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April 12, 2016

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State University has more than 12,000 employees, ranging from professors and coaches to maintenance workers and research assistants. The 10 employees with the highest base pay range from President Lou Anna Simon to Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Izzo. However, it’s important to note that base pay doesn’t capture the full range of employee compensation, especially for athletic coaches. -Brian McVicar, Michigan Live, Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY SHREVEPORT
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY SHREVEPORT

LSU Shreveport seeks a dynamic and energetic leader to serve as athletic director for the School’s NAIA sport programs in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s cross-country and women’s tennis. The selected individual will assist the Chancellor in developing and implementing the Athletic program strategic plan and in growing the athletic program. Fundraising capabilities, strong public speaking and program marketing skills are highly desirable. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

The Final Four moves back to CBS next year after Turner Sports carried the semifinals, finals and Team Stream broadcasts last week. Finding a more consistent home for those three games is expected to be among the topics CBS, Turner and the NCAA explore in their annual review. -John Ourand & Michael Smith, Sports Business Journal, Read More (Paywall)

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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

UW’s financial allocation for assistant football coaches increased by nearly $200,000 from last year and is now up almost $350,000 from the university’s 2015 fiscal year. Per documents received by the State Journal via open records requests, the Badgers’ new assistant coach payroll of $2,913,600 would have still ranked just ninth in the 2014-15 school year among the 12 Big Ten teams that are required to release such numbers. “(UW athletic director) Barry (Alvarez) increased the pool for the assistant coaches in football, gave it to (UW coach) Paul (Chryst) to decide how best to divvy it up — both to reward performance and to keep people on the staff that people were making inquiries about,” UW deputy athletic director Walter Dickey said. “And we ended up losing a couple people anyway.” -Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal, Read More

IUPUI
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IUPUI

Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) seeks Assistant Athletics Director for Development.  The Assistant Athletics Director for Development at IUPUI will report to and work in close collaboration with the Athletic Director to build a strategic development program capable of generating significant philanthropic support for the IUPUI Athletics program, located in Indianapolis. The primary emphasis will be on the cultivation, solicitation and closure of gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. As Indiana University works toward its $2.5B bicentennial campaign goal, the Director will lead the advancement of IUPUI Athletics’ commitment and mission through all development services and activities. Apply here

April 11, 2016

TENNEESSEE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

Tennessee Tech will host the first Golden Wings Awards Tuesday, April 26. The awards will honor member of the athletic department. The award ceremony will take place in the Hooper Eblen Center at 7 p.m. After the award ceremony, there will be a reception for the guests. All student athletes are welcome to attend the ceremony according to Tech’s Athletic Director, Mark Wilson. He will be attending the ceremony along with President Philip Oldham. The two will be among a few guests outside of school athletes. At the event, there will be local radio personalities and local newspaper staff. -Ashley Moyers, The OracleRead More

Tennessee Tech will host the first Golden Wings Awards Tuesday, April 26. The awards will honor member of the athletic department. The award ceremony will take place in the Hooper Eblen Center at 7 p.m. After the award ceremony, there will be a reception for the guests.

All student athletes are welcome to attend the ceremony according to Tech’s Athletic Director, Mark Wilson. He will be attending the ceremony along with President Philip Oldham. The two will be among a few guests outside of school athletes. At the event, there will be local radio personalities and local newspaper staff.

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Austin Peay State University’s historic Governors Stadium will soon don a new name through a partnership with Fortera Credit Union. The 25-year, $2.5 million agreement will see the home of APSU football be renamed Fortera Stadium. Crews will begin work to install signage reflecting its new identity in the days to come as the University and Fortera prepare to celebrate a new era.  A celebration will take place Saturday, April 23 at the home entrance of the stadium, following the final day of spring football practice. The event is free and open to the public. Festivities will begin with a noon softball game, as the Governors take on Jacksonville State. At 1 p.m. Governors Baseball will compete against Eastern Kentucky at Raymond C. Hand Park. Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Austin still could land a bowl game, but hopes to be a player in the post season were all but dashed Monday, thanks to a decision by the NCAA Division I Council. Lance Aldridge, executive director of the Austin Sports Commission, told the American-Statesman that he’s still talking to existing bowl games about moving their festivities to the city.  Aldridge said he’s talked to three bowls so far about moving to Austin. But because of the NCAA decision, which was announced Monday, Aldridge canceled his trip to attend the Football Bowl Association meetings this week in Ponte Vedra, Fla.  Aldridge has been trying to bring a game to Austin for the past year. Austin was approved by the NCAA last season, but the city opted not to try and rush the game for a spot on the 2015 post-season schedule.

DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY

After years of Dixie State University alumni’s rebellion against the school’s decision to replace itsSouthern Confederacy imagery with a “Red Storm” athletic identity and a bull named “Big D,” DSU administrators launched an aggressive campaign last year to identify a new brand and mascot. The winner emerging from a vetted field of symbols was introduced Monday afternoon to crowds in the school’s Cox Auditorium, with a ballroom in the nearby Gardner Student Center available for overflow attendees. The new face of Dixie State athletic programs will be … Brooks the Bison, a mascot that will help rally the community behind DSU’s new Trailblazers brand. The university has even acquired donation of a real-life bison from Wyoming to embody its new imagery. Now, if only it can figure out what to do with it. -Kevin Jenkins, The SpectrumRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

In 15-minute address, Smart touches on importance of education. Basketball never came up.  Few coaches leave their offices in the north end zone of Royal-Memorial Stadium, cross Trinity Street and step into the sprawling academic environs at the University of Texas. Sometimes, you wonder if Shaka Smart is wasting his life with that whistle. “When I first got here, someone told me that you’re not allowed to talk to faculty. This is true,” Smart said Monday. “So that scared me a little bit. One of the things I enjoy about being on a college campus is being around some really talented people. “Fortunately, I learned as I went on, that’s not the case,” he added. “I actually am allowed to talk to faculty.” In a 15-minute talk at Monday’s UT faculty council meeting, Smart didn’t spend a nanosecond rehashing his first season, the heart-breaking finish against Northern Iowa in the NCAA Tournament or what to make of Isaiah Taylor’s future. Inside the Main Building, he didn’t talk basketball at all. -Brian Davis, hookem.comRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Georgia’s public college athletic associations now have far more time to respond to open records requests under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Nathan Deal, despite an uproar from First Amendment advocates. The legislation, Senate Bill 323, allows the athletic departments at UGA, Georgia Tech and other state colleges to wait 90 days before responding to Open Records Act requests. Athletic associations, like all state agencies, previously had three days to acknowledge the requests. Deal’s office did not immediately comment on his decision to sign the legislation. Lawmakers approved the measure after a visit by new Georgia football coach Kirby Smart, who said he was asked about it during his March sojourn to the statehouse. It soon was tacked on to an unrelated measure and was swiftly passed after midnight on the second-to-last day of the legislative session. -Greg Bluestein, dawgnation.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Maryland Athletics seeks Coordinator of Business Operations.  As a member of the ICA Business Office, the Coordinator of Business Operations will assist in providing financial and accounting support to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Performing complex professional accounting work such as performing reconciliations, journal entries, schedules, and reports. Processing State and/or Foundation accounts payable, purchase requisitions, and miscellaneous payment requests (MPRs) for equipment, supplies, and services. Reviewing and/or processing financial documents ensuring that transactions are accurate and complete, reported with acceptable accounting standards, and in accordance with University, State, Foundation, Conference, and NCAA policies and procedures. Processing and distributing checks for reimbursements, cash advances, and official payments through the department working fund. Conducting inventory counts and preparing regular inventory reports. Reviewing and reconciling University procurement card logs and monthly transactions. Reconciling and auditing ticket sales reports, petty cash balances, and deposits submitted by the Ticket Office to assure internal controls. Providing financial information to Director of Business Operations and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations by researching and analyzing data and preparing reports. Performing other tasks as assigned by the Director for Business Operations and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations. To Apply: Submit applications electronically at https://ejobs.umd.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Doug Gnodtke has been named the executive associate director of athletics and chief of staff at the University of Michigan. The announcement was made by Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. Gnodtke, a two-time Michigan graduate, returns to Ann Arbor following nearly four years as the senior associate athletic director/chief financial officer and internal operations at the University of Connecticut. Gnodtke served as UConn’s sports administrator in football and men’s and women’s ice hockey, and he oversaw the Huskies’ equipment room operations and the department’s apparel partnership. Gnodtke also served on the executive committee for the Connecticut Convention and Sports Bureau. Read More

