West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck will be part of a select panel discussion entitled “The State of College Athletics Forum” that will be hosted by the Big 12 Conference.
This is the first of a series of forums dedicated to the issues facing college athletics. It will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Trianon Ballroom in the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.
“It is our goal through these forums to bring some of the brightest minds in sports into the same room to talk about the current state of college athletics,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “As leaders in intercollegiate athletics we fully understand that in order to impact change one must frankly look at the past with an eye toward the future. Addressing these issues will have a transformative effect on college athletics, with implications far beyond the high-profile sports.”
NBC broadcaster and writer Jimmy Roberts will moderate the New York City forum.
In addition to Bowlsby and Roberts, other members of the New York City forum will include Kevin Blackistone, journalism professor at Maryland and participant on television’s “Around The Horn”; John Currie, Kansas State athletic director; Armen Keteyian, lead correspondent on “60 Minutes Sports”, Dr. Donna Lopiano, founder and president of Sports Management Resources; Juliet Macur, sports columnist for The New York Times; Steve Patterson, Texas athletic director; Judge Ken Starr, chief executive officer at Baylor, and Selvin Young, former running back for the Denver Broncos, motivational speaker and entrepreneur.
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The schedule for West Virginia’s two-time defending NCAA champion rifle team is out and features matches against six of the nation’s top-eight teams, including two shoulder-to-shoulder matches at Alaska-Fairbanks, the 2014 NCAA Championships runner-up.
The Mountaineers open the season on Oct. 12 against TCU at the WVU Rifle Range. The team will play host to five matches this season.
Following a match at Ohio State, the Mountaineers will open their Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) season at Akron, new to the conference this year. WVU is the five-time reigning GARC champion.
WVU will close out the fall with five GARC matches in November, highlighted by a match against Memphis, the fourth-place finisher at the 2014 NCAA Championships, on Nov. 8, in Morgantown.
Following an NCAA Qualifying match at a to-be-determined site on Feb. 21, the Mountaineers will travel to Oxford, Mississippi, for the 2015 GARC Championships, at Mississippi’s Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center on Feb. 28 and March 1.
UAF will play host to the 2015 NCAA Championships on March 13-14. The smallbore match will take place on March 13 at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range, while air rifle will follow on March 14 at the Patty Center Gymnasium. UAF previously hosted the national championships in 2007.
WVU went 10-0 last season en route to its three titles. Seven All-Americans return for the Mountaineers, including five seniors: Taylor Ciotola, Ziva Dvorsak, Meelis Kiisk, Thomas Kyanko and Maren Prediger.