Names In The News
Colorado State Univ. is now home to the “highest paid football, men’s basketball and volleyball coaches in the Mountain West.” CSU football coach JIM MCELWAIN, volleyball coach TOM HILBERT and women’s basketball coach RYUN WILLIAMS “all received five-year contract extensions and raises,” only days after AD JACK GRAHAM was fired. McElwain’s base salary goes from $1.35M to $1.5M, “with $150,000 in bonuses built in” if CSU has a passing APR score “and no major NCAA violations.” Hilbert’s contract, “which was signed in January, locks him in” with CSU until ’18 and gives him a base salary of $200,000. Williams “now makes a salary of $215,000 a year with an initial buyout” of $1.075M (Ft. Collins COLORADOAN, 8/12).
CZECH MATE: Tennis player PETRA KVITOVA “has signed a management deal” with IMG, joining “a roster of Grand Slam tennis champions” that includes MARIA SHARAPOVA and LI NA. Kvitova “has been guided by her Czech business manager MIROSLAV CERNOSEK and will continue to work with M-Sport Services in the Czech Republic in collaboration with IMG” (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 8/11).
NAMES: USC football radio commentator PETE ARBOGAST will be inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters HOF on Jan. 26 (RECORDERONLINE.com, 8/9)....ESPN Exec VP & CFO CHRISTINE DRIESSEN is the recipient of the Women In Cable Telecommunications’ Woman of the Year award for ’14. The award recognizes women who have “made increasingly significant contributions” to their companies and the overall cable telecom industry (CABLEFAX DAILY, 8/12 issue)....Giants WR VICTOR CRUZ and NHL Rangers G HENRIK LUNDQVIST were named to Vanity Fair’s Int'l Best-Dressed List (VANITY FAIR, 9/ '14 issue)....Actor JUDGE REINHOLD will portray late college basketball coach DON MEYER in a movie that “begins filming” today at Lipscomb Univ. The “target date for release” is March ’15 (TENNESSEAN.com, 8/11)....UFC fighter CAIN VELASQUEZ listed his 5,100-square-foot Gilroy, Calif., home for $1.69M (LATIMES.com, 8/11)....NBC soccer analyst KYLE MARTINO and his wife EVA announced the birth of their daughter MARLOWE (THE DAILY)....ESPN's TONY REALI on Saturday became the father of FRANCESCA ZAHRA REALI ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/11).