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Orange Bowl committee paid for ACC execs to take cruise on Majesty Of The Seas

In Greensboro, Jeff Mills reports the Orange Bowl Committee invited 46 ADs and conference administrators from 10 leagues, plus 43 spouses, "to go on a complimentary three-night cruise" last June. ACC Commissioner JOHN SWOFFORD and Assistant Commissioner MICHAEL KELLY "accepted the June trip," and Wake Forest AD RON WELLMAN also "confirmed that he traveled." Duke AD KEVIN WHITE and former NC State AD LEE FOWLER, "who was in his final weeks" at the school, "also were on the guest list." The Orange Bowl Committee "directs the Orange Bowl football game as a registered 501(c)(3) public charity," and the committee "hosted an 'all-inclusive, three-night, four-day complimentary getaway,' billed as the 'Summer Splash,' aboard Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Majesty of the Seas" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 1/7).

MAN OF THE PEOPLE: The AP's Michael Marot noted it "took some persuading to get" Colts Owner JIM IRSAY to join Twitter, but "now he can't stop." Since opening his account Dec. 1, Irsay "has posted an average of four dozen tweets per day." He has "more than 21,000 followers, some of whom hope to win free tickets from Irsay's continual contests." His Twitter feed is a "far cry from being an extension of the Colts' public relations office, nor does it reflect stark statements from a stodgy NFL owner trying to be careful in a year where labor disagreements threaten next season." If there is a "mission for Irsay in tweeting, it might be in revamping the image of league owners, at least a bit" (AP, 1/6).

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? In Boston, Ron Borges profiles former Patriots VP & Chief Administration Counsel JACK MULA, who was the "primary contract negotiator and legal and business liaison to the NFL Management Council." Mula worked for the Patriots for eight years, leaving after the '07 season after "many quiet successes." Mula now is "on the move again, having joined forces" with former Redskins GM JOE MENDES to form Cornerstone Sports Consulting, which "works with some of the nation's biggest universities to educate their athletes on making the long jump to pro football." Mula recently "has been advising" Auburn Univ. QB CAM NEWTON (BOSTON HERALD, 1/7).

NAMES: Boxer MIKE TYSON will star in "TAKING ON TYSON," a six-episode reality series that begins March 6 on Animal Planet. The show "brings Tyson back to the Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up," and teams him with VINNIE TORRE and HELDER RODRIGUEZ, "who both raise competition racing pigeons" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/7)....Magic C DWIGHT HOWARD will make a cameo appearance in the Jan. 14 episode of Disney Channel's "THE SUITE LIFE ON DECK." T'Wolves F KEVIN LOVE and Jazz G DERON WILLIAMS "also appear on the episode as Howard's friends" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 1/6)....DOUG ELLIN, the creator of HBO's "ENTOURAGE," is "batting around ideas for" Knicks C AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE's "cameo on the last season of the HBO drama." Ellin said he also Yankees 1B MARK TEIXEIRA to appear during the season (N.Y. POST, 1/7)....Monumental Sports & Entertainment Chair TED LEONSIS "has paid $20 million for Marwood, a historic 13-acre estate in Potomac, Md." (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/7)....Mariners TV analyst MIKE BLOWERS was "arraigned Wednesday after being arrested in December on suspicion of DUI" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/7).
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