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December 28, 2015

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers head football coach Chris Ash named Aaron Henry assistant defensive backs coach, it was announced today. A Big Ten student-athlete, Henry played at Wisconsin from 2007-11, playing for Ash the final two seasons and serving as a graduate assistant at Arkansas with Ash. A native of Immokalee, Fla., Henry spent the last two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant focusing on the secondary at Arkansas. Reunited with head coach Bret Bielema, the Razorbacks picked up five Southeastern Conference victories in 2015 to earn a berth in the Liberty Bowl. In 2014, Arkansas became the first unranked team in college football history to post back-to-back shutouts against ranked opponents and won the Texas Bowl. -Cealey Godwin, wkow.comRead More

GOLDEY-BEACOM COLLEGE
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GOLDEY-BEACOM COLLEGE

Head Women’s Volleyball CoachGoldey-Beacom College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics invites applicants for a part-time Head Women’s Volleyball Coach position. Goldey-Beacom College is an NCAA Division II program with 11 intercollegiate teams, and is a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The candidate should possess the coaching expertise and organizational skills needed to work within the assigned duties of the Women’s Volleyball program. Attendance at practice sessions and availability for all competition dates is a high priority. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press. The AP analyzed policies for 57 of the 65 schools in the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, plus Notre Dame. Of the 57 schools, 23 since 2005 have either reduced penalties or allowed an athlete to test positive more times before being suspended or dismissed. Ten schools have separate, less stringent policies addressing only marijuana infractions. –Associated Press, Read More

BIG 12 CONFERENCE
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BIG 12 CONFERENCE

As Oklahoma arrived in South Florida this week for the Orange Bowl semifinal, it carried the hopes of the Big 12 with it. The conference hasn’t won a national title in a decade and spent most of this season shrouded in uncertainty after getting shut out of the inaugural College Football Playoff. The conference’s small size (10 members), lack of a title game and absence of a cable television network all loom over the league’s president and athletic director meetings in the next three months. The issues will come into clearer focus in January, after a vote at the NCAA Convention determines if the Big 12 can hold a title game while maintaining its current 10-team format. “I think the next few months are vital for us,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told SI.com. “We’ll begin to see a few more pieces of the puzzle and undertake a more thorough assessment of what our opinions are.” The biggest question facing the league is philosophical: Is a bigger league actually stronger? Expansion is a potential step, and it appears that BYU and Cincinnati would be the favorites to be invited to the conference if it expanded today. However, if there were obvious and lucrative ways to expand the league and enhance revenue, the Big 12 would have taken those steps long ago. With all that in mind, here’s a breakdown of the issues facing the Big 12 after consulting with a dozen sources in and around the league. -Pete Thamel, Campus Rush, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA has been randomly testing athletes at its championship events and football bowl games for performance enhancing and recreational drugs since 1986. In 2014, the penalty for testing positive at either of those events for a recreational drug such as marijuana was reduced from a suspension of one year to six months. Now NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline wants to end NCAA testing for recreational drugs. Hainline said the NCAA should focus on catching cheaters who gain a competitive advantage by using performance-enhancing drugs — year-round testing is still in place with a one-year suspension the punishment for a positive test — and leave it mostly to the schools to deal with athletes who are caught using rec drugs. -Eric Olson, Associated Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Five years ago, ESPN signed a 20-year, $295 million contract with the University of Texas, broke ground on the swanky studio, and agreed to absorb LHN production costs pegged at an estimated $26 million a year, the contract details state. But it has, bringing into question the wisdom of ESPN’s sizable investment in the only single-school, around-the-clock sports network in the country, which thus far has lost $48 million, according to SNL Kagan, a media research firm. Though LHN was a financial windfall for the university, the network has lost money for five consecutive years, according to a financial study this year by SNL Kagan. (ESPN is owned jointly by the Walt Disney Co., a public company that has an 80 percent stake, and privately owned Hearst, the owner of the San Antonio Express-News.) The Kagan study says LHN was “on the verge of being a bust” because of its early lack of full distribution by cable and satellite providers but was rescued when DIRECTV signed on last year, bringing in an estimated 1.8 million new subscribers within the LHN footprint of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. That grew LHN’s reach to some 7.5 million subscribers, according to Kagan. So, despite a losing football team, Kagan projects the network will achieve its first profit in 2016, at roughly $2 million on net revenue of $32 million. -Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, Read More

