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March 15, 2016

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington State Athletics released its financial information for the 2015 fiscal year on Tuesday, and the Cougars were once again in the red. For the second consecutive year WSU Athletics will run a deficit of approximately $13 million. While the Cougars generated an extra $1million in ticket sales over the previous year, overall contributions were down and overall revenue fell by a little more than $300,000. Expenses fell by about $750,000, leaving WSU’s shortfall about $500,000 less than the previous year. – Spokesman. Read More.

OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY
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OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY

Otterbein University seeks an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Full-Time. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Assists the Head Men’s Basketball Coach in conducting a successful intercollegiate basketball program. [email protected]

BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY
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BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY

Briar Cliff University (BCU) is seeking qualified applicants for a volleyball graduate assistant position. This position starts in the 2016/17 academic year. Apply here.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

Tulane football coach Willie Fritz announced the completion of the Green Wave coaching staff. The newest staff members include a pair of Louisiana natives in Slade Nagle and Jamaal Fobbs and Fritz reunites with Jeff Conway, as well as Chris Hampton, Derrick Sherman and Chris Couch. – NOLA. Read More.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

In an unassuming area nestled inside Baylor’s weight room sits the university’s Department of Athletic Performance, which attempts to balance the football program’s strength training with equipment and data-collection tools rooted in a more scientific approach. Players run, lift weights and exercise, as at every other school in the Football Bowl Subdivision, only with gear meant to augment more traditional methods. One tool, called Omegawave, allows the Bears’ staff to track a player’s heart rate and general athletic readiness. Players practice with a GPS monitor placed between their shoulder blades, with the goal of tracing the total distance traveled, and at what velocity. – Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY Sports. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannon antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to hear the case. This past September, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court decision that NCAA rules limiting athletes to receiving tuition, fees, room, board and books violate antitrust laws. However, on 2-1 vote, the panel threw out a district judge’s plan that would have allowed schools to provide athletes deferred compensation of as much as $5,000 per year. – Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports, Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

As March Madness arrives, distracted workers around the country will be paying more attention to their brackets than their work, The firm estimates that more than 50.5 million American workers, or 20 percent, could participate in office pools this year. That’s up 5 percentage points from last year and 9 points from 2014. – Jessica Golden, CNBC. Read More.

MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

After more than a year of research and input from Michigan Tech student-athletes, staff, alumni and friends, the University today revealed a new visual identity to represent its 14 varsity athletics programs. New spirit marks convey the qualities for which the Huskies stand — excellence, integrity, loyalty, passion, teamwork and tradition. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Delaware State University has cut 23 low-enrollment academic programs – more than a quarter of its offerings – to invest in higher-growth areas that are expected to bring in more students and revenue. The university board voted quietly in January to “deactivate” the majors starting this fall against the recommendations of a faculty and staff committee that spent more than two years studying the issue. Representing one of the biggest academic shakeups in the school’s 125-year history, the program cuts in areas like education and romance languages won’t result in layoffs or reductions in staff hours, senior administrators said. Faced with stagnant state and federal funding, the Dover university had to prioritize programs and reallocate resources to better respond to student demand, university President Harry L. Williams said. More than one-fourth of DSU’s $140 million annual budget comes from the state. -Margie Fishman and Saranac Hale Spencer, The News Journal, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

After six successful seasons at the Florida Institute of Technology, Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications Ryan Jones has accepted a position as Associate Director of Division II Governance with the NCAA. In his new position, Jones will be responsible for the daily management of the division’s communication outreach, both internally and externally, serving as the liaison to the NCAA communications staff to ensure a unified communication strategy across the division and the Association. -Ryan Jones, Florida Today, Read More

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Mercyhurst University is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Athletic Trainer. The Assistant Athletic Trainer works under the supervision of the Head Athletic Trainer and supervises the care of student athletes competing in Mercyhurst University’s athletic programs. The athletic trainer is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries within the University’s comprehensive sports medicine program. –Apply Now

