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    The Hotline mailbag is published every Friday. Send questions to [email protected] or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. Please note: Some questions have been edited for clarity and brevity. Does ESPN have both the Pac-12 and Big 12 over a negotiating barrel? — @BruinSharman Any updates on how the Pac-12 media negotiations are going? — @Vakaviti Two questions focused on the conference’s existential crisis that seem particularly timely given what we think we know about the negotiations. I framed it that way because we don’t really know The Pac-12 has done a fabulous job to this point of preventing leaks. That’s unfortunate for us but good for the conference, because the fear of leaks can impact internal trust and strategic decisions. But here’s our guess … When the Pac-12 announced in early July that the presidents and chancellors had authorized commissioner George Kliavkoff to begin media rights negotiations, it avoided any reference to the timing: No date was given for the start of the 30-day exclusive negotiating window for ESPN and Fox. We believe that window was delayed until the Big Ten concluded its...
    ALBANY, New York (WABC) -- The New York State Department of Education is canceling its U.S. History and Government Regents exam scheduled for June 1 in the aftermath of the Buffalo mass shooting."Our experts determined that there is content on the new Regents Examination in United States History and Government (Framework) that has the potential to compound student trauma caused by the recent violence in Buffalo," Commissioner Betty Rosa said.Ten Black people killed on May 14 when a white gunman wearing body armor and a helmet-mounted camera targeted shoppers and workers at a Tops Friendly Market.Three others were injured in the attack, which federal authorities are investigating as a hate crime.Rosa said that after the shooting, the education department took numerous steps to explore potential areas of support for students and schools across the state. Such actions include having content experts review all June 2022 Regents Exams, which have already been printed and packaged for shipment to schools.During that review, the experts found the potentially traumatic content."While developed by NYS-certified social studies teachers more than two years ago and field-tested...
    Cherie Dennis, Sachin Shailendra and Vic Reynolds will serve as speakers for Georgia Southern University’s Fall 2021 Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 11, 13 and 14. Georgia Southern University will hold three commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students from each of the University’s 10 colleges. The commencement ceremony on Dec. 11 will be held at the Savannah Convention Center at 3 p.m. for undergraduate and graduate students from each of the University’s three campuses who wish to graduate in Savannah. The remaining two ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students from specific colleges will take place at Allen E. Paulson Stadium on the Statesboro Campus on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. on both days. Each ceremony will be live-streamed to the commencement page on University’s website and Facebook page. Saturday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Ceremony in Savannah for undergraduate and graduate students in all University colleges Cherie Dennis / GSU Georgia’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, Cherie Dennis (Armstrong ‘10), will address graduates at the Dec. 11 ceremony in Savannah. Dennis...
    The Office of the Attorney General announced that Clarence Dean Alford, a former member of the Board of Regents representing Georgia’s 4th Congressional District, pleaded guilty to Racketeering today.  He pleaded guilty before Chief Superior Court Judge Robert F. Mumford. After presentations from the Attorney General’s Office and Alford’s attorney, Judge Mumford sentenced the Defendant to 15 years.  He will serve 8 years in prison and spend the remainder on probation.  As a condition of his probation, Alford may not conduct any business with the State. “I applaud the work of the Prosecution Division,” said Chief Deputy Attorney General Wright Banks. “Our office is committed to prosecuting those who perpetrate fraud on businesses– regardless of their position in society.  Alford tried to steal from a company, and he is paying a steep price for his crime.” Alford is alleged to have exploited a common industry practice referred to in the financial services sector as “factoring.” Factoring is a financial transaction in which a business may sell its accounts receivable...
    James Brady, chairman of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, speaks at a news conference to announce the board’s recommendation that football head coach DJ Durkin retain his job, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. James T. Brady, the chair of Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s 2014 campaign and former chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents died Friday after complications from a stroke. He was 81. Brady was an adviser to Maryland governors who served as co-chair on the gubernatorial transition teams for Governors Parris N. Glendening (D), Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), and Hogan. “Throughout his incredible life, he was deeply committed to making Maryland a better place to live, get a good education and start a successful business,” Hogan said in a statement over the weekend. “Jim was a great leader in both the public and private sectors, a trusted advisor to governors of both parties, and...
    If you watched University of Minnesota graduate Shane Wiskus compete at the Olympics or the Olympic Trials, you’ve undoubtedly heard NBC analyst Tim Daggett mention the U dropping its men’s gymnastics program. It’s a bad look for the U at a time when Olympians like gymnast Suni Lee, swimmer Regan Smith and volleyball player Jordan Thompson are showing the world Minnesota athletes can do more than ski, curl and skate.  But there’s something else going on Daggett hasn’t talked about, something even those close to U athletics may be unaware of: An ongoing effort by boosters to reinstate the three men’s programs — gymnastics, tennis and indoor track — the school’s Board of Regents voted to eliminate last October. The group, calling itself the Minnesota Athletic Alliance, continues pushing the U to acknowledge the changing NCAA landscape and reconsider the cuts. “When I tell people we’re still fighting, they say, ‘I thought that was over,’” said Anne Marie McNamara Rogers, president of the men’s tennis Baseline Club and one of the leaders of the Alliance.  McNamara Rogers isn’t some random...