December 27, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

It has been over two months since Steve Spurrier resigned from his post at South Carolina, but the Head Ball Coach still has SEC fans wondering about where he’ll end up next.  According to Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner, one of his options includes becoming an ambassador for the school’s athletic department, per The State’s Josh Kendall. “We have talked about it and he said we’d talk about it another time,” Tanner told Kendall. “I’ve offered him an opportunity to have an office here in the Rice building should he want to do that. He’s taking some time now to decide what he wants to do.” –seccountry.comRead More

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Western Illinois interim director of athletics Matt Tanney on Wednesday announced the eight-member search committee assigned to hire the Leathernecks’ next head football coach. Tanney will chair the committee, which includes football player Brett Taylor. Western is seeking a replacement for three-year coach Bob Nielson, who recently accepted the same position at South Dakota. –JOURNAL STARRead More

ONONDAGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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ONONDAGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Onondaga Community College has removed its men’s basketball coach, four weeks after launching an investigation into unspecified allegations of misconduct. OCC notified Dave Pasiak on Tuesday that he’s no longer the Lazers’ coach, according to his lawyer, Michael Arcuri of Utica. Pasiak’s name was removed from the list of coaches on OCC web site today. His name was also removed from the web site as OCC’s associate athletic director. – John O’Brien, syracuse.comRead More

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

A new era for Southern Utah University is about to unfold. Ed Lamb, the head coach, who in eight seasons with the Thunderbirds turned a winless team into a Big Sky champion, has been hired as an assistant head coach at Brigham Young University. Defensive coordinator Demario Warren will serve as the team’s interim head coach. When Lamb arrived at SUU prior to the 2008 season, he inherited a team on an 18-game losing streak, one without much support. -Ryan Miller, The SpectrumRead More

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

East Carolina University is seeking Director of Baseball Operations. Reporting to the Head Baseball Coach, this position’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to securing hotel, buses, flight plans, and meals; preparing season travel schedule with head coach and communicate to student development; securing practice facilities and coordinate travel party with head coach; handling travel money, meal per diems, and home/away game ticket allotment.  A bachelor’s degree is required. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire. Apply here

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY
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MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY

Mansfield University is seeking Head Coach Sprint Football.  The Head Coach is responsible for all aspects of the overall organization, direction, supervision and administration of Mansfield University’s Collegiate Sprint Football League program.  The Head Sprint Football Coach will have additional duties assisting the Office of Admissions in the recruitment of viable candidates to Mansfield University. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN

One day before the Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field against the UCLA Bruins in the Foster Farms Bowl, the team spent Christmas serving the San Francisco community. The players spent the morning serving around 3,000 hot meals to the community at St. Anthony’s Dining Room, according to a release from the Nebraska Athletic Department.  Coach Mike Riley and the team took part in the event. –ketv.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Former USC coach Ed Orgeron is not expected to return as the Trojans’ defensive line coach, according to sources. Orgeron, who is currently the defensive line coach at LSU, enjoyed a cordial call with USC coach Clay Helton but decided to remain with the Tigers. Sources said Orgeron remains unhappy with his dismissal two years ago after going 6-2 as USC’s interim coach in 2013. Athletic director Pat Haden instead hired Steve Sarkisian, who was fired in October and replaced by Helton. Orgeron makes $447,500 a season at LSU, less than half what he made at USC. -Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily NewsRead More

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO

Alabama football assistant Eric Kiesau is emerging as a leading candidate to be the Fresno State Bulldogs’ next offensive coordinator, according to sources. Kiesau, an offensive analyst with the Crimson Tide, was the offensive coordinator at Washington in 2013 when the Huskies generated 499.3 yards and 37.9 points per game to rank second and third, respectively, in the Pac-12 Conference. He also has been an offensive coordinator at Colorado and started his ascent in coaching in the first of two stints at Cal working with the wide receivers under former Fresno State quarterback Jeff Tedford.  Fresno State announced the firing of offensive coordinator Dave Schramm on Nov. 30. The Bulldogs this season struggled with its up-tempo spread offense in large part due to injuries and ineffective play at the quarterback position, leading to the change at offensive coordinator. -Robert Kuwada, The Fresno BeeRead More

 

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
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VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Saturday, the VCU Athletic Department announced plans to heighten security for home basketball games. The athletics department says the new safety measures might slow fans down from entering the arena. Chris Kowalczyk, a member of the VCU Athletic Communications Department said no threat or incident sparked the decision. Rather, VCU felt it was “time to get in line with the security measures in place at other colleges and pro leagues.”  VCU Junior Rihana Ahmed said the safety measures make the students feel secure on campus. “It kind of motivates them to attend the games because they feel safe there,” Ahmed said. -Megan Woo, nbc12.comRead More

