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#10: Texas AD Del Conte releases the first edition of his new '40 Acres Insider,' "a newsletter designed to connect with each of you on a consistent basis regarding important news, interesting tidbits and exciting stories happening in and around Texas Athletics." (link)
#9: Akron is ending most Friday classes. Interesting impact on Zips student-athletes. (link)
#8: ACC brass support the call made by officials at the end of the NC State-Miami MBB game on Saturday that allowed the Canes to maintain possession with a player-called timeout. Administrators at NC State disagree, as they contend that the Pack's defense turned the Canes over before the T.O. was awarded. Wolfpack AD Yow via Twitter: "ACC officials have seen the double team/steal play, when a TO was indicated by an official, which negated the steal. They will stand by the explanation offered, that the Miami player in the double called a TO. As for us, we believe the video speaks for itself." (link)
#7: Former Arizona FB HC Rodriguez's administrative assistant has filed an additional $8.5M claim against Rodriguez and the UofA athletic department, saying the school is liable for his conduct. This suit is in addition to the $7.5M one that Wilhelmsen already filed, but this one includes more accusations and mentions several other staffers, including former Recruiting Coordinator/GM Dudek, Asst. AD for FB Ops Parrish, Senior Assoc. AD Ketcham and Staff Analyst Rutledge and their part in allowing the alleged behavior to continue. It's unclear if Wilhelmsen's statement that "all claims" will be settled for the requested $8.5M withdraws the first $7.5M figure. The Board of Regents has 60 days to respond before it can go to court. (link)
#6: Georgia State soccer student-athlete Martinez withdraws from school after her racial epithet on social media. (link)
#5: A National Championship banner is now officially hanging at UCF's FB practice facility. (link)
#4: Greene to Auburn: New AD Greene introduced on The Plains, "No. 1, we want our young people to graduate. We will be winners. We will be champions. Our mission is to provide you as student-athletes and coaches every opportunity to win SEC championships. We will invest ourselves heavily to do so. Auburn will stand for making sure that we create and we produce productive members of society. It is incredibly important that we make sure that you are well equipped for the rigors and intensity of the real world. […] I understand that there are lofty expectations for Auburn Athletics and I embrace that wholeheartedly. Without these expectations, how do we expect to grow? How do we expect to better ourselves? How do we expect to push ourselves? The future is bright. It's incredibly bright. I'm so happy to be part of it. We've got some work to do. We're going to roll our sleeves up. We're going to get after it. We're going to be teammates together, and we're going to do all that we can to make the Auburn family proud." (link); AU Prez Leath says he's briefed Greene on some key challenges, like the MBB situation. Leath: "I’ve obviously tried to do so he can start with as clean and fresh a slate as possible. But there will be some things that hold over, and in a big, complex organization, there are always issues. […] Bruce and his staff are doing a great job on the court. Clearly Bruce knows that my expectations are that, sooner or later, he’s going to have to come talk to me and others on campus about what is going on in the program, and we’re moving toward a solution on that. Once Allen is here, we’ll get into the details and nitty-gritty and chart a path forward with compliance, the coach, everything involved." (link); USA Today's Wolken calls the Pearl situation the "most awkward in college sports." (link)
#3: More on the new Tennis digs at Texas as Longhorns AD Del Conte calls it "by far, the greatest tennis facility in the country." $20M+ to build, 12 courts + courtside seating, sparkling locker rooms, training space & a "communications room." UT student-athletes pointed to the fan amenities & noted "the fans change the whole dynamic." (link)
#2: Former South Carolina staffer Hutson used his athletic department credit card, as well as one from a co-worker, to rack up $132K worth of personal purchases before the embezzlement was identified. Hutson's scheme lasted from 2013 into 2016, used fake Amazon receipts to cover up the fraud & initially told CFO Tallant his purchases amounted to "a couple thousand dollars." Hutson later came clean & his father-in-law is helping to pay back all the money in order for "the stigma of Hutson’s actions would no longer affect his daughter." (link)
#1: The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan State AD Mark Hollis has retired in connection to the Nassar saga. More in D1.ticker tomorrow morning. (link)
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