Bill Hancock’s Olympic update: So long to Sochi

Prairie Village’s Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, began volunteering with the USOC at the Olympics in 1984 and is in Sochi, sharing daily reports with friends and colleagues, including The Star. Here are excerpts from his final update, Sunday, Feb. 23:

Bill Hancock on the Olympic press center, food and vodka

Prairie Village’s Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, began volunteering with the USOC at the Olympics in 1984 and is in Sochi, sharing daily reports with friends and colleagues, including The Star. Here are excerpts from his latest update.

Bill Hancock’s Olympic letters home: A day in the mountains

Prairie Village’s Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, began volunteering with the USOC at the Olympics in 1984 and is in Sochi now, sharing daily reports with friends and colleagues, including The Star. Here are excerpts from his latest update, Sunday, Feb. 16:

Friday Five: Missouri athletics’ handling of Michael Sam, Marcus Smart, Shockers and more

Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian takes on five topics every Friday on his blog. This week, he leads off with the Missouri athletic department, which this week enjoyed a crucial triumph that reflected months of sensitive work and a well-equipped infrastructure. When MU senior defensive end Michael Sam announced he was gay on Sunday, it marked the culmination of a thoughtful and even model approach to a situation with no known precedent or blueprint.

Scribing from Sochi: Bill Hancock from inside the Olympics, Part 1

Through all his career moves, Bill Hancock of Prairie Village has enjoyed a near-constant: volunteering to help with the United States Olympic Committee starting in 1984. Here’s why: “There’s nothing else like the Olympics. It’s a big ole county fair,” he said by email from Sochi earlier this week. Check out his dispatches from throughout the Olympics here: