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The State of College Athletics Forum

The Big 12 Conference periodically hosts "The State of College Athletics" Forums in an effort to stimulate conversation and discussion about the current state of intercollegiate athletics and its place within the context of higher education. Each Forum includes selected speakers and guests from a wide-ranging variety of backgrounds – from administrators to coaches to student-athletes and beyond. No topic is off-limits during the Forums, which are designed to be a proactive exercise and continuing discussion to ensure all aspects are examined closely by some of the most important people associated with college sports.

"We developed the 'State of College Athletics' Forum series as a way to bring together some of the brightest minds in intercollegiate athletics to have open, productive dialogue about the broad range of issues facing college athletics today and beyond," said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "Our goal with these Forums is not to assemble a group of people who all share the same points of view. Rather, it is to have experts representing all sides of the debate sit down and have an unfettered discussion about the many complex aspects of this issue. We believe an unrestricted exchange of ideas – made possible by the Big 12 Forums – is the best way to fully understand the issue and determine the way forward."

Race and College Athletics

April 19, 2017  |  Atlanta, Ga.
• Moderator Tony Barnhart
• Bob Bowlsby
• Bernard Franklin
• Dr. Richard Lapchick
• Shane Lyons
• Mark May
• William C. Rhoden
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Campus Violence – Finding Solutions

September 28, 2016  |  Dallas, Texas
• Moderator Armen Keteyian
• Bob Bowlsby
• Sergeant Byron Fassett
• Paula Lavigne
• Dr. Steven Leath
• Ray Rice
• Brenda Tracy
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Issues Facing College Athletics

November 20, 2015  |  Dallas, Texas
• Bob Bowlsby
• Kain Colter
• Burns Hargis
• Kirby Hocutt
• Ramogi Huma
• Sally Jenkins
• Joe Nocera
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The Voice of Those Impacted

April 20, 2015  |  Washington, DC
• Sune Agbuke – Baylor University
• Ty Darlington – University of Oklahoma
• Kyven Gadson – Iowa State University
• Rachel Scott – University of Texas at Austin
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Where Do We Go from Here

April 20, 2015  |  Washington, DC
• Jay Bilas
• Bob Bowlsby
• Charles Davis
• Doug Gottlieb
• Lisa Salters
• Kirk Schulz
• Gary Williams
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Where Does the Money Go – The Business of College Athletics

October 21, 2014  |  Washington, DC
• Moderator Jimmy Roberts
• Steve Berkowitz
• Patrick D. Sandusky
• Chris Del Conte
• Steve Patterson
• Pete Thamel
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Are Student Athletes Employees?

October 21, 2014  |  Washington, DC
• Moderator Jimmy Roberts
• Christine Brennan
• Len Elmore
• Lisa Love
• Tom McMillen
• Chris Plonsky
• Sheahon Zenger
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General State of College Athletics

August 6, 2014  |  New York, NY
• Moderator Jimmy Roberts
• Bob Bowlsby
• Kevin Blackistone
• John Currie
• Armen Keteyian
• Dr. Donna Lopiano
• Oliver Luck
• Juliet Macur
• Steve Patterson
• Judge Ken Starr
• Selvin Young
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