Voices

A place for NCAA staff and membership to offer comentary on issues affecting college sports.

January 10, 2014

NCAA responds to CNN report on student-athlete academic success

Earlier this week, CNN produced a segment that inaccurately and incompletely portrayed the academic success of student-athletes. Academic success of student-athletes is a core priority for the NCAA and its member schools. NCAA member schools have established academics standards student-athletes must meet so they can compete in their sport. These are completely separate from the admission standards colleges and universities use to admit and enroll students.

December 5, 2013

Robert Morris Student-Athlete an American Success Story

Karvel Anderson may be the leading scorer for the Robert Morris University men’s basketball team, but his victory over adversity is what inspires.

October 31, 2013

Purdue AD on combining athletics and academics

Purdue University athletic director Morgan Burke discusses the value of the student-athlete experience as a part of higher education.

October 25, 2013

NCAA Woman of the Year seizes her opportunities

Former track and field student-athlete Ifeatu Okafor, an exercise and sport sciences graduate of Texas Tech University, on balancing school and sports.

October 11, 2013

Revenge of the nerds

A recent ESPN "College GameDay" feature that explores the recent trend of traditionally smart schools (and smart players) making names for themselves on the field. Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter explains why preparation for life after football is important.

October 11, 2013

College sports teaches life lessons

A USA Today article about scholarships features comments from Jen Hilgenberg, a former women's basketball student-athlete at Villanova University.

September 20, 2013

Stipend eased Alabama gymnast’s transition to college

In the fall of 2011, University of Alabama women's gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson saw the miscellaneous expense allowance put to good use with one of her student-athletes. She explains why it is important.

September 13, 2013

NCAA VP highlights membership review of transfers

Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs, discussed the Division I membership's review of transfer rules in a recent interview with ESPN.

September 6, 2013

NCAA chief medical officer reinforces the need for concussion management

In an editorial for Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Brian Hainline and other experts outline the expectations and requirements for concussion management in college sports.

August 30, 2013

Iowa students learn about NCAA

A group of University of Iowa students recently met with NCAA officials to learn about legislative processes.Katie Nasenbenny, a soccer player for the university, describes her experience.

August 26, 2013

MTSU president talks NCAA rules

Sidney McPhee, president of Middle Tennessee State University, explains how NCAA rules can sometimes have unintended consequences.

August 8, 2013

Big 12 Commissioner Explains the NCAA

Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12, responds to questions at the Kansas State football media day.

August 1, 2013

Michigan State President Reinforces Goal of Reform

Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University and the chair of the NCAA Executive Committee, explained changes to the Division I infractions process on Thursday.

July 26, 2013

Clemson football coach on the value of education

During the Atlantic Coast Conference football media days, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney defended the value of getting a college education.

July 11, 2013

Lehigh University President highlights benefits of the athletic experience

Alice P. Gast, President of Lehigh University, writes about the value of college athletics in an opinion piece featured on philly.com.

July 2, 2013

Big Sky Commissioner talks collegiate model benefits

In a recent Q&A with the Standard-Examiner, Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton talks about the benefits of being an NCAA student-athlete.

June 21, 2013

VP of Communications explains Division I reform progress

Pete Thamel's recent assertion in Sports Illustrated that the Division I reform effort has yielded few results is wrong. In fact, of the 49 proposals considered, 34 have been adopted, 11 are in progress, and 4 have been defeated.

June 20, 2013

Basketball preliminary rounds continue to be hosted in arenas and domes

The media has inaccurately reported that the Division I Men's Basketball Championship will no longer play regional semifinal and final games in domes. Staff should be aware that, in the future, regional games will be played at both domes and arenas.