Pac-10 Institutions Honor Former NCAA President Myles Brand

Sept. 17, 2009


WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The Pacific-10 Conference will honor former NCAA president Myles Brand  with a moment of silence prior to all athletic events hosted by Conference members this weekend and commemorate him with a presentation in his honor prior to kickoff of this weekend's Pac-10 football games, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. 

Brand, NCAA president since 2003, passed away Wednesday after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer. 

'Myles Brand was a passionate advocate for the student part of student-athlete,' said Arizona State president Michael Crow, the current chair of the Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers.  'The academic reforms initiated under his leadership of the NCAA have had a remarkable effect on the academic achievement level of student-athletes.  He was an admired leader who steered the NCAA through an important time of transition and reform.  Myles transformed the NCAA into an instrument of positive change and his loss will be felt deeply by many within the world of academia and intercollegiate athletics.' 

'The world of intercollegiate sports has lost a leader of great vision with the passing of Myles Brand,' said Commissioner Scott.  'The reforms he instituted and the inspiring vision he had for the role of athletics in the overall academic experience will have long-lasting effects and will benefit generations of student-athletes in the future.  The Pac-10 joins the rest of the intercollegiate community in mourning his passing.' 

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