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It is the goal of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to ensure that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities.

  • Knight Commission to Meet on May 10 at National Press Club
    First meeting for new co-vice chair Arne Duncan; Lon Kruger, Marcus Lattimore and JC Watts among guest panelists

    Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, chaired by William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor emeritus, University System of Maryland; and Co-Vice Chairs Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, will be joined by collegiate athletics administrators, former athletes and experts in law and sports medicine. This will be the first meeting for new members Arne Duncan, Anna Nelson Spangler, chairman of the Spangler Companies and Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the NFL.

    What: The Knight Commission continues its public examination of important policy issues impacting the conduct of college sports. This meeting will focus on health and safety and amateurism issues. Marcus Lattimore, former college football player at the University of South Carolina; Lon Kruger, head men’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma; and JC Watts, former college football player at the University of Oklahoma will participate in the discussion with collegiate athletics administrators, other former athletes and experts in law and sports medicine.

    See agenda below for more information.

    When: Tuesday, May 10, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT. Media will have an opportunity to interview and speak with presenters and the Knight Commission chair and co-vice chairs at the conclusion of the public session.

    Where: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20045. Media work room will be available in the First Amendment Room from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Attend: Sessions are open to the media and public. To RSVP for the meeting, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Follow: 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.

    Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Public Meeting Agenda (Holeman Lounge)

    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Health, safety and well-being of college athletes

    • Ron Courson, senior associate athletics director – sports medicine, University of Georgia Athletic Association
    • Marcus Lattimore, former All-American football player, University of South Carolina; founder, Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS
    • Margot Putukian, director of athletic medicine, Princeton University; past president, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
    • Lori Runksmeier, athletics director, Eastern Connecticut State University; member, NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports
    • J.C. Watts, chairman, Watts Partners; former congressman; former college football player, University of Oklahoma
    • Marcus Lattimore, former All-American football player, University of South Carolina; founder, Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS

    10:45 – 12:30 p.m.   Examining NCAA amateurism issues and the continuing debate over the use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses

    • Gabe Feldman, associate professor of law and director, Sports Law Program, Tulane University; associate provost for NCAA compliance
    • Lon Kruger, head men’s basketball coach, University of Oklahoma
    • Joel Litvin, former president, league operations, NBA
    • Stephen Ross, director, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy and Research; professor of law
    • Rollins Stallworth, former football player, Stanford University; chair, Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

    About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
    The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 in response to highly visible scandals in college sports. The Commission’s goal is to promote a reform agenda that emphasizes 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 more than 50 percent of their players in order 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 to provide 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.

  • While the intercollegiate athletics environment today differs greatly from that which existed in 1989 when the Knight Commission was formed, it is unquestionable that many of the positive changes in college sports since then would not have occurred were it not for the Commission’s clear voice and consistent pressure to emphasize the “college” in college sports.

    At the NCAA’s January 2005 convention, NCAA President Myles Brand awarded William Friday the Gerald R. Ford Award, noting that under the leadership of Bill Friday and the first Ford award recipient, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, “…the Commission made an extraordinary contribution to the future of intercollegiate athletics with its landmark 1991 report and call for greater presidential involvement.” He continued, “Bill and the Commission had it exactly right. The reforms of the last dozen years to ensure the academic success of student-athletes and align intercollegiate athletics with the mission of higher education can be traced to the enhanced role college and university presidents have played in the governance of college sports.”

    While the Knight Commission has no formal authority, many of its recommendations have been acted upon at the national, conference or institutional level.

    CLICK HERE for an overview of the Knight Commission’s impact, recommendations and actions. 

  • The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions.

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE. CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS RELEASE


    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics .@PennStateLaw professor Stephen Ross weighs in on the #amateurism debate on May 10 https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4 #highered
    KnightAthletics Joining the 5/10 session on #amateurism issues is Rollins Stallworth of @pac12 SAAC and @Div1SAAC https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4
    KnightAthletics Former @NBA executive Joel Litvin joins expert panel on 5/10 to discuss #amateurism in #collegeathletics https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4 #highered

     

  • Collaborative Efforts to Strengthen Educational Opportunities through College Sports

    The Knight Commission shared key principles and ideas that it continues to promote with NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of the new NCAA Division I Board of Directors and Division I Council in a March 16, 2015 memorandum. This communication occurs at a time when the NCAA Division I is implementing a new governance structure while also addressing unprecedented legal challenges to the current model of intercollegiate athletics. Read the memo HERE.

    Knight Commission Studies Interest in Alternative Division I Competition Models

    A Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics study reveals interest among university presidents, athletics administrators, faculty and head coaches in exploring alternative models for Division I competition and administration of different sports that may reduce missed class time and travel costs. The study was conducted to assess interest in whether different structures in various sports might offset the challenging effects of some conferences’ newly enlarged geographic footprints.

    The study, “Exploring a Division I Model Federated by Sport,” was administered by the Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics, with assistance from Collegiate Sports Associates, and is intended to serve as a resource to Division I institutions as they discuss many topics emerging within the newly established rules-making structure.

    Read the complete press release HERE. Access the study report HERE.


    Division I Model and Governance Review

    The Knight Commission recently completed its 18-month examination of the Division I model and governance—an examination it called for at its October 24, 2011 meeting. The Commission’s recommendations were conveyed to the NCAA Board of Directors and NCAA President Mark Emmert in an August 6 memorandum.


