NEW YORK---In a press conference at Madison Square Garden today, various constituents of menâ€™s intercollegiate basketball announced a formation of the College Basketball Partnership (CBP) designed to address the challenges and opportunities that face the sport.
A panel of individuals from menâ€™s college basketball that included coaches, administrators and the NCAA discussed the role of the partnership in helping shape the future of the game. Led by NCAA President Myles Brand, the panel included Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski; Dave Gavitt, chairman emeritus of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; Jim Delany, Big Ten Conference commissioner; Kelvin Sampson, University of Oklahoma head coach; University of Iowa director of athletics Bob Bowlsby; and Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University head coach.
In addition to representatives from the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the NCAA staff, the CBP also includes members of the NCAA Menâ€™s Basketball Committee, NCAA media partners and former coaches or administrators. (A complete roster is below.)
Brand noted that the group of more than two dozen individuals has had two meetings â€“ June in New York City, and October in Chicago. The group currently has addressed only the menâ€™s game because of the issues involved, but noted that there may be a parallel effort in the future for womenâ€™s basketball.
â€œThe idea is to have these individuals come together as a planning group,â€ Brand said. â€œI was struck by the enthusiasm of the individuals who are participating in the partnership. Those representatives who are here today do so because of their love for the game and their desire to preserve its future.â€
The NCAA president noted that â€œwhile the news today is about the formation of this advocacy partnership, the focus for the partnership is the college game.â€ He called college basketball an extraordinary asset for all of intercollegiate athletics in terms of a primary example of the uniquely American experiment in which athletics participation is a value-added component of higher education.
â€œCertainly, there are issues that must be addressed,â€ he said. â€œWe donâ€™t have our heads in the sand and we are not Pollyannas. But college basketball is our game and we are very proud of what it has been and what it can become.â€
According to others on the panel, the College Basketball Partnership will use its broad composition to make recommendations and unify efforts to strengthen the game. It will use the NCAA governance structure to make changes where necessary.
The next meeting of the CBP is scheduled for April in St. Louis, the site of the 2005 Menâ€™s Final Four.
College Basketball Partnership
Roster of Participants
Mike Aresco, senior vice-president for programming, CBS Sports
Jim Boeheim, head menâ€™s basketball coach, Syracuse University
Bob Bowlsby, director of athletics, University of Iowa
Jim Delany, commissioner, Big Ten Conference
Len Elmore, attorney and ESPN television analyst
Lee Fowler, director of athletics, North Carolina State University
Dave Gavitt, president, Dave Gavitt, Inc.
Jim Haney, executive director, National Association of Basketball Coaches
Tom Izzo, head menâ€™s basketball coach, Michigan State University
Clark Kellogg, television analyst, CBS Sports
Ernie Kent, head menâ€™s basketball coach, University of Oregon
Mike Krzyzewski, head menâ€™s basketball coach, Duke University
Craig Littlepage, director of athletics, University of Virginia
Reggie Minton, associate executive director, National Association of Basketball Coaches
C.M. Newton, consultant, Southeastern Conference
Billy Packer, television analyst, CBS Sports
Kelvin Sampson, head menâ€™s basketball coach, University of Oklahoma
Tubby Smith, head menâ€™s basketball coach, University of Kentucky
Jack Swarbrick, partner, Baker and Daniels
Gary Walters, director of athletics, Princeton University
Kevin Weiberg, commissioner, Big 12 Conference
John Wildhack, senior vice-president, ESPN, Inc.
Willis Wilson, head menâ€™s basketball coach, Rice University
â€¢ David Berst, vice-president for Division I
â€¢ Myles Brand, president
â€¢ Tom Jernstedt, executive vice-president
â€¢ Greg Shaheen, vice-president of Division I Menâ€™s Basketball and Championship Strategies
As the group is informal, participants will be added as the groupâ€™s work continues.