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April 13, 2016

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Montana State University seeks an Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Operations. This position will develop and implement a multi-year, multi-platform marketing strategy that encompasses the entire Athletic Department with the goal of increasing attendance using creative marketing techniques, events, advertising, design and communications. Apply here.

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
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PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE

Presbyterian College, a NCAA Division I institution and member of the Big South Conference invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Assistant Volleyball Coach. The successful candidate will assist in all efforts toward directing a highly competitive NCAA Division I women’s volleyball program. E-mail: [email protected]

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Ross Hodge, recognized as a top recruiter by multiple publications, has been named the associate head coach for Arkansas State men’s basketball, head coach Grant McCasland announced today. Hodge coached for four years at Paris Junior College, the last three as head coach. In those three seasons, Hodge led the Dragons to an 83-17 (.830) record. The Dragons won two Texas Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season championships and in 2006-07 he was named the Conference Coach of the Year. Read More.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Utah State University seeks Major Gifts Development Officer II. Under the direction of the Associate A.D. for Major Gifts, responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: research, contact, solicitation and stewardship of leadership and major gift prospects ($25,000 and above); coordination of donor activities at select athletic events; and representation of the Athletic Department at University and community events. The Assistant Athletic Director–Major Gifts (AAD-MG) is responsible for raising gifts to support the mission, vision and priorities of USU Aggie Athletics. The position will focus on the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of identified athletics major gift donors. The position is responsible for achieving identified goals and objectives established by the Associate Athletic Director – Major Gifts in coordination with the Athletic Director and University Advancement.  Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

University of Washington seeks Senior Associate Athletic Director, Business and Finance. The University of Washington Athletics Department has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business and Finance. This position will report to the Director of Athletics and will engage in all activities necessary to ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the Athletic Department. This will include managing an annual budget in excess of $100 million per year, forming and implementing long range financial planning for the department, overseeing all financial audits by university, city, state, federal, and association entities, and directing the daily management of the department’s internal business functions. Apply here

BIG 10 CONFERENCE
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BIG 10 CONFERENCE

The Big Ten wanted its baseball tournament in the home of the College World Series. And evidently, the idea of replicating the record-setting 2014 event became incredibly appealing to city officials, too. It was announced Tuesday that TD Ameritrade Park will host the Big Ten’s baseball championship from 2019 to 2022. The venue was already set to hold the eight-team, double-elimination tournament this year, and again in 2018. Read More.

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Women leaders make a difference in terms of having more female faculty members, at least in the humanities, according to a new working paper from the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute. Data “suggest that the gender of an institution’s president is both a large and statistically significant factor increasing the share of women in full-time, tenure-track positions” in the humanities, the paper says. “A single president who remains in office for 10 years could increase the share of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty that is female by 36 percentage points.” For their study, the Cornell researchers analyzed data from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ National Humanities Departmental Survey, in both 2008 and 2012, which provided faculty count information from 621 humanities departments at 448 institutions. They also consulted the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and looked through directories of higher education administrators and college and university websites to obtain the names and genders of the president, provost and dean at each institution from 2003-11. -Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Education, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

Eric Murphy, a UND professor and State Board of Higher Education faculty adviser, said as a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, he was frustrated the IAC and faculty overall weren’t consulted about the cuts. “I think you’d find most faculty aren’t surprised and in a way are going to be pleasantly happy that something was done to rein in athletics,” he said. Rakow said the sudden announcement didn’t line up with Schafer’s plan of posting budget cuts for comment. “I think there have been questions about expenses and deficits of athletics budget, so it would be better to see these cuts in light of full transparency and why they were chosen,” she said. The athletic department cuts and revenue increases are expected to impact UND’s budget by $2.4 million for the next school year, which is just the beginning of how the university is addressing a $9.5 million cut handed down from Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s office in early February after the state’s revenue forecast fell short. UND professor Jim Whitehead called for more transparency as the university moves forward and said he hopes the decision regarding the music therapy program and other “top-down” decisions are revisited and brought before the proper faculty groups. -Anna Burleson, Grand Forks Herald, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst said he welcomes the outside survey of his program currently being done at NU President Hanks Bounds’ request and doesn’t consider questioning about his department’s leadership and culture “a shot across the bow.” “Absolutely not,” he told The World-Herald on Tuesday. “I actually see us as a model program at the university. “And all my dean colleagues are excited to see the outcome because they see all the exciting things we are doing in athletics. That’s why we have so many partnerships and collaborations with them. So we’re kind of a leader.” Eichorst said he favors any scrutiny that helps the first-year system president, new campus chancellor Ronnie Green and the athletic department. SilverStone Group from Omaha was hired to solicit athletic employees starting the week of Jan. 11 — some by in-person interview, others by electronic survey. The contract calls for a six- to eight-week process of interviewing, followed by time to gather and interpret results. The price was estimated at $30,000 to $38,000. -Lee Barfknecht, World-Herald, Read More

