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Texas Seeking Basketball Coach To Spark Interest In Program

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 29 / 15

Univ. of Texas men's AD Steve Patterson  is tasked with making another key hire in the wake of the school's announcement that men's basketball coach Rick Barnes  "will not return after 17 seasons." Barnes, who made $2.55M this past season, "has a buyout" of $1.75M that "would have d...

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UAB Re-Examining Numbers Used To Kill Football

Facing "intense scrutiny" from his faculty, UAB President Ray Watts on Friday announced an "independent re-examination of financial figures from a study used to justify the elimination of the football , bowling and rifling programs," according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. There were "several di ...

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Univ. Of Michigan President Praises Interim AD

Univ. of Michigan President Mark Schlissel on Friday said that he and interim AD Jim Hackett "will sit down and start talking about how the department should look moving forward," according to David Jesse of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Schlissel: "I was incredibly fortunate to find Jim Hackett. He ...

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Pitt Begins Search To Replace Fired AD

The Univ. of Pittsburgh this week began its search "to find a replacement" for former AD Steve Pederson, who was fired Dec. 17 after two stints in the athletic department's top spot, according to Sam Werner of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. The previous time Pitt "had a true search" for an AD in ...

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Pac-12 Seeing Decline In Basketball Attendance

While it is “too early to draw any sweeping conclusions" about this season's attendance for Pac-12 men's basketball, there may be "an attendance problem" for the conference, according to Bud Withers of the SEATTLE TIMES. Last season's total attendance for all conference home games “dropp ...

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Several ADs Settle In To New Roles

Jim Knowlton on Tuesday "announced his resignation" after seven years as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute AD and will replace Hans Mueh as AD of the Air Force Academy, according to Brent Briggeman of the Colorado Springs GAZETTE. Mueh "will retire effective Jan. 31." Knowlton previously worked as Ar ...

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CFP, NCAA Helping Out Players' Parents

The College Football Playoff and the NCAA yesterday announced that parents or legal guardians attending Monday's championship game between Ohio State and Oregon at AT&T Stadium "will be reimbursed $1,250 each, with a maximum of $2,500 per family," according to Tim May of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. O ...

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WVU Hires Shane Lyons As New AD

West Virginia yesterday hired Alabama Deputy AD Shane Lyons to lead its athletic department, replacing Oliver Luck, who " resigned last month to take a high-level position with the NCAA," according to Dave Hickman of the CHARLESTON GAZETTE. Lyons, a Parkersburg, W.Va., native, had been in charge of ...

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College Bowl Notes

In Miami, Greg Cote wrote last Wednesday’s Georgia Tech-Mississippi State Orange Bowl "was a tough sell largely because of the New Year’s Eve date, and played to a mostly empty upper deck and a below-capacity crowd of 58,211" ( MIAMIHERALD.com, 1/1 ). Also in Miami, David Neal not ...

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UM's Hackett Praised For Inclusive Coaching Search

Michigan interim AD Jim Hackett "utilized a search firm but also used a cadre of former players and coaches, alums and others to help him in finding the right coach" for the school's football team prior to Tuesday's introduction of former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, according to Rod Beard of the ...

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Emmert: Luck Wasn't Hired To Be Successor

NCAA President Mark Emmert said it "would be inaccurate" to call the organization's hire of West Virginia AD Oliver Luck as NCAA Exec VP/Regulatory Affairs "a succession plan," according to Gregg Doyel of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Emmert: "When the board was making the hire that ended up being me, ...

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