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November 3, 2015

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Tickets to Ohio State University’s tilt next year with the University of Michigan are likely to be priced at $195 – the highest-ever face value for regular seating – under its variable-pricing model that hikes prices for more-anticipated games and discounts the less-attractive ones.  The university’s athletics council has made pricing recommendations for the 2016 season, including a permanent move to the variable model introduced in 2013, and trustees will consider the proposals this week. A season ticket will run $614, based on a 15 percent discount on the full slate of seven regular-season home games. -Evan Weese, bizjournals.comRead More

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

MTSU fired head volleyball coach Matt Peck. “After an extensive review of the volleyball program and declining results the past four seasons we felt a change in direction was needed,” athletics director Chris Massaro said in a news release. “We want to thank Matt for some of the success he has provided our program over the years and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.” Associate athletics director Diane Turnham will be the team’s interim coach while the department conducts a nationwide search for Peck’s successor. Turnham was the Raiders’ coach from 1982-87 and again from 1992-94. Massaro said he felt the timing of the firing was good and that it gives the athletics department time to search for a new coach.

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

The attorney representing Grambling running backs coach Lee Fobbs, who along with his son, head coach Broderick Fobbs, was recently charged with nepotism by the Louisiana Board of Ethics, is confident they’ll be cleared of any wrongdoing.  State Sen. Rick Gallot, the Ruston-based attorney who is handling Lee Fobbs’ case, told The News-Star on Monday that Fobbs, nor his son, didn’t “violate any provision of the code of governmental ethics.” Last Friday, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported that the father-son duo violated state laws that say “members of the immediate family of an agency head may not be employed in the agency.” -Sean Isabella, thenewsstar.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is seeking an Assistant Director of Athletics Media Relations. This position assists the Associate Athletic Director in promotion, publicity and strategies of UAB’s intercollegiate sports programs. Designs, write and produces media guides, news releases and other printed material as assigned by Associate Athletic Director. Coordinates media operations for various sports, including serving as primary communications contact for Blazers’ women’s basketball and men’s soccer programs. Apply Here

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UNION UNIVERSITY
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UNION UNIVERSITY

Union University seeks a qualified individual for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator. The Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator is responsible for ensuring that individuals and groups representing the University’s athletic program comply with all institutional, Gulf South Conference and NCAA regulations. In particular, the position is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of all policies and procedures relative to a comprehensive compliance program which includes recruiting, eligibility, financial aid, playing and practice seasons, and amateurism. Apply here

November 2, 2015

VILLA MARIA COLLEGE
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VILLA MARIA COLLEGE

After announcing the re-launch of intercollegiate athletics in January, Villa Maria College is expanding its athletic programs with the addition of four new sports. Beginning in the fall of 2016, Villa Maria College will add men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s bowling, and men’s and women’s swimming. The addition of these new teams will position the college to pursue application to the NCAA Division III in the near future, and will round out its offering of current sports: men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s soccer. Read More

MIDLAND UNIVERSITY
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MIDLAND UNIVERSITY

Peru State athletic director and head football coach Steve Schneider has been inducted into the Midland University Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame. Steve Schneider began his professional career at Midland in 1980 as a position coach and as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for the football program. He was Head Softball Coach from 1988-1992 and was a two-time NAIA District 11 Coach of the Year. –Nebraska City News PressRead More

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State University quarterback J.T. Barrett will lose a portion of his scholarship after police cited him early Saturday on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while impaired, the school’s athletic department announced Monday. Barrett also has been suspended for this week’s game against Minnesota. For the summer 2016 term, Barrett will “be on his own to cover rent, food, books, tuition, etc.,” a university spokesman told CNN. –wtvr.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Celebrations for the Kansas City Royals’ World Series title spilled into the state of Kansas early Monday and onto the University of Kansas’ Memorial Stadium where students tore down goalposts and deposited them in a lake. According to the Lawrence Journal-World, several individuals believed to be students broke down the stadium’s south gate in the hours after the Royals’ Series-clinching win over the New York Mets in Game 5, brought down the goalposts and disposed of them in nearby Potter Lake. Kansas University associate athletic director Jim Marchiony found some humor in the incident but overall the gesture and roughly $10,000 in damage (gate and goalposts) was not appreciated. – Brett Smiley, Fox SportsRead More

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

A.J. Green and his wife Miranda have announced the endowment of two scholarships at his alma mater: The A.J. Green Family Football Scholarship, intended to provide support for a student-athlete on the UGA football team, and the A.J. Green Family Scholarships, earmarked to support two need-based UGA students, with first preference going to students from Green’s home state of South Carolina. The Greens have stipulated that the recipient of their football scholarship represent UGA ”in an outstanding manner in the classroom as an honor student, on the playing field, in the community, and who also demonstrates a commitment to the University and its football program.”  –Read More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Mississippi State introduced Wes Johnson as the new pitching coach Friday afternoon at the Leo Seal Football Complex. Johnson takes over for Butch Thompson who was hired as the new coach at Auburn University. MSU coach John Cohen also interviewed California State University at Fullerton assistant Jason Dietrich, but felt Johnson was the better fit. Johnson spent the last four seasons at Dallas Baptist University. – CDispatch. Read More.

