STARKVILLE – He’s no longer running Mississippi State’s athletic department, but Larry Templeton is as busy as he’s ever been.
A year after stepping down from the post he held for 21 years, the 1969 MSU graduate has found himself bouncing around the country and offering his expertise on a variety of topics within intercollegiate athletics:
– He was on the Southeastern Conference negotiating committee that sealed the television megadeals with CBS and ESPN.
– He also helped negotiate the league’s digital rights contract.
– He’s been serving on the NCAA Baseball Issues Committee.
– He was tabbed by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive last month as an SEC consultant.
“A lot more travel than I probably did when I was full-time AD,” Templeton said. “It’s been a lot more detail and (more) involved than I anticipated.”
And there’s more to come.
As a consultant, Templeton will help the SEC renegotiate its bowl contracts. He’s still on the issues committee and will have a role in the construction of the new Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., site of the College World Series.
Plus, there are still details of the TV contracts to be worked out.
Most satisfying for Templeton, though, has been staying directly connected to MSU. He’s got an office in the new Templeton Athletic Academic Center, a facility he pushed hard to get built before stepping down.
“Functionally, there’s not a better academic facility in the conference,” he said. “The thing I’ve seen that makes me feel good is when kids come in there, they have a real desire to be there.”
So does Templeton.
Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal