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December 14, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Sterlin Gilbert may be the only assistant coach in the country who got an in-home recruiting visit from a major university president. But on his third day on the job, Gilbert clearly didn’t want to say much about the extraordinary effort Texas made sweet-talking him into leaving Tulsa for one of the toughest jobs in the country: Longhorns offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after two straight losing seasons under coach Charlie Strong.  Strong introduced Gilbert and Mattox at a campus news conference, then retreated to the wings to listen to Gilbert describe his offensive philosophy — “fast, physical, have fun, score points” — and praise his mentor and Texas rival, Baylor coach Art Briles. -Jim Vertuno, Idaho StatesmanRead More

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

The University of South Dakota will introduce Bob Nielson as the Coyotes next head football coach on Tuesday in Vermillion. Nielson, 56, has been the head coach at Western Illinois the last three seasons, earning Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year honors in 2015 after leading the Leathernecks to an NCAA FCS playoff berth this past year. He is replacing Joe Glenn, who retired after the season after four years with the Coyotes. -Mick Garry, Argus Leader, Read More

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Jackson State announced the hiring of Tony Hughes as its next football coach at a Monday news conference on campus. Hughes, who was the safeties coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State, has been an assistant, but never a head coach, during his career. “The only thing I’ll say is, in my career 31 years of coaching, I would love to be a head coach,” Hughes said after the Bulldogs’ practice on Saturday. “As a career assistant in the SEC, a high school coach, junior college, I would love to be a head coach in my career. There are few opportunities that arise in a career that you may get an opportunity or not.” -Antonio Morales and Michael Bonner, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

ULM has hired McNeese State’s Matt Viator as its new football coach. ULM will introduce Viator at a press conference on Tuesday morning. In 10 seasons as the head coach at McNeese, his alma mater, Viator led the Cowboys to a 77-33 record, four Southland Conference titles and five trips to the FCS playoffs. -Adam Hunsucker, The News Star, Read More

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
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FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

Fordham director of athletics Dave Roach announced that head football coach Joe Moorhead is stepping down to take the position of offensive coordinator at Penn State University. “Joe Moorhead has done a tremendous job with the Fordham football team over the past four years,” said Roach. “We owe him a great deal of gratitude for coming in and taking us to the next level. In my 25-plus years working as an athletic director I’ve worked with some terrific coaches and Joe is at the top of that list. He did a great job leading our student-athletes, both on and off the field, and he leaves the football program in great shape. We wish Joe and his family all the best as they move forward with the next chapter of their lives.” Moorhead just completed his fourth season with his alma mater, leading Rams to a 38-13 mark over that span, including a 9-3 record this year. Fordham won the 2014 Patriot League title and has appeared in the NCAA FCS Championships in each of the past three years, a first for the school. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Michigan is in the midst of a stretch of “guarantee games.” Along with the win over Delaware State and a yawning 82-57 victory over Houston Baptist ($97,000) on Dec. 5, the Wolverines will face Northern Kentucky ($95,000) on Tuesday, Youngstown State ($90,000) next weekend and Bryant ($95,000) on Dec. 23. The contracts were obtained by MLive via a Freedom of Information request. But really, the dollar amounts mean little to Michigan. A check for $90K isn’t even a drop in the bucket — it’s the echo heard from it. The U-M men’s basketball team produced over $14.1 million in revenue last year, per the school’s financial filings to the NCAA. The program’s total expenses were $7.5 million, including the $2.5 million paid to head coach John Beilein. Michigan athletics produced $106.4 million last year. This is the other side of these buy games. Michigan worries about RPIs and SOSs in non-conference scheduling, while the Delaware States of the world worry about the dollars and the cents. That $90,000 payment from U-M is crucial to their existence. -Brendan F. Quinn, MLive, Read More

HOPE COLLEGE
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HOPE COLLEGE

Hope College has an immediate opening for the position of Head Football Coach. Successful candidates must: a) demonstrate ability to effectively and inspirationally lead a collegiate football program, b) understand the philosophy of Division III athletics at Hope College, c) be committed to transformational experiences for student-athletes and competitive excellence for this program, and d) perform additional responsibilities of a faculty or staff member at the college as assigned. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach within the Department of Kinesiology. This is a ten month/year position. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Apply here

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Conference USA members Rice and Texas-El Paso are being mentioned as possible Mountain West Conference expansion candidates as the MWC begins regularly scheduled meetings this weekend, multiple sources told CBS Sports. There is a faction of league presidents that favor Rice because of its overall academic reputation, sources said. In 2014, the football program finished 26th nationally in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, which measures academic achievement of sports programs. The nationally-ranked baseball program finished 17th last season. UTEP’s communication with the Mountain West goes back at least three years. A possible membership change has more to do with geography. The school’s nearest CUSA opponent is Texas-San Antonio, 534 miles away. The Mountain West would be more of a geographic fit for the Miners, which were members of the old Western Athletic Conference from 1967-2004. All 12 current Mountain West members were members of the now-defunct WAC. -Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports, Read More

