KU News Release

November 9, 2012
Contact: Natasha Veeser, William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, 785-864-7644

Panel discussion to discuss amateurism, saving big-time college athletics

Angela Lumpkin

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LAWRENCE — Angela Lumpkin, professor of health, sport and exercises, says the perception that college student-athletes are amateur athletes is a myth, and those athletes often receive rewards outside NCAA regulations.

Lumpkin will lead a University Community Forum panel discussion, "A Plan to Save Big Time Collegiate Sports," from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Media Crossroads on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union. Other panelists include David Catt, former member of the KU golf team and a student representative on the University Senate Athletic Committee; Paul Buskirk, associate athletics director for student support; and Don Green, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, a member of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the faculty athletic representative from 1996 to 2007. Scott Reinardy, associate professor of journalism and mass communications, will moderate the panel.

Lumpkin’s paper published in the July issue of the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education outlined 14 recommendations for change in college athletics.

In her paper, “Athletics in Institutions Competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision: Positives, Negatives and Recommendations for Change,” Lumpkin formulates 14 recommendations in collaboration with the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the Drake Group and the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics. The recommendations include ending the myth of amateurism, limiting the salaries of football and men’s basketball coaches, and raising academic requirements for postseason competition.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Reinardy by email.

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