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April 19, 2016

BREWTON-PARKER COLLEGE
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BREWTON-PARKER COLLEGE

Brewton-Parker College will add women’s lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport, which is one of the fastest growing collegiate sports at the small school level. Athletic Director Daniel Prevett believes this sport could really take off at Brewton-Parker College, and provide an exciting and unique atmosphere at its games, as the sport is not common in the area. Lacrosse, or a game similar to it, has strong roots in North Georgia. The city of Ball Ground, Georgia, was named for the fields on which the Cherokee people played an aggressive brand of stick ball. Read More.

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
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BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

In order to help athletes understand both the NCAA’s regulations regarding banned substances and the dangers of drug abuse, the Binghamton University Athletics Department has instituted a number of programs and policies centered around athlete education. The instruction of student-athletes regarding the NCAA’s policies starts prior to the first time they step foot on the court, field or track for Binghamton. Read More.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson University and its community are investing more in the Clemson athletic department than ever before. Clemson is nearing completion on a $63.5 million renovation for its basketball arena, Littlejohn Coliseum. The construction of a state-of-the-art operations complex for Swinney’s football team, a $55 million project, is also underway. As Clemson seeks to offset its expenses, it continues to explore new revenue streams, including a proposal to charge students for football tickets that has been met with much opposition. Read More.

NAIA
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NAIA

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is excited to announce that Competitive Cheer & Dance will become the 24th and 25th National Championships in the history of the Association, announced Saturday (April 16) at the 75th annual NAIA National Convention. The National Administrative Council (NAC), a membership group comprised of athletic administrators, unanimously approved the motion to gain national championship status. The season of competition typically runs from September and culminates at the National Championship in mid-March. The 2017 National Championship is scheduled for March 10-11 with the site to be announced at a later date. –Read More

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
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SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY

St. Louis University officials promise a “just outcome” after racially insensitive texts between two members of the baseball team were made public. “This is an important moment in our community, and we all understand the language of that exchange is racist, offensive, inappropriate and unacceptable,” Jonathan C. Smith, special assistant to the president for diversity and community engagement, said Monday. The texts were sent in May 2015 through the group messaging app GroupMe. The baseball team was on a trip to Washington, when talk between team pitchers using the app turned to getting dinner. In the course of that conversation, one of the players wrote: “I heard they got a colored running the country.. This Tru?” “Unfortunately, it is,” responds another player. “(Expletive) watermelon eatin baboon,” reads the following text. University officials did not find out about the texts until this month, about 11 months after they were sent. One player took a photograph of the messages and sent it to his roommate, Brenden Twomey, an African-American senior at SLU and former manager of the baseball team. Twomey viewed the message, but did not share the image with anyone else. However, in March, a friend of Twomey’s saw the photograph on his phone and urged him to file a report with the university’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. -Doug Moore, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

The University of South Florida, member of the American Athletic Conference, located in Tampa, Florida is seeking candidates to fill an entry level position that assists with the Intercollegiate Athletic department’s video initiatives. Duties include, but are not limited to, shooting and editing highlights of selected athletic events, live games, and coach’s shows; creating promotional videos, feature pieces, game day video roll-ins and post-game summaries; operating video boards or camera as assigned during live games assisting in creating graphics packages for live streaming events including score bugs, stat updates, segment graphics, lower thirds and full screens and other duties as assigned. Duties do not include on camera work. –Apply Now

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

Ohio University is seeking a Director of Ticket Operations. This position reports to the Assistant Athletic Director of Ticket Operations. Assist with the management of all areas of the athletic ticket office. This includes record keeping, providing customer service over the phone and at the ticket counter, reconciling daily deposits, handling projects assigned by the Assistant AD of Ticket Operations, some travel to away games; reconciles income and ticket sales. Responsible for hiring student volunteers (including Sports Management internships and practicums each semester) and scheduling them for office and event staffing. Sport oversight of Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball and Softball. Assisting in the payment of invoices and expenses for the Ohio Ticket Office. Responsible for issuing and managing consignment ticket contracts with visiting teams. Oversee and manage the player-guest/recruit admission process according to NCAA and University policies, including coordinating with specific sport directors and student athletes for training and education purposes. Interact with donors, alumni, students, faculty, staff, administration and the general public to resolve customer concerns in a positive manner. –Apply Now

