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SBC - Fall Meeting Report


SBC - Fall Meeting Report

Sun Belt Conference Concludes Successful Fall Meeting

Courtesy: Sun Belt Conference Release: 10/12/2006

The Sun Belt Conference conducted its annual fall meetings October 9-11 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and concluded its gathering by passing a number of initiatives and participating in a local Habitat for Humanity endeavor on October 11. The meeting brings together each school?s president/CEO, athletic director, faculty athletic representative and senior woman administrator along with conference office staff.

?Our member institutions have just concluded another successful league meeting in which a number of important issues facing the league were discussed,? said Dr. Sidney McPhee, President of the Sun Belt Conference and President of Middle Tennessee State University.

The Sun Belt Conference announced the following initiatives at the conclusion of the annual quarterly meetings:

*Sun Belt Conference President Dr. Sidney McPhee appointed a special CEO committee to report to him and address current challenges and opportunities in the core sports of Men?s Basketball and Football with the goal of positioning the league toward excellence in these areas. The other core sports are already top 10 or within striking distance of being in the top 10 and will continue to be monitored but were not of immediate concern. The committee will be chaired by Les Wyatt (President, Arkansas State University) and also comprised of Gary Ransdell (President, Western Kentucky University), Frank Brogan (President, Florida Atlantic University), Jack Hawkins (Chancellor, Troy), Gordon Moulton (President, South Alabama), and Gretchen Bataille (President, North Texas). Middle Tennessee Athletic Director Chris Massaro will act as a liaison to the other conference athletic directors and Commissioner Wright Waters will personally staff the project.

*Asked the conference?s Executive Committee to review Biloxi as a site for the 2008 Basketball Tournament. If it is determined the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005 prohibits this area from serving as host, the committee will review alternative neutral sites.

*Authorized the Sun Belt Conference Office to enter into negotiations with an outside source to conduct a compliance review on each campus during the next four years.

*Reviewed a number of reports including those submitted by the conference?s Chief Executive Officers, Athletic Directors, Senior Woman Administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives.

*Established conference positions on 2006-2007 NCAA Proposals.

*Authorized the conference office to receive bids to complete the conference branding initiatives begun in 2005.

*Approved the 2005-06 audit and distributed revenue over expenses back to the schools. The total distribution in cash and kind was nearly $1 million which does not include an equal amount invested annually in television production.

*The conference?s sportsmanship code was reviewed by the Chief Executive Officers who were comfortable with the current policies and procedures.

The meetings concluded with a group of administrators, which included university presidents, athletic directors, senior woman administrators and faculty athletics representatives, gathering early Wednesday morning in Bywater and worked on the neighborhood?s "Musicians' Village", a collection of homes conceived through plans made by local musicians Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis.

?I was really pleased to see the level of commitment showed by the Sun Belt Conference schools in helping out,? said Sun Belt Commissioner Wright Waters. ?The leadership at our schools understands how much assistance this area needs, and they have continually reached out to help those in need. I was pleased we were able to lend a helping hand.?

?It is really humbling to see the amount of damage this area received, and it was great to see how many representatives of the Sun Belt Conference volunteered their time to help out,? added McPhee. ?This is an example of all that is good and right in America and how so many in this country rally around the less fortunate in their time of need. I had a really good conversation with one of the homeowners in the area we were working, and the entire experience really puts everything in perspective. I am so glad we did this.?

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