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Brand brought just the right touch

Late NCAA president changed the expectation, performance of student-athletes

Updated: September 18, 2009, 2:11 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Editor's Note: This Pat Forde column was originally published on April 2, 2009.

DETROIT -- During the men's basketball Detroit Regional in March 2008, I looked up at a food court at our hotel to see NCAA president Myles Brand eating a sandwich and reading the newspaper, alone and unbothered in a crowd.

The normalcy of it struck me because nothing in sports seems to strip a person of his/her humanity more than working for the NCAA.

The NCAA's first executive director, Walter ...

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