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Texas Women's AD Chris Plonsky Seen As Controversial Figure Within Athletic Department

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 21 / 17

Univ. of Texas Women's AD Chris Plonsky begins her 29th year at the school this fall, but there "appears to be no more polarizing person in the Texas athletic department," according to Chip Brown of HORNS DIGEST. Plonsky is described as everything from a "huge asset to a destructive, divisive f...

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N.C. Legislators File Bill Threatening ACC

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Georgia Tech AD Discusses Hoops, ATL United

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AAC Commissioner Believes Realignment Will Stabilize

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Nevada Raising Hoops Season-Ticket Prices

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Maryland's Loh "Would Think" UNC Gets Death Penalty

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Cal AD Says 30-Sport Model "Not Sustainable"

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