Meet Doug Ingels! Doug is the Tournament of Roses’ new Game Media Assistant, a position he obtained because of his selection as the 2013-14 Tom Mickle BCS Intern.
Mickle was an admired sports professional who made many contributions to college football in general and to the development of the BCS in particular. At the time of his death in 2006, Mickle was the executive director of Florida Citrus Sports, host of the Capital One Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl. Prior to that, he was an assistant commissioner at the Atlantic Coast Conference and it was during his time there that he sketched out the beginnings of what would later become the BCS. Before his post at the ACC, Mickle had been an assistant athletics director at Duke University. He was himself a Duke graduate.
Following Mickle’s death, conference commissioners and directors of the four BCS bowls decided to honor his legacy by creating a program to place an intern at the bowl that will host that year’s BCS championship. It’s a win for everyone: the bowl staff gets an extra person (paid by the BCS) to help as they pull together two games just days apart, the intern gets incomparable work experience on two top-level college football games, and a man whose name is enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame, as a recipient of the Football Writers Association of America’s Bert McGrane Award, is annually remembered and celebrated.
Doug just graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in May. He earned a degree in journalism and economics, and served as a student manager for the Badgers football team during three consecutive Rose Bowl Game appearances. Even though this isn’t his first time in Pasadena, being the Mickle Intern will make the coming months all the more special.by