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FOX SPORTS OHIO continues to air Blue Jackets replays this week, June 23-26

The Columbus Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio continue to bring fans special programming with the re-airing of games as well as the next episode of Blue Jackets Live: Home Edition.


Tuesday, June 23

7:30 p.m. Blue Jackets Live: Home Edition, presented by Romeo’s Pizza


8:00 p.m. CBJ vs. Capitals from 12/16/2019 – Blue Jackets 3, Capitals 0

  • Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo makes 30 saves and right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand scores a pair of goals as the Blue Jackets beat the Capitals for the second time in a week.

Wednesday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m.

CBJ @ Red Wings from 12/17/2019 – Blue Jackets 5, Red Wings 3

  • Five Blue Jackets record multi-point efforts and the club comes back from two separate deficits to defeat the Red Wings.

Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m.

CBJ vs. Kings from 12/19/2019 – Blue Jackets 2, Kings 1 (OT)

  • Forward Boone Jenner ties the game with 1:43 left in regulation and center Pierre-Luc Dubois notches the game-winner 1:11 into overtime.


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Blue Jackets programming to be on FOX SPORTS OHIO June 23-26

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio continue to bring fans special programming with the re-airing of games from the 2019-20 season from June 23-26, the club and network announced today.  The game replays will also stream live on the FOX Sports GO app.

In addition, the next episode of Blue Jackets Live: Home Edition will debut on Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The show is a 30-minute weekly program that features interviews, stories, Blue Jackets and league updates hosted from the comforts of their own homes by the CBJ broadcast team of Jeff Rimer, Jody Shelley, Dave Maetzold, Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre and Brian Giesenschlag.  This installment features special appearances by assistant coach Brad Shaw and defenseman Andrew Peeke.


Tuesday, June 23 – 8 p.m. ET and Wednesday, June 24 – 12 p.m. ET

Dec. 16, 2019 – at Blue Jackets 3, Washington 0:  Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo makes 30 saves and right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand scores a pair of goals as the Blue Jackets beat the Capitals for the second time in a week.


Wednesday, June 24 – 8 p.m. ET and Thursday, June 25 – 12 p.m. ET

Dec. 17, 2019 – Blue Jackets 5, at Detroit Red Wings 3:  Five Blue Jackets record multi-point efforts and the club comes back from two separate deficits to defeat the Red Wings.


Thursday, June 25 – 8 p.m. ET and Friday, June 26 – 12 p.m. ET

Dec. 19, 2019 – at Blue Jackets 2, Los Angeles Kings 1 (OT):  Forward Boone Jenner ties the game with 1:43 left in regulation and center Pierre-Luc Dubois notches the game-winner 1:11 into overtime.

The schedule of Blue Jackets replays and other programming on FOX Sports Ohio will be updated in the coming weeks.


The NHL announced its Return to Play Plan for the 2019-20 season last month.  Clubs are currently in Phase 2 of the plan, which involves small group workouts of no more than six players at a time at club facilities.  Phase 3, which is training camps for clubs, is set to begin on July 10 provided that medical and safety conditions allow, and the parties have reached an overall agreement on resuming play.  Phase 4 will feature the top 24 teams – 12 from each conference – competing in two hub cities.  The Blue Jackets are set to meet the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-five qualifying series with the winner advancing to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.



College AD News: Historic Change at the University of Cincinnati


Cincinnati Votes to Remove Schott Name from Baseball Stadium

Marge Schott’s record of racism and bigotry stands at stark odds with our University’s core commitment to dignity, equity and inclusion.” - President Neville G. Pinto, University of Cincinnati

Acting on a recommendation by President Neville G. Pinto, the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees unanimously voted to remove the name of the late Cincinnati Reds owner and philanthropist Marge Schott from the university’s baseball stadium and a second space.

My recommendation to the board to remove her name is grounded in the firm belief that speaking out against exclusion is as essential as speaking up for inclusion. I hope this action serves as an enduring reminder that we cannot remain silent or indifferent when it comes to prejudice, hate or inequity. More than ever, our world needs us to convert our values into real and lasting action,” President Pinto said.

