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Lee Fowler's Tenure As North
Carolina State AD Ends Today

LEE FOWLER's tenure as AD of North Carolina State ends today, and he said that he will "begin examining his options for the future ... after 40 or 50 days of re-energizing himself." Fowler's contract with the school will pay him $280,000 a year through Sept. 30, 2013, but he is "eager to continue his career in college athletics administration" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 6/30)....Meanwhile, today is Blues GM Larry Pleau's final day under contract as the club prepares to welcome new GM Doug Armstrong. Pleau's future with the team "had been vague, but recently the Blues have been discussing a specific role for him" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/30).

GUILTY AS CHARGED: ARNOLD MULLEN, the money manager accused of embezzling $25M from from his past employer, former Reebok Chair & CEO PAUL FIREMAN, yesterday pleaded guilty to "five counts of grand theft in a plea deal with statewide prosecutors which will land him at least five-and-a-half years in prison." Mullen was "sentenced to 30 years in prison, but the sentence will be reduced to five-and-a-half years if he reports to court Aug. 27 to begin serving his prison term" (PALM BEACH POST, 6/30).

UNDER PHIRE: The Phillie Phanatic "has been sued in Philadelphia Civil Court by a 75-year-old woman who claims that he injured her knees when he climbed through the stands" at a Double-A Eastern League Reading Phillies game in '08. GRACE CRASS is "seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages from several defendants including TOM BURGOYNE, who plays the Phanatic, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Reading Phillies." Phillies VP/Communications BONNIE CLARK questioned the plaintiff's "characterization of the Phanatic as the 'most-sued mascot in the majors,' and said that he's been sued only twice in the last decade." But records show that the Phanatic was "sued at least three times in the decade before that, including once for hugging someone too hard" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/30).

NAMES: The Univ. of Alabama "still hopes to unveil a statue of Alabama football coach NICK SABAN before the season," but Alabama Dir of Athletic Facilities THAD TURNIPSEED said that it "likely won't happen." Turnipseed: "It might be the middle of the season before it gets done." An Alabama memo that was to be "presented to trustees at a June 17 board meeting proposed an unveiling between Aug. 13 and Aug. 20" (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 6/29)....N.C.-based Blueharbor Bank yesterday said that JR Motorsports co-Owner & GM KELLEY EARNHARDT has been elected Chair (THATSRACIN.com, 6/29)....The Braves held their inaugural Alumni Weekend over the weekend and raised approximately $350,000 to benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation and its grants program (Braves)....U.S. and MLS Galaxy MF LANDON DONOVAN reportedly "will be approached about appearing" on ABC's "DANCING WITH THE STARS" (MIAMI HERALD, 6/30)....Celtics CEO & Managing Partner WYC GROUSBECK and Managing Partner STEVE PAGLIUCA, Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY and Chair TOM WERNER, and Bruins President CAM NEELY all attended yesterday's opening of Boston restaurant Towne Stove & Spirits, which raised more than $15,000 for the MEEI Cures for Kids Fund (BOSTON HERALD, 6/30). Meanwhile, Henry and his wife, LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY, are "such big Shakespeare fans, they've decided to underwrite" the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of "OTHELLO" (BOSTON HERALD, 6/30).

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