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35th NACDA Convention
Orlando, Florida
June 11-14, 2000

All NACDA Members
NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, June 13, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Dave Hart, Jr.

If you could all take your seats, we would like to begin. Thank you. If you could direct your attention to the back of the room, I would like to welcome our head table, the Officers, our Past Presidents and today's award winners.

Welcome to the 2000 NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon. It is my pleasure to introduce Joanna McLendon, widow of John McLendon, the namesake of one of our scholarship programs, to give the invocation. After the invocation, please enjoy your lunch and we will start the program in about half an hour.

(Invocation was inaudible.)

Dave Hart, Jr.

I hope you enjoyed your lunch. Please continue eating while we begin the program. I would like to open by introducing the people on the dais who are not speaking today. Please hold your applause to the end. On the upper dais, to my right and your left is our executive director, Mike Cleary. Beside him are our current Officers Bill Bradshaw, AD at DePaul University and NACDA's 2nd Vice President; Debbie Yow, AD at the University of Maryland and NACDA's 1st vice president; Joe Castiglione, AD at the University of Oklahoma and NACDA's 3rd vice president; Tim Gleason, commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference and NACDA's secretary and although he will be speaking later, I would like to introduce, on the upper dais to my left and your right, John Lebbad, director of event marketing for Sears, Roebuck and Company and sponsor of today's luncheon.

On the lower dais, to my right and your left are our Past Presidents. I would like to have each person stand as their name is called and please hold all applause to the end. We have Bob Bronzan, president in 1967-68 while at San Jose State University; Fred Miller, president in 1978?79 while at Arizona State University; John Toner, president in 1980?81 while at the University of Connecticut; Mike Lude, president in 1981?82 while at the University of Washington; Carl Miller, president in 1987-88 while at the University of the Pacific; Gary Cunningham, AD at the University of California-Santa Barbara and president in 1988-89; Jack Lengyel, AD at the U.S. Naval Academy and president in 1989?90; Frank Windegger, president in 1990-91 while at Texas Christian University; Bill Byrne AD at the University of Nebraska and president in 1991-92; Jim Jones, president in 1992-93 while at Ohio State University; Barbara Hedges, AD at the University of Washington and president in 1996-97; Vince Dooley, AD at the University of Georgia and president in 1997-98; and Jim Livengood, AD at the University of Arizona and president in 1998-99. Ladies and gentlemen, let's have a big round of applause for our Past Presidents, current Officers and sponsors. Thank you.

It is now my pleasure to introduce our emcee, Michele Tafoya of ESPN. Michele joined ESPN in January and serves in a variety of roles, including as men's and women's NCAA basketball play-by-play and studio host, college football reporter and skiing host. She also does play-by-play for the WNBA for Lifetime Television.

Michele had been at CBS Sports since November 1994 and worked as a game reporter and studio host for the NFL, college football and college basketball games. She had also hosted CBS' NCAA Tournament selection show, the Goodwill Games and U.S. Open coverage. In addition, Michele co-hosted CBS' late-night Winter Olympics program in 1998.

The American Women in Radio and Television honored Michele with a Gracie Award for "Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality" for her WNBA work with Lifetime in 1997. Ladies and gentlemen, Michele Tafoya.

Michele Tafoya

Thank you Jim. I am glad to be with you this afternoon. We would like to open our program with a special recognition of the NCAA Fellows Graduation. The NACDA Convention culminates an 18-month program. We are fortunate to have these graduates in attendance today. I would like to ask them to please stand and be recognized.

I would now like to bring up John Genzale, editor of the SportsBusiness Journal, to present the SportsBusiness Journal Athletics Director of the Year Award.

John Genzale

It's so delightful to be on this distinguished panel. It's also so delightful to be able to present to you the SportsBusiness Journal Athletics Director of the Year. We started our magazine about two years ago and one of our goals was to become the voice of sports business. We feel our association with NACDA fosters that goal. Another one of our goals was to achieve excellence in publications and to be recognized for that excellence. Being associated with the Athletics Director of the Year Award is a perfect fit for us.

Our highest-ranking editors at SportsBusiness Journal selected the Athletics Director of the Year from NACDA's regional winners. You might say, they were our nominees. Our committee was chaired by college reporter Jennifer Lee. We considered all divisions. What a group of high achievers we found. At yesterday's luncheon, you heard about all of their accomplishments. If you missed it, they are detailed in the SportsBusiness Journal. You can look them up. We did our research before our selection and we were astounded.

We chose Lew Perkins as the Athletics Director of the Year, for all of his accomplishments on his resume and so much more. We found excellence in Lew Perkins and the entire athletics department at the University of Connecticut, a program successfully navigating gender and race fairness, academic quality, growth imperatives, construction demands and financial responsibility. All this, while maintaining a flawless record and a winning tradition.

Our judges recognized in Lew a man unafraid to face the inherent risks in the pursuit of excellence. A teacher who challenges those around him, a coach and a friend beloved by the people in his department and a man whose leadership is not diminished, but enhanced by his heart and his spirit. Lew Perkins.

