Basketball reforms highlight Knight Commission May 7 meeting agenda

For Public Release
April 4, 2018

Media Inquiries:
Fred Frommer, fred.frommer@deweysquare.com
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RSVPs:
Travis Reuther
202-879-5594

MEDIA ADVISORY

Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics will discuss recommendations made by the Commission on College Basketball chaired by Condoleezza Rice.

Speakers and panelists will include:
  • Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal officer
  • Jay Bilas, college basketball analyst, ESPN
  • Phil Martelli, head men’s basketball coach, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Noah Knight, incoming chair, NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University. The event will also include the three newly appointed members of the Knight Commission: Dr. Christine Copper, Shanteona Keys and Peter Roby.

See the complete agenda below.

What: The Knight Commission, which promotes reforms to strengthen and support the educational mission of college athletics, will hear from a diverse group of panelists, including college sports executives, coaches, and other experts. In addition to the Commission on College Basketball recommendations, the Knight Commission will review proposed changes to NCAA transfer rules.

When:  Monday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Following the sessions, media will have an opportunity to interview panelists and Knight Commission leadership. Knight Commission Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan will hold a press conference at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Where:  Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 7th Floor, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Media workroom will be available from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. in the Newseum Room 702

Attend:  Sessions are open to the media and public. To RSVP for the meeting, click here. Any additional questions, please email travis.reuther@deweysquare.com

Online:  Follow @KnightAthletics for the latest developments from this meeting. Photographs and highlights from the meeting will be posted on  www.knightcommission.org following the event.

Public Sessions:

Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 7th Floor, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. *enter at 6th Street Entrance

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Overview of Proposals from the Commission on College Basketball

  • Panelists:  
    • Donald Remy, Executive Vice President of law, policy and governance, and chief legal officer, NCAA
    • Commission on College Basketball member, TBA

9:50 – 11:20 a.m.  Discussion of Basketball Commission Proposals

  • Panelists:
    • Jay Bilas, college basketball analyst, ESPN
    • Kylia Carter, mother of Wendell Carter, former men’s basketball student-athlete, Duke University and former University of Mississippi women’s basketball student-athlete
    • Jon R. Fetterolf, partner, Zuckerman Spaeder
    • Phil Martelli, head men’s basketball coach, Saint Joseph’s University
    • Michael Siegel, founder and president, Siegel Sports & Entertainment
    • Tom Yeager, former commissioner, Colonial Athletic Association; former member and chair, Division I Committee on Infractions

11:20 – 11:30 a.m.  Break

11:30 – 12:45 p.m.  Discussion of proposed changes to NCAA Transfer Rules

  • Panelists:
    • Jamion Christian, head men’s basketball coach, Mount St. Mary’s University
    • Rhonda Hatcher, faculty athletics representative, Texas Christian University; member, NCAA Committee on Academics
    • Noah Knight, men’s basketball student-athlete, University of Missouri, Kansas City; incoming vice-chair NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    • Jane Miller, senior associate athletics director, University of Virginia; member, NCAA Division I Transfer Working Group

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.  Press Conference, Knight Conference Center, Newseum Room 702

  • Knight Commission Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan will take questions from the media.

About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports. Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission’s recommendations, including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate at least 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason competition. The Commission’s Athletic and Academic Spending Database  provides financial data for more than 220 public Division I institutions, creating greater financial transparency on athletics spending.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

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