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December 31, 2015

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With the money made from college sports increasing every year, the way colleges treat their athletes has become controversial. That’s because college sports is a tremendously lucrative business for everyone but the athletes. The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) will receive $7.3 billion from ESPN for the right to broadcast the seven games of the College Football Playoffs (CFP) between 2014 and 2026, and $11 billionfrom CBS and Turner Sports to broadcast “March Madness” over the next 14 years. Individual colleges also make out well: The University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team’s trip to the Final Four this year, for example, brought more than $8 million in revenue to the universities of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Each of the “Big 5” conferences will make an estimated $50 millionfrom the college football playoffs this year. And none of this counts the money made from concessions, merchandise and licensing fees. Many pundits argue that it’s exploitation to have players work for such paltry compensation while universities, advertisers and television networks profit from their efforts.  -Kevin Wallsten, Tatishe M. Nteta and Lauren A. McCarthy, Washington Post, Read More

December 30, 2015

COLONIAL STATES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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COLONIAL STATES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) is made up of twelve NCAA Division III mid-Atlantic institutions and is accepting applications for the position of Conference Commissioner. The institutions, all private four-year institutions, are committed to success in academics and providing quality, broad-based athletics experiences to the student-athletes. The CSAC office is currently at Neumann University and its future location could be negotiated. The Commissioner needs to be in proximity to the colleges/universities in the Conference in order to visit campuses and to accomplish the work of the CSAC Conference. –Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applications for the position of Deputy Director of Athletics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide leadership and direction to a nationally successful athletics program that has garnered 20 national championships in the last decade. UWL prides itself on a successful Division III athletic program with broad-based student participation and a balanced student athlete philosophy supported by our history of 74 Academic All-Americans. Reporting to the Athletic Director, the Deputy Director of Athletics will assist in the overall responsibility for the management, administration, and supervision of a 19-sport Division III intercollegiate athletics program. The Deputy Director of Athletics will advise on all aspects of program administration including; fiscal management, strategic planning, personnel, facilities, resource development, policy development and implementation, eligibility and compliance, as well as day-to-day operation of the program. –Apply Here

CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY
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CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY

Longtime Cumberland supporter and radio partner Susie James made a donation to the athletic department this month to help with the purchase of new scorers’ tables for the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. With the help of James and the Smith family, who made a donation earlier this month, Cumberland athletics will purchase three new professional scorers’ tables for use during basketball, volleyball and wrestling events in the Dallas Floyd, a long overdue purchase for the department. “Susie is a great friend to our university and the athletic department and we are especially excited she is helping us with this donation to complete the purchase of scorers’ tables for the gym,” said Ron Pavan, CU director of athletics. –Lebanon Democrat, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Redshirt senior safety Reggis Ball was dismissed from the Memphis football team today after wrestling a football away from a member of Auburn’s equipment staff, pushing the staff member to the ground in the process. A video of the incident, which occurred after Memphis’ 31-10 loss to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl, was recorded by a fan and posted on Facebook. Several media members also witnessed Ball grab the football, with one reporting that he ran away “while giving the finger.” “I want to personally apologize to (athletic director) Jay Jacobs, (coach) Gus Malzahn, the Auburn Football team, its fans and the Birmingham Bowl for the highly-inappropriate actions of one of my student-athletes regarding a game ball at the end of Wednesday’s game,” Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement. “This player’s actions are totally unacceptable. He has been immediately removed from the team and we will continue to move swiftly in addressing what occurred. -Tom Schad, Commercial Appeal, Read More

AURORA UNIVERSITY
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AURORA UNIVERSITY

Nicki Pieart, assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer, is an excellent example of the “service before self ” mantra. Her dedication to serving both the campus and greater Aurora community through numerous service initiatives is admirable. Throughout her time at AU, Pieart has worked with several athletic teams to coordinate service projects at a number of area organizations and has been a strong leader for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. For her hard work and dedication to serving others, Pieart was awarded The John McKee Citizenship Award earlier this year. The award is presented to a member of the AU community who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship and is actively engaged in a community service beyond his or her role at the university. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

