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NCAA NEWS: DUKE TO MAKE CAMERON CRAZIER? REPLAY RULING MADE
Published January 26, 2000
Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said yesterday that the school "is studying the possibility of expanding" 9,314-seat Cameron Indoor Stadium and "adding luxury suites," according to Gregg Doyel of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Krzyzewski: "I'd like to see us look at the seating to see if that's possible. But not to hurt or change the way the students are seated. They should always get those (courtside) seats. Maybe there's one side of Cameron ... that could be pushed back a little and more seats could be added there." The 60-year-old arena was last expanded by 750 seats in '88. More Krzyzewski, who said that he doesn't want the arena to "lose its identity": "It's a place that has a soul, and I don't want to mess with that." Krzyzewski added that funds are "being raised" for the potential expansion (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/26). WOLFPACK MARKETING ATTACK: In Raleigh, NC State Univ. Senior AD Barbara Lehner is profiled by Amanda Strickland of the RALEIGH BUSINESS JOURNAL, who writes that Lehner was hired by Wolfpack Sports Marketing to "solely promote" the women's basketball team. Lehner has secured a $20,000 sponsorship with Winn-Dixie, partnered with Glaxo Wellcome for coach Kay Yow's 25th anniversary with the team and has increased attendance by "nearly" 50% over last year. The school hopes to increase its corporate sponsorship revenue to around $200,000 by next year (RAL. BUS. JOURNAL, 1/24). NCAA BUZZER BEATER: The NCAA men's and women's rules committees passed a ruling yesterday that allows officials to use courtside replay equipment or TV monitors when deciding whether to allow or disallow a last-second, game- determining basket. The ruling will become effective on Friday (NCAA). NCAA PLAYOFF? Swiss-based ISL sent a ten-year, $2.5B proposal to establish a national college football playoff to "some 500" Division I-A university presidents, ADs, coaches and conference commissioners. It would feature eight teams in four BCS games, with the four winners advancing to a three-game playoff to determine the national champion. ISL VP/Collegiate Athletics Jim Wheeler, on the proposal: "It's really just the BCS extended. I think it's much more palatable to a lot of people" (USA TODAY, 1/25).