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    For Whom The Bell Tolls: UNC To Pay For Damaged Duke Locker Room After Celebration

    Published November 25, 2014

    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 "caused 'significant' damage to the visiting team locker room in Duke's Brooks Practice Facility as well as the adjacent Field Turf practice field." Both "interior and exterior walls in the locker room as w...

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    Kevin Plank Opens Up On His Relationship With Univ. Of Maryland, Denies Setting Mandates

    Published November 24, 2014

    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 Baltimore SUN. Plank: "I'm a supporter and endorser, just like anyone else." He added of the school's decision to join the Big Ten, "These decisions were beyond me, and I think there is this perception that ma...

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    Despite Criticism-Filled Tenure, Former Michigan AD Lifted School's Fundraising

    Published November 24, 2014

    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 "donating is down -- from 1,536 to 1,238 -- a loss university officials attribute more to a big donation drive last year than any issues with the athletic department." The rise in donations comes despite the fa...

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    New Fresno State AD Bartko Looks To Raise School's Stature Within Mountain West

    Published November 24, 2014

    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 areas,” according to Robert Kuwada of the FRESNO BEE. Bartko: “Let’s dominate this conference. Let’s elevate this community academically. We need to raise more money, need to get the facilities involved. We hav...

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    Ohio State Poised To Take College Football Attendance Title From Rival Michigan

    Published November 21, 2014

    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 having the nation's largest capacity (109,901) entering Saturday's home finale." Ohio Stadium has a "smaller capacity (104,944) but has filled it at a 104.38% capacity rate vs. Michigan's 95.94%." Michigan has "reach...

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    John Swofford Pushes For Eight-Team College Football Playoff, Says It Would Be "Ideal"

    Published November 20, 2014

    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 concerns "limited the initial rollout of the system to four teams." Swofford: “It has a great deal of potential. The question is asked a lot, ‘Why not eight?’ or ‘Will it become eight in a few years?’ I can tell you ...

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    USA Today Analysis Shows Top FBS Coach Salaries Have Doubled Since '06

    Published November 20, 2014

    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 the 128 current), the average salary is about $1.95M. Even when "adjusted for inflation, salaries have nearly doubled." The SEC's median salary of $3.2M "is for coaches at the 11 public schools that w...

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    Arizona State Adding D-I Men's Ice Hockey Thanks To $32M In Private Donations

    Published November 19, 2014

    Arizona State yesterday announced that it will "elevate its national champion club men's hockey team to NCAA Division I status over the next three seasons," according to Craig Morgan of FOXSPORTSARIZONA.com. The move was "made possible by private donations" of $32M by a group of hockey supporters, including Don Mullett, the father of former ASU hockey player Chris Mullett. The move comes at a time when many athletic programs are "cutting expenses and teams" amid cost concerns. ASU VP/Athletic...

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    Clemson Wants Input From Students, Alumni Before Implementing Athletics Fee

    Published November 19, 2014

    Clemson Univ. President Jim Clemments yesterday said that he "wants to talk with students, faculty and alumni before suggesting whether trustees vote on charging students a $350-a-year fee to bolster the Tigers’ athletics programs," according to Andrew Shain of the Columbia STATE. Clemments said, "I will study in depth before proceeding any further." Shain notes school AD Dan Radakovich "floated the idea of the $350 fee, saying it would add" about $6M to his department. Clemson officials said...

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    UNC-Charlotte Football Attendance Decreasing, Due In Part To Poor Student Turnout

    Published November 18, 2014

    UNC-Charlotte AD Judy Rose "isn’t happy with sagging attendance" at the school's football games, as Saturday's crowd of 10,708 at 15,314-seat Richardson Stadium was "the lowest home crowd in Charlotte's one-plus seasons of football," according to David Scott of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Saturday's crowd registered "under the previous low of 12,052 that came one week earlier against Coastal Carolina." Rose: "I'm not pleased; I'm disappointed." The school's average attendance is 13,761 this seaso...

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    Ad buy with IMG College puts ‘Interstellar’ trailer in stadiums

    Published November 17, 2014 by Michael Smith

    The Paramount Pictures film “Interstellar” debuted in theaters last week, with an assist from a seven-school media buy. South Carolina fans were among those getting a peek at “Interstellar.” Photo by: IMG COLLEGE Paramount’s college-focused ad buy inside football stadiums at California, Mississippi, Oregon, Rutgers, South Carolina, UCLA and Washington put the film’s trailer on video boards and i...

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    Sponsors join effort to boost USC women’s athletic programs

    Published November 17, 2014 by Michael Smith

    The University of Southern California and its rights holder, Fox Sports, have developed a sponsorship platform that will drive revenue and added visibility to the school’s women’s athletic programs. Two sponsors, both based in Los Angeles, have already signed on — Merle Norman and OPI. Merle Norman is a cosmetics brand, while OPI makes nail lacquer. “These are companies that were [founded] by women and they want to give back to help foster the next...

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