    U.S. Senate approves union lawyers to NLRB, giving Democrats control Roads, broadband and bridges: Heres whats in the infrastructure agreement The inclusion of Oklahoma and Texas into the SEC is becoming more of a formality with every passing day. The Texas A&M Board of Regents officially announced their approval of the league's expansion on Wednesday night. That approval comes a week after A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said the Aggies wanted to be the only school in the conference from Texas and a day before all 14 SEC presidents are set to meet to potentially vote to add OU and UT.  "The board concluded that this expansion would enhance the long-term value of the SEC to student athletes and all of the institutions they represent — including Texas A&M," a letter from the board said. "Therefore the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Board directs Texas A&M president M. Katherine Banks to vote in favor of extending formal invitations to the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas to join the conference in 2025 when the SEC...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – University of California regents have approved a multiyear plan to raise tuition and fees at the system’s 10 campuses. The proposed increase is the first since 2017 and had been criticized by opponents as a “forever hike.” University officials say the increase is needed to maintain the quality of the public university system and provide more financial aid to students. READ MORE: Dixie Fire Update: 8 Structures Destroyed As Fire Burns More Than 103,910 Acres The proposal calls for tuition and fees to rise by 2% plus inflation for new undergraduates starting in the 2022-23 academic year. UC officials estimate that will amount to an additional $534, putting tuition and systemwide fees at just over $13,000 a year for in-state students. The estimate does not include additional campus-based fees. That amount would stay flat for those students for up to six years. Increases for incoming freshmen in the following years would gradually decline from 1.5% to 0.5% plus inflation until the 2026-27 academic year, when increases would be based only on inflation. THIS IS A BREAKING...
    University of California regents banned the use of quotas based on race and gender in admissions, hiring and contracting Thursday — underscoring their intent to limit how they would restore affirmative action if state voters approve its use again. In June, regents unanimously backed an effort to eliminate the longtime ban on affirmative action in public education and employment, which California voters approved in 1996 with passage of Proposition 209. That ban would be repealed by a proposed constitutional amendment, Proposition 16, on the Nov. 3 ballot. But to make clear the UC system would not use quotas even if Proposition 16 passes, regents adopted an official policy against them. The action aligns the 10-campus system with federal law and court decisions that ban quotas, although they allow the consideration of race in limited circumstances. UC officials have said they would use race and gender in admissions decisions as just two of several factors considered, along with grades, high school coursework, special talents, and family economic and educational backgrounds. “It makes very clear that we do not...
    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University regents are creating a panel to consider whether any statues, buildings or other tangible tributes on the Waco campus reflect a racist past. The regents adopted a resolution Thursday that recognizes that most of the university’s founding fathers were slaveholders, racists and white supremacists when the school was founded in 1845. Those persons included Judge R.E.B. Baylor himself, as well as the Rev. James Huckins, the Rev. William M. Tryon, most members of its initial board of trustees, and several early leaders of the institution. “During Baylor’s infancy, a number of University leaders and prominent individuals connected to the institution supported Confederate causes and engaged in the fight to preserve the institution of slavery both during and following the Civil War, including some serving as members of the Confederacy’s armed forces,” the resolution states. The regents created “a Commission on Historic Campus Representations" to review the historical context of “all statues, monuments, buildings and other aspects of the campus in reference to their physical location, placement and naming.” The committee would then make recommendations...
    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University regents are creating a panel to consider whether any statues, buildings or other tangible tributes on the Waco campus reflect a racist past. The regents adopted a resolution Thursday that recognizes that most of the university’s founding fathers were slaveholders, racists and white supremacists when the school was founded in 1845. Those persons included Judge R.E.B. Baylor himself, as well as the Rev. James Huckins, the Rev. William M. Tryon, most members of its initial board of trustees, and several early leaders of the institution. “During Baylor’s infancy, a number of University leaders and prominent individuals connected to the institution supported Confederate causes and engaged in the fight to preserve the institution of slavery both during and following the Civil War, including some serving as members of the Confederacy’s armed forces,” the resolution states. The regents created “a Commission on Historic Campus Representations” to review the historical context of “all statues, monuments, buildings and other aspects of the campus in reference to their physical location, placement and naming.” The committee would then make recommendations...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Board of Regents has appointed a new president of the College of Applied Technology in Murfreesboro. The board that governs the state's applied technology colleges said Carol Puryear will begin serving in the role of president on July 1 at the middle Tennessee school. Puryear had been serving as interim president at TCAT Murfreesboro since May 2019, the board said Friday. Puryear was the college's director from 2007 to 2012, when she left to join the Board of Regents system staff. Tennessee's 27 colleges of applied technology provide technical and professional training. The Board of Regents approved the appointment on the recommendation of Chancellor Flora W. Tydings, who said in a statement that Puryear "is ideally suited to lead the college in its service to students, business and industry, and the broader community.” TCAT Murfreesboro has a branch campus in Smyrna that it shares with the Nissan Training Center. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Tennessee
    MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin System regents’ leader has picked Republican darling Tommy Thompson as the system’s interim president, delivering another twist in what has become a messy search to replace outgoing President Ray Cross during the coronavirus pandemic. Regents President Andrew Petersen asked Thompson, the state’s only four-term governor, to jump into the position, according to a system statement. Petersen has the power to unilaterally appoint interim presidents. He announced his choice to the full board of regents Thursday; the statement said Petersen received “uniform” support from the board. “The University of Wisconsin System is the state’s most valuable asset, and I will be its biggest advocate and its toughest evaluator,” Thompson said in the statement. “No other institution in the state can do more to improve lives, communities, and Wisconsin’s economy.” Thompson, 78, declined to comment when reached by phone Friday morning. The system has been searching for a new president since Cross announced in October he would step down as soon as a successor could be found. Cross has been battered by years of struggles...
