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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Veteran Cal Administrator Solly Fulp To Take Over Learfield's Campus+ Division

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 21 / 17

Learfield is restructuring its Campus+ division under the new leadership of SOLLY FULP , the veteran Cal athletics administrator who will become Learfield Exec VP. Campus+, introduced last fall, is the group that works with schools on selling campuswide marketing rights to sponsors. Learfield has a...

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