March 19, 2012
Baylor University Director of Athletics Ian McCawhas been nominated as Athletic Director of the Year, the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily announced Monday. One of five nominees in the category, McCaw is the Big 12 Conference's lone nominee.
Under McCaw's leadership and guidance, Baylor has put together one of the finest athletics seasons in school history. Baylor University secured its first Heisman Trophy, as Robert GriffinIII brought home the award after guiding the Bears' football team to its first 10-win season since 1980 that was capped by the 2011 Alamo Bowl title and a final BCS ranking of No. 12. From Nov. 1 until Jan. 16, BU's football and men's and women's basketball teams went a combined 40-0, and the Lady Bears recently captured their second consecutive Big 12 regular season and tournament title sweep.
To date, each 2011-12 Baylor team has advanced to NCAA postseason play, with the soccer team being selected for the first time since 1999 and volleyball earning a bid for the second time in three seasons.
Additionally, to end 2011, the men's and women's tennis teams captured Big 12 titles with the women advancing to the NCAA national semifinals, while the softball team reached to the Women's College World Series semifinals for the first time since 2007.
The fifth annual Sports Business Awards, which will be presented during a live ceremony May 23 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square, includes 77 nominees across 15 categories and was selected after extensive research and review by the editorial staffs of SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in sports business from March 1, 2011, to Feb. 29, 2012, and will be judged soley by the editorial staffs of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.
Athletic Director Of The Year Finalists
Ian McCaw, Baylor University
Bill Bradshaw, Temple University
Dave Brandon, University of Michigan
Mark Hollis, Michigan State University
Jeff Long, University of Arkansas