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

North Dakota State University head men’s basketball coach David Richman announced Friday, Apr. 8, that assistant coach Freddy Coleman has resigned to pursue further opportunities outside of coaching. Coleman had been a part of the Bison men’s basketball coaching staff for three years, starting prior to the 2013-14 season. A national search to fill the assistant coach position will begin immediately. Read More.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY
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YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

Youngstown State University seeks an Assistant Swimming Coach. To assist in coaching, recruiting, counseling, conditioning, evaluating for the swimming and diving team as directed, as well as instruct HPES 1549. Apply here.

SOUTHERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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SOUTHERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation. This is a full time, 12 month position that reports to the Director of Athletics and Recreation. This position is an integral staff position to the overall mission of the Athletics and Recreation department and Student Life team at SMCC.Review of applications will begin April 26th, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to [email protected]

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN

The University of New Haven invites applications for the position of head athletics equipment manager. Responsibilities include purchasing, inventory, security and maintenance of equipment, laundry operation, budget preparation, supervision of student workers and graduate assistants; assisting in game management for 16 sports including football. –Apply Now

NCAA
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NCAA

It was a record-setting weekend, both on and off the court, at the 2016 Women’s Final Four hosted in Indianapolis, as well as for the entire NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. This was another landmark event with all three women’s basketball champions finishing their seasons undefeated for only the third time in the sport’s history. The Women’s Final Four attendance totaled 29,741. The national championship game attracted  14,514 fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The overall 2016 Division I women’s basketball tournament hosted 224,189 fans. Nearly 129,000 unique viewers turned to WatchESPN for the traditional telecast of the championship game, up 44 percent from the previous year. Those fans generated 4.5 million live minutes viewed, a 53 percent increase from 2015. The average Women’s Final Four game on WatchESPN experienced a 40 percent increase in average minute audience, a 29 percent increase in total unique viewers and a 41 percent increase in total minutes viewed compared to last year’s championship weekend. The women’s basketball tournament grossed a total of 23.2 million social impressions across Facebook and Twitter – a 63 percent increase over 2015. –NCAA, Read More

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

When Jaida Roper signed her national letter of intent to Louisiana Tech in November, it was the culmination of a two-year process of getting to know and trust Tyler Summitt and his staff. Now, upon learning the news of Summitt’s abrupt resignation as head coach on Thursday, the three-star point guard from Memphis, Tennessee, has asked Louisiana Tech to release her from her commitment. But according to Roper’s mom, Kina Roper, the school has denied her request, at least until a new coach is in place. -Dan Olson, ESPN, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

UPS, a March Madness sponsor that integrated itself into the NCAA tournament by shipping the basketball courts and other equipment vital to the Final Four, has decided to exit its NCAA partnership after six years. -Michael Smith, Sports Business Journal, Read More (Paywall)

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Colleges typically have their finances and institutional strength reviewed by rating agencies before seeking to issue bonds. The idea is that those buying bonds don’t need to rely on colleges’ word that they are creditworthy. The varying ratings theoretically provide investors with a sense of the relative risks associated with bonds from different colleges. Institutions with the same financial strength (or weakness) should be able to issue bonds at the same costs. But a new study finds that historically black colleges end up paying more than colleges on similar financial footing to issue the same value of bonds. -Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Read More

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

Northern Arizona University seeks Director of Annual Giving/Assistant Athletics Director for Development. This position requires travel and work on some weekends and evenings.This position is responsible for all annual fund operations and activities for the athletics department. The primary focus will be to generate funds through annual giving by directing the Lumberjack Athletic Association (LAA). This position requires identification, solicitation and cultivation of donors/prospects, management of department focused annual fund campaigns and volunteer outreach while in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

