This week, Snyder got a new five-year contract through the 2022 season – when he would be 83 years old. Snyder, who turns 79 on Oct. 7, a day after Kansas State’s sixth game this season, is already the oldest coach in the Bowl Subdivision. But anyone who has followed the Wildcats in recent years knows better than to try to predict the coach’s future. ““It can’t go on forever, that’s for sure,” Snyder told USA TODAY Sports in May 2017. “I don’t want it to go on forever. But I don’t know. I’ve preached it one year at a time, and that’s the way it’s been for the last several years. No particular reason why that will change.” There’s no particular reason his decision each year will change, either. Especially if he didn’t retire in 2017, after undergoing 33 treatments for throat cancer. – George Schroeder, USA TODAY. Read More.
Arizona State wants to run its football team like an NFL squad, and I highly doubt that’ll end well. The Wall Street Journal recently published an interesting inside look at the program. They spoke with athletic director Ray Anderson and executive senior associate athletic director Jean Boyd, who both gave some insight on how their plan to run the team like a pro organization will work. For those of you who forgot, ASU hired former NFL coach Herm Edwards as its new head coach this past offseason. This might sound like a nice idea on paper, but it’s simply unlikely to work at the collegiate level. College football players are not pros. At times, they’re teenagers, and they’re required to juggle a variety of different things. – David Hookstead, Smokeroom. Read More.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced today the formal sponsorship of intercollegiate Esports competitions beginning Fall 2018. The ECAC Esports league will consist of organized, competitive gaming in League of Legends, FIFA, Overwatch, Hearthstone and Fortnite. The ECAC will once again partner with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) to sponsor an Esports Expo around the Championship. “The ECAC is uniquely situated to be an ideal home for intercollegiate Esports competitions,” said ECAC President/CEO Dan Coonan. Read More.
Almost two months after former TWU softball coaches Genny and Jerod Stidham resigned from their positions, athletic director Chalese Connors announced the hiring of Albany State’s Amber Barker as the team’s new head coach. Barker posted a 54-47 record in two seasons with the with the Golden Rams and is coming off a year in which she led the program to its first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship and NCAA regional berth since 2013. – Brady Keane, dentonrc. Chicago Chicago Hoodie Bears Bears
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No matter how many games Michigan State wins this season, it won’t change the ugliness of the recent past. The Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal — plus lingering off-field questions about the basketball and football programs — put the university under the kind of spotlight every school wants to avoid. Amid that cloud, the leaders of this year’s football team can only hope the right lessons have been learned. “It’s hard as young people today to make the right decisions all the time. We see that across the country everywhere,” tight end Matt Sokol said. “A player-led team is always better than a coaches-led team, so I think we’ve done a good job as the leadership group on our team to really emphasize guys making the right decisions, representing our program the right way, representing your families back at home.” And while Nassar’s crimes didn’t have anything to do with the football team, the program has had its own issues. Before last season, four football players were dismissed from the team amid sexual assault allegations and three pleaded guilty to reduced charges. Early this year, around the time the Nassar scandal caused a shakeup in school leadership, ESPN reported allegations of sexual assault and violence against women involving Michigan State football and basketball players. The report questioned how the athletic department handled those cases over the years. “The one thing I want our football players to understand and to learn from is that — and to grow as people from — is that they’re going to have to handle big, big issues at times,” Dantonio said. “Such as standing for the flag or not, things we’ve endured at Michigan State in this past year, they’re going to be a part of that, and they’re going to have to weigh in on things.” -AP, Inverted Jersey Legend Lamar Jackson Men's Ravens Gold
