Weiser to testify before U.S. Congress

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State athletics director Tim Weiser has agreed to testify at a congressional hearing chaired by Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The hearing will take place in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and will focus on the lack of diversity in leadership positions in collegiate sports.

Weiser, the incoming president of the Division I Athletics Director Association, will represent both Kansas State University and the association at the hearing.

Witnesses at the hearing, which is open to the general public, will provide the committee with a five-minute opening oral statement. The floor will then be opened for questions from members of the committee.

Other witnesses slated to appear at the hearing include: Jesse Jackson; NCAA president Myles Brand; Arkansas Baptist College president Fitzgerald “Fitz” Hill (former head football coach at San Jose State); Nolan Richardson (former head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas); Floyd Keith, executive director, Black Coaches Association; and Richard Lapchick, professor, Central Florida University.

Weiser is in his sixth year as athletics director at K-State and possesses a strong career track record on issues of diversity, including the hiring of current Wildcat head football coach Ron Prince in Dec. of 2005. Prince is currently just one of seven African-American head football coaches in all of NCAA Division-IA.