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April 4, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The University of Maryland is seeking an Assistant Director for Grounds. The Assistant Director for Grounds will provide support with the day-to-day operations of the athletic grounds unit, which is responsible for ensuring the department’s athletic fields meet the requirements for appearance, safety, and usage. Specific responsibilities include preparation and maintenance of all athletic fields for all home athletic events, practices, and use by outside entities; ensuring fields meet NCAA, Big Ten, and all other safety standards and regulations; coordinating the schedule and use of departmental fields; providing input when determining the playability of a field; assist the Grounds Manager with the supervision of grounds staff; assist with budget, payroll, and purchasing issues; assist with the maintenance and repair of all equipment, including trucks, mowers, and other grounds accessories; schedule and perform all preventative maintenance to ensure that equipment is maintained at adequate safety standards; and other duties as assigned. –Apply Now

NCAA
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NCAA

The one-sided nature of Saturday’s games took a significant bite out of the audience for the Final Four telecasts on TBS, TNT and truTV. The games from NRG Stadium averaged 11.7 million viewers and a 6.7 household rating, according to the Nielsen Company, down 38 percent from 18.9 million viewers and 10.5 rating last year. Those numbers include the primary broadcast on TBS and the Team Stream telecasts on truTV and TNT. The Turner networks averaged 10.5 million viewers for Villanova’s win over Oklahoma in the most one-sided game in NCAA Tournament history and 12.9 million for North Carolina’s win over Syracuse. Despite the drop from last year, the games were the most-watched programs on Saturday prime time television and were the third- and fourth-largest audience for college basketball games on cable. -David Barron, Houston Chronicle, Read More

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN UNIVERSITY

Texas A&M men’s basketball assistant coach Kyle Keller will become Stephen F. Austin head coach with the announcement expected Monday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Keller, who has been at A&M five seasons under Billy Kennedy, would replace Brad Underwood, who was hired at Oklahoma State after three seasons with SFA. The Lumberjacks reached the second round of the NCAA tournament this year, upsetting third-seeded West Virginia. Keller would be the second A&M assistant to leave in a week. Associate head coach Rick Stansbury, who was here two seasons, was hired at Western Kentucky last Monday. Keller, a former Kansas assistant, along with Stansbury helped A&M sign its best class in school history with three of those freshmen — guard Admon Gilder, forward DJ Hogg and center Tyler Davis — helping the Aggies reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, finishing with a 28-9 record, setting the school record for victories. –The Eagle, Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

The Auburn University Athletics Department seeks enthusiastic, creative, team-oriented applicants for Director of Marketing. This position will develop, implement and evaluate strategic plans for marketing, branding and promotion of for the Athletic Department’s 21 sport teams; identifies and executes innovative programs resulting in an entertaining and engaging game day atmosphere; works with development and ticket office to coordinate ticket sales and attendance initiatives; lead the marketing and fan experience staff; maximize revenue streams; facilitate marketing budgets, assist with sponsorship development and fulfillment; establish and cultivate relationships locally and regionally; and other related duties, as assigned. Apply here

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

The chancellor’s search billed as open and transparent will not include public interviews with the finalists, University of Illinois officials confirmed. President Tim Killeen made the call after consultations with the 15-member search committee, which was divided on the issue. The decision was based on Killeen’s consultation with potential candidates and his own experience applying for the UI presidency, said university spokesman Tom Hardy. Killeen was unavailable for comment Friday. The search to replace Phyllis Wise — who resigned suddenly last August in the midst of an ethics investigation — follows a tumultuous year or two on campus. Wise’s resignation, and the provost’s, came amid questions about private emails and public records laws, and followed the Steven Salaita controversy and resulting academic censure, and two athletic investigations that led to the firing of the head football coach and athletic director. -Julie Wurth, News-Gazette, Read More

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Since being named athletic director in Decemeber, JSU’s Wheeler Brown has been a busy man. In less than five months, Brown has fired a football coach, found a new one, and extended the contract of men’s basketball coach Wayne Brent. But Brown may now be taking on his biggest task yet, an on campus football stadium. –WAPT, Watch More

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY
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PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

A historically black university near Houston, its athletic department and a former coach are grappling with issues relating to ‘dating relationships’ among teammates. This as a women’s basketball head coach was fired in March for violating the rights of two of her players who were dating each other. How should this behavior be managed both on and off the court, in an effort to avoid the courtroom? Is it more important to maintain a good team dynamic, or safeguarding a person’s civil rights? That’s the question regarding a recent incident involving the firing of Prairie View A&M University women’s basketball coach Dawn Brown after she suspended two female players from the team because they were dating. The athletes filed a Title IX complaint, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Title IX applies to all aspects of education programs or activities receiving federal funding. -Eddie Robinson, Houston Public Media, Read More

