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December 15, 2015

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

North Dakota State University is seeking an Assistant/Associate Athletic Director for Development. The position reports to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and Director of Athletics. Works with Senior Associate Athletic Director and the North Dakota State University Foundation in directing and coordinating activities related to fund-raising for Intercollegiate Athletics. Will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts, both current and deferred, to the Intercollegiate Athletic Department. Will work with alumni and friends to determine their philanthropic interests, with an immediate focus on Intercollegiate Athletics’ fund raising goals. Will work with the Senior Associate Athletic Director to develop an annual gift solicitation plan including: goals, quantifiable objectives, and strategies for achievement. –Apply Here

WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

After 29 years at the helm of the Western Connecticut State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Ed Farrington has announced he will depart on January 31, 2016. Since his arrival in 1986, Western’s programs have made 62 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, led by the women’s basketball’s 12 showings.  The softball and women’s soccer programs have each appeared in 11 NCAA Tournaments.  On the men’s side, basketball and soccer have appeared in the NCAAs nine and seven times, respectively.  In 2002, the softball team advanced to the Division III College World Series in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  The women’s soccer team advanced to the Division III Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Florida in 2007. Farrington has been a member of the Executive Committee for the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of America (NACDA) and the Little East Conference.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

Teamworks, a leading provider of collaboration and communication software for athletic organizations, and Oklahoma Football are pleased to announce a new partnership to modernize Oklahoma’s communication and organizational approaches. “Competition at the top is tighter than ever, and you really cannot justify any behavior that wastes time – not for your coaches, your players, or your support staff. Tracking down and filling out paperwork, trying to figure out daily schedules, and having to follow up to make sure everyone’s on the same page are all things that take up valuable time,” said Matt McMillen, Assistant AD for Football Operations.  “Teamworks allows us to spend more time with our student-athletes and less time shuffling paperwork. In implementing Teamworks, Oklahoma Football remains committed to giving our coaches and players every advantage they need to be successful.” –Learn More

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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Announced by department officials Monday, Husky Football season-tickets will be lowered as much as 33-percent in some sections, including the introduction of a new $198 season-ticket; the lowest offering since the 2013 stadium renovation. For the third consecutive year, there will be no increase in non-premium season-tickets and all Tyee donation levels will stay the same. Husky season-ticket holders will receive their 2016 renewal packet containing details of their individual tickets this week. “The 2016 pricing changes reflect a priority of affordability and accessibility. As Coach Petersen continues to build on a base of exciting young talent, we want to make sure that Husky Football stays accessible for families and new fans who want to be part of the ascent,” Lance Lopes, Sr. Associate Athletic Director, said. “Fortunately we have been able to do that while remaining flat in all non-premium seating as well.” –Read More

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

The James Madison University Alumni Association announced a $500,000 gift to support the construction of a new, on-campus Convocation Center and the naming of the Alumni Plaza outside of the new facility during Saturday’s home men’s basketball game. As part of the announcement, the alumni board challenged JMU’s 123,000 alumni to make contributions to support the project. The goal is to equal the association’s gift with a sizable amount of alumni participation by June 30, 2016, for a combined total of $1 million. The 8,500-seat facility, located on the corner of University Boulevard and Carrier Drive, will have the ability to host basketball games, concerts, events, speakers and conferences. The state-of-the-art structure will be the largest event space in the Shenandoah Valley and be a tremendous asset for the university. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Kentucky Athletics will be creating a new Sports Science Research Institute as a part of a $600,000 renovation of the current football practice facilities. Those renovations to the Nutter Football Training Facility, which will be voted on by the University Board of Trustees on Tuesday, also will include an academic center, coaches offices and space for various other teams on campus. The Sports Science Research Institute will be a “multidisciplinary scientific center focused on contemporary approaches to prevention and treatment of sports injuries and concussions, performance optimization, musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation, metabolism and nuero cognition, according to the agenda item. The space will have a central assessment and testing space a physiology area, group work areas as well as a separate building entrance for the science institute. When football moves over to its new, $45 million football practice facility adjacent to Commonwealth Stadium in July, work is expected to begin to repurpose the former training facility for other teams including track and field, golf and gymnastics. Among the other renovations expected at the old football training facility include turning the existing football equipment room into a central equipment area for all teams on campus and an updating of the female locker room. -Jennifer Smith, Herald-Leader, Read More

WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Myranda Nash has been named Winona State’s Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, WSU Athletic Director Eric Schoh announced today. “We are very excited to have Myranda join the Warrior family,” said Schoh. “I’m confident she will be a fantastic addition to our great staff.” Nash comes to Winona State from Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina, where she’s holds the same title as Associate Athletic Director/SWA, a position she has held since August 2015. At Brevard, Nash manages all athletic department budgets, advises the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and supervises six athletic programs In four years as Brevard’s SAAC advisor, Nash has helped raise over $12,000 for Make-A-Wish. –Read More

TUSCULUM COLLEGE
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TUSCULUM COLLEGE

