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College governing boards need more information to monitor athletics, report says

Knight Commission hears the results of research on various topics related to college athletics
by Chris Casteel Published: October 9, 2012

— College and university governing boards are accountable for athletics programs but don't always receive the information necessary to monitor them, according to a report released Tuesday.

“Athletics is not an island,'' John T. Casteen III, president emeritus of the University of Virginia, told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Governing boards, such as boards of regents in Oklahoma, are ultimately accountable for athletics policy and oversight and need to know when there are major violations, Casteen said.

A survey of governing boards for the report showed that only 38 percent of full boards receive sufficient financial information about all revenue-generating sports. And more than one-third of boards don't see the financial reports submitted by their institutions to the NCAA. Almost one-third characterized their board's preparation to oversee compliance with NCAA rules as neutral, somewhat poor or poor.

The report, by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, was one of six presented Tuesday to the Knight Commission about various issues related to college athletics. Researchers from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa participated in two of the reports.

The Knight Commission, which has been prodding colleges and universities since 1989 to keep academics and athletics in balance, funded the research.

Among the findings presented from the reports on Tuesday:

*Out of 140 schools surveyed, 139 offered camps, programs or the use of athletic facilities to minors, but only half had board policies on the safety and protection of children.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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