The NCAA Under Fire
In 1951, a man named Walter Byers became the first-ever executive director of the NCAA, an organization that at the time was both toothless and penniless. That year, the NCAA had been forced to abandon its short-lived "Sanity Code," an effort to rein in excesses in college athletics. Byers, who had been an assistant at the Big Ten Conference, was given a room at the Big Ten for his office. He had one employee: his assistant. He was 29 years old.