Wednesday, November, 28, 2018
Ole Miss AD, Coach Respond to SEC Request
After a particularly ugly edition of the annual Egg Bowl rivalry game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State, Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey requested that the ADs from both schools attend an offseason meeting to seek ways to build a “healthier environment” for the game.
Tuesday, November, 27, 2018
SEC Commissioner Summons ADs After Brawl
An especially chippy rivalry game in Mississippi has prompted Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, to require the athletic directors at both Ole Miss and Mississippi State to meet with him during the offseason to discuss putting an end to what’s become regular displays of poor sportsmanship.
Friday, November, 16, 2018
Facility Friday: Illinois Baseball Facility, TD Garden Upgrades
The University of Illinois announced plans to break ground on a new baseball training facility, thanks to a lead gift of $3 million from donor family Susan and Clint Atkins. The facility, which will be named after the Atkinses, will be about 26,000 square feet and include a large training space and recruiting lounge. It will connect to the current clubhouse and locker rooms, and should be completed by 2021. — FightingIllini.com
Thursday, November, 15, 2018
More Plaintiffs Join Suit Against OSU Over Team Doc
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Ohio State University have alleged that more than 20 school officials knew about the abusive behavior of former team doctor Richard Strauss but did nothing to stop him.
Friday, November, 09, 2018
Facility Friday: Northwestern Basketball Arena, AB Show Tours
Ahead of the college basketball season, Northwestern University unveiled the newly renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena. The facility now features a slightly larger footprint and slightly decreased seating capacity, as well as an expanded lobby, new locker rooms and lounge space. Restroom facilities and ADA accessibility were also greatly enhanced. — Chicago Tribune
Southern Utah University celebrated the opening of its new $1.8 million George S. Eccles Sports Performance Center. The 8,000-square-foot facility features amenities to attract prospective student-athletes, including a new weight room and a nutrition station. — SUU.edu
Attendees at AB Show had the chance to tour some new and recently renovated facilities in the New Orleans area this week. The first tour included a visit to LSU, where attendees got to check out the school’s Gymnastics Training Facility, which opened in 2016, as well as the recently renovated UREC, one of our 2018 Facilities of Merit honorees.View this post on Instagram
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Attendees at another pre-conference tour saw the JCC New Orleans Uptown, which just completed a renovation and expansion project, as well as the Ochsner Fitness Center. Each tour offered attendees inspiration and ideas for their own facility projects, as well as practical advice for implementing and operating their programs.
I had so much fun touring the JCC New Orleans Uptown and the Ochsner Fitness Center with #ABShowNOLA! Thanks to our gracious hosts @NOJCC and @OchsnerFitnessC for showing off your places, they were both so impressive! pic.twitter.com/aV3p3zl70G— Jason Scott (@JasonScott_AB) November 8, 2018
Augustana University is set to begin construction on a new track and field complex. The $2 million Larson Track & Field Complex will feature a 300 meter track, a steeplechase area with a water pit, multiple pits for long jump, triple jump and pole vault, and training areas for shot put and discus. In addition, a synthetic turf field will be used by football, soccer and other field sports for training activities. — GoAugie.com
Tuesday, November, 06, 2018
Pro Sports Franchises Venture into Fitness Space
Sports fans often marvel at the physical abilities and physiques of their favorite athletes. Media coverage of drafts and combines give fans data about an athlete's "measurables," and social media allows us more access to the athletes we idolize than ever before — even giving us a look at how they exercise when they're in the gym. Former NFL player James Harrison's Instagram account is a good example: videos of his workouts, even in retirement, generate hundreds of thousands of views.
Friday, November, 02, 2018
Facility Friday: Humphrey Coliseum, The Epic Rec Center, UD Arena
Mississippi State University announced that it would partner with Dale Partners Architects and AECOM Sports to renovate Humphrey Coliseum. Among planned improvements are premium seating options, an expanded concourse with sightlines to the court, two grand lobbies at the east and west entries and exterior plaza upgrades. — HailState.com
Monday, October, 29, 2018
If Reinstated, EMU Programs Will Be Independent
The fight over whether or not certain sports programs at Eastern Michigan University will be reinstated is ongoing, but one thing seems clear: if women’s tennis and softball do come back, they’ll play as independents, at least for a year.
Friday, October, 26, 2018
Facility Friday: GW Baseball Clubhouse, Duquesne Center Renovation
George Washington University unveiled a new clubhouse and training facility for its baseball team, dubbed Fassnacht Clubhouse. The $3.5 million, 6,200-square-foot project is the first permanent on-site clubhouse in the history of GW’s baseball program. It features a team locker room, coaches offices, a players lounge and an indoor turf training area. — GWSports.com
Thursday, October, 25, 2018
Former Football Coach Golden Sues Miami, 'Owed' $3M
Former University of Miami head football coach Al Golden has filed a lawsuit against his old employer for breach of contract, claiming he’s owed $3 million and counting.
Friday, January, 19, 2018
AB Today This Week: Jan. 15 to Jan. 19
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Friday, January, 12, 2018
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Friday, January, 05, 2018
AB Today This Week: Jan. 2 to Jan. 5
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Here’s a look at some of the stories that AB’s editorial staff found interesting this week:
First, $1.75 million for hurricane relief and a rivalry renewed. We like this.
Kudos to all of the other programs participating in these fun events for a worthy cause!
Now, to the news highlights…
- Good news for the turf industry as another study indicates that recycled rubber synthetic turf infill poses no health risks.
- Upscale gym Equinox got hit with separate lawsuits: one by a former member alleging a yoga instructor sexually assaulted him, another claiming a personal trainer drove a man to injury.
- High school coaches in hot water over behavior that crosses the line. A longtime track coach was axed after making an inappropriate joke, and a cheer coach was fired for text communication with a student (though she claims her firing was retaliatory after she reported the athletic director for sexual harassment).
- Also, be sure to check out our club columnist Rob on how focusing on customer service helped turn the tide for his business.
Elsewhere on the internet…
- Sports Illustrated: Football in America: Chicago—Where Traditions Are Born, Revived and Obsessed Over
- ESPN: Gaffes, TV ratings concerns dominated as NFL, players forged anthem peace
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