PAC-12 CONFERENCE
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PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Building on last fall’s inclusion of athletes in Pac-12 governance, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott met with Arizona State athletes Tuesday to discuss possible new NCAA rules for reducing time demands in all sports. Scott met for more than 90 minutes with athletes, his 10th such stop around the conference in a listening tour seeking feedback from those directly affected by an often blurred line between mandatory and voluntary hours spent on athletics. The Pac-12 created a 24-member Student-Athlete Leadership Team in October to participate in Pac-12 Council meetings with athletic directors, faculty athletic representatives and senior women’s administrators, becoming the first conference to include athletes at that level. -Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral sports, Read More

April 12, 2016

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Monday approved a request from the Football Rules Committee to delay implementation of a rule change allowing the use of electronic devices for coaching purposes in the press box and locker room during games until the 2017 season. The panel originally approved the use of digital technology for the 2016 season on March 8. But after receiving feedback from commissioners in all three divisions that sponsor the sport, it was decided more time was needed to develop guidelines that would allow for consistent application of the rule, help manage the costs and to provide time to see if any unintended consequences develop. Once the rule goes into effect with the 2017 season, the in-game use of electronic devices for coaching purposes in the press box and locker room will be permitted; however, that equipment will not be permitted on the sidelines, in the team areas and on the field. Additionally, the home school will be responsible for ensuring the coaches’ booths of both teams will have identical television capability and identical video and internet connectivity. Read More

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Bobby Lutz, who spent the last five seasons as a member of the NC State men’s basketball coaching staff, has assumed the new role of Special Assistant to the Deputy Athletic Director for External Operations, Head Coach Mark Gottfried announced on Tuesday. Lutz joined NC State head coach Mark Gottfried’s initial staff in 2011-12 after spending the prior year at Iowa State. He spent the previous 15 years at Charlotte, the final 12 as the 49ers head coach. In his new role, Lutz will assist the Deputy AD for External Operations with a variety of administrative duties associated with the men’s basketball program, including assistance with the personal and academic development of student-athlete, housing arrangements, planning and logistics associated with the team’s upcoming foreign tour and other special projects. –wralsportsfan.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

The UND athletic department announced Tuesday that it will eliminate baseball and men’s golf effective next season. UND athletic director Brian Faison made the announcement in an email.  The announcement came a day after UND honored its national championship men’s hockey team at Ralph Engelstad Arena.The cuts in the athletic department resulted because UND needs to trim approximately $12.6 million from its budget as state revenue forecasts are lower than expected due to falling oil and commodity prices. Baseball has been played continuously since 1956 and the sport has roots at the school dating back to 1889. Men’s golf has been played every year at UND since 2008. – Wayne Nelson, prairiebusinessmagazine.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long announced Tuesday that Dr. Charles Small has been promoted to assistant athletic director for academic services. Small joined the University of Arkansas athletics staff May 2014, as the director of student-athlete development. In his new role, Small will have oversight of the academic support and educational enrichment services units. These units are responsible for coordinating tutoring, assisting with class scheduling, study skills, time management, monitoring academic eligibility and progress towards degree requirements and strategically supporting student-athletes to meet their fullest potential academically. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Perhaps finally emerging from a prolonged dark period in its history of athletics, the University of Illinois announced Tuesday that it had reached accords with seven former women’s basketball players and with former head football coach Tim Beckman. The school will pay a total of $375,000 to settle the federal lawsuit brought by the seven former basketball players, who had accused coach Matt Bollant and his staff of creating a racially hostile environment. Bollant remains as coach. Also, a $250,000 payment will go to Beckman, who was fired last summer after an investigation concluded that he had acted inappropriately in medical matters concerning his players. The school called the payment a “negotiated resolution of potential legal claims.” -Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun TimesRead More

