NACDA/DISNEY SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARDS LUNCHEON
(Monday, June 7 -1:00-2:30 p.m.)
Welcome to the NACDA-Disney Scholar-Athlete Awards Luncheon. Homer Rice, the director of athletics at Georgia Tech, will give us our invocation.
May we pray. Our Father in Heaven, we look to you for strength until our ultimate goal and total development has been achieved. This is our cause. Our faith will lead us to this accomplishment. We thank you for this cause. Bless this food to our nourishment and we are in Your service. Amen.
Ladies and gentlemen, in the interest of time, we'll ask that you continue to enjoy your desert and we'll move along. It's my pleasure to introduce those folks at the head dias now. An organization such as this does not exist without a strong executive director to hold us together and our Executive Director for the last 28 years is Mike Cleary. Our Secretary, Betty Kruczek, director of athletics at Fitchburg State College; our Third Vice President, Gene Smith, the director of athletics at Eastern Michigan, soon to be at Iowa State; our Second Vice President, Cedric Dempsey, the director of athletics at the University of Arizona; our First Vice President, the director of athletics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, John Swofford.
Someplace I learned a history lesson that those who refused to remember the lessons of history will be condemned to live it forever and an organization such as this does not have the power that it has without a great past. Would you meet now, our past presidents --Jack Lengyel, past president of 1989-90, the director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy; past president of 1988-89, Gary Cunningham, the director of athletics at Fresno State; past president of 1987-88, Carl Miller; Homer Rice, the director of athletics at Georgia Tech, past president of 1986-87; Andy Mooradian, past president of 1985-86; Mike Lude, past president of 1981-82 and director of athletics at Auburn; John Toner, past president of 1980-81; Ben Carnevale, past president of 1979-80; Fred Miller, the director of athletics at San Diego State University, past president of 1978- 79; Bill Flynn, past president of 1977-78; Bud Jack, past president of 1971-72; and last, but certainly not least, Bob Bronzan, past president of 1967-68.
This luncheon is presented in addition to our friends at Disney by Nike. This is the first of their involvement with us and we look forward to many years in the future. Ladies and gentlemen, from Disneyland, the Disneyland Band.
First, I bring you greetings from Jack Powers. He's suffering over in Venice right now with the NIT All- Star Team. I'd like to allude to three gentlemen who are previous recipients of this NIT -NACDA award -- Bill Flynn, Ben Carnevale and Bud Jack. Bud Jack was our original recipient in 1982. The NIT is not functioned without the very important backing of NACDA and the NCAA itself. We feel we have a purpose. We've had a very successful year this year and I'm sure that next year will be successful. Our pre season NIT will start off with 16 very strong teams led by the NIT champion of last year, Minnesota, and NCAA champion, North Carolina.
To get down to the matter of today, every program has someone behind it who is a constant factor that keeps that program going and keeps it successful. Today, we have a gentlemen who is just the epitome of
that itself. He's a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan and a former professional baseball player. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 60's until an accident ended his career. President Como from St. John's also played for the Pirates. His career ended when he was hit in the head by the ball. He always said that it ended his career and after the terrible damage that was done to his brain, he could only become a politician.
Our recipient eventually ended up in various careers and then as an associate athletic director and invo in fund raising and then, in 1977, he becan1e the athletic director at Duke University. The combination of excellent tean1 and academic achievement has given him a highly successful fund raising progran1. He combined all of the forces to make this an outstanding collegiate progran1.
Tom has always been a supporter of the NIT and in all NACDA Committee and NCAA assignments. my pleasure to award the NIT-NACDA Athletics Directors Award to Tom Butters.
While I realize that this is not the game show, "Jeopardy", the answer is not one thing. The questions surely is, being asked by each of you, what role does he play that I haven't? I'm in my 26th year at Duke University. That tells me only that I have survived it. It tells me that it's given me time to understand and tc appreciate how much talent there is in this room in respect to running intercollegiate athletics in this country. To single out any of us, let alone myself, is somewhat impossible. But, I appreciate and I accept with gratitude this award. I recognize that, as you do, we are all the recipients of the staffs that we have. I fully intend to give half this attention to Coach Krzyzewski when I get back presuming, of course, that he'll give me half of his Nike contract.
