• Park District's Police Dept. Making Do with Fewer Officers

    by John Reynolds Staff Writer April 2014

    This time last year, there were six full-time and about four part-time officers to patrol the district's parks. Today, there are four full-time and one part-time officer.

  • On-Campus Stadiums Seen as Key to Football Success

    by Mike Lee Special to the Standard-Times April 2014

    Cary Fowler made a lateral career move from Midwestern State to Tarleton State in 2008 in part because his new team played its home football games on campus.

  • Opinion: AD's Resignation Words Should Ring Loudly

    by Super User April 2014

    Will Westbrook athletic director's resignation be heard, or go to waste? Marc Sawyer's strong words after an athlete-suspension controversy should trigger a change for the better. Marc Sawyer did something few educators do nowadays. He spoke from the heat of his heart when he resigned as Westbrook schools' athletic director last weekend. He couldn't continue in the position he once considered his dream job because of the 'incestuous culture of the community, individuals placing their own needs ahead of the overall group.' His words and others like them were harsh and damning. They carried the pain of a native son who had returned to his hometown to succeed, not to fail. He wanted to teach and guide student-athletes in a community that had experienced a rebirth of pride in its sports teams.

  • Richmond City Council Eyes Hiring Ballpark Consultant

    by GRAHAM MOOMAW April 2014

    The legal challenges of hiring help came into focus Monday night for the Richmond City Council as city attorneys outlined the process of selecting a consultant to review the plan for a Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium.

  • Opinion: Arkansas Hiring Shows Little Respect for WCBB

    by Ron Bush April 2014

    The "biggest story" for women's basketball may not be the NCAA Division I women's final four but, once again, the issue of hiring practices for women's coaches across the nation and, more disturbingly, the hiring practices in the best NCAA conference in the nation.

  • Coaching Search Consultant Fees Soar into Six Figures

    by Brent Schrotenboer, @Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports April 2014

    The hiring of a head football coach is a pretty big deal at the University of Texas. It's such a big deal that Texas paid $266,990 to a search firm to help find the right person for the job, according to invoices obtained by USA TODAY Sports this week. The executive search firm Korn/Ferry International billed Texas $250,000 for helping hire coach Charlie Strong in January, plus an administrative fee of 6% -- $15,000. An additional invoice dated March19 charged Texas $1,990 in expenses, mostly travel expenses for Korn/Ferry consultant Jed Hughes.

  • Dayton Police Log $32K of Overtime During First Four

    by Jessica Heffner April 2014

    The volume of people who flooded the streets- 3,000 strong during the largest celebration on March 27- rivaled St. Patrick's Day in 2013 and overall proved more volatile than any event Dayton police has handled in the past two decades.

  • Softball Coach Accuses University AD of Forcing Him Out

    by Tommy R. Atkinson, Staff writer April 2014

    Bob Allen, the West Virginia State softball coach who recently stepped down under what he claims was pressure from the university's athletic director, said that progress is being made toward a resolution. "I have been contacted by [West Virginia State President] Dr. [Brian] Hemphill," said Allen in a phone interview Monday evening. "I think we're making some progress. I think Dr. Hemphill wants to resolve this issue. "I know one thing, the phones have rung off the hook over there. I'd just like people to know I resigned under duress. They pushed me out. I was forced to resign. I love the university. It's been good to me. All I want is what's right."

  • Manhattan Coach Placed on Leave Over Fudged Resume

    by Howie Kussoy March 2014

    Less than a week after Steve Masiello nearly led 13th-seeded Manhattan to a stunning upset over defending national champion Louisville - in the Jaspers' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years - the 36-year-old coach has been placed on leave by The Bronx school, the latest in a dizzying sequence of events.

  • Sidetracked Coach Search Shines Light on Headhunters

    by JEROME R. STOCKFISCH; Tribune staff March 2014

    - It's common in the private sector for a major company to turn to an executive search firm when it's time to fill a high-profile vacancy. In what is now the big-money world of academia and college athletics, school administrators are turning to outside firms to nab top talent, too. With millions of dollars at stake - not necessarily in corporate profits, but ticket sales, TV contracts, research dollars and alumni support - local universities are borrowing the corporate model and have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars recently filling corner offices. University of South Florida St. Petersburg paid $97,700 to R. William Funk & Associates for the search that ended with the hiring of Sophia Wisniewska as regional chancellor last summer. Florida Polytechic is paying a $120,000 retainer to the same firm in the search for its founding president, and the fee will rise to one-third of the annual cash salary that person will earn. USF paid $160,000 for the search that brought in Charles Lockwood as dean of the medical school and senior vice president for USF Health; he starts in May.