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Wistrcill Will Begin His Duties At
UA In Second Half Of September
WHY NOT LOOK INSIDE? In Akron, Patrick McManamon questions whys UA Exec Senior Associate AD HUNTER YURACHEK was passed over for the AD position, noting the “message is confusing.” Yurachek has "done an excellent job" and he is "respected by the coaches at UA, liked by his peers and employees, and known in the community." Also, like Wistrcill, Yurachek is 39 years old and "has 17 years experience in intercollegiate athletics." McManamon: "Wouldn't it make sense that the university would want to promote its own, especially one who wants to put down roots in the area?" However, UA President LUIS PROENZA "cited several factors in hiring Wistrcill." Proenza: "The range of Tom's experience. The breadth as we say." McManamon noted UA used Dallas-based Eastman & Beaudine Inc. to conduct its AD search (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 8/26).
Justin Johnson Taking
Islanders Marketing Gig
The UFL today announced outgoing Northwestern Univ. President HENRY BIENEN has been named Chair of the league's BOD. Bienen will oversee the BOD, which is comprised of the team owners and UFL Commissioner MICHAEL HUYGHUE (UFL)....Coca-Cola named former AFL Dir of Regional Partnerships MICHAEL STEWART Sales Development Manager, based in New Orleans (THE DAILY)....Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment, LLC named ERIN PERRON Dir of Events & Marketing, based in Boston (THE DAILY)....An NHL source confirmed that NHL Senior VP & Dir of Officiating STEPHEN WALKOM is "leaving his position to attempt a comeback as a referee" (ESPN.com, 8/25)....HorsePower Sports Marketing has hired JACK HEILIG as a PR consultant (HorsePower)....Temple Univ. has hired Northern Arizona Univ. Assistant Media Relations Dir KAREN AUERBACH as Associate Dir of Athletic Communications (Temple)....The Greensboro Sports Commission (GSC) named former Greensboro College AD KIM STRABLE President, replacing MARC BUSH (GSC).
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Wirtz Claims State Leaders
Violated Illinois Constitution
BOOK SHELF: In Dallas, Rick Gosselin wrote, "THE SCORE TAKES CARE OF ITSELF," a book by late Pro Football HOFer Bill Walsh, author STEVE JAMISON and Walsh's son CRAIG, is "one of the best football books I've ever read." Gosselin predicted the book will "wind up on the bookshelves of most football coaches -- high school, college and pro" -- as Walsh has "tremendous insights into what makes a championship team" (DALLASNEWS.com, 8/25)....Hornets G CHRIS PAUL's new book, "CHRIS PAUL: NEVER TOO SMALL TO DREAM BIG," will be released on September 22 (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 8/26).
LIFE'S A BEACH: Last night's edition of ABC's "Shaq Vs." featured Cavaliers C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL challenging AVPers MISTY MAY-TREANOR and KERRI WALSH to a game of beach volleyball. O'Neal and his partner, AVPer TODD ROGERS, played May-Treanor and Walsh on the AVP court in Hermosa Beach, California. O'Neal trained with Olympians Rogers, PHIL DALHAUSSER, DAIN BLANTON and ERIC FONOIMOANA prior to the match. O'Neal and Rogers lost the match, forcing O'Neal to walk down the beach wearing a small pink bikini Speedo ("Shaq Vs.," ABC, 8/25).
NAMES: The LPGA Tour Championship, which will take place November 19-22 at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club, has "selected Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital as the primary benefiting charity from the tournament." The hospital will "provide on-course first aid for patrons and medical support for the LPGA players" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/26).....Former AFL Destroyers Owner JIM RENACCI Monday filed initial paperwork to run as a Republican candidate for the U.S. House seat in the "highly contested" 16th Congressional district in northeast Ohio (AP, 8/25)....Tennis players ANDY RODDICK and SERENA and VENUS WILLIAMS will "host the Heineken-sponsored US Open kickoff party Friday night at Skyline Studio on West 36th Street" in N.Y. (N.Y. POST, 8/26)....Former tennis player MARTINA HINGIS will appear on the newest season of BBC1’s “Strictly Come Dancing,” which starts next month (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 8/25)….Mets P FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ has bought a six-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom Colonial home in Upper Brookville, New York, for $2.3M. The asking price was $2.59M (NEWSDAY.com, 8/25).