At Tuesday’s Orange Bowl media session there was plenty of buzz, but most of that buzz dealt with an off the field issue. Mainly someone’s directive that OU running back Joe Mixon would only answer football related questions and a threat of reporters being removed from the session if they veered of topic. As a result, others in the OU party were forced to answer the questions. An exchange between reporters on Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione can be found below: What was the discussion with Bob Stoops and David Boren like after you viewed the surveillance tape? “It was most difficult. There isn’t anything that we would say to excuse anything that happened. In our case, when we were faced with the options based on the findings of the district attorney and legal matters as well as his role as a student, the decision resulted in some significant consequences, disciplinary action, decisions, however you want to phrase it. Those were laid (out) to him and everyone associated understood. We also discussed this particular situation and the value of a second chance. At the time we made the decision, we didn’t have really any confirmation that he would stay and work through it. It was very possible he would decide to leave. However, he decided to stay at the university and sit out that year, address and accept all the consequences before him. The second chance for him to rejoin the team was offered.” -Guerin Emig, Tulsa World, Read More

 

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The Alamo Bowl figures to be one of the most exciting bowl games this season, with TCU and Oregon facing off in a battle of high-octane offenses.Both teams are known for getting a little weird with uniform designs — especially Oregon — and the Alamo Bowl is getting in on the design fun with some interesting detailing in the end zones for Saturday. -Robby Kalland, CBS Sports, Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

As the Clemson Tigers get ready to take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Thursday, athletic director Dan Radakovich took to USA Today to address the state of Clemson Athletics, specifically the Tigers new football operations facility. The new facility, which is currently under construction, has recently come under criticism from some.

•Fact 1 — Absolutely no university, student or state funds are allotted to the construction of the facility, nor are they used for any aspect of the operation of our athletic department. Rather, the generosity of our supporters has made this facility possible. Redirecting donor contributions — whether they are targeted for engineering, research or athletics — is detrimental to the overall continued success of the university.

•Fact 2 — This new operations facility allows us to repurpose the football space, creating a 38,000 square-foot academic success center benefiting every student-athlete across each of our 19 sports. Our emphasis on academic success has resulted in our overall department’s Graduation Success Rate of 91%, which ranks fifth nationally among public institutions.

•Fact 3 — While we build outstanding facilities to assist in our student-athletes’ development, we also recognize that most will not make a living from pro sports. That’s why we provide programs in leadership training, social media awareness and personal finance. We also provide the Tiger Trust, which allows any student-athlete who leaves campus in good academic standing to return on athletic aid to complete his or her degree. –Read More

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For Arkansas, the gift was graphics in a new football facility. For Florida State, it was a visual face lift for its football locker room and meeting rooms. For Mississippi State, it was branding work for facilities in seven sports. These projects were intended to help large public universities, but the costs and contracting details associated with them are shielded from public disclosure by private athletics booster organizations exempt from open-records laws. The absence of these documents from public records “speaks volumes about the relationship between the booster club and the school and the influence the booster club may have over the school’s activities and their public funds and buildings,” says Kevin Goldberg, legal counsel for the American Society of News Editors. -Rachel Axon, USA Today, Read More

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For years, the highest-paid public employees in many states have been football and men’s basketball coaches at state universities. But as big-time college sports revenues have nearly doubled over the past decade, coaches are far from the only ones cashing in. Since 2004, many athletic directors have seen their pay soar and have gone on hiring sprees, surrounding themselves with well-paid executives and small armies of support staffs to help their premier teams — primarily football — recruit, train and plan for games. Rising administrative and support staff pay is one of the biggest reasons otherwise profitable or self-sufficient athletic departments run deficits, according to a Washington Post review of thousands of pages of financial records from athletic departments at 48 schools in the five wealthiest conferences in college sports. In a decade, the non-coaching payrolls at the schools, combined, rose from $454 million to $767 million, a 69 percent jump. -Will Hobson and Steven Rich, Washington Post, Read More

