JAMES J. CORBETT AWARD LUNCHEON
(Tuesday, June 9, 1987)
For the invocation, we've asked Vin Cullen, our Secretary, to give our invocation at this time.
Dear Lord, we ask that you bless this family of athletic administrators. We ask you to
remember our departed colleagues. We especially ask that you bless today's honorees for all they have contributed throughout the years. Please give us the strength and guidance necessary today for our role in training the leaders of tomorrow. And finally, we thank you for this outstanding organization and the ideals which it represents. Amen.
We're ready to move into our program. Please finish your dessert. At this time, I'd like to recognize all the good people up here. This is always the highlight of our NACDA Convention, the Corbett Award winner, and so it is in that place I'd like to recognize the people who make all this possible.
First, the NACDA Executive Commottee, I'd like for these people to stand and be recognized.
I'll ask you to hold your applause. I do want to point out that although I'm asking you to hold your applause for all these people, any time you want to clap for me. don't hold back your feelings. Don't fight your feelings. Go right ahead. I'll understand.
Going from my right to left, I'll ask these people to stand. Please hold your applause until they're all up. Bill Baird, Rhode Island College; please remain standing; Art Becker, Scottsdale Community College; Bob Bottger, Indian River Community college; Bill Byrne, University of Oregon; Barbara Camp, Southern Methodist University; Jim Copeland, University of Utah; Joan Cronan, University of Tennessee; Chris Dittman, Regis College; Arthur Eason, William Paterson College; Richard Golas, Holyoke Community College; Kit Green, University of Washington; Tom Hansen, Pacific Ten Conference; Bob Hiegert, California State University, Northridge; Barbara Hollmann, University of Montana;
Phyllis Howlett, Big Ten Conference; Christine Hoyles, Western Michigan University; Denis Lambert, University of Vermont; Jack Lengyel, University of Missouri; Charlie McClendon, American Football Coaches Association; Bill McHenry, Washington and Lee University; Pat Meiser, University of Connecticut; Bob Moorman, Center Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Sylvia Nadler, Wayland Baptist College;
Fred Schaus, West Virginia University; Jen Shillingford, Bryn Mawr College; Chuck Smith, University
of Missouri, St. Louis; John Swofford, University of North Carolina; Did I miss Vern? I thought Vern retired. Vern Smith, University of Toledo; Max VanLaningham, Dodge City Community College; A1 Van Wie College of Wooster; and Charlotte West, South Illinois University. Let's give them a good hand.
We've had many sponsors for all of our programs. Today's luncheon, all our reception, tomorrow's breakfast, and we'd like to recognize those people. We have many of them up here at the head table. So I'd like for these people to stand and be recognized. And please hold your applause. We'd like them to remain standing until we all can recognize their being nice to us during this Convention.
To my right is Paul Munick. Paul is director of college basketball at Madison Square Garden; Jack Weaver, vice president of sports marketing, White Way Sign Company; Martin Slattery, manager of national accounts development, Coors; Philip Caron, the director of marketlng, the Marriott Corporation; Ron Heitzinger, the National Substance Abuse Consultants; Cheryl Johnson, sales representative of National Car Rental; Ray Franks, publisher of the National Directory of College Athletics; John Alman, vice president for American Sign. He's not here. Let's give them another hand and thank you very much.
Thank you very much. Now, our Officers. We again would like to recognize our executive Director and our Officers. I'II ask them to stand. Mike Cleary, our executive director; Carl Miller, first vice president, University of the Pacific; Gary Cunningham, second vice president, Fresno State University; Gene Corrigan had to go back to dedicate a tennis stadium at Notre Dame; and Vin Cullen, our secretary from Rhode Island Community College.
Now I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that Pete Carlesimo will not be with us today. He was called out of the country due to his duties with the Olympics, and we will miss him.
But the good new is that we will finish about fifteen minutes earlier and you can go out by the pool, by the sunny skies of San Diego. However, I was asked a question this morning, and I didn't have time to answer it then, so I'll answer it now.
And that question was, during my coaching career, what was your best coaching job? And I had to think not very long because I know exactly the best coaching job I ever had. And it won't take long to tell this story, but I started in 1950 in a very small high school. That was not the best coaching job. But nearby was a state penitentiary and the warden would come from that prison to watch my practices. He would drop by almost daily. And finally, he had the idea that he wanted to start a football team because they did not have a rehab program at the prison at that time. It was a very rough area, and so he enticed me to be their coach.
