- OU’s Board of Regents approved a multi-million dollar contract for incoming men’s basketball coach Porter Moser Thursday, along with contract extensions for a number of existing coaches and personnel.
- A contract extension through June 2028 for Athletic Director Joe Castiglione. While Castiglione’s base salary remains the same, his annual stay bonus will go from $150,000 to $200,000. Should he stay through June 2023, Castiglione will receive a $1 million stay bonus, up from the $600,000 he was initially set to receive. If he stays with OU another five years beyond that date, he will receive a $1.5 million bonus in 2028.
- Moser will take home at least $2.8 million annually in a six-year contract approved by the regents. Moser will receive a $100,000 raise annually starting in July 2023, along with a $400,000 stay bonus in 2022. Should the Sooners win a national championship, Moser would receive a $175,000 bonus.
- Newly-named women’s basketball coach Jennie Baranczyk, meanwhile, will earn $625,000 annually in a contract that runs through June 30, 2026. Baranczyk, like Moser, will receive annual bonuses for each year she stays with the university and a $100,000 bonus should the Sooners win a national championship. She’ll also get an annual $25,000 raise each July 1, beginning next year.
- The University of North Florida has named Nick Morrow as the new Director of Athletics, making him the seventh to serve in the position at the University.
- Morrow has served as an essential senior staff member in the UNF Athletics Department for the last 10 years and will begin his new role on July 1. Former athletic director Lee Moon announced his retirement effective June 30, 2021.
- An increasing number of states are headed toward laws allowing college athletes to make money from their name, image, and likeness, beginning July 1. Meanwhile, it appears decreasingly likely that Congress and the White House will have a federal equivalent by then. That means serious conflicts lie ahead for the NCAA, even if it follows through on its strong indications that its rules on the issue will change July 1. In addition, among the six states already set for implementation on July 1, there are at least two in which public schools and private schools in the same state appear to be facing different implications.
- Here is a look at those situations, plus some of the ways laws in those six states could collide with the NCAA’s current and proposed rules:
- Mississippi – The state’s law includes three provisions that are stricter than both current NCAA rules and its proposed rules; Georgia- The law has a provision under which schools can require athletes who have NIL deals to put some of that money into a pool that would be distributed to all athletes; Alabama – while the NCAA’s rules changes include the establishment of a third-party administrator that would oversee athletes’ NIL activities, the law establishes “the Alabama Collegiate Athletics Commission; Nebraska – The issue of athletes having NIL contracts that conflict with school contracts is resolved in the schools’ favor for now. That will change; New Mexico – While the state has only two Division I schools, its law has some of the greatest overt potential for collisions with longstanding NCAA rules and practices.
- Texas lawmakers on Friday approved letting college athletes earn money with endorsements and sponsorship deals, pushing the state closer to joining others who have already opened the door to previously banned financial deals.
- Friday’s Senate vote sends the bill to Gov. Greg Abbott to consider signing into law. Several states have already approved measures that allow athletes to earn money off their name, image, and likeness. The Texas version would take effect July 1.
- Johns Hopkins failed to monitor its men’s and women’s lacrosse programs, which violated multiple financial aid rules between the 2016-17 and 2019-20 academic years, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions.
- The NCAA enforcement staff and the school agreed that the school did not notify 77 men’s and women’s lacrosse student-athletes of the renewal, reduction, or cancellation of their scholarships by the required July 1 deadline. In nearly every case, the school issued renewal letters but did not distribute them until after the deadline.
- The university and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree upon Level II-mitigated penalties for the university
- Arkansas State Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Tom Bowen announced Friday that Thomas Boeh has been named the Red Wolves’ Deputy Athletics Director.
- Boeh comes to A-State after most recently spending the last four years operating TCB Sports Consulting Services.
- Boeh has 20 combined years as Director of Athletics at Fresno State (2005-14) and Ohio (1995-2005).
- As members of the Michigan State swimming team work toward saving their program, they got an assist on Thursday from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.
- In an amicus brief filed Wednesday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, attorneys for the departments of Education and Justice argue a previous ruling by the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Michigan erred when Judge Hala Y. Jarbou did not grant the MSU women’s team the preliminary injunction to keep the team, pending the outcome of the case
- According to the brief, the District Court did not apply the correct tests to determine whether Michigan State was violating Title IX laws by eliminating the women’s program. “Because the district court failed to undertake the correct analysis to determine whether MSU’s participation gap could sustain a viable team, and misinterpreted prong one of the Three-Part Test in several significant respects,” the brief read, “this Court should correct the district court’s error and remand for further proceedings consistent with this Court’s opinion.”