Lew Perkins

John, I want to thank you and all of your people at the Journal for everything you've done for us today. I know the people at NACDA and all of the athletics administrators around the country really appreciate the fine work the Journal is doing.

The one great thing is that you know what's going on and you're in total control. When I got the call about my receiving this award, I was totally surprised and was humbled by the call that John gave me. I wasn't doing my job very well when I didn't know it was coming. I really appreciate that.

After yesterday, Dave is ready to kill anybody that goes over three minutes, so I'm going to try to keep my time down. I would like to take a second to thank some people that have touched my life and enabled me to receive this award. First of all, I want to introduce my wife of 32 years, who's been at my side from undergraduate school at the University of Iowa to the athletics director position at the University of Connecticut, my lovely wife, Gwen Perkins. I thank you for everything you've done for me and I love you very much. My friend and my wife, thank you. Also, in attendance is my younger daughter. My older daughter couldn't come because she works at Dartmouth College and they have graduation. My younger daughter, Holly Perkins, is here from Texas. Holly, please stand up.

When you receive an award like this, you wonder, why you? I reflect on my career and I reflect with all of the friends in this room and at this table, you still wonder why it happened. I've been very fortunate, very blessed. I work for a great university. I have great coaches. As you'll see later on, I have a young woman up here, Carey Dorn, who's receiving an award. Last night, we had another young woman receive the Honda Award. That's what makes an athletics director very good. It's the people you work with, the people who come before you and the student-athletes you are surrounded by. At the University of Connecticut, I have been very fortunate. I have a great president and a great administration that allows us to do our jobs. It's made it very easy.

There are a couple of people I'd like to thank publicly while they're here. All of us have mentors, all of us have people that we work with. Through their leadership, encouragement and their backing, it has made my job much easier. I want to thank someone at this head table. We've had many discussions. When I first got into the business, I used to walk the halls. I made the all-lobby team at NACDA and at the NCAA convention. I used to try to just rub shoulders with people like John Toner. For me to have been associated with people like John who was a former athletics director at the University of Connecticut, I am grateful and want to thank you very much. There's a gentleman who has been with me for 13 years. He's my senior associate athletics director. Most people think he's the athletics director and sometimes I wish he was the athletics director and that's Jeff Hathaway. I want to thank you Jeff for everything.

One more person and then I will sit down. Most of you know this gentleman, he's a former basketball coach at Connecticut, a former Olympic coach, Donald "Dee" Rowe. He's been at the university for many years. When it came time for him to retire, I asked him to stay on and he's been a special assistant to me and a great mentor of mine. Don, please stand up.

Again, I want to thank John, NACDA and everyone here. This is truly one of the greatest honors I've received. I'm truly humbled by it because I know how many outstanding athletics administrators are here today. Thank you very much.

Michele Tafoya

Congratulations Lew, well deserved. We are now pleased to honor our NACDA Foundation Football Scholar-Athletes. The NACDA Foundation, in conjunction with the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics, annually sponsor a postgraduate scholarship for one member of each of the teams that participated in the two NACDA-sponsored preseason football games. The NACDA Foundation is providing the funds for four $5,000 grants, a total of $20,000 in postgraduate scholarships. Each of the winners is a varsity football letterwinner who has completed his eligibility and carried at least a 3.0 grade point average. Bios of all of the scholarship recipients we are recognizing today are in your programs. The winners will come up to the upper dais and be congratulated by your president, Dave Hart.

Our first recipient is Travis Forney, a kicker for Penn State University, which placed in the top five of the Division I Sears Directors'' Cup standings. Travis earned a 3.79 GPA in elementary education and intends to pursue a graduate degree in education administration. Come on up Travis.

Our second winner is Kevin Houser of Ohio State, which is in 13th place in the Sears Directors' Cup Division I standings. Kevin, who could not be with us today, earned a 3.27 GPA in finance.

Our next recipient is Jeff Popovich, a safety for the University of Miami in Florida, which is in seventh place in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Jeff, who also could not be here today, earned a 3.43 GPA in biomedical engineering.

Our final recipient is David Vasquez, a linebacker for the University of Arizona which, is in eighth place for the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. David earned a 3.0 GPA in accounting and finance and intends to pursue a law degree.

Congratulations to all of them.

We are now pleased to present the recipients of the inaugural John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards. Here to explain the program is Lee McElroy, the committee chair and director of athletics at American University.

Lee McElroy

Thanks Michele. The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Award will be presented to minority senior students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 grant. The program is administered by the NACDA Foundation. Among the criteria is full-time status as a senior at the time of nomination, a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, official classification as a minority as defined by federal guidelines, intention to attend graduate school to earn a degree in athletics administration and involvement on the college/university or community level.

Members of the John McLendon Committee voted upon the finalists. While members of the John McLendon Blue Ribbon Committee selected the overall winners. These individuals are listed in your program.