December 23, 2015

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Air Force Academy football players have a right to pray publicly before games, an academy athletic department review has found. “The United States Air Force Academy places a high value on the rights of its members to observe the tenets of their respective religion or to observe no religion at all,” academy officials said in a statement on Wednesday.  “Recently the United States Air Force Academy received a complaint about its football players kneeling in prayer.  An inquiry was initiated, which found the football players’ actions to be consistent with Air Force Instruction 1-1 and its guidance on the free exercise of religion and religious accommodation.” The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that opposes proselytizing in the military, complained about academy football players praying in the end zone after its Nov. 28 game against the University of New Mexico. The Falcons also prayed in the end zone before their Dec. 5 game against San Diego State University despite the complaint. -Jeff Schogol, Air Force Times, Read More

COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY
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COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY

 College of Saint Mary Athletic Director, Jim Krueger, is pleased to announce that Maren McCrary has been hired to be the new head soccer coach. McCrary moves into the head coaching role after she spent the 2015 season as an assistant coach for the Flames. She holds an “A” license through the United States Soccer Federation and has an extensive background as a coach and player. McCrary was a 3-time All-American at Brigham Young University and played semi-professional and professional soccer from 1998-2003. Following her playing days, she has coached for over 10 years at a variety of levels, from middle school and club teams up to high school and collegiate programs. Most recently, McCrary was named the Director of Coaching for Nebraska State Soccer, which includes directing the Olympic development program and managing coach education, in 2015. –Victory Sports Network, Read More

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk confirmed to The Capital this week that Ken Niumatalolo earned a new contract upon deciding to stay as the institution’s head football coach. Gladchuk declined to reveal specifics of the deal, but acknowledged that Niumatalolo received an increase in base salary among other considerations. “We reworked things a bit for Kenny as a show of appreciation for a job well done,” Gladchuk said. “We have always treated Kenny fairly with regard to compensation and this is just a continuation of that mindset.” Niumatalolo was earning a base salary of just under $1.7 million, according to a USA Today report on Division I head coaching salaries. However, that figure is believed to be outdated and based on when the contract was originally signed in 2011. Sources have told The Capital that Niumatalolo had annual escalators built into the contract that have increased the salary over the years. -Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette, Read More

 

NCAA
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NCAA

Forbes is out with its annual list ranking the most profitable teams in college football and for the seventh straight year, Texas tops the list. Texas’ team value is up 16% this year to $152 million, and that climb to the stratosphere should hardly be a surprise at this point. Last season Texas generated an unprecedented $121 million in revenue; the Longhorns remain the only college football team to ever break the $100 million revenue mark, which they’ve done for four straight years. Even more staggering: The team booked $92 million in profit. You can see the enitre list here -Chris Smith, Forbes, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The director of operations for the University of New Mexico’s men’s basketball team is on paid leave after questions were raised about the team’s credit card bill. Cody Hopkins was hired as the director of operations last year. Officials with UNM’s Athletic Department confirmed Hopkins’ absence Tuesday afternoon. Hopkins is in charge of booking hotel rooms for the team on the road and buying meals for them while they are at home or away. Officials with UNM’s Athletic Department said Hopkins was placed on paid leave after he never turned in receipts for some purchases he made with his team credit card. “There were enough of them missing that our coach noticed it and alerted our office of finance,” Asst. A.D. for Communications Frank Mercogliano said. -Matt Howerton, KOAT, Read More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

CougFam operates mainly off a private Facebook group where family members post and receive updates about things such as where the WSU football team will stay on the road, who needs a ride from the airport or what the team’s schedule is in a given week.  All this is done with the full support of the WSU athletic department. Osur-Myers connected with athletic director Bill Moos after the spring game this year and volunteered to start a family organization affiliated with the Cougar Athletic Fund to connect the family members of WSU football players. Moos loved the idea. He assigned Mitch Stiltjes, a program assistant with the CAF, to be WSU’s liaison to CougFam, and helped the budding organization secure a $30,000 donation from IMG, WSU’s media-rights partner, to sponsor a tent for pregame tailgating in the Cougarville area before all home football games. CougFam’s membership fee this past season ranged from $150 to $250 (depending on family size), and included membership to the Cougar Athletic Fund, an official hat, entry to the CougFam tent at home football games, and a pregame meal. At road games, CougFam piggybacks on the WSU Alumni Association’s tailgate. A scholarship fund also has been set up to help families who can’t afford the CougFam membership. Stiltjes estimates that the Facebook group has grown to more than 100 members, and that about 50 to 60 percent of the football players’ families are associated with CougFam. -Stefanie Loh, Seattle Times, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

