Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hollis named to NCAA basketball committee

MSU athletics director Mark Hollis and Delaware AD Bernard Muir have been named to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. The pair will begin five-year terms on Sept. 1.

This is the committee that selects and seeds the NCAA Tournament field every year.

"I’m both excited and humbled to be appointed to the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee,” Hollis said in a release. “The growth of college basketball since my first level of involvement as a student manager in 1980 has been quite remarkable. I have the greatest respect of those who have impacted the sport, including those with the NCAA office and those having served on this committee.

"With new opportunities and formidable challenges on the horizon, I take seriously the anticipated contributions that come with serving the NCAA membership as part of this esteemed group."

Hollis has pioneered a lot of major events in his time with MSU, including the Cold War hockey game at Spartan Stadium in 2001, which started the outdoor hockey craze, and the the BasketBowl at Ford Field in 2003, which changed how football stadiums were used for college basketball games. This year, his dream of a basketball game on an aircraft carrier came to life, and is something that will continue in the coming seasons.

Here is the release from the NCAA.

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