Tag:Greg Shaheen
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:20 pm

NCAA posts Shaheen's job as head of NCAA tourney

By Jeff Goodman

The NCAA is looking for an Executive Vice President for Championships and Alliances. 

It's a high-powered position within the organization, one currently held by Greg Shaheen -- who basically negotiated and orchestrated the NCAA's recent 14-year, $10.8 billion television deal with Turner and CBS. He's also the guy who oversees the entire NCAA tournament. 

Here's a a portion of a posting by Parker Executive Search, the firm hired by the NCAA to fill the position currently occupied by Shaheen. 

Position Overview: The Executive Vice President for Championships and Alliances will oversee the strategic direction, operation and management of all NCAA championships across the three divisions and the association's multiple broadcast and marketing rights. This position will be actively engaged in strategic planning and development of all championships and will serve as a leader in their promotion, implementation and development. The position has oversight of all championships personnel including operational issues, financial management and staffing. The Executive Vice President will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer and will have direct access to the President.

Shaheen is extremely well-respected in this industry - by coaches, media, sponsors and many I have spoken with in the NCAA. His current job title -- which has included the word interim since shortly after NCAA president Mark Emmert took over -- means that he oversees 89 championships in all for the NCAA -- including, of course, the NCAA tourney. 

Sources told CBSSports.com that Shaheen remains under consideration for the position. 

However, this doesn't exactly appear as a positive sign for his future within the organization. 

Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 2:05 pm

Gary Williams: 'Basketball needs a commissioner'

By Jeff Goodman

Gary Williams wants someone put in charge.

"We need a commissioner of basketball," said the ex-Maryland coach, who hung it up this past season.

Williams said that's one of the problems with the manner the NCAA is set up, that there's no one who hails from the college hoops landscape intimately involved with the organization.

His idea isn't novel. In fact, there are plenty of coaches who agree that someone should be solely in charge of running college hoops. My idea a few months ago was to have two people in charge: current NCAA tournament guru Greg Shaheen and former Duke player and current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas.

Both are extremely bright - and they differ on many issues.

That's a positive.

Williams' idea was to bring back former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt, who was jettisoned into retirement shortly before Mark Emmert took over as NCAA president.

Jernstedt held numerous positions in his near-40 years with the NCAA - including NCAA executive vice president.

"He's not doing anything," Williams said. "He's only 65 and they need to tap into someone like that's knowledgeable."

However, Williams also maintains there needs to be a "basketball guy in there", someone who knows how it works - whether it be a former coach or player.

"We need someone with a basketball background," he said. "Not just someone who graduated from Harvard."

As for Bilas?

"He'd be great," Williams said.

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