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2010 Scholarly Conference on College Sport

What: 2010 Scholarly Conference on College Sport

Where: William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

When: April 21st (Wednesday) – April 23rd (Friday)


It is the 3rd annual conference for faculty, athletic administrators, students, sport practitioners, and the public interested in research, theory, and critical thinking about college sport and related issues.  It will provide an open forum for independent, organized and focused interdisciplinary research regarding college sport.


One and Done: What is the Effect of the NBA’s Age Limit Rule on the College Game?

  • Gary Williams – University of Maryland Men’s Basketball Head Coach
  • Shane Lyons – Associate Commissioner for Compliance at the Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Michael McCann – Associate Professor at the University of Vermont Law School
  • Doug Gottlieb – College Basketball Analyst and Radio Host at ESPN

Ethics of Elimination: Will Broad-Based Athletic Departments Survive?

  • Amy Perko – Executive Director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
  • David Akinniyi – North Carolina State University Varsity Football Player, Former Football Player at Northeastern University
  • Dr. John Cheslock – Associate Professor at Penn State University
  • Mike Moyer – Executive Director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association
  • Jeff Bourne – Director of Athletics at James Madison University

Thou Shalt Not Tweet: Athletes’ Social Networking Legal Rights vs. Institutional Control

  • Lester Munson – Legal Analyst at ESPN, Investigative sportswriter and speaker
  • Steve Kirschner – Associate Athletic Director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Kathleen Hessert – Founder and President of Sports Media Challenge
  • Marvin Austin – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Varsity Football Player

Keynote Speakers:

  • David Williams is the Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics at Vanderbilt University, a position that is analogous to an athletics director at many universities. Mr. Williams has helped the school navigate away from the traditional model of a separate athletics department to one that functions within the framework of the university. Mr. Williams also serves as Vanderbilt’s General Counsel.
  • Michael Oriard is the Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. An offensive captain and a second-team All-American at the University of Notre Dame, he played four years with the Kansas City Chiefs before leaving the NFL to finish a doctorate in American literature. His books include Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era and Brand NFL: Making and Selling America’s Favorite Sport.
  • Anson Dorrance is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Women’s Soccer head coach. He has one of the most successful coaching records in the history of athletics with an all-time record of 673-33-21. His UNC teams have won 21 national championships, including 20 NCAA crowns and one AIAW title, 19 regular-season ACC titles, and 19 ACC Tournament championships. He was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Craig Thompson is the Commissioner of the Mountain West Conference having served in the role since 1998. Under his leadership, the Mountain West became the first major collegiate athletic conference to launch sports channel, the MountainWest Sports Network. He is an integral part of the national landscape in intercollegiate athletics, and he is currently on the NCAA Football Board of Directors and a member of the BCS administration.

To register for the conference, please visit The early registration period for the conference ends next Friday, February 26th, and more information about the mission and purpose of the College Sport Research Institute can be found at

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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