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BEFORE LEAVING, BLAKE EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT USOC
Published November 3, 2000
While "tying up loose ends" at the USOC's headquarters in CO, outgoing CEO Norm Blake said that he is "concerned" that U.S. Olympic athletes "suffer at the hands of self- interested USOC officials and members," according to USA TODAY's Vicki Michaelis. Blake: "What I pray for is the American public can help save our athletes." Michaelis calls the comments "ironic" since the USOC's athlete representatives were "among those who took issue" with Blake's leadership (USA TODAY, 11/3). In a sidebar under the header, "USOC Up In Arms Over Future Of Leadership," Michaelis writes that with Blake gone, "the USOC is in upheaval." Blake hired five senior managers during his nine months, and USOC employees are "wondering" if those mangers will remain. Meanwhile, Michaelis cites an October 10 letter obtained by USA TODAY written by USOC VP and President candidate Sandy Baldwin to outgoing President Bill Hybl, in which she "expressed concerns" over Blake's budget proposals and staff changes. The letter "turned out to be the last straw" for Blake, who said, "I felt it was disrespectful and underhanded" (USA TODAY, 11/3). BLACKMUN THE ANSWER? In Colorado Springs, Ralph Routon calls the naming of Scott Blackmun as Acting CEO a "great move" by the USOC (see THE DAILY, 11/1). Routon: "Don't be surprised if the USOC executive committee removes that 'acting' label before Christmas. Blackmun looks like a perfect fit, fully capable of becoming the organization's most effective and long-lasting CEO since the late F. Don Miller (who retired after 1984)" (CO Springs GAZETTE, 11/3).