JAMES J. CORBETT AWARD LUNCHEON
(Tuesday, June 11, 1:00 -2:30 p.m.)
For our invocation, I would like to introduce John Swofford, the director of athletics at University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill.
May we pray. Dear God, we thank You for the opportunity to gather in celebration of intercollegiate athletics. We thank You for the gentlemen that we will honor here today and for the commitment, the enthusiasm, the
leadership and the energy that each of them, in their own ways, have brought to our profession. Most particularly, we thank You for the positive impact they each have had on the many young people that they have influenced as well as the inspiration they bring to all of us. We ask that You bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies and us to Your service. Amen.
I would like to introduce the NACDA Executive Committee who are on the lower dais. To your left, from Lafayette College, Eve Atkinson; from Virginia Union University, James Battle; from Framingham State College, Larry Boyd; from Boston College, Bobbie Carson; from the University of Arizona, Ced Dempsey; from Santa Barbara City College, Bob Dinaberg; from St. Louis Community College Forest Park, Russ Dippold; from the University of South Dakota, Jack Doyle; from Gannon University, Bud Elwell; from the Mideastern Athletic Conference, Ken Free; from East Texas State University, Margo Harbison; from Miami Dade Community College South, Jim Harvey; from the Orange Bowl, Steve Hatchell; from Metropolitan State College, Bill Helman; from the University of Florida, Ann Marie Lawler; from the College Football Association, Chuck Neinas; from Holy Cross College, Ron Perry; from Wittenberg University, Bob Rosencrans; from Western Illinois University, Helen Smiley; from Eastern Michigan University, Gene Smith; from the University of California at San Diego and President of the NCAA, Judy Sweet;
from Bergen Community College, Bob Thompson; from Brigham Young University, Glen Tuckett; from the University of Denver, Diane Wendt.
If you'll look at the upper dais, we'll start with your left with the Executive Director of NACDA, Mike Cleary; our Second Vice President and Director of Athletics at Ohio State University, Jim Jones; Third Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of North Carolina, John Swofford; our Secretary and Director of Athletics at Fitchburg State, Betty Kruczek; the Executive Director of the National Invitational Tournament and sponsor of today's luncheon, Jack Powers; the Director of Athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy and Past President of NACDA in 1989- 90, Jack Lengyel; the Vice President of Special Markets for Marriott Hotels and Resorts and co-sponsor of tonight's reception, Sam Huff; the Regional Vice President for White Way Sign Company and co-sponsor of last night's reception, Chuck Rogers; the Area Manager for Coors Brewing Company and co-sponsor of Sunday night's reception, Jennifer Reckhold; the Vice President of NACDA Insurance and Rollins Burdick Hunter and sponsor of the Spouses' Lounge, Kathy Polanshek; President of Heitzinger & Associates and sponsor of tomorrow's continental breakfast, Ron Heitzinger; the Director of National Contracts at National Car Rental and co-sponsor of yesterday's luncheon, Bob Briggs, and out in the audience, the General Manager of the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina and co-sponsor of tonight's reception, Joel Rothman.
I would like to present at this time, the retired director of athletics from the University of Washington and the new executive vice president of the Raycom Management Group, past president of this organization in 1981-82, Mike Lude.
Yesterday was a fantastic day for us. Today is going to be even better. It's going to be a great day for some very special people that you know and I know. This 1991 class of Hall of Fame inductees is one that fits that classification of being very special. It could be highly emotional for some of us because we've been together for a long time. There are four living recipients here today that we've had personal interaction with as ADs and coaches and just friends. It's going to be a good luncheon.
The first inductee today is Dee Andros. I've known Dee since the early SO's when we were both assistant football coaches. Dee is a close personal friend and we've shared a lot of good times together. This guy was a fantastic football player at the University of Oklahoma. A terrific assistant football coach and one great head football coach and, in addition, he was just a wonderful director of athletics for the Oregon State Beavers. Dee and I have many things in common, such as our coaching, our athletic directorships in the PAC-1O, and service in the United
State Marines Corp. Dee is one of those unusual people. He is what the Hall of Fame was established for. That to give honor. prestige and credibility to our profession. Ladies and gentlemen. your 1991 Hall of Fame inductee. Dee Andros.
Our next recipient is John Bridgers, another close friend. When I was an assistant football coach at the University of Delaware, I knew a head coach at a college just south of us, Johns Hopkins University. He then went on to the Baltimore Colts and helped them win the championship. At one time, Baylor University was looking for a new football coach and was considering Dave Nelson, my boss. Dave decided that it probably wasn't a good thing for us to do to go to Texas. John Bridgers got the job and told me to always remind Dave that it was a good idea that he didn't accept the job so he could get that head football coaching job in Texas. What a marvelous job he did there. John and Baylor were synonymous with the quick out passing game. He developed that quick out passing game and had it so refined that it was just unstoppable. Knowing very little about the passing game myself, I thoug~ there's one way to take care of that and that was to hire John. Of course, I couldn't pay him anything, so I just invited him.
