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Dave Fairbank
Reporter, Sr
My Role

Sports reporter, columnist, periodic blogger, occasional pot stirrer, utility infielder
My Biography

Born and raised in Maryland. Came to work in Newport News, Va., in 1984.
My Interests

Taxidermy, Chinese opera, Peruvian architecture. Good stories well told.
My Recent Articles

This blog is moving 5/24/2012
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CAA Positioning Itself 5/21/2012
Magnanimous gent that he is, George Mason athletic director Tom O’Connor is in favor of Old Dominion and Georgia State competing for CAA championships on their way out the door and for a change in the conference bylaws that prohibit such things. That was one of the nuggets from ESPN college hoops Bigfoot Andy Katz , who also reported that CAA commish Tom Yeager had informed Southern Conference counterpart John Iamarino that he would be trolling the neighborhood. Expansion and membership are J...

Recruiting Change at ODU 5/18/2012
Fittingly, football coach Bobby Wilder was in attendance Thursday as Old Dominion announced its move to Conference USA, since the jump is tied to football. Equally fitting, seven assistant coaches were unable to attend because they were on the road recruiting. Never mind start-up success and ambition and dollars pledged, recruiting and talent will determine whether ODU football succeeds or fails in the Football Bowl Subdivision and C-USA. “The recruiting game just changed dramatically,” Wilder...

CAA's Anxious Times 5/16/2012
Recent events and the next couple of weeks guarantee that the Colonial Athletic Association’s spring meetings June 2-7 in Hilton Head, S.C., will be about much more than tee times and dinner reservations. Commissioner Tom Yeager’s influence and management chops will be tested as the direction of the conference, and perhaps its future, are likely to be determined in the coming weeks. Yeager, the CAA’s genial and connected leader, emerges from Tuesday’s funk as shepherd of a league in transition...

Decisions Loom for Conference Realignment 5/8/2012
Rumors and whispers of local college conference membership shuffles could see the light of day beginning Wednesday, when George Mason’s Board of Visitors holds its final scheduled meeting of the school year. Mason and VCU are considering a jump to the Atlantic 10 Conference from the Colonial Athletic Association, as Old Dominion ponders an invitation from Conference USA. VCU’s Board of Visitors is scheduled to meet Friday, while the executive committee of ODU’s Board of Visitors meets Monday. ...