Jerry Odom’s career has taken him from working for Steve Spurrier to Jon Bon Jovi. After helping Jacksonville University develop one of the top defenses in the Football Championship Subdivision over the last six seasons, Odom will now be the football coach at Tusculum College. Odom was introduced as the team’s new coach Monday. If Odom’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he was an inside linebacker for Florida from 1987-1990. The native of Merritt Island, Fla., returned to Gainesville to coach linebackers and special teams, helping the Gators win the 2000 SEC championship. -Adam Greene, Knoxville News Sentinel, Read More

DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY
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DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY

The new football coach at Dixie State University is a familiar face. After one season as the Red Storm’s defensive coordinator, Shay McClure was announced as DSU’s head coach on Monday afternoon at a news conference inside Burns Arena.  He takes over a program that hasn’t had a winning season in 10 years since moving to the NCAA Division II level. “It’s time to roll up our sleeves and go to work,” McClure said. “I’m excited to reach a notoriety that this program has never reached before.” -Richard Briggs, The Spectrum, Read More

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Better entrances and exits, more concession stands, and of course more seats are just a few of the things that will be added to Brooks stadium – all things Coastal Carolina University representatives said will help with the overall game day experience. According to athletic leaders, expanding Brooks stadium will not only help the school, but also the community. The expansion plan, that is not to exceed $38 million, will also include more restrooms, more amenities, and plans how people are shuttled to the stadium from parking lots. The university also released several renderings of the planned expansions to the football stadium. The illustration shows a second level of seating backing up to Highway 544, with what looks to be a level of suites in the middle. The expansion of the football stadium is part of Coastal Carolina’s upcoming move to the Sun Belt Conference and its corresponding move from the NCAA’s second-tiered Football Championship Subdivision to the top-tiered Football Bowl Subdivision. We’ve really taken a lot of care and put a lot of thought into how we can handle the game day experience for fans, not just having more seats and expanding the stadium,” said CCU Athletic Director Matt Hogue. -Samaria Terry, Live 5 News, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

A state legislator is proposing that student-athletes lose their scholarships if they go on strike, in response to a threat by Missouri Tigers football players to not play because of the administration’s handling of racial discrimination complaints on campus. The bill proposed by Rep. Rick Brattin last week in the Missouri House of Representatives would strip scholarships from any athlete who “calls, incites, supports or participates in any strike.” Colleges and universities would be required to fine coaching staff members who encourage or enable such student protests. –ESPN, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has been granted a $500,000 per year raise, increasing his guaranteed annual pay to $4.1 million, Tennessee athletics announced Monday. Jones led the Vols to an 8-4 season this year and a berth in the Outback Bowl against Northwestern (10-2) in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 1 (TV: ESPN2, noon.). He has an overall record of 20-17 in three seasons. This is the Vols’ second bowl appearance in his tenure after he led them to a TaxSlayer Bowl victory over Iowa last season. Jones got a $200,000 bonus for the Vols reaching the Outback Bowl this year. His contract has been amended so that an Outback Bowl berth gives him a $100,000 bonus. The contract also amends the buyout schedule. Under the previous amendment, Jones would owe $4 million if he left before Feb. 29, 2016, $3 million if he left between March 1, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017, and $2 million if he left any time between March 1, 2017 and the end of the contract. -Michael Patrick, Knoxville News, Read More

ARMSTRONG STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARMSTRONG STATE UNIVERSITY

The Armstrong State University athletic department announced Monday that it will reinstate the varsity sport of women’s cross country for next season beginning September 2016, becoming the Pirates’ 12th sport. Women’s cross country was dropped following the 2000 season. The Pirates were Peach Belt Conference runners-up in 1994 and ’95 and overall had 22 All-PBC honorees in 10 seasons, including four-time All-PBC runner Nikki Garland. Michael Sergi, who has coached the men’s cross country team for the past four seasons, also will serve as the head coach of the women’s squad. Sergi was the head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at the Savannah College of Art and Design for five seasons before joining Armstrong. –Savannah Morning News, Read More

December 14, 2015

NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

NYIT Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Duane Bailey, has been named to the Board of Directors of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) the group announced this week. It will be his first term on the board and he will serve as the NCAA Division II administrator. The USILA is an organization comprised of member colleges and universities which sponsor intercollegiate lacrosse for men. The association is entrusted to enhance and develop intercollegiate lacrosse by providing leadership, management, and services to its membership so that student-athletes, coaches, and other constituent groups will realize the maximum benefit from the sport of lacrosse. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

During their monthly meeting, the University’s Board of Regents will review an action request to move forward with the bidding and construction for new athletic facilities and hear a report on divestment from fossil fuels. Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett and Kevin Hegarty, executive vice president and chief financial officer, have submitted a request to continue the bidding process for construction contracts on The Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus Athletics South Competition and Performance Project. The design for the project, an approximately 280,000 square foot building which will house men’s and women’s track and field, cross country, lacrosse and women’s rowing, was approved by the regents in May. -Lara Moehlman, The Michigan DailyRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

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

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

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

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

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

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

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

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
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FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

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

NCAA
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NCAA

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

HOPE COLLEGE
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HOPE COLLEGE

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

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

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

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

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

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

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

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

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

December 13, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

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

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

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

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

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

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

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

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