- Saint Mary’s College Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Matoso announced today a $1 million gift from Marilyn J. Bohl to support Gael Athletics, including $250,000 specifically towards the Br. Ronald Gallagher Stadium for baseball.
- In addition, the athletics department will create The Marilyn J. Bohl Athletic Excellence Fund to provide support for strategic initiatives presented by the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, with a preference for men’s basketball and baseball.
- In recognition of this generous gift, Saint Mary’s College will name the Marilyn J. Bohl Baseball Development Center. This facility was completed in the spring of 2020 and is key to the continued development of Gaels baseball student-athletes. The 5,000 sq. ft. indoor facility includes two full hitting tunnels and two half tunnels with retractable netting, a satellite training room, covered storage, and space for the team to meet. Many donors have contributed to the project, and Bohl’s gift was key to its completion.
- A jury trial is set for March 6, 2023, for seven Black former football players at the University of Iowa accusing coach Kirk Ferentz and others of fostering a racially hostile environment and racial discrimination. The trial will take place in U.S. District Court in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Initially, 13 Black former football players sued Ferentz, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, former strength coach Chris Doyle, athletics director Gary Barta, the University of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Regents after an external investigation last summer found the university’s football program was at times oppressive and racially insensitive.
- Of the eight original counts, U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose dismissed four, and two were withdrawn on May 6. Judge Rose allowed two counts to proceed, but her dismissals removed Barta and current strength coach Raimond Braithwaite as defendants from both counts, and removed Kirk Ferentz from one count. Current plaintiffs include Akrum Wadley, Jonathan Parker, Marcel Joly, Aaron Mends, Darian Cooper, Brandon Simon, and Javon Foy.
- The University of Georgia has released its approved 2022 athletic budget, coming in north of $150M.
- A fiscal year 2022 budget of $150,290,994 was approved by the University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors at its annual two-day spring meeting concluded here Friday.
- Two of the most important jobs in the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff athletic program are still open, although Chris Robinson holds the top position in the interim. Robinson is still a candidate for the permanent athletic director role and has guided the athletic department through a season of uncertainty given the covid-19 pandemic.
- The Golden Lions have rewarded him well, winning Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division titles in football and women’s volleyball, as well as capturing five individual SWAC outdoor track and field championships, all in the three months he’s taken over for the retired Chris Peterson.
- Robinson, a former UAPB quarterback and assistant coach, said he’s “very limited” to what he can say about the full-time AD position, but adds he likes where the athletic department is headed.
- Florida State University pulled out the big guns Thursday for the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency meeting that gave early approval for FSU to tap into $20 million in sales tax dollars to fund football stadium work. A vote to move the project forward followed hours of public debate in which FSU coaches, including football coach Mike Norvell and men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton, passionately advocated for the university.
- Ultimately, the 12-member IA board, made up of county and city commissioners, voted 9-3 to approve a $35,000 economic impact study of the project with the full funding to be considered at a future meeting. City Commissioners Jeremy Matlow and Jack Porter along with County Commissioner Kristin Dozier voted in opposition.
- The $20 million is part of a $120 million plan to renovate and repair the 70-year-old Doak Campbell Stadium. It comes in lieu of a FSU proposal to build a controversial convention center using sales tax dollars, which was dropped at the group’s Thursday meeting. FSU has committed to raising the remaining $100 million in needed funding privately.
- Dr. Andrew “Andy” Feinstein, president of the University of Northern Colorado and current chair of the Big Sky Conference Presidents’ Council, has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors. The Board is the top governing body for Division I and is responsible for providing strategic direction and collective oversight for the Division I collegiate model.
- The Division I Board of Directors reports to the NCAA Board of Governors and oversees committees that include the Division I Council, Committee on Infractions, Infractions Appeals, Presidential Forum, and Committee on Academics.
- Feinstein’s two-year term officially begins July 1, 2021, with his first regular Board meeting scheduled for Aug. 4, 2021. His term will conclude after the August 2023 Board meeting.
- LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, who led the Tigers to the 2009 national championship and is No. 1 among active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories, announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the 2021 season.
- Mainieri, whose collegiate career spans 39 seasons – including the past 15 years at LSU – will coach the Tigers in the 2021 NCAA Tournament should they receive a berth in the 64-team field.
And that’s that.
Our mailing address is:
537 Cajundome Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506
COURTESY COLLEGE AD NEWS