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Old 10-11-02, 12:47 AM
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Be Afraid! Myles Brand Named NCAA President

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA hired Indiana University president Myles Brand as its president and chief executive Thursday, ending a seven-month search for a new leader.


Brand will assume his new duties Jan. 1 and his contract will run through 2007.


Brand, 60, has been president at the university in Bloomington since 1994 and was the man who oversaw Bob Knight's firing as the school's basketball coach in September 2000.


''I look forward to a very productive time at the NCAA,'' Brand said. "A lot of good activity is already in place, but I also look forward to being a change agent.''


The NCAA interviewed 11 candidates for the position. Brand was one of three finalists interviewed Thursday by the NCAA Executive Committee. The NCAA did not disclose the identities of the other finalists, but said at least one was a minority.


The decision was unanimous, said Robert Lawless, chairman of the Executive Committee and president of the University of Tulsa. He said choosing a university president sends a message that the NCAA is interested in the academic success of student-athletes.


"He's a proven educational leader,'' Lawless said, adding Knight's dismissal had nothing to do with Brand's selection, though it did demonstrate his leadership abilities.


On Thursday, Brand called the situation with Knight "a learning experience,'' but didn't dwell on the issue.


Brand said he would resign from his position at Indiana.


"I believe the IU community will be very surprised,'' he said.


Brand said he did not seek the NCAA position but was nominated for it and became involved in the search earlier this year. He said he did not know who nominated him.


Brand will succeed Cedric W. Dempsey, who is retiring after serving as president since 1994. During his tenure, the title was changed from executive director to president to reflect the NCAA's direction.


Dempsey announced in January that he would retire at the end of his term at the close of this year. The NCAA executive committee hired Baker-Parker, an Atlanta-based firm, to help screen candidates. The NCAA said there were 118 candidates for the position.


Lawless said the search committee did not make a recommendation to the executive committee among the finalists.


Brand gained national attention when he fired Knight after 29 seasons and three national championships at Indiana for violations of a zero-tolerance policy that university officials had imposed four months earlier.


A few months later Brand called for wide reforms of college athletics during a speech before the National Press Club.


Brand said then it was time to scale back the basketball and football "arms race'' that he said has become a "threat to the academic integrity'' of universities.


"We are not sports franchises,'' Brand said. "I do not want to turn off the game. I just want to lower the volume.''


Brand called in his speech for "academics first'' solutions, led by college presidents, to the problems of overcommercialization, poor graduation rates and questionable academic standards used for athletes.


Brand also suggested limiting the dates and times games can be played, the number of television timeouts and the amount of advertising permitted in a college arena, including on uniforms.


Brand went to Indiana from the University of Oregon, where he was president from 1989 to 1994. At Indiana, Brand served as chief executive of a Big Ten Conference school with eight campuses, nearly 100,000 students, 17,00 employees and a budget of $3.4 billion.


He was chairman of the board of directors of the Association of American Universities and served on the board of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.


Knight was hired by Texas Tech six months after being fired at Indiana.


Randy Farley, sports information director for basketball at Texas Tech, said Knight was out of town Thursday night and could not be reached for comment.

This should strike fear into the hearts of anybody that likes college sports. As somebody who spent the last 4 years at Indiana University, with a moron named Myles Brand pissing off the entire student body. He has said many times that he is "not a sports fan" and is obsessed with making college athletics involve more academics than athletics.

Just wait, he'll find a way to kill college sports..
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Old 10-11-02, 02:57 AM
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Shouldn't college athletes be about academics first and athletics second?
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Old 10-11-02, 04:06 AM
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Originally posted by mnguye10
Shouldn't college athletes be about academics first and athletics second?
It's a bad idea to have a guy who hates sports running college sports.
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Ugh. This is about as smart as making Isiah Thomas coach of the Pacers.
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Wow, that would be bad. (I like zeke as a player, but he doesn't make a good coach)

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Ugh. This is about as smart as making Isiah Thomas coach of the Pacers.
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Brand said then it was time to scale back the basketball and football "arms race'' that he said has become a "threat to the academic integrity'' of universities.
oh my god. he's going to war on athletics. this is not good.
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Originally posted by mnguye10
Shouldn't college athletes be about academics first and athletics second?
Ih theory you would think so, but college sports (basketball and football) are more about big $$$ than they are about academics.
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So how long before Bobby Knight gets banned from NCAA sports for being a "poopy pants"?
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I could not believe my ears when I heard this news.
Gee, betcha Bobby Knight never thought he'd have to report to Myles Brand again.

The funny things is (well, not really funny) that this guy left Oregon in shambles and IU's academic standards have declined significantly in his tenure here (to the point where respected professors have been leaving because of MB and his asinine policies). This proves to me 100% that it's all about who you know, because Myles Brand does not have the kind of track record I'd be looking for in a President and CEO.

Great hire, NCAA.
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All things considered then, it is probably a plus for IU...

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I could not believe my ears when I heard this news.
Gee, betcha Bobby Knight never thought he'd have to report to Myles Brand again.

The funny things is (well, not really funny) that this guy left Oregon in shambles and IU's academic standards have declined significantly in his tenure here (to the point where respected professors have been leaving because of MB and his asinine policies). This proves to me 100% that it's all about who you know, because Myles Brand does not have the kind of track record I'd be looking for in a President and CEO.

Great hire, NCAA.
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All things considered then, it is probably a plus for IU...

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Well he's tried to ruin IU in every aspect in his time there. However, as an IU alum I am even more worried now than I was before. This man can end college sports as we know it.
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I think it is a wise move. They'll still make all their money, he's just going to cut down costs and focus on helping the vast majority of these guys who do not become pros.
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