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Diverse Conversations: The University Presidency and Athletics

Having a world-class athletic program can be a great source of pride for a president and his or her institution, and can galvanize current students and alumni alike.

Recent high-profile legal struggles of NFL running backs Ray Rice (formerly of the Baltimore Ravens) and Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have ignited new rounds of discourse about aggression—in professional athletes and among Black males in general.

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Whether it’s fostering respect for diversity, discussing sports stories in the headlines or navigating the changing landscape of college sports, women play a vital role.

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However, it’s enough to establish some sense of equity in an era of multimillion-dollar sports programs.

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The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union.

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Dr. Pellom McDaniels describes himself as a conundrum in the world of higher education.

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A robust world of sports-driven enthusiasm can be found on the campuses of junior colleges across the country.

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Indiana plans to immediately begin guaranteeing four-year scholarships to athletes and will agree not to reduce the amount of money students on partial scholarship receive year to year based on illness.

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Recruiters pursuing the best high school football and basketball players might someday offer a nice paycheck to take with them when their college days are over.

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NCAA President Mark Emmert testified that any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

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