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Volume 24 No. 116

People and Pop Culture

Int'l Sports Management Founder & Managing Dir CHUBBY CHANDLER, who reps golfers including LEE WESTWOOD, ERNIE ELS, RORY MCILROY, JEEV MILKA SINGH and CHRISTINA KIM, is "not using IMG as a model for ISM, and the two companies could not be more different," according to a profile by Michael Bamberger of SI. IMG is a "monolith with hundreds of employees, a vast reach and no face." By contrast, Chandler personally handles "every endorsement deal he negotiates, and he doesn't want it any other way." As for his players, they have "no contract with him." The business side of golf "has become maddeningly bureaucratic and impersonal," but Chandler's "whole manner reminds you that modern tournament golf was made by men who dared to be different." The "one golf person Chandler most brings to mind" is IMG Founder MARK MCCORMACK "as a young man," when he repped ARNOLD PALMER, JACK NICKLAUS and GARY PLAYER. Like McCormack, Chandler "has formed deeply personal attachments with his players." Three quarters of the ISM golfers "have been with Chandler since they turned pro," and he "manages golfers' families too." Chandler also repped U.S. Open-winner GRAEME MCDOWELL "as late as 2007." But Chandler refers to him as the "one who got away." Chandler: "We weren't giving him the attention he needed. I learned something there" (SI GOLF+, 4/4 issue).

Utah State Univ. named ROB RUSNACK Associate AD for Business Affairs. Rusnack replaces JEFF CROSBIE, who took a similar position on the USU campus. Rusnack previously served as Columbia Univ. Associate AD for Budget & Planning and CFO (USU)....Williams College named LISA MELENDY Chair and Dir of Physical Education, Athletics & Recreation. She succeeds HARRY SHEEHY, who left last month for a position at Dartmouth Univ. (Williams College)....Turner Sports named TOM CARACCIOLI PR Manager, reporting to Turner Sports Senior Dir of PR JEFF POMEROY. Caraccioli previously owned and managed his own PR agency (Turner)....London Marathon Race Dir DAVID BEDFORD is "resigning as the London 2012 marathon manager over his 'frustration' at the way the event is being organised" (London TELEGRAPH, 4/5).   

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Southern Univ. officials yesterday said that they are "investigating Athletic Director GREG LAFLEUR's 'embarrassing' weekend arrest on a misdemeanor prostitution count in Texas and 'will determine which action or actions are necessary.'" LaFleur was arrested at 8:30pm CT Sunday at the Final Four in Houston, where he was "seeking potential candidates for the open SU men's basketball coaching job." LaFleur was released on a $500 bond, and he is "scheduled to appear in Harris County Criminal Court on April 11." It is "unclear" how the arrest "will affect LaFleur's job status" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 4/5).

AN UNHAPPY LOOK BACK: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir noted former National League President BILL WHITE has written an autobiography, and its "very title calls attention to itself: 'UPPITY.'" White "sounds angry, sad and candid when he portrays the former commissioner FAY VINCENT as a meddler who interfered in league issues." Sandomir: "The politics of the job fatigued him. So did the owners, who also disappointed him." Sandomir noted White "responded with 10 seconds of silence" when he was asked "to assess BUD SELIG since he became full-time commissioner in 1998." White: "Well, we haven't had any strikes" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/3).

CHARITY STRIPE: Butler Univ. mascot BLUE II "helped raise more than $3,000 for a pair of charities" at the Final Four. Houston's Intercontinental hotel, "where Blue II and most Butler fans stayed during the Final Four, donated all proceeds from a new 'Blue II Martini' to Butler's Mascot Puppy Fund and the Houston SPCA, an animal protection organization and shelter" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 4/5)....The A's "generated more than $65,000 for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief" through a Heritage Day event at Sunday's game against the Mariners. The team "donated $1 from every ticket sold, and amid other fundraising functions, raised more than $10,000 through a silent auction" of A's DH HIDEKI MATSUI and Mariners RF ICHIRO SUZUKI game-worn jerseys. Suzuki's jersey raised $6,015, while Matsui's raised $4,555 (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 4/4)....A charity event held by Ravens S HARUKI NAKAMURA at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md., on Saturday "raised $60,000 for emergency relief in Japan." An "estimated crowd of 3,000 waited for hours and lined up along the lower concourse of the ... minor-league stadium in the drizzling rain." Each paid $50 to meet Ravens QB JOE FLACCO, S ED REED, RB RAY RICE, CB CHRIS CARR, DT BRANDON MCKINNEY and former WR QADRY ISMAIL. Nakamura "organized the event with the Red Cross" (Baltimore SUN, 4/3).

NAMES: FIFA President SEPP BLATTER and Asian Football Confederation President MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM are "embarking on a two-month showdown for the top job in world soccer after being the only candidates to be nominated last week" (AP, 4/4)....Knicks F CARMELO ANTHONY and C AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE will appear on an episode of PBS' "SESAME STREET" airing this fall (THE DAILY)....N.Y. Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG has bought "four season tickets" for the Nets' inaugural season at Barclays Center in '12-13 (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/5)....IMG Worldwide has signed Serbian tennis player BOJANA JOVANOVSKI for management and representation (IMG)....Yankees SS DEREK JETER is renting a $15,500/month two-bedroom, three-bathroom unit at Trump World Tower (N.Y. POST, 4/5).