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Francisco State University officially dedicated the George and Judy Marcus Athletics Performance Center Thursday, cutting the ribbon on a new facility that will provide a state-of-the-art workout facility for the University’s student-athletes. The building is named for George and Judy Marcus, SF State alums and longtime supporters of the University, who donated $150,000 toward the renovation of the former field house adjacent to Cox Stadium and the purchase of new equipment. “Thank you, Judy and George. Your support, with this facility and throughout the entire program, makes us hopeful for a great future for our athletic programs,” President Les Wong said during the dedication ceremony. “The sense of spirit of our athletic program is so exciting, it’s palpable.” –Read More

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Missouri State University, a member of the NCAA Division I-AA & Missouri Valley Football Conference, is accepting applications for an ASSISTANT COACH (FOOTBALL). Respons.: specifically designated aspects of the sport, exercising independent judgment in providing technical expertise in the fundamentals of the sport, teaching student-athletes basic and advanced skills, and assisting the Head Athletic Coach in management of the team through recruiting, program development, fund-raising, promotional activities, and related assigned responsibilities; guiding and mentoring student-athletes throughout the academic year. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

University of New Hampshire is seeking an Athletic Box Office Manager. The Athletic Box Office Manager reports to the Senior Associate Athletic Director of External Relations and is responsible for all matters pertaining to customer service, athletic ticket sales and operations, distribution of marketing materials, special event preparation, administrative information systems and marketing and sales reporting. The Box Office Manager creates a comfortable ticket purchasing atmosphere for customers making the buying process easy and customer friendly and revenue enhancing. Apply here

December 13, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

President Eric Kaler is recommending a new financial oversight group for the University of Minnesota athletics department following Tuesday’s audit revealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of improper spending. “The people of Minnesota have a right to expect better of all of us,” Kaler told the Board of Regents on Friday as he released an “action plan” to address sexual harassment and tighten financial oversight of Gopher Athletics. Kaler said the new financial oversight group would “strengthen the culture of financial compliance” in athletics. The new group will be chaired by Vice President Richard Pfutzenreuter, the U’s chief financial officer. – Maura Lerner, winonadailynews.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

University of Texas athletics employees systematically abused their access to Longhorns football tickets for years, resulting in preferential treatment for favored donors, secret arrangements with ticket brokers and untold financial losses for the university, an audit obtained by the American-Statesman reveals. Some allegations resulting from a 16-month university investigation point to possible illegal conduct, including employees who accepted gifts and exploited loopholes to pocket immeasurable profits by selling complimentary tickets. The audit says those allegations were referred to police and to the Travis County district attorney, but no charges were pursued. According to the report, auditors began their investigation of the Longhorn Foundation, the UT athletic department’s fundraising arm, after two employees came forward in February 2012 with what a UT spokesman called “very specific allegations.” -Brian Davis, hookem.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The home of the Maryland Terrapins football team will have a new name: Maryland Stadium. The Maryland Board of Regents voted for the change Friday. According to The (Baltimore) Sun, the 17-member board also agreed to impose a five-year moratorium on naming buildings after individuals. The vote took place after more than two hours of debate from the board, faculty, students, community members. The decision comes four days after University President Wallace D. Loh recommended the change from Byrd Stadium — a tribute to Harry Clifton “Curley” Byrd, a segregationist and former school president. Loh called the name “a vivid and painful reminder” of the school’s exclusionary practices of the past. –USA TODAY SportsRead More

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Scottie Montgomery, who has played an integral role leading Duke and the Pittsburgh Steelers to divisional championships and postseason play, has been appointed head football coach at East Carolina University according to an announcement Sunday by director of athletics Jeff Compher. Montgomery, a North Carolina native with a documented history of balanced success on the offensive side of the ball, will be formally introduced as the Pirates’ 21st head coach at a press conference at 11:00 a.m. on Monday and begin his official duties at ECU on Jan. 1. His acceptance of the ECU position officially ends a two-year tenure as the Blue Devils’ associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Read More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Two Mississippi State linebackers were arrested early Friday morning by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department. Redshirt freshman Gerri Green and junior DeAndre Ward were both taken into custody shortly after midnight when deputies were called by security at The Pointe at MSU to break up a party at Green’s apartment. Green and Ward were both arrested for possession of beer in a dry county. Green was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct while Ward was additionally charged with disturbing the peace. Both players were bonded out around 1:30 a.m. on Friday and participated in the Bulldogs initial bowl practice later that day. -Logan Lowery, djournal.comRead More

