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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 26 / 17

Central Michigan AD Dave Heeke "has accepted" the VP/Athletics job at the Univ. of Arizona. Heeke, who has held the AD job at CMU since January '06, "will replace"  Greg Byrne in Tucson after Byrne left for the AD position at Alabama ( DETROIT FREE PRESS, 2/26 ).  Hooters will air ...

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