Sound Mind, Sound Body: The Last 50 Years of Intercollegiate Athletics

Carl Kirschner (Professor and Special Counselor for Integrative Academic Programs, Office of the Executive VP for Academic Affairs)

The world of intercollegiate athletics has changed dramatically from the days of regional competitions without media coverage to the present national stage with television and internet coverage. What were the factors underlying the change? What role have the universities played? What role has the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) played? This seminar will review the history of intercollegiate athletics with a special emphasis on the last ten years.  Significant case studies of positive and negative behaviors by players, coaches, and universities and the reactions (sanctions) by the NCAA will be studied.