August 11, 2014 - Knight Commission to Discuss New Approaches for the Next Era of College Sports on Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C.

New and future health and safety initiatives will be featured

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 Brian Hainline, chief medical officer, NCAA; Oliver Luck, athletics director, West Virginia University; Alan Ashley, chief of sports performance, USOC; and others.

What: The Knight Commission continues its public examination of important policy issues involving college sports, including new health and safety initiatives. Knight Commission members and panelists will also discuss ideas, concepts and principles that could help guide future changes in college sports and the treatment of athletes. See agenda below for more information.

When: Monday, Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT Media will have an opportunity to interview and speak with presenters and Commission co-chairmen at the conclusion of the final session.

Where: The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Fahrenheit Ballroom, 3100 South St., NW, Washington, D.C.

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 following the event.

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Public Meeting Agenda

  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. New Health and Safety Initiatives for College Athletes 
    This session will feature discussion of the NCAA’s concussion research project, new medical care guidelines, and future health and safety initiatives.
    • Presenter: Brian Hainline, chief medical officer, NCAA
  • 11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Break
  • 11:45 – 1:30 p.m. Potential New Approaches for the Next Era of College Sports 
    This session will explore ideas, concepts, and principles that could help guide future changes in college sports competition and treatment of athletes.
    • Alan Ashley, chief of sport performance, USOC
    • Dan Beebe, president, Dan Beebe Group; former commissioner, Big 12 Conference and Ohio Valley Conference
    • Sandy Hatfield Clubb, athletics director, Drake University
    • Mike Gilleran, executive director, Santa Clara University Institute for Sports Law and Ethics; former commissioner, West Coast Conference
    • Oliver Luck, athletics director, West Virginia University
  • 1:30 p.m. Public Sessions conclude

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 for college sports. The Commission’s efforts aim to ensure that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities. Over the years, a number of Commission recommendations have been adopted, including the requirement that 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 offers financial data for more than 220 public institutions to provide greater financial transparency on athletics spending. More information about the Commission, including its prior reports and recommendations, can be found at

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
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.