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University of Akron sports: Tom Wistrcill's letter of resignation

By George Thomas Published: June 11, 2015

Zips Nation:

Usually, I would use these communications to praise the newsworthy achievements of our student-athletes and coaches. Today, I want to share with you some personal and professional news: Effective Tuesday, June 16, I will be leaving my post as the Director of Athletics at The University of Akron to become a Senior Vice President with Learfield Sports, based in Dallas, Texas. This is an extraordinary opportunity to work in a leadership capacity in the rapidly growing field of sponsorship and multimedia rights in intercollegiate athletics.

Of course leaving Akron is not easy to do, after six years of learning and loving this community. My family will miss so many things: standing until the first basket at basketball games; singing "I Believe That We Have Won" when we've won another soccer match; sitting with you at countless games and cheering on the Blue and Gold together. Zips Nation became an extended family to my wife, Kelly, and our sons, J.T. and Jack. Thank you so much for being so welcoming.

Together, we have created so many memories. The achievements of our student athletes and coaches over these past years will be forever etched in our memory and in our hearts:

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MAC extends Commissioner Steinbrecher's contract by three years

By George Thomas Published: June 8, 2015

 From a Mid-American Conference news release:  The Mid-American Conference announced today that the Council of Presidents has extended the contract of Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher for three additional years through the 2019-20 academic year.  Steinbrecher began as MAC Commissioner in May of 2009 and this marks his second contract extension as the conference Presidents unanimously rewarded Steinbrecher with another three-year contract extension.

 “I am very appreciative to the Council of Presidents and the confidence they have placed in me during my years as Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference.  We share the same vision and I look forward to continuing to lead this conference, our members and our students,” said Steinbrecher.

During his term as MAC Commissioner, Steinbrecher has brought long-term security for the Conference through partnership in the new College Football Playoff, national television rights deals, greatly increased national television exposure, expanded bowl opportunities, stabilized conference membership and enhanced neutral site conference championships with long-term agreements for football and men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

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MAC will receive increased exposure with new CBS Sports Network deal

By George Thomas Published: June 3, 2015

Fans of University of Akron and Kent State University basketball and football teams may have reason to cheer, but the Mid-American Conference can do a happy dance.

Football and basketball programs conference wide stand to benefit from a four-year television agreement with CBS Sports Network, the company’s cable sports channel.

The channel will broadcast as many as 12 football and 12 hoops game per year.  In the first year of the contract, which begins this fall, six football and seven basketball games will air and will include two Thursday,  three Saturday football game and one day after Thanksgiving game.

“Today’s announcement is another important step in the continued growth of Mid-American Conference television coverage,” said Mid-American Conference Commissioner, Dr. Jon Steinbrecher.  “Having CBS Sports Network join us is part of our vision for the growth of live national coverage for our fan base.  This agreement provides another platform to showcase the outstanding students attending Mid-American Conference member institutions.  I look forward to joining forces with the CBS family.”

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