Gene Smith Named to NCAA Council of Athletic Directors

By Jason Priestas on June 18, 2013 at 12:57p
Smith joins a handful of other athletic directors on NCAA advisory group

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has been named to a group of 10 athletic directors that will meet regularly with NCAA president Mark Emmert to discuss issues facing the organization. The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news of the informal council Saturday, has the full list of members.

The athletic directors on the council will include Mitch Barnhart at Kentucky, Gene Bleymaier at San Jose State, Greg Byrne at Arizona, John Currie at Kansas State, Dave Heeke at Central Michigan, Warde Manuel at Connecticut, Dan Radakovich at Clemson, Gene Smith at Ohio State, Peter Fields at Division I-AA Montana State and Peg Bradley-Doppes at Division I-AAA Denver (the non-football division).

As the report goes on to note, a mid-1990s "shift in NCAA structure empowered university presidents to manage college sports" but Emmert is spearheading a trend to move decisions back into the hands of athletic directors, a group that is more closely involved with the day-to-day issues facing college athletics.


Comments Show All Comments

OSUStu's picture

How long before the Council of Athletic Directors assumes enough power to disband the NCAA from within?

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

LadyBuck's picture

We can only hope for the best.

741's picture

Once the heavy hitters at Central Michigan and Montana State determine it is time - it will be so.

hail2victors9's picture

What will Matt Hayes have to say about this in his next column?

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Hovenaut's picture

I hope he stays Mean Gene and not Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine.

Be heard, Mr. Smith.

MN Buckeye's picture

Wow, looks like they chose one AD from each major conference and others to represent smaller conferences and divisions.  Now this seems like another concentration of power.  Not that I am complaining . . . 

cal3713's picture

I love that people still want this man fired.  Yeah, let's just drop one of the most powerful and well-respected ADs in America who not only helps direct OSU, but also the entire NCAA.