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Michael S. Kelly

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Michael Kelly, Vice President of Athletics at the University of South Florida[1], was named to the post on June 26, 2018, returning to Tampa, Florida, where he formerly directed an NCAA Men's Final Four, a Super Bowl and the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game[2]. Kelly most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of the College Football Playoff (CFP) for six years[3]. In that role, Kelly was instrumental in launching the current format which replaced the now defunct Bowl Championship Series (BCS)[4], 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), overseeing the conference office's football, communications and broadcasting operations[5]. 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) and South Florida (Super Bowl XLI)[6]. 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[7]. In 2006, Kelly was named to the Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40”[8].

Early Life[edit | edit source]

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[9]. Kelly went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University[10] (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[12]. Kelly was presented with St. Thomas University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006[13].

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Michael Kelly - Vice President of Athletics - Staff Directory". USF Athletics.
  2. "USF hires CFP exec Kelly as new AD". ESPN.com. 26 June 2018.
  3. Murschel, Matt. "USF names Playoff COO Michael Kelly as its next athletics director". OrlandoSentinel.com.
  4. Library, C. N. N. "Bowl Championship Series Fast Facts". CNN.
  5. Favat, Brian (20 September 2010). "Five Good Minutes With Michael Kelly, ACC's Associate Commissioner For Communications And Football Operations". BC Interruption.
  6. Layberger, Tom. "New USF Athletic Director Michael Kelly Has Strong Appreciation For University And Region". Forbes.
  7. Murschel, Matt. "USF names Playoff COO Michael Kelly as its next athletics director". OrlandoSentinel.com.
  8. "Michael Kelly". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com.
  9. "A Journey of Leadership, Discipline and Passion". St. John's College High School. 31 January 2019.
  10. "Deacon Spotlight: Michael Kelly". Wake Forest University Athletics.
  11. "Sports Administration". School of Business - St. Thomas University.
  12. "Michael Kelly's journey: From selling Marlins tickets to USF athletic director". Tampa Bay Times. 29 June 2018.
  13. "Sports Administration". School of Business - St. Thomas University.

External Links[edit | edit source]

https://www.athleticdirectoru.com/audio/michael-kelly-college-football-playoff/

https://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/06/26/playoff-coo-michael-kelly-named-athletic-director-at-usf/

https://www.connectsports.com/feature/25-things-didnt-know-michael-kelly-coo-college-football-playoff/


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