Brand brought just the right touch
Late NCAA president changed the expectation, performance of student-athletes
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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