I don't really have any words of wisdom for you. There are a couple of things that I would leave with you that I've learned in these years. I would ask that you learn to listen. I have never found anyone who learned much by talking. I would ask that you hire great people and do all that you can to stay out of their way. I would ask that you have faith in yourselves and the fact that the problems that we're presently facing are no greater than the problems that we have already solved. I understand the agenda and if I can remember it, I heard this little one stanza poem some years ago --"It's easier to sit in the sunshine and talk to the man
in the sea than to sit in the well-made boat and tell others what's the way. It's easier to tell the toiler how to carry his pack than to never know the way to glory till the pack is on your back". I would suggest that the pack be on our back and I would hope that all of you would join me in carrying that pack. I'm honored to be here today.
Thank you, Tom. That was well said. Congratulations. Now, to present our scholar-athletes, I'm to introduce to you the Chancellor of Louisiana State University, Bud Davis.
Thank you, Jim. Indeed, I'm very honored to be before this group and also to have the wonderful talen1 of these students who make us all proud. The NACDA Foundation, along with the people from the Kickoff Classic and Disneyland Pigskin Classic, annually sponsor the Post graduate Scholarships for one member of each of the teams that participated in the NACDA Pre season football games. The NACDA Foundation is providing the funds for four $5,000 grants, a total of $20,000 in post graduate scholarships. Each of the winners is a varsity football letterwinner, has completed his eligibility and has carried at least a 3.0 grade average.
Our first recipient is from Texas A&M University, Jason Atkinson. A linebacker, Jason carried a GPA o 3.00 in civil engineering. With Jason today, is the interim director of athletics, Wally Groff. Unable to be with us today is Mike Gee, a tackle from North Carolina State University. Mike posted a 3.26 GPA in sports management. From the University of Iowa is Matt Whitaker. Matt, a defensive end, supported a 3.42 GPA il communication studies. Along with Assistant Coach Carl Hargrave, please congratulate Matt Whitaker. Our final recipient is from Stanford University, a linebacker. Tom Williams had a 3.20 GPA in history. Along with Athletic Director Ted Leland, please welcome Tom Williams.
We're pleased to join with our friends from the Walt Disney Company in presenting you with the 1993
NACDA Disney Scholar-Athlete Award winners. This year, a record 311 nominations were received. Through the outstanding work of the Blue Ribbon Committee and the Review Committee, we have arrived at our 10 winners. Before we bring them up here, we would like to show you a video of their day yesterday at Disneyland.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce the president of Oisneyland, Mr. Jack Lindquist and his special friend, Mickey.
Thank you, Jim. It's a real pleasure to be here today. It's always great to come to these luncheons and have an opportunity to renew acquaintances with some folks. So many of you in this room were so helpful in making this Pigskin Classic a reality, such as our association with NACDA. We've had some great football games. This year, on August 29, Southern Cal will play North Carolina. You all come out and see us. This program and this luncheon, to us, symbolizes what we really want to get out of our Disney association with college athletics. Just the opportunity to go through and read the applications makes you realize, no matter what the national media says, we're not that bad off when there's kids like this around. So, Chanceller Davis, I would like to call you back up here to get these awards out.
Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce the winners of the 1993 NACDAIDisney Scholar-Athlete Awards, each of whom has at least a 3.00 GPA and was an all-conference or all-America in his or her sport. Each of these young men and women will receive a $5,000 scholarship for post graduate study funded by the Walt Disney Company.
First recipient is David Berardinelli, a member of the Bucknell University football team. In addition to this scholarship, Dave has received an NCAA Post graduate and a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post graduate scholarship. Dave plans on pursuing a law degree. Here with Director of Athletics Rick Hartzell, is David Berardinelli.