NJCAA
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NJCAA

On Saturday afternoon, the NJCAA Executive Board unanimously awarded the 2018-2020 NJCAA Division II National Tournament to Danville Area Community College, extending their partnership that started in 1994. Danville was able to beat out Salinas, Kan., this time around. Two of the big selling points for Salinas was the 7,500-seat Bicentennial Center and the fact that the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., is just an hour away. Jeanie Cooke, executive director of the Danville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, has stated in the past that more than $1 million is brought into Danville each year with the NJCAA Tournament. The 2017 tournament is set for March 21-25 at the Mary Miller Gymnasium. -Chad Dare, Commercial-News, Read More

April 3, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina coach Roy Williams doesn’t expect the men’s basketball program to get penalized by the NCAA once it completes its Notice of Allegations into the long-running academic fraud case that involves students and athletes over an 18-year period at the school. When asked during an ESPN interview Sunday at the NCAA tournament’s Final Four about the chances North Carolina gets hit by NCAA sanctions, Williams said he would be speculating but said, “I don’t think we’re going to get hit in any way at all. Hard to penalize somebody when you have no allegations against them.” NCAA president Mark Emmert told ESPN Thursday that the Notice of Allegations against North Carolina should be wrapped up in the next coming weeks. -Andy Katz, ESPN–  Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Houston set the second-highest attendance mark for the first day of the Final Four on Saturday at NRG Stadium. There were 75,505 fans in attendance for Villanova-Oklahoma and North Carolina-Syracuse games Saturday. The record for a Saturday at the Final Four is 79,444 set at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium when Connecticut beat Florida and Kentucky beat Wisconsin. Houston has a good attendance history with the Final Four, setting the record for semifinals attendance in 2011 with 75,421 fans on that Saturday before the record was broken three years later in Arlington. -Matt Young, Chron- Read More

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Columbia University has hired 2015 Metropolitan and Mid-Major Coach of the Year Jim Engles to be the 23rd head coach in the 116-year history of its men’s basketball program, Director of Athletics and Intercollegiate Athletics Peter Pilling announced today. “Today is an exciting day for Columbia Athletics and our men’s basketball program,” said Pilling. “Jim Engles is a tremendous basketball coach and an exceptional person. We know he is the perfect fit to keep our program going in the right direction and will help us compete for Ivy League championships. We are thrilled to welcome Jim, his wife Meegan and daughters Kelcie and Ryenn back to the Columbia family.” Engles returns to Columbia after spending the past eight years as head coach for the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Over the past six seasons at NJIT, Engles compiled a 100-88 record, including back-to-back 20-win seasons the past two years. Prior to leading the Highlanders, Engles served as an assistant coach at Columbia under former head coach Joe Jones from 2003 to 2008. Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

According to Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com, Clemson football coaches, staffers and other athletic department employees earned $1.9 million in bonuses for reaching the College Football Playoff title game earlier this year. A sizable chunk of that money was paid to Dabo Swinney, the head coach whose contract included incentives that paid him $800,000 in bonuses. In winning the national championship, Tide staffers pulled in $2.2 million in Bonuses. Head coach Nick Saban was on the receiving end of $525,000 in bonuses — $400,000 for the CFP title, $125,000 for the SEC championship. – John Taylor, NBC SportsRead More

BIG EAST CONFERENCE
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BIG EAST CONFERENCE

Over the last decade or so, the football-driven machinations of conference realignment attempted to make impossible the following bit of reality: Villanova, of the Big East, is playing for the national title on Monday. If College Sports Inc. couldn’t rewrite the rules of basketball so you received a couple extra baskets if you had an 80,000-seat stadium on campus, it could try to squeeze everyone out with money and TV contracts and bloated conference memberships. It could try to leave the Big East, where basketball matters most, as some relic of the past, a quaint but ultimately quiet old place. It was rocked by realignment that saw even bedrock programs leave for football reasons – even as most found more money but less actual competitive success. So in 2013, the Big East reinvented itself. -Dan Wetzel, Yahoo SportsRead More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY

