Myles Brand

He beat the bully. Myles Brand, the NCAA president who died Sept. 16 at 67, will always be remembered as the man who finally fired Bobby Knight. For years, the basketball coach's boorish behavior had embarrassed Indiana University, of which Brand was president. After Brand bounced Knight in 2000 for allegedly grabbing a student, rabid supporters of the coach burned Brand in effigy. But history will laud Brand's bravery. In 2003 he took over the NCAA, an outfit in desperate need of stricter academic standards. Though he couldn't purify college sports--can anyone?--Brand's reforms held schools more accountable by threatening to revoke...

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