He came to Fort Collins, Colorado and helped us a great deal with that short passing game. I'll always remember that and I really appreciated it. He was an outstanding director of athletics at Florida State University and then at the University of New Mexico. John was always one of those people that never failed to help the other guys. He was always willing to do things for them. He ran great programs, did things right and is an example of what we call honor, honesty and integrity. Ladies and gentlemen, it's my distinct pleasure to introduce to you a great friend and your inductee into the 1991 class, John Bridgers.
Our next inductee is Rex Brumley. When you talk about putting something of quality back into the profession which you have represented for over 30-years, you cannot find a person who has done this in a more meaningful and more dramatic manner than Rex Brumley. What a great contributor to the overall success of this organization, NACDA. I am speaking of non other than the man I mentioned just a moment ago, Rex Brumley. Rex has worked in Broward County south Florida, the public schools and community colleges for over 30-years. He has served NACDA with distinction for over 24 years. Just a sideline, I hope to involve him in a program in Ft. Lauderdale. This man is made of the right stuff and truly deserves to be a Hall of Famer. So, ladies and gentlemen, join me in formally inducting Rex Brumley into your 1991 NACDA Hall of Fame.
Next, is Linda Dempsay. This native of Tustin, California, a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, who holds two degrees from that institution, is one remarkable lady. During the very inception and early days of Title IX, I picked her brain, valued so much her opinions, her views, her intellect and her genuine, sincere approach to the problems we are facing. Linda Dempsey was an oasis of overflowing knowledge for an athletic director who needed help. Linda Dempsay has been involved at every level. A teacher in public schools, a teacher of physical education, a supervisor of women's physical education at Cal Berkeley, as an athletic director. She never had a problem with people, coaches or individuals saying to her, "You haven't been there. You don't understand what it's all about." You see, Linda coached field hockey, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Linda served on the Committee on Infraction: for the NCAA. I know of no one who does not respect Linda Dempsey and is not a better person for having been associated with this wonderful woman athletic administrator. Ladies and gentlemen, your 1991 Hall of Fame inductee, Linda Dempsay.
Our next inductee is Dr. Milton Dial Hunter. On many occasions, your association inducts posthumously, a truly outstanding individual into your Hall of Fame. Today, we are privileged to recognize the great contributions to our profession of Dr. Milton D. Hunter. He was nominated and voted into the prestigious group because he earned it. Dr. Hunter was a paratrooper with the famous 82nd Airborne Division. He was an excellent student, a great teacher and professor and an outstanding university administrator, including vice president for academic administration. Milt
It is traditional to have a member of the incoming class give a response for that class, and they've chosen Dee Andros.
Mike, thanks a million. I look out here and see all of the faces I'm very familiar with in most cases. I know one thing, that everyone of you are going to heaven because you've already been through hell. I'm so thrilled to bl chosen to come up here and give a few remarks and I tell you, you could have done a lot better, because I'm the
only guy that every went to the University of Oklahoma, got a BS degree and a master's degree, and had to take English for a foreign language. Actually, I'm thrilled to be here, but when you get to be our age, you're thrilled to be anywhere.
I would like to say that you people are the backbones of America, as far as I'm concerned. What you stand for, is the greatest. I'll look back and always will be proud to be a member of NACDA 's 1991 Hall of Fame. I, too, would like to tell some stories up here about Mike Lude, one of my great friends, but, some of them I couldn't tell. Rena and Lou are out there. Lou has been my wife for 43 years. When I was coaching the East/West game, we left the St. Francis Hotel. Lou was all dolled up and I was dolled up, but the only trouble with me, was that I looked like an unmade bed in lO-minutes. We went across the street to get a taxi and I referred to these "zoot-suiters".
That shows my age. These zoot-suiters were sitting there and I'm like all other athletic directors and football coaches and I have rabbit ears. As I'm passing these guys, I heard one of them say, "Gee, did you see that beauty and that beast?" I went right back to that old boy and said, "Don't call my wife a beast."
Actually, I would like to thank our athletic director, Dutch Baughman, for being such a great guy and to keep me close to his situation. I still have an office at Gill Coliseum and I'm very close to athletics and always will be because I'm the one guy who knows that it's an integral part of any university. Again, thanks to all of you for this honor. God Bless every one of you.
Thanks, Dee. Please join me in a round of applause for each of these recipients. Now, Mr. Jack Powers, the executive director of the NIT. Jack.