FAU’s total compensation package for football coach Lane Kiffin includes a previously unreported $2 million loan that he won’t need to repay should Kiffin remain at Florida Atlantic through 2021. That loan is in addition to the five year, $4.75 million contract Kiffin signed in December of 2016 to become the fifth coach in program history. “The intent was, let’s put a package together that Lane’s happy with and he’s comfortable with and something that we can afford,” FAU president Dr. John Kelly said. “We obviously can’t pay what some larger schools can pay. But if we’re creative we can come up with a strategy that makes him happy, gives him what he needs to be successful and also, hopefully, helps us retain him for a longer period of time.” The loan promissory note, which OwlAccess.com obtained via a public records request initially submitted in October of 2017, stipulates that the purpose of the loan is to allow Kiffin to purchase a home within 25 miles of campus. Palm Beach County records show that Kiffin paid $2.1 million for a house in northeast Boca Raton in May of 2017. FAU forgives 20 percent of the original loan amount for each year that Kiffin remains the Owls’ coach, a decrease of $400,000 per year that Kiffin needs to repay. Having already coached one season, Kiffin would have to repay the university $1.6 million plus interest should he elect to leave prior Dec. 1. With the forgiveness of the $400,000, Kiffin’s actual compensation for last season came to $1.35 million prior to bonuses he received for winning the Conference USA championship and the Boca Raton Bowl. -Chuck King, FAU Owl Access, Read More
With DJ Durkin sidelined indefinitely, the embattled Maryland football coach was allowed to address his team, perhaps for a final time, Saturday evening. Damon Evans, the school’s athletic director, spoke to players, too, before turning the floor over to the shell-shocked team. The players were stunned and confused, according to a person in the room. Some voiced support for Durkin, who was angered by the decision as he said goodbye. A few assistants vented on Evans regarding Durkin’s status. Most seemed to rally around Matt Canada, the interim coach who joined the program just eight months ago. And all seemed to agree they would keep moving forward, fighting for one another even as their team had suddenly become besieged by reports that the culture within the program was abusive and toxic. The school has decided to launch an external review to examine the culture within the program. In a letter to trustees, faculty, students and alumni Saturday evening, Wallace Loh, the school president, said he is “profoundly disturbed by the media reports yesterday about verbally abusive and intimidating conduct by Maryland football coaches and staff towards our student athletes on the team.” The review would mark the second external investigation related to the program. The school has already contracted with Walters Inc., an athletic training consulting firm, to examine the circumstances surrounding McNair’s death. That review isn’t expect to conclude before Sept. 15. While the Walters investigation is focused on safety policies and procedures, the second probe would focus on the culture within the football program. -Rick Maese, Roman Stubbs and Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, Read More
It is difficult to know whether the systematic intimidation, dehumanization and emasculation of college football players at Maryland as alleged in a comprehensive ESPN report is isolated to a few Neanderthal coaches or shockingly widespread at programs across the country. Sadly, we only know at Maryland because offensive lineman Jordan McNair died of heatstroke in June, which prompted questions about whether the methods of strength and conditioning coach Rick Court were extreme and, furthermore, whether the tone set by head coach D.J. Durkin encouraged a culture where the warning signs of exhaustion and physical distress were ignored. But it wouldn’t necessarily take tragic consequences to expose this kind of behavior if schools weren’t running their football programs like secret societies in the first place. Maryland, you see, was like most college programs these days. Aside from a few minutes here or there, practices and workouts were closed to all eyeballs other than those who work for the athletic department. Assistant coaches and staffers were generally off-limits to the media, and access to the players was highly managed. If something inappropriate was happening inside the program, it would have been nearly impossible for anyone to observe it. But it’s become clear that the secrecy with which these overly powerful coaches are allowed to run their programs has become a burden on the sport, the potential safety of players, their own careers and the schools for whom they profess so much loyalty. -Dan Wolken, USA Today, Read More
An attorney representing the family of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair told ESPN on Sunday that coach DJ Durkin should be fired as a result of McNair’s death from heatstroke suffered during a May workout. In a sit-down interview at the offices of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy in downtown Baltimore, Billy Murphy said McNair’s death could have been prevented, saying the coaching staff showed “absolute indifference” toward McNair’s life. The 19-year-old from Randallstown, Maryland, died on June 13, two weeks after he showed signs of extreme exhaustion and had difficulty standing upright while running a set of 110-yard sprints. Murphy said there are three reasons why Durkin should be fired. “No. 1, what he did,” Murphy said, “No. 2, what he didn’t do, and No. 3, the impact on this football program.” Murphy said they are “leaning” toward filing a civil lawsuit in federal court but that their preference would be to wait until the university’s external investigation is finished, which is expected on Sept. 15. McNair’s death and whether university coaches and officials followed proper protocols after he became distressed is being investigated by a university-hired, former longtime collegiate athletic trainer, Rod Walters. -Heather Dinich, ESPN, Read More
