Jan. 11, 2010


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -NCAA interim president James Isch has a message for schools: Myles Brand's legacy will carry on - whomever the executive committee selects as Brand's successor.

At this week's annual convention in Atlanta, which opens Tuesday, Isch says he will reinforce the governing body's commitment to academic reform and diversity in athletic departments. Those were two issues Brand championed during his tenure as NCAA president.

Isch, who served as the NCAA's chief financial officer, also plans to talk about finances.

But the overriding theme will be that while Brand made inroads with his focus on the classroom, the NCAA will continue to put academics first.