It certainly is an honor to present the 1991 NACDA-NIT Award to a good friend of both organizations and a friend of mine for many years, Mr. Bill Flynn, the director of athletics from Boston College. Imagine that Bill was associated with Boston College and the athletic department for; nearly 50 years. He was a great athlete. He was a hockey player, a baseball player and was captain of the football team while at Boston College. He graduated and went on to serve the FBI for four years before coming back as a math professor and assistant football coach. He was appointed director of athletics in 1957. I was up this year to cover the pre-season NIT game, which was my fIrst trip to Boston College. They played Memphis State and BC was able to pull the game out in the second half. I was given a tour of the facilities that were built under Bill's direction and guidance. The outstanding football stadium increased the seating capacity from 6,000 up to 32,000 with magnificent sky boxes. He has also done as well for the hockey arena as well as for track and baseball.
We all remember when Bill was president of the NCAA and the great job he did on the floor that year. They were very difficult times. He was president of NACDA, served on many NCAA committees as well as being very active in the ECAC and, of course, in the Big East Conference. I think at my position with the NIT, the post-season is doing very well serving college basketball for the 32 teams that do not make it into the 64. We're very happy to continue that. But, it was in 1985 when Pete Carlesimo, who was the executive director at that time, came up with the idea of a pre-season NIT .His lifelong friend, Bill Flynn, gave Pete guidance about how to propose legislation. It's a very successful tournament today and Bill helped Pete Carlesimo.
Being around as an athletic director and former coach for some time, knowing somebody like Bill and what he has done, makes me very proud to present Bill Flynn with the 1991 NACDA-NIT Award. Thank you.
Thank you, Jack, I cenainly dIdn't get this award because I was an outs","d1ng basketball playec 1 guarantee you that I think anybody could beat me one-on-one, But, lam honored and pleased to receive tbis award because I've always admired dIe NIT, I think dley have done a great deal for college basketball, I know it started back in 1938 and it was "dIe" toumamem at dlat time In fact, dIe natiooa! championship was many times decided on dIe results of the NIT, My fIrst contact widl dIe NIT was around 1944 or 1945, 1 was in New York and a friend invited me to dIe NiT fl11als, Rhode Island was playing and being behind two poiots, Rhode Island's Ernie Cavoli threw the ball dIe lengdl of the coun to tie dIe game Rhode Isiand dlen went on lator to win the game, 1 became a very good friend of Ernie's as he became associate director of adlietics at Rhode Island College, Boston College
been fonnnate, We have participated in dIe tournament eight times It was such a great toumament There was a time during dIe 6O's when we were invited to both dIe NiT and dIe NCAA, Oor basketball coach was a New Yorker, so you know we went to dIe NiT instoad of dIe NCAA, Of course, you'd never do that today, but that's what happened back dlen,
I also admire the people who run the NIT. The five local teams in New York have done a great job in the administration of it. They've been very fair in the selection of their teams. As Jack said, we were in it this year and were fortunate to win the ftrst two games. We happened to play Duke the third game and they became the national champions. But, it was a great thrill to play such a great team. As Jack said, I'm a great friend of Peter Carlesimo. I notice that I'm the tenth recipient and when I read those names, I really feel a great pride in being selected. One of the former recipients is Ben Carnevale, who was a great basketball player and a great coach. To follow these people is really something.
Peter Carlesimo was here last year telling stories as only he can tell them. I recall one of the them when he said what a great basketball coach he was at Scranton University and what a great football player he was at Fordham. He did many things at Scranton but he said he was a basketball coach and he said he was a good one. He doesn't claim to be as good as his son, P.J. Carlesimo, who is now coaching at Seton Hall. He said, "The fact is, I never got shut out." That was quite a record.
Most people know that I'm retired and I'm a director emeritus. I just want to thank all of the directors for a great career. The directors have been so great to me and to Marie. Marie has been as much a part of NACDA and the NIT and the NCAA as I have been. It's been through the' great friendships we've developed over the years that has made it so wonderful. I'd like my dear wife, Marie, to talk a bow. Marie and I wish all of you the very best God Bless you.
Thanks, Bill. To present the NACDA Merit of Honor of Award, here's Mike Lode. No commercials this time, Mike.
On very special occasions, dle Merit of Honor Award is presented just to let you know how rare it is. This will be dle second time in 26-years dlat dle Merit of Honor was bestowed upon a recipient, Bob Bronzan. When you're looking for someone who was dlere for dle laying of a great ship, who as a leader in dle whole process, dle man we're honoring today is exactly dlat. You can't, you should, you must read dle right side of your luncheon program. The biographical background which appears will inform you of dle many accomplishments of Bob Bronzan. I, however, wish to fill in dle blanks.