In addition to NACDA, funding for the program has been provided by adidas America, the American Football Coaches Association, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Eddie Robinson Football Classic, ESPN Regional Television, Host Communications, Major League Baseball, Mellon Bank, the National Basketball Association and Sears, Roebuck and Company.

Here to make the presentation is Joanna McLendon, widow of the legendary athletics administrator and basketball coach, John McLendon. Former NBA great, Julius Erving, who was planning to be with us today, is unable to attend due to a family emergency. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Erving family.

Michele Tafoya

Thank you Lee. Our first winner, Nigel Burton, could not be with us today. Nigel earned a 3.28 GPA in accounting and human resource management from the University of Washington, which is in 31st place in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings.

Our next scholarship recipient in Danny Chocron from Florida State. Danny posted a GPA of 3.19 in multinational business operations, with a second degree in marketing. Danny intends to begin graduate studies in sports administration at Florida State in January 2001.

Our next recipient is Jamila Demby from the University of California-Davis, my brother's alma mater. It placed in the top five in the Division II Sears Directors' Cup standings. Jamila earned a 3.07 GPA in rhetoric and communications with a minor in sociology. Don't get into a debate with Jamila. Congratulations.

Our fourth recipient is Carey Dorn from the University of Connecticut, which is in 38th place in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Carey posted a 3.74 GPA in sports marketing and will remain at Connecticut for graduate school in athletics administration.

Our final recipient in Kyle Johnson from Ithaca College, which placed 20th in the Division III Sears Directors' Cup standings. Kyle earned a GPA of 3.55 in sports management with a minor in marketing.

Congratulations to these, our inaugural winners of the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarships and thank you very much, Joanna.

Joanna McLendon

I want to grab the microphone for just a minute. I want you to meet our daughter, Querida McLendon Banks of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Michele Tafoya

The great fun about being up here and seeing all of these athletes come up, reading off their credentials, is that every once in a while you see the news and all the bad things happening and you wonder where our country is going. Then you get to come to a wonderful event like this and it just reinvigorates you so. This is tremendous.

We are pleased to join with our friends from Sears in presenting the Sears Directors' Cup Trophies and Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners. We are proud to be honoring winners from all levels of the NCAA, Divisions I, II and III, and the NAIA. In addition to honoring our winners, we will also present plaques to those institutions that finished in second through fifth places for Divisions II, III and the NAIA.

Although the College World Series has not yet concluded, we have been able to determine the top five places in Division I. We are proud of the excellence these institutions have achieved. Co-inciding with the trophies are the presentations of the postgraduate scholarships. Each recipient was required to have at least a 3.0 GPA and served in one of the support categories for the athletics department. This would include students in academic support, band members, cheerleaders, equipment managers, facilities staff, sports information assistants, team managers and athletics trainers, all very abused and unappreciated people, aren't they? There are four at-large scholarships per division and one to a student at the institution that wins the Sears Directors' Cup trophy. Each of these young men and women will receive a $5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study funded by Sears, for a total of $100,000.

Two-hundred-and-seven nominations were received. Through the outstanding work of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee, which is listed in your program, we have arrived at our four winners from each division. Since the inception of the Sears Directors' Cup Program in 1993-94, more than $1 million in postgraduate scholarships have been awarded. Now, to explain Sears involvement with the program, we have John Lebbad, director of event marketing at Sears, Roebuck and Company. John, come on up.

John Lebbad

Thank you Michele. I want to say thanks to you for coming. I know you have a very busy schedule and that you rushed here from another fine Sears-sponsored event, the WNBA. We really appreciate your coming today. Thanks to all of you for joining us here today for the NACDA Awards Luncheon. It's an honor to be here on behalf of the more than 300,000 Sears associates nationwide to celebrate the close of the seventh year of the Sears Collegiate Champions Program with a highly anticipated Sears Directors' Cup winner announcements and academic scholarship presentations. Sears, NACDA and USA Today have a great sense of pride in all that has been accomplished through this program which recognizes outstanding athletics departments.

As I've gotten to know many of you over the past few years, I've been impressed with your driving dedication to athletics and academic excellence. This morning, I had the chance to briefly meet some of our postgraduate academic scholarship winners and was very impressed with their support and dedication to their institutions' athletics departments. I'm sure they have been abused by the athletes over the years, but we're not going to count that today.

These scholarship winners are truly what the Sears Collegiate Champions Program is all about. The program embodies Sears' belief in honoring the individuals whose contributions have helped form a winning team. Through the academic scholarship element of the program, we proudly recognize the important individuals who support the student-athletes as managers, trainers, cheerleaders, band members, assistant coaches, sports information assistants, faculty staff and academic support personnel.

Today, we honor 16 of these Sears Directors' Cup scholarship recipients for their commitment to their athletics programs and to academic excellence. Let's give them all a round of applause. Today's annual event is a culmination of another successful and exciting year in college athletics. Sears is proud to have been a part of the action every step of the way through the Sears Collegiate Champions Program.

