Thursday, January 08, 2009

SCCS Deadline Reminder

The deadline for the Call for Papers for the Scholarly Conference on College Sport is January 16. The conference takes place April 15-18 in Chapel Hill, NC. There is more information about the call and the conference from director Richard Southall at North Carolina--

Email all abstracts to: Blake Griffin (Graduate Research Coordinator - College Sport Research
Institute) at NOTE: All abstracts MUST be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment. For more information regarding the conference, please

This year's conference promises to be an outstanding opportunity to discuss college-sport research and examine issues related to college sport. In addition to two days of research presentations, the conference's confirmed speakers include:

*Mr. Jeremy Bloom*

Bloom is a three-time World Champion, two time Olympian and National Champion snow skier. In 2005, he won a record six straight World Cup Races, the most in a single season in the sport's history. He also has played football in the NFL as a wide receiver and return specialist with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bloom is also a former collegiate football player at The University of Colorado.

*Mr. John Gerdy*

Gerdy is a former collegiate basketball player All-American from Davidson College. Gerdy also was drafted in the 3rd round of the NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. He is author of a many books about sports, including: Sports: The All-American Addiction, and Air Ball: American
Education's Failed Experiment with Elite Athletics.

*Mr. Bernie Mullin*

Mullin is the former CEO of Atlanta Spirit, owner of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers. After leaving his position with the Spirit, Mullin created a sports consulting business, the Aspire Group. He and his partner signed the NHL and Major League Baseball's
Cleveland Indians as clients. The company deals with the business support side, marketing, improving fan satisfaction and other team-related services.

*Ms. Deborah Yow*

Yow is the Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland. In Yow's 15-plus years at Maryland, the Terrapins have won a remarkable 16 national championships and graduated student-athletes at an enviable rate as Maryland athletics has soared to sustained new heights among the nation's elite intercollegiate athletic programs.

*Mr. William Rhoden*

Rhoden has been writing about sports for The New York Times since March 1983. Previously, he was a copy editor in the Sunday Week in Review section since October 1981 when he joined the newspaper. Before joining The Times, Mr. Rhoden spent more than three years with The
Baltimore Sun as a columnist. Before that, he was associate editor of Ebony magazine from 1974 to 1978. Mr. Rhoden is also the author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves and Third and a Mile: The Trials and Triumph of the Black Quarterback.

We will also be hosting three panel discussions on Thursday April 16, 2009. Topics and panelists are:

* Dr. Richard Lapchick - Endowed Chair and Director, DeVos Sport Business Program, University of Central Florida.

* Dr. Pellom McDaniels - Assistant Professor, History Department at University of Missouri-Kansas City & Former NFL defensive end.

* Ms. Carrie Leger - Director of Academic Support Programs for Athletes at North Carolina State University.

* Dr. John Blanchard - Senior Associate Athletic Director at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

*ESPNification of College Sport

* Mr. Jay Bilas - Former Duke basketball player, Presently a lawyer and basketball analyst for ESPN

* Dr. Leonard Moore - Assistant Vice President for Pre-College Youth Development and Student Academic Success Initiatives at University of Texas-Austin

* Mr. Sonny Vaccaro - Former Sporting Marketing Executive with Nike, ADIDAS, and Reebok

*College Sport Arms Race: Is There an End in Sight?*

* Dr. Andrew Zimbalist - Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College

* Dr. Robert Malekoff - Professor and Coordinator of Sport Studies at Guilford College

* Mr. Dick Baddour - Athletic Director at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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