He is a gentleman. Permit me to hyphenate that word. He is a gentle man. He's willing to help any of us in the profession and has helped most of us. He's a true friend of all of you. He's an author of many publications. He's an expert in facilities, financing, fund raising, as a consultant, as a friend, he would even grab the trowel and help you build it. Bob coached two people who have coached in Super Bowls, Bill Walsh of the San Francisco 4ger: and Dick Vermeil with Philadelphia. Bill Walsh credits Bob Bronzan with much of his coaching expertise. Bob has attended every NACDA meeting since the very first inaugural meeting. He has given a great amount of time, his personal hard work and his professional life to his alma mater, San Jose State University. Bob has been a player, a student-athlete, coach, administrator and faculty member. He has a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a doctorate.
One of the best assets that Bob Bronzan has is JoAnn who is one terrific lady. She has never lost her West by golly Virginia accent or sense of humor. We couldn't be more privileged than to select the second recipient of the Merit of Honor today, Bob Bronzan.
Since Mike mentioned JoAnn, I'm going to put first things fIrst. JoAnn, would you stand up and take a bow. Just for a moment, I'd like to have you imagine the plight of being a director of athletics without NACDA. A few i] attendance will remember when there was no such thing as NACDA. Brothers, let me turn back the pages. Prior to NACDA, there was no national organization which sought to enhance our profession. No vehicle existed for this exchange of ideas. No means existed to jointly seek solutions to problems and no environment was present in order to extend friendships from coast to coast. When one examines the broad spectrum of the topics offered at this program and the Management Institute, it becomes immediately apparent that NACDA is meeting current needs just ~ it has for the past 26-years.
For nearly half a century , I've been involved with intercollegiate athletics and I have been grateful for my calling. Few, in fact, very few professions, are as challenging and satisfying as ours. As an athletic director, I can truthfully say, except for rare occasions, I look forward to what each day would bring. Sure, there are moments wh you become fatigued, when issues seem to pile up, when solutions to issues are either elusive or sidetracked by others. At such times, you have weathered the storm and stayed the course. My wish, my expectations and my ho]
is that each generation of athletic directors will continue these good works. Drastic and dramatic changes in our nation, in our world will accelerate. These will have an impact on intercollegiate athletics, to be sure. But, by the same token, intercollegiate athletics can shape what is yet to come.
Over the years, NACDA has been led by outstanding men and women. I'm constantly pleased by each new board member and each new officer. It seems like the reservoir never runs dry. Among all of these people, I have to mention Mike Cleary .I helped sign Mike's fIrst contract. That was one of the most opportune things that this organization did and I'm sure that you agree with me. Each of you are a member of a unique organization, a unique profession, and you do make unique and worthy contributions to students and to our society .I wish you well. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this recognition today and I hope all will continue as it has been in the past. Thank you very much.
Thank you, Bob, and congratulations. To present the Corbett Award, is Col. John Clune of the U.S. Air Force Academy and our past president in 1984-85.
Thanks, Frank. About 10 weeks ago, Dr. Joe Kearney informed me that he was going to be the recipient of the Corbett Award and asked me if I would make the presentation. I was both flattered and honored that Dr. Joe would ask me. He also asked me to wear my uniform, which I've done. Joe was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I know many of you are familiar with his biography but I think some of it bears emphasis. He received a master's degree from San Jose State and a doctorate in education from the University of Washington. After a stint in the Navy, he spent several years coaching and administrating in high schools. In 1969, he became the director of athletics at the University of Washington. After a very successful stint there, he became the director of athletics at Michigan State University in April, 1976. In the 1978-79 season, the Spartans captured the Big Ten title in football, basketball and baseball, the fIrst time ever, and went on in basketball to win the NCAA championship.
In January, 1980, Joe moved on to become the director of athletics at Arizona State and while he was there, Dr. Stan Bates was the commissioner of the WAC. Dr. Bates called Joe and told him he was going to retire. Dr. Bates asked Joe if he knew anyone who would make a good commissioner for the Western Athletic Conference. Joe said, "Yes, me." Joe became the commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference in 1980. You would think somebody who had been the athletic director at three major universities would be happy, but not Joe. He was just starting.
During his reign as commissioner of the W AC, his accomplishments were truly exceptional. When he came on board, the W AC had one team only per year going to the bowls and a couple of teams, maybe, going to post-season basketball play. This past year, Joe has brought the Conference to a level where we had five teams go to post- season basketball tournaments and four teams play in bowl games. He also initiated and signed the fIrst ever more than a million dollar basketball T.V. contract for the WAC. In addition to serving on many NCAA, CFA and NACDA commissions, Joe is now the chairman of the Commissioners Conference and is also the NCAA representative to the Executive Committee of the U.S. Olympics.