    The University of California (UC) regents board on Monday unanimously supported an effort to bring back affirmative action in an effort to diversify its student body across its 10 campuses amid declines of minority groups in more than two decades since the practice was outlawed. Monday's vote formally supports the repeal of Proposition 209, a 1996 statewide measure that banned the consideration of race and gender in admissions decisions. Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5, which would repeal 209, passed with a 60-14 vote last week in the state Assembly. The measure could be put on the Nov. 3 ballot if it passes with a two-thirds majority in state Senate. “There is amazing momentum for righting the wrongs caused by centuries of systemic racism in our country. The UC Board of Regents' votes to endorse ACA 5 and to repeal Proposition 209 plays a part in that effort,” Board Chair John A. Pérez said in a statement. Students walk on the University of California, Los Angeles campus. The University of California Board of Regents voted Monday to support a statewide measure to repeal a ban on race and...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - University of Minnesota leaders have mapped out a plan to reopen classrooms, dormitories and other common spaces this fall amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Board of Regents endorsed the plan Thursday and is expected to vote on it in July. The reopening plan includes some physical distancing, COVID-19 monitoring, testing and isolation. TOP STORIES D.C. mayor sued over Black Lives Matter on street to White House Gov. Cuomo: Pro-life, pro-gun conservatives have no place in New York Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history The Star Tribune reports each of the university’s five campuses would adjust their academic calendars to start the semester early and end classroom instruction by Thanksgiving. “We believe that we are as safe as any place to be able to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff,” President Joan Gabel said. “It is our number one priority, and we are prepared with extensive planning to be able to do so.” University provost Rachel Croson says the school has sufficient COVID-19 testing capability and enough...
    The University of Minnesota plans to provide face masks for all students, faculty and staff as it resumes in-person instruction this fall, while allowing anyone who doesn’t feel safe on campus to study, teach or work from home. The Board of Regents on Thursday endorsed the U’s framework for a return to face-to-face classes for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced a March 18 move to remote instruction. They’ll vote on formally adopting the plan next month. “The sooner we’re able to move into some state of normal interaction with each other, I think, far the better,” Regent Darrin Rosha said. Regent Richard Beeson said some students will get sick and the U must prepare for an outbreak, but he called bringing students back to campus “the right thing to do.” “It’s just a riskier situation than we’ve encountered before, and we’re going into it with our eyes open,” he said. A team of internal and external experts have been meeting since April on how to resume face-to-face instruction. Their strategy is to be flexible, acknowledging no one...
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Donors are calling for Wichita State University’s president to be fired after he canceled a virtual speech by Ivanka Trump for its technical school’s graduation. A former member of the Kansas higher education system’s Board of Regents told the board that the decision by university President Jay Golden threatens a multimillion-dollar relationship with Koch Industries, the vast conglomerate led by billionaire and conservative political donor Charles Koch, The Wichita Eagle reports. The Board of Regents scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday. Golden took over as the university’s president in January following the death of former President John Bardo. The university announced Thursday that President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser would give a virtual speech at the ceremony honoring this year’s graduates of WSU Tech. But her speech was canceled only hours later following criticism from faculty, students and alumni concerned about the Trump administration’s response to nationwide protests against police brutality. Golden later said the university is committed to diversity and that he canceled the speech to avoid a distraction from celebrating the students....
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin System students would have to pay more in fees and for room-and-board this coming academic year under a plan regents are considering. The regents are scheduled to vote Thursday on a 2020-21 operating budget that calls for increasing student fees an average of $30 across the system’s four-year schools. Room-and-board would increase an average of nearly $130 across the institutions. UW-Oshkosh would see the biggest increase in fees at $60, according to materials system officials have prepared for regents. UW-River Falls would see the biggest increase in room-and-board costs at $96. TOP STORIES Univ. of Alabama professor instructs rioters on how to tear down monuments Celebrities blasted for donating to protester bail fund as rioting, violence escalate Portland officials beg Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to deploy National Guard after denials Two-year schools would see an average $12 increase in fees and an average $220 increase in room-and-board costs. The campuses’ justifications for the increases including funding sports programs, student union operations, wage increases, debt service, infrastructure improvements and reduced housing...
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