Knight Commission’s Oct. 29 Meeting Features Athletics Oversight Guidelines, USA Basketball and Coaching Certification Initiatives

For Public Release
October 9, 2018 

Media Inquiries:
Fred Frommer, fred.frommer@deweysquare.com
202-744-9273

To RSVP:
Travis Reuther, travis.reuther@deweysquare.com
202-879-5594

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:  The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics continues its push for greater reforms, particularly changes that will better prepare coaches for their roles in the development of student-athletes. The NCAA recently adopted changes recommended by the Knight Commission, including the addition of independent directors to its highest governing board and requiring college coaches to disclose any outside income received from shoe and apparel companies. The meeting will also feature guidelines and other tools designed to strengthen oversight of college sports. (See the complete agenda below.) 

WHEN:  Monday, October 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 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 12:30 p.m. EDT.

WHERE:  Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Media workroom will be available from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. EDT in the Murrow Room

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:

Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Overview of USA Basketball programs/policies that affect elite men’s college basketball players and USA Basketball coach license requirements

  • Panelists:
    • Jim Tooley, chief executive officer, USA Basketball
    • Sean Ford, director, Men’s National Team, USA Basketball
    • Jay Demings, youth division director, USA Basketball
    • Whitney Frye, director, SafeSport, USA Basketball

9:55 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Overview of Coaching Education, Certification Requirements and Professional Development

  • Panelists:
    • Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II, NCAA
    • Tom Cantrell, head baseball coach, University of North Georgia
    • Davis Whitfield, chief operating officer, National Federation of State High School Associations
    • Dan Schuster, director of educational services, National Federation of State High School Associations
    • Danielle Donehew, executive director, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)

11:15 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.  Break

11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Strengthening Accountability for College Sports at the Highest Levels

  • Panelists:
    • Rick Legon, president, Association of Governing Boards (AGB)
    • Dave Schnase, vice president of academic and membership affairs, NCAA
    • Troy Arthur, director of academic and membership affairs, NCAA

12:30 p.m.  Press Conference, Murrow Room.

  • 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 a reform agenda that emphasizes the educational mission of college sports. To preserve the Commission’s independence, the foundation continues to be its sole supporter, but does not control, or attempt to control, the Commission’s opinions or pronouncements. 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 provides financial data about Division I college sports to enhance financial transparency. For more, visit www.knightcommission.org. 

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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