Now, that tells you what Joe Keamey has done as an athletic director, but I'd also like to say a little bit about what Joe is. Joe Kearney is an exceptional administrator. He's intelligent, capable and very perceptive. The thing I admire most about Joe is his tremendous sensitivity and caring. for the people with whom he works. He cares very much about out student-athletes in the conference. And what any of them accomplish, anything of note, Joe is always there with a letter and a phone call congratulating them and telling them how great their accomplishments are. He is always extremely sensitive and fair in dealing with his coaches and administrators within the conference. His caring comes through loud and clear. Joe does everything with class and dignity. I've really felt privileged to know Joe all of these last IO-years and to call him friend, and I can think of no one, no one more deserving of this award. Joe, I congratulate you on receiving the Corbett Award. God Bless you.
Thank you, Col. J ohn. One of the reasons I asked J ohn to wear his uniform is that he gave me an opportunity, as a former World War II enlisted man, to be introduced by a full board Colonel. I thank you, John. Let me also extend congratulations to the honorees today. The thing that stands out in my memory is the fact that I've had a chance to work with Dee, Rex, John, Bill and Bob. I look around this room and see a lot of people I've also had the privilege of working with.
President Frank, members of the head table, honorees, friends and family, I can honestly say this is a very proud and happy day to be the recipient of the Corbett Award. The reason I view this as an exceptional honor is because it comes from you, my peers in the profession. Anybody that's complimented by the people he's had the privilege of
working with, makes it very special. Also, along the way, any successes that I've enjoyed have come from a great group of athletes, coaches, staff, athletic directors and fellow athletic administrators. One of the really true joys of this profession is the quality of the people you get to know. The classic example is my presenter, Col. John Clune.
As you know, Col. Clune is a former NACDA president and one of this nation's premier athletic directors. I thank you, John, for your kind words.
I was a little worried about John. When I first asked him to be my presenter, his fIrst words to me were, "Well, maybe I should start out by saying that every great organizatiQn is at least entitled to one mistake." But, John, you didn't use that line and I thought you would. I owe a great deal of personal gratitude and thanks to NACDA, to Mike and the Selection Committee. I've enjoyed my time and service for this great organization over the years. I think I've had a special privilege. I've had the opportunity to know, personally, every Corbett Award winner and every NACDA president and that's been a special privilege for me over the years. These are some great people and I feel very honored to be joining the really superb group of people.
Let me take just a moment to interject something. You get a lot of help along the way from people who are pa11 of your profession, but sometimes you fail to recognize the great support and help you get from family and special friends. Please allow me to introduce to you some of my family who are here today. My oldest son, Kevin, who is with Hewlett Packard and represents them to all of the east bloc nations, including the Soviet Union. He couldn't make it because he works out of Vienna, Austria. But, here today, is my oldest child, my daughter, Ian, and my grandson, Graham. My daughter, Erin, who has been busy keeping my young grandson under control out there, Trey and my son-in-law, Lyman. My daughter, Sean, my son, Robin and my daughter-in-law, Laurie. I've got a very special sister-in-law. She's a great teacher and an educational administrator in the state of Washington, Betty Wolf. I have two people here today who are like sons and daughters to me. I've known this young lady way back when she was my student and when I was a high school principal. I've also had the privilege of knowing her husband over the years. I would like to introduce Capt. Lyle Bien and his wife, Kathy. If you saw the picture Top Gun, you saw some of his flying and you saw some of his squadrons flying. We had the privilege to officially welcome Lyle back from the Middle East where he was on General Schwarzkopf's staff as the coordinator for all Naval aviation operations in that area. One of life's greatest privilege, is to have a wonderful wife. I've been blessed many times over. My wife, Dory.
Let me just wind down and conclude by sharing with you just a few thoughts that I have about this interesting business of athletic administration. I think this is one of the most important professions going on in our society . Although it's complex at times and extremely frustrating, it's very vital to the youth of this nation. Because of what we all do, we do and can make a difference. I've often said that the athletic directorship has become, on most campuses, the second most difficult job. We know who has the worst job in the world and that's the university president. But listen, if you're an athletic director, you've got the second toughest job on any campus. The things you do are very visible and very important. The real pluses of our programs are the marvelous young men and women we get to work with and also a core of great coaches and staffs. This too, is one of the privileges of our profession.
I don't know if you ever thought about this. Do you ever realize that the second largest commitment of financia aid to educate the young men and women of this society comes from the financial aid monies that's made available i our junior colleges, in the NAJA and the NCAA? When you think about that, the large core of young people that 81 going to go on into our society that are assisted and aided and inspired, in many ways, by all of you really do make a difference in our society. Most of them, contrary to the few horror stories we read about, make a very positive impact on this country and this society. So, the work you do is extremely important. John Kennedy said it well when he said, "I had to speak to an athletic group and I had my staff do some research. What they found was that 85 percent of the most successful people in a variety of professions were competitive athletes." I think that says something about the kind of work you do. You truly do provide young people the opportunity for higher education which will insure great leaders for tomorrow.