In the wake of widespread protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd, a recent petition drive, to try and get Schott’s name off of the baseball team’s stadium, was started by Bearcats alum and former student-athlete Jordan Ramey. It garnered 9,598 signatures as of June 17.

As a community of former and current players, staff, students, alums, and Cincinnatians alike, we will not be promoting her, or her legacy any longer,” Ramey wrote on the petition. “We demand change for the betterment of society, and to push the values that represent what we believe in as a community.”

In its resolution, the board explained that Schott’s name would be removed from the baseball stadium and another space in the archives’ library, effective immediately. The board resolution continued, “We want to say, unequivocally, we stand with President Pinto and our campus community in our collective fight to end racism, inequality and indifference. The change we want to see starts with us.

The Schott name on the baseball stadium dated back to 2006, two years after her death following a $2 million donation to the UC Athletics Varsity Village project by the Marge and Charles Schott Foundation.

UC Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact Bleuzette Marshall said she  appreciates President Pinto, Chairman Brown and the Board of Trustees “for listening to our community, leading with conviction and taking action.”

As an employee and as an alumna, I’m encouraged and energized by this demonstrable commitment to creating a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment.  We are living our values,” Marshall added.

Over the years, there have been periodic calls to remove Schott’s name from the stadium from students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community because of Schott’s record of racist language and her comments concerning Adolf Hitler. Her actions led to her suspension for one year and eventual removal by Major League Baseball from her day-to-day control of the Reds from 1996 to 1998.

In recent weeks as civil rights protests grew in number and attendance following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, the push to remove her name from the stadium was renewed.

I am proud of our Bearcats, both current student-athletes and alumni, for speaking up on this,” said Athletics Director John Cunningham, who arrived at UC in January. “I also want to thank our Board of Trustees for listening and making this change.

and now the day’s news…

The Day’s News

Chicago State Votes to Cancel Baseball Program

  • Chicago State on Monday became the second Division I athletic department to cut baseball. CSU athletic director Elliott Charles proposed cutting baseball and adding men’s soccer, and the university’s Board of Trustees approved the measure, 5-2.
  • Charles estimated that the institution will save $500K annually from cutting baseball but didn’t say the cost of adding soccer. While the overwhelming thought coming into the summer was that mass cancellations would be seen for many college baseball programs, that hasn’t been the case.
  • Chicago State’s news is disappointing but not surprising. The Cougars have struggled to make progress since the program was launched back in 1965. CSU has had just four winning seasons in 55 years and have not eclipsed the 20-win mark since 1991. They went 10-41 last season before beginning the 2020 campaign with a 2-16 record.

Charlotte 49ers Release New Logo

  • The Charlotte 49ers pulled back the curtains Tuesday of the rebranding that will feature new logos around campus, in athletic facilities and on uniforms and merchandise.
  • The 49ers are replacing their familiar “C pick” (which has been the 49ers’ primary logo since 2000) with what they’ve called the “all-in C.” It features a gold-mining pick inside a 9-degree, forward-slanting “C” with beveled corners. The secondary logo features the letters “CLT,” and two more logos read “9ers” and “49ers.” Those logos have the mining pick worked into the “9.” Also, the 49ers’ primary color of green has been changed to a slightly darker hue.
  • Said AD Mike Hill, “We wanted it to resonate with our student-athletes and with recruitable-aged students — not just athletes — so that our university and athletics program is seen as an exciting choice for them.”

Southern Utah Discontinues Men’s and Women’s Tennis Programs

  • Southern Utah University and the Thunderbird Athletic Department have announced their decision to discontinue the men’s and women’s tennis programs, effective immediately. Among the 11 regular members of the Big Sky Conference, a clear majority sponsor either 14 or 15 sports; SUU sponsors 17.
  • This decision to discontinue tennis allows SUU to fall more in-line with the rest of the conference, focus its available resources on the remaining 15 sports, and provide a more competitive experience to the student-athletes.
  • Recent legislation passed by the Big Sky Conference gives member institutions more flexibility in regards to what sports they will sponsor, allowing this to be done without changing SUU’s status as a full-time member of the league.
  • The Athletic Department will work to ensure that all student-athletes who wish to continue their tennis careers find a place where they can play next year. The University will continue to honor all athletic scholarships awarded members of the tennis teams who decide to remain at SUU to continue their studies.

