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December 17, 2015

ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY
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ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY

The St. Bonaventure University athletic department is aiming to expand its youth fan base, according to Seth Johnson, the department’s director of marketing and promotions. With a new focus on the men’s basketball program, there will be an emphasis on serving underprivileged kids in the community, he said. Officials aim to pack the Reilly Center seats with kids who may not be able to attend without some help. “We’ve done a lot of stuff with local schools, especially with women’s basketball and its pen-pal program,” Johnson told the Times Herald on Wednesday. “We’re trying to bring some of that into our men’s basketball relations. … We’re trying to really push creating young Bonaventure fans.” The department will expand its Bona Give Back Program, Johnson announced. -Kelsey Boudin, Olean Times Herald, Read More

 

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs has long talked about the importance of providing an exceptional football gameday experience and recruiting at the highest level. Those are just two reasons Jacobs believes it’s time for Auburn to move forward with renovations to Jordan-Hare Stadium. But there’s one critical question Jacobs wants answered: How much support exists among Auburn football donors, supporters and fans for what could be a major renovation to the North End Zone? That’s why Tigers Unlimited, the fundraising and donor services arm of Auburn Athletics, is putting a survey in the field to donors in select areas of the stadium. It’s all part of Athletics’ carefully crafted feasibility study to gauge the level of interest and potential for support. Before we move forward and ask for approval on such a major project, it’s vitally important for us to reach out to the Auburn Family,” Jacobs said. “This survey is critical because it will help us determine the level of interest and support for a potential renovation to Jordan-Hare Stadium. The level of interest and support in a major stadium renovation must be substantial for it to be feasible.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Robert Pulliza has resigned from his position as the head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Arkansas, which was announced on Wednesday by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long. “I have accepted Coach Pulliza’s resignation and we wish him the best in his future coaching career,” Long said. “I believe we have the components for building a strong volleyball program while competing for Southeastern Conference championships and consistently competing in the NCAA Tournament.” “I appreciate the opportunity and honor to have been the head volleyball coach at the University of Arkansas,” Pulliza said. “I will always have fond memories of the university, the Razorback staff and coaches, and the players I had the privilege of coaching.” Long announced that a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately. -Kevin Trainor, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

University of Maine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech has announced that Joe Harasymiak will become the next University of Maine football head coach, effective Jan. 1, 2016. “I am extremely excited and honored to be chosen as the next head football coach here at the University of Maine,” said Harasymiak. “To think of all of the great head coaches who have come through here, and to be selected to be part of that group, is humbling. I can’t wait to get started.” Harasymiak, who assumed the role as interim head coach on Nov. 24, 2015, becomes the 35th head coach in the 124th season of football at the University of Maine. His contract is a four-year deal at $150,000 per year. Following a national search, Harasymiak emerged as the top candidate out of four finalists. “I am pleased to introduce Joe Harasymiak as our next football coach at the University of Maine,” said Creech. “We are delighted for his ability to continue the excellence of Black Bear football and are excited for the opportunity for him to make a lasting impact on the program.” -Lee Goldberg, WCSH, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA gained another victory in the Ed O’Bannon case on Wednesday when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the O’Bannon plaintiffs’ petition for a rehearing before a larger panel of judges. Earlier this fall, a three-judge panel upheld U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s decision that NCAA rules restricting payments to college athletes violate antitrust laws, but determined that players shouldn’t be paid up to $5,000 per year in deferred compensation for use of their names, images and likenesses. Lawyers for O’Bannon sought what’s called an en banc review with a larger group of Ninth Circuit judges to rehear portions of the case. But on Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit issued an order saying the three judges voted the same way they did on the initial appeal and no other judge requested a vote for a rehearing. Chief Judge Sidney Thomas voted to grant the petition for a rehearing, and Judges Jay Bybee and Gordon Quist voted to deny the petition. The decision could set the stage for either the NCAA, which opposed the rehearing, or the O’Bannon plaintiffs to petition the U.S. Supreme Court. They have 90 days to file with the Supreme Court by March 14. Both the NCAA and O’Bannon plaintiffs have previously indicated some interest in appealing to the Supreme Court. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