To say that I'm very proud to be one of you is a gross understatement Thank you very much for this honor.
Thank you very much, Joe, and thank you for your remarks. Gary Bender is one of the most versatile announcers in network sports television. Since joining ARC m 1987, he's covered college football and basketball, Major League baseball and has had various roles on ARC's Wide World of Sports. Gary spent 12-years at CBS covering the NFL and the NBA as well as college football and basketball. A native of Ulyses, Kansas, he earned undergraduate degree at Wichita State in 1962 and went on to get his master's degree at the University of Kansas. On a personal note, I served seven years on the men' s basketball committee, so I got to know Gary very well that fIrst year. This guy has no ego and he's just a real nice guy.
Thank you, Frank. Frank and I have a very interesting relationship. It's a strange and wonderful relationship.
He's strange and I'm wonderful. It's a pleasure to be here. It's fun to see some of you guys for the first time. I've known you by reputation and name and to put this opportunity before me is just another advantage to being a sportscaster.
I really consider this group as amongst my best friends. I hope you feel that way. I feel that athletic directors
in the over 25-years that I've covered sports are my best friends. There may be somebody out there who didn't like what I said or there may be somebody out there who didn't like the way I did my job, but you've always opened the doors to me and you've always made my job a great job to have. I thank you for that. It's fun for me to be here as friend.
I wonder what you expect. If you look at anybody in the network level, you automatically assume that we're all great athletes. If you look at ABC, we have guys like Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf. CBS has Pat Summerall and Terry Bradshaw. Of course, I'm not sure how Howard Cosell would have fit into that particular description. I was not a great athlete. I was a very poor athlete. Mike Lude tried to recruit me one time and then saw how slow I was and he quit, In fact, I played football as a defensive back in a game against Howard Twilley. I helped hold him to 17 catches. I never laid a hand on him the whole day long. It really is intimidating to be around great athletes. I'm always around them. I went down to Albuquerque to do the Final Four in 1983 and that was the game where Lorenzo Charles hit the shot heard around the world when North Carolina State upset Houston. Houston had that remarkable center, Akeem. I was going to interview him and wanted to fmd a new angle. During the course of our conversation, we talked about everything. I said, " Akeem, I heard you were a soccer goalie. I understood you were a great golfer, etc. Is there anyone sport you don't excel in." He looked at me and said, "Yes, I can't swim." I said, "Neither can I." He looked at me and said, "1 can wade a lot further than you can."
I come to this profession quite naturally. I was a coach's son. My dad was an outstanding high school and junior college coach and so all my life I've know some of the emotion that coaches, athletic directors and players go through. My dad decided to get out of coaching. He wasn't making any money. I think some people can identify with that. He decided to go into farming. We moved to a place called Ulysses, Kansas. I was a seventh grader at the time, and coming from an athletic background and being around athletics all of my life, being absolutely put out in the middle of nowhere was not something I wanted to do.
You'd get up at the crack of dawn, stumble out to the barn and milk two cows. You came back in, ate
breakfast, go out and gas up your tractor, plow til noon and then come in and eat lunch. Then go back out, gas up the tractor, plow til sundown and come back in. Then, milk those same two cows, eat supper and go to bed. Sounds exciting. I decided the only way I could survive those long hot summer days was to make up ball games. One day, I'd act like I was in Yankee Stadium and another day, I'd be in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Maybe, I'd go to Steve's Orange Bowl. To further enhance the broadcast, I'd sing the National Anthem before every one of my broadcasts. I had the ability to do all of the commercials. I was in control of it all of the way. It had such impact on my subconscious that years later when I did a game, I thought I'd done one before. I tell kids today to have an imagination because we're watching so much television, taking things in rather than having an imagination and learning to express yourselves.
It's a long way from Ulysses, Kansas to where I am today. All the mistakes I made on the tractor, no one cared about. I have found there are really two challenges as a broadcaster that I continually am driven to try to meet and I probably don't meet them 80 percent of the time. One of them is to try to be responsible for what I say. I try to have philosophy and when I say something. It doesn't just come out of nowhere or there's nothing behind it. The other one is accuracy. This responsibility was imprinted in my mind in 1975 which was my first year at the network. I have the sense that we do affect lives and we better be right and say the things to be accountable to each one of you here. I've never done a game the way I wanted to do it.
