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September 5, 2012


Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the BCS to speak at Cowley College


As part of the 90th anniversary special event series, Cowley College is excited to announce that the Executive Director of the BCS, author and sports icon, Bill Hancock, will be speaking next Thursday, September 13th,  at 7 p.m. in the Brown Center Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.   Blue Moth

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 and is now the first executive director of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

Hancock served 13 years as director of the NCAA's Division I Men's Basketball Championship -- the three-week "March Madness" event that culminates at the Final Four.

After a family tragedy, 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, Calif., 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.

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.

“I feel fortunate that we were able to bring Mr. Hancock to campus,” Sue Saia, vice president of Student Affairs at Cowley College said. “He’s a very busy man and I’m excited that he’s going to be able to spend an evening at Cowley College. It’s quite an opportunity for our community and our students to be able to hear him speak. We are looking forward to Thursday’s presentation.”