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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Jones back at Under Armour after stint with CAA Sports

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 04 / 25 / 16

Walker Jones has left CAA Sports, where he worked on the agency’s coaching business, to return to Under Armour. Jones spent six years with the shoe and apparel company from 2008 to 2014, but left to join Jimmy Sexton’s team of agents at CAA Sports in Memphis. ...

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