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  • Recreation Director Upset by Plan to Reassign Workers

    by Nancy Fischer October 2017

    City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' proposal to reassign seven part-time seasonal parks attendants to new positions is drawing some criticism.

  • Louisville's Suspended AD to Fight for Reinstatement

    by Andrew Wolfson October 2017

    Suspended University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is fighting back. Citing "disturbing and unprecedented" allegations in the FBI's pay for play case, interim University of Louisville President Dr. Greg Postel Monday formally placed Jurich on leave Monday.

  • Big Ten Beating Out SEC for Top Coaches

    by Rob Oller October 2017

    The Southeastern Conference is having more than a bad hair day. The entire season is looking bed-head messy. Louisiana State football coach Ed Orgeron resembled a baggie floating in the ocean while explaining how the Tigers lost to Troy on Saturday. Tennessee coach Butch Jones was similarly deflated after the Vols lost to Georgia by 41 points. These are tough times in wide swaths of the south, where "SEC Speed" is offset by coaching slippage.

  • Identifying Operational Challenges as an Independent Club

    by Rob Bishop October 2017

    Because I write a column that often focuses on helping club owners and managers become more successful in their own clubs, everyone usually assumes that we have a great club (true) and are wildly successful (not necessarily true).

  • Dissatisfaction with Highly Paid SEC Coaches Grows

    by Dan Wolken September 2017

    Every December and January, millions of dollars change hands between schools that hire and fire football coaches, a money funnel that includes agents taking their cuts, often on both sides of a transaction, and firms that get hired to do much of the logistical dirty work on searches. With so much at stake, bar-table conversations each summer at the major athletics directors conventions tend to focus on the college football coaching landscape. Who's in trouble? Who needs to win now? Which schools are hamstrung by big buyouts? This year, the particular focus of those conversations was the Southeastern Conference, a league that almost single-handedly changed the college football coaching pay scale while also making one questionable hiring decision after another. The confluence of historically big money doled out to coaches at the same time the league's power outside of Alabama is visibly eroding has turned the atmosphere in the SEC "silly," according to one person in the industry who monitors coaching searches closely and spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity.

  • CFL Team Backtracks on Briles Hire

    by Nancy Armour August 2017

    Second chances are not given, they have to be earned. Art Briles found that out the hard way Monday night, when the Canadian Football League fired him a mere 12 hours after the Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced he had been hired. It seems callous indifference to sexual assault tends to turn off the people with the purse strings. "Art Briles will no longer be joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a coach," the CFL said in a statement. "We came to this decision this evening following a lengthy discussion between the league and the Hamilton organization. We wish Mr. Briles all the best in his future endeavors."

  • First YMCA-Based Physician Daphne Bascom Talks Health

    by Paul Steinbach August 2017

    When the YMCA of Greater Kansas City asked board member Daphne Bascom to review a new job description, Bascom, an Oxford-educated reconstructive surgeon and then-executive at leading electronic medical records provider Cerner Corp., shocked her colleagues by saying she'd like to be considered for the position herself. In January, Bascom accepted a significant pay cut to become not only the Kansas City Y's first senior vice president of community integrated health, but the only physician employed at any Y location outside the national office. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Bascom, 50, who lost both her parents to preventable diseases within the past five years, to describe the motivation behind her career change.

  • Katie Sowers Becomes NFL's First Openly LGBT Coach

    by Matthew Paras August 2017

    San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers, the second woman in the NFL to become a full-time assistant, told Outsports Wednesday that she is a lesbian, giving the NFL its first openly LBGT coach.

  • Businesses Hit by HS T-Shirt Sponsorship Scam

    by Andy Berg August 2017

    Businesses should be wary of companies soliciting ads and sponsorships that claim to be in partnership with their local high schools.

    The latest to blow the whistle on the practice is Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. Evanston Now reports that an Arizona-based company, T.K.O. Sports, has been trying to sell ads to businesses that they say will be printed on T-shirts, to be provided free at ETHS events.

    Chris Livatino, ETHS athletic director, told Evanston Now that he’d never heard of the company, which operates out of Fort Mohave, Ariz. Livatino warned that the company is definitely running a “scam.”

    Evanston Now contacted T.K.O. Sports to ask who had approved the partnership with ETHS but has not yet received a response from the company.

    The news comes after Hough High in Cornelius, N.C., alerted local businesses in early August of a similar scam. Boost Sports, which operates out of Texas, is calling businesses in the town of Lake Norman, where Hough is located, and asking if they want to buy things like Hough High t-shirts, banners and sponsorships.

    Hough High Athletic Club President Richard Colven said Boost claims it is working with Hough High but that isn’t the case. “They are taking advantage of that because people want to help out,” Colven said. “People want to get their names involved with local schools and people want to help the students.”

    According to a report from wsoctv.com, Boost Sports isn’t even using the correct husky mascot on the printed items it’s selling.

     

  • OSAA Recruits Student-Officials to Call Games

    by Courtney Cameron August 2017

    The dwindling number of qualified officials for student sports has been a topic of concern for decades. The combination of relatively low pay and a notoriety for taking abuse makes the job less than appealing for many, which in turn puts added strain on athletic programming.