Robert Morris Joins MAC As Affiliate Member

  • Robert Morris University announced Tuesday that the Department of Athletics will join the Mid-American Conference (MAC) as an affiliate member in women’s lacrosse in 2020-21.
  • Beginning in 2021, the MAC will have six members with women’s lacrosse, including core institutions Akron (Akron, Ohio), Central Michigan (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) and Kent State (Kent, Ohio) and affiliate members Detroit-Mercy (Detroit, Mich.), Robert Morris and Youngstown State (Youngstown, Ohio). The following year, Eastern Michigan (Ypsilanti, Mich.) will add women’s lacrosse to increase MAC membership to seven for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • “I am pleased to welcome Robert Morris University as an affiliate member in women’s lacrosse beginning with the 2020-21 season,” MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher said. “Robert Morris is a wonderful institution with a long history in the sport of women’s lacrosse. We look forward to its association with the Mid-American Conference.”

Texas’s Kathy Harston named to NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Competition Committee

  • Kathy Harston, Texas Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Programs, has been appointed to a four-year term to serve on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Competition Committee. Harston’s term will run through July 2024.
  • The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Competition Committee will review the following areas and, as appropriate, develop and recommend strategic principles in order to maintain the women’s college basketball game true to its original rules – playable, watchable, popular and relevant: student-athlete health and safety, sportsmanship, integrity, game operations, game presentation, technology and statistical trends.
  • In her current role at Texas, Harston is responsible for sport administration of six programs, including day-to-day oversight of women’s basketball.

Concordia University Irvine Names Crystal Rosenthal Director of Athletics

  • Concordia University Irvine is pleased to announce the promotion of head softball coach Crystal Rosenthal to full-time athletics director. Rosenthal has served as the interim director of athletics since late March. A CUI alum and former student-athlete on the Eagles softball team, Rosenthal will also continue to serve as CUI softball head coach for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
  • A 2008 CUI Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Rosenthal has spent over two decades evolving in various roles at Concordia. She earned her bachelor’s in history and political science from Concordia, graduating in 2000, and earned her master’s in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia in 2006.
  • After playing softball for the Eagles, she joined the coaching staff as an assistant under head coach Frank Rizzo before taking over for him in 2009.
  • Former athletes from the tennis, track and field and men’s golf teams have spearheaded fundraising efforts in an attempt to show the university that, instead of needing to eliminate sports, outside financial supporters are eager to lend a hand.
  • With UConn facing deficit projections ranging from $47-129 million, a problem exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, the athletic department has been tasked with finding ways to reduce its subsidy by 25 percent, or $10 million, over three years.
  • Andrew Dubs, alum, says track and field alumni collected $27,000 in pledges after an initial Zoom group call to field interest. In all, 240 potential donors have staked their financial commitment, and Dubs’ understanding is that the $1.6 million raised so far would be enough to cover a substantial portion of the program’s expenses over the next five years.

East Tennessee State Asks Athletes to Sign ‘Pledge’ Upon Return to Campus

  • East Tennessee State athletes will be asked to commit to a pledge when they begin to arrive on campus in earnest next month, the university’s athletic director said Monday.
  • Scott Carter said the school will not have athletes sign any kind of coronavirus waiver releasing the university from liability as practices begin. Instead, they’ll be asked to pledge to do the right things to mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • “We’ve been working on a pledge, an ETSU Buccaneer pledge, saying, ‘I pledge to be a good teammate,’ and asking all of our young people to commit to that and take care of themselves, their teammates and one another,” Carter said during a videoconference.

