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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 05 / 15

15 – Number of clubs that have scheduled MLB Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean for a visit during ’15 Spring Training ( “OTL Extra, ESPN3, 3/5 ).

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Big 12 Announces Scholarship Enhancements

Big 12 officials yesterday announced that the conference “will allow its members to offer multiyear scholarships and increased aid to ‘full cost of attendance’ for no less than a student-athlete’s period of eligibility,” beginning with the ’15 fall semester, accor ...

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FGCU Spending Big On Men's Hoops

Florida Gulf Coast Univ. has made an "extraordinary effort" in the past five years to fund men's basketball, which "brings in the most revenue to the athletic department and the most exposure to the university as a whole," according to a front-page piece by Joseph Cranney of the NAPLES DAILY NEWS. F ...

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Source: UAB Folding Football Program

The Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham “is firing” AD Brian Mackin and “will announce later this week that it will be shutting down its football program,” according to a source cited by Thayer Evans of SI.com. The announcement “will likely be Thursday and is a move the booster ...

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UNC To Pay Duke For $25,000 In Damages

The North Carolina football team following Thursday night's win at Duke "left significant damage to Duke’s facilities that will likely exceed $25,000, causing the school to apologize and foot the bill for repairs," according to Steve Wiseman of the Durham HERALD-SUN. Light blue spray paint "ca ...

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Plank Discusses His Relationship With Alma Mater

Under Armour Founder, Chair & CEO and Univ. of Maryland alum Kevin Plank acknowledged that he "contributes plenty of ideas and money" to his alma mater but added that he "does not issue mandates about such things as conference shifts or coaching changes," according to Jeff Barker of the Baltimor ...

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Brandon Got Fundraising Job Done At Michigan

The Michigan athletic department's "turbulent fall ... hasn't hit the department in the pocketbook," as donations "are up" about $1.1M compared to this time last year, according to records cited in a front-page piece by David Jesse of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Still, the number of people "donatin ...

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New Fresno State AD Lays Out Agenda

Fresno State on Friday introduced new AD Jim Bartko, who “touched on a percolating 100-day plan that’s focused on elevating a department trying to rebound from years of declining revenues and budget cuts that has left it behind many Mountain West Conference rivals in key infrastructure a ...

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Ohio State Topping Michigan In CFB Attendance

The Univ. of Michigan has "led the nation in football attendance every season but one" since 1974, but that run "is "likely to end this year," according to Snyder & Bultman of the DETROIT FREE PRESS.  UM currently sits No. 2 -- behind Ohio State -- in average attendance, "despite havin ...

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Swofford Pushing For Eight-Team Playoff

ACC Commissioner John Swofford yesterday said an eight-team College Football Playoff, “in terms of the number of teams, would probably be ideal,” according to Shawn Krest of the Durham HERALD-SUN. Speaking at the Durham Sports Club's weekly meeting, Swofford said that educational concern ...

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Top FBS Coach Salaries Doubled Since '06

Top-tier college football coaches are "making twice as much as they did" in '06, according to an annual review of salaries by Brady, Berkowitz & Schnaars of USA TODAY. Then, coaches at the NCAA's 119 FBS schools were "making an average of more than $950,000." Today, at those same 119 schools (of ...

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