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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bob Frederick tribute: Andy Katz

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The following appeared in Andy Katz's column on ESPN.com.

I want to express my deep condolences to the family of former Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick. Frederick was one of the most genuine and warm athletic directors I've come across in the past two decades. He made a bold choice when he hired North Carolina assistant Roy Williams to take over KU after Larry Brown had won the 1988 national title. Frederick was a central figure in the world of college basketball for many years, including his time as the chair of the NCAA men's basketball tournament committee. His tragic death after a bike accident in Lawrence shouldn't have gotten lost amid other news in the sport last week. Frederick was an example of what was good in the sport. He will be sorely missed.

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