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Mark Richt spent years trying to convince the people at Georgia how badly the football program needed an indoor facility. Good thing he is well-versed in the art of persuasion. Because Richt is essentially doing the same thing now that he is coach at Miami. Last Friday, Richt outlined the reasons why Miami so badly needs an indoor facility at a meeting with the school’s athletic visiting committee, a group of Board of Trustees members and select community members that has a major say over what projects are approved. He came armed with a huge list, but all he really needed was to run tape of pro day last month – when Miami’s top prospects for the 2016 draft had to run and perform drills in near monsoon conditions because there was nowhere else to go.Miami athletic director Blake James has been trying to get an indoor facility built since he took over the job in 2013, clearly understanding its priority. That was the same time Richt started fighting hard for an indoor at Georgia. The Bulldogs broke ground last February, two months after Richt was fired and took the job in Miami. -Andrea Adelson, ESPN, Read More

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WILLIAM & MARY

There are several challenges that go into a $27 million renovation. In the case of Zable Stadium, which has been around since FDR’s first term, it was important to add a modern touch while not clashing with the historic appearance. Charles Tilley of BCWH Architects has managed to do that. The addition will include the same Flemish bond brickwork that should blend in not only with the original configuration but also the surrounding campus of William and Mary. “Bringing all these amenities together, we really wanted to look at the history of the stadium and how we could express that in the architecture we’re going to wrap around the existing stadium,” Tilley said. “A fair amount of effort went around trying to plan the size and scale of these things relative to the classical architecture.” Helped by a favorable winter, construction is expected to be finished several weeks before the Tribe’s Sept. 17 home opener against Norfolk State. Substantial completion, at which point the stadium can be used, has been set for July 1. -Dave Johnson, Daily Press, Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse University is planning on building a statue that honors legendary father and son lacrosse coaching duo Roy Simmons and Roy Simmons Jr. Former Orange goalie Matt Palumb, now assistant athletic director for development at SU, said he got approval from the school for the project and has begun soliciting former players for contributions. Palumb said he expects almost the full $200,000 cost of the statue to be covered by donations. He said he’d like to get the work done and the statue unveiled within a year to 18 months. Simmons Jr., 80, gave his OK to the statue, Palumb said. Palumb said it is Simmons Jr.’s preference to have one work of art that commemorates both men. -Lindsay Kramer, syracuse.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

The University of Iowa’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in a quarter century resulted in its largest bowl-related deficit in recent history — with expenses climbing $228,445 above the Big Ten allotment of $2.5 million. That $2.5 million represented the university’s highest-ever allocation for a bowl game, and the UI athletics department absorbed the overage. But, UI Athletic Director Gary Barta said, it was worth it. “We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to return to the Rose Bowl after 25 years,” Barta said in a statement to The Gazette. “The cost of heading West was significant, but the value provided our student-athletes, coaches, fans, and the program was priceless.” – Vanessa Miller, The GazetteRead More

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State sent a statement regarding former women’s basketball player Nikki Moody’s racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Cyclones coach Bill Fennelly, the university and the state. The university’s release, sent Monday evening, reads as follows: A lawsuit was filed today in Polk County District Court by Nichole Moody, former member of the Iowa State University women’s basketball team and 2015 Iowa State graduate, against the State of Iowa, Iowa State University and women’s head basketball coach William Fennelly. The suit alleges race discrimination and retaliation.-Luke Meredith and Ryan J. Foley, The Des Moines RegisterRead More

April 18, 2016

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

The Texas A&M Aggies led the Texas Longhorns and everyone else in revenue during the most recently completed school year, according to an analysis fromUSA Today. The A&M athletic department reported $192,608,876 in revenuefor 2015-15, topping second-place Texas and its reported $183,521,028. It was a big boost for A&M, which reported $119,475,872 in revenue the previous year, good for only 10th on the list. How did A&M bring in so much money in spite of a mediocre season on the gridiron? The move to the SEC likely paid a role as all 13 of the league’s public schools reported an operating profit. But the answer for how revenue climbed $73,133,004 in a single season lies in a slew of donations made toward the $485 million renovation of Kyle Field. Of the school’s total revenue, nearly half — $92 million — came through donations. And of that figure, $58.5 million was earmarked for the stadium overhaul. -Haisten Willis, burntorangenation.comRead More

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Old Dominion’s athletic program continues to make progress toward meeting a state edict to reduce reliance on student fees. But some other state schools, including Norfolk State and James Madison, remain far from their state-mandated goals. The student fee law, which takes effect on July 1, requires that ODU reduce the percentage of student fees used for athletics to 55 percent or less. It has until July 1, 2020 to comply, although the bill also allows for a five-year grace period beyond that if it misses the mark. In 2012-2013, ODU funded 73 percent of its athletic budget with student fees. That fell to 70 percent a year later and to 65.1 percent in 2013-2014. According to a recently released USA Today database, the number dropped again, to 64.6 percent, in 2014-2015 – the last year for which full budget figures are available. -Harry Minium, The Virginian-PilotRead More