University of New Orleans seeks an Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Enrichment.
The Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Enrichment is responsible for management and advancement of the following areas within the department of Intercollegiate Athletics: Academic support and experience enhancement for student-athletes; CHAMPS Life Skills program; Privateer Community Outreach program and other duties associated with student-athlete enrichment.  Employee will represent UNO in a positive manner at any events on or off campus. Apply here

December 22, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

University of Pittsburgh is seeking an Athletic Trainer.  Individual serves the Athletic Department as an athletic trainer/clinical instructor for University of Pittsburgh Football program and other duties as assigned. The incumbent is responsible to provide comprehensive athletic training services to the sports assigned by the Head Athletic Trainer in accordance with the Policies and Procedures of the department.  This position requires a master’s degree, 3-5 years college experience with an emphasis upon Football and certification by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification.  Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA WESTERN
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA WESTERN

For the last three seasons Montana Western athletic Director Ryan Nourse witnessed the ascension of the football program under former head coach B.J. Robertson, who accepted an assistant coaching position at Montana State last week. Nourse may have been in an administrative role, but he had a sizable hand in the Bulldogs’ climb to No. 16 in the final NAIA this past season having recruited the decorated senior class when he was Western’s head coach from 2010-2012. With Robertson’s recent departure, Nourse has opted to take over the football program once again. Before his first head coaching stint at Western — he led the program to a noticeable rise from 1-10 in 2010, 2-9 in 2011 to 4-6 in 2012 — Nourse was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NAIA power Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa. – Ryan Collingwood,  helenair.comRead More

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

FAMU’s oft-malfunctioning — and sometimes inoperable — north end zone scoreboard at Bragg Memorial Stadium has been a source of trouble for years. The school is receiving a Christmas upgrade, courtesy of Florida State. FAMU Athletic Director Milton Overton said the scoreboard was given to the university free-of-charge, though it will cost roughly $125,000 to install and program it. Overton thanked FSU Athletic Director Stan Wilcox and President Thrasher for “their willingness to gift the scoreboard ” to FAMU Athletics. -Jordan Culver, Tallahassee DemocratRead More

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY-PUEBLO
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY-PUEBLO

Colorado State University-Pueblo is seeking an Assistant to the Athletic Director. This full-time twelve-month position provides an assistant to the Director of Athletics in the Department of Athletics. Primary areas of responsibilities are: Athletics Ticket Manager; including developing athletics tickets sales program, marketing of tickets sales programs, hiring ticket personnel for game day sales at events and total reconciliation of ticket sales; Facilities Manager including monitoring of athletics facilities, contracting of groups needing to rent facilities, development and maintenance of a facility schedule for athletics facilities and coordinating athletics facilities needs with University physical plant director; Other duties could be assigned by the Director of Athletics. Apply here

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson University in South Carolina has broken ground with its new state of the art $76.4 million football complex that will be attached to their indoor practice facility and existing practice fields.  “It’ll be their home on campus, when they’re not in class” said Clemson athletics spokesman Joe Galbraith. The new 140,000-square-foot facility will likely be the best for just a matter of months, until the next school decides to transform a corner of its campus into what Drake Group President Gerald Gurney terms “day spas” designed to entice teenagers. -Danielle Rendina, smh.com.auRead More

 

 

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Head coach Pete Lembo has left Ball State to become Maryland’s assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. Maryland announced the move Tuesday. The 45-year-old Lembo, a former Georgetown player, has compiled a record of 112-65 as a college head coach and was 33-29 in five seasons with the Cardinals. In 2013, Lembo led BSU to a 10-3 record, but in the past two seasons, they went 8-16.  Lembo decided to make the move after dealing with frustration after years leading one of the most under-resourced programs in the MAC. -Bruce Feldman, Fox SportsRead More

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

Southern Utah University is seeking an Associate Athletics Director for Development. General SummaryThe Associate Athletic Director for Development is responsible to create a program of engagement with SUU Athletics and external constituencies that will encourage philanthropic gifts to the department from alumni, friends, parents and other leads as SUU Athletics looks to provide the best possible experience for its’ student-athletes. This position will manage a portfolio of individual donor prospects rated at $10,000 and above. This role will also have sport supervision over selected programs. Apply here

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