In honor of NCAA President and former Indiana University President Myles Brand, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 67, I’d like to share links and quotes from five articles related to Mr. Brand’s accomplishments and hard work throughout his distinguished career.
1. Brand timeline: Key career, life moments – IndyStar.com, 9/16/09
2. A Man of Action and Integrity: IU President Emeritus Myles Brand – Speech from IU President Michael A. McRobbie, 3/29/09 – “During his tenure at IU, Myles’ strong leadership also extended to intercollegiate athletics, and that has continued in his role as president of the NCAA. As in all other areas, Myles’ actions in relation to athletics have been driven by his integrity and his dedication to the best values at the heart of American higher education.”
3. Brand brought just the right touch – Pat Forde, ESPN.com, 4/2/09 – “The sources I spoke with described Brand’s biggest initiatives as championing the student-athlete and reaching out more to the schools — their presidents, athletic directors, coaches and athletes.”
4. Brand focused on classroom, basketball during his tenure atop NCAA – Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News, 9/16/2009 – “He might have been the most visionary executive ever to head the NCAA. College athletics lost a great friend with Brand’s passing because he was willing to examine and champion concepts designed to improve the athletes’ opportunities and experience.”
5. NCAA’s Brand was the strongest figure in college sports – Christine Brennan, USA Today, 9/16/09 – “This soft-spoken, cerebral man became the toughest guy in college sports. He fired Bob Knight. He stood up to President George W. Bush when his administration tried to weaken Title IX. He told schools to stop using Native American nicknames that were considered offensive. He looked men’s college coaches around the country in the eye and told them they had to do a better job of graduating their student-athletes, or else.”