LEAD1 Byte of the Week: 2019 Annual Meeting Recap

This past week, we hosted our annual member meeting in Washington, D.C. With approximately 100 of our athletic directors in attendance, our annual meeting is one of the largest gatherings of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) athletics directors nationwide.

This past week, we hosted our annual member meeting in Washington, D.C. With approximately 100 of our athletic directors in attendance, our annual meeting is one of the largest gatherings of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) athletics directors nationwide. During the meeting, our athletics directors engaged in discussions pertaining to some of the biggest issues in college sports.

For example, in light of the Rice Commission on College Basketball’s recommendations, we discussed some of the NCAA’s new changes with respect to institutional accountability and enforcement.

Members of Congress joined our athletics directors in discussions about the direction of intercollegiate athletics and the interests of the federal government in college sports issues.

NCAA Working Group members on the topic of name, image, and likeness (NIL) led a discussion on possible changes to NCAA NIL rules. During this discussion, 37 of our member athletics directors provided feedback to the Working Group members.

We honored Joan Cronan, who served as Tennessee’s athletics director for nearly three decades, with the Homer Rice Award, presented annually to an FBS athletics director who has made significant contributions to college sports. We also proudly announced Clemson University Director of Athletics, Dan Radakovich, as the new chair of our Board of Directors.

In summary, it was a great meeting and we look forward to the continuing discussions ahead.