Names In The News
CASEY WASSERMAN is among those "leading UCLA's search" for a new football coach, along with AD DAN GUERRERO, Senior Associate AD/External Operations JOSH REBHOLZ and Fox' TROY AIKMAN. UCLA fired JIM MORA on Sunday (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 11/21). Meanwhile, Auburn has appointed a "six-person advisory committee and a search firm" to help find a new AD to replace JAY JACOBS. The committee, chaired by school trustee GAINES LANIER, will include PGA Tour player JASON DUFNER, women's golf coach KIM EVANS, former gymnast ADRIENNE LEE, finance professor BEVERLY MARSHALL and trustee QUENTIN RIGGS, a former Auburn football player (AL.com, 11/20).
GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE: The only known jersey from JACKIE ROBINSON's '47 rookie season sold for $2.05M in Heritage Auctions' "Heroes of Sport" auction on Sunday. The price bested Heritage's previous auction record of $573,600 for a '55 game-worn jersey of SANDY KOUFAX (Heritage Auctions)....The No. 99 jersey Yankees RF AARON JUDGE wore when he broke BABE RUTH’s 96-year single-season record for the most homers for a Yankee at home on Sept. 30, 2017, “went for $90,676.95 at auction by Steiner Sports” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/21).
NAMES: Newark-based Hobby's Deli named a sandwich after Devils C NICO HISCHIER "shortly after" the team selected him No. 1 in the '17 NHL Draft. The sandwich features grilled chicken, raw onion, lettuce, tomato and Swiss cheese "on a hard roll with mayonnaise and honey mustard" (SI.com, 11/18)....Cavaliers VP/Ticket Sales & Service DIONNA WIDDER was named to Crain’s Cleveland Business' “Forty under 40” list (CRAIN’S CLEVELAND BUSINESS, 11/20 issue)....MARIA SHARAPOVA is “under investigation by Indian police for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed.” The firm behind the development is “alleged to have taken millions of dollars from homebuyers before the project folded” (AFP, 11/21)....Basketball HOFer JERRY COLANGELO is a principal for JDM Partners in Phoenix, which has formed a company that has “filed a zoning application to develop" a "nearly 2 million-square-foot mixed-use project called La Via on a site in Scottsdale” (BREWAZ.com, 11/21)....Liquor wholesale company Breakthru Beverage Group, co-owned by Blackhawks Chair ROCKY WIRTZ’ family, yesterday said that it “will merge” with Texas-based Republic National Distribution to “create the country’s second-largest liquor distributor.” Wirtz will serve on the new company's BOD (CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS 11/20 issue)....Musician JAKE OWEN will receive a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open benefitting golfer BRANDT SNEDEKER’s foundation on May 21 (AP, 11/20).