Myles Brand diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

  • 01/19/2009 12:42 pm in

A sad bit of news that was disclosed this past weekend: Former Indiana President and current NCAA President Myles Brand is being treated for pancreatic cancer. Brand released a statement on the last day of the NCAA convention, an event he was unable to attend due to chemotherapy.

Myles Brand, the president of the NCAA., said Saturday that he had pancreatic cancer and that his long-term prognosis was “not good.”

Brand, 66, has led the NCAA, the governing body of college sports, since 2003. He disclosed his condition in a written statement to colleagues on the final day of the NCAA convention in Oxon Hill, Md., which he was unable to attend. He said he learned of the diagnosis “very recently.”

“I am currently undergoing chemotherapy, and I am receiving excellent care” Brand said in the statement. “I will know in the next several months the success of this treatment.”

On behalf of the ITH team, I’d like to send our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Brand.

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  • West Coast Hoosier

    I agree and wish Mr. Brand success in the difficult battle against cancer and a prompt and complete cure.

    That is and should be true notwithstanding the fact that he did severe damage to the Indiana athletics program, first as President of the University and then at the NCAA, as one can see by tracing the lack of success of Indiana's entire athletic program (and not just basketball!), a decline which commenced during his tenure and has continued since.

    I also believe that he has damaged sports in general by his politically correct and factually incorrect assault on names and mascots of basketball teams.

    So I wish him health and all good things , but that he move on to a position outside of collegiate athletics where he can no longer damage Indiana University and/or collegiate athletics in general.

    West Coast Hoosier

  • West Coast Hoosier

    I agree and wish Mr. Brand success in the difficult battle against cancer and a prompt and complete cure.

    That is and should be true notwithstanding the fact that he did severe damage to the Indiana athletics program, first as President of the University and then at the NCAA, as one can see by tracing the lack of success of Indiana's entire athletic program (and not just basketball!), a decline which commenced during his tenure and has continued since.

    I also believe that he has damaged sports in general by his politically correct and factually incorrect assault on names and mascots of basketball teams.

    So I wish him health and all good things , but that he move on to a position outside of collegiate athletics where he can no longer damage Indiana University and/or collegiate athletics in general.

    West Coast Hoosier

  • jim

    Karma!!