 

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

Less than a week after directing the Navy football team to a 14th straight win against Army amid speculation it could be his final game as Mids coach, Ken Niumatalolo announced Wednesday he would be staying in Annapolis despite interviewing for the impending vacancy at Brigham Young. Niumatalolo traveled to Provo, Utah, on Sunday night with his wife Barbara to meet with BYU officials the next day about the job that opened when Bronco Mendenhall announced last week he was leaving for Virginia. The winningest coach in Navy history then spent what he called two of the most agonizing days of his life weighing his decision, speaking only with his family and those among his closest inner circle. “It was hard going back and forth,” Niumatalolo said in a telephone conversation late Wednesday night. “I just think ultimately this is where I’m supposed to be. Nothing against BYU. They have a great program. They’re really wonderful people, but there are wonderful people at the Naval Academy.” -Gene Wang, Washington Post, Read More

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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Colorado State University is seeing an Athletic Academic Coordinator II. This position assists the department by supporting student-athletes to positively impact their collegiate experience, retention, persistence and graduation. This position will serve as the academic coordinator for the Men’s Basketball team and a caseload of football student-athletes, will coordinate the Guest Coach Program, and assist with the coordination and facilitation of the Lt. Col. John Mosley Leadership Program.  Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Michigan president Mark Schlissel has hired a search firm and organized a search committee to hire an athletic director who can manage the budget, raise funds, lead a staff of 350 and work with coaches and student-athletes to develop top national programs — all under the umbrella of promoting academics first. Schlissel hired Turnkey Search and appointed a search committee that includes softball coach Carol Hutchins and Dr. Stefan Humphries, a former Michigan football player now a medical director of a facility in Nevada. He said he has set no timetable to replace Hackett, who was hired Oct. 31, 2014, after Brandon resigned. And he said having a business background is not requisite for the job. But he did say having some connection with Michigan “does have advantages.” -Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit NewsRead More

December 16, 2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

The representation for a former manager of Auburn’s Tigers Unlimited ticket service has until Monday to show cause for filling a wrongful termination suit against the school’s athletic department in October, must show cause for filing the suit by Monday. The defendants in the suit, which included Auburn University; the Auburn Board of Trustees; university president Jay Gogue; athletic director Jay Jacobs; Auburn athletics COO David Benedict; executive associate athletic director Rich McGlynn; and associate Vice President Kevin Robinson, filed a motion to dismiss Davis’ suit on Nov. 25. U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Coody issued the order on Nov. 30 that Davis’ representation must respond to the defendants’ motion to dismiss, which cites the 11th Amendment in the United States Constitution allowing for “immunity to state universities and their boards of trustees…particularly in employee termination cases where no ongoing violation of federal law can be established.” -Matthew Stevens, Montgomery AdvertiserRead More

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Bob Krause, a former top academic and athletics official at Kansas State, died Wednesday at the age of 70 following a battle with cancer. Krause served under former president Jon Wefald as the university’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement from 1968 to 2009, helping K-State boost enrollment and fundraising along the way. Krause also briefly served as acting athletic director from 2008 to 2009, taking over after Tim Weiser left.  Krause resigned as athletic director in 2009 to become director of development of K-State’s Olathe campus. -Kellis Robinett, The Wichita Eagle- Read More

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Former Illini soccer player Casey Conine’s lawsuit alleging University of Illinois officials mishandled treatment of her concussions is still ongoing, but without the high-profile defendants. In a Wednesday ruling on the UI’s motion to dismiss, Judge Jeffrey Ford threw out the counts against soccer coach Janet Rayfield and former athletic director Mike Thomas. Ford also threw out a count against Paul Schmidt, in his role of director of sports medicine, but kept Schmidt and soccer trainer Brittany Scott as defendants in their role as athletic trainers. Ford said the suit didn’t allege a law that showed Rayfield or Schmidt were responsible for overseeing the trainers’ conduct. -Johnathan Hettinger, The News-GazetteRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE

