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December 13, 2015

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Two Mississippi State linebackers were arrested early Friday morning by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department. Redshirt freshman Gerri Green and junior DeAndre Ward were both taken into custody shortly after midnight when deputies were called by security at The Pointe at MSU to break up a party at Green’s apartment. Green and Ward were both arrested for possession of beer in a dry county. Green was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct while Ward was additionally charged with disturbing the peace. Both players were bonded out around 1:30 a.m. on Friday and participated in the Bulldogs initial bowl practice later that day. -Logan Lowery, djournal.comRead More

TULANE UNIVERSITY
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TULANE UNIVERSITY

Tulane will hire Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz to be its next football coach. New Green Wave athletics director Troy Dannen completed the interview process in New York and is expected back in New Orleans early next week to officially introduce Fritz. Fritz led Georgia Southern to an 8-4 record this season and a 6-2 mark in the Sun Belt conference after finishing 9-3 and undefeated in the Sun Belt in 2014.  Fritz has a spread-offense background and adapted to the triple option when he arrived at Georgia Southern in 2014. – Andrew Lopez, NOLA.comRead More

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
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WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

An assistant football coach at Winston-Salem State is out of a job weeks after being charged with assault on his ex-wife. The Winston-Salem Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1NVwGQK ) the school fired Jason Mai, the team’s director of football operations and quarterbacks coach. Mai said he was terminated Monday, but has reached out to thank school leaders for the five years he was employed by the team. WSSU athletic director Tonia Walker and head football coach Kienus Boulware would not give a reason for Mai’s dismissal. –Centre Daily TimesRead More

 

 

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

The complete review of the Wichita State University athletics department is underway and one of the many subjects is whether to resume a football program, president John Bardo said. Bardo and deputy athletic director Darron Boatright are in the early stages of the department review and decisions about its future could take up to a year, The Wichita Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/1NMH0uh ). Besides the football question, other topics will include conference affiliation, other sports and facilities. Bardo, Wichita State president since 2012, sees athletics as a tool to help his priorities of improving student life and helping Wichita’s growth and prosperity. He said the fall months are crucial for making a good impression on students and athletics might help. –The News & ObserverRead More

 

December 11, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

The Las Vegas Bowl did not negotiate with bowls higher in the Pac-12 selection order to pit Utah against BYU, said executive director John Saccenti, surrounded by Utah’s past bowl trophies at Utah’s football facility Thursday. In fact, he said, “We didn’t want to go the route of having a return team.” Still, Saccenti admitted, the rivalry element has made it a “home run” for his game. General public tickets sold out within 24 hours of Selection Sunday, and the average ticket resale value was pegged by SeatGeek.com on Thursday morning at $190 — pricier than any other non-New Year’s Six bowl. Saccenti believes they could sell 20,000-30,000 more tickets. “If we could figure out how to put a second deck on that stadium, I’d do it in a heartbeat,” he said. Utah athletic director Chris Hill said Utah’s inability to accommodate the demand is without precedent “Even with the Fiesta Bowl or the Sugar Bowl, we’ve never been in a sellout situation, so it’s been a challenge,” he said. Saccenti said the bowl is are “exploring all options” to add seats to Sam Boyd Stadium. They’ve sat more than 38,500 at past Las Vegas Bowls, but the open end of the horseshoe is now filled in by temporary VIP suites, Saccenti said. Extra seats would have to be added at the south end zone, and “there’s some stadium logistics that go into that, and then obviously some significant costs.” -Matt Piper and Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune, Read More

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Louisiana Tech University is seeking candidates for the Director of Video Production & Creative Services. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Bachelor’s degree is required. Video board production and creative service in a collegiate athletics program is preferred; as well as, an understanding in operations and use of equipment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to directing, administering, and monitoring game day video production and creative services; controlling all graphics and video displayed on the video boards, ribbon boards, and stat boards; streaming and recording press conferences; filming and cutting of highlights for upload to XOS for C-USA Digital Network; maintaining video equipment inventory and working functions; supervising and training of intern and student workers/volunteers; working alongside marketing and communication departments in using social media outlets; communicating with and advising corporate sponsorships on best practices of execution for sponsored game day elements; filming and creating Cox Sports Coaches Radio TV show; archiving game highlights storage and video historical organization; creatively executing and displaying the vision of the marketing and communication departments through video; being responsible for all audio, visual, and communication needs on game day; and performing additional duties as assigned by the University. -Apply Here