Texas Tech Moves to Mobile Ticketing Starting With 2020 Football Season

  • Texas Tech announced Monday it will only utilize mobile tickets beginning with the 2020 football season, a move that will also apply to men’s and women’s basketball as well as Red Raider Baseball.
  • As part of the policy change, season ticket holders will no longer receive a printed ticket booklet each summer or have the option to print at home. Instead, season ticket holders as well as those who purchase single-game passes or mini-plans will all receive their tickets via mobile delivery.
  • Prior to each home game, ticket holders will download their mobile tickets to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay account, which will then be scanned by a gate attendant upon entry into Jones AT&T Stadium. Beginning with the 2020 football season, season ticket holders will have access to My Account 2.0 via their ticketing account.

Michigan State Delays Construction at Spartan Stadium

  • With the fiscal year coming to a close June 30, MSU President Samuel Stanley on Monday published an update on the coronavirus’ effect on the university’s pocketbook.
  • MSU is estimating a loss of approximately $300 million for the upcoming fiscal year, “however, the budget situation continues to change,” Stanley wrote.
  • To soften the economic blow, MSU is delaying or reconsidering a number of construction projects, including some upgrades to athletics facilities. Munn Ice Arena’s “addition 3” has been deferred in the construction phase. That project has a budget/current estimate of $23,235,000. The renovated offices at the Skandalaris Football Center are still in progress, originally scheduled to be finished in August.

Miami Lawyer Explains College Football’s COVID-19 Liabilities

  • The Tampa Bay Times asked attorney Aron Raskas to help explain potential liability risks with college football preparations for an uncertain 2020 season.
  • On the biggest questions that schools are having to answer from a liability standpoint, Raskas said “For someone to try to attribute liability to someone else, you have to establish four things: Someone has to have had a duty to do something. They had to have breached that duty by not acting in conformance with the standard of care. That breach of duty would have to have proximately caused the injury, and then someone had to have suffered damages.”
  • On issue regarding waivers, ” They’re not calling it a waiver of liability. I suspect that if someone brought a lawsuit against them, they would probably be waving that pledge in front of the court saying the person signed this pledge. They presumably are explaining the risks to people — not that anyone alive in this day and age doesn’t understand by now. It could be something that a program could later turn to and say, “You understood the risk, and you decided to do it, so you can’t come and look at us.””
  • On the question if liability of states less restrictive as to fans is more than other states, “I think you are correct that they could be taking on more liability. Remember, it all comes down to the standard of care. That’s the legal term. What is the standard of care these days?..(if) someone brings a lawsuit, they’re going to point to that and say you violated the standard of care.

Mid-Major Conferences Brace for Cuts in Budgets

  • While FBS programs need football to balance the books, mid-major schools largely rely on student fees and campus subsidies to fund their athletic departments. That reality has left mid-major conference administrators across the nation at the whim of factors beyond their control.
  • At non-FBS schools, which account for roughly two-thirds of the NCAA’s 353 Division I members, athletic economic recovery will depend on student bodies returning to campus, not just sports. “The cuts and the decisions that are being made right now in our league … are very serious and deep,” West Coast Conference Commissioner Gloria Nevarez said.
  • Long Beach State athletic director Andy Fee echoed that uncertainty. When comparing mid-major conference schools without a football program to FBS institutions, Fee isn’t sure who is in a more precarious spot.
  • Boise State has closed campus facilities, including those for athletics, for the remainder of the week amid an increase in “community-based” coronavirus cases, the school said Monday.
  • In a school news release, Boise State said eight positive or presumed positive coronavirus cases were discovered across campus. “I’m very appreciative of the way our department has stepped up to provide the safest environment within our facilities for our entire staff and student-athletes,” Boise State athletic director Curt Apsey said in a statement on social media.
  • The closure includes the stoppage of the Broncos’ voluntary football workouts. The facilities will be closed through Sunday.

Portion of $1.5 Million Gift to Arizona to Fund Scholarships for Senior Athletes

  • The University of Arizona received a $1.5 million private donation last week, a portion of which will aid the athletic department. Andrew and Kristen Braccia donated the money in support of UA president Robert C. Robbins’ fall-semester reentry plan, the school announced.
  • The Braccias donated $200,000 to Robbins’ COVID-19 testing, research and reentry fund, according to the news release. Robbins plans to implement a test, trace and treat strategy that would enable at least a partial resumption of in-person classes starting in late August.
  • Another portion of the gift, $300,000, will be used to fund scholarships for spring-sport “super seniors” who were granted an additional season of eligibility after the coronavirus pandemic halted sports in mid-March. The school estimates that $600,000 will be needed to cover the scholarships of all the super seniors across all sports.

