September 6 Sports Symposium:
"The Past, Present and
Future of College Athletics."


"The Past: The History of College Athletics"
11 a.m. (to noon) in Whitley Auditorium (be seated by 10:45 a.m.)
2006 is the 100th anniversary of the creation of the NCAA as the regulatory body of college athletics, stemming from Theodore Roosevelt summoning the presidents of Harvard, Yale and other football powers at the time to the White House to address a mounting toll of deaths and injuries in college games. Dr. Joe Crowley, former president of the University of Nevada at Reno and author of the 2006 book "In the Arena: The NCAA's First Century," will focus on how the NCAA was born and the issues it has faced through the years, such as the marriage of college athletics with radio and television and the initiation of national championships.


"The Present: The NCAA and College Athletics Today"
2 p.m. (to 3) in Whitley Auditorium (be seated by 1:45 p.m.)
Dr. Myles Brand, president of the NCAA, will address current issues such as the financing of college athletics, Title IX gender equity, the elimination of Indian mascots, and recruiting practices.


"The Future of College Athletics"
7:30 p.m. (to 8:30) in McCrary Auditorium (be seated by 7:15 p.m.)
This panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Crowley, will feature President Brand and two Elon alumni: University of Miami basketball coach Frank Haith and University of Maryland athletics director Deborah Yow.


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