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Volume 24 No. 114
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NCAA President Mark Emmert Scheduled To Testify At Ed O'Bannon Image Rights Trial

NCAA President Mark Emmert "will testify during the trial of the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit relating to the names, images and likenesses of college athletes," according to court filings cited by Jon Solomon of The O'Bannon plaintiffs identified Emmert, former NCAA VP & Senior Advisor to the President Wally Renfro and NCAA VP/Division I David Berst as "witnesses they want to appear live," and all three are "scheduled to testify for the defense at the June 9 trial in Oakland." The document was "part of hundreds of documents filed in pretrial motions as the trial date approaches." The filings also "revealed disagreement about whether the NCAA should be allowed to call" former Nike, adidas and Reebok exec Sonny Vaccaro -- a "longtime and vocal critic of the NCAA" -- to testify (, 5/14).

NCAA President Mark Emmert Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany
Former NCAA VP & Senior Advisor to the President Wally Renfro Conference USA Commissioner
Britton Banowsky
NCAA VP/Division I David Berst Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman
Former UCLA basketball player
Ed O'Bannon
South Carolina President Harris Pastides
Basketball HOFer Bill Russell Former Fresno State President
John Welty
Basketball HOFer Oscar Robertson Michigan AD Dave Brandon
EA Sports Exec VP/Business & Legal Affairs
Joel Linzner
Michigan State AD Mark Hollis
Former EA Sports VP/Marketing
Jordan Edelstein
Stanford AD Bernard Muir
Author Taylor Branch Texas women's AD Christine Plonsky
  SEC Exec Associate Commissioner
Greg Sankey
  Maryland AD Kevin Anderson
  Horizon League Commissioner
Jonathan LeCrone
  NCAA VP/Membership & Academic Affairs Kevin Lennon