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
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MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

MidAmerican Conference programs are at the bottom of the ladder in the college sports arms race. In this high dollar world of champagne tastes, MAC programs function on a beer budget on the backs of their students.  Remember that time you were sitting at work and wondering how much your favorite MidAmerican Conference member institution made and spent on their athletic program? Well hold your breath no longer since USAToday released the 2014-2015 athletic budget database today. For fans of the MAC and its member institutions, today’s release shouldn’t reveal shocking information. MAC programs, on the whole, are largely underfunded in comparison to their Power 5 Jones’ that they are attempting to keep up with. For example, my alma mater, Ball State University, has a total revenue of $22,800,600. Ball State students made headlines with their “We Want Bama” sign on Gameday. Alabama clocked in with a staggering revenue figure of $148,911,674. Ball State shouldn’t want any part of Bama. Ball State should want some of their money. That’s Madoff-esque levels of riches and no old person had to get fleeced for it. Some teams have all the luck. – Alan Rucker, hustlebelt.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON

The quick rise of the UNCW men’s basketball team under Kevin Keatts has brightened the future of the entire athletic department. The university rewarded the second-year coach and the athletic director who hired him with contract extensions Monday. Keatts received a one-year extension that now takes him through the 2020-21 season. The two-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year had been signed on a contract that would’ve paid him up to $450,000, plus incentives, in the final year. He has been mentioned as a candidate for several high-profile jobs since leading the Seahawks to the NCAA Tournament but will return for a third season. Bass is now signed into November 2018, extending a contract that was set to expire Nov. 15. He was hired on a four-year agreement in October 2010 by former chancellor Rosemary DePaolo and extended for two years under Gary Miller’s watch in 2012. He was previously paid $220,000 annually. New salaries for both extensions have not yet been released. -Eric Detweiler, StarNewsRead More

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
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DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

Duquesne University seeks Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services. The Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services assists in providing comprehensive academic advising and support service programming to his/her assigned varsity student-athletes. Specifically: Coordinate and monitor academic progress toward degree of assigned student-athletes (primary focus on Men’s Basketball and various student athletes) • Play a key role in implementing a comprehensive, academic focused strategic plan for Intercollegiate Athletics to elevate key academic performance markers and place Duquesne at the top of our conference affiliations (APR, GSR, & GPA). Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

The president of the University of Iowa said he is looking into a “more formal passing” of money from the UI athletics department to the university’s academic programs. “I’ve asked (UI Athletics Director Gary Barta) to really think about it and start to engage in the process,” UI President Bruce Harreld said last week during an interview with the student newspaper, The Daily Iowan. “I think that’s the way an institution like this works.” Harreld said he would like to see UI take a step beyond the current requirements that the UI athletics department fund its own programs without any support from the university’s general fund. – Jeff Charis-Carlson, Press Citizen- Read More

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Air Force promoted assistant Marc Swindle to be the ninth volleyball coach in program history. Swindle assisted Matt McShane, who left in February to serve as the associate head coach at California. Swindle came to Air Force after spending two years as a volunteer at New Mexico, where he was a 1992 graduate. He spent 20 years as a club coach and has served as a coach during four of the last five USA Volleyball National Team tryouts in Colorado Springs. – Brent Briggeman, Gazette. Read More.

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
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DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Yami Nolan has been named head volleyball coach at Dominican University of California, announced Dominican Director of Athletics Amy Henkelman. Nolan joins Dominican from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (NCAA Div. III). Nolan is the second coach of the Penguins since Dominican made the transition to NCAA Division II athletics in 2009. In six seasons at the helm of Saint Joseph’s, Nolan posted a 112-74 record with five Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament appearances, including the program’s winningest season in 2015 at 27-6. Read More.

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson realizes he isn’t the type to sit stone-faced on press row watching a Wildcats team. Hired last August after a stint as senior associate athletic director at Southern California, it’s obvious what the priorities are for Jackson. Other than keeping Jay Wright in the fold, the top one has to be the reimagining of the Pavilion. Young alums do complain they can’t get season tickets to Pavilion games, only to Wells Fargo Center games. How big an issue is this? It’s still to be determined, Jackson said. Data needs to be gathered. – Mike Jensen, Philly. Read More.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Debra Boughton, a member of the Northern Illinois University Athletics senior administrative team for the past six years, has been named the department’s Chief of Staff, NIU Associate Vice-President Sean T. Frazier announced Friday. Boughton, who has managed all of NIU Athletics’ financial operations, including personnel, budgets and contracts and serves as the liaison to the university financial and legal offices, is also the sport administrator for NIU’s women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s soccer and softball teams. Read More.

