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Spring Meetings: Aresco Talks AAC Marketing; Big East Commissioner Update
Published May 16, 2013
WHO'S THE BOSS? ESPN.com’s Andy Katz noted Big East ADs and coaches will meet next week in Palm Beach, Fla., but they “still don't have a commissioner, let alone an office, a schedule and compliance bylaws and staff.” ADs are “getting anxious that a commissioner hasn't been named yet.” Presidents are “running the show and keeping the ADs in the dark.” The ADs wanted a commissioner “yesterday, or at the very least in time for next week's meeting.” But that “may not be possible.” If not, former Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe "will run the meeting” (ESPN.com, 5/14).
THE NEW GUY: In Orlando, Coley Harvey writes if Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick's “initial impression this week" at the ACC spring meetings is "any indication, the relationship between his school and the ACC will be firm.” Swarbrick said, "I certainly don't have a historical frame of reference, but the energy and excitement is really palpable. Focusing on basketball, no one's ever assembled a group of teams like this before. And the opportunity to play with that, if you will, and to take that out for a test drive and to figure out how to maximize it, it's hard not to be excited about it.” Harvey writes the ACC, with the additions of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Louisville, will “strengthens its combination of athletics and academics.” Swarbrick: "It's the highest academic performing athletic conference in the country in terms of the FBS conferences. All of that is evident in the things they discuss and how they discuss it" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/16).