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USA Network Founder, Chair & CEO KAY KOPLOVITZ said she was leaving the company. BARRY DILLER, whose HSN Inc. agreed to acquire USA Network last October, is expected to assume direct control (N.Y. TIMES, 4/9)....The '99 FIFA Women's World Cup Organizing Committee named two more Venue Directors, hiring HEATHER QUINN to run DC's Jack Kent Cooke Stadium and RICHARD MUSCHELL to oversee S.F.'s venue operations at both Spartan Stadium and Stanford Stadium. Quinn was a consultant for the Davis Cup. Muschell was the Warriors Dir of Premium Seat Marketing (WWC)....SHARON FANTO was named General Sales Manager at Fox Sports Detroit. Fanto was VP/GSM at Fox KTBC and KVC in Austin, TX (FSD).
Former Cowboys coach BARRY SWITZER has signed with creative manager STEVEN FENTON and has met with producers MIKE TOLLIN and ROBERT WUHL of "Arli$$," who will write an episode of their show around Switzer, according to Michael Fleming of DAILY VARIETY. Tollin "also has brought him into a cameo role" as a high school football coach in the MTV/ Paramount film, "Varsity Blues." Switzer will also try "to package his bestselling memoirs, 'The Bootlegger's Boy' as a movie." Switzer is also looking into hosting a talk show and is planning to write another book on football. Fenton called Switzer "the most dynamic speaker I've ever heard. He's the Marlboro man" (DAILY VARIETY, 4/9).
EDDIE VEDDER is among the guest conductors at Wrigley Field as part of a season-long tribute to HARRY CARAY (Mult., 4/8)....Celtics Coach RICK PITINO, on MSG President DAVE CHECKETTS: "I heard Dave Checketts said heads will role if the Knicks don't make the playoffs. There's good pressure and there's bad pressure. What he applied was bad pressure" (N.Y. POST, 4/9)....Bulls Chair JERRY REINSDORF told MICHAEL SNEED in Chicago that First Lady HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON has hung an autographed jersey of DENNIS RODMAN in her White House bedroom (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/9)....In Philadelphia, Stan Hochman reviews "My Giant," and writes that GHEORGHE MURESAN "steals the movie" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 4/9)....The annual GIVAT HAVIVA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION GALA DINNER -- where MUHAMMAD ALI will receive the '98 Haviva Reik Award -- will take place Tuesday, April 21 at the N.Y. Sheraton Hotel's Imperial Ballroom. DICK SCHAAP is among the guests. Ticket information can be obtained from the Haviva Foundation's N.Y. office (THE DAILY).