Our next recipient is Dena Anne Evans. Dena has been a three-time NCAA Final Four participant, a three-time participant on Virginia's ACC championship team, a second-team all-ACC selection and a four-time ACC Player of the Week. She was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Festival team in 1989 and 1990. Dena plans to work for two years prior to attending either business school or law school. Here with NACDA's executive committee member and director of athletics at Virginia, Jim Copeland, is Dena Anne Evans.
Our third recipient, from UCLA's football team is Carlton Patrick Gray. A National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholarship winner, Carlton was also awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and received the Today's Top Six Award from the NCAA. Carlton was named first-team all-America and Academic all-America. He plan's to continue his studies in the field of broadcasting.
Jim Hansen, the football player from the University of Colorado, is our next scholar-athlete. He is currently enrolled in the master's program at Colorado in aerospace engineering. Jim has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and a Big Eight Postgraduate Scholarship. He is a Rhodes Scholarship recipient and was named honorable mention all-America, first-team all-Big Eight, CF A Scholar-Athlete of the Year and University of Colorado Scholar-Athlete of the Year .Assistant Director of Athletics Chris May attends with Jim Hansen.
Basketball player Karen Jennings, from the University of Nebraska, is a three-time Big Eight Player of the Week and first-time academic all-Big Eight. She has also been named first-team all-America and Big Eight Player of the Year. Karen plans on attending medical school. Here with Karen is NACDA's past president
and director of athletics at the University of Nebraska, Bill Byrne.
Our next recipient is Nnenna Lynch, a cross country/track athlete from Villanova University .In 1993, st was a Rhodes Scholar. She was also an eight-time all-America, three-time ECAC track individual champion and a Big Eight champion twice in track and once in cross country. She has been a member of Villanova's four NCAA championship cross country teams and was the 1992-93 Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year . Nnenna will be continuing her studies in the fall at Oxford University .With Associate Director of Athletics Mary Ann Dowling, is Nnenna Lynch.
A member of the football team at the U.S. Military Academy is Michael McElrath. Mike has been the recipient of scholarships from the NCAA and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. j CF A Scholar-Athlete, Mike was also named third-team all-America and has been a three-time Academic all- America. Attending with Director of Athletics Al Vanderbush, here is Mike McElrath.
Football star Bart Moseman is our next recipient. A three-time all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, Bart played tackle on both sides of the ball. He was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarshil and was named second-team Academic all-America. Bart has signed a contract with the Houston Oilers and eventually intends to pursue his master's degree in psychology or journalism at Northwestern University .H~ with Bart is Director of Athletics Tony Ladd.
Unable to be with us today is Robert Pelinka, a member of the University of Michigan's basketball team. Rob was a three-time NCAA Final Four participant and was also a member of Michigan's 1988-89 national championship team. He was a three-time Academic all-Big Ten, and in 1992-93, was the recipient of Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor. Rob plans to attend law school in the fall. Accepting for Rob is Assistant Director of Athletics Jeff Long.
Our final recipient is volleyball star Lisa Pikalek, from Virginia Tech. A major in psychology and sociology, Lisa earned a 3.97 GPA. Lisa was named volleyball Academic all-America of the Year, was a first-team Academic all-America, the Virginia Tech Woman of the Year and the Outstanding Senior for the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1992, she was named the Virginia Player of the Year .Lisa intends to continue her studies by seeking a doctorate in clinical psychology .Here with Director of Athletics David Braine, is Lisa Pikalek.
Now, let's have one more ovation for this year's scholar-athletes, an outstanding group of men and women. Thank you Jack and Mickey Mouse. Now, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of these outstanding student-athletes, we have a response given by Carlton Gray.
I'm not much of a public speaker so I'm going to make this quick. It says three to five minutes, but I don't think so. We're happy to be here to accept this award. I would like to say thank you to NACDA and the Disney Corporation for the support they have given. You hear over and over again the mention of balanc and being able to budget time and to sacrifice things to be able to excel in both academics and in athletics. Without the support that you've given us in developing environments where all of this is capable, none of thi: would be possible. Once again, thank you and the irony of it all is that the cat has my tongue right now, but as you can see on the field, I can't stop talking nor can I stop talking in the classroom. Thank you and congratulations to everyone up here.
