Ball State names Arizona State veteran AD

Updated: December 3, 2005, 2:09 PM ET
Associated Press

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 said.

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 statement.

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