Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Myles Brand

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Myles Brand

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Myles Brand (member at large), 67, influenced higher education as president of two universities and as president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 2003 until his death from pancreatic cancer on Sept. 16, 2009. As president of the NCAA, Brand established a system that holds sports programs publicly accountable for scholastic requirements. His administration eliminated lavish perks for athletes and politically incorrect team mascots, nicknames, and images. He also pushed for curbing extravagant salaries for coaches, hiring more minority coaches, and giving women's sports more due. Brand may be best remembered when, as president of Indiana University (IU), he fired men's basketball coach Bob Knight in 2000 for abusive behavior, prompting protests and threats to Brand and his family. In 29 years at IU, the legendary and volatile Knight had won three national titles in a program acclaimed for high graduation rates and following NCAA rules. Yet Brand stood firm on his "zero tolerance" policy. …

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