Just a quick note to wish you all a Happy Holiday season, and to invite you, if I
haven't already, to COIA's annual meeting, February 28 - March 2, 2014, as last year
in Tampa at the USF College of Business.

Because it is essential that COIA's annual meeting provide us an opportunity to
discuss the current direction of the NCAA FBS reorganization initiative, we will not
finalize our agenda, or create a meeting schedule, until after the NCAA meeting in
January. However, the following three items will be most certainly be on the agenda:

1. NCAA Reorganization and the Role of Faculty Senates in Athletics Governance. We
will summarize progress to date and consider appropriate COIA contributions.
Members of the NCAA administration will join us for these discussions.
2. Ongoing Challenges for Academic Integrity in Athletics. Professor Bob Malekoff,
Chair of the Department of Sport Studies, Guilford College, and member of the 2013
Rawlings Panel that investigated sports-related academic misconduct at UNC, will
discuss these issues in light of the Rawlings Panel Report that he co-authored.
3. The Roles of the NCAA, Campuses, and Faculty in Dealing with the Problem of
Concussions in College Sports. Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer of the
NCAA, will introduce the scientific and practical issues we face in responding to
sports concussions.

The major work product goal for the 2014 meeting will be developing a set of COIA
online best practice guidelines for faculty senates and others responsible for
campus policies and procedures related to sports concussions.

Other sessions and/or speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

A detailed agenda will be posted on the COIA website, and more directly at

Registration for the meeting can be done on-line from the COIA website by CLICKING
HERE<> on the meeting announcement on the page, or, by going directly to the registration site
: and using the Meeting Registration button. The
registration fee is $50.00 to cover the cost of two Saturday meals on campus, and
other meeting expenses.


As last year, the hotels we have arranged special rates for meeting registrants are
the Embassy Suites, Tampa - USF, and The Grand Suites. Both hotels are excellent,
and this year both feature complimentary warm breakfasts, and have on-call/regular
shuttle service to the USF College of Business during the meeting. The Embassy
Suites is located on the USF campus (just a short walk to the College of Business),
while the Grand Suites is just off campus, but has an easy (3-5 minute) shuttle trip
to the meeting location at the College of Business.

* Embassy Suites Tampa - USF/Near Busch
3705 Spectrum Boulevard
Tampa, Florida, 33612
Phone: 813-977-7066
Rate: $149.00/night
To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites: visit their reservation

* Grand Suites, Near Busch Gardens-USF<>
11310 North 30th Street
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: 813-971-7690
Fax: 813-972-5525
Rate: $89.00/night
To reserve a room at the Grand Suites: Please call Kathy Zboray, Director of Sales
& Marketing, 813-971-7690 ext. 162. Please refer to the COIA meeting when making
your reservation.

We hope to see you there. We need your support, and will certainly need your inputs
and feedback. I'll be back in touch as we know more about the meeting agenda and

Have a very Happy Holiday season!

Michael G. Bowen, Ph.D., COIA Chair
University of South Florida
College of Business
Department of Management & Organization
4202 East Fowler Ave, BSN 3409
Tampa, Florida 33620-5500
813.974.1765 (O)<>