Former Indiana President Myles Brand passes away

  • 09/16/2009 4:46 pm in

brand2.jpgAccording to a report published moments ago by The Detroit Free Press, former Indiana President and NCAA President Myles Brand died today at 67.

NCAA President Myles Brand died today after a nearly yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. Brand had served as NCAA president since January 2003 and had led the association through initiatives such as academic reform, increased emphasis on presidential leadership and discussions on fiscal issues in college athletics.

“Myles Brand was a dear friend and a great academic leader. He was a tireless advocate for the student-athlete,” said Michael Adams, president of the University of Georgia and chair of the NCAA Executive Committee. “Indeed, he worked to ensure that the student was first in the student-athlete model. He will be greatly missed.”

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Brand.

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  • GFDave

    RIP President Brand. Stay classy Hoosier Nation.

  • CutterInChicago

    RIP Myles Brand.

    If I may note something in the posted photo: cool robe but is that background.fake or what? Looks like my awful elementary school photo backgrounds

  • ballstatehoosier

    RIP Myles Brand

    The picture used is a painting of Brand.

  • CutterInChicago

    Just proves I need to get both my computer monitor and eyes checked…

  • Casey

    RIP Dr. Brand

  • Klarge

    the picture is a painting that is in the union with the portrait of the presidents.

  • West Coast Hoosier

    I mourn the loss of Mr. Brand the person and I credit Mr. Brand for many good things while at the NCAA.

    But It is fascinating that his name rarely comes up as a responsible party in connection with all of the problems over the last decade or two with Indiana University athletics.

    I?m not one of those who challenges Brand over the firing of Bob Knight. That was a good decision, in my humble opinion. It had to be done.

    But I think that one could also fairly and reasonably say that

    ?ever since Miles Brand touched IU athletics, it has been a downhill slog.?

    First, he damaged the program internally as President.

    Then, he got kicked upstairs and, operating externally as President of the NCAA, he was, in some ways, in an even better spot to make life miserable for IU athletics. With the NCAA, Brand was in a position to influence such things as seeding of Indiana basketball teams, not to mention such critical things as when investigations are done, the timing of the announcement of results and the level of sanctions, if any, to be imposed.

    What?s the evidence that Brand?s tenure started Indiana?s decline?

    The timing is the big tip-off.

    Everyone seems to agree that the last decade or two have been disasters for IU sports.

    The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy called it “Indiana's decade of disaster,? in his column of March 21, 2008. (http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic….).

    Mike Hutton of the Post-Tribune got it closer time-wise when he said in his column of March 20, 2008, “IU has been on a downslide for 15 years” (http://www.post-trib.com/sports/hutton/852376,h…).

    But then, nobody puts two and two together.

    Is it just a coincidence that Brand took over as President of IU in 1994, 15 years ago? He is right on Mike Hutton's timeline for IU's decline, but even Hutton didn?t put the pieces together and draw the appropriate conclusions!

    And look at Brand's impact! On his watch, everything went downhill. Everyone agrees that the basketball team has been in a hole and the blame is put at various doorsteps, including that of Bob Knight, Mike Davis, Kelvin Sampson and Rick Greenspan. But what about all the other athletic teams, including football? Only soccer, and very recently, baseball, have done anything worth comment.

    For all the Greenspan haters, remember that Greenspan wasn't around for much of the time. He was hired on September 2 of 2004! (http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/1627.html)

    As to the three basketball coaches, the proof that it is not them is simple. What did any of them have to do with the football program?s problems? As I recall, football went through a period where they operated for several years without using all of their scholarships. They also saw the firings of various coaches, etc.

    Another angle on this. Just look at the payouts made by the Athletic Department to people who have been fired since 1994, It is an amazing total:

    Former Athletic Director Michael McNeely $839,000.
    Former men's basketball coach Mike Davis $800,000.
    Former football coach Gerry DiNardo $616,000.
    Former football coach Cam Cameron $489,000.
    Former men's basketball coach Bob Knight $283,000.
    Former men?s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson $750,0000.
    Former executive associate athletic director Jason Lewis, $86,000.
    Former assistant football coach Brian McNeely $47,000.
    former assistant athletic director Lauren Rochet $36,000.
    former director of executive services Deanne Droegemueller $34,000.
    Former strength coach Stephane Rochet $23,000.

    There may be more that I don?t know about.

    That is more than $4 Million, and much of that either comes from the period of Brand?s Presidency or the aftermath!!! The athletic department has been hemorrhaging money for years!

    I say ?aftermath? because I see the ongoing problems at IU as similar to the aftershocks from the earthquakes that we have out here on the West Coast.

    And for his failures as the steward of Indiana University and its storied athletics program, Brand was kicked upstairs to the Presidency of the NCAA!! Wouldn't you think that the NCAA would want someone who had been successful in boosting athletics at his university?

    One other thing that I find to be a pet peeve. Brand made the politically correct attack on team mascots that wiped out, among others, Chief Illiniwek for our friends, the University of Illinois.

    In fact, maybe therein lies the answer!!

