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April 14, 2008

Birmingham-Southern president to address issues in college athletics at College Sport Research Institute conference

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern President Dr. David Pollick will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural “Scholarly Conference on College Sport” on April 18. The address is part of a four-day event April 16-19 hosted by the College Sport Research Institute on the University of Memphis campus. Pollick's address will lead off a two-day public forum to be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the campus to discuss important issues in college athletics.

CSRI Director Dr. Richard Southall noted the significance of Pollick delivering the 2008 keynote address by stating “His leadership and initiative in Birmingham-Southern College's move from DI to DIII has been recognized nationally and is an example of presidential leadership in addressing college-sport issues. Birmingham-Southern College's decision to get out of the college-sport arms race is a perfect topic for our conference.”

The 2008 Scholarly Conference on College Sport is co-sponsored by the CSRI and the University of Memphis Sport Marketing Association student chapter. The event is an experiential learning project developed and executed by students. Issues to be explored at the conference include such topics as sportsmanship and the behavior of student athletes, the stresses faced by college athletic directors, how an NCAA Final Four appearance impacts application and enrollment rates, the effectiveness of major infractions penalties in NCAA Division I-A football and the legal considerations of coaching contracts.

The CSRI is in the Health and Sports Science Department of the University of Memphis' College of Education


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