SBD/December 13, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published December 13, 2013
GRID IRON GIRDERS: Texas A&M's Board of Regents on Thursday "unanimously approved a new contract" for football coach KEVIN SUMLIN. The new contract pays him $5M annually for six years, and his buyout obligation to the school, which runs through the '16 postseason, requires restitution of $5M to A&M (Bryan-College Station EAGLE, 12/13)....New UConn football coach BOB DIACO's five-year contract is worth $8M over the life of the deal (HARTFORD COURANT, 12/13).
WE ARE HEADED NORTH: Canadian Olympic Committee President MARCEL AUBUT on Thursday pledged C$37M to the committee's "Own the Podium" initiative over the next four years. The contribution between is a 48% increase from the prior four years, which included the '10 Vancouver Games (CP, 12/12)....Vancouver Mayor GREGOR ROBERTSON on Thursday said that questions "about potential conflicts of interest with prominent real-estate businessmen funding a Vision councillor's $100,000 trip to the Sochi Games are 'ridiculous'" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 12/13)....Former VANOC CEO JOHN FURLONG said that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "have closed an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against him by a former student and found no evidence to support criminal charges, prompting him to declare he's been 'fully cleared' in one of a series of allegations and lawsuits facing him" (Vancouver SUN, 12/13).
GIRL POWER: Univ. of Minnesota Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport Dir MARY JO KANE and Associate Dir NICOLE LAVOI "hope to start a global gross-roots campaign" that focuses on how female athletes are deserving of praise for their athletic exploits as opposed to merely their looks. The campaign is called the "#HeresProof project," and the two women also "collaborated on a thoughtful documentary airing this month" entitled "Media Coverage and Female Athletes" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/13).
CHARITY STRIPE: Blackhawks players KRIS VERSTEEG, PATRICK KANE, BRANDON SAAD and NIKLAS HJALMARSSON on Thursday visited the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago to drop off toys donated by Blackhawks fans during the first three home games in December (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/13)....Ducks LW DUSTIN PENNER and C ANDREW COGLIANO on Thursday "showered local kids with a Toys 'R' Us shopping spree" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 12/13)....Celtics players JEFF GREEN, KELLY OLYNYK, BRANDON BASS and COURTNEY LEE on Thursday attended a Boston Children's Hospital fundraiser at the Gucci boutique on Boylston Street (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/13)....Univ. of Memphis men's basketball coach JOSH PASTNER "donated $250,000 to the athletic department's capital campaign for facilities," marking the "largest ever by a Memphis coach" (COMMERCIALAPPEAL.com, 12/12),
NAMES: Univ. of Texas President BILL POWERS was not fired Thursday after a Board of Regents vote, but he also did not get a "vote of confidence" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 12/13)....Scottsdale police said that Suns broadcaster TOM CHAMBERS on Saturday was arrested "on suspicion of driving under the influence." Chambers "admitted to having a few beers" at the Stanford-Arizona State Pac-12 Championship "before getting behind the wheel" (AZCENTRAL.com, 12/12)....Rosenhaus Sports has signed Wake Forest WR MICHAEL CAMPANERO for representation in the '14 NFL Draft. Brothers DREW & JASON ROSENHAUS will represent him (Liz Mullen, Staff Writer)....Phillies P JONATHAN PAPELBON will appear in an AOL series titled "MY INK," which features athletes with tattoos (BOSTON HERALD, 12/13)....Jazz assistant coach SIDNEY LOWE's "ongoing court case reached a resolution Wednesday" when he "pleaded guilty to failing to file tax returns for three years in North Carolina." Lowe "received a suspended 45-day jail sentence, must pay $79,000-plus in restitution and was assessed a $2,000 fine" (DESERET NEWS, 12/12)....Capitals LW ALEX OVECHKIN and his fiancée, tennis player MARIA KIRILENKO, on Wednesday attended Washington Life's annual Young and the Guest List part at the Carnegie Library (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 12/12).