    Perhaps the very name “Indiana” incurred Brand?s wrath! It is, after all, resonant with the history of the state as a location occupied by Native Americans. In fact, no other name in American sports or politics is as directly connected to the name often used for Native Americans!!

    Maybe Mr. Brandt objected to the name of our state as much as or more than he objected to Native American themed mascots. Maybe he wanted to rename the whole state! Perhaps it could have been renamed “Lower Ohio-area State Educational Reserve University. That would have removed the Native American implications of our state name and made IU into “LOSER U” for short.

    In fact, one could argue that, without actually changing the name, he nearly succeeded.

    And I think that has to be said as all the laudatory stories pile up.

    Having said that, I appreciate the good things he did, and may he rest in peace.

    West Coast Hoosier

  • West Coast Hoosier

    I mourn the loss of Mr. Brand the person and I credit Mr. Brand for many good things while at the NCAA.

    But It is fascinating that his name rarely comes up as a responsible party in connection with all of the problems over the last decade or two with Indiana University athletics.

    I?m not one of those who challenges Brand over the firing of Bob Knight. That was a good decision, in my humble opinion. It had to be done.

    But I think that one could also fairly and reasonably say that

    ?ever since Miles Brand touched IU athletics, it has been a downhill slog.?

    First, he damaged the program internally as President.

    Then, he got kicked upstairs and, operating externally as President of the NCAA, he was, in some ways, in an even better spot to make life miserable for IU athletics. With the NCAA, Brand was in a position to influence such things as seeding of Indiana basketball teams, not to mention such critical things as when investigations are done, the timing of the announcement of results and the level of sanctions, if any, to be imposed.

    What?s the evidence that Brand?s tenure started Indiana?s decline?

    The timing is the big tip-off.

    Everyone seems to agree that the last decade or two have been disasters for IU sports.

    The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy called it “Indiana's decade of disaster,? in his column of March 21, 2008. (http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic….).

    Mike Hutton of the Post-Tribune got it closer time-wise when he said in his column of March 20, 2008, “IU has been on a downslide for 15 years” (http://www.post-trib.com/sports/hutton/852376,h…).

    But then, nobody puts two and two together.

    Is it just a coincidence that Brand took over as President of IU in 1994, 15 years ago? He is right on Mike Hutton's timeline for IU's decline, but even Hutton didn?t put the pieces together and draw the appropriate conclusions!

    And look at Brand's impact! On his watch, everything went downhill. Everyone agrees that the basketball team has been in a hole and the blame is put at various doorsteps, including that of Bob Knight, Mike Davis, Kelvin Sampson and Rick Greenspan. But what about all the other athletic teams, including football? Only soccer, and very recently, baseball, have done anything worth comment.

    For all the Greenspan haters, remember that Greenspan wasn't around for much of the time. He was hired on September 2 of 2004! (http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/1627.html)

    As to the three basketball coaches, the proof that it is not them is simple. What did any of them have to do with the football program?s problems? As I recall, football went through a period where they operated for several years without using all of their scholarships. They also saw the firings of various coaches, etc.

    Another angle on this. Just look at the payouts made by the Athletic Department to people who have been fired since 1994, It is an amazing total:

    Former Athletic Director Michael McNeely $839,000.
    Former men's basketball coach Mike Davis $800,000.
    Former football coach Gerry DiNardo $616,000.
    Former football coach Cam Cameron $489,000.
    Former men's basketball coach Bob Knight $283,000.
    Former men?s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson $750,0000.
    Former executive associate athletic director Jason Lewis, $86,000.
    Former assistant football coach Brian McNeely $47,000.
    former assistant athletic director Lauren Rochet $36,000.
    former director of executive services Deanne Droegemueller $34,000.
    Former strength coach Stephane Rochet $23,000.

    There may be more that I don?t know about.

    That is more than $4 Million, and much of that either comes from the period of Brand?s Presidency or the aftermath!!! The athletic department has been hemorrhaging money for years!

    I say ?aftermath? because I see the ongoing problems at IU as similar to the aftershocks from the earthquakes that we have out here on the West Coast.

    And for his failures as the steward of Indiana University and its storied athletics program, Brand was kicked upstairs to the Presidency of the NCAA!! Wouldn't you think that the NCAA would want someone who had been successful in boosting athletics at his university?

    One other thing that I find to be a pet peeve. Brand made the politically correct attack on team mascots that wiped out, among others, Chief Illiniwek for our friends, the University of Illinois.

    In fact, maybe therein lies the answer!!

    Perhaps the very name “Indiana” incurred Brand?s wrath! It is, after all, resonant with the history of the state as a location occupied by Native Americans. In fact, no other name in American sports or politics is as directly connected to the name often used for Native Americans!!

    Maybe Mr. Brandt objected to the name of our state as much as or more than he objected to Native American themed mascots. Maybe he wanted to rename the whole state! Perhaps it could have been renamed “Lower Ohio-area State Educational Reserve University. That would have removed the Native American implications of our state name and made IU into “LOSER U” for short.

    In fact, one could argue that, without actually changing the name, he nearly succeeded.

    And I think that has to be said as all the laudatory stories pile up.

    Having said that, I appreciate the good things he did, and may he rest in peace.

    West Coast Hoosier