Now, there wasn't any salary or contract signed, or anything like that. They didn't have any money, but somehow he said they would get uniforms and would I do it. Today, I'II never know why I accepted that job. I think because the opportunity for bird hunting was good on their grounds over there, and I think that might have been one reason. But I did accept the job.
I want to tell you at this time that was the best coaching job I ever had. First of all, all home games. Absolutely no problems from the alumni. In fact, if they came back, they were
eligible to play. We put them right back in the lineup. I never received an irate letter from a parent. And when I'd be on the outside, I'd hear a siren going and I said I hope we pick up a good tight end. I'd get excited, you know.
But I started practice with this group. You talk about having control. This was during the time when they had the chains and the big iron balls. and they would bring them out to the field inside
the big stone walls. The rifle team would circle the field. And you talk about having discipline and control and drug free and whatever. We had it.
But I did have a problem. I only had fourteen players. And those of you who have coached know it's difficult to practice with fourteen. But I worked that out. I was offensive minded, so I took my eleven and put them on offense. I put the other three on defense. Now, we didn't win many games, but if we could have found a team with only three, we would have been awesome because we could
really move the football against those three. Until one day, they started to stunt. And that, of course. hurt us quite a bit. I did switch it around. I was going to get even with them. I put those three on offense. Put my eleven on defense. But they just screened and drawed us to death. We just couldn't stop them.
But I had two players on this team. The story is really about these two people. One of them was a young man named Jesse. Now, the warden didn't tell me about their backgrounds. It's a good thing I didn't know because you may be talking to somebody who had murdered a few people. And you didn't know who you were talking to. But Jesse, I took one look at Jesse, and I was told that I had
a big man on my team. Jesse weighed three hundred and eighty pounds. The only problem was he was only five-feet-five. And I thought, well, perhaps he could be a middle guard and we'd have a great defensive line. The only problem was Jesse couldn't run. He had a problem, because when we were dressed for the games, Jesse took a whole quarter to get to the field, and of course, to get back for half time, he had to start again and go back to the locker room. So he never could get to the field for the game. But we kept working with Jesse. And finally, I realized that Jesse did have a spark in him. And I taught him to be a blitzing linebacker. And so we get in a close game. we're ahead fourteen to
seven. We hadn't won a game at all and this was our chance to win a game. The other team had moved the ball down to the one-foot line, our goal line, fourth down and one foot. This was a time for
Jesse to go in as a blitzing linebacker. So immediately I called two time outs to get Jesse in the
game. He finally made it in time. He lined up. On fourth and a foot to go, he lined up and blitzed just as I told him to, and he blocked the extra point. And we won the game fourteen to thirteen.
There was another man on this team. He was the meanest, most viscious man I've ever known in my life. We were calling the group up one day and I said we're going to have an election for a
captain because I can't be here. I have my other high school duties and I'll have to be gone. He stepped forward and said, "I'm the captain." That ended that election very quickly. He was the captain. And I did find out about this man from the warden. At age seven he had robbed a candy store. And they put him into what they called reformatory school at t;he time. I understand he graduated with high honors there at age seventeen, went out on the road and robbed a few filling stations, was put in prison, and was told he'd be there his entire life. Well, he was a mean actor. You can't believe how viscious and mean this man was.
And one day he came to me and asked if he could see one of my football games. I thought well there's no way the warden would ever let this man go. But I did ask the warden. I was surprised when he said, "Yes, I will let him go." And so, he said, "Well, he'll have to wear his uniform." Of course the uniform in those days was the black and white stripes and the little cap to match. If you're on the outside, of course, you're not going to deceive who you were or where you're from. They knew
exactly who he was. So, he said, "We'll take the rifle team and circle your field and we'll let him come."
So he comes to the game and they drive him down in the truck, and he walks the sidelines of my game. To this day, I'll never know what changed the man's attitude, but he was later paroled. He
now lives in the state of Florida under an assumed name. No one knows his background. He's a leader in the community, very, very successful, outstanding individual in that community and a wonderful family. He was an inspiration to me for my profession, anyone who could change from what he was to what he became. And he would keep up with me and I would keep up with him from time to time.
Later on, I'm now coaching the Cincinnati Bengals and we're playing the Miami Dolphins in the Orange Bowl Stadium on Monday Night Football, and ABC telecast. You wouldn't believe that our friend, Art, would make a derogatory remark about my coaching ability, but he did. And so, I didn't hear
from our friend until the next morning. He called me and said, "You know, coach, I'm coming out of retirement. There's going to be one less sportscaster." And I never knew what happened after that. But you would't believe three weeks later how greatly improved I was as a coach. And I would just like to put that message out for all of our sports media because I have instant elimination if things don't go just right.
