The president of the NCAA, who is among the most reviled figures in Indiana sports (he was president of IU when Bobby Knight was justifiably fired/forcibly removed), announced he has pancreatic cancer.
Now, there is plenty to debate about the NCAA under Brand’s leadership, but the NCAA has seen record dollar increases in the TV contract on its premier sporting event resulting in more money flowing to all member institutions in ways only imagined 20 years ago and has done some great things to refocus efforts on academics. The biggest knock I can think of against his tenure is the NCAA’s ‘enforcement’ actions have been quite selective, with a skew towards coming down hard on non-revenue sports at small schools and finding that larger program’s internal penalties have addressed problems at those larger programs. The NCAA is also rife with political correctness and is probably hypocritical in its enforcement of its policies about mascots.
The prognosis isn’t good. Here’s wishing him the best in our thoughts and prayers.