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    Archie Manning Steps Down From CFP Selection Committee Due To Health Concerns

    Published October 21, 2014

    College Football Playoff selection committee member Archie Manning is "stepping down" due to health reasons, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com. Manning underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this year and is "now experiencing discomfort while walking." He will "have surgery next month and will be unable to travel to meetings." The committee will "continue with 12 members for the rest of the season and will issue its first rankings Oct. 28" (ESPN.com, 10/20). In Jackson, Hugh Kellen...

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    Sponsorships, Prize Money Add To Appeal Of Non-NCAA Sanctioned Fishing Teams

    Published October 20, 2014

    ...thers “have full-time coaches,” and “at least two colleges now offer scholarships.

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  • SBJ Article

    College panelists see change coming

    Published October 20, 2014 by Michael Smith

    Two of the biggest names in college football, one a Heisman Trophy winner, the other a leading Heisman candidate, were under intense scrutiny last week for suspicion of signing autographs for pay, an NCAA violation. In the not-too-distant future, however, college athletes will have the right to profit from their name, and college sports will be better off for it, predicted a panel of experts at last week’s CSE Sports Marketing Symposium in New York. {podcast} SBJ Podcast: College writer Mic...

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    College Football Playoff picks CLC in six-year deal

    Published October 20, 2014 by Michael Smith

    The College Football Playoff has awarded its licensing rights to Collegiate Licensing Co. in a new six-year deal. The CFP selected CLC as its exclusive licensing agent back in the summer, giving the Atlanta-based agency a chance to get a head start on working with licensees, while contract terms were finalized. The two sides signed the deal last week. CLC also represented the Bowl Championship Series in the past, but Cory Moss, CLC’s senior vice president and general manager, said the appro...

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    Michigan Agrees To Cut Student-Ticket Prices; AD Brandon's Job Status Remains Tentative

    Published October 17, 2014

    The Univ. of Michigan athletic department on Thursday "agreed to a number of significant concessions to student government, including cutting student pricing for season football tickets" following a 40% drop in purchases since '13, according to Ben Freed of the ANN ARBOR NEWS. UM's Central Student Government for the second straight year "entered into negotiations this week with athletic department officials and this year came away with promises that include lower football ticket prices and mo...

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    NLRB Ruling On Northwestern Case Could Happen At Any Time

    Published October 17, 2014 by Michael Smith

    College Athletes Players Association Founder Ramogi Huma said that a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board on the Northwestern Univ. case could come any day. Northwestern appealed an earlier regional ruling that defined Northwestern’s scholarship football players as employees who can be represented by a union. The appeal went to the NLRB’s full board. Huma, who is president of the association that is seeking union representation for the players, said, “All sides have weighed in, all ...

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    UT-San Antonio Embraces Hispanic Marketing To Grow Its Newly-Formed FBS Program

    Published October 17, 2014

    For UT-San Antonio, embracing local Hispanic culture "was a no-brainer” in designing marketing campaigns as the nascent FBS program looked to “not only become San Antonio’s team, but to become the team for South Texas,” according to Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.com. UTSA AD Lynn Hickey said, "That's who we are, and it's something that we're very, very proud of. We're a minority-majority campus. We're very much that way as a city, so we're proud of that." Khan noted UTSA is the FBS school "furthest so...

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    USC Generates $100M In Revenue For First Time Despite Turbulent '13 Football Season

    Published October 16, 2014

    USC’s athletic department was not stopped "from breaking" the $100M benchmark for the first time during the period covering July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, despite a "turbulent 2013 football season that included coaching turnover and a trip to a lower-level bowl game," according to a U.S. Department of Education report cited by Gary Klein of the L.A. TIMES. USC "reported total expenses and revenue" of $106.5M for the period, which "is an increase" of $8.7M from the previous year. USC's footba...

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    ESPN’s Bilas, Sehorn Disagree On Idea That NCAA Athletes Are Being Exploited

    Published October 16, 2014 by Russell Burton, Editorial Assistant

    ESPN’s Jay Bilas on Tuesday maintained that NCAA athletes are being exploited and that college football and basketball are “pro sports in every way, except the athletes go to school.” Bilas headlined a panel titled “Should College Athletes Be Paid?” panel discussion in Charlotte that also featured Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander, Davidson Univ. President Carol Quillen, and former NFLers Jason Sehorn and Dré Bly. All five panelists agreed there was no model that could universally compens...

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    SEC Commissioner Mike Slive Retiring In '15 To Deal With Recurring Health Issue

    Published October 15, 2014

    SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, who yesterday announced his retirement, "led a period of unprecedented success for the conference," which included "engineering landmark television contracts and the launch of a conference network [and] welcoming Texas A&M and Missouri into an expanded 14-team league," according to Mike Herndon of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. Slive will retire on July 31, 2015, as he "begins treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer for which he was treated" in the late '90s. Slive in...

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    SEC Execs Sankey, Womack Seen As Top Candidates To Replace Retiring Slive

    Published October 15, 2014

    Though a national search for retiring SEC Commissioner Mike Slive's successor will begin this fall, the "leading candidate is expected to already be in Birmingham" in SEC Exec Associate Commissioner & COO Greg Sankey, according to Mike Herndon of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. Sankey, who has been with the SEC since '02, was promoted to his current role in '12, a move "thought then to potentially put him in line to become commissioner upon Slive's retirement." Sankey, a former Southland Conference comm...

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    "OTL" On College Alcohol Sales: Growing, But Many Schools Remain Hesitant

    Published October 14, 2014

    The issue of selling alcohol at college football games was examined on ESPN's "OTL," as Darren Rovell said "more than 30 schools are selling alcohol in stadiums this season and the number keeps growing." Some schools "aren't willing to take the risk," with the SEC prohibiting alcohol sales and advertising on a conference level. But at West Virginia, where alcohol sales are permitted, WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts said the school "controls the beer" and has a vendor "who knows that if someone c...

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