A process that began one year ago, and is meant to take care of 40 more, is rounding its final turn. No project on Indiana’s summer schedule is more expansive or important than the $45 million renovation of Assembly Hall, which will be renamed Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall upon completion. It began last year, slowed slightly during basketball season and has exploded into action this month. Neuburger, IU’s associate athletic director for facilities & external alliances, is the department’s point person on the renovation, which kicked into overdrive as soon as basketball season ended. The project faces a tight turnaround deadline and a summer’s worth of work that will involve as many as 150 contractors and workers in the building at once. -Zach Osterman, indystar.comRead More

UCLA
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UCLA

Today could be the beginning of the end of the UCLA-adidas partnership.  The exclusive negotiating period is over and UCLA has not renewed its contract with adidas. No, this isn’t a late April Fool’s joke. So, in other words, when the clock struck midnight PT and the calendar moved from April 2nd to April 3rd, the exclusive negotiating period ended. Now, to be sure, that does not mean that UCLA will not, ultimately, renew with adidas. What it does mean is that UCLA is now able to open up bidding on the Athletic Department apparel contract with companies such as Nike and Under Armor as well as adidas. With those three companies able to compete for UCLA’s apparel contract, it ultimately should bring in more money over the long-term to the Athletic Department. That’s important because there are a limited number of ways for UCLA Athletics to increase revenues. -Joe Piechowski, SB NationRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA’s basketball March Madness tournament wraps up again this year on the first weekend of a different month. It’s just another example of how a fun college basketball tournament can be spun out of proportion by the super-hype injected by television. One must wonder whether this is a basketball tournament being covered by television, or gee-whiz television programming that has some basketball content. Given how much money CBS and Turner Broadcasting pay the NCAA to broadcast the March/April madness, it is no wonder television’s interests reach far into the competition. The 14-year deal for CBS and Turner to jointly sponsor the tournament went into effect in 2011. The television outlets pay the NCAA approximately $770 million a year for the rights. There are already published reports the negotiating parties are discussing an extension of the deal for up to eight more years and with more dollars attached. -Jeffrey M. McCall, The Star Press- Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

It’s no surprise that the NCAA’s March Madness bastketball tournament leads to millions of dollars in bets across the U.S. and is something of a time drain among workers across the country. Online streaming makes it easy to do at your desk, after all. To find out more, Fortune partnered with Morning Consult, a media and polling company, to ask people just how much they watched the sport while on the job. Interestingly, it appears that the more income people collect each month, the more likely they are to watch games at work. In fact, those making over $100k were about 10% more likely to watch than their counterparts making between $50k and $100k and those who make less than $50k. -Jon Chew, Stacy Jones, Analee Kasudia, Benjamin Snyder, and Kacy Burdette, fortune.com- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Red Berenson isn’t done yet. The 76-year old announced at today’s season-end banquet he’ll be returning for his 33rd season as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines hockey program. “I’m excited about the direction of the program and the challenge of working with our student-athletes to improve on a daily basis and achieve our goal of winning championships,” Berenson said in a press release from the school. “This season has been inspiring for our team, our staff and the fans. Our success has been the motivation to return to help the program take another step forward. I feel fortunate to be at Michigan and appreciate the support from our new athletic director.” -Mark Snyder and George Sipple, Detroit Free PressRead More

NCAA
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NCAA

Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes knew what he wanted in a men’s basketball coach. He just didn’t know who. When former coach Jamie Dixon departed for Texas Christian University three days after the Panthers lost to Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament, Barnes shifted into overdrive in searching for a replacement. Five days later, he hired Kevin Stallings away from Vanderbilt. Such a short turnaround might not have been possible without a search firm, which identifies and vets candidates before presenting them to those filling vacancies. Universities’ reliance on a third party has made search firms power brokers in college athletics. And that has raised questions about sports departments’ and coaches’ relationships with those firms. -John Harris, triblive.com- Read More

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Arkansas State is renewing a football series with a longtime rival. Athletic directors at both ASU and Memphis have signed a contract for a four-year home-and-home series beginning in 2020, according to the contract and ASU Athletic Director Terry Mohajir. The series will include games in 2020 and 2022 at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis and in 2021 and 2023 at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro. The first game, scheduled for Sept. 5, 2020, will be the first time the teams have played since 2013 and will end the longest break in the series in more than four decades. – Troy Schulte, arkansasonline.comRead More

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

Rattler Boosters Executive Director Mickey Clayton still has concerns in regards to the direction of Florida A&M’s athletic department, but is ready to look for new avenues to make sure the Boosters are still a viable Direct Service Organization. FAMU’s Board of Trustees in March agreed with Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr.’s five-year plan, which included taking control of game-day parking from the Boosters and giving it to the athletic department. In the months leading up to the decision, Clayton voiced his displeasure with the move. In a Saturday interview with the Tallahassee Democrat, he said he’s hoping the Boosters can remain a fundraising arm for the athletic department, despite the removal of yet another revenue stream. -Jordan Culver, Tallahassee DemocratRead More

