ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tom Mickle, a former Atlantic Coast Conference associate commissioner who was instrumental in creating what would become the Bowl Championship Series, died Monday. He was 55.
Mickle was the executive director of Florida Citrus Sports,
which confirmed his death in a statement. The nonprofit
organization oversees athletic events in Florida, including two
college football bowls -- Capital One and Champs Sports.
No official cause of death was released. Mickle had been
battling cancer discovered during a January kidney removal surgery.
Mickle managed conference finances for the ACC and supervised
public relations efforts. In 1992, he was instrumental in the
creation of the Bowl Coalition, which evolved into the Bowl
Mickle became head of Florida Citrus Sports in January 2002. In
addition to the bowl games, he took control of a half marathon, the
Orlando Citrus Parade and the annual football matchup between
Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman College.
"Tom's vision, energy and positive attitude were an inspiration
to all who worked with him and will be missed," chairman Dick
Rivera said in a statement.
A native of Media, Pa., Mickle worked 17 years for Duke
University in media relations, fundraising and student services.
Mickle graduated from Duke in 1972. He is survived by his wife,
Jill, and his two children, Matthew and Holland.