Thanks to recommendations made by the Commission on College Basketball to the NCAA, former Duke Blue Devils standout Grant Hill will be back in the collegiate game. Well, kind of.
Alongside four other “outside” perspectives, Hill will be joining the NCAA’s Board of Governors later this year.
American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, former university president Mary Sue Coleman, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Denis McDonough, will all be joining Hill as the five new additions.
For those unaware, the Board of Governors is meant to add outsider perspectives to the NCAA.
“College sports and higher education will undoubtedly benefit from the diverse perspectives that each new member brings as we all look for the best ways to enhance the student-athlete experience,” Georgia Tech president and board chairman Bud Peterson said in a statement. “With the addition of these independent members, the board structure is closely aligned with best practices in nonprofit and higher education to include public voices in the highest governing body.”
The NCAA claims that 250 total nominations were considered before deciding on the five people. Grant Hill, who is now has a stake in an NBA franchise, is without a doubt the biggest name to join.
“The commission was firm in our recommendation that strong, objective, and independent leadership must be brought to the table at the most senior levels to help restore trust in college sports,” Commission chairwoman Condoleezza Rice said in a statement. “There can be no question that having this independent perspective is more important than ever, and we are glad the NCAA has implemented our recommendation.”
The Commission on College Basketball came under heavy scrutiny when formed, as the group initially didn’t seem to grasp how the NCAA, as well as its bylaws, operated. Nevertheless, here’s to masking stuff via name-brand athletes.
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