BREWTON-PARKER COLLEGE
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BREWTON-PARKER COLLEGE

It is with great excitement that Brewton-Parker College announces the ascension of Daniel Prevett to strictly Director of Athletics and Steve Edwards to Head Women’s Basketball Coach. This transition allows for focus to be one hundred percent on the growth and benefit of the athletic department as a whole. Coach Prevett plans to use the role as a described “coach of coaches” to mold his staff that consist almost exclusively of coaches under thirty years old. “I am very excited about the support our administration shows for athletics here at Brewton-Parker. Although it is tough to no longer be on the sidelines coaching my girls, I look forward to being able to effect the development and discipleship of my staff. I will now be able to focus more time and energy on fund raising and advancement of our department. I have no doubt that Coach Edwards will take this program to the next level. I have coached with him for two years and I know he will surprise some people in the SSAC next season.” We are enthusiastic about the dedication of our focus for leadership and discipleship in our athletic programs. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

In her eighth season as South Carolina’s head coach,  Dawn Staley has built not only the pre-eminent program in the Southeastern Conference but positioned herself to become arguably the new face of women’s college basketball at a time when the sport’s longtime giants are either gone or on the back end of their careers. Following an era dominated by Tennessee’s Pat Summitt and Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma, Staley has pushed her way to next in line after leading South Carolina to the Final Four last season and a 31-1 record this year, earning the Gamecocks a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. -Dan Wolken, USA Today, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

University of Memphis president M. David Rudd asked for Tiger basketball fans’ patience in released statement Monday night as he completes a “comprehensive evaluation of the U of M men’s basketball program.” Rudd said his evaluation would include athletic director Tom Bowen and an athletic advisory group that includes alumni and community leaders. “Given the complexity of issues and importance to the University and Memphis, we appreciate the patience of the fans as we complete this review,” Rudd’s statement read. “We understand and value the passion shown, and our place in the history of college basketball, as we move through these conversations in a swift manner. The efforts demonstrated by our student-athletes, the support of our fans and the talents shared by our university staff are greatly appreciated as we come to the end of this season and look forward to our future. Memphis finished 19-15 this season, falling in the American Athletic Conference tournament title game to Connecticut on Sunday. It missed both the NCAA tournament and the NIT for a second consecutive season. -Jason Smith, Commercial Appeal, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The inaugural Vegas 16 released its bracket on Monday. Because eight teams will participate, the tournament will begin two days later than scheduled on March 28 with four games at Mandalay Bay Events Center. “We had two choices,” said Jim Livengood, the former UNLV athletic director who is the tournament committee chairman. “We could go up 16, but it would be more of quantity and not as much as quality. We felt like the smartest thing to do, and we decided last night, was let’s just go with eight teams. Let’s make sure they’re eight quality teams and they were representative regionally, nationally and so on and so forth.” Missing from the tournament, however, is the presence of a power-conference team, and Livengood acknowledged having such a school would have helped with credibility. “With those power-five schools, they’re going to want to know who else is playing in it,” he said. “If you can get two of them, that’s all it takes. But when you get down through the NCAA and you get down through the 32 teams of the (National Invitation Tournament), there are not a lot of schools left that have had really good enough years.” Each school must pay $50,000, but the tournament pays for most of the travel expenses. -Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

The University of Central Florida Advancement Team is currently seeking a Director of Athletics Development (possibly Assistant AD depending on qualifications).  You will join us at a pivotal moment, near the end of the leadership gifts phase of a carefully planned, multi-year campaign to raise $500 million to benefit UCF. In this position, you will be responsible for assisting with the strategic development, execution, and management of major gift and annual fund action plans toward the achievement of Athletic Development/Golden Knights Club goals and objectives in accordance with NCAA, IRS, UCFAA and UCF Foundation rules and regulations. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks Director of External Engagement.  Under the general supervision of the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Capital Projects, with additional direction form the Associate Athletic Director for External Relations, this position will lead the External Engagement Team to: assure that guests attending UW Athletics events are receiving the highest level of customer service, and interface with various Division work areas to coordinate numerous guest service events that are unique to Division I intercollegiate athletics. The incumbent will focus on creating new initiatives to expand customer service, gameday experience, fan technology initiatives, and enhance the overall fan experience at all UW Athletics events. The incumbent will serve as a co-chair for the Fan Advisory committee, which is focused on providing a forum for the campus community and event attendees to provide ideas and feedback to make improvements to current and future services and allow UW Athletics to remain competitive with other intercollegiate and professional sports fan experiences. Apply here

