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August 20, 2012

BCS executive director to speak at Cowley on September 13


bookBill Hancock, the first executive director of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and author of "Riding With the Blue Moth”, will speak at Cowley College’s Robert Brown Theatre on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. His presentation will focus on overcoming tragedy and his bike and book journey. There is no cost to attend the event.

Prior to his evening presentation, Hancock will speak at the Tiger Booster Club Luncheon for the Blitz Drive. Discussion will focus on the BCS and the ins and outs of the business of higher level sports management.

Bill and his wife, Nicki, lost their son, Will, when he was killed Jan. 27, 2001, at age 31, in the crash of an airplane carrying members of the Oklahoma State University men's basketball team home from a game in Boulder, Colo.

His memoir about the transcontinental bicycle journey, "Riding With the Blue Moth," has been among the top-selling sports books since it was released in October 2005. The book details Hancock’s bicycle trek across the country. The 2,747-mile journey from the west coast to the east coast became more than a distraction from grief. It became a pilgrimage.

His second book, "This One Day in Hobart," is a historical chronology of his home town in Oklahoma.

Hancock has achieved a unique double-double at the upper echelon of intercollegiate athletics. He was the first full-time director of the NCAA Final Four prior to becoming the first executive director of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

He served for 13 years as director of the NCAA's Division I Men's Basketball Championship. After the loss of his son, Will, he retired in 2002 and for three years was the tournament's media coordinator on a consulting basis before being named BCS administrator in October 2005. He became executive director in November 2009.

An avid outdoorsman, Hancock has run 15 marathons and has ridden a bicycle across the United States, twice. In 2001, he spent 35 days riding from Huntington Beach, CA, to Tybee Island, Ga. In 2003, he traveled in 17 days from U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to the International Peace Garden at the U.S.-Canada border in North Dakota.

Hancock is a 1972 journalism graduate of the University of Oklahoma. In the fall of 1971 he joined the staff of the university's athletics department as assistant sports information director. After his newspaper-publisher father died in 1974, Bill spent four years as editor of his family's daily newspaper, the Hobart Democrat-Chief.

For 11 years, he served on the staff of the Big Eight Conference, first as media relations director, then as assistant commissioner in charge of championships and marketing. He became director of the Final Four in 1989.

Hancock has served on the U.S. Olympic Committee staff at nine Olympic Games and two Pan American games. His hobbies are grand parenting, cycling, running, classical music and American history.

He was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors hall of fame in 2005 and the All-College Basketball Classic Hall of Fame in 2010.