We are also here to honor the schools in the NCAA and the NAIA whose overall athletics programs have excelled in men's and women's college sports across the board. These athletics programs prove that strength lies in depth, diversity and dedication. The Sears Collegiate Champions Program recognizes participation at all levels of collegiate athletics and celebrates achievement in all sports played by men and women. As you are aware, the program stresses equal opportunity across sports, school size and gender. In the past seven years, Sears has awarded more than 14,000 conference and sports champion trophies and close to $2 million in academic scholarships. As Michele mentioned, $1 million of that being the NACDA scholarships.

Developed as a joint effort between Sears, NACDA and USA Today seven years ago, the Sears Directors' Cup Program is the only all-sport competition to recognize the NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA institutions with the best overall athletics programs. Sears believes, with many of you athletics directors and your coaching staff, that participating in sports builds self-esteem, strong leadership and team skills that are important to developing winning programs and individual qualities that students can take with them beyond their college years.

The Sears Collegiate Champions Program reflects that philosophy by supporting women's and men's college sports equally, at all levels. Through the Sears Collegiate Champions Program, Sears reaches out to support you, the athletes, coaches, athletics staff, students, fans and, of course, our customers in communities throughout the nation. In just a few minutes, the winning athletics directors are going to be called up on stage to accept their Sears Directors' Cups. I would personally like to congratulate Ted Leland and Stanford University; Greg Warzecka, University of California-Davis; Bob Peck and Williams College; and Michael Dinning, Simon Fraser University. We are proud to have all of these schools who have excelled and continued to set the standard for athletics and academic excellence.

On behalf of Sears and our partners at NACDA and USA Today, congratulations to our scholarship and Sears Directors' Cup recipients for your outstanding success. Let's give these schools and their amazing athletics directors a round of applause.

Sears would like to thank you for letting us join in your celebration and wish you all the best in years to come. Thank you.

Michele Tafoya

Thank you John. We will begin with the Sears Directors' Cup scholarships for the NCAA Division I. They'll come up here and stand with John Lebbad.

Our first scholarship recipient is Adam Blomberg, a team manager for men's basketball at the University of Miami. He posted a 3.75 GPA in microbiology and immunology with a minor in biology and chemistry. Adam will begin medical school at Miami in the fall.

Our next recipient is Whitney Cassens, an athletics trainer at Western Illinois University. Whitney posted a 4.0 GPA in physical education with an athletics training option. She plans to pursue a master's degree in public health and possibly attend medical school in her spare time.

Our third winner, Robert LeBlanc from Louisiana State University could not be with us today. Robert earned a 3.95 GPA in zoology. LSU is currently in 15th place in the Sears Directors' Cup standings.

Our final winner is Benjamin Mossawir, who is team manager for men's basketball at Stanford University, which placed in the top five of the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Benjamin earned a GPA of 4.03 in electrical engineering. He plans to pursue a master's degree at Stanford in engineering.

Moving to Division III, our first scholarship recipient is Scotty Christofferson, a sports information assistant at Simpson College, which placed 63rd in the Sears Directors' Cup Division III standings. Scotty posted a GPA of 3.79 in biology with a minor in chemistry. Scotty intends to pursue graduate school in pharmacy.

Next, is Andrea Nangle, an athletics trainer at Widener University. Andrea earned a GPA of 3.91 in physical therapy with a minor in psychology. She will attend Widener for her graduate degree in physical therapy.

Our next recipient is Rajesh Nayak, a band member from the University of Chicago, which placed 70th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Rajesh posted a 3.82 GPA in public policy and plans to attend law school.

Our final at-large recipient is Kathryn Simpson, an athletics trainer from Williams College, which placed in the top five in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Kathryn posted a GPA of 3.82 in biology and will attend the University of Utah School of Medicine in August.

Now, I'm pleased to introduce to you our NAIA scholarship recipients. Our first winner is Crystal Collier who could not be with us today. She is an athletics trainer from Eastern Oregon University which finished 27th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Crystal earned a GPA of 3.83 in athletics training.

April Foster from Wayland Baptist University is our next recipient and could not be here today. She earned a 4.0 GPA in elementary education. Wayland Baptist placed 67th in the Sears Directors' Cup Standings.

Also unable to attend today is Johan Graham, who earned a 3.79 GPA in sociology and anthropology at Transylvania University which placed 40th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings.

Our next recipient is Janelle Handlos, an athletics trainer from Western Montana College. Janelle posted a perfect GPA of 4.0 in health and physical education with a minor in English. She plans to pursue a master's degree in health and human development.

The last set of recipients comes from Division II. Our first scholarship award is for Jacqueline Batchelor, a sports information assistant from Fayetteville State University. Jacqueline posted a GPA of 3.0 in elementary education and will pursue a master's degree in education administration.

