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NYT on C. Vivian Stringer, Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly March 24, 2008

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From New York Times:

Wherever he goes, from Algona to Zwingle, Fennelly is following the path blazed by C. Vivian Stringer. She built the University of Iowa women’s program into a national title contender and an attendance leader in the 1980s before leaving to coach the Rutgers women in 1995.

On Monday night, their paths will converge for only the second time since Stringer left Iowa and since Fennelly, a native Iowan, returned. …

“When the brackets came out, one of the very first things I heard was excitement that we were in and that Coach Stringer was coming back to Iowa,” Fennelly said Sunday. “She has a great amount of respect, and deservedly so.” …

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Former Cyclone basketball standout Jamaal Tinsley avoids trial today on fight charges March 17, 2008

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From Indianapolis Star:

Two Indiana Pacers placers accepted diversion agreements this morning, avoiding a trial on charges stemming from a bar fight last year.

Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels [PHOTO] will each serve 32 hours of community service and undergo behavior modification training, prosecutors said. If they go two years without getting in trouble with the law, the charges will be wiped from their records.

Diversion, different from a guilty plea, is similar to pleading “no contest” in some states. …

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Bruce Van De Velde, former AD at ISU, among 5 EIU finalists February 5, 2008

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From Journal Gazette/Times-Courier (Illinois):

… Van De Velde has experience as a major college AD in 2000-06 during the time Iowa State received negative publicity when basketball coach Larry Eustachy’s problems with alcohol [LINK] led to him being ousted.“Whenever you’re in a leadership role you have to make difficult decisions, you do that with the student-athletes best interest and when you do that you can’t go wrong,” Van De Velde said.Van De Velde soon departed from Iowa State as well.“I felt in five years I had done our work there and accomplished our goals there and it was time to turn the page and take on a new challenge,” he said. …

[Finalist Jean] Berger has been with Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, since August 1991, and currently serves as associate athletic director for student services/senior woman administrator.  …

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