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NCAA President Myles Brand Remembered

Myles Brand passed away yesterday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He worked in higher education for 35 years before he was appointed as NCAA President in 2002. Brand made an unequivocal impact on NCAA and collegiate sports with his focus on academics before athletics.

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While serving as President of Indiana University, Brand famously spoke of the need to focus on the mission of higher education. Above, Harvard University president Derek Bok talks about how student athletes put their sports over their academics.

Brand may be best known for firing Indiana University’s controversial men’s basketball coach Bob Knight in 2000. Above, Knight wins his 3rd NCAA Championship.

Under Brand’s tenure the NCAA Executive Committee put in place a practice of not conducting championships on campuses where the use of nicknames and mascots representing American Indians is considered hostile and abusive. Above, Illinois Fighting Illini cheerleaders at the 2001 basketball tournament.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Sep 17, 03:18 PM

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