Our next recipient is Stacy Duffell who was an assistant coach for the women's basketball team at the University of the Incarnate Word. Stacy earned a GPA of 3.88 in physical education.

Next is David Litman, a sports information assistant from the University of Indianapolis, which placed 38th in the Division II Sears Directors' Cup standings. David posted a GPA of, this one blows me away, 4.46 on a 4.0 scale in business administration with a minor in accounting and finance. David plans to pursue an MBA.

Our final recipient is Ryan Stanzel, a sports information assistant at Wingate University. Ryan earned a 3.74 GPA in communications with a minor in journalism.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a round of applause for our 2000 Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners. Here this afternoon to speak on behalf of all the scholarship winners is Jamila Demby, a John McLendon Scholarship recipient from the University of California-Davis.

Jamila Demby

On behalf of all of the recipients of the awards given today, I would like to thank NACDA and Sears. I would also like to thank the sponsors of the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship program including adidas, the American Football Coaches Association, the Eddie Robinson Football Classic, Host Communications, Major League Baseball, Mellon Bank, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the National Basketball Association and Sears, Roebuck and Company.

Just to switch gears a little, I would like to share with you the day I found out I won my award. I came home from work a little bit tired and I saw this Federal Express package. I opened it right away, all the while, listening to my answering machine messages. I was pretty excited and a little bit tired at the same time, but nevertheless excited. While I was reading the letter, I was listening to a message my coach left for me. She said, "Jamila, congratulations, you just won this incredible award and you have a lot of opportunity ahead of you." That's when it hit me and that's when I got excited about winning this award. I've got a lot of doors open for me. That's what I want to say, on behalf of everyone. Thank you for the opportunity for opportunity. We have the opportunity to grow, to learn, to develop professionally and to impact others. Thank you for your time, your support and your investment in our futures.

Michele Tafoya

Oh my goodness, if they all have that energy and enthusiasm, we are in great hands, ladies and gentlemen. It is now my pleasure to introduce the winners of the 1999-2000 Sears Directors' Cup trophies and the top five institutions in each division. Not all of the institutions that achieved these results were able to have representatives in attendance at this luncheon. However, we will recognize all of them.

Representatives from the schools in second through fifth places will stand at their seats at the lower dais. We will begin with Division I, which as mentioned, the final standings will not be posted until the conclusion of the College World Series. However, we are able to recognize the top five, but the point totals do not reflect the sport of baseball.

In fifth place, with 869.5 points is Penn State University represented by Tim Curley, director of athletics. Holding on to fourth place is the University of North Carolina with 908.5 points, represented by Beth Miller, senior associate director of athletics. In third place with 965 points is the University of Michigan, represented by Assistant Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. Before I mention this year's runner-up, I'm here and I feel like I have to say, I went to Cal-Berkeley and we came in 14th. Thank you. It is pretty good, we're moving. This year's runner-up is UCLA with 1,103.5 points and representing UCLA is Associate Director of Athletics Betsy Stephenson.

It pains me a little, because I went to Cal, but I have to do this. I'm a professional and I'm going to do my job. It is now my painful pleasure to present the seventh Division I Sears Directors' Cup. The winner of the inaugural Sears Directors' Cup was the University of North Carolina. Winning the last five years was Stanford University. The Cardinals' streak is unbroken as Stanford claimed the cup this year with 1,269.5 points thus far. Now, the win was fueled by its two national championships during the 1999-2000 season in men's tennis and men's outdoor track and field and by it's runner-up finishes in women's tennis, women's golf, women's volleyball and water polo. Other teams placing in the top 10 were women's and men's cross country, fencing, women's and men's swimming and diving and women's soccer. Other sports scoring included women's and men's basketball, football, men's golf, women's gymnastics, women's outdoor track and field and wrestling. Stanford recorded points in the maximum of 10 women's and 10 men's sports. Let's watch them in action. (Video plays.)

Just a quick anecdote. When I was a senior in high school, I was accepted both to Stanford and to Cal-Berkeley and I took my recruiting visit in 1982. I was there on a particularly interesting weekend known as big game weekend up in the Bay Area and I saw the infamous play, firsthand, the trombone play out there at Cal's Memorial Coliseum, so I went to Cal. Who could blame me. I've never regretted it. Here to accept the trophy, one more time, for that darn Stanford Cardinal is Director of Athletics Ted Leland.

Ted Leland

It's obviously a real pleasure to be here and represent Stanford University and all of our student-athletes and coaches and fans and to have Benjamin with us is a special thrill. He and I have been on a number of bus rides together with the basketball team. If you're going to invest in any human being, I'd invest in an electrical engineering graduate from Stanford in a couple of years. Benjamin is going to do well, I promise you.

We have one of our staff people here, Darren Nelson. Many of you will remember that Darren was an all-American football player at Stanford. He was the first football player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards and catch 50 passes in the same year. I brought up Darren because Michele would know him from her background in Minneapolis where he played for the Vikings for 11 years. He has returned to Stanford as an associate athletics director.

