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Swofford: Status Of ACC Championship Game Will Be Made Independently Of NBA Move

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 22 / 16

ACC Commissioner John Swofford on Thursday said that the NBA's decision to pull its '17 All-Star Game from Charlotte "won't have any bearing" on the ACC Championship Game's future at Bank of America Stadium, according to Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com. The league in May "decided to keep" the foot...

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Big 12 Expansion Could Help CFP Chances

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Virginia Tech Changes Donation Requirements

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Bowlsby Presents Data Favoring Big 12 Expansion

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Univ. Of Illinois To Search For New Mascot

The Univ. of Illinois is "launching a process to choose a 'first-ever' athletic mascot" nine years after the "retirement of Chief Illiniwek," according to a front-page piece by Julie Wurth of the Champaign NEWS-GAZETTE. UI interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson yesterday announced a plan to "form a commi ...

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NCAA Poised For First Beach Volleyball Championship

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The Univ. of Illinois recently named Josh Whitman as its new AD , but officials gathered in early February to "secretly interview candidates" for the job, and the cost to "keep those interviews far from prying eyes" exceeded $11,000, according to Julie Wurth of the Champaign NEWS-GAZ ...

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