• Tyndall 'Volunteers' His Way Back to College Athletics

    by Grant Ramey September 2015

    Former Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall is back in college athletics, serving in a volunteer role as associate athletic director at Tennessee Wesleyan College, the school announced on Monday. “I am very excited about my new position at TWC,” Tyndall said in a school release. “I am thankful for this incredible opportunity. “This position will give me the chance to share my experience with our student athletes and help them launch their careers. My goal is to help our college, our community and our students.” Tyndall, 45, fired in March by Tennessee after one season, committed four Level I NCAA violations during his time at Southern Miss, according to a letter of allegations released by the NCAA in July.

  • Details Emerge of Messy Parting of LSU, Assistant

    by Ross Dellenger September 2015

    LSU coach Les Miles offered former defensive coordinator John Chavis a three-year contract worth a total of $5.4 million the night of the Tigers’ Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame, according to documents Chavis filed in a lawsuit against his former employer.

  • From Utah, a Look at the Tenuous Position of College AD

    by Dick Harmon, Deseret News September 2015

    Athletic directors are red meat these days. The firing of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson underscores how tenuous that job can be in college sports. It also invites a look at how critical the jobs are that Utah's Chris Hill, BYU's Tom Holmoe and Utah State's John Hartwell perform. They all must play nice. Their smiles must be golden, handshakes firm, speeches inspiring, hires impeccable and decisions dandy.

  • Prep Coach Serves One-Game Suspension, Resigns

    by Larry Rubama September 2015

    Pete Gale resigned as Great Bridge High School's football coach Tuesday, less than a week after he missed a game against Indian River because of a suspension.

  • AD's Belt-Tightening, Attitude Wrecked Morale at Texas

    by George Schroeder, September 2015

    Anyone who has access to Google might have seen this day coming at the University of Texas. From the beginning, back in November 2013 when Steve Patterson was a surprise hire to replace retiring DeLoss Dodds as Texas' athletics director, there were indications of what might lie ahead, that, despite being a school alumnus, he might be a spectacularly bad fit for Texas. Or maybe for anywhere.

  • Ousters of Non-Traditional ADs Offer Cautionary Tale

    by Dayton Daily News September 2015

    Texas athletics director Steve Patterson, right, shown with then-President Bill Powers, had been hired in November 2013. Another year, another high-profile athletics director lacking a strong college athletics back-Last October, Michigan cut ties with Dave Brandon after a tumultuous 3 1/ 2 years that included an unsuccessful coaching hire (Brady Hoke) and a series of unpopular decisions involving fans, increased ticket prices and scheduling. Tuesday, Texas cut ties with Steve Patterson after less than two years, an even more dysfunctional stretch that included the alienation of big-time donors, nickel-and-diming everyone he possibly could and strained relationships with coaches.

  • Texas Fires Athletic Director Steve Patterson

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    University of Texas president Gregory Fenves has reportedly fired athletic director Steve Patterson after just 22 months on the job.

  • Big Bucks Lure Coaches from Public to Private Schools

    by Loren Ledin September 2015

    From the ever-expanding Publics vs. Privates file, Moorpark High learned recently that the latter have another decided advantage in today’s high school environment. That’s holding onto top-notch coaches. Musketeers boys basketball coach Michael Westphal resigned last month to take a coaching position at a private school in North Carolina.

  • Merit Pay Boost Part of Park District's $21M Budget

    by Leann Eckroth Bismarck Tribune September 2015

    Bismarck Park District's 62 full-time employees will receive a 3.5 percent boost in merit pay as part of a $21 million budget its board approved Thursday. The budget raises spending by 8 percent over the 2015 budget. The pay increases will cost the park district $96,000 more. The budget will add three new positions — a park operation worker, maintenance worker and accounting specialist to the staff at a cost of $150,000 more per year to the payroll. Three other positions will become full-time status to keep up with park demands — a golf shop worker, finance technician and ice arena worker.

  • Long Run: Why Cross Country Coaches Stay in Jobs

    by Glenn Jordan, Staff Writer September 2015

    Nearly two decades into his cross country coaching career at Scarborough High, Jim Harmon is coming off a seventh Class A boys' state title and showing no sign of the burnout that can claim colleagues who coach other sports.