AD Heather Lyke On Pitt’s Issues Caused by Pandemic

  • Faced with the possibility of canceling football games, losing revenue and limiting crowds at Heinz Field — perhaps even the sellout expected for Notre Dame — Heather Lyke said Tuesday that Pitt can “weather this storm” created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • “We are going to rely on our university to continue to support us through this time,” she said. Yet, she acknowledged the current reality: “If we can’t host fans, obviously, that’s a huge source of revenue for us in football and basketball, but primarily football.”
  • The first issue may be dealing with the possibility of coronavirus testing turning up positive results, either among Pitt players and staff or the upcoming opponent. If games need to be rescheduled or canceled for that reason, Lyke said priority will be given to playing the scheduled ACC games. Lyke said limiting the number of people attending games at Heinz Field also may be necessary, creating the uncomfortable possibility of turning away fans.

Georgia Tech Considers Limiting Football Attendance This Fall

  • In a videoconference meeting with the athletic association board Thursday, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury reported that the department was planning for four attendance scenarios to comply with possible social-distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic. They include a plan for playing games near full capacity, two reduced-attendance configurations and one for no fans.
  • Stansbury described the two intermediate models as “moderate social distancing” and “strict social distancing.” An athletic department spokesman said Tuesday that Tech was not ready to publicly share more detail on the attendance plans. The coming fiscal year’s revenue projections were based on a model assuming 50% attendance.
  • “I think what’s ultimately going to happen is, because all institutions are really looking to their governors’ offices, their (university) systems and their local public-health officials for guidance on what either the limitations are or the best practices are or what is going to be allowed, we’ve got to be ready for everything,” Stansbury said.

Penn State President Talks Stadium Attendance This Fall

  • Penn State President Eric Barron doesn’t see Beaver Stadium or any athletics facility coming close to full capacity, he said during a virtual town hall for university faculty and staff on Monday.
  • “We have athletes that are beginning to return,” Barron said. “That is not a message on what to expect in the fall. That’s a message on our concern that should we be able to return to the field of play, that our athletes are physically fit, have had appropriate nutrition and we’re not putting them at risk because of a last-minute decision.”
  • Penn State is currently in the second phase of returning student-athletes to campus after beginning that process in early June. The first phase included roughly 75 football players while the second phase includes more football players as well as members of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Grambling President: Bayou Classic to Remain in New Orleans For Now

  • A formal contingency plan for the annual regular season finale showdown between rivals Grambling State and Southern was one of a few topics of discussion during the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors virtual summer meeting Tuesday.
  • GSU President Rick Gallot told The News-Star that the universities, working in conjunction with the New Orleans Convention Company Inc., are not close to finalizing any changes to the game, one of HCBU football’s premier contests, scheduled for Nov. 28.
  • “The game is still scheduled, and we have not made any decisions to change that,” Gallot said Tuesday afternoon. “It remains to be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Unless something happens to change that, it’ll be played in New Orleans on that date.”

UMass AD On Preparing for Football Amidst Pandemic

  • UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said UMass is planning as if everything is still on the table, headlined by a full football season with fans in the stands.
  • Bamford said they’ll be ready to play in front of no fans and will have a contingency in place for no season or one cut short too.
  • “We’re moving in the direction to have a season and preparing for that. But the last two weeks have really concerned me,” Bamford said. “The spike (in infections) in a number of states where we have opponents is concerning. But every day we learn something new about this virus and the way it’s affecting our lives. There’s no deadline. There could be something that pops up the day before we play our first (football) game against UConn and (Husky A.D.) David Benedict and I could get on the phone and say it doesn’t make any sense for us to play this game right now.”

