Conference Commissioner Fired

Monday June 2, 2008
TUCKER, Ga. (AP) -- The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference has fired its commissioner, William E. Lide, citing a
critical audit. The dismissal was announced Monday in a statement from the SIAC's chairman of the Council of Presidents, Tuskegee University President Benjamin E. Payton.

Payton said Lide's termination was effective May 31. The
statement said a recent internal audit found numerous
irregularities, including alleged mishandling of conference
finances.

Payton said the Council named George Mategakis, a current member
of the SIAC staff, as interim commissioner. The conference, based in Tucker, Ga., has 13 member schools competing in Division II.

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