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY
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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY

Gonzaga is developing plans for a significant addition to its athletic facilities, tentatively proposed as a three-story structure connecting to the south side of the Martin Centre and the western edge of the McCarthey Athletic Center. Elements could include space for student-athlete support services, a supplemental nutritional area that could be used for social events on game day, a practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball, strength and conditioning and a Hall of Fame/history of GU. Gonzaga has approached the city with conceptual plans. Athletic director Mike Roth emphasized there is no timeline because the project is “really early in the planning phase” and subject to modifications. It will be funded entirely by benefactors, Roth said, and support has been “tremendous.” The working title is the Center for Athletic Achievement (CAA), which could change if naming rights are secured. Cost of the project won’t be known until plans become finalized, but it figures to be in the $14-20 million range. -Jim Meehan, The Spokesman-Review, Read More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved two projects for Texas Tech Athletics Thursday. “It was an exciting day for us. The Board of Regents approved two projects for athletics to move forward,” Tech’s Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said. The first project is a sports performance center. “The Sports Performance Center is the indoor football facility and the indoor track and field facility,” Hocutt said. “It’ll have a profound impact on Texas Tech Athletics. Both will continue the great athletic complex that has been built here at Texas Tech, and will have a tremendous impact on our student athletes as they train and compete at the highest level.” The other project will update more of Jones AT&T Stadium. “The second project that the board approved today is the addition of outdoor loge seating, or outdoor suite seating, to the north end zone project,” Hocutt said. “That will begin immediately and re-purposing that building under the new, big screen scoreboard at Jones AT&T Stadium into a club day experience that will be unique.” -Monica Yantosh, Everything Lubbock, Read More

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

Florida Board of Governors Chairman Mori Hosseini ordered the review after calling into question the type of contracts FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw gave Chief of Staff Susan Evans and Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh in 2014. A report based on the review is is set to be released any day now. Hosseini wrote a letter to Bradshaw on Oct. 1, asking Bradshaw if he had awarded multi-year contracts to any of his senior administrators. Bradshaw responded to the Hosseini’s letter on Oct. 8, acknowledging he had awarded two administrators multi-year contracts, and he explained why he did so. The next communication the university received was an Oct. 29 email from Inspector General Joe Maleszewski. Maleszewski wrote Hosseini had asked him to review FGCU’s process for awarding contracts to senior administrators. -Thyrie Bland, News-Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON

The University of Mary Washington, an NCAA Division III institution located in historic and vibrant Fredericksburg, VA, is seeking a Women’s Volleyball Athletic Assistant. This internship is a part-time, 9-month appointment, beginning August 15, 2016, with a compensation package that includes room, board, and stipend. Graduate tuition remission may be possible after one year of employment.Coaching intern duties include, but are not limited to, assisting the head coach with practice and game preparation and coaching, recruiting, academics, fundraising, and the off-season program. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

The College Football Playoff and ESPN have agreed to not show ads from daily fantasy sites during game broadcasts, according to The New York Times. The NCAA announced earlier this year that it would not allow daily fantasy ads during its championship telecasts, but the NCAA is not in charge of the College Football Playoff, which is run by the 10 FBS conferences and Notre Dame. CFP has decided to follow the NCAA’s lead here and got ESPN to oblige. Executive director Bill Hanstock said, in an email obtained by The New York Times, that daily fantasy games will not be able to advertise during the two semifinal games or the national title game. -Robby Kalland, CBS Sports, Read More

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Des Moines Register sports columnist Randy Peterson sustained a compound fracture in his leg when Iowa State fans stormed the court after their team’s comeback victory over Iowa on Thursday, the Register reports. Peterson was scheduled to have surgery on his broken tibia and fibula late Thursday. Peterson tweeted after the game that he believed his leg had locked with another person’s, and clarified he was not trampled during the scrum. Fans stormed the court after Cyclones guard Monte Morris sunk the game-winning shot with 10 seconds remaining, giving Iowa State an 83–82 victory. -Sports Illustrated, Read More

