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Bristol Motor Speedway Forms Priority Points Program For Tickets To Football Game

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 01 / 15

Guaranteed deposits for the Battle at Bristol college football game currently are only available for Bristol Motor Speedway season-ticket holders, but the track yesterday announced that beginning July 1, single-event ticket holders "will be able to make nonguaranteed deposits" for the remaining se...

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Several ADs Settle In To New Roles

Jim Knowlton on Tuesday "announced his resignation" after seven years as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute AD and will replace Hans Mueh as AD of the Air Force Academy, according to Brent Briggeman of the Colorado Springs GAZETTE. Mueh "will retire effective Jan. 31." Knowlton previously worked as Ar ...

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CFP, NCAA Helping Out Players' Parents

The College Football Playoff and the NCAA yesterday announced that parents or legal guardians attending Monday's championship game between Ohio State and Oregon at AT&T Stadium "will be reimbursed $1,250 each, with a maximum of $2,500 per family," according to Tim May of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. O ...

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WVU Hires Shane Lyons As New AD

West Virginia yesterday hired Alabama Deputy AD Shane Lyons to lead its athletic department, replacing Oliver Luck, who " resigned last month to take a high-level position with the NCAA," according to Dave Hickman of the CHARLESTON GAZETTE. Lyons, a Parkersburg, W.Va., native, had been in charge of ...

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College Bowl Notes

In Miami, Greg Cote wrote last Wednesday’s Georgia Tech-Mississippi State Orange Bowl "was a tough sell largely because of the New Year’s Eve date, and played to a mostly empty upper deck and a below-capacity crowd of 58,211" ( MIAMIHERALD.com, 1/1 ). Also in Miami, David Neal not ...

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UM's Hackett Praised For Inclusive Coaching Search

Michigan interim AD Jim Hackett "utilized a search firm but also used a cadre of former players and coaches, alums and others to help him in finding the right coach" for the school's football team prior to Tuesday's introduction of former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, according to Rod Beard of the ...

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Emmert: Luck Wasn't Hired To Be Successor

NCAA President Mark Emmert said it "would be inaccurate" to call the organization's hire of West Virginia AD Oliver Luck as NCAA Exec VP/Regulatory Affairs "a succession plan," according to Gregg Doyel of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Emmert: "When the board was making the hire that ended up being me, ...

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Harbaugh Officially Lands In Ann Arbor

Jim Harbaugh today was introduced as the 20th coach of the Univ. of Michigan football team, and while speculation had him agreeing to a record contract for a college coach, interim AD Jim Hackett said that the seven-year deal Harbaugh signed "is for about $5 million a year plus incentives," acc ...

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Knight Exerts Influence On Oregon Athletics

Nike co-Founder & Chair Phil Knight over the past 20 years has "become the most impactful booster in college sports" due to his association with the Univ. of Oregon, according to a sports section cover story by Josh Peter of USA TODAY. Knight "first grew intrigued with the notion of helping ...

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Sitting Big 12 AD Likely To Join CFP Committee

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby yesterday indicated that he expects the conference's new representative on the College Football Playoff selection committee "to be a sitting Big 12 athletic director," according to Kate Hairopoulos of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Bowlsby needs to nominate a replacement fo ...

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Sources: Forced Resignation For Rutgers' Baum

Rutgers yesterday "appointed Kevin Lorincz as interim Director of Athletic Communications," filling the void "left when chief communications officer Jason Baum announced his resignation on Saturday," according to Keith Sargeant of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Rutgers "is expected to conduct a national se ...

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