NEW ORLEANS – Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), will address the Sun Belt media corps along with GoDaddy.com Bowl President Jerry Silverstein and R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Executive Director Billy Ferrante during the Sun Belt Conference’s upcoming Football Media Days.

The Sun Belt Conference will once again be using its unique, state-of-the-art videoconferencing format for the event that will be conducted July 18 and 19th. The format eliminates travel costs for media members, coaches, administrators and student-athletes while still allowing personal interaction.

Hancock has served as an administrator for the BCS since 2005 and was named the Executive Director in November 2009. Prior to his time with the BCS, the Oklahoman spent 13 years as director of the NCAA's Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

The BCS is a five-game showcase of college football. It is designed to ensure that the two top-rated teams in the country meet in the national championship game, and to create exciting and competitive matchups among eight other highly regarded teams in four other bowl games.

The BCS is managed by the commissioners of the 11 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ("FBS") (formerly Division I-A) conferences, the director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame, and representatives of the bowl organizations. The conferences are Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt, Pacific-10, Southeastern and Western Athletic.

All 11 Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A) conferences are “BCS Conferences” because the arrangement is managed by all 11 of them. There are no “non-BCS Conferences” in the bowl subdivision.

Silverstein and Ferrante have been at the forefront of promoting the Sun Belt Conference through the league’s contracts with their respective bowl games.

In his time with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Ferrante extended the Sun Belt’s relationship with the bowl game through the 2014 football season. He has also witnessed the league win four of the last five bowl games while setting new highs for attendance for both the 2008 and 2009 games.

Silverstein was a crucial leader in aiding the Sun Belt’s efforts to establish a second relationship with a postseason bowl game. As the head of the GoDaddy.com Bowl he struck a deal with the conference to make sure a league team would play in that game through the 2014 season.


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