It's been a tough year for Darren because one of our football players continued to break Darren's records and he got more and more depressed as the year went by. He's also involved in a couple of other issues on our campus. We have a Civil Rights issue. If you remember about five years ago, ESPN did a contest for the most popular mascot. Of course, our Tree was one of the nominees. Fifteen minutes into the voting, ESPN realized something was wrong because the Wildcats and the Lion and other great mascots all had 300 to 400 votes and the Stanford Tree had 285,000. It was realized that Benjamin and his friends in electrical engineering had rigged up the university's computers to vote. ESPN locked all of the Stanford University on-campus computers out of their system. They had another competition and the computers were still locked out from Stanford. Darren is also the person responsible for the band. Would they be able to take a right hand turn on Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Bowl Parade was a concern. Most bands march around that corner. Those of you who know our band, know that it's incapable of marching. There were rumors they were going to turn left instead of right, but under Darren's guidance, they made it around the corner somehow. I was nowhere to be seen.

If you want the job, we've created the position of full-time band director at Stanford and Darren will be the hiring officer for that. Anyone interested, please see Darren. The job has some special qualifications, knowing something about music and substance abuse are two of them. It's a little like Catch 22. You had to be crazy to fly fighter pilots, but you couldn't be crazy and fly fighter planes. You'd can't be crazy and work at Stanford, but you'd have to be crazy to take that job. Anyone who wants can certainly apply.

I want to congratulate all of the other division winners. We're known by the company we keep. We're very proud of the people we compete against. Everyone here, North Carolina in basketball, Penn State in volleyball, UCLA in a number of sports, beat us in tough competition this year at different times. They have great programs; much to be proud of, especially UCLA which won a fantastic five national championships this year. That's an incredible achievement.

I also want to thank NACDA and the Sears Directors' Cup Committee. I'd also like to say something about my friend, Lee McElroy, whose been chair of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee for a long time and works so hard to make this a valuable program. He's a professional and a friend. I want to thank Sears especially for the more than $200,000 a year they put into scholarships. This is really what makes this program worthwhile. The reason that Stanford is excited about participation in this is not because of the trophy; it's because of the scholarships and the wonderful young people that receive them. Thank you very much.

Michele Tafoya

Ted mentions Darren and I do know him from Minnesota. Vikings fans would be shocked to know that he was the one who got the band to march the correct way on Colorado Boulevard. There's some jokes about dropped passes there, but I won't go into that.

We will now move on to Division III. Our fifth place finisher, who could not be with us today, is Middlebury College with 573.5 points, but let's give them some honorary applause. In fourth with 586 points is Saint Thomas of Minnesota, represented by Director of Athletics Steve Fritz. Our third place finisher is the College of New Jersey with 702.5 points. The 2000 runner-up with 788.5 points is the University of California-San Diego, the winner back in 1998. Here from UCSD is Director of Athletics Earl Edwards.

Now we'll present the Sears Directors' Cup to Division III. Winning the first two years and last year, was Williams College from Williamstown, Massachusetts, while the winner in 1997-98 was the University of California-San Diego. Williams returned this year to reclaim its title, which is the result of strong top 10 finishes in women's cross country, women's lacrosse, women's and men's soccer, women and men's swimming and diving, women's indoor track and field and women's and men's tennis. Also adding points were the men's basketball, men's cross country, men's golf, wrestling and skiing teams. Williams scored in seven women's and seven men's sports. Let's watch them in action. (Video plays.)

Here to accept the trophy from Williams College is Director of Athletics, Bob Peck.

Bob Peck

It's great to be back. I've missed a couple of these championships because I have always made my reservations for Tuscany, where I've gone this time of year, but I took a chance and made my reservations for later this year, hoping I might get back here. I went to Stetson University in Florida in 1949. Orlando had about 40,000 people. I haven't been back here since that time, but the area has changed to some extent, as we all know. I'd like to introduce two people who are here because they live close by. One is my brother, who is a football coach at a high school. At age 73, he's still foolish enough to be coaching. Bill, stand up. His wife, Kathy, is also here and she is the athletics director at another local high school. Our director of sports medicine is here, Bev Simpson, who is the mother of our scholarship winner, is also here.

I'd like to congratulate the other teams who have done so well in the competition. With apologies to Lee, I'm going to say a few things the way I said them at our homecoming football game last fall. I thought they were remarks worth repeating. I'd like to thank our three principle sponsors of this tremendous program of scholarship awards and motivations for us to try to do well. As I understand, USA Today was the original idea person and they have given us great publicity. It's nice as a Division III institution to get our name in the media. I thank USA Today. I want to thank NACDA. They have wisely given weight to all sports and, as you heard, about half of our points come from women and half come from men. We feel proud that we sponsor 31 varsity and 16 JV sports. We have a lot of kids playing sports at Williams College.

