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Presidential Coalition for Athletics Reform

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02/29/04 -Coalition/BCS Press Conference Opening Statement

Today after substantial discussions, we have an agreement on a framework for a significant, positive change in Division I-A postseason play. We are extremely pleased with the level of collegiality and accommodation that has led to the conclusions we announce today. More

Read a transcript of the press conference

02/27/04 - Media Alert: Press Conference to Discuss Coalition-BCS Meeting

A telephonic press conference will be held to discuss the Bowl Championship Series-Coalition for Athletics Reform meeting on Sunday, February 29, at 6 p.m. Eastern time. More

02/05/04 - Coalition to Meet with BCS

The Coalition for Athletics Reform will meet with the Presidential Oversight Committee of the BCS on Sunday, Feb. 29 in Miami. The meeting will take place at the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel starting in the early afternoon and is expected to last several hours. New approaches to post-season play in Division I-A football will be discussed. More

11/13/03 - Press Conference to Discuss Results of Coalition/BCS Meeting

A telephone press conference will be held to discuss the results of the second meeting between university leaders representing the Presidential Coalition for Athletics Reform and those representing the Bowl Championship Series. More

Read a transcript of the press conference

11/11/03 - National Symposium on Athletics Reform

Keynote address: "The Future of Intercollegiate Athletics"
Myles Brand, President, NCAA

First panel discussion: "Athletics Reform"

Second panel discussion: "Postseason Football Play and the Bowl Championship Series: A Conversation"

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10/29/03 - Tulane President Scott Cowen's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: "BCS or Bust: Competitive and Economic Effects of the Bowl Championship Series On and Off the Field."

Oral Testimony. Also available in Adobe PDF format. (download Acrobat Reader)

Written Testimony. Also available in Adobe PDF format. (download Acrobat Reader)

More information is available on the committee's website.

In addition, President Cowen was on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" before the hearing. (download RealPlayer)

10/22/03 - New Member of Executive Committee

Stephen Weber, president of San Diego State University, is the new presidential representative for the Mountain West Conference (MWC) on the executive committee of the Presidential Coalition for Athletics Reform.

Weber replaces Bernard Machen of the University of Utah, who will no longer represent the MWC due to his impending move to the presidency of the University of Florida.

Look Who's Talking.........

This is an occasional round-up of comments made by interested individuals, reporters, conference commissioners, university presidents and others who are paying attention to the efforts of 53 universities that are currently excluded from participating in the richest post-season opportunities in college football. More

09/08/03 - Statement Following Meeting of Presidential Coalition for Athletics Reform/BCS

We would like to thank everyone for your interest in today's meeting. On July 21, the Bowl Championship Series Presidential Oversight Committee invited the presidents representing the five conferences not represented by the BCS, as well as the President of Notre Dame, to meet here in Chicago so we could discuss each sides' interests, president-to-president. Our hope is that we might achieve a better understanding of our mutual concerns and have a better opportunity to improve post-season play by such a meeting. The tone of the meeting was collegial, candid and positive. With the help of NCAA President Myles Brand, who facilitated today's discussion, we made significant progress. More

Read the full text of Tulane President Scott Cowen's testimony to the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Oversight Hearing: "Competition in College Athletic Conferences and Antitrust Aspects of the Bowl Championship Series."

The testimony is also available in Adobe PDF format. (download Acrobat Reader)

Transcripts of other witnesses' testimony are available on the committee's website.

Call to Action

Letter from Scott Cowen to non-BCS University Presidents
As you probably know, Tulane University recently completed an exhaustive review of its athletics department. The purpose of this year-long study was to determine what type of intercollegiate athletics program was in the best long-term interests of the university given the changing landscape of Division I intercollegiate athletics and the academic mission, goals and resources of Tulane University. More

Letter from Scott Cowen to BCS University Presidents
I am writing this letter to share two documents with you and to request your assistance and support in addressing a few issues critical to the future of Division I-A intercollegiate athletics. More


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Contact Us - reform@tulane.edu

Debbie Grant, Vice President for University Communications
Phone: (504) 865-5210
Fax: (504) 862-8777
E-mail: dgrant@tulane.edu

Mike Strecker, Assistant Director of Public Relations
Phone: (504) 865-5210
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E-mail: mstreck@tulane.edu