MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons is one of six distinguished panelists invited to take part in the Big 12 Conference’s State of College Athletics Forum taking place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 19.
This discussion will tackle the controversial topic “Race and College Athletics.” In addition to Lyons, other panelists committed to attending the event include Bernard Franklin, the NCAA’s chief inclusion officer, Dr. Richard Lapchick, noted human rights activist, author and scholar from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, Mark May, ESPN college football analyst, Tony Barnhart, SEC Network studio analyst and William C. Rhoden, columnist and editor at large for ESPN’s The Undefeated.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby will facilitate the discussion.
The forum discussion will begin at 4 p.m. EDT and is scheduled to conclude at 5:30 p.m. The event will be carried live on ESPN3.
Former WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck was a panelist for the first-ever Big 12 State of College Athletics Forum, which took place at the New York City Hilton on August 7, 2014 and tackled the topic “Name and Likeness.”