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Michael S. Kelly

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Michael Kelly, Vice President of Athletics at the University of South Florida, was named to the post on June 26, 2018[1], returning to Tampa, Florida, where he formerly directed an NCAA Men's Final Four[2], a Super Bowl [3] and the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game [4]. Kelly most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of the College Football Playoff (CFP) for six years [5]. In that role, Kelly was instrumental in launching the current format which replaced the now defunct Bowl Championship Series (BCS)[6], leading the organization's day-to-day operations and future sites selection process. Prior to his tenure as the Chief Operating Officer of the College Football Playoff, Kelly served as the senior associate commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)[7], overseeing the conference office's football, communications and broadcasting operations. Kelly is the only person to ever serve as lead local executive for three different Super Bowls in three different communities, having been president of the Super Bowl host committees in Tampa Bay (Super Bowl XXXV), Jacksonville (Super Bowl XXXIX)[8]. He was also executive director of the 1999 Men’s Basketball Final Four host committee for the event held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. In 2006, Kelly was named to the Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40”[9].

Early Life[edit]

Kelly graduated from St. John's College High School in Washington D.C. in 1988 where he was a member of the varsity basketball team[10]. Kelly went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University (Magna Cum Laude) and later attended St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, where he earned a master's degree in sport administration[11]. He began his career in sports as an intern for the Florida (Miami) Marlins during their inaugural season in 1993.

Personal Life[edit]

Michael Kelly was born in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1970. He and his wife, Lisa (Faircloth) Kelly, have two daughters, Cara and Seana.


  1. "University of South Florida Names Michael Kelly New Vice President of Athletics". www.usf.edu.
  2. Layberger, Tom. "New USF Athletic Director Michael Kelly Has Strong Appreciation For University And Region". Forbes.
  3. "Sports Career Spotlight: Michael Kelly, Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee - SportsCareers.com". www.sportscareers.com.
  4. "USF hires CFP exec Kelly as new AD". ESPN.com. 26 June 2018.
  5. "South Florida hires CFP exec Kelly as athletic director". AP NEWS. 26 June 2018.
  6. "BCS National Championship Game". Wikipedia. 30 December 2019.
  7. Poovey, Cherin C. (1 August 2011). "It's football season year-round for the ACC's Michael Kelly ('92)". Wake Forest Magazine.
  8. "In Michael Kelly, USF hired one 'Smooth Operator'". Tampa Bay Times.
  9. "Forty Under 40: Class of 2006". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com.
  10. "A Journey of Leadership, Discipline and Passion". St. John's College High School. 31 January 2019.
  11. "Michael Kelly hired as USF athletic director". Tampa Bay Times. 26 June 2018.

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