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

The new East Tennessee State University football team won only two games during its first year back, but that didn’t stop fans from cheering them on. According to ETSU records, the football program brought in better attendance numbers and more money from ticket sales this past season than it did during its last season back in 2003. In fact, according to the records, the $418,000 in 2015 ticket sales is much more than the $256,000 ETSU made in 2001, 2002 and 2003 combined. The Bucs hosted 8,217 fans during its home opener and although attendance fluctuated game to game, records show most of those fans came back for every game. -Nate Morabito, wjhl.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY

The University of California, Berkeley, and head football coach Sonny Dykes have agreed in principle to a contract extension through the 2019 season, Director of Athletics Mike Williams announced Thursday. The new deal, which will average $2.825 million over the next four years, includes an adjustment to Dykes’ compensation over the next two years of his current contract as well as an annual $3.0 million salary pool for assistant coaches. In addition, it includes a one-year rollover clause for each year he wins seven regular-season games and the team achieves an annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 980 or higher. Dykes, who has led Cal to a 7-5 regular-season record this fall and a spot in the 2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, initially signed a five-year agreement before the start of the 2013 football season. “Over the past three years, Sonny Dykes has demonstrated his commitment to academic as well as athletic excellence,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said. “Under his stewardship we will continue to build a successful football program that expresses in every way the high standards of the leading public university in the world.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

UW Athletics has issued a statement saying UW Marching Band freshmen aren’t the only ones not going to the Holiday Bowl later this month. Questions were raised over funding for the university’s trip to the Holiday Bowl after the band announced Wednesday it would not be able to take freshmen and most band staff members along, citing UW Athletics funding restrictions. In a statement to 27 News on Thursday, UW Athletics says the number of campus staff normally traveling to bowl games will also be adjusted. -Jennifer Kliese, wkow.com- Read More

December 10, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA LINCOLN
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA LINCOLN

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking proposals to manage and operate all channels of its athletics department retail apparel and sports memorabilia outlets. Athletics operates team stores in Pinnacle Bank Arena and Memorial Stadium as well as game-day outlets outside the stadium and at other UNL sports venues. A third party, whose contract will expire in mid-2016, manages all catalog and online business. UNL encourages proposers to operate all phases of its retail merchandising businesses, but would consider bids for the catalog and online sales alone. Proposals are due Jan. 8, with the transfer of business operations scheduled for summer 2016. –1011now.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

Saying it is ”just the beginning,” University of Alabama at Birmingham President Ray Watts joined Blazers officials and BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez  Wednesday in debuting BBVA Compass Field. The field is named in honor of the BBVA Compass Foundation’s $1.5 million gift to the university. The UAB women’s and men’s teams played their final home matches of the season on the field on Oct. 30 and Nov. 7, respectively. In the short term, West Campus Field will provide practice space for UAB soccer. It will eventually be the site of a new track and serve as the home of UAB women’s track and field. -Solomon Crenshaw Jr., alabamanewscenter.comRead More

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

East Tennessee State University paid four employees a total of $215.85 following a Tennessee Board of Regents audit investigation into the athletic department’s timekeeping practices. The audit, which the TBR completed in late 2014, is among the things mentioned in today’s quarterly TBR meeting packet. The audit concluded ETSU Athletics made some employees work through their lunch breaks. Auditors found the department previously told some employees they could only take a 30-minute lunch break and had to work the remaining 30 minutes without compensation, which is a violation of policy. -Nate Morabito, wjhl.comRead More

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Dr. Bruce Myers, who has served as Austin Peay State University’s Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) since 1995, will step down from that position at month’s end.  Dr. Cindy Taylor, a biology professor in APSU’s science department, will succeed Myers in January and become just the sixth FAR since APSU joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 1963.  Myers, who is currently the Chair of the APSU Computer Science and Information Technology Department at Austin Peay State University and has served University 45 years, will continue his direct involvement with APSU athletics at men’s basketball game—he has served as official scorer since the 1975-76 season.  -Brad Kirtley, clarksvillenow.comRead More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE

SIUE announced on Dec. 2 that NaDean Schroeder was appointed as the Assistant Athletics Director for Ticketing and Annual Fund. Although this job requires new responsibilities, Schroeder originally took over the department’s ticketing office in October. The position involves a goal of increasing basketball ticket sales and overall revenue for the athletic department. According to Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt, this is the department’s goal every year because basketball creates the most revenue for the athletic department. According to a press release on siuecougars.com, Schroeder is additionally teaming up with Jason Coomer, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs, to organize the Red and Black Gala, an event that raises money for the Cougar Scholarship Fund. -Chloe Rice, alestlelive.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

College AD has independently confirmed Aaron Dietrich’s report that Arkansas State Offensive Coordinator Walt Bell and McNeese State Head Coach Matt Viator are the finalists for the head coaching job at ULM. Additionally, sources told College AD, Western Kentucky Offensive Coordinator, Tyson Helton also interviewed, but was not selected as a finalist. Yesterday, we told you that TCU Running Backs coach, Curtis Luper and Auburn Offensive Coordinator, Rhett Lashlee also interviewed to become the Warhawks next football coach. Additionally SI’s Thayer Evans is reporting that Walt Bell has declined an offer to become ULM’s head coach.

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Pittsburgh’s promising first season under Pat Narduzzi has earned the energetic football coach a contract extension. The school announced Thursday it has extended Narduzzi’s contract through the 2021 season. Narduzzi led Pitt to an 8-4 record and a second-place finish behind North Carolina in the ACC Coastal Division. Pitt will face Navy in the Military Bowl on Dec. 28. Athletic director Scott Barnes said Narduzzi ”adrenalized” the program after replacing Paul Chryst last December. Narduzzi said he is ”humbled” by the support from Barnes and the rest of the athletic department. -Associated Press, Yahoo, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Razorback Athletics is looking into allegations, made in a letter addressed to the Razorback athletic director, that volleyball coach Robert Pulliza emotionally and verbally abuses his players. Kevin Trainor, associate athletic director for public relations, emailed an official Razorback Athletic statement confirming that they received the letter demanding Pulliza’s resignation, and the department has “initiated an inquiry into the allegations.” Because the review is ongoing, the department will not comment further until the process is complete, Trainor said to The Arkansas Traveler. The letter outlines 17 bulleted complaints, some of which pinpointing specific instances when the coach was an, “outright intimidating bully.” The letter’s source(s), signed “extremely concerned Razorback parents,” has not been identified, but graduates and two senior volleyball players have validated the letter’s contents. -Ashton Eley, The Arkansas Traveler, Read More

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Despite rumors earlier this semester that the Yale Bowl would see significant upgrades this football offseason, the 101-year-old facility will remain unchanged for the time being. In August, football head coach Tony Reno told the Hartford Courant that a renovation was being planned to add artificial turf and a 65-foot-high protective bubble roof to the Bowl, a temporary structure that would be installed in the winter months to allow multiple Yale teams to practice indoors. But four months later, this plan is no longer under consideration, according to Associate Athletics Director and Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn. The administration continues to explore the possibility of utilizing additional indoor training facilities elsewhere, Conn said. “There are no renovations, no plans to change anything in the Bowl other than maintenance projects, which [the administration was] doing during the season, finishing seats and concrete.” Conn said. “We are looking for functional indoor recreational space, because teams practice outside of their competitive seasons and need venues to do that.” Director of Athletics Tom Beckett confirmed that the Yale Bowl’s field will remain grass, but did not comment on the reason that the project is no longer being discussed. -Daniela Brighenti, Yale Daily News, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

