Who's in Charge of Sports? Maybe Not the President

At 25 biggest programs, chiefs' contracts lack oversight language

Ken Starr at a Baylor Game

LM Otero, AP Images

Ken Starr, president of Baylor University, led students onto the field before a football game this month against Southern Methodist University. College presidents are among the most public supporters of their sports programs, but many lack clear authority over athletics on their campuses.

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LM Otero, AP Images

Ken Starr, president of Baylor University, led students onto the field before a football game this month against Southern Methodist University. College presidents are among the most public supporters of their sports programs, but many lack clear authority over athletics on their campuses.

Fed up with scandals at Pennsylvania State University and in other big-time athletic departments, college presidents have pushed for more control over NCAA decisions during the past year. But on their own campuses, many presidents lack clear authority over sports, a Chronicle analysis has found.

Of the presidents or chancellors who oversee the 25 biggest athletic departments, not a single one has contract language related to oversight of athletics. That includes Rodney A.