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Marc Usa Taps Jerry Thompson To Expand Pr Practice

USA Today Preseason Basketball Poll Released

Thompson is joining the ad agency in the newly-created position of executive vice president, director of public relations. Thompson most recently was at Ketchum Public Relations, where he led Ketchum Energy, the agency’s global energy industry consulting group. Thompson’s background in the energy and tech sectors was a factor in Marc USA’s decision to bring him on board. Marc USA CEO Michele Fabrizi said Thompson’s “deep experience” in these areas would help the ad agency expand in those categories. Thompson said his decision to move to Marc USA was based, at least in part, on the agency having “fully broken down the marketing discipline silos to provide clients with seamless solutions across all channels,” Added Thompson: “Clients want and need to take advantage of the full range of earned, owned, shared and paid media.” Over the course of his career, Thompson has counseled a range of clients, including FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Alcoa and Heinz. Thompson hold a B.S. in communication and journalism from Indiana State University. Marc USA has offices in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Miami, and employs more than 200 people. The agency’s annual billings are in excess of $320 million. Related links:

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 USA Today Preseason Basketball Poll Released Related www.SBnation.com With Maryland Madness set to kick off tomorrow, we got our first glimpse of how the National media feel about Maryland today when the USA Today preseason basketball poll was released. The Terps didn’t receive a single vote, which was honestly a little surprising to me. Five ACC teams did crack the top 25 though: Duke (#4), Syracuse (#7), North Carolina (#11), Notre Dame (#22), and Virginia (#25). In terms of out of conference games, UConn checks in at #19, so Maryland will get a chance to prove themselves early when they take on the Huskies up in New York in November. The Terps will also get a taste of life in the Big Ten when they play #10 Ohio State in the ACC-B1G Challenge in December. Future B1G foes Michigan State (#2), Michigan (#9), Wisconsin (#21) and Indiana (#24) are also ranked. At the end of the season, I really think Maryland is ahead of Notre Dame and possibly Virginia as well. The preseason basketball poll really has no implication on the season, unlike the football polls. Nor are they necessarily the most accurate thing in the world. Take a look at last season’s preseason USA Today poll (and snicker about NC State being #6). What do you think about Maryland not receiving votes? The full poll is below: RANK

USA Confirm Two Teams For Coral Coast Sevens

Photo: SUPPLIED. The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens will be the testing ground for future USA Olympic hopefuls, according to national mens coach Matt Hawkins. In a major boost for the tournament, both the shadow mens and womens USA teams have been confirmed for Lawaqa Park on14-16 November. Having experienced last years tournament as a player (for Serevi Selects) I had no hesitation in recommending the Coral Coast as part of our development program, said Hawkins. It is a great opportunity to trial players from the college and Olympic Development Academy systems as there is no better place to learn the game than in Fiji. The three tiers of our program are the USA Eagles, Falcons and All-Americans, so the team to the Coral Coast will feature a few college players, and with rugby sevens really starting to gain some traction in the USA ahead of Rio 2016 we hope to make this an annual visit. The team, to be known as the Shangri-La USA Falcons, will be one of the 24 mens teams in the tournament. Defending champion Red Rock, Pakuranga (winner of New Zealands Middlesex Sevens) and Laulii Pago (American Samoa) are others confirmed for the Pacific Rims champion of champions. The USA All-Americans had won the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens in August, while the winner of next weekends Fitness First Central Coast Sevens in NSW is to be added. Vaiala from Samoa has withdrawn. We are very grateful to the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa for hosting us and equally excited that our womens team will also be playing in Fiji, Hawkins continued. The USA Stars and Stripes in their first visit to Sigatoka take on 11 other teams for the Crest Na Iri Trophy. Our girls are really looking forward to heading to Fiji next month and we expect it to be a real learning experience which will be a benefit for us ahead of the womens world series opener in Dubai, said coach Ric Suggitt. USA Rugby has 16 womens players in its residency program at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, near San Diego, and the bulk of the team to Fiji are expected to be from this group. The full USA Eagles womens team finished third in the RWC Sevens in June and is a core team on the IRB Womens Sevens World Series which features six tournaments in 2013-14. Five sides from Fiji, four from Australia and the national squad from New Caledonia will provide tough competition for the USA Stars and Stripes. One team is still to be finalised. Tickets for the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens, which is sponsored by Goodman Fielder Fiji, Total Fiji Ltd, Fiji Airways, Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa, The Naviti Resort, Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa, Coastal Rental Cars, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, The Fiji Times, Communications Fiji Limited, Shangri-Las Fijian Resort & Spa, Nivea Men, Tappoo Group of Companies, Fiji Chemicals Diversey, Serevi Rugby and Sigatoka River Safari, are now on sale.