Judy MacLeod and Britton Banowsky Making News in Greater Tulsa Sports

JUDY MACLEOD AND BRITTON BANOWSKY: University of Tulsa Athletic Director Judy MacLeod hosted Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky at a recent Rotary Club of Tulsa meeting, where he was the featured speaker. MacLeod has had a busy winter looking for a new men’s head basketball coach and getting the university ready for the move from the Western Athletic Conference to Conference USA. TU will begin play in the new conference this fall. The new C-USA alignment will feature East and West Divisions. TU will play in the West Division with former WAC rivals SMU, Rice and UTEP in addition to Houston and Tulane. The East Division includes Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Central Florida, Marshall, Alabama Birmingham and East Carolina. “We are excited about adding new members and making structural improvements to Conference USA,??? Banowsky said. “This is an opportunity for us to tighten our geography, group similar institutions together, create a divisional model, and stage a football championship game. It will be very exciting to watch this league grow and develop.??? The conference headquarters moved from Chicago to the Las Colinas area in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex last year. Along with the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC, Conference USA is one of the seven conferences having significant representation in the NCAA governance structure. Tulsa’s first C-USA football game this fall will be at home against Memphis on Sept. 24. Tulsa opens its season at home against Minnesota on Sept. 1. Tickets can be purchased by calling 631-GOTU or by visiting the ticket office in the Reynolds Center.

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Updated 03-30-2005

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