For the second time in less than a decade, Ole Miss has a new official mascot. The school unveiled “Landshark Tony” on Saturday, eight years after replacing Colonel Reb with the much-maligned Rebel Black Bear. Landshark Tony draws its inspiration from the Rebels’ so-called “Landshark Defense,” with Ole Miss players often forming their hands in the shape of a shark fin in front of their helmets following big plays. The shark mascot also took the name “Tony” from the late Ole Miss linebacker Tony Fein, an Iraq War veteran who was the first to make the “landshark” gesture in 2008. The Landshark Tony mascot will wear the same No. 47 donned during his Rebels playing days by Fein, who died of a drug overdose in 2009. -Creg Stephenson, AL.com, Read More
University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes acknowledged the state attorney general’s request that the school’s board of regents hold a second meeting regarding cuts in UNM’s athletic department, but she said neither she nor the department will change their recommendation to eliminate sports by the end of the school year. Attorney General Hector Balderas this week said the regents violated the state’s Open Meetings Act during their July 19 special session to consider the cuts to several sports and must hold a second public forum following proper codes of conduct. On Friday, a complaint outlining UNM’s violations of state law and calling for the regents to act was filed in the 2nd Judicial District by Albuquerque attorney Maria Touchet. In an interview Friday, Stokes said UNM has been prepared for potential litigation since the announcement it plans to eliminate men’s soccer, men’s and women’s skiing, beach volleyball and the women’s diving team. The teams will compete this coming school year but will officially disband by next summer. Stokes said the university will comply with Balderas’ demand for another regents meeting. -Will Webber, Santa Fe New Mexican, Read More
Marc Bauer spent 17 years building the University of Nebraska at Kearney wrestling into one of the premier programs in Division II. Under Bauer’s guidance, 90 UNK wrestlers earned All-American honors, including 22 national champions and 15 national runner-up finishes. Bauer stepped down as wrestling coach in 2016. He’s now trying to affect UNK athletics in a new role, serving as the department’s interim athletic director following the departure of Paul Plinske. Serving in his new position since May 20, Bauer sat down with UNK beat writer Dan Zielinski on June 27 to discuss the state of the athletic program and his goals as the interim AD. – Dan Zielinski, Kearneyhub. Chicago Chicago Hoodie Bears Bears
After 13 North Carolina football players were suspended for violating NCAA rules by selling their exclusive, team-issued Air Jordans, the University of Michigan says it is investigating any similar possible violations related to the sale of team-issued shoes. An ESPN report indicated that 23 pairs of team-issued Michigan shoes were found on the shoe marketplace website StockX. Michigan, like North Carolina, is a Jordan Brand school and includes some of the most highly-coveted shoes in their collection of gear for its student-athletes. “We are aware of the report at North Carolina,” Michigan football spokesman Dave Ablauf said, via 247Sports. “Our compliance office is looking into this matter and will determine if anything needs to be reported to the NCAA.” – Chip Patterson, CBS Sports. Read More.
Washington State athletic director, now six months into the job, might say his persuasion skills – especially as they relate to summoning money from others – were honed at a much earlier phase in his life. Some might say these are precarious times for an AD in Pullman. On one hand, Chun desires to finish the job his predecessor Bill Moos started, and continue to move the Cougars’ athletic facilities into the modern age – no cheap endeavor. On the other, he’s dealing with a massive financial shortfall that rivals any in the country. WSU is close to raising the final dollars that would be necessary for major baseball facility renovations. WSU needs approximately $9.5 million in private funds to subsidize the baseball clubhouse and donors will have to fork over another $28 million to cover the costs of an indoor football practice facility – the next capital project in the works – that would replace the archaic “bubble” adjacent to Bailey-Brayton Field. – Theo Lawson, Spokesman. Read More.
