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Nero quoted in WSJ today
Created: 4/15/2014 4:24:37 PMReplies: 17
4/15/2014 4:24:37 PM - DKM

In the Personal Section of the WSJ today Patrick Nero was quoted in an article about the NCAA looking to loosen the restrictions on feeding scholarship athletes.  The movement is in response to comments made during the NCAA tournment about athletes not being able to buy food.  I was unaware how restrictive the "feeding" rules are until I read the article -- and was proud to see that GW and AD Nero was a prime mover in getting the rules changed.  I know it has been said many times on this board about Ad Nero's job performance, and this article only enhances his reputation IMO as he really comes off as being reasonable and on top of his game.  I wish I had access to the electronic version -- but if you get a chance, it is an interesting article.

4/15/2014 4:38:23 PM - BC

Link:   I wish the NCAA would consider it'a job to be looking after the student-athletes rather than it's income. 

4/15/2014 4:49:39 PM - NJ Colonial

If you haven't met Patrick Nero yet, make an effort to at an upcoming GW event or if you are on campus. In addition to obviously being a very competent and ambitious AD, he is really a nice guy.  Very sincere and intelligent.  I have been lucky to speak with him many times since he was hired and I have always been impressed with his insights and strategic observations.  Raise High!

4/15/2014 5:11:28 PM - Bo Knows

Agreed that no student-athlete should go hungry ever. However, one problem with the NCAA is they take the lowest common denominator approach and claim that while some schools can afford certain things (think large schools), the others cannot and it creates further competitive disadvantages. Not saying that food breaks the bank but other things may well do so.

4/15/2014 6:35:21 PM - G-Dubber

Seems Coach Cal has some weight among the board members. Fine with this as long as it doesnt negatively affect regular student's lives or opportunities


4/15/2014 6:36:32 PM - BC

Bo Knows,  how do you feel about schools being responsible for health care for concussions and other injuries suffered in college sports.   There are long-term repercussions of some of the injuries athletes incur while in college.   I think that was one of the major points made by the effort to unionize Northwestern athletes.   I don't think it's fair for the athletes to assume (at least the entire) burden of medical costs related to those injuries.   The NCAA offers no solution to that problem other than to be against unionization.   I'm not6 sure I'm in favor of unionization, but I sure would like the schools to bear most of the costs.

4/15/2014 7:15:02 PM - Free Quebec

Everyone has worried about losing ML to a big money, high profile job.  Maybe we should be more worried about losing PN like that? 

4/15/2014 8:28:30 PM - Bo Knows

BC, I think schools should be able to purchase group health insurance and long-term disability insurance for athletes. That cost which would be relatively inexpensive given age and pooling of risks should be part of the athletic scholarship or provided to every other college athlete. Everyone is hyped on the scholarship athlete but what about the kid in DIII that suffers some long-term injury?

4/15/2014 9:47:38 PM - BACCAS92

Where do meet Nero?  What events are there?

4/15/2014 9:58:51 PM - NJ Colonial

He attends many athletic events and this past hoops season he was at almost every pre-game reception. 

4/15/2014 10:17:52 PM - BC

I concur that risk pools (especially if offered by the NCAA's large pool of schools) would be a good way to go.  But I don't see the NCAA or the individual schools leading the way.

4/16/2014 7:23:13 AM - Section 109

I have seen Nero around and even sat right above him at a women's basketball game but there was no interaction.  Where Kvanz was generally seen around and, although not a real friendly guy, would respond to a hello, Nero is not much for social interface.  This doesn't mean that he is not a great AD; it just means that he isn't a terribly friendly one.

4/16/2014 8:09:34 AM - Keith Greene

As a season's ticket holder for the past 30 years+, and a member of the AD's Club in all its iterations since Day One, and as a member of the GW Alumni Association Board and as a donor to the University, I am disappointed to say I don't believe Patrick Nero would know me if he saw me.  I attend every home game and even went to St. Louis this year to the away game, and in his tenure as AD, I believe I have seen Patrick in the "upstairs" reception area once since he started.  I have voiced my displeasure about this to several Athletic and Development officials since he started, but have not seen any change.  Some of the folks "upstairs" might consider becoming a "downstairs" donor if his presence was enhanced upstairs.  Say what you want about Jack and Dom, they were very present in the AD's Club and always were friendly.  So, my name is on the posting as I always do, the round-ball is in your court.

4/16/2014 8:49:42 AM - herve

Have had exact opposite experience Keith Greene. Nero is ALWAYS around every GW function.

4/16/2014 1:33:02 PM - NJ Colonial

Herve = I agree.

Keith - I will personally introduce you to him!

4/16/2014 3:12:11 PM - Bigfan

Keith feels very strongly about this with his name attached--and it should be immediately rectified. Should change his mind when he meets Nero.

In my brief interactions with Patrick Nero, he seemed like a really nice--and sharp guy interested in the fans, the players and their families.


4/16/2014 3:15:53 PM - DEA

Nero is one of the best college athletic directors I've been around. I like Lonergan as a coach and person but Nero was really the rockstar hire. Everybody is entitled to their opinion but couldn't disagree more. 

4/17/2014 7:32:48 AM - Keith Greene

Please note that I am in no way criticizing Patrick Nero - I think he is doing a TERRIFIC job!  I just find it odd that I have not met him.

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