I'm glad I had already graduated when this goof was named president of IU. ---
NCAA hires Indiana University's Myles Brand as new president Oct 10, 7:11 PM (ET) Email this Story
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA hired Indiana University president Myles Brand as its president and chief executive Thursday. Brand will assume his new duties Jan. 1.
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.
The NCAA interviewed 11 candidates for the position. Brand was one of three finalists interviewed Thursday by the NCAA Executive Committee.
The decision was unanimous, said Robert Lawless, chairman of the Executive Committee and president of the University of Tulsa.
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 and Baker-Parker said it interviewed more than 80 candidates.
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.
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I doubt that Texas Tech has much to worry about with regards to NCAA investigators. Human rights investigators, maybe, but little concern with the NCAA. Knight has always had a clean reputation with regards to NCAA rules. This is difficult for me to admit, because I'm a UK fan and every time a UK fan says something nice about Knight, our Wildcat Super Decoder rings hit us with an electric shock.