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TrangheseMike Tranghese has been the Commissioner of the Big East Conference since 1990. One of the most respected and influential administrators in collegiate athletics, Tranghese has been the one constant in a league that has enjoyed meteoric
growth, the establishment of football, and a dramatic change in its membership. The Big East has emerged as a 16-member consortium that has never been stronger. Mike served a five year term on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, concluding his service in 2000-01 as committee chair. He has also served as chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Subcommittee on Television and was on the negotiating team that secured a record $6 billion contract from CBS for broadcast rights to the men’s basketball championship. During the 2002 and 2003 football seasons, he was the
lead administrator of the Bowl Championship Series, the group of major conferences and bowls that produces college football’s national championship game and the best possible bowl matchups. Prior to becoming the Big East’s first full-time employee in 1979, Mike served as Sports Information Director at Providence College, where he generated publicity for the Friars nationally successful teams under Coach Dave Gavitt.

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