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TLS alumnus (L ’92) heads to U.S. Congress for roundtable discussion on college sports scandals

October 28, 2011

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Tulane Law School alumnus Warren K. Zola (L ’92), assistant dean for graduate programs at Boston College, will pay visit to the United States Capitol on Tuesday (Nov. 1) to participate in a roundtable discussion on the topic, “Hypocrisy or Hype? The Impacts of Back-Room Deals, Payoffs, and Scandals in American Collegiate Student Athletics.” Recent revelations arising out of significant and serious NCAA infractions and violations have severely tarnished the image of high-profile collegiate sports. These acts and omissions have raised serious questions about the willingness and ability of NCAA authorities and participating conferences and schools to regulate conduct.

Dean Zola will join two round tables of fellow participants having valuable perspective and ties to collegiate sports programs as current and former student-athletes, parents, college recruitment commentators, sports agents, and sports management professors and economists. Participants will offer their perspectives on the current state of NCAA athletics and possible solutions to these apparent and regular breakdowns.

Joining Dean Zola are the following: 
Andy Schwarz – OSKR, Emeryville, CA (sports economist)
Derek Samson – Asst. Managing Editor – Recruiting for Rivals.com (Yahoo!Sports)
Shane Battier – Memphis Grizzlies Forward
Thaddeus Young – Philadelphia 76ers Forward
Josh Luchs – former National Football League agent
Dr. Ellen Staurowsky – Professor of Sports Management (Drexel University)
Mrs. Valerie Hardrick – Mother of Kyle Hardrick (former basketball scholarship player at the University of Oklahoma)
Courtney Moeller – (former UC – Irvine volleyball scholarship player)
Ramogi Huma – President, National College Players Association

The discussion was initiated by U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush, a Democrat who represents the First District, Illinois. Rush has assigned sports writer, author, and six-time Emmy Award winning television reporter Jeremy Schaap to moderate the event. The event will take place at the Congressional Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol building. Members of Congress and their staffs are expected to be in attendance.

Start: November 1, 2011 10:30 am
End: November 1, 2011 2:30 pm
Location: Congressional Auditorium, Washington, DC


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