Miles Brand, President of the NCAA, passed away yesterday at the age of 67. Brand, who served as president since leaving the Indiana University in 2003, oversaw many important transitions. Chief among them were the Academic Progress Initiatives to help grade collegiate athletic programs' accademic success and progress, as well as the initiatives aimed at helping moderate spending in athletics and integrate athletic programs into the higher mission of universities.
As Kyle noted, we bloggerati weren't kind to him at times. Of course, he may well be best known for his handling of Bobby Knight, culminating with Coach Knight's firing in September 2000.
So, the inevitable question is who's next? I'm guessing there is a University president or two that the NCAA would look at. Probably someone who is familiar with the NCAA and the work it does. I wonder if there is anyone who possess an immediate and intimate knowledge of that organization, who has been on the forefront of academic and athletic issues and who has been entrusted with leadership of similar orgs?
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brand family.