But those two people were very important in my career as they won a football game and enabled me to get out of that prison as a coach. And the other guy has taken care of me all the way through my life.
So now it's time to move on in our program. And at this time, I'd like to introduce Jack Gimmler, associate director of St. Johns, to present the 1987 NIT-NACDA Award. Jack Gimmler.
Good afternoon. Since Pete is not here, I'll open up by telling a Peter Carlesimo story. It's about this preacher man who all his life devoted himself to preaching, curing, saving people's lives, raising funds, doing as good a job as he could. He always had one great ambition, though, to go up
to the woods in Canada and face-to-face with a big grizzly bear. It was always on his mind. He always wanted to do it. And finally, near the end of his life in the sixties, he decided to do it. And he went up there, got a guide to the deep woods. And then when he got into the area where the bears were, he dismissed the guide, who left rather reluctantly, and said, "I'm going to face it." He had his rifle, and 10 and behold, immediately out came the hugest, biggest, largest grizzly bear you've ever seen in your life, directly at him. He didn't flinch. Had his gun, waited until he was about fifteen feet in front of him, fired a shot, backfired, nothing. Second barrel. Nothing. Threw the gun at
the grizzly bear. Just knocked it away like it was a toothpick and started at him. The preacher fell right on his knees, looked up at heaven and said to God, "Dear God, please make this bear think like a Christian. Please make him just think as a good Christian man like I was all my life. Don't let
me go this way." And like a miracle, the bear, just at his side, dropped to his knees and put his big paws up in a sign of prayer, and looked up at heaven and said, "Blessed oh Lord, for these thy gifts, which we are about to receive." He uses that instead of grace. It's nice to have a committee this big. You're sure of a crowd. There's no question about that. It's really nice.
We're here though tonight to honor a man. This is my thirty-seventh year in athletics and I've seen so many changes and it will be more or less the keynote of what I'm going to say of the changes. Kenny Norton was the athletic director of a small college in New York, Manhattan College. It has excellent students with mainly physical education and engineering students in this university and liberal arts. And back in those days, and for many who are here and many who were honored yesterday, an athletic director was a one-man show. Prior to the war, there weren't many athletic directors
even called that. The coaches ran the show. But after World War Two, athletic directors started to come into being and I was with that movement at the time. But they were one-man shows. They had no associate athletic directors, no assistant athletic directors, no business man~ger, no academic advisors, no drug counselors, not even an NCAA regulation rule book to guide them, or the interpretations of sa~d book, nor any presidents council to give them suggestions. They ran the whole show themselves. And in Kenny's case, as with many other athletic directors too, they also coached a major sport that was involved. In his case, it was basketball. And he ran one fine basketball program for a small college. He was always on a national level and always very competitive and won many very fine games.
He also managed and administered the finest, in my opinion, one of the finest track and field programs that the country had at that time, all during the forties, fifties and sixties. Coaches before his time were the immortal Pete Waters, followed by the great George Eastman, and then followed by Freddie Dwyer, had ptu out so many all-American track men. Ken stimulated and highlighted the
Madison Square Garden meets with the Manhattan men always there, and put that small college on the map, not only with basketball but with track and field and the other sports that they had.
I was at St. Johns in those times. I can close my eyes now and see Madison Square Garden with
Joe Lapchick at this end at the St.John'~Manhattan game, with his ten ballplayers and trainers, which I was at that time. And that was it. There were no assistant coaches. If there were, they were up in the stand. And Kenny Norton on the other side, with his ten players or twelve players, and a
manager. And he had something very unusual back in those days that almost no one in college had. He
had a team physician, the immortal Doc Sweeney, who was just a great, great man. And that was it, and now we look at that same scene and we can't find the players. There are fifteen guys in three-button suits; more people running the games than are actually playing the games. And how it has changed. I don't know for better or for worse; but it's quite a difference, because it was a one-man show. One-man coaching show because they did the recruiting. They did the public relations. They met with the newspaper men. They recruited the people. They coached the teams in practice, etc., and they also administered these programs. It's an amazing thing, when you think about it, what these men did. I don't think you'll ever see it again.
He had only one assistant, and that's all he had. I'm going to ask her to stand now, his beautiful wife, Dorothy, married so many years. Please stand and take a bow. Mrs. Dorothy Norton. Now I'd like to introduce our 1987 NIT-NACDA Athletic Director recipient, Mr. Kenny Norton, Manhattan College.
