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Hathaway appointed to NCAA committee

- February 19, 2007

Athletics director Jeffrey Hathaway has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. The appointment will be effective Sept. 1, and is for a five-year term.

The 10-member committee oversees administration of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, including the selection and seeding of teams for the tournament.

The committee also serves as the primary NCAA contact with CBS Sports, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and other basketball organizations.

The committee is in charge of assigning game officials for the tournament.

“I am honored to be named to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee,” says Hathaway.

“I look forward to representing the Big East Conference in this exciting and challenging committee assignment.

“This committee has always been composed of outstanding leaders in college athletics, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the stewardship and enhancement of both the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship and the sport of basketball.”

Hathaway joins the committee along with Lynn Hickey, director of athletics at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

The outgoing members of the committee are athletic directors Gary Walters of Princeton (the 2007 chair) and Craig Littlepage of Virginia.

The other current members of the committee with whom Hathaway will serve are: athletic directors Christopher Hill of Utah, Daniel Guerrero of UCLA, Eugene Smith of Ohio State, Laing Kennedy of Kent State, Stanley Morrison of California-Riverside; Thomas O’Connor of George Mason; and commissioners Michael Slive of the Southeastern Conference and Jonathan LeCrone of the Horizon League.

Hathaway becomes the fourth person from the Big East Conference to serve on the committee, joining former commissioner Dave Gavitt, who was the committee chair from 1982-84; current commissioner Mike Tranghese, the chair in 2001; and former Syracuse athletic director Jake Crouthamel.

“This is a very prestigious appointment for the Big East Conference and the University of Connecticut,” says Tranghese.

“Jeff Hathaway is an outstanding administrator, and will do an excellent job as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.”

Hathaway currently serves as a member of the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet, as well as the Football Postseason Licensing Subcommittee, which is responsible for issues involving postseason football competition and the licensing of bowl games.

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