Two months after the release of Misty May-Treanor's autobiography, "Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life," her career on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Tour abruptly ended. The AVP spiked the tour in August, due to financial trouble and its inability to find new investors. May-Treanor, one of the AVP's biggest names, plans to step away from the game and start a family with husband Matt Treanor.
Scott Boras is such a good sports agent that he can negotiate a one-year, $10-million contract for a Major League Baseball player coming off a season in which he batted below .200. Boras closed that deal for Carlos Peña with the Chicago Cubs this month. The offseason is when Boras' clients usually earn the most they can for swinging a bat or throwing a baseball. Boras Corp. is in Newport Beach.
Becky Bailey-Findley, the former chief executive of the OC Fair & Event Center, came back on the local scene in 2010. Recently it was announced that she would serve as interim chief executive if the deal to sell the fairgrounds went through. If Newport Beach-based Facilities Management West is allowed to buy the fairgrounds, expect to see Bailey-Findley in charge until a permanent chief is named.
The dean of UC Irvine's School of Law continued to defy his critics by voicing his strong views. After 11 UC students were arrested at UCI in February for allegedly disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador, he tore into them in an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times. He argued that the students hadn't necessarily had their First Amendment rights violated. Rather, they had prevented others from speaking freely.
Mike Izzi, the third-year UC Irvine athletic director, made, arguably, the most difficult decision of his tenure in 2010, letting men's basketball Coach Pat Douglass go and hiring former NBA and college assistant Russ Turner to take over. He continues to oversee baseball and men's volleyball programs that are nationally renowned, and the men's and women's soccer teams have been ranked in the top 11 nationally this year.