Thank you, Jack, Mr. chairman, members of the dais, Executive Committee, ladies and gentlemen. I retired in 1979 and we wound up in Florida in the winter time and Shelter Island, New York in the summer time. All the frustrations I had was just missing the putts. Golf was the only problem I had. Then along comes this award, and here I am back in the thick of it. And my wife and I are enjoying it very, very much. I see it's in good hands with my old buddy, Jack Toner. We used to debate many things back in the days when we were out there on the floor with the mike.
But here I am back now and I got the mike. Now, I had a lot of pet things in mind during my career, because we started this basketball picture many years ago. And I like to tell the story about the NIT, National Invitation Tournament. It all began in Madison Square Garden with the college double-headers. There was a sportswriter for the Herald Tribune by the name of Ned Irish. And at
that time, in the middle of the 1930s, I was playing ball for Long Island University. We were playing in the Garden, and Ben Carnevale was playing for New York University. And what happened was Ned thought there ought to be bigger arenas for the college game. It was getting popular, and he tells
the story that he came up to see the City College -Manhattan game. We had a little band box. If it had five hundred people in it, it's packed. He couldn't get in and he tried to climb through a window and ripped his pants. He tells this story, and it's a true story. So he decided to go to the Madison Square Garden people, and at that time they were looking for some kind of a money-maker to help out.
He leased that big arena for the first couple of years and conducted college doubleheaders. And this became popular because it was intersectional games. He would bring them in from the coast, from California. This is how this all began.
Now, with that, in 1938, the sportswriters of New York put that on a bandwagon and they thought we ought to run a tournament at the end of the year. And that's the beginning, 1938. I think there were six clubs invited. The next year, there were eight.
But the sportswriters made so much money on that tournament that they were embarrassed. So they came to the colleges, the local colleges, and asked us to sponsor it. And that's what we did. We formed an organization called the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association, and they've been conducting it ever since.
At that time, there were maybe twelve colleges, but over the years it waned. And of course, as you remember, after the war in '51, we had the college scandals. Everybody pointed to the big arena as the reason for that problem. Some of the local schools got embarrassed and they weren't going to play any more in the Garden, etc., etc. That's what began this whole thing.
Now, after the war, when we got back, I came out of the service in '46. I went to Manhattan College. All the players who were in college before had left. They're back now and they're all about three or four years older. It was one class of basketball in the way the game was played then, of course. We know it has changed so much.
Now, as the crowds grew, and at that time, we were only allowed to sell two tickets to an individual on the campus, because the FBI and everybody else was in on the scalping of tickets. So that's how
big the thing grew. Then, of course, we know what happened. In came this thing with a picture in a
bottle, TV. It was black and white at that time, and this was about 1948. Local television wanted to televise the college double-headers. They donated seven hundred and fifty dollars to have the coffers. Do you know what they're getting today? John, what is it? Nine million? Nine million.
That grew pretty good. It started out with NIT. They wanted to do the NIT. The first time, I think they gave us fifteen thousand dollars, just for two games, the finals and semi-finals. Then after
that, it grewa little bit. And all of a sudden, we're up to five hundred thousand dollars. Now, it's peanuts compared to what it grew to today.
Along with this, remember, NCAA started one year later. Now we're competing with them. We didn't .want to compete with them, but it was a selection of the teams at the end of the year. They would invite a team and the school would refuse the invitation and then come to the NIT because that was
the prestige tournament at that time. This battle continued through the years, and I had the honor of serving on the selection committees of both tournaments for a number of years. We knew how we
were stocking each one at that time. Then a school could play in both tournaments. And what happened? City College won the National Invitation Tournament and then they won the NCAA Tournament. So, the NCAA stopped that. Now you can only go to one tournament.
With the success, the gambling came in. And that's what happened in 1951. Men wanted to get
bets for nothing. And it just so happened to be Manhattan. The big guy came to me and said, "Coach, he said, "I'm offered a thousand dollars to level the game against DePaul in the Garden next Tuesday night." Well, I think I'm the only coach that ever heard that from a ballplayer. So naturally, I took it to the proper authorities, the police department. It was one of those cloak and dagger
things, you know. We had the kid wired for sound and everything else. Here we picked him up on Broadway, paying off money, and that began a lot of remarks. IrememberMr. Rupp saying nobody could touch his boys with a ten-foot pole. The next day, everyone of them were involved.