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

The long-awaited Georgia indoor practice facility is coming in 2017 to much fanfare, giving Kirby Smart and the football program, as well as other Bulldog athletic teams, a place to train on bad weather days. Behind the scenes, a former three-time All-Ivy League softball player at Yale who grew up in California has led UGA’s fundraising for the project, which has exceeded the school’s own expectations.  Georgia set a goal of raising $15.1 million for the $30.2 million indoor project through private gifts and was to use another $15.1 million from athletic reserves. The Magill Society was created for those making gifts of $25,000 or more that can be spread over five years. -Marc Weiszer, Online AthensRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA

The University of North Georgia (UNG) is one of three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II schools to recently join a national initiative that aims to prevent, diagnose and treat concussions. The $30 million initiative pairs the NCAA and the Department of Defense (DOD), and now includes 30 institutions of higher education across the country. The collective is titled the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium. The nine recent additions announced earlier this month — including UNG — will begin adding their data to the study this summer. “UNG is honored to be chosen as a participant in this landmark concussion study,” said Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves. “Student-athlete welfare is paramount in our mission at UNG, so we are glad that we can assist with this important research initiative and return-to-play protocols.” Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Soon after Syracuse or North Carolina — two schools that have been entangled in academic misconduct issues — plays for the national championship, the NCAA Division I council is likely to approve the first changes in 33 years to the way the association regulates classroom improprieties.  The hope is that the proposal will provide clarity on when the NCAA should be involved in academic misconduct cases. The reality is the NCAA cannot take the lead in policing how a university is educating its students. “As a university president, I understood clearly that academic integrity in the classroom is first and foremost the responsibility of the professor that’s there, then the department head, then an associate dean, then a dean, then a provost and ultimately a president,” NCAA President Mark Emmert told the AP this week. -Ralph D. Russo, abc newsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

It was a big season for the University of Alabama football program in 2015, as it hurdled challenge after challenge to capture conference and national championships. The athletic department signed some big checks as a result, too. The UA coaching staff, including head coach Nick Saban and his nine on-the-field assistant coaches, netted a total of more than $1.65 million in bonuses for the team’s SEC title and College Football Playoff national championship. In total, UA paid out more than $2.2 million in bonuses to more than 60 athletic department staff members for the championships according to records obtained by Tidesports.com under open records law requests. The bonuses ranged from up to $525,000 to $3,000. -Gary Cosby Jr., alabama.n.rivals.com- Read More

DOANE COLLEGE
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DOANE COLLEGE

Doane announced a five-year deal with Under Armour as the athletic supplier for all footwear, apparel, jerseys and accessories beginning this summer. This comes one day after the athletic department announced a new logo and on the same day they revealed a new app. The deal with Under Armour is another step for athletic director Jill McCartney in unifying all of Doane’s teams. McCartney said she was approached by a sales representative during her first year as athletic director about doing an all-school uniform deal, but the time wasn’t right. But, after talking with coaches over the next year and weighing the benefits and challenges McCartney and Doane decided on signing with Under Armour. -Ryan Miller, doaneline.comRead More

April 1, 2016

ALLEGHENY COLLEGE
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ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

Allegheny College, a member of the NCAA Division III and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), is currently seeking applications to fill an Assistant Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coaching position. This is a full-time, eleven-month position that includes basic medical coverage and a competitive salary. Please submit a letter of application with resume, and three references to [email protected]

GWYNEDD MERCY UNIVERSITY
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GWYNEDD MERCY UNIVERSITY

Gwynedd Mercy University seeks a Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach/Sports Information Assistant. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to recruiting of prospective student-athletes, planning and executing practices, scouting of opponents, practice and game preparation, contest scheduling, budget preparation, fundraising, and assisting with the management of all athletic statistical and promotional information about Gwynedd Mercy University athletics. Apply here.

NCAA
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NCAA

The ACC’s dominant run in this NCAA Tournament will earn the conference about an extra $3.6 million in next year’s payout. Over the next six years, the Final Four runs by North Carolina and Syracuse will be worth at least $12.8 million to the ACC. Meanwhile, the SEC and Pac-12 now annually trail the Big Ten by more than $10 million in NCAA basketball distribution money. – CBSSports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

University of Houston seeks an Associate Director of Compliance. This will Coordinates the administration of athletic scholarships with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Apply here.


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