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Bowen named to BCS Advisory Board

bheater@dailyhelmsman.com

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 23:04

University of Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen is a busy man. From beginning his plans for the future of athletics at Memphis to ushering in a new era in the American Athletic Conference next season, Bowen has a lot on his plate.

Wednesday, it was announced that the Athletic Director would be a part of the Athletic Directors Advisory Board, which will determine the future of the BCS.

“I am honored to represent the American Athletic Conference and the University of Memphis by serving on the advisory board,” Bowen said. “Obviously, decisions reached by the group will impact the future of college football.”
Along with the Athletic Director at Notre Dame, commissioners of the 11 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, formerly known as Division IA, manage the BCS. The commissioners have the duty of coming to decisions for all BCS issues in deliberation with the athletic director’s advisory group.

All decisions reached then await the approval of the oversight committee, which all 124 Football Subdivision teams are represented by.

“Tom Bowen will do a terrific job representing the American Athletic Conference on the BCS Athletic Director’s Advisory Group,” said American Athletic Conference commissioner Michael Aresco. “He has a deep knowledge of college football on all levels and the respect of his colleagues.”
Aside from Bowen, the board also includes Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin/Big Ten), McKinley Boston (New Mexico State/WAC), Joe Castiglione (Oklahoma/Big 12), Jeremy Foley (Florida/SEC), Rick Greenspan (Rice/C-USA), Pat Haden (USC/Pac-12), Jim Livengood (UNLV/MWC), Mike O’Brien (Toledo/MAC), Dan Radakovich (Clemson/ACC) and Bobby Staub (ULM/Sun Belt).

Bowen said he is honored to be named to the board and work beside some of the more well-respected names in college football.

“This board is comprised of some of the most renowned individuals in college athletics and I am indeed proud to serve with each of them.”

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