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U of M Will Host Series of Panel Discussions on College Sports
For release: March 14, 2007
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The University of Memphis Sports and Leisure Commerce Program will present a spring discussion series, “Issues in College Sports,” March 19 through April 26. The weekly panel discussions will feature such experts as Rochelle Stevens, 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 4x400 relay. U of M graduate students will serve as moderators, with a question and answer session following the discussion. All events are free and open to the public.

The list of topics and speakers includes:

March 19, 4:30 p.m. Michael D. Rose Theatre, “New Football Stadium to Replace Liberty Bowl: Pros and Cons” with Steve Ehrhardt, Liberty Bowl executive director; Memphis City Council member Carol Chumney; Dr. Dan Rascher of the University of San Francisco; Dr. Charles Santo of the U of M; and Harold Byrd, Bank of Bartlett president and U of M supporter

March 26, 4:30 p.m., Ball Hall, Room 124, “The Business of NCAA Division I College Sports” with Dr. Ronald Dick of Duquesne University, Dr. Mark Nagel of the University of South Carolina, Dr. Kadie Otto of Western Carolina University, Jimmy Sexton of Athletic Resource Management Inc., Olympian Rochelle Stevens, and Dr. Nathan Tomasini of the University of North Carolina

April 6, 4:30 p.m., Ball Hall, Room 124, “Division I College Recruiting: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” with Jimmy Adams, head boys’ basketball coach at Raleigh-Egypt High School; Hubbard Alexander, head football coach at Melrose High School; Jay Bowen, college basketball coach; Bobby Burton, chief operating officer and editor-in-chief of Rivals.com; Dr. Joe Luckey, director of the U of M’s Center for Athletic Academic Services; and Dr. Fritz Polite of the University of Tennessee

April 13, 4:30 p.m., Ball Hall, Room 124. “Congress, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Higher Education: Are College Sports a Tax-exempt Enterprise or an Unrelated Business?” with Paul Anderson of Marquette University Law School’s National Sports Law Institute, John Colombo of  the University of Illinois Law School, Michael McCann of the Mississippi College School of Law, Dr. Dave Ridpath of Ohio University, Linda Sharp of the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Ellen Staurowsky of Ithaca College, and Welch Suggs, author and sportswriter

April 20, 4:30 p.m., Ball Hall Room 124, “White v. NCAA: Athlete Greed or NCAA Monopsony? A Discussion of the Case’s Background and Merits” with Paul Batista of Texas A&M University; Tony Bonds, former football player for the University of Mississippi; Patrick Byrne, former football player for the U of M, Ramogi Huma of the College Athletes Coalition; and Dr. Allen Sack of the University of New Haven

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Southall at 901/678-3473.

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