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Big 12 to host NYC forum on state of college athletics

K-State’s John Currie one of three Big 12 ADs to participate in event

By The Mercury

The Big 12 announced it will host “The State of College Athletics Forum,” the first in a series of forums dedicated to the issues facing college athletics.

On Aug. 6 at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, a broad-based panel from college athletics and the sports media will sit down to discuss the current state of intercollegiate athletics and its place within the context of higher education.

“It is our goal through these forums to bring some of the brightest minds in sports into the same room to talk about the current state of college athletics,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release. “As leaders in intercollegiate athletics we fully understand that in order to impact change one must frankly look at the past with an eye toward the future. Addressing these issues will have a transformative effect on college athletics, with implications far beyond the high-profile sports.”

NBC broadcaster and writer Jimmy Roberts will moderate the forum.

“The issues currently facing college athletics are daunting, but by no means insurmountable,” Roberts said. “I am a fan of college athletics and a believer of its principals. A forum such as this is the perfect way to get people to start talking about how college athletics can evolve with the times.”

In addition to Bowlsby and Roberts, other members of the New York City forum will include Kansas State athletic director John Currie, journalism professor and columnist Kevin Blackistone, “60 Minutes Sports” correspondent Armen Keteyian, President and founder of Sports Management Resources Dr. Donna Lopiano, West Virginia AD Oliver Luck, columnist Juliet Macur, Texas men’s AD Steve Patterson, Baylor president and chancelllor Ken Starr and former Texas and Denver Broncos running back Selvin Young.

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