Ball State names Arizona State veteran AD

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Tom "TC" Collins, the senior associate
athletic director at Arizona State University for the past five
years, was named director of intercollegiate athletics at Ball
State University on Saturday.
Collins will begin his duties at Ball State on Jan. 9. He
succeeds Bubba Cunningham, recently named the athletic director at
the University of Tulsa.
Collins' tasks will include overseeing the renovation of Ball
State's football stadium. The project, which is scheduled to begin
in 2006, will include the installation of synthetic grass, new
seating, concession stands and restrooms and the construction of
private boxes and a larger press box. It recently raised $13.6
million for the project.
Ball State scored fourth highest in the nation on the NCAA's
most recent Academic Progress Rate and had the highest graduation
rate among public universities for Division I-A football players.
"It's clear that my predecessors at Ball State and the
administration have staked out a commitment to the true
scholar-athlete model of intercollegiate athletics, and that is one
aspect of this program that I found tremendously appealing," he
During Collins' 20-year tenure at Arizona State, he helped
direct a collegiate licensing program that generated annual
revenues in excess of $450,000, and created an Addy Award-winning
"Playing with Fire" marketing slogan.
"TC's experience is impressive, covering a wide range of
responsibilities in major Division I-A athletics departments at
Arizona State, the University of Miami and Washington State
University," Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora said in a