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Bowlsby’s Vision: College Sports Need Some Changes

AP’s “The Big Story” on March 22, 2014 was a report on the remarks Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby made at the Knight Commission’s March 17, 2014 meeting. The report noted that Bowlsby’s panel was “tasked with forecasting how college sports may change over the next decade…if Bowlsby got his way, the model would change—considerably.”

Colleges Can Help Without an Athletes’ Union

On March 28, the New York Times published on its opinion page the following statement by Knight Commission Executive Director Amy Perko: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics continues to strongly promote its principle that institutions must treat college athletes as students first and foremost, not as professionals. The commission supports many of the benefits

Big-Time College Sports Hurting Academic Mission

The Miami Herald‘s report of the Knight Commission’s March 17, 2014 meeting in Miami highlighted the discussion around a growing “imbalance between academics and sports.” The article cites findings from the Knight Commission’s Athletic and Academic Spending Database for Division I: “College spending per football player skyrocketed 70 percent compared with only a 6 percent

Knight Commission, Panelists Call for Stronger Focus on Educational Mission in College Sports

[Sessions and video with experts on academic reforms; NCAA governance; and well-being of athletes]

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics heard passionate dialogue during a meeting here on a range of issues facing college sports, particularly issues of academics and well-being for college athletes. The Commission also announces latest update to its athletic and academic spending database

College Athletes’ Advocate Ready for Knight Commission Meeting previewed the March 17, 2014, meeting of the Knight Commission with an interview of one of its panelists: Ramogi Huma is the founder and president of the National College Players Association. He has been advocating the cause of student-athletes since 2001. The issue of compensation for college athletes has come to the forefront and

Knight Commission Meeting on March 17 to Discuss Major Changes Proposed for College Sports

New benefits for college athletes among the issues to be discussed Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland and R. Gerald Turner, president, Southern Methodist University, will be joined by Nathan Hatch, chair, NCAA Board of Directors and president, Wake Forest University; Bob Bowlsby,

Knight Foundation Blog Highlights Knight Commission Spending Database

A blog posted on the Knight Foundation Website highlights key aspects of the database and how the tool can be used. One of the examples provided is below: “… to understand the differences in the growth in academic spending and football spending at institutions whose football programs compete in the NCAA’s top division, the Football

Raleigh News and Observer Uses Knight Commission Database to Find “Coach Salaries Drive Bigger Athletic Budgets”

The Raleigh News and Observer used the Knight Commission Academic and Athletic Spending Database ( to examine the growth in coaching salaries among public universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference. According to the article, “the examination found a sharp escalation in coach compensation is a driving factor in athletic spending…” “The market has gone crazy,”

Editorial in Raleigh News and Observer Cites Knight Commission’s Spending Database

A Dec. 5, 2013 editorial in the Raleigh News and Observer examines data in the Knight Commission spending database and an athletic director’s criticism of the “statistics” used. The editorial states that while the “[athletic director] is welcome to argue about how the data are used, he’d be foolish to write off the information as

Knight Commission Database Used in Spending Analysis of Alabama Universities, a Website for The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and other Alabama media, used the Knight Commission Database in its analysis of academic and athletic spending patterns for the public universities in Alabama. The analysis found: “Every public Division I university in Alabama experienced athletic spending per college athlete grow at a faster rate