Jan. 17, 2009

 

OXON HILL, Maryland (Ticker) -- NCAA president Myles Brand revealed Saturday that he has pancreatic cancer.

Brand, 66, announced his condition during the final day of the NCAA convention, saying in a statement that his long-term prognosis is "not good." Brand, who has led the NCAA since January 2003, did not attend the annual four-day convention, based just outside of Washington D.C. The former Indiana University president said that he learned of the illness "recently." "The long-term prognosis is not good," Brand said in the statement. "I am currently undergoing chemotherapy, and I am receiving excellent care. I will know in the next several months the success of this treatment." Brand made headlines in 2000 when he dismissed then-Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight for repeated violations of the school's code of conduct. Knight, the all-time winningest coach in Division I men's basketball, guided the Hoosiers to three national titles in his 27 years at Indiana.