December 29, 2015

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma State and former Texas assistant Joe Wickline settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit Tuesday, a move that lets Longhorns coach Charlie Strong and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes avoid having to testify in an Oklahoma courtroom about who called the plays for Texas. Oklahoma State sued Wickline — who was fired by Texas on Dec. 12 — in 2014 for nearly $600,000, arguing he made a lateral move to Texas and didn’t take a promotion with “play-calling duties” as stated in his previous contract. Terms of the settlement were not immediately released. Oklahoma State notified a Stillwater judge Tuesday it was dropping the lawsuit, and school attorney Sean Breen in Austin, Texas, told The Associated Press the case was settled. -Jim Vertuno, Associated Press, Read More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington State University Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Tuesday that he and Head Coach Mike Leach have agreed to a provision in Leach’s contract to extend the agreement an additional year through the 2020 season. In addition, Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch and Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Joe Salave’a have signed multi-year contracts to remain part of Coach Leach’s staff. “Mike Leach and his entire staff have done a tremendous job in building our football program, and the goal is to keep moving forward,” said Moos. “Cougar football has returned to the upper echelon of collegiate football where it most deservedly belongs. I believe I speak for all Cougar fans when I say we want Mike Leach leading our football program for many years to come.” This season Leach guided the Cougars to a 9-4 record and a victory in the 2015 Sun Bowl, WSU’s first bowl win since the 2003 season. The Cougars’ nine wins are the most since 2003 and included come-from-behind road victories at Rutgers, Oregon and No. 18 UCLA. Additionally, the Cougars are second in the nation in passing after finishing first last season, and currently led all FBS schools in red zone offense. –Read More

RHODES COLLEGE
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RHODES COLLEGE

Jim Ryan, who has served as the defensive coordinator at Washington University (St. Louis) the past four years, has been named Rhodes new head football coach. Ryan was recently named the NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. Ryan replaces Dan Gritti, who served as the Lynx head coach from 2011-15. “We are thrilled Jim Ryan is joining our staff at Rhodes,” said Mike Clary, Rhodes Director of Athletics. “Coach Ryan embodies Rhodes vision and embraces our student-athlete model.” –Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs made a rare media appearance Tuesday morning. Jacobs visited WJOX-FM’s studio to do an interview on the station’s Opening Drive program hosted by Jay Barker and Al Del Greco. Del Greco is a former Auburn placekicker. The 10-minute discussion centered on Jacobs’ future with the program and the football team’s struggles this season. On his own future, Jacobs didn’t mince words. “I’m not retiring, stepping down,” Jacobs said. “I don’t have anything else I want to do right now. I love what I’m doing.” Jacobs was hired as director of athletics for Auburn in December 2004 and doesn’t see his tenure ending anytime soon. “I don’t have anything else planned,” Jacobs said of honoring his multi-year contract. “When you go 6-6 in football all kind of stuff pops out, all kind of rumors pop out.” -Michael Niziolek, Ledger-Enquirer, Read More

KEAN UNIVERSITY
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KEAN UNIVERSITY

A former Kean University basketball coach who was a winner on the hardwood is now a loser in the courtroom. A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Kean University and the NCAA by former women’s basketball coach Michele Sharp, who claimed the school and NCAA conspired to frame her for NCAA violations and discriminated against her because she is a woman. Sharp’s lawsuit presented “absolutely no facts even hinting at the existence of gender-based discrimination” by the NCAA, and came “nowhere close” to making a discrimination case against the university, Judge William Martini wrote in his opinion. Martini dismissed all of Sharp’s claims against the NCAA, Kean and current and former university employees, including allegations that the NCAA violated state and federal RICO laws and that Kean retaliated against her for criticizing its handling of alleged NCAA violations. The judge also dismissed Sharp’s malpractice claim against Jackson Lewis law firm, which had represented her during the NCAA’s investigation of Kean. -Adam Clark, NJ.com, Read More

 

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
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MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY

Marquette University head men’s basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski’s contract has been extended through the conclusion of the 2021-22 campaign, Vice President & Director of Athletics Bill Scholl announced Tuesday afternoon. “We are thrilled with the direction the program is heading under Steve’s leadership,” Scholl said. “This extension not only illustrates our commitment to what Steve and his staff are building at Marquette, but also his commitment to the University.” –Read More

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
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STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Stony Brook is seeking to hire a qualified applicant to fill the position of Assistant Director of Athletic Performance. The Assistant Director of Athletic Performance will work with specific sports as assigned by the Assistant AD for Athletic Performance to develop the physical strength, endurance, flexibility and agility of athletes at the Division I level. Additional responsibilities will include designing a program customized to each sport’s specific needs, maintenance of varsity weight training facility, coordination and cooperation with athletic training staff and general administrative duties. This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Nights & weekend work will be required. –Apply Here

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Western Illinois University Interim Director of Athletics and search committee Chair Matt Tanney announced Tuesday that two candidates for the head football coach opening are scheduled to visit campus this week. The two candidates are Charlie Fisher and Rob Ash. Fisher has spent the last two years as the associate head coach at Richmond, working as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. This season, the Spiders advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs (10-4 overall record) while earning a ‘Top 10′ national ranking. Ash, most recently the head coach at Montana State, owns a 246-137-5 career coaching record in 36 years as a head coach. He went 70-38 during his nine years at MSU, and early in the 2015 season the Bobcats ranked among the ‘Top 10′ in the FCS polls. He took Montana State to the postseason four times and captured at least a share of the Big Sky Conference title three consecutive years (2010-12). –Read More

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Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott has been named the 2015 Senior CLASS award winner for football. Other Fall 2015 recipients include Washington’s Cassie Strickland, volleyball, Ohio State’s Zach Mason, men’s soccer and Rutgers Brainne Reed, women’s soccer. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. The award is managed by Premier Sports Management. Award winners are determined by a selection process that includes NCAA Division I college coaches in each respective sport, national media and fans. Public fan voting on the Senior CLASS Award website takes place each year during the month leading up to the NCAA Championship. –Read More

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Dave Clawson knows he probably looked like a kid on Christmas morning, but try as he might, he couldn’t help himself. Every time Clawson, the head football coach at Wake Forest, looked out his office window at the huge structure being built around 100 yards away, his excitement got the best of him. The building he so eagerly anticipated, the Bob McCreary Indoor Practice Facility, is down to the finishing touches. The weights have been ordered and delivered, so the football team, for the first time in school history, will have its own weight room on campus. Players who have always had to brave the elements for winter workouts will now be able to run, throw, catch, block and cut indoors. And come the start of spring practices, no time will be lost to inclement weather. “I mean, this is huge for our program,’’ Clawson said. “I am so excited about this. I really am. I really think it’s a game changer for us.’’ -Dan Collins, Winston-Salem Journal, Read More

 

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Utah State coach Tim Duryea doesn’t mind the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament being held in Las Vegas. He just wishes everybody was still invited. The Mountain West announced recently its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas through 2019. In addition, the league announced that, starting in 2017, only the top eight teams in the regular-season standings — not all 11 schools — would qualify for the tournaments. On Monday, Duryea declined to criticize the fact the tournaments are held in Las Vegas. Like many of his peers, however, he wishes the games would not be played on UNLV’s home court. -Steve Luhm, Salt Lake Tribune, Read More

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College basketball’s first weather-related game postponement of the season came Monday, as New Mexico State (7-6) and Wichita State (6-5) announced their Monday night game would have to wait. Unusual weather patterns across the country have led to bizarre conditions, and in New Mexico, the Aggies’ men’s basketball team is stuck while it waits out a winter storm. -Matt Norlander, CBS Sports, Read More

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Every year there seems to be new college football bowl games popping up all over the United States. In the late 1960′s, there were less than a dozen bowl games played by college football teams. Today, there are forty-one bowl games (including the National Championship Game) and there may be more on the horizon. Why has the number of college football bowl games reached an all-time high? What makes the business of bowl games so special? What does the future of bowl games look like in the next couple of years and well into the future? I spoke about those topics and more with Peach Bowl, Inc. President & CEO Gary Stokan as he prepares for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl’s first Semifinal in 2016. -Darren Heitner, Forbes, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