As part of its commitment to the Best Fan Experience in the Big 12, K-State Athletics today announced a comprehensive list of new improvements for fans to expect at Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the 2018 season. “Our fans are the lifeblood of what makes Bill Snyder Family Stadium one of the best atmospheres in college football,” Director of Athletics Gene Taylor said. “We’re always looking for ways to make their experience better. Among the improvements are a new beer garden on the Goss Family South Tailgate Terrace – open to all fans – starting two hours prior to kick, student mobile ticketing, the new Powercat Perks loyalty rewards program, additional concessions options including Chick-fil-A on the south concourse and an expanded Willie’s Fun Zone area for families. Read More.
First-year Maryland athletic director Damon Evans, who helped oversee the coaching search that led to DJ Durkin’s hiring and recently served as the administration’s football program liaison, wrote in a letter to the university community early Saturday morning that he was “committed to swiftly examining and addressing” a “troubling” ESPN report. Evans said in the signed letter that the ESPN story “contains troubling allegations about our football program,” but did not detail the allegations or specify to which report he was referring. Evans, who played football at Georgia, has remained involved with the program since Durkin’s takeover. – Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun. Chicago Chicago Hoodie Bears Bears
Several former students and student-athletes at Ohio State University have described sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked at the university from 1978 until he retired in 1998. Interviews with Strauss’ victims and lawsuits filed on their behalf have named several Ohio State officials alleged to have known about the abuse but done nothing about it. – WXYZ. Ben Ben Jersey Aliexpress Wallace Jersey Wallace
College football reporter Brett McMurphy denied a report that said Tom Herman was the tipster who helped kick off his reporting on the ongoing scandal at Ohio State. Texas Coach Tom Herman, a former Ohio State assistant coach, tipped sports reporter Brett McMurphy to details of the Zach Smith-Courtney Carano Smith relationship that led to Smith’s firing, Urban Meyer’s paid-administrative leave and the investigation that has currently engulfed the Buckeyes’ program, several sources told me. Furthermore, Tom and wife Michelle Herman encouraged Courtney Smith to go public with her claims that her ex-husband had physically abused her, sources say. – Alex Kirshner, SB Nation. Read More.
The glory days of the college football video game have come and gone, player welfare has become a bigger issue and the multi-billion dollar media rights deals have transformed the sport of college football into big business. So where’s the piece of the pie for the players? The full cost of attendance stipend has bridged the gap a little bit and covers actual expenses that aren’t covered in athletic scholarships, but is the combination of a scholarship, full cost of attendance stipend and other ancillary income enough to cover what players are worth? We asked coaches if players should be able to market themselves based on their football prowess. – Barrett Sallee, CBS Sports. Read More.
With a to-do list as thick as her Texas accent, Eastern Washington athletic director Lynn Hickey hasn’t had much time to enjoy her new region’s idyllic summer months. She recently sold her home in San Antonio, where, for 18 years, she helped vault the University of Texas-San Antonio’s athletic program to new heights, including the addition of a built-from-scratch FBS football program in 2011. It’s been 11 months since Hickey stepped down as UTSA’s AD citing personal reasons, and about six months since she made the trek to the Northwest, where the grass is literally greener. EWU’s athletic budget, however, has been as dry as the old Alamo landscape, with a current deficit of more than $5 million. – Ryan Collingwood, Spokesman. Read More.
