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Big 12 Conference Commissioner STEVE HATCHELL resigned Thursday, "two weeks after reports that an internal investigation of the league office alleged that he created a hostile work environment for staff members," according to Bill Campbell of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Conference COO DAVE MARTIN was named interim Commissioner. Martin said it could be six to nine months before a permanent successor is chosen. Campbell writes that Hatchell "declined to reveal terms of his resignation." Hatchell: "We've agreed that this is the end of the chapter, and we're moving on." Big 12 Chair RAY BOWEN said that Hatchell denies all the allegations made in a report filed by the law firm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon for the conference. Bowen added that none of the allegations have been proven (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/8).
Fox Sports Net Exec BOB THOMPSON was named Exec VP and head of Fox Sports Int'l. He will supervise Fox Sports' int'l activities. He succeeds RICHARD BATTISTA, who was named Exec VP for Fox Channels Group (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 5/8)....JULIE WILD was named Account Exec for the Detroit office of Fox Sports Net (FSN)....Int'l Speedway Corp. named DAVID TALLEY as its new Dir of Corporate Communications. Talley comes from CNN, where he served as Senior Manager of Public Relations (ISC)....WILFORD GODBOLD was elected to K2's Board of Directors. He is CEO of L.A.-based Zero Corp. (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/8)....Sports writer LIZ CLARKE has joined the Washington Post. She previously wrote for the Charlotte Observer, Dallas Morning News and USA Today (Chris Economaki, NATIONAL SPEED SPORT NEWS, 4/29).