Texas State AD on Danny Kaspar Investigation

  • Nearly four weeks ago, former Texas State point guard Jaylen Shead tweeted about his experience playing for head men’s basketball coach Danny Kaspar and the racially insensitive comments he had to endure.
  • Director of Athletics Larry Teis announced in a statement the next day after Shead’s June 4 tweet that the school was launching an investigation, and while many have since spoken out publicly in support of both Shead and Kaspar, there have been no specifics on who will be interviewed for the investigation or how long it might take. The only detail Teis was able to share was that, at his request, the case is being handled by the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.
  • “We are responsible for investigating any complaint that involves any sort of discrimination, such as sex discrimination or race discrimination,” said Alexandria Hatcher, J.D., who serves as the school’s Title IX coordinator. “Any of those issues that come on our campus are brought to our office and we investigate them and do an investigative report and then disseminate those reports to the proper parties.”

Tulane Athletics & SAAC Announce Green Wave For All

  • The Tulane Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Department of Athletics announced today the creation of Green Wave Justice for All, a blueprint to discuss, promote, and exemplify diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice within Tulane Athletics, Tulane University, the greater New Orleans community, the United States and throughout the world. In addition, Ben Wiener Director of Athletics Troy Dannen announced that Mónica Lebrón, Deputy Athletics Director and Chief Operating Officer, will serve as the department’s Chief Diversity Officer.
  • Green Wave Justice for All was created by Tulane student-athletes and administrators after several discussions within the department including a Black student-athlete forum, an open forum for all student-athletes and an open forum with the entire athletic department. These forums provided student-athletes and staff voices to be heard and were instrumental in the creation of the action plan to create change within the Department of Athletics.
  • “It is clear that we all have a long way to go to ensure social justice and true equality and that process begins with each of us,” said Dannen. “I applaud our student-athletes for taking the initiative to engage in sometimes difficult and uncomfortable conversations that eventually led to the creation of Green Wave Justice for All. This will be an ongoing program that we hope will continue to evolve. I also want to thank Mónica for agreeing to step up and serve as our first Chief Diversity Officer.”

Proposed Technology Rule For Indoor, Outdoor Track & Field

  • The use of technology to view video during track and field competitions is among the recommended rules changes supported by the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Rules Committee.
  • Committee members, who met by videoconference last week, proposed that only coaches could use hand-held technology devices for purposes of video review in field events and for timing in running events. Competitors could view the video with their coaches provided they did so in a specific area designated by meet management. The area would have to be in a location that does not interfere with other ongoing competition.
  • The committee believes this allowed use of technology would align NCAA track and field competition with other national and international governing bodies in the sport.
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Ohio Northern senior Maggie Krause named Women’s Track & Field Academic All-American

June 23, 2020

By Tim Glon

CoSIDA Academic All-America release (.pdf) |

ADA — Ohio Northern senior Maggie Krause (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) was named Academic All-America in Women’s Track & Field for 2020 by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Krause is a two-time All-American in the pole vault, finishing seventh at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships and eighth at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Maggie Krause

She was also named an All-American in 2020 and is a five-time All-Region honoree by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for her performances this winter.

Krause is a three-time Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference award winner and was named Academic All-District VII earlier this spring.

She is also a two-time OAC champion.

The Polar Bears finished the 2020 indoor season with a 48-21 record and were fifth at the 2020 OAC Indoor Championships under 11th-year head coach Jason Maus.




Ohio State named 2020 Sustainability Award Winner by NACDA & USG

June 23, 2020



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OSU received the award for its work on The Schumaker Complex

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) have announced The Ohio State University (OSU) as the winner of the sixth annual USG NACDA Sustainability Award. Ohio State received the award for its work on The Schumaker Complex.


Pending fall competition schedules, the Sustainability Award will be presented to Ohio State at an on-campus event later this year.


“We’re honored to receive this award, as it is a great testament to the hard work of many in our department,” said Gene Smith, Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director at Ohio State. “The process of creating and maintaining sustainability processes for The Schumaker Complex, Covelli Center and Jennings Wrestling Facility were truly a team effort. We also know that moving forward, continuing to find ways to keep the facilities on the forefront of sustainability will be critically important.”


