NCAA Social Series

NCAA Social Series is a weekly show featuring host Andy Katz and expert insiders who provide an in-depth look at issues and current events impacting college sports.

Recent episodes have focused on the athletics environment during COVID-19 and how the sports world continues to navigate the pandemic.

Shows run on official NCAA social, video and podcast channels each week. Links are available under each episode description below.

 

CDC Update on COVID-19

Jan. 22, 2021: Watch live at 7 p.m. ET

Andy Katz and Dr. Brian Hainline are joined by Dr. Jay Butler and Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the continued discussion on COVID-19 and college sports.

NCAA Championship COVID-19 Protocols

Jan. 15, 2021

Andy Katz catches up with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline to discuss health and safety protocols to be implemented at upcoming championships. They also cover COVID-19 vaccines, virus variants and what that all means for college sports.

NCAA Convention Preview

Jan. 8, 2021

Andy Katz provide a brief preview of the 2021 NCAA Convention.

Women’s Basketball Planning

Dec. 18, 2020

Andy Katz talks with Lynn Holzman, NCAA vice president of women’s basketball and Nina King, senior deputy director of athletics at Duke and chair of the DI Women’s Basketball Committee about recent decisions to adjust the tournament and the Women’s Final Four.

Inclusion and Leadership in Sports

Dec 11, 2020

Andy Katz talks with Derrick Gragg, NCAA senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement on his new role and the priorities for the Association in those areas.

Safe Competition During a Pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020

Andy Katz talks with Jay Wright, head men’s basketball coach at Villanova and Todd Golden, head men’s basketball coach at San Francisco, about the protocols their schools are using to ensure safe practices and competition. NCAA Medical Advisory Group member Dr. Jeremy Cauwels joins to provide a national perspective.

Update: COVID-19 & College Sports

Nov. 27, 2020

Andy Katz checks in with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline on guidelines, developments and the outlook for college sports as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

March Madness

Nov. 20, 2020

Andy Katz talks with Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, and Mitch Barnhart, athletics director at Kentucky and chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, about changes to March Madness due to COVID-19.

2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Preview Show

Nov. 13, 2020

Andy Katz previews the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year virtual awards show with Suzette McQueen, CIAA senior associate commissioner for external relations & strategic partnerships and NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee chair; Denise Udelhofen, Loras College athletics director and NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics chair; and Angela Mercurio, former Nebraska triple jumper and 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Navigating the Decision to Go Pro

Nov. 6, 2020

Andy Katz talks with and Yves Pons of Tennessee, who explored his options with the NBA and ultimately decided to return to college basketball. Derrick Coles, NCAA assistant director in development walks through the highlights of the NCAA agent certification program and how a student-athlete’s relationship with an NCAA certified agent provides an avenue to make informed decisions about their future.

Student-Athlete Civic Engagement

October 30, 2020

Andy Katz sits down with three Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members to discuss their work to establish a new rule that provides a day each year dedicated to increasing opportunities for Division I athletes to participate in civic engagement. Joining him are Ethan Good, former men’s basketball player at Bowling Green, Caroline Lee, former soccer player for Southeastern Louisiana and Justice Littrell, former football player at Northern Colorado.

Student-Athlete Unity Pledge

October 23, 2020

Andy Katz sits down with three student-athletes to discuss the NCAA Student-Athlete Unity Pledge. Vedika Anand from Wagner College, Alex Shillow from Texas A&M Commerce and Colby Pepper from Covenant College join him.

Basketball Guidelines

October 16, 2020

Andy Katz welcomes the start of Division I basketball and discusses resocialization guidelines with Craig Robinson, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Danielle Donehew, executive director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). .

Vaccine Development

October 9, 2020

Andy Katz talks with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline, Dr. Cameron Wolfe, associate professor of medicine at Duke and associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Dr. Katie O’Neal, assistant professor of medicine in the section of infectious diseases at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine’s Branch Campus in Baton Rouge. They will discuss COVID-19 vaccine development and the increased importance of the flu vaccine.

Mental Health Awareness

October 2, 2020

Andy Katz talks with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline, Hilinski’s Hope founder Mark Hilinski and former Ball State basketball player Trey Moses about the importance of supporting college athlete mental health and well-being.

COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group

September 26, 2020

Andy Katz talks with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline and two members of the newly formed COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group – Dr. Doug Aukerman, senior associate athletic director for sports medicine at Oregon State and Dr. Carly Day, head team physician at Purdue.

Basketball Planning

September 18, 2020

Andy Katz talks with NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt and Vice President of Women’s Basketball Lynn Holzman about changes to the upcoming seasons.

COVID-19 and Myocarditis

September 11, 2020

Andy Katz talks with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline and Dr. Aaron Baggish, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Performance Program about the link between COVID-19 and myocarditis.

COVID-19 Testing Advances

September 4, 2020

Andy Katz talks with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline and Associate Chief Medical Officer of Emory University Hospital, Dr. Colleen Kraft about advances in COVID-19 testing procedures.

Episode 23: Voices For Change, Part II

Voices For Change, Part II

August 28, 2020

Andy Katz hosts Nolan Smith, Duke men's basketball director of operations, to have a discussion on race and social justice, specifically talking about the peaceful protest Smith recently staged at Duke and the platform student-athletes have to impact change.