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

Tulane will hire Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz to be its next football coach. New Green Wave athletics director Troy Dannen completed the interview process in New York and is expected back in New Orleans early next week to officially introduce Fritz. Fritz led Georgia Southern to an 8-4 record this season and a 6-2 mark in the Sun Belt conference after finishing 9-3 and undefeated in the Sun Belt in 2014.  Fritz has a spread-offense background and adapted to the triple option when he arrived at Georgia Southern in 2014. – Andrew Lopez, NOLA.comRead More

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

An assistant football coach at Winston-Salem State is out of a job weeks after being charged with assault on his ex-wife. The Winston-Salem Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1NVwGQK ) the school fired Jason Mai, the team’s director of football operations and quarterbacks coach. Mai said he was terminated Monday, but has reached out to thank school leaders for the five years he was employed by the team. WSSU athletic director Tonia Walker and head football coach Kienus Boulware would not give a reason for Mai’s dismissal. –Centre Daily TimesRead More

 

 

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

The complete review of the Wichita State University athletics department is underway and one of the many subjects is whether to resume a football program, president John Bardo said. Bardo and deputy athletic director Darron Boatright are in the early stages of the department review and decisions about its future could take up to a year, The Wichita Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/1NMH0uh ). Besides the football question, other topics will include conference affiliation, other sports and facilities. Bardo, Wichita State president since 2012, sees athletics as a tool to help his priorities of improving student life and helping Wichita’s growth and prosperity. He said the fall months are crucial for making a good impression on students and athletics might help. –The News & ObserverRead More

 

December 11, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

The Las Vegas Bowl did not negotiate with bowls higher in the Pac-12 selection order to pit Utah against BYU, said executive director John Saccenti, surrounded by Utah’s past bowl trophies at Utah’s football facility Thursday. In fact, he said, “We didn’t want to go the route of having a return team.” Still, Saccenti admitted, the rivalry element has made it a “home run” for his game. General public tickets sold out within 24 hours of Selection Sunday, and the average ticket resale value was pegged by SeatGeek.com on Thursday morning at $190 — pricier than any other non-New Year’s Six bowl. Saccenti believes they could sell 20,000-30,000 more tickets. “If we could figure out how to put a second deck on that stadium, I’d do it in a heartbeat,” he said. Utah athletic director Chris Hill said Utah’s inability to accommodate the demand is without precedent “Even with the Fiesta Bowl or the Sugar Bowl, we’ve never been in a sellout situation, so it’s been a challenge,” he said. Saccenti said the bowl is are “exploring all options” to add seats to Sam Boyd Stadium. They’ve sat more than 38,500 at past Las Vegas Bowls, but the open end of the horseshoe is now filled in by temporary VIP suites, Saccenti said. Extra seats would have to be added at the south end zone, and “there’s some stadium logistics that go into that, and then obviously some significant costs.” -Matt Piper and Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune, Read More

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Louisiana Tech University is seeking candidates for the Director of Video Production & Creative Services. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Bachelor’s degree is required. Video board production and creative service in a collegiate athletics program is preferred; as well as, an understanding in operations and use of equipment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to directing, administering, and monitoring game day video production and creative services; controlling all graphics and video displayed on the video boards, ribbon boards, and stat boards; streaming and recording press conferences; filming and cutting of highlights for upload to XOS for C-USA Digital Network; maintaining video equipment inventory and working functions; supervising and training of intern and student workers/volunteers; working alongside marketing and communication departments in using social media outlets; communicating with and advising corporate sponsorships on best practices of execution for sponsored game day elements; filming and creating Cox Sports Coaches Radio TV show; archiving game highlights storage and video historical organization; creatively executing and displaying the vision of the marketing and communication departments through video; being responsible for all audio, visual, and communication needs on game day; and performing additional duties as assigned by the University. -Apply Here

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY
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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY

Gonzaga is developing plans for a significant addition to its athletic facilities, tentatively proposed as a three-story structure connecting to the south side of the Martin Centre and the western edge of the McCarthey Athletic Center. Elements could include space for student-athlete support services, a supplemental nutritional area that could be used for social events on game day, a practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball, strength and conditioning and a Hall of Fame/history of GU. Gonzaga has approached the city with conceptual plans. Athletic director Mike Roth emphasized there is no timeline because the project is “really early in the planning phase” and subject to modifications. It will be funded entirely by benefactors, Roth said, and support has been “tremendous.” The working title is the Center for Athletic Achievement (CAA), which could change if naming rights are secured. Cost of the project won’t be known until plans become finalized, but it figures to be in the $14-20 million range. -Jim Meehan, The Spokesman-Review, Read More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved two projects for Texas Tech Athletics Thursday. “It was an exciting day for us. The Board of Regents approved two projects for athletics to move forward,” Tech’s Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said. The first project is a sports performance center. “The Sports Performance Center is the indoor football facility and the indoor track and field facility,” Hocutt said. “It’ll have a profound impact on Texas Tech Athletics. Both will continue the great athletic complex that has been built here at Texas Tech, and will have a tremendous impact on our student athletes as they train and compete at the highest level.” The other project will update more of Jones AT&T Stadium. “The second project that the board approved today is the addition of outdoor loge seating, or outdoor suite seating, to the north end zone project,” Hocutt said. “That will begin immediately and re-purposing that building under the new, big screen scoreboard at Jones AT&T Stadium into a club day experience that will be unique.” -Monica Yantosh, Everything Lubbock, Read More