I was a 23-year old who was the voice of the Kansas Jay hawks. We were playing the University of Missouri in Columbia. If Kansas wins the game, they go the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1947. We were leading Missouri, 21-17. We had a quarterback by the name of Bobby Douglas and a fullback named John Riggins. It was Pepper Rogers team. They decided they would just sit on the football. The best way to sit on the football is hand off to Riggins or have Douglas carry the ball. That's what they were doing. The next play, Bobby Douglas rolls
left, cuts it up and he's buried by an avalanche of Missouri tacklers. Re's down and he's hurt. I'm 23-years old and I can see the Orange Bowl slipping away. I said, "Bobby Douglas is down at the 30-yard line. We don't know the extent of his injury, but it looks like it's serious. Kansas still hasn't clinched their trip to the Orange Bowl in Miami. We'll wait to see now. Re's getting to his knees." Bobby was left handed and he was really writhing in pain. Re was totally distraught and I thought, "it's over." I was trying to describe the injury on radio. Thank heavens it wasn't television. I said, "Bobby has hurt", and I meant to say he hurt his pitching or his passing hand and I said, "It looks like Bobby has hurt his pissing hand." I know you're surprised I'm still working today.
Let me just share a few things with you. I feel I'm among friends, so I hope you'll bear with me a few minute! I've been studying this Knight Commission Report. Last fall, I had the opportunity to address some ADs in Tucson and I stated that all athletic directors must be versatile. They must have a coach's knowledge of the game, the menu reflections of a player, the enthusiasm of a fan and the self-control of a referee. If that isn't enough, they must also be a lawyer and have the marketing ability of Madison Avenue. Quite honestly, you're in charge of fair size colpOrations that have a significant impact on the local economy. Thus, that good ole boy job, a place for a distinguished alum to close out his career, is over or it's fast drawing to a conclusion. Now, you're faced with increasing financial hurdles and NCAA rules and now, the Knight Commission Report.
Five years ago, I was with Bo Schembechler and he had been asked if he was going to take over as athletic director at Michigan because Don Canham had elected to retire. I asked him, "Would you become the athletic director of the Wolverines." He confessed to me that he didn't want the job, but he felt he had to take it to protect his football program. He felt the future crises in college athletics would come from the college presidents. This was five years ago. I think he was most perceptive.
As Chuck Neinas put it, " Anyone who attended the 1991 NCAA Convention came away with the distinct impression that the presidents are in control." From what I can understand, if you look back at that Convention, you shouldn't be surprised. The presidents were organized going as far as to hire a lobbyist for their cause. Chuck went on to say that it's doubtful that presidential control would be universally accepted. He made that statement, of course fully aware of that 37 page report that calls for presidential control. In that report, it says that presidential control is the key to successful reform. Now, my question is, why did it take the presidents so long to take over their rightful position? They are already the boss. Being the boss doesn't always mean success according to Frank DeFord, who i: the editor and publisher of The National. Let me quote him. "The scandal that is college athletics has been under the dominion of the college presidents for almost a century , since Theodore Roosevelt obliged them to form and run the NCAA.
Surely by now, it must be painfully obvious that the one group that can't handle athletics is college presidents." My question for you is, "Do the presidents understand the commitment, the energy and the passion in modem collegiate athletics?" My experience is, I doubt very many do. But, they do understand that a quality athletic program will put the university's best foot forward. They know a chemistry experiment or a band performance won't get alumni back on campus, and the university needs all the help they could get to keep the alumni aboard and keeping interest in what they're doing. Some presidents, quite frankly, salivate at the recognition that could and does come from athletics. The presidents are demanding control now that the Knight Report indicates that things are in need of reform. They need not look elsewhere but at themselves, as they should have been the CEO in the fIrst place.
How much refonD is necessary? Not all presidents agree. The president of Georgia Tech put it this way, "I don't feel I need anymore control. I have a lot more control of my athletics department than I do over most of the other programs at Georgia Tech." So, what's the problem? Could you have a perception problem? It seems that perception is more important than facts. Right now, I suggest that perception is bad We tend to take our perceptic of others and ourselves for granted without considering why or how we fonD them or whether they are right Psychologists tell us that fIrst impressions establish the mental framework in which a person or organization is view( Later evidence is either ignored or reinterpreted to jive with that framework. We read or hear about the youngster that robbed the Seven-ll or the athlete who flunked out Maybe someone watches a minority athlete from a disadvantaged background use English that isn't the best and he's labeled as a dumb jock. It's all a perception problem forgetting that all athletes don't rob stores or flunk out, and that murdering the King's English isn't a true representation of intelligence. I ask that you think about some of the great athletes that have come from that background. How about 0.1. Simpson? He's successful in front of the camera today.
