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Sam Bailey, former University of Tampa athletic director and coach, dies at 86

TAMPA — Sam Bailey, a former University of Tampa athletic director and coach, died Tuesday evening. He was 86. Mr. Bailey had complications after surgery, said longtime friend and civic leader George Levy.

The Sanibel Island native left his family's general store to play football at Georgia before moving to the NFL in its early years, according to UT's website. When returning to Sanibel, he stopped by UT and never left, athletic director Larry Marfise said.

"It's a tremendous loss. He was the face of the University of Tampa Athletics for so many years," Marfise said.

Mr. Bailey coached the baseball, football, basketball and golf teams, and built some programs. UT named the baseball field after him in the early 1970s. He stayed involved after the university president cut the football program and fired him for speaking against the move in 1974. He stopped by the athletic department three times a month to visit with employees and give advice, Marfise said.

Mr. Bailey was active up until his sudden illness in the past few weeks, said Levy, who has known Bailey since he was an assistant coach in the 1960s. "He was a very honest, very sincere person," Levy said.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters and grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

Michigan State: Coach Mark Dantonio was released from the hospital, two days after suffering a mild heart attack following an overtime win against Notre Dame. "I'm anxious and excited to be home with my family," he said in a statement. "I haven't established a time line for my return." Don Treadwell, offensive coordinator for the No. 25 Spartans, is leading the team.

Big 12: Nebraska's departure from the conference will cost the university more than $9 million, and Colorado is leaving more than $6 million from the conference behind to join the Pac-10 next year, the Big 12 and the schools announced.

BYU: Starting quarterback Riley Nelson is done for the season because of an injury to his right (nonthrowing) shoulder. Coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a release that Nelson will need surgery after being injured in Saturday's 34-10 loss at Florida State. Freshman Jake Heaps is now the most experienced QB.

West Virginia: Suspended senior cornerback Brandon Hogan has been allowed to return to practice. He was suspended indefinitely after being arrested on a drunken driving charge this month. Coach Bill Stewart said he'll decide Saturday whether Hogan will play when No. 22 West Virginia faces No. 15 LSU.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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