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Florida State named DAVE HART as Athletic Director (ST. PETERSBUG TIMES, 2/7)....The Patriots promoted BOBBY GRIER from Diur of Pro Scouting to Dir of Player Personnel (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/7). Grier replaces recently departed VP of Football Operations PATRICK FORTE. Forte's responsibilities for negotiating player salaries will be assumed by Owner ROBERT KRAFT and team VPs JONATHAN KRAFT and ANDY WASYNCZUK (BOSTON HERALD, 2/6)....BILL LAMAR was promoted to VP National Marketing for McDonald's (AD AGE, 2/6).
CRAIG NEFF, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR KIDS' managing editor, is profiled as one of CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS' "40 Under 40" (CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS, 1/30)....USA TODAY's Taylor Buckley profiles ALLAN MOGUL and sons DEAN and DEREK, makers of clocks with sports motifs (USA TODAY, 2/7).... DARRYL STRAWBERRY was suspended for 60 days by MLB for violating his aftercare program and released by the Giants (MLB/Mult)....DWIGHT CLARK is expected to be named General Manager of the 49ers today, replacing JOHN MCVAY, who will become an assistant to Team President CARMEN POLICY (WASHINGTON POST, 2/7)....CHERYL MILLER, who will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, was joined by younger brother/NBA All-Star REGGIE MILLER on "Good Morning America" this morning. Cheryl said Reggie got his three point shooting skills from playing her in the back yard: "He would come in the paint and of course, I'd have to send it out into the garden. ... So, he started shooting that outside shot" (ABC, 2/7).
Vince Naimoli, who heads the Tampa Bay group that is seeking an MLB expansion franchise, is profiled by Rex Henderson of the TAMPA TRIBUNE. Naimoli, who owns Anchor Glass Container Corp in Tampa, has been very "public about his interest in sports." He helped launch the Tampa Bay Lightning, was mentioned as a possible investor in the Buccaneers "as well as in Tampa Bay baseball." In the piece, Naimoli is described as a man who loved "baseball as a boy, has relentless ambition, hardheaded negotiating skills and prodigious work habits" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/4).