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The Role of Intercollegiate Athletics at Tulane University

Ad Hoc Committee Postpones Recommendation on Tulane University Athletics

May 19, 2003

The Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Tulane that is studying the role of intercollegiate athletics at the university will postpone presenting final recommendations at the board’s May 29 meeting.

The Ad Hoc Committee's decision was prompted by news of impending conference realignments. These events, combined with additional information expected to be provided to the committee by the Department of Athletics, will extend the timeline required to develop final recommendations about the role of intercollegiate athletics at Tulane.

The committee will provide an interim briefing regarding all of its deliberations to date to the Board of Tulane at the May 29 meeting. The Ad Hoc Committee's final recommendations will be presented to the board at a specially called meeting as soon as possible after the committee finishes its work.

The Board of Tulane established an eight-member Ad Hoc Committee in January to review Tulane's athletics programs. The work of the committee has centered on the strategic question: Given the changing landscape of Division I intercollegiate athletics and the academic mission, goals, and resources of Tulane University, what type of intercollegiate athletics program is in the best long-term interests of the university?

The committee will continue to review feedback from the community, which is being collected by email (feedback@tulane.edu) and from a special athletics comment line (1-877-862-8020 or 862-8020).

A special website (http://feedback.tulane.edu) has been established which includes background information, comments collected via email and the transcripts from two public meetings.

As developments occur, information will be posted on http://feedback.tulane.edu