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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Thinking Back, Looking Ahead

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 01 / 22 / 18

Craig Littlepage, University of Virginia While many of his peers with an economics degree from Penn’s Wharton School graduated with an eye toward Wall Street or finance, Craig Littlepage had a different calling — literally. That call came from legendary Villanova basketball coach Rol...

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