excited about my new challenges and I look forward to working with an amazing and very experienced team of professionals at the NCAA. I am anxious to make a difference as I work with many quality people on NCAA Committees and in the national office as we continue to make our NCAA Championships outstanding and strive to serve the membership effectively. With Prettyman taking over as the head of college baseball, he will have to relinquish his seat on the Division I Baseball Committee. -Kendall Rogers, D1 Baseball, Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Several alumni of Purdue’s football program have pledged a total of $12.1 million to support construction of an expansion of the university’s Mollenkopf Athletic Center. “Intercollegiate athletics, and football specifically, are a vital part of the fabric of our university, and this new facility will enable our current and future student-athletes to train more effectively and more efficiently,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said in a statement. The school recently announced that alums Drew and Brittany Brees, Sandy Dauch, on behalf of her late husband, Dick, along with Doug and Maria DeVos, Bob and Amy Martin, and Tom and Joy Spurgeon have taken lead roles in financial support of the expansion. Along with private donations, revenue generated through the Big Ten TV contracts will fund the project. Construction on the estimated $65 million project is scheduled to begin in May, with a completion date in August 2017. –The Journal Gazette, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The role of modern A.D. has changed dramatically in recent years, contorted by the explosion of TV revenue, a facilities arm’s race, ever-expanding budgets and the growth of social media. The job description never again will resemble what it was 10 years ago and might have a new shape in five. “It’s changing, it seems, like daily,” said Joe Castiglione, Oklahoma’s athletic director. “This job is more of a vocation than an occupation.” Castiglione, who took over Sooners sports in 1998, said the job hardly resembles the duties he inherited nearly two decades ago. Changing just as fast are the résumés of those who sit in the A.D. chairs. Once upon a time, schools often hired former football coaches to run athletics because they carried stature and knew the inner workings of a department. But as college sports have transitioned into an enterprise worth billions, more schools have embraced a different profile, hiring “nontraditional” athletic directors with business backgrounds who operate the department with the acumen of a CEO. -Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune, Read More

BETHEL UNIVERSITY
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BETHEL UNIVERSITY

The Bethel University Athletics Department recently announced the promotion of Jared Johnson to the new position of Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information and Marketing. Johnson, who has served as Bethel’s Sports Information Director since the fall of 2011, will be more involved in all external communications within the Athletics Department while continuing to oversee sports information for Bethel’s 18 varsity sports which includes all web related content, game statistics, game recaps and webcasts while managing a team of over 20 student workers. “Jared has demonstrated tremendous initiative in his role as Sports Information Director over the last 4 1/2 years,” said Bethel Director of Athletics, Bob Bjorklund. “He has gone the extra mile in taking on duties far beyond the scope of his job description. I’m delighted to have Jared more heavily involved in administrative tasks to take full advantage of his leadership skills. I look forward to seeing his collaborative spirit produce an even greater impact for Bethel athletics in this new capacity.” –Read More

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Turner Field is going to be sold to Atlanta-based real estate firm Carter and Georgia State University. The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority board announced Monday that the Carter and Georgia State team has been chosen as the winning bidder for Turner Field. The board will begin negotiating a sale of the downtown baseball stadium and much of the surrounding parking lots. The announcement comes just a little more than two months after the agency put the ballpark up for sale through a competitive bid process, and about two years after the Atlanta Braves announced their plans to move to a new ballpark in Cobb County. The Carter-Georgia State team plan involves a $300 million mix of student housing, apartments, retail and the conversion of Turner Field into a football stadium. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed publicly endorsed the Georgia State team when it first announced its interest in the site early last year. -Katie Leslie and J. Scott Trubey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Read More

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY

Southeastern Louisiana University a proud member of NCAA Division I and the Southland Conference is seeking an Associate Athletics Director for Business Affairs. The Associate Athletics Director for Business Affairs oversees all financial management in the Department of Athletics.  The ideal candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in sport management, sports administration, business, accounting or a related field.  As well as experience managing budgets and financial matters. Apply Here