    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics .@PennStateLaw professor Stephen Ross weighs in on the #amateurism debate on May 10 https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4 #highered
    KnightAthletics Joining the 5/10 session on #amateurism issues is Rollins Stallworth of @pac12 SAAC and @Div1SAAC https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4
    KnightAthletics Former @NBA executive Joel Litvin joins expert panel on 5/10 to discuss #amateurism in #collegeathletics https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4 #highered

Upcoming Meeting

Knight Commission to Meet on May 10 at National Press Club
First meeting for new co-vice chair Arne Duncan; Lon Kruger, Marcus Lattimore and JC Watts among guest panelists

Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, chaired by William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor emeritus, University System of Maryland; and Co-Vice Chairs Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, will be joined by collegiate athletics administrators, former athletes and experts in law and sports medicine. This will be the first meeting for new members Arne Duncan, Anna Nelson Spangler, chairman of the Spangler Companies and Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the NFL.

What: The Knight Commission continues its public examination of important policy issues impacting the conduct of college sports. This meeting will focus on health and safety and amateurism issues. Marcus Lattimore, former college football player at the University of South Carolina; Lon Kruger, head men’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma; and JC Watts, former college football player at the University of Oklahoma will participate in the discussion with collegiate athletics administrators, other former athletes and experts in law and sports medicine.

See agenda below for more information.

When: Tuesday, May 10, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT. Media will have an opportunity to interview and speak with presenters and the Knight Commission chair and co-vice chairs at the conclusion of the public session.

Where: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20045. Media work room will be available in the First Amendment Room from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Attend: Sessions are open to the media and public. To RSVP for the meeting, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Follow: 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.

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Public Meeting Agenda (Holeman Lounge)

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Health, safety and well-being of college athletes

  • Ron Courson, senior associate athletics director – sports medicine, University of Georgia Athletic Association
  • Marcus Lattimore, former All-American football player, University of South Carolina; founder, Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS
  • Margot Putukian, director of athletic medicine, Princeton University; past president, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • Lori Runksmeier, athletics director, Eastern Connecticut State University; member, NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports
  • J.C. Watts, chairman, Watts Partners; former congressman; former college football player, University of Oklahoma
  • Marcus Lattimore, former All-American football player, University of South Carolina; founder, Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS

10:45 – 12:30 p.m.   Examining NCAA amateurism issues and the continuing debate over the use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses

  • Gabe Feldman, associate professor of law and director, Sports Law Program, Tulane University; associate provost for NCAA compliance
  • Lon Kruger, head men’s basketball coach, University of Oklahoma
  • Joel Litvin, former president, league operations, NBA
  • Stephen Ross, director, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy and Research; professor of law
  • Rollins Stallworth, former football player, Stanford University; chair, Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 in response to highly visible scandals in college sports. The Commission’s goal is to promote a reform agenda that emphasizes 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 more than 50 percent of their players in order 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 to provide 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.

Impact

While the intercollegiate athletics environment today differs greatly from that which existed in 1989 when the Knight Commission was formed, it is unquestionable that many of the positive changes in college sports since then would not have occurred were it not for the Commission’s clear voice and consistent pressure to emphasize the “college” in college sports.

At the NCAA’s January 2005 convention, NCAA President Myles Brand awarded William Friday the Gerald R. Ford Award, noting that under the leadership of Bill Friday and the first Ford award recipient, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, “…the Commission made an extraordinary contribution to the future of intercollegiate athletics with its landmark 1991 report and call for greater presidential involvement.” He continued, “Bill and the Commission had it exactly right. The reforms of the last dozen years to ensure the academic success of student-athletes and align intercollegiate athletics with the mission of higher education can be traced to the enhanced role college and university presidents have played in the governance of college sports.”

While the Knight Commission has no formal authority, many of its recommendations have been acted upon at the national, conference or institutional level.

CLICK HERE for an overview of the Knight Commission’s impact, recommendations and actions. 

Spending Database

The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE. CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS RELEASE


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics .@PennStateLaw professor Stephen Ross weighs in on the #amateurism debate on May 10 https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4 #highered
KnightAthletics Joining the 5/10 session on #amateurism issues is Rollins Stallworth of @pac12 SAAC and @Div1SAAC https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4
KnightAthletics Former @NBA executive Joel Litvin joins expert panel on 5/10 to discuss #amateurism in #collegeathletics https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4 #highered

 

Current Initiatives

Collaborative Efforts to Strengthen Educational Opportunities through College Sports

The Knight Commission shared key principles and ideas that it continues to promote with NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of the new NCAA Division I Board of Directors and Division I Council in a March 16, 2015 memorandum. This communication occurs at a time when the NCAA Division I is implementing a new governance structure while also addressing unprecedented legal challenges to the current model of intercollegiate athletics. Read the memo HERE.

Knight Commission Studies Interest in Alternative Division I Competition Models

A Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics study reveals interest among university presidents, athletics administrators, faculty and head coaches in exploring alternative models for Division I competition and administration of different sports that may reduce missed class time and travel costs. The study was conducted to assess interest in whether different structures in various sports might offset the challenging effects of some conferences’ newly enlarged geographic footprints.

The study, “Exploring a Division I Model Federated by Sport,” was administered by the Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics, with assistance from Collegiate Sports Associates, and is intended to serve as a resource to Division I institutions as they discuss many topics emerging within the newly established rules-making structure.

Read the complete press release HERE. Access the study report HERE.


Division I Model and Governance Review

The Knight Commission recently completed its 18-month examination of the Division I model and governance—an examination it called for at its October 24, 2011 meeting. The Commission’s recommendations were conveyed to the NCAA Board of Directors and NCAA President Mark Emmert in an August 6 memorandum.


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics .@PennStateLaw professor Stephen Ross weighs in on the #amateurism debate on May 10 https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4 #highered
KnightAthletics Joining the 5/10 session on #amateurism issues is Rollins Stallworth of @pac12 SAAC and @Div1SAAC https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4
KnightAthletics Former @NBA executive Joel Litvin joins expert panel on 5/10 to discuss #amateurism in #collegeathletics https://t.co/Z9gUlxX7b4 #highered