South Carolina president Harris Pastides will take part in an NCAA meeting later this summer on the future of major college athletics.
Pastides is one of approximately 50 presidents or chancellors from Division I schools invited by NCAA president Mark Emmert to discuss topics facing the organization, including “protecting the integrity” of college sports, financial issues and academic matters.
Emmert told The State earlier this month that restoring the public’s faith in college sports is “essential right now.” Recent scandals at Ohio State, North Carolina, Southern Cal and several other high-profile athletics departments have sullied the image of big-time college sports.
“I think this is a poignant moment for college athletics,” Pastides said. “I think we need to examine the compliance model we have. I am not worried about it today or tomorrow. I am looking at the future, and we need to make sure we have a sustainable model here.”
The meeting will be held Aug. 9 and 10 in Indianapolis, home of the NCAA’s headquarters.
“Since I began as NCAA president in October, I have made it a point to reach out to constituents and stakeholders all over the country to talk about what people think of the collegiate model,” Emmert told NCAA.org. “This retreat in August is a chance for me to share with my presidential colleagues what I have heard regarding the issues and some of my thoughts on how we might address them. Second, I want to hear from the presidents themselves on what they see the future direction should be.”
When or if action might be taken on this summer’s discussion is unclear.
“Detail takes time,” Emmert told NCAA.org. “It takes deliberation among those with expertise on these matters to be thinking about specific implications and applications — and consequences. There is a sense of specific issues in intercollegiate athletics that deserve attention. We’re trying to ensure that the collegiate model — which is after all a pretty unique one — remains a model in which people have faith. That requires periodic examination at a senior level.”
The meetings will be closed to the media and general public.