BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Robert Bockrath was named athletic director at the University of California following a four-month nationwide search.
Bockrath, 48, has been senior associate director of athletics at Arizona for the past three years after serving there as associate director for more than eight years. He was assistant football coach at Arizona from 1972 to 1976 and offensive coordinator at Purdue from 1976 to 1980.
″He has the broad experience to accomplish the merger of men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics along with recreational sports, a major reorganization that will occur over the coming year,″ said California chancellor Chang-Lin Tien.
The school’s men’s athletic director, Dave Maggard, left for the University of Miami, Fla., in April. That job has since been filled on an acting basis by Rick Greenspan. Luella Lilly is the women’s athletic director, a post she has held since it was created in the 1970s.
″The details of the merger will be worked out with Bockrath during the next few months,″ university spokesman Ray Colvig said.
CINCINNATI (AP) - An Arena Football League franchise is to begin operating in Cincinnati next year, investors in the team announced.
The Ted Gregory family, owners of Cincinnati’s Montgomery Inn restaurants, are to be the major investors in the franchise, Cincinnati sports promoter Keith Sprunk said on Tuesday.
The league began in 1989 and had eight teams this year, including a new franchise in Columbus. The other franchises are in Detroit, New Orleans, Dallas, Denver, Albany, N.Y., Orlando, Fla., and Tampa, Fla.
Tampa Bay won the league title Saturday by defeating Detroit in the Arena Bowl.
Each team is allowed to carry 20 players on its roster. League officials said a draft would be conducted to stock the expansion Cincinnati franchise.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The gambling case against a firefighter who ran a fantasy baseball league fell apart when the judge threw out the main piece of evidence, a prosecutor said.
Misdemeanor gambling charges were dropped Tuesday against Randy Bramos, a former North Lauderdale firefighter, when Judge Leonard Feiner wouldn’t allow copies of a fantasy league ledger to be introduced as evidence, assistant state attorney Scott Raft said.
Bramos lost his job after allegations that he served as commissioner of the league on city time were made public. If convicted, he could have faced a year behind bars, but prosecutors said they hadn’t intended to seek jail time.
As part of an investigation into gambling allegations at the firehouse, one of Bramos colleagues looked at the ledger, Raft said.
″There was a factual dispute over whether or not the book was left open in view or in a gym bag,″ Raft explained.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns have applied for a license to operate an Arena Football League franchise.
Suns co-owner Jerry Colangelo made the application after meeting with other owners over the weekend, Arenaball Commissioner Jim Foster said in a statement Tuesday. Franchise rights, purchased under a licensing assesment, cost about $250,000.
An ownership group in Cincinnati became the first expansion applicant earlier Tuesday. The application was announced at a news conference in league offices in Des Plaines, Ill.
Foster said the league hopes to add at least two teams and would like to add four, creating a 12-team alignment with two or three divisions.