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Collegiate Athletics in 2031 — Division I Dystopia?

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BY TOM MCMILLEN 4.12.2021  It’s March Madness in 2031. It has been nearly a decade since the courts and legislatures shredded the concept of amateurism in college sports. Since then, intercollegiate athletics has all but disappeared, replaced primarily by football and basketball programs that are a mirror image of professional sports. President Smith, the first […]

Op-Ed: The ‘arms race’ in college sports is out of control. Here’s how to stop it

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By TOM MCMILLEN AND BRIT KIRWAN APRIL 11, 2021 3:05 AM PT An unsustainable spending “arms race” is occurring among the 130 colleges that belong to the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision. It is compromising their integrity and is often at odds with their academic missions. Because of booster and fan pressure to remain competitive, the arms race […]


By Tom McMillen |

Maryland legend and former US congressman Tom McMillen joined SportsTalk Live to talk about the infamous 1972 Olympics and the direction of college sports.  

Ten Moments of Olympic Agony, From Bad Calls to Bad Breaks

By Thomas Neumann, |

From ESPN.Com by Thomas Neumann   Tom McMillen was a member of the 1972 U.S. men’s basketball team that suffered one of the most agonizing defeats in Olympic history. The U.S. basketball program was 63-0 in Olympic competition entering the gold medal game against the Soviet Union in Munich on Sept. 9, 1972. But the […]

Former Maryland Star, U.S. Congressman Tom McMillen Remembers 1972 Munich Olympics

By Peter, Baltimore Sun |

from The Baltimore Sun by Peter Schmuk There have been 11 Summer Olympics since the 1972 Munich Games and each one brings it all back. “It’s like Groundhog Day,” said former U.S. congressman and Maryland basketball star Tom McMillen, whose gold-medal moment all those years ago was snatched away during the chaotic and highly controversial […]

ACTA Names Former Congressman Tom McMillen University “Trustee of the Year”

By Molly Mitchell, Director of Publications, American Council of Trustees and Alumni |

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 22, 2015 —The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced today that former U.S. congressman and University System of Maryland regent Tom McMillen is the winner of its inaugural Jerry L. Martin Prize for Excellence in College Trusteeship. Mr. McMillen is current president of the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. A […]

Ex-Terp, Regent Tom McMillen Has Blank Slate to Lead Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Group

By Michael Smith, Baltimore Business Journal |

From the Baltimore Business Journal by Michael Smith Tom McMillen, the former congressman and regent at the University of Maryland, is the new voice for athletic directors at the highest levels. Now he’s going to spend the next few weeks days figuring out what that means. McMillen was introduced in Dallas last week as the […]

Ex-Terp Tom McMillen tapped to lead Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association

By The Baltimore Sun |

Tom McMillen at the eighth annual Shirley Povich Symposium. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun) Former Maryland standout C. Thomas McMillen has been selected to lead the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. The association, is a not-for-profit membership organization comprised of the directors of athletics at the 126 NCAA Division 1A institutions. McMillen will be […]

Best Practices in College Athletics

By Tom McMillen |

May 13, 2015

Today ACTA launched “Best Practices in Athletic Oversight,” a video discussion introduced by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The video records the dialogue between University of Maryland Regent, Rhodes Scholar, Olympian and former Congressman Tom McMillen and Brit Kirwan, University System of Maryland Chancellor and co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. In the video, McMillen—who has had tremendous success championing the idea that student-athletes are students first—reiterated the importance of trustee oversight in college athletics. Watch the full discussion here.

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