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

James Madison University seeks a Director of Video Content – Athletics. This position reports to the Assistant A.D. for Communications. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Apply here.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M University Athletics announces department-wide partnership with Teamworks. As Texas A&M’s Official Collaboration Software Provider, Teamworks will centralize student-athlete and staff information as well as streamline communication for coaches, athletic trainers, advisors and administrators. Modernizing Texas A&M’s communication model, Teamworks will deliver many timesaving management solutions. Coaches and staff will now be able to securely access important documents; create, complete and file necessary forms; share video and other files; access or modify student-athletes’ schedules and much more. Available online and as iOS or Android applications, Teamworks’ messaging module will enable coaches and staff to send text, email, voice or push notifications for schedule changes, appointment reminders and travel logistics. –Learn More

NCAA
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NCAA

NCAA executive vice president Oliver Luck expects the recent and somewhat controversial satellite camp ban to be revisited.

NCAA
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NCAA

A former Baylor University football player was arrested last week in connection with the sexual assault of a fellow student. That followed the conviction of another Baylor football player for sexual assault of a fellow student athlete in August. The two cases have something else in common — both football players were transfer students who had come to Baylor after being dismissed from their previous teams for misconduct. Similar high-profile incidents around the country have prompted criticism of coaches for giving a second chance to athletes with a troubled past. Now, several major athletic conferences, including the Dallas-based Big 12, are confronting the calculus involved in judging student athletes with a troubled past who want to transfer to another program. Is giving such athletes a second chance always the right thing to do? Or is it inviting trouble by exposing college campuses and students to undue safety risks? -David Tarrant and Sue Ambrose, Dallas Morning News, Read More

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Johnson Coliseum is going to look quite a bit different this fall if everything goes according to schedule for Sam Houston State. The home of the Bearkat men’s and women’s basketball teams and Sam Houston volleyball squad is receiving an estimated $12 million upgrade. Much of the improvements will go to toward components of the building that fans might not necessarily notice visually when they walk into Johnson Coliseum, but will nonetheless make for a better experience. “A majority of that is going to be deferred maintenance items,” Sam Houston State athletic director Bobby Williams said last Tuesday. “We are redoing the air conditioning. Some of the behind-the-scenes mechanical and maintenance issues are a major part of this project.” Larger locker rooms and a bigger training area for the athletes will be built in their place, as well as a media room and more spacious dressing rooms for coaches and referees. –JP McBride and Gene Schallenberg, The Huntsville Item, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Public universities in Tennessee spent $50.7 million on coaches’ salaries in 2015 with the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis leading the way. The University of Tennessee athletic department, with an operating budget of $126.6 million, spent $18.2 million on salaries, or 14.3 percent of its budget. The University of Memphis athletic department, with an operating budget of $43.4 million, spent $11.2 million on salaries, or 25.8 percent of its budget. Only one of the other seven public universities in the state — Middle Tennessee State — spent more than $5 million on coaching salaries. Middle Tennessee paid its coaches $5.3 million, or 16.8 percent of its budget. -Phil Stukenborg, Commercial Appeal, Read More

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State and IMG College have ended have a lengthy dispute that spilled into the court system. The parties announced a confidential agreement under which ASU withdraws the termination of its multi-media rights contract with IMG College that is replaced by a mutually accepted early termination effective June 30, 2014. IMG will retain all funds received from ASU sponsors for 2014-15, which IMG was holding during the dispute. IMG will pay ASU for inventory provided by ASU to IMG customers in 2014-15. In October 2014, ASU terminated its athletic media rights agreement with IMG College, claiming more than $5 million in damages from IMG for failure to meet contract obligations. ASU athletics has handled its media rights internally and in a partnership with the Pac-12 since separating from IMG College during the 2014 football season. -Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral sports, Read More

FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY
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FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY

Franklin Pierce University’s Athletic Department is seeking applications for the position of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. This full-time, 10 month position works closely with the Head Athletic Trainer and reports to the Director of Athletics.In this position, the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach is responsible for, but not limited to, planning and implementing a comprehensive intercollegiate strength and conditioning program for the 25 sport varsity intercollegiate athletic program. Collaborating with other athletic administrators, coaches and student athletes, this position is responsible for providing electronic and print information; maintaining statistical data, records and history, and developing and maintaining an effective web presence. Apply here


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