I would especially like to thank the Sears, Roebuck and Company. The Sears founder was Julius Rosenwall in the early 1900s. Julius was a fanancier, a humanitarian. He supported minority artists and writers during the Harlem renaissance and he helped found the NAACP in the early part of this century. That's the kind of things Sears has done for the last 100 years. Julius Rosenwell, his money and his leadership were champions for social justice. I know he would be proud of these awards as they embody gender equity, inclusiveness, class and quality, while recognizing the social and moral values of sports. Thank you very much.

Michele Tafoya

Congratulations Bob and Williams. Moving on to the NAIA, placing fifth with 567.5 points is Oklahoma City represented by an alumna, Troy Hill. In fourth place with 589 points was the University of Mary represented by Athletics Director Al Bortke. Our third place finisher, represented by Vice President Cliff Hamlow is Azusa Pacific University with 607 points. This year's runner-up with 626.5 points is Lindenwood University represented by Director of Athletics Dan Kratzer. Congratulations to all of them.

The inaugural winner in the NAIA was Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, while the winner for the last three years has been one of only two Canadian institutions in the competition, Simon Fraser University. Once again, the streak is unbroken as Simon Fraser defended its title. They had a slow start in the fall season, opening in 18th place, but then came on strong led by dual national championships in men and women's swimming and diving. Other top 10 finishes were achieved in five women's sports and one men's sport, including women's basketball, women's cross country, men's golf, women's soccer, softball and women's indoor track and field. The men's outdoor track and field and wrestling rounded out the scoring.

Here to accept the trophy for repeat winner Simon Fraser University is Director of Athletics Michael Dinning.

Michael Dinning

I just had a flash about the Academy Awards this year and the nominated song for best song of the year, which was "Blame Canada." I'm not going anywhere with that. Five years ago at the NACDA Convention, Billy Payne, the CEO of the Atlanta Olympics stated there was nothing as compelling as the rightness of an idea and encouraged our universities to support and promote the right idea on our campus, that is, student athletics. He hoped we would all let our light shine. As I attended our convocation ceremonies last week and watched numerous of our students graduate with the class of 2000 and move on to the next stage of their lives, I reflected on what they'd accomplished. As part of four consecutive Sears Directors' Cups, 12 national championships, a number of Olympians in Sydney in 2000, Canada's first-ever world champion in wrestling and a Rhodes Scholar, I accept this award on behalf of these student-athletes who have been part of the right idea and have made their commitment to let their light shine in the classroom and on the field of play.

Thank you to Sears for your commitment to recognizing and supporting excellence in student athletics. Your scholarship program has greatly assisted numerous Simon Fraser students in pursuing graduate education. Thank you to NACDA and USA Today for your continued support. Finally, thank you to the NAIA. You have welcomed us as a member for the past 35 years and have been unwavering in your support as we define our future. Thank you very much.

Michele Tafoya

Congratulations to Michael and Simon Fraser. Our final set of winners comes from Division II. Locking in fifth place was Western State in Colorado with 462.5 points, represented by Director of Athletics Greg Waggoner. Our fourth place finisher with 473 points is Florida Southern, represented by Acting Director of Athletics Lois Webb. Holding on to third place with 486.5 points is North Dakota. The 2000 runner-up with 663.5 points is North Dakota State and Director of Athletics/Business Pat Frederickson. Congratulations to all of them.

This is the fourth year for Division II. Last year's winner was Adams State College, while California State University at Bakersfield won the previous year. Our inaugural winner has returned to claim this year's Sears Directors' Cup. Although the University of California-Davis did not claim any national championships during the year 1999-2000 season, they sealed the win with 10 impressive top 10 finishes in men's cross country, football, men's golf, men's soccer, softball, men's swimming and diving, women's and men's tennis, men's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field. The men's basketball, women's cross country and women's swimming and diving team also scored points. UC-Davis scored in six women's and the maximum of seven men's sports. Let's take a look at some of these highlights. (Video plays.)

Here to accept the trophy for the University of California-Davis is Director of Athletics Greg Warzecka.

Greg Warzecka

Thank you Michele. It's a pleasure and distinct honor for me to accept the Division II Sears Directors' Cup on behalf of all of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff at UC-Davis. I want to thank John Lebbad, director of event marketing for Sears, the NACDA staff, the NACDA Board of Directors and USA Today for continuing to sponsor and promote the Sears Directors' Cup awards.

The Sears Directors' Cup brings a great deal of recognition to the athletics programs across this nation, especially today, as the top five finishers are announced and recognized. Certainly, we're appreciative of all of that. The award is unique because it's the only national award bestowed on a collective athletics program. It recognizes athletics accomplishments for both men and women student-athletes, the coaching staffs who put these wonderful teams together and then the success of the teams at our individual institutions. The awards program does all of that and a lot more. I know I'm speaking for all of those up here today, we are very thankful that there is such an awards program in place.