It’s been four years since Rutgers Athletics joined the Big Ten Conference. For all the TV coverage and free branding every time an Aaron Judge home run soars toward the Rutgers-Big Ten sign in Yankee Stadium, the Scarlet Knights are still down in the standings, while their debts are climbing. Has the university’s investment been worth it? Keith Sargeant covers Rutgers Athletics for NJ Advance Media. “Without question. It’s the best conference in the country in terms of prestige and tradition. There’s a network — the Big Ten Network — that airs, if not on their TV, but certainly on their website, pretty much all their games. From a branding standpoint, it’s immeasurable what the Big Ten has meant. We reported it back in July, but enrollment’s been up. Just from a branding standpoint, you know, you see Big Ten signs all over the place. From a school spirit standpoint, people are enthused from it. But from a competitive standpoint, you still have that challenge of when are they going to win more games.” – Leah Mishkin, njtvonline. Ben Ben Jersey Aliexpress Wallace Jersey Wallace
The Arizona Wildcats’ athletic director flew to the Midwest, packed a car and drove to a place with no land-line phone, TV, internet or cellphone service. It was his first vacation in a year — and the first time in ages he could truly unplug. In September, Heeke watched as federal agents arrested assistant basketball coach Book Richardson as part of a nationwide sting. Heeke fired Rich Rodriguez on Jan. 2, the same day the football coach’s former administrative aide filed a $7 million notice of claim alleging sexual harassment. Two weeks later, Heeke hired former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. In March, Heeke and UA President Robert C. Robbins made the decision to keep basketball coach Sean Miller following an ESPN report that said he discussed a pay-for-play scheme. – Mamta Popat, Arizona Daily Star. Chicago Chicago Hoodie Bears Bears
Hannah Kiser won 20 conference championships in her four years as a distance runner for the University of Idaho. She graduated in 3 1/2 years with a 3.9 GPA. She wanted to spend her last semester of competition at Washington State, training with the head coach who had left Idaho. Because of NCAA transfer rules, she needed Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear’s approval to go. He didn’t just say no. His words were so painful that Kiser decided she would rather see her spectacular career end early than run for the Vandals again. And that’s exactly what happened. – Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. Chicago Chicago Hoodie Bears Bears
Just three weeks before its season opener, the University of Maryland placed its football coach, DJ Durkin, on administrative leave Saturday in the wake of news reports that Terps players faced abuse and disparagement from staff members in the school’s athletics department. Athletic Director Damon Evans sent a letter to university staff, boosters and supporters Saturday saying he’s “concerned by the allegations of unacceptable behaviors by members of our football staff detailed in recent media reports.” Athletic department officials had previously announced that multiple members of the athletics staff had been placed on administrative leave but declined to identify the employees. – Rick Maese and Roman Stubbs, Washington Post. Read More.For - Kids Cowboys Navy Jerseys Women Jersey Mike Blue Men White
The LSU athletic department recently implemented two changes in its substance-abuse policy designed to help educate newly enrolled student-athletes and provide support in making positive lifestyle changes. Put into place in June was a “first-term enrollee” rule in which new student-athletes — freshmen, junior-college transfers and transfers from other institutions — don’t immediately go into the drug-testing program for a positive test result from their initial medical screening. – Sheldon Mickles, The Advocate. Chicago Chicago Hoodie Bears Bears
Jimbo Fisher’s 10-year, $75 million contract gets most of the press but Texas A&M isn’t saving money elsewhere by skimping on assistant salaries. Fisher had targeted LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda when he was first hired at the school but the Tigers ponied up a four-year, $2.5 million contract to keep him in Baton Rouge. Fisher moved on to hire Elko away from Notre Dame after just one season with the Irish and it appears he had to pay a pretty penny to do so. Schmidt was lured from Norman after over two decades with the Sooners thanks to that nice six-figure salary, which puts him in the same category as Alabama’s Scott Cochran ($585,000), Ohio State’s Mickey Marotti ($575,000) and Iowa’s Chris Doyle ($675,000). – Bryan Fischer, College Football Talk. Read More.
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Athletics Department has announced phase I of the Daniel Sullivan Field (baseball) and Cardinals Field (softball) renovations. Phase I will include the installation of AstroTurf RootZone Diamond OPS Series field turf, new backstops, netting and other visual improvements to the two fields. With the renovations, Cardinals Field will become H-E-B Field, while the baseball field will remain the Daniel Sullivan Field, now sponsored by H-E-B. In addition to installing AstroTurf, the Daniel Sullivan Field home plate and backstop wall will move forward to enhance sightlines. Read More.
The $40-million-plus expansion to Williams Stadium that boosts seating capacity by nearly 25 percent will not be fully completed by the Sept. 1 opener against Old Dominion University, but the expanded east grandstands will be open with functional restrooms and concession stands for Liberty University’s inaugural year as a member of the top-tier division of college football. A 3,000-square-foot video board, part of the first phase of expansion, already has been installed and is operational. Speakers will be installed on both sides before Sept. 1. – Damien Sordelett, News Advance. Chicago Chicago Hoodie Bears Bears