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  • MAC give contract extension to commissioner

    Aug. 3, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference extended the contract of commissioner Rick Chryst through the 2008-2009 school year.

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    Since Chryst was appointed commissioner in May 1999, MAC football teams have made 54 appearances on national television.

    Last season, two MAC teams won bowl games: Bowling Green defeated Northwestern in the Motor City Bowl, and Miami of Ohio beat Louisville in the GMAC Bowl.

    "Rick is one of the most able, knowledgeable, and respected Division I-A commissioners and he has led the MAC through an unprecedented period of growth as the league has enhanced its athletic competitiveness while maintaining the highest academic and sportsmanship standards," said Dr. John Peters of Northern Illinois, chair of the MAC Council of Presidents.

    Chryst joined the MAC after serving as assistant commissioner in the Atlantic Coast Conference (1992-99) and the Southwest Conference (1989-92).

    "I look forward to continuing to build on the successes of the last several years, in an environment that will remain challenging and changing," Chryst said.



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    Auburn's Tuberville agrees in principle to new contract
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 27, 2004
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    AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has agreed in principle to a new seven-year contract worth $16 million.

    Tuberville, the AP Coach of the Year this year, led the third-ranked Tigers to a 12-0 regular season and its first Southeastern Conference championship in 15 years. They are playing Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3

    "We have almost finished a new contract, and I'm excited about that," Tuberville said Monday after his team arrived in New Orleans for its bowl game. "I'm excited about the future."

    The extension is a far cry from last season when it became public that Auburn officials, including the university president, had covertly courted Louisville coach Bobby Petrino to replace Tuberville.

    "We just now got our program going in full swing, and there's not a better place in the country to live and work and coach football," Tuberville said. "And I'm excited about being at Auburn long time."

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    -12-28-2004, 10:44 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Toronto approves bid to host bowl game
    by DJRamFan
    Oct. 7, 2004
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    TORONTO -- A plan to bid for a college football bowl game here next year won support Thursday from a committee of the Toronto Council.

    A U.S.-based group, Sports World Interactive, wants to stage a game between teams from the Big East and Mid-America conferences at SkyDome in December 2005.

    "One of the key economic benefits is the broadcast contract of the bowl game," said Duncan Ross, executive director of Tourism Toronto. "This will be seen by millions in the U.S.A., and perhaps some of those people will be introduced to Toronto for the first time."

    The economic development and parks committee, hearing estimates that the game could pump as much as $20 million into the local economy, decided to endorse the bid and send a representative to the NCAA's event-certification meeting next April.

    The city's support doesn't leave it open to any financial obligations, because Sports World Interactive has to acquire the TV deal, SkyDome contract, teams and sponsors, Ross said.

    "We're just simply endorsing it and allowing the city to be hosting the event," committee chairman Brian Ashton said. "It's all managed, and all the risks are with the NCAA and the promoting company."

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    -10-08-2004, 02:19 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Knight Commission: Bowl teams should graduate half of players
    by DJRamFan
    Dec 9, 2004
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    MIAMI -- The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics renewed its recommendation that eligibility for bowl games be reserved for teams that graduate at least 50 percent of their players.

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    The commission cited statistics released Tuesday showing 27 of this season's 56 bowl teams failed to graduate at least 50 percent of their players within six years of their initial enrollment. Thus, nearly half of the bowl teams would not have been eligible for the games under the commission's recommendation.

    "It is critical that the criteria for this system, which will be determined early next year, be tough enough to improve graduation rates or eliminate participation of underperforming schools," Knight Commission Chairman William C. Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina, said in a statement Thursday.

    A June 2001 report by the commission said tying postseason participation to graduation rates would help restore academic integrity in intercollegiate athletics.

    This week's statistics were in a study by the Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. The study used NCAA statistics taken from four freshman classes, beginning in 1994-95 and ending in 1997-98.

    The commission pointed out that only three of the eight teams in the Bowl Championship Series graduated more than 50 percent of their players over the most recent four-year period -- Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Southern California.

    The commission meets again Feb. 7 in Miami and will hear from Walter Harrison, president of the University of Hartford and chair of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance.

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    -12-10-2004, 09:44 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Auburn's Tuberville honored with Bear Bryant Award
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 14, 2005
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    HOUSTON -- Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville won the Paul "Bear" Bryant coach of the year award Thursday for guiding the Tigers to their first 13-0 season.

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    The Bryant award is given by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

    The other finalists were Southern California's Pete Carroll, Boise State's Dan Hawkins, Utah's Urban Meyer, Louisville's Bobby Petrino and UTEP's Mike Price.

    "The selection is based on all of the hard work the Auburn staff and players put in this season. This is a team award, not an individual award," Tuberville said Thursday night.

    Last month, Tuberville was voted the Associated Press coach of the year.

    Auburn finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation after beating Virginia Tech 16-13 in the Sugar Bowl.

    Tuberville has a 51-24 overall record in his six seasons with Auburn and is 31-17 in Southeastern Conference play.

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    -01-14-2005, 11:38 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Tulsa rewards Kragthorpe with six-year extension
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 16, 2005
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    TULSA, Okla. -- A six-year contract extension will give Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe an opportunity to build on his early success in turning around a struggling football program, the university announced Tuesday.

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    Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the private university, where Kragthorpe is entering his third season as Golden Hurricane head coach.

    Tulsa went to its first bowl game in 12 years during Kragthorpe's first season in 2003. With seven more wins than the previous year at 8-5, Tulsa posted Division I-A's biggest turnaround.

    The Golden Hurricane fell to 4-8 last year, but two of the losses came in overtime and a third on a last-second field goal against No. 18 Boise State. Tulsa's 37-35 victory over No. 24 UTEP was the first time it had defeated a ranked opponent in nine seasons.

    "Steve has done a tremendous job rebuilding the Tulsa football program during his first two years. We are excited about the upcoming season, and an even brighter future beyond," TU President Steadman Upham said.

    The contract extension keeps Kragthorpe employed through the 2010-11 academic year.

    Kragthorpe said the contract, along with the school's move to Conference USA and improvements at Skelly Stadium, is evidence of the university's commitment to football.

    "This action speaks very loudly in terms of the direction we are headed with our football program," he said.

    Kragthorpe came to Tulsa after two years of coaching quarterbacks for the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

    He was named the Western Athletic Conference coach of the year in 2003 and was also a candidate for numerous national coach of the year awards.

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    -08-17-2005, 08:41 PM
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