February 11, 2004
to host forum for discussion of sports ethics
panel of four prominent leaders in college athletics will
discuss various ethical issues Thursday.
Welcome to reality. Welcome to the world of scandals and
fraud. Welcome to the world of sports.
From academic fraud to player and coach misconduct, ethical
issues are being challenged every day in the sports world.
Organizers of a panel discussion called Ethical Issues
in College Athletics hopes for these issues to be addressed
at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The panel will give a behind-the-scenes look at ethics
in athletics and the responsibility players, coaches and
administration play in it.
Its an opportunity to grow and to learn and
to compare and contrast, athletics director Eric
The panel is made up of four prominent figures in college
athletics: NCAA President Myles Brand, former commissioner
of the Southeastern Conference Roy Kramer, Ohio State
University athletics director Andy Geiger and University
of Texas football coach Mack Brown.
Dutch Baughman, executive director of the Division I-A
Athletic Directors Association, will moderate the
There needs to be more discussions like this one
across the country, Brown said. I think it
is great that TCU is a leader in trying to get the panel
in where we are and where we need to go.
Geiger hopes that the dialog in the panel will provoke
thought about the structure of personal core values.I
dont think in this culture that there is a subject
more important to think about than ethics, Geiger
Hyman began forming the panel nine months ago as part
of the annual Martin Lectureship in Values and Ethics
series, which began last year with a panel of corporate
leaders discussing ethics in business.This doesnt
happen at very many college campuses to have these kinds
of people come, Hyman said.
Brown said the media and public have become increasingly
focused on athletic scandals.
I think more emphasis needs to be put on where we
want to go with the ethics in college athletics,
Brown said. Where we are trying to get in some cases
rather than where we are.Baughman, a TCU ranch management
graduate, said moderating the discussion is a chance to
give back to his alma mater.
I think the most important thing for students to
get out of this is to reach a better understanding of
the scope of the considerations that an athletics director
has to make, Baughman said. They just dont
shoot from the hip. It is a detailed process.
Each panelist will make a five-minute statement regarding
an issue of his choosing. From there, Baughman will lead
the discussion by describing hypothetical situations and
asking panelists related questions.
Panelists will answer questions from the audience in the
Hyman wants the panelists to discuss how they deal with
issues they are confronted with on a daily basis, what
decisions they come to about them and how they operate
in a business sense in their areas of responsibility.
By listening and learning and growing as a person
it will help us make better decisions in the future,