Now, it's my pleasure on behalf of NACDA, to present the executive director of the NCAA, Dick Schl Dick, this is a small appreciation from NACDA members to you and it says --" A sincere thank you for 33 years of continuous service to intercollegiate athletics from your friends and peers at NACDA. We value y dedication through the years and salute your many achievements. Presented June 7, 1993. " Congratulation
Jimmy, thank you very much, and the members of NACDA. I can't tell you how touched I am that with all of the busy things you have on your agenda at this Convention, you would take this time to present this award to me. It's greatly appreciated. I really appreciate having it presented at a time when you're also recognizing these outstanding young people at this head table. Just like you, I basically, devoted a lifetime to working with young people and I've always been one who's felt that the cup was half full, not half empty. When I look at these young people and their accomplishments, that tells me and it should tell you, that it's worthwhile.
One of the things that I've had told to me so much these last six years is that you have an impossible job. I wouldn't want your job. My job pales in comparison to the challenges that you people have as athletic administrators. You have the toughest job in America today. It's nothing more than crisis management.
With the challenges that are there today and with the ones that are going to be there in the future, I want you to know that I, as one, really appreciate what you do. It's important work. I know you're dedicated to it and, as Tom Butters said, "the challenges that are ahead of us are really not any more difficult than the challenges that have already been solved." If collectively, we can put our hearts and minds together, I think we'll find simple solutions. I love you all. Good luck and I'm going to miss you.
Now, it's my great pleasure to introduce to you, our featured speaker for today. Keith Jackson is in his 20th year as the play-by-play announcer of ABC's sports coverage of college football. To some, he is college football. He joined ABC in 1964 as a radio news correspondent and started covering college football in 1966. He is the only man to ever win five straight Sportscaster of the Year awards, from 1972-76. Ladies and gentlemen, Keith Jackson.
Thank you, Jim. For those of you who have never been there, that group of Disney musicians and their explosion of energy reminded me of Friday afternoon at the Horseshoe in Columbus because the Ohio State band lives in the football stadium. Some of you saw me walking around with a walking stick. Let me tell you, it's damn hard getting old. I broke the tendon across the top of my kicking foot and Tony Dailey, who put it back together again, said he'd never seen it. So, things happen to you week-to-week that you don't expect at this age. I looked in the mirror in my hotel room this morning and I thought somebody else was in the room with me. I'd like first, before I go any further, to congratulate my good old friend, Tom Butters. What a nice man. And Dick Schultz, what a nice man.
I was sitting up here and heard the names being called up and down the dias and the faces I see across the room. How many years have we been doing this? It's always a pleasure to witness young people from the ranks of our campuses who have enjoyed and are now concluding probably some of the happier times of their lives and going off to see what else there is that they can take a bite out of. Well, there's a lot of fruit out there, young people. Let me, as you get ready to go, apologize to all of you for the things that our generation has not done. I wondered back through some previous comments made to gatherings of those from within the ranks of the educational community the other day, and I came across several points and a great many parables. But, I remember one time saying that we must be careful that we don't take away all of the mountains for our young people to climb. I suddenly realized, all we've done is make your mountains higher. We have. We can give you some new rope, but I'm afraid we can't offer you the certain route for safe and clear passage over the top.
I know that we write essays and we compose parables and we get our feelings hurt when the following generation doesn't heed them, but if I were you, I wouldn't listen to me either. Education is an ornament in prosperity and certainly, a refuge in adversity .That is still true. This is my second time to visit with NACDA. The first time was June 14, 1983. We were in Las Vegas and people were not nearly as attentive
as you are today. It was the time when my good friend, Wiles Hallock, was retiring and I recall suggesting then to many of you who were there, that there are three great monuments of ambiguity standing along the venues of jurisprudence. You have anti-trust laws; you have libel laws; and, you have control of college athletics. Despite the millions of hours and thousands of meetings, I'm not quite sure that things have
changed a bit. When you get to the point when you are damned if you do and damned if you don't, you do not have a foundation for growth. There probably isn't an athletic director in this room who hasn't taken heed of that old homily somewhere along the way from FDR in those times of trial, "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in the damn thing and hang on." Well, some of the ropes have been knotted well. But, if you need rope, we'll go get you some more. We do know for a fact, that when quality people like Dick Schultz, a loss to us, it's time to shake the system.
