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Volume 24 No. 159
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Executive Transactions

The BCS Presidential Oversight Committee named Univ. of Nebraska Chancellor HARVEY PERLMAN Chair, succeeding Virginia Tech President CHARLES STEGER. The current members of the committee are listed below:

Tulane President Scott Cowen Northern Illinois President John Peters
Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins Texas President Bill Powers
Florida President Bernie Machen Louisville President James Ramsey
USC President Max Nikias Western Kentucky President Gary Ransdell
Idaho President Duane Nellis Virginia Tech President Charles Steger
Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman Cal State-Fresno President John Welty

SKINS GAME: The Redskins named former Chargers GM A.J. SMITH Senior Executive. Smith is entering his 29th season working in the NFL. He has been with five different teams, most recently having served 14 years with the Chargers (Redskins). It is "unclear what role Smith will have with the Redskins." He "will join his son, KYLE, who has served as a Redskins scout the past two seasons" (, 3/6). Had Smith chosen to retire from the Chargers, the team "would've owed him his entire salary," about $3M each year, per his five-year extension after the '07 season (, 3/6).

EXECS: East Carolina Univ. named Northern Illinois Univ. Associate VP & AD JEFF COMPHER AD, succeeding TERRY HOLLAND. Compher signed a five-year contract worth $415,000 annually, and will begin on May 1 (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 3/7)....McNeese State Univ. named Univ. of Alabama Associate Dir of Games & Event Management BRYANT CARTER Associate AD/Internal Affairs (McNeese State)....UMass-Boston named Univ. of New Hampshire Athletic Fundraising co-Dir GARIN LEE VERIS External Business Development & Marketing Dir (UMass-Boston)....USA Luge Exec Dir & CEO RON ROSSI has resigned after 28 years in the role (USA Luge). The NGB's BOD said that it "decided to move the organization in a new direction" (AP, 3/6)....The Cardinals named former MLBer WILLIE MCGEE Special Assistant to the GM (Cardinals)....Prince Global Sports promoted MIKE BALLARDIE to CEO. He will remain based in London (Prince)....Chicago-based ping pong equipment maker Killerspin named AFL Rush President KENNETH VALDISERRI VP/Marketing & Strategic Alliances (Killerspin)....Repucom America named IBRAHIM KOESE to the newly created Head of Consumer Insights role. He will transfer to the U.S. from Repucom’s European base in Cologne, Germany (Repucom)….Newton Running named former Li-Ning VP/Marketing, Sales & Product Merchandising CRAIG HEISNER President (Newton Running).

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