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NWAACC hires director of external operations

The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges has hired Scott Archer as its director of external operations, a new position. Archer, 30, will oversee all NWAACC tournaments and special events.

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Michigan State's Spartan Stadium construction begins

The university about two weeks ago broke ground on a $24.5 million, two-level expansion at its football venue's north side. Work will continue throughout this football season, with the project slated for completion in July 2014.

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CSU preparing to hire contractor for on-campus football stadium construction

University officials revealed this week that by next month they will hire a lead contractor to begin pre-construction work on a $243 million, 43,000-seat stadium in the middle of the Fort Collins campus.

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NCAA puts end to jersey sales on its website

NCAA president Mark Emmert on Thursday said college sports' governing body would stop selling individual jerseys and other team-related memorabilia on its website, calling the practice a "mistake."

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The plot to rule college sports

One of the ideas I’ve come to champion is the establishment of a kind of superleague, consisting of marquee names like Kentucky, Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, U.C.L.A. and the like.

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Colleges investing in tablets to help student athletes

After pilot program with basketball teams, University of Akron hopes to give iPads to all 30,000 students in the future

With days spent on buses and planes, it’s easy for student athletes to fall behind in class. That’s why The University of Akron (Ohio) is giving them iPads.

Fully funded by donors, the program was piloted last year, with all members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams receiving tablets at a cost of $500 each. Along with improving academic performance, the tablets are meant to make it easier for coaches to communicate with players.

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College sports earns 'B' for race and gender hiring

Twelve and a half percent of Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches in 2012 were African-American, according to the annual Race and Gender Report Card released Wednesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics and Sport, but that number may slip in next year's study.

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University of Oregon plans to restrict seat-cushion size at stadium

The University of Oregon is planning to limit the size of seat cushions one can bring to the Autzen Stadium. Cushion size has been restricted to 17 inches after receiving constant discontent from fans who complained about bleachers getting too crowded.

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University of Utah restructures athletic department leadership

Utah athletics director Chris Hill is overseeing a lot of things. Besides extensive expansion of student-athlete services like academic support, sports medicine, strength and conditioning programs and nutrition, there’s new construction and facility improvements taking place — as well as various upgrades in all sports.

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Gary Russi steps down as Oakland University president; wife fired as basketball coach

Longtime Oakland University President Gary Russi will step down before the start of the next school year, the university announced in a news release.

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