I'm going into my 41st year in the broadcast community. I did my first college football game in 1952 and my first game for ABC television was in 1966 when we got the contract back. Believe it or not, it was Duke, Clemson and Death Valley with Dick Harp against old Frank Howard. That was the weekend that old Frank
sat on that rock by that lake they made when they put up the dam. The kids had been rattling his office door about a crew program about rowing. That was the time that old Frank said, "I ain't going to put no money in no program where everybody sits on their butts and go backwards." He never did. I happened to be a great
crew fan, so I fell on the ground when Frank said that.
I would say in passing along the way, if I were you in the business you're in, I would watch this new contract that's going into place between ABC television and baseball. There may be a Harbinger in there for the future because the entertainment dollar, as you well know, is still shrinking. So is the advertising dollar. There may be something within the context of that new arrangement that can open some new ideas. I happened to like what the Southeast Conference did last year. I'm aware that all kinds of histories are cluttered with all kinds of failures from Blue Ribbon committees. That's why I like to see the champion come off the field of play. I also happen to think the five-year eligibility proposal is a pretty good one. I know it's not my problem so, it's easy for me to say that. Nobody loves the games that are played at the collegiate
level more than I do. I know that it means change, but look around. We need to do something. We ain't going to hurt much by changing.
It seems to me that as we go along through all of these adventures, and I've been to 10 Olympics in my time, World Series, car races, people risk their lives. I've seen that all the way down through the political idiom that goes with Olympics. But, we would not have had our success in the Olympics, in world competition, if not for our collegiate system. The silliest thing in my lifetime that I ever witnessed, was the alphabet war .That was absurd. Hopefully, we have gone beyond that now and reached the point where we have the level of agreement and understanding and we will grow from that point. Everyone has their reason for being a part of athletics. Whatever those reasons are, we should break our bones to never lose it because it's a very strong thread in the fabric of our society. Utopia is a dream. Camelot is a musical. The virtuosos of call seldom get out of their own web and the society will fail if all of its people are not included. To be sure, sports talk is probably the worst thing that's ever happened to this country.
I think sport at the collegiate level has, in my lifetime, knocked down more myths and more social
barriers than anything else. I know that Dr. LeRoy Walker is going to be with you, the USOC President. Let me tell you something about the man Jesse Owens, a remarkable man and an athlete. I served on an NCAA committee with him for a time and I got to know him, thank goodness. My greatest sense of Jesse Owens, the athlete and the man, came not from walking through the stadium in Berlin, but it came from walking
down an old cinder track. It was there that I felt the energy of this man. It is there that the legacy was put into his soul that he carried on to so many other people. You find that on college campuses all over this country .From the one where Red Grange came from the small school where the intimacy still exists past the bluffs overlooking the Hudson and all the way to our great urban universities of our land. It is there you will find that rich warm feeling that goes with having been a part of a community. Nobody loves to go to
Lincoln, Nebraska more than I do, or Tuskaloosa, or Gainesville, even on a hot day. There is something there that we must keep and it's in your charge. But, as I walked and talked on that cinder track where Jesse Owens had run so swiftly, I could feel the fantasy. I was still young, a young Marine, and this mind went
tumbling back into a fantasy. It is a dream that we must keep. Damn the noise. Damn the humdrum. Sports in our society and in this country is too important. We must work harder at keeping it. If you don't believe it, just ask any 10-year old you happen to meet. Knowing so many of you in this room, all you have to do is look in the mirror. That's all the reason you need because you're looking at people who believe just what I said. Fight on. You're great people.
Thank you, Keith. On behalf of the entire membership of NACDA, its Officers and Executive Committee, please accept this small token from us. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in one last applause for those
we honored today. It's been a great day. We thank you for attending. A special big thanks to Jack Lindquist and the Disney Company and our friends at Nike for sponsoring this luncheon. We stand adjourned.