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Voice of Neyland weighs in on UT Athletics Director decision

Voice of Neyland weighs in on UT Athletics Director decision

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Coaching search aside, the news that the University of Tennessee placed John Currie on paid leave and appointed former head coach Philip Furmer to take his place has the phone lines filling up Sports Radio WNML While many fans are disappointed, the 'Voice of Neyland,' Jeff Jarnigan, is hopeful people will look at the big picture."At this point you may want to step back and breathe a little bit and let this part of the process shake out and let's see what happens behind it," Jarnigan said. He told 10News, he did not see this decision coming."Am I surprised? Yes, but may not have all the necessary facts leading up to this moment," Jarnigan added. He joked the carousel of potential coaches has been confusing, even as he prepares for his talk radio show. "I've spent a lot of time on Wikiped...
Gov. Haslam on UT Athletics: 'We don't need governors to pick coaches'

Gov. Haslam on UT Athletics: 'We don't need governors to pick coaches'

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Gov. Bill Haslam deferred to University of Tennessee's Chancellor Beverly Davenport Friday when asked about John Currie and the state of UT athletics. "This has obviously been a difficult week for the University of Tennessee athletics but I think the appropriate comment should come from the Chancellor's Office," Haslam said.Haslam said he is not involved in the coaching search."We don't need governors to pick coaches. I'll let the people in charge of that do that," Haslam said.He discussed the strength of the Tennessee fanbase. "That's what makes Tennessee such a great place for college athletics," Haslam said. "But, we also have to be really careful and thoughtful of how we go about things and going to select a coach is a difficult process as we've seen this week. Again, anything furth...
Reports: John Currie out as Tennessee athletics director after less than year on job

Reports: John Currie out as Tennessee athletics director after less than year on job

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CLOSE SportsPulse: Paul Myerberg explains what went wrong in Tennessee's attempt to hire Greg Schiano, and what the fan response could mean for future coaching searches in college football. USA TODAY SportsTennessee athletics director John Currie speaks during a press conference announcing the firing of football coach Butch Jones.(Photo: Wade Payne, Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)Tennessee and athletic director John Currie have parted ways after a meeting on Friday, according to reports from ESPN and WVLT-TV.The school announced chancellor Beverly Davenport will hold a news conference for 4 p.m. ET.The split with Currie, who was started his job at the school on April 1, comes amid a disjointed effort to fill the school’s football coach vacancy after firing Bu
University of Arkansas spokesperson: No decision made on new athletics director

University of Arkansas spokesperson: No decision made on new athletics director

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A university spokesperson tells KATV the university is still in its vetting process to find the replacement for Jeff Long, the former athletics director. (Courtesy: University of Arkansas)FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KATV) — UPDATE (11/30/17 5 p.m.) -- The University of Arkansas says the search for its new athletics director is continuing and no decision has been made on a new hire.Spokesperson Steve Voorhies tells KATV the university is still in its vetting process to find the replacement for Jeff Long, the former athletics director who was terminated on Nov. 15.Voorhies said earlier reports that Dr. Derrick Gragg, the vice president and director of athletics for the University of Tulsa, was expected to be named the new athletics director were incorrect. -----------------------------------
Rick Pitino sues Louisville athletics for breach of contract

Rick Pitino sues Louisville athletics for breach of contract

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Rick Pitino took Louisville to three Final Fours and a national championship in 16 seasons. (Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press)Rick Pitino is asking for more than $35 million in a lawsuit filed Thursday against the University of Louisville Athletic Association. The former men’s basketball coach claimed his contract was breached when the school fired him in October, because it did not show legal “cause” in doing so.In addition, Pitino’s suit claims Louisville committed another breach when it placed him on unpaid administrative leave in September, because it failed to provide proper notice when it “effectively fired him.” The suit, filed in a U.S. District Court in Kentucky, is seeking $4.3 million per year through June 2026, which is the remaining value of his contra
Arkansas Expected To Name Gragg As New Director Of Athletics

Arkansas Expected To Name Gragg As New Director Of Athletics

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Please enable Javascript to watch this videoFAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - As the University of Arkansas searched for a new director of athletics, the chatter continued to be about hiring someone who knew what it meant to be a Razorback.Three separate sources confirmed to 5NEWS Sports Director Bobby Swofford that Dr. Derrick Gragg will be the Razorbacks' next Director of Athletics.Gragg spent the past four-plus years at the University of Tulsa and was the senior associate athletic director at Arkansas under Frank Broyles from 2000-2006.Gragg received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt after playing receiver for the Commodores (1988-91) then received a masters degree from Wayne State in 1999 and a doctorate degree from Arkansas in 2004.In his first two years at Tulsa, Gragg saw the universi...
Utah State Debuts in Top 20 in Initial 2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

Utah State Debuts in Top 20 in Initial 2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

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Utah State Debuts in Top 20 in Initial 2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup StandingsAggies rank 16th, while fellow Mountain West schools BSU and UNM come in at 10th and 20th, respectivelyNov. 30, 2017LOGAN, Utah - Utah State found itself among the nation’s top 20 intercollegiate athletics programs in the initial 2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings, which were released Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA).The Directors’ Cup tracks the nation’s most successful intercollegiate athletics programs for their performances throughout the year.Ranked No. 16, Utah State (108.50 points) is one of only three Mountain West schools in the top 20 of the initial standings. Boise State (128.50), ranked 10th, leads all league programs, while N
Gymnastics Brings in Danielle Guider as New Assistant Coach

Gymnastics Brings in Danielle Guider as New Assistant Coach

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University gymnastics program added a new member to its coaching staff in the form of Danielle Guider, Head Coach Katie Minasola announced Wednesday, Nov. 29. Guider will start her position Sunday, Dec. 3, at the exhibition against the University of Michigan.Guider brings 14 years of coaching experience to EMU. Most recently, she was an optional team coach at Triad Gymnastics for a year, and a volunteer coach at Iowa State University from 2011-16. At ISU, Guider served as the head vault coach while assisting in all other events, as well as helping coordinate the team's strength and conditioning. While a member of the Cyclones, Guider also served as the Head Coach at Cardinal Gymnastics Academy. There she was the team director ...
Syracuse chancellor: Proposed tax bill could hurt Carrier Dome renovation, athletics

Syracuse chancellor: Proposed tax bill could hurt Carrier Dome renovation, athletics

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Syracuse, N.Y. -- In a letter sent to U.S. Rep. John Katko, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud outlined several ways a House tax-cut proposal hurts the school, including its athletics program.The letter, dated Nov. 20, primarily focused on the harm to students, who would lose tax credits and deductions, and university employees, who would have some benefits taxed for the first time.Syverud also noted the potential downside for Syracuse athletics and the "economic model that supports a bold Carrier Dome renovation."Among the tax deductions eliminated in the House version of the bill is one that allows fans to write off a significant amount of their spending on SU sports as a charitable contribution.Syracuse, like other programs, requires i...