University of Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt was issued a public reprimand Monday for comments he made in a Star-Tribune article regarding the MW men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Regarding the decision to have the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, which is UNLV’s home court, continue to serve as the host site for the league tournament, Shyatt said: “I’ve never been more disappointed in major college basketball than I was with the results of that private vote.” –Star-Tribune, Read More

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Money isn’t everything to succeed in college football. In the brief two-year history of the College Football Playoff, Clemson has spent the fewest athletic dollars to reach the playoff. Clemson generates considerably less money and spends far less than Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma. But it’s the Tigers who are the undefeated No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. Clemson’s athletic department spent $73.5 million in 2013-14, while the other three CFP schools all exceeded $107 million for athletic expenses. Interestingly though, Clemson was No. 2 among the CFP teams in two key financial categories: salaries for football assistant coaches and support staff. In those measurements, the Tigers are closer to Alabama than they are to Michigan State and Oklahoma. How do the four CFP teams make and spend their money? CBS Sports analyzed each school’s 2013-14 NCAA financial reports and other documents for answers. NCAA financial reports from 2014-15 are not available yet so most of the numbers listed below are on a two-year lag. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

This year brought a new world for the Naval Academy Athletic Association with regard to bowl game revenue. As an independent, Navy received whatever payout a particular bowl provided each team all to itself. However, the NAAA was also solely responsible for all bowl expenses, which can add up quickly when factoring in airline travel and lodging costs for a large traveling party. Time have changed now that Navy is a member of the American Athletic Conference, which has a revenue-sharing program for the postseason. The AAC collects all the money paid out by the bowls it is affiliated with then distributes a certain amount to each member school based on a formula. “By pooling all the bowl revenue, the conference is helping all our member schools that are playing in bowls,” American commissioner Mike Aresco said prior to Monday’s Military Bowl between Navy and Pittsburgh. “We determine, based on what the payout is and the projected expenses are, how much we’re going to subsidize the participating school. AAC presidents and athletic directors came up with a formula that determines how much each participating school that makes the postseason receives in bowl revenue. Aresco believes the Military Bowl, which pays out $2 million per school, is categorized as a Tier 1 bowl by the conference. -Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette, Read More

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BROWN UNIVERSITY
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BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown University invites applicants for the position of Nelson Fitness Center Manager. This position will be responsible for the direction, development, and supervision of staff, all programs and operations at the Nelson Fitness Center and three campus Satellite Fitness Centers. Work as a team member regarding the overall risk management efforts of the department. Coordinate the use of all Nelson Fitness Center space, OMAC Dance Studio, and Satellite Fitness Centers for programming and rentals. Maintain budget and fiscal responsibilities for Fitness, Physical Education, Recreation, and Membership. Provide leadership for risk management in fitness facilities. Apply here

December 28, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

UCF Athletics at the University of Central Florida, an NCAA Division I institution and American Athletic Conference (The American) member, is seeking applications for the position of Director of Equipment Operations. Under the direction of the Executive Senior Associate A.D. / CFO, the selected candidate is responsible for the administration, organization, and supervision of the Athletics Equipment Operations for 16 NCAA Division I sports within UCF, Conference, and NCAA rules and regulations, as well as National Operating Committee on Standard Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards. Position often requires extensive hours, to include evenings, weekends, and holidays, in addition to occasional travel, particularly with football program. Apply here

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Former Loyola Chicago men’s volleyball coach Shane Davis has been hired to lead Northwestern, the University announced Monday. Davis spent the past 12 years coaching at Loyola and is coming off back-to-back national championships at the helm of the Ramblers. He amassed a 265-88 record at Loyola and won four Coach of the Year awards. The hire comes two weeks after NU announced former coach Keylor Chan would not return to NU for the 2016 season. -Max Gelman, The Daily NorthwesternRead More

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