It used to be that almost any head coaching job in the FBS was considered more attractive than a coordinator position, but as the financial gap has grown between the Power Five and the so-called Group of Five conferences — which includes the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt — teams competing for national championships have placed significant value on coordinators. The average assistant coaching salary in the SEC this year came in just over $449,000, a number that eclipses 12 FBS head coaches, including Northern Illinois’Rod Carey and Dino Babers, whose move from Bowling Green to Syracuse became official on Saturday. As an athletics director at a Group of Five school said, most assistants want to be a head coach but understandably find it difficult to pass up a guaranteed multi-year contract that can worth around $750,000 annually to be a coordinator for a Power Five school. The AD asked not to be identified because he has been through a coaching search recently. -Dan Wolken, Steve Berkowitz and Christopher A. Schnaars, USA Today, Read More

EDINBORO UNIVERSITY
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EDINBORO UNIVERSITY

Einboro has appointed Jon Pulice as the director of athletic development. He will be responsible for working with alumni, parents, corporations and friends of the university to raise gift support for the athletic department. He joined the university in 1994 as the assistant director of admissions. In 2004, he became the director of alumni relations. –GoErie.com, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA LAS VEGAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA LAS VEGAS

Tim Chambers’ days as UNLV’s baseball coach are coming to an end, according to an online report. D1baseball.com first reported the story, but did not name any sources. The story said Chambers plans to appeal through the university rather than resign. When asked Wednesday about Chambers’ future, UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy issued the following statement in a text message: “Tim was placed on administrative leave on October 6, 2015! He remains on administrative leave at this time. I cannot comment further as this is a personnel matter.” A source close to the program also said he couldn’t comment, but didn’t deny a decision to force out Chambers had been made. The source could not be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the topic. -Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Dana Holgorsen will return as West Virginia’s head football coach in 2016, athletic director Shane Lyons confirmed. “After evaluating our football program after the close of the regular season, I believe that continuity is best for our program,” Lyons said in a statement. “I know that Dana, his staff and everyone who supports Mountaineer football was disappointed with how our regular season ended, following a four-game winning streak. “Dana and I will continue to work together to strengthen our football program. No one wants to win more than Dana and I, and we will work together to ensure success.” -Craig Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More

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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

As Pitt running back James Conner embarked on a chemotherapy regimen Tuesday to treat his recently diagnosed Hodgkin lymphoma, he knew he had a long fight ahead of him. But of all the things Conner and his family will have to worry about as he receives bi-weekly treatments over the next six months, cost is not one of them. Pitt’s athletic department will pay for all out-of-pocket costs that are not covered by Conner’s family insurance, partly through the department’s athlete insurance policy with UPMC and the rest from their general fund. The arrangement is possible under a set of NCAA guidelines established within the past decade, in the midst of widespread calls for the NCAA to improve the quality of life of college athletes. The NCAA requires all college athletes carry personal insurance, and Conner’s family plan will be the first line of coverage. After that, any other medical costs will be covered by Conner’s student-athlete insurance policy at Pitt, according to executive associate athletic director for compliance Dan Bartholomae. The NCAA allows schools to cover all medical expenses, and Pitt takes out a policy with UPMC for all of its athletes, primarily intended to cover athletically related medical expenses. Conner’s treatments will be covered by that policy because his condition impacts his ability to play football at Pitt. -Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Yes, Gophers coaches get bonuses for making the Quick Lane Bowl. Yes, the athletic department is paying them. And yes, Jerry Kill and Tracy Claeys will share the head coaching bonus. Before Kill retired because of health reasons Oct. 28, his contract included a $50,000 bonus for an appearance in a bowl outside the College Football Playoff and Rose Bowl. He received that same bonus for last season’s appearance in the Citrus Bowl. Since Kill coached seven of this season’s 12 games, he’ll get 58 percent of his bonus, or $29,000, according to the athletics department. Claeys, who coached the final five games, will get the remaining 42 percent, or $21,000. Claeys actually was in line for the biggest bonus as a defensive coordinator, at $51,333. Each of the Gophers’ top nine assistants receives the equivalent of one month’s salary for making one of these lower-tier bowls. Claeys now will receive 58 percent of his coordinator bonus, giving him a total bowl bonus of $50,733. All told, the Gophers will pay $272,775 in bonuses to their coaching staff for this Quick Lane Bowl appearance against Central Michigan on Dec. 28. -Joe Christensen, Star Tribune, Read More

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