Matt Viator will have to hope his coaching career at Louisiana-Monroe gets off to a smoother start than his introduction. The former McNeese State coach was formally introduced as the 13th head coach in ULM history on Monday morning at Malone Stadium in Monroe.  The ceremony was not without peculiarities — ULM President Nick Bruno mispronounced Viator’s last name, Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom related a story about Viator unclogging the toilet in the Sam Houston State visitor’s locker room as an example of his blue-collar, can-do spirit, and the first question asked of him was posed by ULM’s mascot, who is mute. Viator, who last week interviewed twice for the position, did not learn he was hired until Sunday night. He has not yet determined who will join his staff in Monroe. -Alex Hickey, americanpress.com- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The University of Illinois will pay a search firm $140,000 to help with its athletic director search, the UI announced Wednesday. The firm, Korn Ferry, is the world’s largest executive search firm, and has helped higher athletic administrators and head coaches at Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Virginia. As recently as Dec. 4, Wilson said she hadn’t decided on whether to use a search firm. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the process of selecting a search firm began in mid-November. The firm will help the eight-member search committee, made up of alumni, faculty and athletic officials. The committee was named Dec. 4.- Johnathan Hettinger, The News-GazetteRead More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

For all the on-field successes Baker Mayfield has experienced in 2015 with Oklahoma, it is easy to forget how stressful the 2014 offseason was for Mayfield and his family. Mayfield’s transfer from Texas Tech to Oklahoma was nasty; Bob Stoops believed Mayfield should not have to sit out a year because he was a walk-on, Texas Tech initially blocked the transfer entirely and the final result was Mayfield being allowed to play for the Sooners but having to sit out the 2014 season. As it stands, Mayfield has only played two full seasons but will have just one year of eligibility remaining after the 2015 season. NCAA and Big 12 rules state that if a player transfers to an in-conference school and is not immediately eligible (like a graduate transfer, for example), they must lose the year of eligibility they sit out. Mayfield’s family appealed the rule to the Big 12 Faculty Athletics Representatives last May, but the league declined to give the Sooners’ quarterback his fourth year of eligibility back. -Chip Patterson, CBS Sports, Read More

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
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MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE

Valley commissioner Doug Elgin, while acknowledging that the loss of Wichita State would be a big one, took a diplomatic approach. “We’re respectful of the process that the president has outlined through the media,” Elgin said Tuesday. “We regret there’s any feeling that Wichita State has to go through this self-assessment, but we understand that this happens from time to time. “We hope that Wichita State is going to come back to a conclusion that they have the best fit currently with this league.” The conference commissioner doesn’t keep a master list of possible replacement schools, or even a mental list of member institutions that might be moving on and need replacing. “I think it would be counterproductive to speculate about Wichita State’s future and about any possibility that our league would consider expansion, or even the replacement of any school that might leave,” Elgin said. Even if Elgin isn’t ready to talk publicly about the what-ifs about the future of the Missouri Valley, rest assured he’s not sitting idly by and waiting to get blindsided by any surprise movement or realignment. “Our head is not in the sand; we’re always vigilant and looking at national trends and how movement in other conferences might affect the Missouri Valley,” Elgin said. -Jim Connell, Springfield News-Leader, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA quietly is talking to CBS Sports and Turner Sports about their 14-year, $10.8 billion March Madness contract, even though the deal runs through the 2024 tournament, according to several sources. -John Ourand & Michael Smith, Sport Business Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Arkansas volleyball Coach Robert Pulliza has released a statement through a Little Rock public relations firm refuting allegations of bullying and intimidating his players. “These last few weeks have been some of the most difficult that I have experienced in my life, both personally and professionally as a coach,” Pulliza said in the statement. “Any accusation that I have threatened physical harm to any player or called players names like the demeaning terms that have been alleged is simply false. “Many of the allegations made against me speak more to a style of coaching that might not be for everyone, but is not uncommon in college athletics. “These accusations have come from a small number of players. Unfortunately, coaching often involves making difficult decisions that do not always please each individual player, but which are necessary for the betterment of the team as a whole.” An Arkansas spokesman said Pulliza’s statement was not coordinated with the UA. The athletic department confirmed last Wednesday it had started an investigation of the volleyball program after receiving the anonymous letter and would have no further comment until the process is completed. -Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, Read More

WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
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WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN

West Virginia Wesleyan is pleased to announce the hiring of Del Smith as the newest head coach of the Bobcat football program. Smith, who has most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Bridgewater College, succeeds George Shehl who resigned last month after leading the Bobcats for three years. Randy Tenney, West Virginia Wesleyan athletic director, had this to say about the hiring process and coach Smith – “There were many qualified candidates within the over 100 resumes we received, but we feel we have the right guy in Del Smith to move the Wesleyan football program forward.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE

UW-L will not have an interim head football coach as it searched for Joel Dettwiler’s replacement. Instead, it will rely more heavily on assistants Andrew “Andy” McGlenn and Mike Anderson. McGlenn, an assistant coach/offensive line/recruiting coordinator, will take over most of the recruiting duties. Anderson, meanwhile, will handle the internal operations of the football program, said athletic director Kim Blum, who met with the team Tuesday afternoon. For example, the search and screen committee, which numbers 11, is comprised of current football players, an alum, coaches from other sports, campus representatives as well as a faculty and administrative staff member. The committee, headed by David Johnson, the school’s assistant athletic director for media relations, will do much of the early leg work. But when it comes down to it, Blum, who took over as UW-L’s full-time athletic director in March, is the quarterback. She gets to make the call, which could happen by mid-to-late February. -Jeff Brown, LaCrosse Tribune, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is retiring effective immediately, he said Tuesday after the team’s win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Longtime assistant Greg Gard is taking over as interim head coach. “After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said in a statement released after the game. Ryan coached Wisconsin to a school-record 36 wins last season and a loss in the national championship game against Duke. Wisconsin is 7-5 this season, one more loss than the Badgers had all last season. Ryan, who turns 68 on Sunday, had said in a statement in June that he would coach this season and then step down. –ESPN, Read More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE
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MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Manhattan College, an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), is seeking applications for the vacant position of full-time Asst. Men’s Soccer Coach. The successful candidate will assist the Head Soccer Coach with all aspects of the Manhattan soccer program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruitment of qualified student-athletes, game scheduling, direction of practices, implementation of game strategies, assisting in the successful management of the men’s soccer budget, fundraising, supporting student-athlete academic success, and assisting in developing championship teams while maintaining the highest ethical standards. Apply here

MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY

College AD has been able to independently confirm Football Scoop’s report that McNeese State will name Lance Guidry as the Cowboys next head coach. Guidry, a McNeese State graduate has been the Cowboys defensive coordinator since he returned to the program in 2013. This will be Guidry’s first full time college head coaching job, he did serve a brief stent as interim head coach at Western Kentucky in 2012. McNeese State has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State University is seeking Director, Ticket Sales and Service. The said position manages the day-to-day operations of spectator experiences and entertainment at Sun Devil Athletic’ (SDA) sporting events. ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.  Apply here

December 15, 2015

MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

The Michigan Tech Athletics Department wants to make sure you’re aware of a scam making the rounds. Several people have received contact from an unnamed company stating they represent MTU Athletics. The scammer offers advertisement opportunities at athletic events being held off campus. The University wants you to know this is a scam. – abc10up.comRead More

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

As of Monday afternoon, WSU had sold about 1,900 tickets for its Dec. 26 bowl game in El Paso, Texas — out of its allotment of 6,000. Paul Finn, WSU’s assistant athletic director for ticket sales, said Monday in an email that the Cougars are about where they expected to be with ticket sales. The Cougars’ ticket office pre-sold about 600 tickets before the game was announced — but this pales in comparison with the 2,500 pre-announcement reservations WSU took in 2013 before the New Mexico Bowl. Finn said WSU expects to distribute between 3,500 to 4,000 tickets by game day. Fortunately for the Cougars, the Pac-12 will cover up to 50 percent of unsold tickets from their bowl allotment of 6,000. – Stefanie Loh, The Seattle TimesRead More

