Friday, May 23, 2008


In case you missed the first annual College Sports Research Institute (CSRI) scholarly conference in April, it was a terrific event sponsored by Dr. Richard Southall ( and the University of Memphis. It was amazing to see so many world- class speakers for a first year event.

Richard has now moved on to Chapel Hill, which will host the 2nd CSRI conference next spring. The call for papers is already out and is listed below.

One other quick note, I'll be in Florida all next week for some R&R; I'll catch up with posting upon my return June 2.

The College Sport Research Institute welcomes the submission of abstracts for its 2nd annual Scholarly Conference on College Sport to be held on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. The conference’s mission is to: “Provide students, scholars, and college-sport practitioners with a public forum to discuss relevant and timely intercollegiate-athletics issues.”


To be considered for acceptance, abstracts must reflect college-sport research on the history of intercollegiate athletics, social-cultural college-sport issues, legal theory or the application of law to college-sport issues, business-related issues in college sport, or special topics related to current college-sport issues. The research should have reached a fairly complete stage of development, and the abstract should provide enough detail about the research, so the reviewers have sufficient information to judge its quality. Abstracts proposing teaching-related sessions on college-sport issues will also be considered, as long as the abstract provides sufficient detail to judge the quality of the proposed session.

Abstracts will undergo a multi-person, blind-review process to determine acceptance.Abstracts submitted to CSRI should not be concurrently submitted for consideration to another conference.


Abstracts should NOT be submitted prior to October 3, 2008 and MUST be received no later than Friday, January 16, 2009 (11:59p.m. EST). Submissions received after this date and time will not be considered for acceptance.


All abstracts MUST be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment and must contain the following information and conform to the following format requirements:

One-inch margins,
Times New Roman 12-point font, and
400-word maximum for 25-minute presentations and posters, and 800-word maximum for 75-minute presentations.

Line 1: Type of session desired (choose from the options below):
· 30-minute oral presentation (including questions)
· 65-minute teaching symposium, roundtable, or workshop
· 65-minute forum (2-3 papers with a discussant, including questions)
· Poster presentation

Line 2: three to four keywords that will help the program coordinator schedule similar topics in succession
Line 3: author(s) and institution(s) names (centered on page)
Line 4: presentation title (centered on page)
Line 5: blank

Line 6 to end: text of abstract (including demonstration of research conducted)
In the email message accompanying the attached abstract, include the principal author’s name, postal mailing address, email address, and fax and telephone numbers.Submission of abstract(s) indicates the intent of the presenter(s) to register for the conference at the appropriate registration fee.
Email all abstracts to:

Richard M. Southall (Director – College Sport Research Institute) at

NOTE: All abstracts MUST be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment


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