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2011 College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) Conference

What: 2011 College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) Conference

When: April 20-22, 2011

Where: William C. Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (map)

April 20 Panels

  • 8:30am – 9:45am: Show Me The Manual! NCAA Regulations, Agents, and Amateurism
    • Jason Belzer — President of Global Athlete Management Enterprises, Inc. (GAME, Inc.) and current agent serving college coaches
    • Barbara Osborne, J.D — Counsel in Ice Miller’s collegiate sports practice and Associate Professor in Sport Administration at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    • Marcus Wilson — Assistant Director of NCAA’s Enforcement Staff
    • Brad Wolverton — Senior Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • 10:05am – 11:20am: A View From The Top: Insights from Industry Leaders on the State of College Athletics
    • Jim Delany— Big Ten Commissioner
    • Elson Floyd — President of Washington State University
    • Joel Lulla — Media Rights Consultant
    • Rob Spear — University of Idaho Athletic Director
    • John Swofford — ACC Commissioner

April 21 Panel

  • 9:30am – 10:45am: Four Years and Several Scores Ago: An Honest Reflection on the Student-Athlete Experience
    • Dijuan Harris— Former University of North Carolina – Charlotte Basketball Player
    • Scott Krapf — Illinois State University Cross Country Participant and the Missouri Valley Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative
    • D.J Looney — Mississippi State University Offensive Lineman and the Southeastern Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative
    • Clare Perry — Davidson Field Hockey Player
    • Tierra Ruffin-Pratt — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Basketball Player

April 20 Keynote

  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: Academic Keynote
    • Dr. John Singer — Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Texas A&M University – “Until You Do Right By The Black Athlete: A Critical Race Perspective on College Sport Reform Issues”

April 21 Keynote

  • 8:30am – 9:15am: Bridging The Gap Keynote
    • Roy Williams — Head Men’s Baskeball Coach, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Further information, including afternoon session topics and contributors, may be found here.

Cost: Professional CSRI Member Registration ($375), Professional non-CSRI Member Registration ($475), Undergraduates and Graduate Students ($105).  Register here.

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.