It's hard to imagine a college without sports. But that is what we faced unexpectedly in early March. On short notice athletic directors, conference commissioners and the NCAA all announced that games were cancelled, championship tournaments abandoned, and seasons were suspended. Who could have predicted life without March Madness? Beyond that immediate shock and emergency response, we face a more sobering challenge: the uncertain outlook for all college sports in the future. The foremost problem of protecting public health now extends to other areas ranging from student life and alumni fan involvement to the logistics and economics of college sports as part of a truly nationwide and institutional fabric and annual round of life.
Carl Nathe will host the panel which brings together an exciting mix of experience and expertise within the UK family.
•Leah Edmond, UK Volleyball player; 2018 and 2019 SEC Player of the Year; 2017 and 2019 AVCA First Team All-American; 2019 AVCA Region Player of the Year; 2017 and 2019 First-Team All-SEC
•Joseph Fink, 1984 and 2001 Great Teacher Award recipient; UK Faculty Athletic Representative to the SEC and NCAA; Professor of Pharmacy Law and Policy, College of Pharmacy; Professor of Public Health, College of Public Health; Professor, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; Professor of Clinical Leadership and Management, College of Health Sciences
•John Thelin, 2004 Great Teacher Award recipient; University Research Professor, College of Education; charter member of the NCAA Research Advisory Board
•Jim Host, 1959 Communications and Information graduate; former UK baseball player; 2000 UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni recipient; founder of Host Communications
•Mitch Barnhart, Director of UK Athletics, 2019 SportsBusiness Journal Athletics Director of the Year, 2015 NCAA Division I Athletics Director of the Year