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ESPN Sportswriter/UNH Alum Jackie MacMullan on Campus Nov. 13

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 4, 2009

National sports columnist and former captain of the UNH women’s basketball team Jackie MacMullan will be on campus next week to sign copies of her new book “Larry Bird, Earvin Magic Johnson; When The Game Was Ours.”

MacMullan will attend the women’s basketball team season opener against St. Joseph's University, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Lundholm Gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the book signing begins at 6 p.m.

The former Boston Globe sportswriter graduated from UNH in 1982 after playing basketball for four years. While at UNH, she received the Robert Perry Student-Athlete Award and the Dean Williamson Award, given to the student who excels in scholarship athletics and loyalty to the university.

"I am thrilled to have Jackie back on campus for her book signing," said Kristin Cole, UNH women's basketball coach. "She is a wonderful person and one of our greatest alumni. Her book is fantastic and is a must read."

MacMullan covered the NBA for Sports Illustrated from 1995 to 2000. She co-authored her latest book with Bird, who played with the Boston Celtics for 13 seasons and was head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000, and Johnson, a 13-season veteran of the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 2003, she wrote “Magic and Bird: Basketball's Awed Couple” and in 2006 released “Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection” with Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi.

MacMullan has been a correspondent for several cable television networks including ESPN, CNNSI, and NESN, as well as WHDH-TV in Boston. She is a regular contestant on the ESPN program “Around the Horn.”

Purchase of “When The Game Was Ours” includes free admission to the game. Students and individuals who buy three or more books will get a 10 percent discount on the cover price.

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