Are there too many bowl games? Perhaps, and that could be why the NCAA is reportedly implementing a three year moratorium. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that the NCAA will not add any new bowl games between 2016-2019. –Read More

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Villanova’s Jay Wright said he doesn’t intend to leave the school for an NBA job, but the national-championship-winning coach also said he is cautious to never say never. Wright told ESPN.com that despite speculation to the contrary, he has not been offered any other jobs and if he were, his plan would be to turn them down. He did, however, leave the door at least ajar. “I can say right now that in my mind I plan to stay at Villanova,” he said. “But I also don’t want to be a liar. I want to stay. I know I want to stay, but I just say I hope I can stay because I’ve learned from the past how crazy things can be. I hope I can stay at Villanova because this is where I want to be.” -Dana O’Neil, ESPN, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Federal investigators will be on the University of Iowa campus starting Monday after a complaint the university does not provide equal opportunities for female athletes. The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education plans to interview Athletic Director Gary Barta, administrators, coaches, and athletes during their visit. The office is investigating allegations of gender bias in a number of areas. –KCRG, Read More

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
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COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS

College of the Holy Cross seeks Director of Athletics Marketing.  The Director of Athletics Marketing is responsible for the creation and the execution of marketing plans. Assisting in development and implementation of strategies to generate revenue and bring community exposure for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and hockey. Apply here

April 10, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

One of the selling points behind University Arena’s $60 million renovation in 2010 was attracting the Big Dance back to the court that created one of college basketball’s most iconic moments – the late Jim Valvano racing around the floor looking for a hug after his North Carolina State Wolfpack stunned Houston in the 1983 national championship game. Sure, NCAA tournaments, both men’s and women’s, have been back in the facility, now called WisePies Arena, aka The Pit – but only once since that renovation. And the successful bid for that 2012 tournament (men’s second and third rounds, post play-in games), came years before the facelift. – Mark Smith, abqjournal.comRead More

SUN BELT CONFERENCE
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SUN BELT CONFERENCE

The Sun Belt Conference was one of two in the Group of Five that voted to ban satellite football camps in results that were released on Friday. Asked why the conference did so, a spokesman sent this response, crediting it to commissioner Karl Benson:  “The Sun Belt voted on a controversial issue to eliminate these satellite camps. Six of ten FBS conferences voted to eliminate these camps. The pros and cons of these camps can be debated, and I am sure there will continue to be discussion on this matter, but for now the majority has spoken and it’s time to move on – and Sun Belt football programs will continue to getter better with or without these camps.” The question of why the conference voted against the camps wasn’t answered. -Doug Roberson, The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Donnie Tyndall plans to appeal the NCAA’s 10-year show-cause ordered against him Friday. If that doesn’t work, he’s prepared to take legal action. The ruling announced Friday was “intended to drive him out of the coaching profession permanently,” according to the former Tennessee basketball coach’s legal representation, lawyer Don Jackson of The Sports Group, based in Montgomery, Ala. In an emailed statement to the News Sentinel late Friday night, Jackson said the planned appeal of the Committee on Infractions’ decision will “aggressively defend” Tyndall against “groundless allegations” made by the NCAA. Tyndall’s appeal will begin “within the coming days,” according to Jackson, as the former coach prepares to go before the Infractions Appeals Committee. -Grant Ramey, Knoxville News SentinelRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four set multiple attendance records for the championship and fan events, as well as cable viewership and streaming records. “This year’s Final Four in Houston will be remembered for many things, including one of the best national championship games in tournament history and the great work done by the Houston Local Organizing Committee,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball championships. “This year was particularly special since it marked the first time the NCAA had three host schools – the University of Houston, Rice University and Texas Southern University. Our hosts this year showed the teams and fans Southern hospitality and put on terrific fan events, including youth clinics, the March Madness Music Festival and the Final Four Fan Fest.” Read More


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