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    Incoming West Virginia AD Has Big Shoes To Fill Following Luck's Departure For NCAA

    Published December 18, 2014

    With AD Oliver Luck leaving West Virginia, the school will "have one of its own in a position of power" in the NCAA, but will "have to find a new leader" for its athletic department, according to Cam Huffman of the Beckley REGISTER-HERALD. In his four-and-a-half years since replacing Ed Pastilong as AD, Luck "helped guide WVU into the Big 12 Conference," initiated a $21M baseball park project, and "increased the department’s overall revenue." Luck also "added the 18th varsity sport" with men’...

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  • SBD Article

    Univ. Of Pittsburgh Fires AD Steve Pederson Amid Football Turmoil

    Published December 18, 2014

    Univ. of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher last night "further upended an athletic department already in a state of flux" by announcing the "stunning firing" of AD Steve Pederson, according to a front-page piece by Sam Werner of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Pitt Vice Chancellor of Research & Compliance Randy Juhl "will take over" as acting AD. Financial terms of Pederson’s departure were not disclosed, but his total compensation in '12, the "most recent data available, was $633,536." Fo...

    Tags: Colleges, ACC
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    Resignation By Univ. Of Michigan's Lochmann Comes Amid Staff Shakeup

    Published December 18, 2014

    Michigan Senior Associate AD & CMO Hunter Lochmann's resignation yesterday came less than two months after former AD Dave Brandon departed the university and "less than one week after" Lochmann's "controversial comments surrounding the Michigan brand being more important than the players who represent it," according to Nick Baumgardner of MLIVE.com. The school "is not sure if it will completely fill Lochmann's role moving forward" (MLIVE.com, 12/17). In Detroit, Angelique Chengelis notes Loch...

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    Audio Surfaces Of Ex-Nebraska Coach Pelini Slamming AD Eichorst In Meeting With Players

    Published December 18, 2014

    Former Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini "repeatedly blasted" AD Shawn Eichorst during a team meeting immediately following his dismissal as coach, "providing a window into his strained -- almost nonexistent -- relationship with his former boss," according to a front-page piece by Dirk Chatelain of the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD. Pelini told the players, "A guy like (Eichorst) who has no integrity, he doesn’t even understand what a core value is. And he hasn’t understood it from the day he got here. ...

    Tags: Colleges, Big Ten
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    Michigan State AD Hollis Concerned By Booze-Heavy Atmosphere Around Spartan Stadium

    Published December 17, 2014

    Michigan State AD Mark Hollis yesterday said from a safety and enjoyment standpoint, he is "concerned" about whether his department is "marketing to the wrong fan" for football games, according to Joe Rexrode of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Hollis said, "We have a lot of folks that are walking away from Spartan Stadium because of what they're seeing in the stands, what they're seeing en route from their car to the stadium. And that's kind of a call to action to all of us. ... Any time you come out...

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    FAU Forges Ahead With Football Program Despite Attendance, On-Field Struggles

    Published December 17, 2014

    There are "precious few fans" who care about FAU football, as the school's "build-it-and-they-will-come strategy hasn't worked as hoped," according to Jeff Ostrowski of the PALM BEACH POST. Former football coach Howard Schnellenberger "persuaded FAU in the late 1990s to launch a football program, and the team began play" in '01. The idea was to "use gridiron glory to put FAU on the academic map." Instead, FAU has "failed to post a winning record" since '08, and the school's "outsized investme...

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    FBS Schools Continue To See Lagging Attendance Numbers; SEC Remains On Top

    Published December 16, 2014

    FBS college football teams' collective home attendance this season "dipped to its lowest average in 14 years as many schools continue to struggle to fill seats," according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. Crowds "averaged 43,483 fans per game," down 4% from '13 and the "lowest since 42,631" in '00. This marked the "sixth straight season crowds were below 46,000 since they peaked at 46,456" in '08. The data "counts only home games and not neutral-site venues." This was also the "first year the...

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    Early Season College Hoops Attendance Down; Moving NCAA Tourney A Solution?

    Published December 16, 2014

    Through the first six weeks of the college basketball season, only 10 D-I programs are averaging 100% capacity in home arenas "with seating capacity of at least 6,000," according to Tim Griffin of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. Other schools "are struggling, particularly those with prominent football programs this season." Of the 25 teams "ranked in the final CFP poll released last week, only five are averaging" 80% capacity for their basketball teams, and eight of the top 10 schools are avera...

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    Univ. Of Nevada Shows Fiscal Restraint To Yield Profit For Tenth-Consecutive Bowl Game

    Published December 16, 2014

    The Univ. of Nevada is going to its ninth bowl game in 10 years, only missing out last season, and it "has managed to turn a profit every time," according to Dan Hinxman of the RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL. The school has "learned how to cut costs, and it has done so at an impressive rate." The "biggest cost-cutting move is just limiting the number of people who go, which saves travel and hotel costs." Nevada also "saves money by taking the less-expensive team-meal options at the hotels and not splur...

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    New Mexico State Univ. AD Mario Moccia Discusses Transitioning Into New Job In Q&A

    Published December 16, 2014

    Recently hired New Mexico State Univ. AD Mario Moccia said he is preparing for the move by getting "up to speed from a business perspective, marketing, compliance, academics, etc.," according to a Q&A by Jason Groves of the LAS CRUCES SUN-NEWS. Moccia, an NMSU alum, will begin his new gig during the first week of January after spending the last eight years at Southern Illinois Univ. Below are excerpts from the Q&A: Q: What is your top priority for the first month, the first six months and th...

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    Schools Auctioning Off "Experiences" As Way To Deepen Connection With Fans

    Published December 15, 2014

    ...of experience auctions "involving the most active colleges and universities had doubled" from '08-13, to 15...

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  • SBJ Article

    Lowe’s exits deal wth IMG College; two renew theirs

    Published December 15, 2014 by Michael Smith

    ...the official home improvement store for those 80 colleges.

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