Voices For Change

August 21, 2020

Andy Katz is joined by three college athletes - Preslie Anderson, a senior volleyball player and legal studies major at the University of California, Berkeley; Keion Brooks, Jr., a sophomore basketball player and a communications major at the University of Kentucky; and Adam Shibley, a senior football player and communications and media major at the University of Michigan - to talk about using their voices to drive change on campus and in society.

Looking Ahead

August 13, 2020

NCAA President Mark Emmert talks through the disappointment of fall cancellations and looks ahead to how we move forward.

Episode 20: Fall Sports & COVID-19

Fall Sports & COVID-19

August 7, 2020

The NCAA Social Series dives into the fall championships decisions across all three divisions with NCAA President Mark Emmert, Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline and Eli Capilouto, Board of Governors member and Kentucky president

Social & Mental Aspects of COVID-19

July 31, 2020

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline and Leon McDougle, chief diversity officer of The Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center and member of the NCAA Coronavirus Advisory Panel, join Andy Katz to address the social and mental aspects of COVID-19 with a focus on the college sports environment.

COVID-19 Testing Procedures

July 24, 2020

Andy Katz and NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline join former Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem to talk through COVID-19 testing procedures.

Risk Considerations for Resocialization

July 17, 2020

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline walks through the latest update to the NCAA’s resocialization guidelines with Shane Lyons, director of athletics at West Virginia and chair of the Division I Football Oversight Committee and Stephanie Chu, team physician at Colorado and member of the NCAA Coronavirus Advisory Panel.

Creating Communities fo Belonging

July 10, 2020

The office of inclusion recently hosted a series of webinars on “Creating Communities of Belonging” that shed light on race and social justice through the lens of college sports. This episode features student-athletes and professionals who shared their experiences during the discussion. The panelists included Josiah Hall, Wyoming; Braly Keller, Nebraska Wesleyan; Devin Norwood, Fayetteville State; Mackenzie O’Neill, Missouri Western; and Taylor Wilson, Maryland.

COVID-19: What We Know Now

July 3, 2020

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Mike Rodriguez, senior director of security for the United States Tennis Association and U.S. Open, will discuss the steps being taken to ensure a safe return to sport.

Strength in Unity

June 26, 2020

NCAA Managing Director of Inclusion Amy Wilson, Indiana State University Director of Student Counseling Dr. Kenneth Chew, Jr. and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams discuss racial equality and allyship in college sports and across the country.

Campus Reactions to Racial Injustice

June 19, 2020

NCAA Board of Governors members Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, Dr. Fayneese Miller, president of Hamline University and Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University engage in a poignant conversation on race relations in the United States and how their campuses are reacting.

Coping with Injustice and Uncertainty

June 12, 2020

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline is joined by Dr. Stephany Coakley, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Mental Health at Temple University. They will focus on the mental and emotional toll the pandemic and racial inequity issues are taking on student-athletes. Seton Hall student-athlete Myles Cale will join them.

Addressing Racial Inequity

June 5, 2020

NCAA Chief Operating Officer Donald Remy and Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren discuss how college sports are not immune to racial inequity issues and where we go from here.

Episode 10

Student-Athletes on Returning to Campus

May 29, 2020

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline is joined by Kansas State University volleyball player Brynn Carlson and University of Kentucky football player Josh Paschal. Brynn and Josh provide their perspectives on returning to campus with COVID-19 protections and procedures in place.

Planning for NCAA Championships

May 22, 2020

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA Senior Vice President of Championships Joni Comstock and University of Florida Executive Associate Athletic Director Lynda Tealer talk through the work underway to balance health and safety while planning for NCAA championships.

Focusing on College Football

May 15, 2020

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA Football Oversight Committee Chair, Shane Lyons and ESPN College Football Analyst Kirk Herbstreit drill down into what needs to happen for college football to return this fall.

The Future of College Sports

May 8, 2020

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline and NCAA President Mark Emmert discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the future of college sports.

Core Principles for Resocialization in Sport

May 1, 2020

Andy Katz and NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, are joined by Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security and Isaiah Swann, baseball player and neuroscience major at UT-Dallas and NCAA Coronavirus Advisory Panel student-athlete liaison discuss the necessary core principles of resocializing in sport.

Focusing on Mental Health

April 24, 2020

Andy Katz and NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, are joined by Dr. Claudia Reardon, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Psychiatry, and Caroline Lee, former Southeastern Louisiana soccer player, pre-med student and student-athlete representative on the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, to discuss how the pandemic and measures to contain it have impacted our mental health, as well as provide tips and strategies for the audience to use.

NCAA Social Series Episode 4

COVID-19 Impact on Athletes

April 17, 2020

Andy Katz leads a discussion with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, Dr. Stephanie Chu, Team physician, University of Colorado, Boulder and Andrew Boselli, football player and finance/computer science senior at Florida State University exploring the impact of COVID-19 on college athletes – in particular how Boselli dealt with diagnosis and recovery from the virus.

Resocializing & COVID-19

April 10, 2020

Andy Katz talks with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline and Executive Associate Dean for Emory University School of Medicine at Grady Health System Dr. Carlos del Rio, who is also a member of the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, about the role of sport, and the NCAA in particular, in continuing to help in this crisis.

Dealing with a Pandemic

April 2, 2020

Andy Katz talks with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline and Associate Chief Medical Officer of Emory University Hospital, Dr. Colleen Kraft, who is also a member of the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, about the reality of what is going on in the world during this pandemic and how it relates to college sports.

Social Series Episode 1

College Sports & COVID-19

March 27, 2020

NCAA correspondent Andy Katz has an in depth conversation with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline and former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on college sports and overall college athlete well-being.