So it spread around many schools --twenty schools. A lot of the lads went to jail. The only ones who went to prison were the ones who had a record. But it ruined their careers. And remember, they're talking a thousand dollars.
So that's the short story. I think I'm taking too much time here. But I want to say this, that I'll cherish this award because I was associated with the Madison Square Garden people and the local
colleges running this program. Thank you very much. We're enjoying ourselves. We'll see you all la
Thank you, Ken, and congratulations to you. Next on the program, Andy Mooradian, our past president, will now perform the duties of our Corbett Award. Andy.
ANDY MOORADIAN :
This is a great honor for me to present to you a very close friend of mine for this year's recipient of the Corbett Award. I'm sorry Bill Flynn is not here to do this, to have this honor.
Bill wanted to do this very much, but could not make it. And I'm sure you people will be even sorrier that he's not here before I get through.
I had a twenty-minute speech and John said, "How long are you going to talk, Andy?" I said, "Twenty minutes." He said, "No." I said, "Ten minutes." He picked up and said, "No." And he's
a lot bigger and tougher than I am, so I will try to keep it short. But it's very difficult to keep it short for a person like John Toner.
I'm sure all of you have read in the program the endless list of John's contributions to
college athletics over the past twenty-one years when he started at the University of Connecticut. From winning the Yankee Conference title in 1970, to becoming President of the ECAC, NACDA and the NCAA, John Toner had led college athletics. From serving under John in NACDA and the NCAA, I would like to take just a few minutes to add to what is already in the program. John Toner has always been a leader in the most important committees that we've had in the NCAA. He headed up committees such as Governance. We all remember that convention. He also formed Division I-AA to solve problems that we had with Division I, II and III. I'll never forget the convention when the Presidents Commission came in, whether they were going to have veto power, whether, they were not; whether we should have them or not. At the present time John is heading up the Drug Committee, working
with NACDA and drawing up legislation so that we can now have the Kickoff Classic, which has helped our organization tremendously. He's also been on many other important committees.
During all his work in the Yankee Conference, , ECAC. NACDA and the NCAA. one thing among many things has stood out. John has been honest. fair college athletics and to help the student-athlete.
and his leadership has always been to help better
I can recall at the,convention. when we were
talking about whether we were going to have a Presidents Commission or not. We had presidents get up and talk for hours, athletic directors get up and talk for about five minutes and faculty reps get
up and talk. And it went on and on. But when the convention ended, I think a great tribute was paid
to John Toner and his ability when the president of Long Beach State got up and stated to the convention John Toner ran a very honest convention, giving everybody a chance to speak, and to make sure that the vote was in an honest way.
Because of what he has done in his career, he is most worthy of this award, which is given to him by us, his peers. At this time, I would like to present to John a few gifts in recognition of this award. John?
Another gift that I would like to present is a beautiful watch from Pete Finnerty and Jostens to John for your many years of service to intercollegiate athletics.
President Homer, all the Officers of the organization, the Executive Committee, our hosts for
the Convention, thank you very much for the honors that you bestow on me. And to all of my friends in the audience, thank you very much.
I thought yesterday that Bob Karnes said it all, and he did it in such a short and succinct way,
I wish I could do it too, just that way. But Bob, you did an excellent job representing our awardees of yesterday, and thank you for that. I particularly am happy that Ken Norton is here and being honored by all of us. You know, as a former football coach, I always admired Ken Norton's basketball teams because they were so well disciplined, and the personified what a team effort meant. He had great accomplishments at Manhattan College with his basketball teams. He directed an excellent program. And so, congratulations again, Ken.
I also want to thank Homer Rice for the leadership he's provided NACDA this past year. interrupting a very busy schedule back home to do all of this. And you know. this has been a very wonderful year for me and for Claire. right here. A lot of honor has come our way. and thank you for that. But nothing can top the Corbett Award. And we're very. very. very thankful for it.
Now. we're heading in a couple of weeks to a special convention of the NCAA. And I thought
Homer described that rather aptly yesterday in one of his remarks. when he questioned whether or not
we ought to have a special convention in a couple of weeks. This past week. I had the good fortune to attend the last meeting of the NCAA Long Range Planning Committee and chaired that meeting. And
during the last half of it. we met with the new committee that will take up. in addition to other duties. the charge of the Long Range Planning Committee. We had a chance to reflect on where we've been and where we are. and perhaps. where we ought to go. And with the new convention coming up. a special convention in two weeks. it appears to me that the focus of attention is going to be initiated in the forum. where we will spend the next eighteen months discussing what we ought to do. And I couldn't think of a better opportunity for me than this one. right here. to offer some thoughts that
I have on this issue. And perhaps. Vern Smith. over here. will join with me. because he's going to be retiring from is athletic directorship on June 30. as I am.