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

It costs a lot of money to make sure any college athletic department is competitive. At Coastal Carolina University, the student body foots the brunt of that big bill. Whether students attend sporting events on campus or not, they paid what the school calls a student activity fee. It’s five to six percent of their tuition every semester. This year, in-state students paid $276 per semester and out-of-state students paid $724. That money directly supports the athletics program. In the 2014-15 school year, that support added up to more than $4 million. According to records the school must file with the NCAA, student fees sent more than $3,000 to men’s basketball and $1.5 million dollars straight to the football program. “Our students in a lot of ways are our number one donors and we’re very aware of that,” said CCU Athletic Director Matt Hogue, “We’re appreciative of that. When you boil that down and you look at the student fee and you look at the amount of events that we play in any given year, you’re talking about literally a couple dollars per event.” –WMBF, Read More

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CHADRON STATE COLLEGE

Riann Mullis, former head coach at Cowley College (Kan.), will be Chadron State College’s next head volleyball coach, announced Athletic Director Joel R. Smith on Monday, after conducting a national search. A former NCAA Division II student-athlete at Pittsburg State University, Mullis was a part of two NJCAA Championship seasons while at Cowley, and one runner-up finish. In 2012, she was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Two-Year College Assistant Coach of the Year. In her five seasons with the program, Cowley College volleyball won over 85 percent of their matches compiling a record of 167-29. As a head coach, Mullis went 56-22 (17-1 conference), earning two conference and two district championships, and she finished both seasons among the top six teams at the national tournament. She was named the Jayhawk Conference East Division Co-Coach of the Year in 2014, her very first year as a head coach. –Read More

March 14, 2016

PRATT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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PRATT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Pratt Community College’s basketball programs will undergo leadership changes, as both men’s head coach Jesse Shaw and women’s head coach Stephanie Thompson stepped down from their roles. Shaw’s resignation comes after the Beavers produced a 22-9 record and tied for second in the Jayhawk Conference with a 15-4 mark. “We want to thank Jesse for his eight years of dedication to our men’s basketball program,” said Pratt Athletic Director Bill Wilson in a release. “We wish him well in his pursuit of other professional opportunities.” – Kyle McCaskey, The Hutchinson NewsRead More

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Johnny Dawkins was fired Monday after eight seasons as Stanford coach. Dawkins guided the Cardinal to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and NIT championships after the 2012 and ’15 seasons, but Stanford went 15-15 this season and finished ninth in the Pac-12 Conference at 8-10. Dawkins was 156-115 during his Stanford tenure.  Dawkins came from Stanford after working as a top assistant at alma mater Duke under coaching mentor Mike Krzyzewski. Athletic director Bernard Muir has begun a national search for a new coach. –fayobserver.comRead More

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
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MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY

The rezoning of a parcel of land to accommodate Marquette University’s Athletic Performance Research Center just west of downtown was unanimously approved by the city of Milwaukee Plan Commission Monday. Lora Strigens, Marquette University’s chief university planner and architect, appeared before the commission to make the case for changing the zoning on the south side of West Michigan Street and the west side of North Sixth Street from downtown office and service to institutional. -Jordyn Noennig,  www.bizjournals.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
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UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

It was very good week for the University of Connecticut. First, the undefeated UConn women’s basketball team polished off a solid University of South Florida team, 77-51, Monday night in its conference tournament. Then came the men. On Friday afternoon, the Huskies won a thrilling four-overtime game against Cincinnati in a quarterfinal tournament game that included a remarkable three-quarter-length buzzer beater by Jalen Adams to send the game into the fourth overtime. They followed that game with victories over Temple and Memphis to win the tournament. A bubble team coming into its conference tournament, the UConn men landed a ninth seed for the N.C.A.A. tournament. – Joe Nocera, The New York TimesRead More

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

The former captain of the Yale basketball team intends to sue the university over his expulsion for alleged sexual misconduct. Jack Montague has hired an attorney, Max Stern of Boston-based Todd and Weld, to represent him. Stern issued a statement Monday through a public relations firm, Polaris Public Relations, also of Boston. The case stems from an October 2014 incident in which a Yale undergraduate accused Montague of forcing her to have sex. Montague was expelled on Feb. 10, according to the letter. -Ed Stannard, New Haven RegisterRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Every March a sacred ritual is reënacted around the country as millions take the time to fill out their NCAA March Madness bracket. While the majority of fans might rely on their knowledge of the game, popular sports analysts, water cooler talk and a gut feeling, machine learning scientists are building a predictor tool to help the masses complete the ultimate bracket and win a few bucks from the office pool. For the 2016 March Madness tournament, Microsoft Bing and NCAA are partnering up once again to bring fans their smarter bracket, powered by Bing Predicts. The Bing Predictor tool is the foundation for the smarter bracket which has been used to pick winners for popular events such as the Oscars and Grammy awards. -Tishin Donkersley,  techcrunch.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Considering the amount of backlash Sunday’s expanded NCAA Tournament Selection Show generated online, ratings held up relatively well. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show earned a 3.7 overnight rating on CBS Sunday afternoon, down 5% from last year (3.9), down 12% from 2014 (4.2), and the lowest overnight for the show since at least 1989. The previous low was last year’s 3.9, with the four lowest overnights coming in the past five years. Sunday’s two-hour window was double the length of previous years. Given the bracket reveals account for perhaps 15 minutes of relevant content, the show featured a parade of filler that included touchscreen segments with Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Seth Davis. While social media gripes are to be expected for just about any event with more than a handful of viewers, the slow pace of the reveals was so widely panned that the full bracket was eventually leaked on Twitter halfway through. -Paulsen, Sports Media WatchRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Though college basketball’s most exciting stories are those of the underdog upsets and Cinderella tournament runs, the sport is typically dominated by its powerhouse squads. The last dozen championships were won by seven teams and even this year, one in which tourney regulars like Louisville, Ohio State and Georgetown are watching from home, the bracket’s favorites remain familiar names: Kansas, North Carolina and Michigan State. And it turns out that lack of turnover at the top is especially true of the financial side of the sport. For the fifth consecutive year Louisville is college basketball’s most valuable team, and for the third year straight Kansas and Kentucky take second and third, respectively. Chris Smith , FORBESRead More

CORNELL UNIVERSITY
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CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Cornell parted ways with men’s basketball head coach Bill Courtney, the athletic department announced on Monday. The news of Courtney’s dismissal was first reported by Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello of ESPN. “I appreciate Coach Courtney’s diligent efforts and his dedication to our student-athletes over the past six years,” said athletic director Andy Noel in a statement. “He is a first-class individual and I wish him success in his future endeavors.” The move follows the announcement of former Cornell basketball freshman Xaiver Eaglin’s arrest for rape. Courtney denied that the ongoing trial played a role in the decision. -Adam Bronfin, The Cornell Daily SunRead More

 

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
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WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Westminster College seeks an Athletic Assistant – Women’s Softball. Compensation: $9,500.00 plus housing, one graduate course per semester (contingent upon acceptance into Graduate School), and health insurance coverage is available for purchase. [email protected]

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
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UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

The University of Denver has hired Rodney Billups as its basketball coach. He spent the last six seasons on the Colorado coaching staff. He succeeds Joe Scott, who was fired after a 16-15 record in the last of his nine seasons at Denver. Billups is a former Pioneers point guard and the younger brother of former NBA star Chauncey Billups. Read More.


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