The honor of winning the Division II Sears Directors' Cup is valued by literally everybody on the UC-Davis campus, from the faculty, the staff and the students. It is quite impressive and we're honored. The race is quite a conversation piece around town and in and around the Sacramento/Davis area, especially as those winter standings are posted. This was a very close year again in Division II. After the winter standings, we saw just two points separate Davis, the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State. It really caused a lot of excitement. People always ask in the streets and on campus, "what's going on? How are your teams doing? Do we have a chance to win?" This excitement is irreplaceable. It's something that is fun to talk about. John, I think the name Sears is repeated about 5,000 times and I know you're happy about that. It's fun to explain the process of how a school can win the Sears Directors' Cup.

A lot of students work in the bank. I drop in every so often. This shows a little bit about the pride the community and the students have about the Sears Directors' Cup. This one young man greets me and asks me, "how are you doing with the Sears Directors' Cup?" I tried to explain it to him. I'm becoming a resident expert on this process. He was always inquiring about how we're doing. Last week, he, again, asked me how we were doing. "Have we won this thing?" I told him that if my math is correct, I think we did it. He was so proud that he blurted out that he was proud of my athletics program. I backed away and told him that was great and I was proud too. I walked away and realized that he suddenly took ownership of an athletics program and had that sense of pride all of us are trying to instill in people out there. We want to get them excited about our athletics programs, have a sense of pride, get some ownership in the program and a perspective about all of our sports. This award accomplishes all of that.

Again, thank you for your sponsorship over the years. Congratulations to the top five finishers in all divisions. Thank you very much.

Michele Tafoya

How about one more round of applause for all four 2000 Sears Directors' Cup winners, Stanford, UC-Davis, Williams and Simon Fraser. I'd like to congratulate the four winners of the Sears Directors' Cups and the institutions that have finished in the top five. They are remarkable achievements. I would also like to congratulate the outstanding students you see before you today for their exceptional achievements.

I've been covering sports as a professional journalist since 1993. It's not that long, but it's long enough to get a pretty good feel of the landscape out there. I've covered everything from the NFL to the Winter Olympics. I'll be going to the Sydney Olympics, the WNBA, NBA, Major League Baseball and even NASCAR. My joys and pinnacles of this career have come from watching the collegiate events. The most vivid memories, obviously, are the Final Fours. I've covered seven of them, five men's basketball, one women's basketball, one women's volleyball. I've covered NCAA track and field, gymnastics and the College Baseball World Series, of course. I can tell you that those are the best events to cover. The college events are by far the most spirited, most emotional, most traditional. I've had the pleasure or pain of experiencing, firsthand, the wrath of Bobby Knight, the complexity of Steve Spurier, the humor of Rick Majerus, the intensity of Pat Summit, the brilliance of Mike Krzyzewski and so many others. I've been lucky enough to watch careers launched, careers like Warrick Dunn at Florida State, Peyton Manning at Tennessee, Rebecca Lobo at Connecticut, even Marion Jones at North Carolina. It's been an absolute thrill. Those are the moments that give you chills and leave you with the memories.

Of all those blessings that this career has given me, I count this one the strongest. I've been able to be so involved with college athletics over the years and see so many amazing events, Army/Navy; Florida/Florida State football; to watch Joe Paterno, at his age, run a practice and sprint back and forth across the field. You know that all of it is fueled by passion for school, by loyalty, commitment, tradition. That's what makes this so special. I can cover as many pro football games as you want to count and none of them will ever compare, simply because there is nothing like having that core group of fans feels it so strongly burning. They want their team to win. It's like nothing else that you'll experience in sport. We're all very lucky to be a part of this community. It's pretty small, but there are so many people out there who think we're the luckiest people in the world to have these as our jobs.

Congratulations to all of you and thank you for letting those of us sports journalists who love doing this job be part of such a colorful, traditional, emotional community. We love it. I personally wish you continued success in all your future achievements. Thank you for having me here.

Dave Hart

Michele, let me say that this industry is very blessed and fortunate to have people like you, as skilled as you are, who understand the passion of the industry, representing us in such a very visible fashion. We mean that sincerely. I'd like to present you, as a small token of our appreciation for being with us today, this gift from NACDA. Not to mention that Michele has us 20 minutes ahead of schedule.

I'd also like to call back to the podium Joanna McLendon. We're all so blessed to have Joanna with us today. Of course, the memory of her late husband, John, is very special and now has been immortalized in a very, very special way by NACDA through the good work and leadership of Mike Cleary. Joanna, we'd like to present you with this token of NACDA's appreciation.

I would also like to call John Lebbad back to the podium. John, thank you on behalf of NACDA for your continued support of the Sears Directors' Cup Program. We think it's one of the best things, if not the best thing that's happened to our industry over the years. To be able to recognize young people, student-athletes, administrators and particularly universities who truly believe in excelling comprehensively, we appreciate your leadership in that vein.

Just a quick reminder to everyone to take time to go through our exhibit area. Remember the grand prize, compliments of International Sports, Inc., will be drawn tomorrow morning at the Business Session. We stand adjourned.