As the winner, Ohio State will receive $40,000 in USG product. The Sustainability Award was designed to recognize NACDA member institutions across all divisions, honoring athletics directors and their universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities. A six-person committee consisting of athletics directors across the country and representatives from USG and NACDA aided in selecting Ohio State as this year’s award winner.


“We are extremely excited to award the sixth annual USG NACDA Sustainability Award to The Ohio State University. The Schumaker Complex, Covelli Center and Jennings Wrestling Facility are a representation of the cutting edge sustainability practices being adopted across the entire OSU campus,” said USG Senior Manager, Corporate Accounts Joshua Powell. “USG is immensely proud to support the sustainability efforts of colleges and universities around the country and we look forward to continuing our engagement in supporting their sustainable practices and goals.”


“Ohio State has produced some of the most impressive facilities in college athletics, and for The Schumaker Complex to have as positive an impact from a sustainability standpoint as a student-athlete experience standpoint is an accomplishment worth recognizing,” said NACDA Chief Executive Officer Bob Vecchione. “NACDA is proud to continue its partnership with USG to highlight the new standard of sustainability in our industry.”


In 2015, Ohio State President Michael Drake approved the Ohio State Sustainability Goals. The integration of sustainability into the performative goals and leadership structure of Ohio State athletics can be seen in the development of the new Athletics District. As a part of Phase 1 of the Athletics District, the facilities completed were The Schumaker Complex, a 125,00-square-foot wellness facility; The Covelli Center, a 3,700 seat arena; and the Jennings Wrestling Facility, a 20,000-square-foot practice facility for Ohio State wrestling. The Schumaker Complex has achieved LEED Gold and the combined Covelli Center and Jennings Wrestling Facility will soon be confirmed LEED Silver.


Initially, the Covelli Center and the Jennings Wrestling Facility were going to be separate buildings, but after considering the cost savings, resource savings and maintenance efficiency that a combined building would provide, the structures were combined. The low flow fixtures in place at the Covelli Center are estimated to save 130,000 gallons of water annually. The Schumaker Complex’s use of natural lighting and energy conservation measures are reducing estimated annual energy consumption by over 23 percent. Both facilities include smart energy metering devices that will allow Ohio State to track the event and building total energy consumption as Ohio State strives to be carbon neutral by 2050. The Athletics District includes bicycle parking, electric vehicle charging stations (at The Schumaker Complex), City of Columbus and Ohio State bus stops, and walking access from central campus.


In addition, at Ohio State, the buildings are only a piece of the whole story. The emphasis at OSU is “The People, The Tradition, The Excellence”, and the athletics staff and student-athletes are living this motto every day. More than 800 student-athletes use spaces such as the shared dining, study and social spaces in The Schumaker Complex. Student-athletes from fencing, rowing, cross-country, men’s and women’s gymnastics, cheer, and others are working to initiate and expand sustainability initiatives of their teams and events. Men’s and women’s gymnastics student-athletes hosted their second annual Zero Waste Meets at the Covelli Center this year, where the aim was to divert 90 percent of waste from those competitions away from the landfill.


Athletics maintenance and the OSU Golf Course staff are maintaining native plants and incorporating electric landscaping tools into their operations. Building staff at The Schumaker Complex and Covelli Center and Jennings Wrestling Facility are utilizing Green Seal certified cleaning chemicals (85 percent of products are certified), expanding waste diversion opportunities, and utilizing the energy conservation measures as they were designed with the buildings.


The Athletics District has allowed the Ohio State department of athletics to continue the legacy of excellence by providing a centralized and more socially and environmentally responsible infrastructure for student-athletes to meet their full potential and to inspire Buckeye fans, along with all campus visitors, to live more sustainable lives.


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About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 55th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 15,700 college athletics administrators at more than 1,700 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 6,500 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 17 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit


PRESS WRITTEN BY Candace Johnson, OSU Communications; Graham Oberly, Ohio State Athletics Sustainability Contact; COURTESY OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS



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