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Trustee Taskforce to Study UMass Football ProgramFriday, June 29, 2007
Committee to consider whether the program should seek to compete at the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A) level.
June 27, 2007
BOSTON - The Board of Trustees Committee on Athletics today approved the creation of a special taskforce to review the intercollegiate football program at UMass Amherst and to consider whether the program should seek to compete at the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A) level.
We intend to assemble a taskforce that will include representatives from all of the relevant constituencies and will conduct an open, inclusive and comprehensive review of this issue. The Division 1-A question has been out there for many years, and we would like to provide a conclusive answer. We enter this process with open minds and with no predefined outcome in mind, Trustee Matthew E. Carlin, chairman of the athletics panel, said.
Marvin Menzies said Friday he wants to build on what Reggie Theus started at New Mexico State, but unlike Theus, promised to make his stay at the mid-major school a much longer one.Sunday, June 24, 2007
Menzies, like Theus, a former assistant to Rick Pitino at Louisville, takes over the NMSU program that Theus rebuilt in just two seasons. Theus left the Aggies to become the head coach of the NBA Sacramento Kings earlier this month.
"This is a program I feel can compete at the upper echelon," Menzies said at his introduction to the New Mexico State community. "We are here for the long haul."
Athletics director McKinley Boston said Menzies' three-year contract includes a base salary of $325,000 with the possibility of up to $200,000 in incentives.
The contract will automatically be extended by a year if Menzies meets one of three goals in his first season: a top-three regular season finish in the Western Athletic Conference, an appearance in the WAC championship game or an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Two years ago, Theus inherited an NMSU program that had just finished a 6-24 season. He led the Aggies to back-to-back winning seasons, including a 25-9 record this past season as the Aggies made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years.
Menzies has been a journeyman assistant with prior stops at USC, San Diego State and UNLV before succeeding Theus on the Louisville staff two years ago. He said getting his first head coaching job was a lifelong ambition.
"I didn't honestly think about New Mexico State when I though about being head coach," he said. "But I did think about going into a place that I didn't have to rebuild. The head [Theus] is gone, but the body of success is still here."
Menzies inherits a program that won the Western Athletic Conference tournament last season and is well stocked with four returning starters and a much-heralded recruiting class that Theus lured to the southern New Mexico school.
Now it's Menzies' job to keep the incoming recruits from bolting, and No. 1 on that list is Pittsburgh-area standout Herb Pope, who averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds as a senior.
The 6-foot-9 Pope was at Friday's news conference and listened intently to what Menzies had to say. But Pope said he wanted to meet with Menzies before deciding whether he would remain at New Mexico State or transfer, adding "I should have a decision within 48 hours."
Menzies, like Theus, grew up in California and said he and the former NBA All-Star had much in common. Besides their West Coast roots, he said the two coach a similar style of play (up-tempo) and then brought laughter to the room by saying he and Theus share "Hollywood looks."
"I'm going to take what Reggie did and build on it," Menzies said. "I don't see this as filling Reggie's shoes, but rather taking the baton in a relay race and running the next leg."
Athletics director McKinley Boston said Menzies was the best fit for a mid-major program, hoping to reclaim the national prominence the Aggies enjoyed in the early 1970s when they reached the Final Four under coach Lou Henson.
"We can be a program like Southern Illinois and create our own identity," Boston said.
School president Michael Martin said the NMSU program under Theus had taken off during the past two years and was confident the winning would continue.
"A few years ago, we could have probably had this announcement in a phone booth," Martin said.
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Top Ten FAQ's About UVUTuesday, June 19, 2007
When will university status take effect?
Answer: The legal name of the institution will remain Utah Valley State College until July 1, 2008, at which time it will become Utah Valley University.
When will UVU diplomas be issued and can I get one even if I already graduated?
Answer: University diplomas will be available beginning July 1, 2008. All graduates of UVSC (or UVCC, UTC, etc.) may contact the Alumni Association to have their diplomas reissued to reflect "Utah Valley University" after that date. Because of this, current students should not delay graduation.
New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus is going home again -- back to the NBA and back to the Kings, but this time in Sacramento, not where he starred in Kansas City.
Theus wouldn't confirm the figures but he will get a three-year deal, worth an estimated $6 million.
Theus will replace Eric Musselman, who was fired after the Kings went 33-49 and missed the playoffs in his only season as coach.
Expect former Arizona St. coach Rob Evans to be a candidate to replace Theus.
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Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner died Tuesday after a long fight with brain cancer. Hoeppner, 59, went 9-14 in two seasons as IU coach.Friday, June 15, 2007
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The eviction of a newspaper reporter from a baseball press box for blogging about a game while it was in progress has stirred a debate about First Amendment rights, intellectual property rights and contract law.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association, which on Sunday ejected Brian Bennett of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., during the Louisville-Oklahoma State game at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, contends it is merely enforcing long-established principles as they apply to a new technology.
But the newspaper is weighing a legal challenge on First Amendment grounds — the right to free speech as it applies to reporting news in a public place.
Jon Fleischaker, a lawyer representing The Courier-Journal, said yesterday that such a challenge might be made, within the next 10 days, because the event took place at a public facility and because the eviction was enforced by the University of Louisville, a public institution that was the host university.Read More...
Indiana assistant Bill Lynch will replace football coach Terry Hoeppner, who has had brain surgery twice in the last 18 months.Thursday, June 14, 2007
The 59-year-old Hoeppner is on his third medical leave from the team. His latest absence, which began in mid-March, is the longest in his two seasons with the team.
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Kevin Weiberg's job was to mediate the tense marriage of the Midwest-based Big Eight and four Southwest Conference schools in Texas.
Weiberg, who caught Big 12 athletic directors by surprise Thursday when he announced he was resigning next month to take a job with the new Big Ten Network, was part-commissioner and part-counselor.
St. Peter's drops football program due to trouble competingFriday, June 8, 2007
Updated: June 14, 2007, 3:56 PM ET
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Saint Peter's College dropped its non-scholarship Division I-AA football program Thursday, citing concern for its athletes and difficulty remaining competitive.
"You have to feel for the kids," athletic director Bill Stein said in a telephone interview from his office at the Jersey City school. "It was a very tough decision, but it was the right decision."
Stein informed coach Chris Taylor, the only full-time member on the football staff, of the decision Thursday morning. Stein said the school was in the process of relaying the decision to the 33 returning players and 14 incoming freshmen.
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Buoyed by having the best athletics program in the Division II Northeast-10 Conference three of the last four years — and missing the Presidents’ Cup by only a point the fourth year — Bryant University has formally begun exploring a move to Division I, the highest in intercollegiate athleticsSunday, June 3, 2007
The NCAA yesterday accepted Bryant’s application to begin an exploratory year, the first step in a five-year transition process. Bryant officials have until next June to intensify discussions with conferences and decide whether to apply for admission. If they decide to proceed, they will file another application with the NCAA and, if accepted, would begin a four-year process during which they would upgrade their schedules with Division I opponents.
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