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LET THE MADNESS COMMENCE: NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE DANCE
Published March 14, 1996
In St. Louis, Jeff Gordon reports that Degree deodorant will feature UMass Coach John Calipari more prominently in a commercial featuring several NCAA coaches. Sheila Rose, an account exec for DDB Needham, said the team's top ranking made Calipari more attractive "for obvious reasons" (ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 3/14)....Indiana Coach Bob Knight says the NCAA Tournament is "out of hand." Knight told the BOSTON GLOBE there is "too much corporate involvement" (Bob Ryan, BOSTON GLOBE, 3/13)....USA TODAY's Mike Hiestand notes that Mississippi Valley St., the only NCAA Men's participant without a shoe contract, has cut a deal with Nike thanks to alum/Nike pitchman Jerry Rice. MVSU's gear will come out of Nike's football marketing budget (USA TODAY, 3/14).