Former UCLA chancellor and Florida president Charles E. Young, a current member of the Knight Commission, was quoted extensively in an interesting USA Today article regarding the power wielded by college football and basketball coaches, and how much is too much. Young is a distinguished and respected administrator that has had a remarkable career in higher education. Young's words and opinions carry great weight with me.
From his comments in the article, it would seem that Young holds most coaches in very low esteem, and believes NCAA member institutions should take steps to limit the power of coaches across the entire landscape of college sports. If that is indeed the case, I find Young's position to be misplaced.
Young was quoted as saying that, years ago, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno would speak up at NCAA meetings and, with his immense power, effectively kill academic measures that Young and other presidents and ADs were attempting to pass.
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