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

Florida Board of Governors Chairman Mori Hosseini ordered the review after calling into question the type of contracts FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw gave Chief of Staff Susan Evans and Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh in 2014. A report based on the review is is set to be released any day now. Hosseini wrote a letter to Bradshaw on Oct. 1, asking Bradshaw if he had awarded multi-year contracts to any of his senior administrators. Bradshaw responded to the Hosseini’s letter on Oct. 8, acknowledging he had awarded two administrators multi-year contracts, and he explained why he did so. The next communication the university received was an Oct. 29 email from Inspector General Joe Maleszewski. Maleszewski wrote Hosseini had asked him to review FGCU’s process for awarding contracts to senior administrators. -Thyrie Bland, News-Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON

The University of Mary Washington, an NCAA Division III institution located in historic and vibrant Fredericksburg, VA, is seeking a Women’s Volleyball Athletic Assistant. This internship is a part-time, 9-month appointment, beginning August 15, 2016, with a compensation package that includes room, board, and stipend. Graduate tuition remission may be possible after one year of employment.Coaching intern duties include, but are not limited to, assisting the head coach with practice and game preparation and coaching, recruiting, academics, fundraising, and the off-season program. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

The College Football Playoff and ESPN have agreed to not show ads from daily fantasy sites during game broadcasts, according to The New York Times. The NCAA announced earlier this year that it would not allow daily fantasy ads during its championship telecasts, but the NCAA is not in charge of the College Football Playoff, which is run by the 10 FBS conferences and Notre Dame. CFP has decided to follow the NCAA’s lead here and got ESPN to oblige. Executive director Bill Hanstock said, in an email obtained by The New York Times, that daily fantasy games will not be able to advertise during the two semifinal games or the national title game. -Robby Kalland, CBS Sports, Read More

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Des Moines Register sports columnist Randy Peterson sustained a compound fracture in his leg when Iowa State fans stormed the court after their team’s comeback victory over Iowa on Thursday, the Register reports. Peterson was scheduled to have surgery on his broken tibia and fibula late Thursday. Peterson tweeted after the game that he believed his leg had locked with another person’s, and clarified he was not trampled during the scrum. Fans stormed the court after Cyclones guard Monte Morris sunk the game-winning shot with 10 seconds remaining, giving Iowa State an 83–82 victory. -Sports Illustrated, Read More

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

The new East Tennessee State University football team won only two games during its first year back, but that didn’t stop fans from cheering them on. According to ETSU records, the football program brought in better attendance numbers and more money from ticket sales this past season than it did during its last season back in 2003. In fact, according to the records, the $418,000 in 2015 ticket sales is much more than the $256,000 ETSU made in 2001, 2002 and 2003 combined. The Bucs hosted 8,217 fans during its home opener and although attendance fluctuated game to game, records show most of those fans came back for every game. -Nate Morabito, wjhl.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY

The University of California, Berkeley, and head football coach Sonny Dykes have agreed in principle to a contract extension through the 2019 season, Director of Athletics Mike Williams announced Thursday. The new deal, which will average $2.825 million over the next four years, includes an adjustment to Dykes’ compensation over the next two years of his current contract as well as an annual $3.0 million salary pool for assistant coaches. In addition, it includes a one-year rollover clause for each year he wins seven regular-season games and the team achieves an annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 980 or higher. Dykes, who has led Cal to a 7-5 regular-season record this fall and a spot in the 2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, initially signed a five-year agreement before the start of the 2013 football season. “Over the past three years, Sonny Dykes has demonstrated his commitment to academic as well as athletic excellence,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said. “Under his stewardship we will continue to build a successful football program that expresses in every way the high standards of the leading public university in the world.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

UW Athletics has issued a statement saying UW Marching Band freshmen aren’t the only ones not going to the Holiday Bowl later this month. Questions were raised over funding for the university’s trip to the Holiday Bowl after the band announced Wednesday it would not be able to take freshmen and most band staff members along, citing UW Athletics funding restrictions. In a statement to 27 News on Thursday, UW Athletics says the number of campus staff normally traveling to bowl games will also be adjusted. -Jennifer Kliese, wkow.com- Read More

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