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For the first time since 2014, the Nevada football team won’t play a $1 million game, but the Wolf Pack will still net a nice chunk of change from its non-conference schedule thanks to its contest at Vanderbilt. Nevada will net $675,000 from its four game non-league slate this year – below its average in recent seasons but more than it will make in 2019 – with the non-conference money being a key component in trying to balance its budget. Nevada will make $900,000 for its game at the SEC’s Vanderbilt (Sept. 8) and $375,000 for playing at Toledo ($375,000), which is part of a two-game series after the Rockets played in Reno last season. Nevada will pay Portland State (Aug. 31) $350,000 to come to Mackay Stadium. Oregon State (Sept. 15) gets $250,000 for its visit to Reno. The game against the Pac-12’s Oregon State was contracted as a two-game series, with Nevada first visiting Oregon State in 2017.

But the 2017 matchup in Corvallis was canceled, with the Beavers agreeing to still play in Reno this season. – Chris Murray, rgj – Read More

Ohio State announced on Wednesday football coach Urban Meyer will be suspended for the first three games of the season. Meyer will miss games on Sept. 1, 8 and 15 without pay. Those are the Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU games. TCU is ranked No. 16 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Athletic director Gene Smith is also suspended without pay from Aug. 31 through Sept. 16. Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 1 as the school investigated what he knew after former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy reported Meyer’s potential knowledge of a 2015 domesitc violence claim against former wide receiver coach Zach Smith. At Big Ten media days, Meyer said members of the Ohio State staff had looked into the 2015 allegations that Smith abused his now-ex-wife, Courtney, and that “there’s nothing.” But after Meyer was suspended, he released a statement that said, in part, that he “always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels. – freep – Read More

The Commission on College Basketball was formed last October in response to an FBI investigation that, two months earlier, had led to the arrest of four assistant coaches. Headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the commission’s job was to come up with ideas that could eliminate some, if not all, of the well-documented problems facing the sport. But their eventual recommendations were largely panned by members of the media, myself included. Simply put, they failed. And the reason they failed is because there’s not one thing the FBI exposed that a rule-change sparked by the Commission on College Basketball will fix. I’ve said and written it many times. But we were still curious to know what college basketball coaches think. It appears college coaches have about as much faith in the Commission on College Basketball as the media possesses. And that’s because they largely feel the same way Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski said he felt just after the NCAA adopted the rule-changes earlier this month. – Gary Parrish, cbssports – Read More

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville AD Brad Hewitt has named Allie Wielansky as the new Director of External Affairs for Cougar Athletics. Wielansky is a graduate of SIUE with a master’s degree in Public Administration; she spent two years in a graduate assistant position in external affairs, where she was responsible for “planning and organizing numerous SIUE Athletics special events, including the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame, the Jack Blake Award for men’s soccer, the SIUE Golf Outing and the annual Red & Black Gala”. Prior to SIUE, she graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a minor in business. During her time at Kansas, she worked in the Marketing and Fan Experience Department and as a game-day crew member focused on the promotional aspects of each sport during events. Her event management and coordination extend past Kansas, as she worked for AHC Marketing and PR firm where she worked on gaining “new coverage for events around the St. Louis area”. – Read More.

William and Mary is currently in the process of finding its new head football coach, with Jimmye Laycock having announced his “impending retirement” after 39 years at the helm of the program. Athletics Director Samantha K. Huge has a plan, as she has outlined the search process in a letter to the Tribe Faithful of “finding a new football coach, which includes consultation with an informal group of advisers”. The advisory group for the selection process includes William & Mary football alumni, which includes names from the ’74 graduation class to even some names from more recent graduating classes, such as ’94 and ’00. Huge’s intent here is that those alumni football program will “use their knowledge from experiences as students, Tribe Football players and post-graduation professionals to assist in the search”. Huge also mentioned in her letter that she will meet with the finalists. Until a new coach is in place, the letter is the only communication piece available that’s related to the coach search. WY Daily. Read More.