MAC might lose Temple, add a couple more members


Expansion and attrition involving the Big Ten, Pac-10 and Big 12 were all the rage late this past spring and into the early portion of summer, not to mention on two fronts Tuesday as well.

The Big East made a mini-splash earlier this month by acknowledging their official interest in Villanova joining the conference in football.

Now the Mid-American Conference is looking like the next league that will take a serious look into expanding.  At least, that’s what one conference athletic director is stating publicly.

Speaking to, Eastern Michigan AD Derrick Gragg said that he “think[s] the MAC is going to try to extend invitations to one or two institutions in the next year or two.”  Gragg did not divulge what schools may be of interest to the MAC.

The conference will hold a “retreat” in the middle of October, and additional information could come out of that get-together.

The news from Gragg that could raise the most eyebrows involves the newest member of the conference.  According to the AD, he wouldn’t be surprised to see Temple, whose football-only deal expires after this season, leave for another conference at the end of the agreement.

Based on the words of the Owls’ head coach less than 24 hours ago, that prediction from Gragg comes as a surprise.

The MAC is a great fit for Temple from where we were five years ago,” Al Golden said. “The commitment is growing, our success is growing, and it’s nice to be in a league where you can be competitive.”

Exactly where Temple would move to after this year is unknown.  They were basically booted from the Big East in 2004 due to being an abysmal football program and also lacking support both attendance-wise and in facilities.

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

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One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”

Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”

Wisconsin announces 10-year agreement with Under Armour

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What has long been rumored became fact Friday, as Wisconsin announced a 10-year agreement with Under Armour.

“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Under Armour,” AD Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Kevin Plank and his team have established a brand that fits perfectly with the Wisconsin athletics story and culture. Our primary focus at Wisconsin is, of course, our student-athletes, and Under Armour’s passion and commitment to high quality and innovation will benefit our student-athletes for years to come. Our entire department is looking forward to a long and mutually productive relationship with the Under Armour team.”

The new deal will pay the Badgers a total of $7 million in cash and product in 2015-16 and is valued at $96 million over the life of the contract, good for second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nike’s new contract with Michigan.

Hidden within the contract are two nuggets that UA offered to sway the Badgers away from Adidas, from the Portland Business Journal:

Wisconsin will get as much as $500,000 from Under Armour to “rebrand” athletic facilities. It’ll get $150,000 to build out an Under Armour retail space in a campus gift shop called Bucky’s Locker Room. It also gets two summer internships for students at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.

“The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence, and we are extremely proud to be teaming up with one of the most vibrant, distinctive and successful athletic programs in the country to help elevate the performance of all Badgers with innovative footwear and apparel,” added Plank.

Wisconsin’s departure continues to weaken the stronghold Adidas had built in the Midwest after losing Michigan to Nike and Notre Dame to Under Armour in recent years (the company still owns apparel rights for Indiana and Nebraska). The Badgers are now the 41st Division I athletics department and 17th FBS program to join UA.