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Tigers' new athletic director has Saint Mary ties

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(WMC-TV) - It is Athletic Director Tom Bowen's first year on the job at the University of Memphis. Things could be tense for Bowen Thursday because of a few connections he has to Saint Mary's.

A.D. Bowen watched from the sidelines Wednesday as the Tigers got their first practice in before the big game against the Saint Mary's Gaels. He was employed by the college for five years.

"It will be an interesting match-up for their style of play versus our style of play," said Bowen.

His employment at the school is not the only connection he has to the Gaels.

"I got married there 22 years ago. My wife's an alum," he said.

These connections could make for an interesting few days for Bowen during the NCAA tournament. But does not want fans to worry.

"My wife is an alum, but it's pretty set, 'Go Tigers Go,'" he said.

Despite his excitement for Saint Mary's and their success, Bowen is loyal as the University of Memphis' new athletic director.

"I think being in the dance, being in the NCAA tournament, it's a wonderful thing for Saint Mary's College. It's an amazing thing for University of Memphis. We've had a wonderful year," he said.

It is a wonderful year he hopes will continue after a win on Thursday.

"I think people will enjoy it," he continued. "I think it will be a very interesting game. If you're a basketball fan, you'll enjoy it for sure."

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