CLARION UNIVERSITY
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CLARION UNIVERSITY

Rich Herman, who has served as Director of Sports Information at Clarion for more than 35 years, has retired, effective Oct. 30. Herman, a native of Ellwood City, came to Clarion in August 1980. He has been an adamant supporter of student athletes, having promoted 95 football players alone to All-American status. In 1999 he received the NCAA Division I Wrestling SID of the Year award from the National Wrestling Media Association. He was instrumental in the selection of Kristin Day selection as Capital One NCAA D-2 Academic All-America of the Year in 2015 and NCAA Woman of the Year earlier this month.

ALLEGHENY COLLEGE
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ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

Allegheny College seeks a Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach/Assistant Track & Field Coach. This position is a full-time, twelve-month appointment with a comprehensive benefits package. Please submit a letter of application, resume, salary requirements and provide contact information for at least three references to Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335 or by e-mail to [email protected]

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Former Oregon player Brandon Austin has filed a $7.5 million lawsuit against the school and four administrators alleging they damaged his prospects of playing in the NBA. Austin was among three Oregon players who were kicked off the team and barred from campus after a woman accused them of rape last year. In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Lane County Circuit Court, lawyers for Austin say he was wrongly accused and was denied a chance to adequately defend himself in university disciplinary proceedings. Austin seeks $7.5 million for alleged civil rights violations, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, interference with economic relations and breach of contract. – ESPN. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON
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UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON

The University of Dayton men’s basketball team may gain new fans in China this season. Five UD students from China will broadcast home men’s basketball games on DaytonFlyers.com in Mandarin Chinese this season. Anyone in China can listen to the broadcasts, starting with the exhibition game against Saginaw Valley State on Nov. 7, for free online. “This is an exceptional opportunity to promote the Dayton Flyers brand internationally and provide our students with unique real-world experience,” said Assistant Athletic Director Michael LaPlaca in a press release. “The combination of basketball’s popularity in China and the opportunity for international students to become more involved with Flyer athletics sets the University of Dayton apart from any other institution.” – David Jablonski, Dayton Daily. Read More.

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
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WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY

The Wright State Department of Athletics has added two new faces who will work with marketing and ticket sales for all sports. Emma Hovarter has been named Ticket Sales and Service Associate while David Wynkoop has been named the Marketing Program Director. Hovarter comes to WSU from Oklahoma State where she worked with ticket retention since 2014. Wynkoop was most recently assistant director of fan development at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

NCAA
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NCAA

In the wake of Saturday night’s Miami-Duke officiating fiasco, which prompted the ACC on Sunday to suspend both the on-field crew and replay officials, many are questioning college football’s seemingly archaic review system. Despite a nine-minute review, the official in the booth somehow failed to see that a Miami runner’s knee was down prior to one of the many laterals early in the play. Rogers Redding, the NCAA’s national coordinator of officiating, told FOX Sports on Sunday that he and the various conference coordinators had already been discussing whether to adopt a centralized replay model like those used by the NFL and Major League Baseball. -Stewart Mandel, Fox SportsRead More

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Kentucky football played its sixth game in renovated Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night, but the $126 million project is still not quite done. “Every week that goes by, we’re knocking out more off the punch list. There’s still stuff to do. I think there are going to be some things in the offseason that we’re going to have to go back and adjust, things we know now that we didn’t know then,” athletic director Mitch Barnhart told The Courier-Journal. “When we opened the season, I said we were 80-85 percent (done). I’d say now we’re well over 90 and gaining ground on it.” – Kyle Tucker, The Courier JournalRead More

TAFT COLLEGE
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TAFT COLLEGE

Taft College is about to honor its past. The west Kern County community college will hold its inaugural Taft College Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 7. “With the rich history here at Taft College, it was believed we should begin to honor individuals who have had a major impact on the college,” said Kanoe Bandy, the college’s athletic director and volleyball coach who is co-chair of the Hall of Fame committee. -Jeff Evans, The Bakersfield CalifornianRead More

BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE
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BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE

Members of a the Crusaders’ sports teams cheered on Special Olympics athletes in the event’s fourth consecutive year on campus. Walking up to the Belmont Abbey soccer field on a Saturday morning in October, you hear the sound of the crowd before you can see the athletes on the field. All of the Belmont Abbey athletes have come to the field early – 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning – to support Special Olympics teams from Caldwell, Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties in the college’s fourth annual Special Olympics Soccer Invitational. -Jack Flagler, Gaston GazetteRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Darrell Brown, a Little Rock attorney who was the first black football player at the University of Arkansas, died Saturday, the university confirmed. Brown, 67, died at 2:48 a.m. Saturday at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, according to Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs. Brown had been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long presented Brown with a trophy and a Razorbacks No. 1 jersey with his name on the back. –Arkansas OnlineRead More

November 1, 2015

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

This season, for the first time, New Mexico State football fans can enjoy a cold beer while sitting in the bleachers at Aggie Memorial Stadium. And many did Saturday while watching the Aggies beat Idaho 55-48 in a thrilling overtime win to break the nation’s longest losing streak at 17 games. Over the summer, New Mexico State University applied for and received three beer and wine licenses from the state, to be used for athletics and special events. -Damien Willis, Las Cruces Sun-NewsRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY CALUMET
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY CALUMET

Schererville Police Chief David Dowling remembers playing at the park named after his grandfather Edward Dowling, a former Hammond mayor, when he was a child. Dowling appeared with other members of his family along with Hammond and Purdue Calumet officials at the grand opening Friday of the Dowling Park Athletic Complex. The Dowling Park Athletic Complex, featuring a variety of athletic fields and other improvements, was lauded as a “game changer” by Rick Costello, Purdue Calumet athletic director. – Ed Bierschenk, nwitimes.comRead More

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

Grambling head football coach Broderick Fobbs and his father, Lee Fobbs, who serves as Grambling’s running backs coach, are being accused of nepotism, according to a report Friday by the Baton Rouge Advocate. The report states The Louisiana Board of Ethics contends Broderick Fobbs and Lee Fobbs violated state laws that says “members of the immediate family of an agency head may not be employed in the agency,”according to the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics. Broderick Fobbs was hired as Grambling’s head coach in December 2013. -Sean Isabella, thenewsstar.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina touchdown record holder Marcus Lattimore is on the seven-person advisory panel helping athletic director Ray Tanner find a permanent football replacement for Steve Spurrier. Lattimore played for Spurrier from 2010 through 2012 and finished as the Gamecocks’ career leader with 38 rushing touchdowns. Others on the group are attorney I.S. Leevy Johnson, South Carolina professor emeritus Susie VanHuss, board of trustees chairman Eugene Warr, university provost Joan Gabel, former football player Ken Wheat and Chip Comer of the Gamecock Club booster group.- Pete Iacobelli, wltx.comRead More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State is moving forward with a $50 million Breslin Center upgrade and renovation that will both expand the building’s concourse and add a new state-of-the-art entryway and hall of history. The university’s Board of Trustees on Friday authorized a two-phase project that will begin in January. The project is expected to be substantially completed by August 2017 and fully completed in June 2018. – Kyle Austin, mlive.comRead More

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERNCE
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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERNCE

The ACC announced Sunday it has suspended the on-field officiating crew as well as the replay official and communicator for two games following errors on the final wild play that gave Miami a 30-27 win over Duke on Saturday. The outcome of the game cannot be changed, but Duke coach David Cutcliffe said later Sunday that maybe it’s time for that to change as the Blue Devils (6-2, 3-1) fell out of a potential tie for the lead in the ACC’s Coastal Division. The ACC acknowledged a series of errors during the play, which featured eight laterals off a Duke kickoff and ended with a 91-yard touchdown run by the Hurricanes’ Corn Elder. -Andrea Adelson, ESPNRead More

VIRGINIA TECH
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VIRGINIA TECH

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced Sunday his intention to retire upon the conclusion of the 2015 season. Beamer informed Virginia Tech officials, his players and coaches today. Beamer owns a 277-143-4 (.656) career head coaching record in 35 seasons, including a 235-120-2 (.661) mark during his 29 years at Virginia Tech. His 277 career wins are the most of any active FBS coach and are sixth all-time in the FBS. But perhaps two of his most notable accomplishments are the fact that 100 percent of his senior football student-athletes have graduated dating back to 2012 and that 25 different sets of brothers have played for him at Virginia Tech. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Norm Chow has been fired as the head coach of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team, according to a statement released by the school’s athletic department on Sunday morning. The move comes just hours after Hawaii lost its sixth straight game. The Rainbow Warriors are now 2-7 on the year, including an 0-4 mark in the Mountain West. Chow, the heralded local boy and long-time offensive coordinator who returned home four years ago to become a head coach for the first time, was never able to generate traction with the Rainbow Warriors. -Ian Scheuring, hawaiinewsnow.com–  Read More

UTRGV
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UTRGV

Continuing a streak of annual athletic budget increases, UTRGV enters its first year under a new banner with the biggest jump yet: From $7.7 million in 2015 to $10 million in 2016. With a boost in funding, UTRGV has been able to grow and restructure its athletic staff, continue improvements to facilities and offer more resources to every sport. “We’re on the tip of, I think, a huge growth spurt,” UTRGV athletics director Chris King said. “A very fast, huge growth spurt.” – Greg Luca, The MonitorRead More

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