But we seem to tend to want to always fix ourselves, to make ourselves better. And we really don't reflect on how good we might be. I think the status of intercollegiate athletics is healthy and sound. I think that we have already identified our significant problem areas.
I think the last special convention that we had addressed some key issues. I speak about the NCAA because that's what I know. but I know that the two-year schools here and the NAIA schools will profit from this too. because they're continuously watching and observing what the NCAA does. But we
addressed some very important matters. We addressed academic standards and minimum standards for eligibility for entering students. Almost lost in the publicity of all that was. to me. the most significant standard of all. was our standard establishing normal progress toward a degree.
I don't go along with all this mad rush to try to measure schools by graduation rates. as it
applies to athletics. All one has to do is take a look that we are now asking our athletes to pass one-fifth of that required toward graduation before they may be eligible in a subsequent year. Just think about that. And then when you go back home. look and see if your institution requires that of all students. I think you'll find that less than ten percent of our institutions require that of
all students. But I think that was one of the greatest pieces of legislation that we've passed. And we ought to give it a chance to work. I think we can take comfort in the fact that when one completes
four years of athletic eligibility on our campuses, that person is in position to graduate. I think that's our charge.
What's worrisome to me about graduation rates is that we are now registering students for
degree programs in a very limited sports-specific way. We should examine our teams to see whether the football team isn't loading up the business school and majoring in non-science type activities because they don't want to give up the laboratory time. Where once we could avoid it because we could take it in the second semester, our weight training programs and spring practices are occupying the second semester, so we're all in the social soft-sciences, or in business. It's interesting, if you go look at your swim team, they're able to work out early in the day and at odd times during the day. They may be sports-specific by majoring in the hard sciences and taking the laboratory programs that we have. But we do have a normal progress rule that we shouldn't ever abandon.
Then, we've asked ourselves, as a result of special convention, to take a look at ourselves in
a self-study. The greatest policy in athletics is Article Two of the NCAA Constitution, which says that athletics must be an integral part of the mission, the academic mission, of the institution.
The student-athlete must be an integral part of the student body. What more do we want? The demands on athletics and its participants are strong, so you have to bend that policy. You must twist and turn it to fit your needs, but you should never abandon it. We've asked ourselves now to conduct self-studies and to go through compliance reviews of our own making. That's sufficient, because it you want to measure your program against the mission of the institution, the self-study will show you what it is. And if you want to measure the student-athlete against the student body, the self-study will tell you what it is.
And finally, that special convention gave power to the enforcement program to apply sanctions that actually affect the ability to compete inseason as well as postseason. And the only thing
we have to do there to refine it is to separate in our own self-study the chain of command and put it where it belongs.
If athletic directors continue to demand that they answer only to the chief executive officers of their institutions, then so be it. But let's put out the signal lights for the people that Walter Byers refers to as "the power person." The power coach, the power booster or alumnus, the power trustee. And those are the people that have to be put in line. And the athletics director is the one person who may have the continuity at an institution to really make it happen, as long as an athletic director is in fact in charge of his or her program. I sense that as we go into these next eighteen months, you should never lose sight of that. And I'm happy to have this occasion to speak those words. And on behalf of Claire and the family, thank you, thank you very much.
Claire, would you stand and let everybody see who you are and where you are? I have two or three announcements I need to make, but just before I do that, I'd like to bring a note from Dick Schultz; our new executive director of the NCAA. He was going to try to be here at this luncheon, but his commitments were just too strenuous. He could not make it. But he did say, and I quote, "My selection is a vote of confidence for the athletic directors." I thought that was pretty good. We have one of our own now as the leader of the NCAA.
Announcements are: The Management Institute participants, Wednesday at 6:30, your reception will be in the Tiki Hut; orientation meeting at 7:30 in the Council Forum rooms. Also, remember the roundtables and the business session tomorrow morning will all be in the Atlas Ballroom, along with
the continental breakfast. They'll all take place in that one area. Tonight's reception will be here in this room. Is that right, Mike? It will not be out on the pool as it was the night before last. It will be in this room tonight. Thank you, and John, congratulations again. And to you, Ken. And thank you for a good dinner.