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga receivers coach Will Healy has been named the new head football coach at Austin Peay. The 30-year old Healy spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant at UTC, taking over as the passing game coordinator this past season. He was also the Mocs recruiting coordinator. A two-time all-state quarterback at Boyd-Buchanan, Healy went to Richmond and was a member of the Spiders’ 2008 national championship team. He followed then-Richmond defensive coordinator Russ Huesman to UTC and coached the quarterbacks his first season with the Mocs, helping B.J. Coleman with his initial transition from the University of Tennessee to the Football Championship Subdivision level. -Gene Henley, Times Free Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

South Florida coach Willie Taggart has signed a three-year extension that puts him in line to stay with the Bulls through 2020. The school announced the deal Monday morning, hours before the Bulls’ matchup against No. 25 Western Kentucky in the Miami Beach Bowl. That game was USF’s first postseason appearance since 2010. The Bulls finished the 2015 regular season with seven wins in eight games, a significant turnaround for a program that had lost 37 of its last 48 games before that stretch. –Associated Press, Read More

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Are Marshall University’s football ticket prices too expensive? A survey of the other 12 Conference USA members’ pricing indicates they are. That’s particularly the case in light of the median household income figures from Cabell and Wayne counties, which comprise the bulk of Marshall’s football attendance at Edwards Stadium. Cabell County’s median household income is $38,374, while Wayne County is slightly lower at $36,964. The average is $37,694. That average ranks Marshall only ninth among C-USA’s 13 members in median household income. Marshall trails North Texas ($73,130 Denton County), Middle Tennessee ($55,105 Rutherford County), Charlotte ($54,278 Mecklenburg County), Rice ($53,160 Harris County), Florida Atlantic ($52,432 Palm Beach County), UTSA ($49,655 Bexar County), Old Dominion ($44,164 Norfolk) and UTEP ($40,808 El Paso County). Yet, seven league members have lower prices for their best season tickets than Marshall. Six other C-USA schools have lower prices for their least expensive season tickets than Marshall. And 11 of the league’s members have cheaper single game tickets than Marshall. -Chuck Landon, The Herald-Dispatch, Read More

SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY
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SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

The search for a new head football coach did not take very long as the SRU athletic department announced Friday that current Rock associate head coach and defensive coordinator Shawn Lutz will take over the program. Lutz, a native of Massillon, Ohio, has been a member of the Slippery Rock coaching staff for 20 seasons, first joining the crew in 1996 as a graduate assistant. He has served as the associate head coach for the past four seasons while being defensive coordinator for the past eight. “We’re very pleased to announce that Shawn has accepted the head coaching position,” SRU athletic director Paul Lueken said in a press release issued by Rock athletic communication. “He has been a loyal and dedicated member of the Slippery Rock coaching staff for nearly 20 years and understands the culture and tradition of the program. His hire, along with retaining our entire 2015 staff, should show perspective student-athletes that we are committed to continuing The Rock football culture that has made our program one of the best in the nation.” -Ryan Barlow, The Rocket, Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson is preparing to play in a College Football Playoff semifinal in less than two weeks, so how does coach Dabo Swinney decide to spend this all-important Saturday? By treating his team to a day at the amusement park. Swinney rented out Frankie’s Fun Park, which is about 45 minutes from campus and had plenty for the Tigers to do. There was go-karting. A little Pop-A-Shot. And Swinney getting his game face on for some intense Skee-ball. -Graham Watson, Yahoo, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

In recent seasons, the University of Maryland athletic program has seen all too much red. There were the vast patches of empty red seats inside Xfinity Center early last season even though the men’s basketball team went on to win 28 games and make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010. More significantly, there was millions of dollars in red ink in recent years and mounting debt — the results of capital expenses and the school paying $31 million to settle an exit fee dispute with the Atlantic Coast Conference, which it left in 2014 for the Big Ten. But it appears to have turned a corner, eking out a modest operating surplus in the fiscal year ended June 30. In its second season in the lucrative Big Ten Conference, the university also is receiving needed money plus hope — and skyrocketing attendance — from the men’s basketball team, which has lost just once after starting the season ranked No. 3 in the nation. (It’s now No. 6.) Being in the Big Ten “has gone tremendously well from the revenue side,” said regent and former state Sen. Francis X. Kelly. -Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, Read More