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Middle Tennessee State University is seeking an Assistant Athletic Director- Equipment/Operations. The said position will work directly with the Director of Athletics, the Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Game Operations, the Head Football Coach and the head coaches of the 16 other NCAA Division I sports sponsored by the University to oversee and manage all aspects of the Athletic Equipment Room for the University’s NCAA Division I Football program and its 16 additional athletic programs within NCAA guidelines.  Incumbent will oversee all aspects of the University’s apparel contract negotiating, ordering, distributing and placing into inventory all appropriate and necessary equipment for each of the University’s 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina will name its indoor practice facility for Steve and Jerri Spurrier, and is one step closer to building a $50 million football operations center right next to it. USC’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday gave final approval to naming the indoor facility for the Spurriers, and initial full-board approval to the football operations building. The naming of the indoor facility will likely take place in the spring, USC athletic director Ray Tanner said after the meeting, while the operations center now becomes a state project subject to several more layers of approval. The 100,000-square-foot building would house meeting rooms, locker rooms, weight rooms, training rooms and coaches’ offices, all currently located at Williams-Brice Stadium, and continue the migration of USC’s football facilities across Bluff Road to where the Gamecocks’ indoor and outdoor practice fields are located. -David Caraviello, The Post and CourierRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

The Tuscaloosa Police Department spent $544,459.50 on overtime pay to police all seven Alabama home games in 2014, according to documents obtained by public records request. If previous seasons are an indicator, that number will grow. As the Nick Saban era reached new benchmarks in on-field success and revenue, the cost of policing more highly populated games has risen accordingly. During the Tide’s 2009 national championship season, TPD spent $430,396.20 for 11,035.8 hours of overtime to work seven games, according to documents. According to the city of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Alabama athletics did not reimburse Tuscaloosa PD for working on campus to secure Bryant-Denny in 2014. After multiple public information requests filed by SB Nation to the city and university, no evidence has been produced that the university has ever reimbursed its home city for hundreds of thousands of dollars of city labor spent on football games each year. -Steven Godfrey and Matt Brown, SB Nation, Read More

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

Providence College today announced plans for a new, $37.5-million athletics center, attached to Alumni Hall, which will include a basketball practice facility as well as additional space for athletics department activities. The Ruane Friar Development Center is named after former PC board of trustees chairman Michael A. Ruane and his wife, Elizabeth, whose gift to the college made the project possible. The new building has been discussed for more than a decade as schools around the country have built training facilities specifically for basketball, separate from their playing arenas. Last year, for instance, Connecticut christened a $40-million basketball training facility adjacent to Gampel Pavilion on the Storrs campus. Virtually every Big East school already has a basketball practice facility in place on campus. -Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

It’s official: The University of Cincinnati will renovate Fifth Third Arena and its basketball program will stay on campus, but it will take a year longer than expected and cost significantly more than previously anticipated. UC’s trustees approved a request to fund and design a refurbished arena although UC’s athletic department still has tens of millions of dollars to raise to make it happen.  Athletic Director Mike Bohn told trustees that the department had raised or had commitments for funds in the low-$20 million range. The board wants the department to raise $40 million of the $87 million cost of the renovation. The entire cost is expected to be raised privately, including through the sale of suites. “The engagement has been at an incredibly high level,” Bohn said. “The board has really challenged us to build the finest, state-of-the-art on-campus arena in the country.” Board Chairman Thomas Humes said the board is confident the athletic department will raise the rest of the needed funds. “I think the fact that they’re already in the low $20s is phenomenal given how much time they’ve had,” Humes said, noting that preliminary approval came in August. -Chris Wetterich and Steve Watkins, Cincinnati Business Courier, Read More

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