• Maryland Football Coach Deflects Firing Rumors

    by Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun October 2015

    After two straight blowout defeats and amid a report that his firing is imminent, Maryland coach Randy Edsall reiterated comments he made earlier in the week ahead of Saturday's matchup at No. 1 Ohio State.

  • Wisconsin Bucks College Coaching Salary Trend

    by Erik Brady, Steve Berkowitz and Christopher Schnaars October 2015

    Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez played football for Nebraska 50 years ago, when Tom Osborne was an assistant coach there. Saturday, Alvarez's Badgers will play Nebraska on Tom Osborne Field. As it happens, the ex-Wisconsin coach likes to tell a story about a conversation with the ex-Nebraska coach from a time when Osborne was the Cornhuskers AD. "He called and asked if I would share with him what I was paying my coaches, football and basketball," Alvarez says, leaning back in his office chair. "So I said, 'Sure,' and I told him. There was this long hesitation, and then Tom said, 'You and I got out a little too early.'" Alvarez lets loose a long laugh. His last full season coaching Wisconsin football was 2005. USA TODAY Sports began tracking top-tier coaches' salaries in 2006. The average compensation for head football coaches at 119 major colleges then was roughly $950,000. Today, at 128 Football Bowl Subdivision schools, it is up to just over $2 million.

  • Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation Names New Director

    by Matthew Daigle October 2015

    The Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation group has hired Barbara Schneider as its new executive director. Deb Maxfield, director of marketing and development, said Schneider will assume the role at the organization's board meeting in late October.

  • Tennessee Women's Hoops Coach Gets Raise, Extension

    by Dan Fleser Dan Fleser covers Tennessee women's basketball. Follow him at October 2015

    Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart praised Holly Warlick’s leadership in announcing the women’s basketball coach has received a raise and a contract extension. A promotion for Kyra Elzy also was announced in a school release Friday. Elzy, who is entering her fourth season on the basketball staff, was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach.

  • 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.