Friday, December 15, 2017
Colleges

Arizona advances in CWS; Gators set committee to pick new AD

OMAHA, Neb. — Jared Oliva homered for the first time in more than two months and JC Cloney pitched seven strong innings, leading Arizona to a 3-0 win over UC Santa Barbara in a College World Series elimination game Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (46-22) play Oklahoma State on Friday. They need to win that game and another Saturday against the Cowboys to reach next week's best-of-three final.

The Gauchos (43-20-1) went 1-2 in their first CWS.

UF sets committee to choose new AD

Florida's search for a new athletic director will be led by an eight-person committee, the school announced.

UF is seeking a replacement for Jeremy Foley, who announced his retirement last week after a quarter-century as the Gators' AD.

Former board of trustees chairman Manny Fernandez heads the search, as university president Kent Fuchs said last week. Fernandez leads a venture capital fund in Fort Myers.

The other committee members:

• Cammy Abernathy, dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and member of the school's Title IX committee.

• Ron Coleman, former president of the Gator Boosters and the first African-American student-athlete to be offered a UF scholarship.

• Andy Fawbush, Jacksonville attorney and president of the University Athletic Association board of directors.

• Virginia Maurer, who served five terms on the Athletic Association board and is professor of business law and legal studies at UF.

• W. Andrew McCollough, chair of UF's intercollegiate athletics committee and an associate provost.

• Tom Mitchell, UF's vice president for advancement.

• Michael Sagas, UF's faculty athletics representative to SEC and chair of UF's department of tourism, recreation and sports management.

Executive associate athletic director Lynda Tealer will serve as the Athletic Association's liaison to the committee.

Although Fuchs said last week that he planned to use an outside consultant, UF said Wednesday that it will not use an executive search firm.

The university hopes to have a new AD ready when Foley transitions to an emeritus role on Oct. 1.

Times staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.

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