June 18, 2013
Mitch Barnhart will serve on a 10-person panel of athletic directors who will meet regularly with NCAA President Mark Emmert, according to the Wall Street Journal, to help advise him on governing college athletics.
A similar board has existed for nearly two decades with university Presidents, but Emmert said he wanted to form a council of ADs, who are more plugged into the needs and demands of running college sports.
The athletic directors on the council will include
-- Mitch Barnhart at Kentucky
-- Gene Bleymaier at San Jose State
--Greg Byrne at Arizona
--John Currie at Kansas State
--Dave Heeke at Central Michigan
--Warde Manuel at Connecticut
--Dan Radakovich at Clemson
--Gene Smith at Ohio State
--Peter Fields at Division I-AA Montana State
-- Peg Bradley-Doppes at Division I-AAA Denver (the non-football division).
"It's clear right now where the association has gone, it's pushed the pendulum too far in one direction," Emmert said in the interview. "And it really has cut athletic directors out of the national discussion."