UCLA
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UCLA

The UCLA Athletic Department is pleased to announce an extraordinary commitment of $5,000,000 from the Annenberg Foundation that acts as the lead gift toward the planned transformation of the North Athletic Field into the new home of UCLA Men’s and Women’s Soccer as well as UCLA’s Club Sports programs. In honor of the Annenberg Foundation’s generosity, UCLA will proudly name the new campus venue Wallis Annenberg Stadium. Under the direction of UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, propelled by the Annenberg Foundation’s generous lead gift, UCLA is embarking on the One Goal Campaign to raise private funds for the planned state-of-the-art stadium. Located where the North Athletic Field currently resides, plans for Wallis Annenberg Stadium, to be built in phases, include: capacity to seat 3,000; a spectator amenity building to house restrooms and concessions; a day-of-game locker room building that includes two team locker rooms and two auxiliary locker rooms; a shared team meeting room and equipment storage; stadium lighting; a scoreboard system; and several elements showcasing the storied history of UCLA Soccer. Construction of Wallis Annenberg Stadium, to be completed in phases as money is raised, is currently projected to begin in fall of 2016. Read More

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY
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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY

The Samford University athletics department has been placed on probation for three years and must pay a $5,000 fine for violations involving academic certification, mostly involving transfer student-athletes, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) announced April 12. The violations involved 33 student-athletes over a four-and-a-half-year period between fall 2010 and spring 2014. The 33 student-athletes were involved in eight sports, including men’s tennis, baseball, football, softball, men’s track, men’s cross country, soccer and men’s basketball. Samford has more than 350 student-athletes participating in 17 varsity sports. University officials acknowledged that the violations were the result of unintentional misinterpretation of NCAA certification guidelines and did not include any individual or institutional academic improprieties. Over the last 10 years, Samford has had two external reviews as well as an NCAA recertification process that showed no abnormalities in the university’s processes. The violations were discovered during an Academic Progress Program (APP) audit by the NCAA. The NCAA did not impose any scholarship reductions, postseason bans or recruiting restrictions. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

CBS and Time Warner’s Turner have secured rights to jointly televise the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for another eight years, ensuring the two companies will maintain their hold on one of the most coveted properties in TV sports through 2032 – more than a decade and a half into the future. The two media companies will pay a whopping combined total of $8.8 billion for the right to provide live coverage of the popular tournament across any new-media platform, including any new ones that might develop over the life of the contract. And, despite low ratings for a championship game this year that was televised on cable for the first time in history, the NCAA said live coverage of the Final Four national semifinals and national championship will continue to alternate between CBS and Turner each year. CBS will broadcast the games in 2017 and Turner’s TBS will televise them in 2018. -Brian Steinberg, Vareity, Read More

IOWA LAKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Iowa Lakes Community College seeks Swimming / Housing Graduate Assistant. This part time position will assist the Head Swimming Coach and Housing Department with day to day operations working 27.5 hours a week. Successful candidate will enroll in a Master’s Degree Program at their own expense.Contact Amanda Schniebs at [email protected] or 712-362-0409 with questions.

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY

Muskingum University invites applications for a one-year with a one-year renewable contract (two years preferred) as a graduate assistant coach in Softball. The position is under the direct supervision of the Director of Athletics and the Head Softball Coach. Duties include assisting with all phases of a national caliber NCAA Division III softball program. email to [email protected]

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Ball State University seeks a Head Volleyball Coach for Women. Commit to and be responsible for adherence to all rules and regulations of BSU, the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA. Apply here.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

George Mason Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Brad Edwards announced the hiring of Jackie Campbell as Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator (SWA). A veteran of more than 20 years in sports administration and compliance, Campbell comes to George Mason having worked in collegiate athletics at the NCAA, the Atlantic 10 Conference and in university campus athletic departments. Read More.