This kind of perception isn't new. In the Knight Commission Report, it talks about problems in athletics as far back as 1929. The Knight Commission Report says that time in 1929, the Carnegie Fund for the advancement of teaching recognized difficulties with college athletics that incluped recruiting and education. 1929. The one-plus- three recommendation in the Report directs the one which, of course, is the president of an institute to use his leadership to improve academic as well as fmancial integrity. I'm sure you'll agree, it's very tough to legislate academic integrity. It's like trying to legislate morality. The Report asks that athletes in each sport resemble the res of the student body. Be indistinguishable from other undergraduates. Yet, am I not right, we put the student-athlete under more stringent conditions than the rest of the student body? The athletes must carry 12-hours, pass 36 and practice more hours than a non-scholarship student is required to work a job. Interestingly, the student-athletes' graduation success is above that of a normal student body. In some cases, as much as 10 percent of it. Yet, the perception is, jocks don't get an education. I do believe that the no-pass-no-play could be very effective if only the coaches would enforce it The only hold that a coach has on a player is his playing time. It's like taking the keys o the car away from the teenager. It gets the player and the teenager's attention in a hurry.
Let's face it, the burden of fmancing will continue to rest with you guys, the athletic directors, not the presidents. They have enough fund raising priorities of their own. Hiring a winning coach will not solve all financial problems, because a winning program is as expensive as a losing program. It takes business people running the business.
There are only four sources of income and only one of them can you control. The fIrst is the gate receipts, and you can't control them unless you can control winning or losing. Secondly, is the conference distribution. Monies coming from the bowl games and television. Again, you have no control over that Third, is the legislative support This includes the student fees, the state support and that involves politics. The last I checked, I don't think anybody can control politics. The fourth area is fund-raising. It's the only area you can control and the presidents need to know that you're not cutting into their contacts or their resources. Instead, they would like to give you the green light to raise your needed funds and not be in competition with you.
I'm sure most athletic departments would be profitable if you could drop the non-revenue sports. I sincerely hope it never comes to that. A 1990 CFA Report indicated that costs increased 35 percent, revenues 21 percent, and the average Division I-A school is left with a $39,000 profit. The prototype college athletic programs graduates most of its student-athletes, has a winning record and operates in the black. The model student-athlete excels both academically and athletically. He or she earns good grades in high school, scores well on their college entrance
exams and no violations are committed during their recruitment. That is a perfect program in a very imperfect world. As Judy Sweet put it, "What's being said is, we need the right people in the right places doing the right things in the right ways. We keep score and, unfortunately, that gets in the way of making the right decisions."
In summary, I don't think there is any question that there are abuses in college athletics. But, I contend that it's not as bad as it's perceived in the Commission Report. Presidents and athletic directors should work in concert with each other, not in competition. Academics and athletics can, and must, coexist Terry Donahue, the head coach at UCLA said, "I think it's important that CEOs, faculty senates, admissions directors, athletic directors and coaches
stand collectively to say we're all in favor of clearing up problems as they exist" I challenge you to get a hold of these problems. You're on the right road. Just keep moving forward. Keep improving the perception. Will Rogers once said, "Even if you're on the right road, you can get run over if you just sit there." I've enjoyed a long association and I thank you for your patience in listening to what I have to say. I still enjoy these friendships and everything that goes on. Albert Einstein once said, "He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe is as good as dead. His eyes are closed." My eyes are wide opened and I'm still alive.
I close with this thought. As a person and as a broadcaster, this poem sums up where I come from today. "I'm not what I ought to be. I'm not what I want to be. I'm not what I'm going to be, but praise God, I'm not what I
used to be." Thank you very much.
Thanks, Gary. This association really appreciates those remarks. I would like Joe Kearney and Bill Flynn to come up for a special presentation from Jostens. I now have the privilege of giving the Past Presidents clock to the athletic director at the U.S. Naval Academy, and who now chairs the Division I-A Director of Athletics committee, Jack Lengyel.
Thank you very much, Frank. On behalf of myself and my family, I want to thank Mike Lude and Mike Cleary for their help. When I was a football coach moving into athletic administration, without their help, I would have never been able to make that transition. I want to thank them personally. As some of you know, my two sons graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and I would be remiss for not thanking them. As they always remind me, I would never have gotten the Navy job without their help. I would also like to thank my wife, Sandy, for the tremendous support and help throughout the years. It takes a lot of time away from home. I want to thank the membership for the privilege of being your president this past year. Thank you very much.
This association is losing a very valuable member. He's been Mike Cleary's right arm for eight years. He's going to become the commissioner for the Ohio Athletic Conference. Tim Gleason, we would like to wish you well in your new job and please come up here. I would like to read this inscription. It says, "To Tim Gleason. Many thanks for your outstanding service to NACDA and intercollegiate athletics. From the Officers of NACDA and your friends at the national office staff." Best of luck, Tim.
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