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

Bowling Green State University is seeking an Assistant Football Coach. This position assists the head coach in all phases of the specified sport program including but not limited to, recruiting qualified student athletes, organization of practice and games, scheduling, budget management supervision of academic progress, public relations, and compliance with University, Conference, and NCAA rules. Salary will be commensurate with experience and specific skill set. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), an NCAA Division I institution and member of Conference USA, is seeking an Assistant/Associate Director of Marketing. The successful candidate will report to the Associate Athletic Director – Marketing. This position assists with all marketing efforts for UAB Athletics. Duties include developing and coordinating sport specific marketing and ticket sales plans, creating game scripts, coordinating pre-game and game day marketing activities, coordinating kids club events, coordinating student marketing efforts, distributing posters and schedule cards, creating content for social media, and other duties as assigned. Apply here

LYNN UNIVERSITY
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LYNN UNIVERSITY

Lynn University, a member of the Sunshine State Conference and NCAA Division II, is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. The Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance is responsible for ensuring that individuals and groups representing the university’s athletic program comply with all institutional, Sunshine State Conference, and NCAA regulations. The position is also responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of all policies and procedures relative to a comprehensive compliance program which includes recruiting, eligibility, financial aid, playing and practice seasons, and amateurism. Apply here

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Northern Kentucky University seeks an Assistant Director of Development.  The Assistant Director of Development will serve as a gift officer for Northern Kentucky University’s intercollegiate athletics program.Develop and implement a vital and comprehensive fund raising program with the primary purpose of generating community, corporate, and alumni support as well as private funding for the identified priorities of the athletic department and the University in association with the Director of Development-Athletics. Apply here

December 20, 2015

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by football coach Reggie Barlow against Alabama State University. Barlow’s attorney, Donald Jackson, filed a motion asking the Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin to recuse himself and set aside his decision. Short of that legal longshot, Friday’s decision would bring an end to Barlow’s case. Barlow’s lawsuit alleged he was wrongfully terminated following the 2014 season, when ASU’s board of trustees voted not to approve a contract extension he had signed three months earlier. Barlow alleged he had been given assurances by trustees and ASU president Gwendolyn Boyd that the extension would be approved, and therefore didn’t seek employment opportunities elsewhere. -Josh Moon, Montgomery AdvertiserRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS

UNLV’s head baseball coach resigned his position more than two months following his arrest in connection with driving under the influence and being put on administrative leave by the university.Stan Stolte, who has led the program in Chambers’ absence, will serve as acting head coach for the 2016 season.  “At this time, the best thing for the players and myself is to resign as head coach,” Chambers said in a statement released by the school. “I would like to thank the administration at UNLV for their support during this challenging time. The last two years have been difficult for me and it’s important that at this time I focus on my health and family before making decisions about the future. It is, in many ways, an epic fall for a coach who for years was championed by local baseball fans and boosters as the one who could lead UNLV’s program into national prominence. -Ed Graney, reviewjournal.comRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue’s Board of Trustees officially approved upgrades and expansion of the Mollenkopf Athletic Center on Saturday, but another sign of support came in the form of $12.1 million pledged to the project. Drew and Brittany Brees, Sandy Dauch, on behalf of her late husband, Dick, along with Doug and Maria DeVos, Bob and Amy Martin, and Tom and Joy Spurgeon have taken lead roles in financial support of the $65 million project, the school announced. Construction is scheduled to begin in May with a completion date in August 2017. -Mike Carmin, jconline.comRead More

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Georgia Southern will hire Tyson Summers as its next head coach, sources told FootballScoop Sunday. Summers is currently the defensive coordinator at Colorado State, though he spent the entirety of his career prior to this fall in the Southeast. A Presbyterian graduate, Summers served as Central Florida’s defensive coordinator from 2012-14 and, prior to that, spent five seasons on staff at UAB, the final as defensive coordinator. Summers replaces Willie Fritz, who left earlier this month after a 17-7 two-year run to become the head coach at Tulane. He takes over one of the most successful mid-majors in college football, with six FCS national championships, 11 conference titles (including last year’s Sun Belt crown) and a long history of running the ball. -Zach Barnett, footballscoop.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