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

The University at Buffalo unveiled a new set of athletics logos on Tuesday. While the traditional interlocking UB logo will serve as the primary mark, a new wordmark and spirit mark were also introduced. The new logos are part of a university-wide branding initiative. The new look for athletics is now more closely aligned with the university’s strengthened and cohesive academic identity. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Currently, NCAA athletes would be deemed ineligible if they received payment for their image or likeness. But change could be on the way in the form of endorsement deals, Big East commissioner Val Ackerman said in a recent interview. “That’s one that’s actually under consideration I believe by the NCAA,”Ackerman told SI.com. “It’s actually a time right now where student-athlete interests are being closely examined.” -Jordan James, SEC Country, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committees for Divisions I, II and III have announced the sites for the 2017 and 2018 men’s lacrosse finals and the 2017 and 2018 Division I men’s lacrosse quarterfinals. Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, will be the site of the 2017 and 2018 Division I semifinals and final, in addition to the Divisions II and III national championship games. The 2017 Division I men’s lacrosse quarterfinals will be split between James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, New York, on the campus of Hofstra University and the University of Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. In 2018, two quarterfinals games will be held again at Hofstra, while the other quarterfinals matchups will be at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The University of Missouri, a member of the SEC and a Division I institution, is seeking highly motivated applicants for the position of Associate Director Athletics – Revenue Generation & Fan Experience. This senior executive level position will report directly to the Sr. Associate Athletics Director – Strategic Communications and serves as a member of the department’s senior administrative staff and executive council and through each unit director will supervise Marketing and Fan Experience, Ticket Operations, Ticket Sales and will serve as the department liaison to Mizzou Sports Properties. The successful candidate will assist the athletic marketing function by developing, coordinating and implementing comprehensive publicity, marketing and promotional strategies for all Intercollegiate Athletic program activities; develop public relations and ticket sales strategies and organize, administer and promote special events. –Apply Now

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Larry Thompson has joined Central Michigan Athletics as the general manager of International Management Group (IMG). A suburban Detroit native, Thompson worked most recently in advertising sales at CBS Radio in Detroit. Previously, he served as vice president, corporate partnerships at Palace Sports & Entertainment; as an account director at WXYT/CBS Radio and in marketing for several firms, including Jackson Hewitt, Century 21 and Kmart. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Let’s be real here: spring games kinda stink. The coaches do not particularly care for it, and the advent of televising these things only makes them worry about giving away any trade secrets to their opponents. So what we get are bland, uninteresting scrimmages between two sides that know each other’s plays and call signals. It does not have to be that way, though, and Freeze has an idea.“I think we got more out of practicing today than we would have playing a spring game, but I will say again that I’m a proponent of playing another school at the end of each other’s spring practice, charge $5 and give every bit of the money after the travel team gets their expenses paid to a charity of choice,” Freeze said. “I think that we would all get a lot out of that and you can play one on ones, twos on twos, threes on threes and just get a lot done.” -Hugh Kellenberger, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Big-time college athletes want a mandatory rest period following road trips, at least two weeks off after their traditional playing season ends, and a chance to spend additional time away from their sport for internships and study-abroad opportunities. Many coaches say they support such changes, according to findings from a recent survey conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. A majority of coaches and administrators said they supported a period with no scheduled sports activities following their primary playing season. They also expressed a willingness to allow athletes to participate in educational or career-development activities — something many players historically have avoided, for fear of losing their scholarships or seeing a reduction in playing time. Football and men’s basketball coaches were less supportive of scheduled downtime than were coaches in other sports, according to people briefed on the results, which included responses from some 44,000 Division I athletes, 3,000 head coaches, and 200 athletic directors. The survey — which was done in collaboration with the NCAA’s Division I Council, the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the five most-powerful leagues — asked several dozen questions about how much time athletes should spend playing their sports, the way those hours should be counted, and how so-called off-season activities should be regulated. -Brad Wolverton, Chronicle of Higher Education, Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson University’s Board of Trustees rewarded head football coach Dabo Swinney on Tuesday for taking the Tigers to the brink of a national championship, giving him a raise of more than $1 million that pushes him into the top 10 highest paid coaches in the nation. The board’s Compensation Committee approved a new salary of $4.55 million, increasing each year until 2021 to $5.65 million. His current salary, including a raise he got for winning the ACC championship last season, was $3.5 million. -Ron Barnett, Greenville Online, Read More


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