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Tulsa hires Ball State AD Cunningham

TULSA, Okla. -- The University of Tulsa has hired Ball State University athletic director Lawrence "Bubba" Cunningham to be the Golden Hurricane's new athletic director, school officials said Friday.

Cunningham, 43, has been athletic director at Ball State in Muncie, Ind., since 2002 and helped complete a $12 million campaign
to renovate the football stadium.

Tulsa president Steadman Upham said Cunningham exemplifies the
qualities and characteristics he was looking for.

"He has outstanding and well-rounded credentials as an athletic
administrator," Upham said. "Bubba's experience in marketing,
fund-raising and the planning of facilities is well-suited for our
university."

Cunningham said he was impressed with the university, the
coaches and the support of the community. "The transformation
that's occurring on campus and the entrance into Conference USA
with all the new opportunities that C-USA presents for the
university is exciting," he said.

"The size of the campus and the chance to work with outstanding
coaches and student athletes is very appealing."

Prior to his employment with Ball State, Cunningham spent 15
years working at the athletic department at the University of Notre
Dame where he served various capacities including ticket and
marketing manager, assistant athletic director/business manager,
associate athletic for finance and facilities and associate
athletic director for external affairs.

Cunningham earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in
business administration from Notre Dame and played on the
university's golf team.

Cunningham succeeds Judy MacLeod, who resigned in August to
become an associate commissioner in Conference USA. TU vice
president Kevan Buck has served as interim athletic director.

Cunningham signed a five-year contract with TU. Terms of the
contract were not released.

Cunningham signed a five-year contract with TU. Terms of the
contract were not released. Tulsa spokesman Don Tomkalski said the
school hopes to have him in place in his new job by mid-November.