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Wayne Duke, who was Big Ten commish for 18 years, dies at 88

Wayne Duke, the former NCAA executive who later served as commissioner of the Big Ten for 18 years, has died. He was 88.

Duke's family notified the Big Ten on Wednesday that he had died. He had been living in Barrington, Illinois, and had been in declining health.

After serving for 11 years as assistant to Walter Byers, the first NCAA executive director, Duke became commissioner of the Big Eight conference in 1963 at the age of 34. He became Big Ten commissioner in 1971 and retired in 1989.

Duke guided the Big Ten through the first stages of great growth in television coverage of college football. He also served on the NCAA men's basketball committee as the tournament expanded from 32 teams to 40 teams to 48 teams.