The University of Montana Athletics Department gets an estimated $8.6 million a year in subsidies, according to an analysis by an economist and Missoula legislator. Without those dollars, the Athletics Department would run a deficit of some $8.5 million annually, contrary to public perception that university athletics pay for themselves or return plus revenue, said state Sen. Dick Barrett. Across the Montana University System, the subsidies for athletics amounted to $27.8 million in 2013 based on items considered subsidies by the NCAA, according to an earlier analysis Barrett posted on his legislative blog.  -Kurt Wilson,  missoulian.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Former Arkansas State offensive coordinator Walt Bell has been hired to serve in the same role at Maryland, the university announced on Sunday. Bell, 31, spent the last two seasons with the Red Wolves, with whom he was also the quarterbacks coach. They averaged 40.0 points per game this season, which ended on Saturday with a 47-28 loss to Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans Bowl. Bell spent the previous two seasons at North Carolina, where he was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, and has also coached at Southern Miss, Oklahoma State and Memphis. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2005 after playing four seasons as a wide receiver. -Zac Boyer – The Washington TimesRead More

WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY
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WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY

Wittenberg University received $4.5 million in state tax credits to restore its historic 1929 field house as part of an estimated $30.6 million expansion aimed at attracting more students and hosting more events in Springfield. The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax credits were awarded by the Ohio Development Services Agency last week. The agency awarded $37.8 million in tax credits to 34 applicants planning to rehabilitate 55 historic buildings. The tax credits are a huge step forward in Wittenberg’s fundraising efforts, said Athletic Director Gary Williams. -Michael Cooper, Dayton Daily NewsRead More

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
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BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Kalani Sitake has been named the 14th head football coach of Brigham Young University, athletic director Tom Holmoe announced following the Cougars’ 35-28 loss to rival Utah in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. BYU will formally introduce Sitake in a press conference Monday. Sitake is currently putting together a staff, and Holmoe said further developments will be addressed after the weekend.  “Kalani is a former BYU football player who understands BYU,” Holmoe said of the new head coach. “In talking with him, we discussed his passion for BYU. It’s interesting that he’s been successful as a coach at the University of Utah. But many of my friends at Utah have told us we’re getting a golden boy; he’s great.” -Sean Walker, KSL.comRead More

December 18, 2015

NCAA
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NCAA

Home attendance at major college football games declined for the fifth straight year, though the rate at which crowds decreased has slowed. Football Bowl Subdivision attendance for home games averaged 43,288 fans per game, down less than 1 percent from 43,483 in 2014, according to a CBS Sports analysis of NCAA attendance data. Crowds declined by 4 percent in 2014. This year may offer some hope of stabilization for the industry, which in recent years has seen fans stay home due to ticket prices, inconvenience and the comfort of watching on high-definition televisions. Still, this year’s average was again the lowest since the FBS drew 42,631 per game in 2000. Attendance stayed below 46,000 for the seventh straight season since it peaked at 46,456 in 2008. The data used for this analysis counts only home games and not neutral-site venues. Figures represent the announced crowd totals schools reported to the NCAA and not necessarily actual attendance. Many athletic departments count attendance differently. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Head coach Greg Maas has signed a five-year contract extension, which will keep him at the helm of the Utah Valley University men’s soccer program through at least the 2020 season. Maas, the only head coach the UVU program has known, led the team to an NCAA Tournament berth in just its second season of competition. He has amassed a 23-13-4 (.625) record through the first two seasons. “There’s no one better to lead the men’s soccer program at Utah Valley University than Greg Maas,” UVU director of athletics Vince Otoupal said. “He has laid the foundation and I firmly believe there is even greater success on the horizon for Wolverine soccer. We’re elated to have him continue the legacy for the foreseeable future.” -Clint Burgi, The Deseret News, Read More

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