Tournament of Roses Executive Director to Star at Quarterbacks Luncheon Today

Published : Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 4:25 AM

William Flinn

The 2014 BCS Championship may be the last of its kind, before it changes into a new format in the following years.

Tournament of Roses Executive Director William Flinn will talk about this and other information regarding the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship game during the Pasadena Quarterbacks luncheon on Friday, November 1 at 11:30 a.m.

“The reality is we are doing the last BCS National Championship Game in its current format, and in 2015 it’s all going to change,” Flinn said.

Flinn will be joined by Flintridge Prep football coach Antonio Harrison in the luncheon at Brookside Country Club.

“We’ll probably hit upon the BCS National Championship Game which will happen on the 6th of January here in Pasadena and kind of concentrate on the plans, the different celebrations that are happening in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Rose Bowl game,” Flinn said.

Another topic that Flinn is set to discuss is the history and behind-the-scenes of the 100th Rose Bowl game.

“We’re going to be talking about the 100th Rose Bowl game and its history and its first collegiate post-season ball game that’s ever got to the age of 100,” Flinn said.

The forum will include a question and answer portion wherein fans may ask any information especially those related to the BCS post-season ball games.

Flinn assumed the role of executive director on March 1, 2012. He was also an interim executive director, chief operating and director of public relations at the Tournament of Roses.

Antonio Harrison

Flinn served in various management positions before being named chief operating officer in 1997. As COO, he has been responsible for overseeing the Tournament’s public and media relations, marketing, licensing, government relations, parade television broadcasting, membership services, procurement, and services to the Tournament’s corporate and civic participants.

In addition to his work with the Tournament of Roses Association, Flinn has been an active volunteer with several community organizations. Most recently, he is the Chairman of the Governance Council for Crestmont College and has served as the President and Chairman of the Board of Pasadena Christian Schools.

Over the years, Flinn also has directed numerous choral and instrumental groups and is the conductor of The Salvation Army’s Pasadena Tabernacle Band.

Harrison, meanwhile, serves as the Admissions Community Liaison at Flintridge Prep and also works on various school initiatives. Harrison received his BA from Grinnell College and his MA from The Chicago School.

Lunch will be served at noon and costs $25 for members and $30 for non members, while $5 will be charged for those who wish to attend but not have lunch.

The Pasadena Quarterbacks are local sports enthusiasts who meet weekly during the football season (September through November) to hear prominent speakers from the sports world as well as area college and high school coaches.

Brookside Country Club is located at 1133 Rosemont Ave. For more information, visit

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