McClelland named Chairman of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, HBCU’s first representative.

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Commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Charles McClelland will be the first representative from historically black collegeuniversity or league to lead the Division I men’s basketball committee when it takes over the following year.

NCAA announced on Thursday that McClelland, who has been with SWAC since 2018, will serve as Vice Chairman under Bradley Athletic Director Chris Reynolds this season before taking on the role himself for the 2023–24 basketball season.

The committee’s largest responsibility is to select the field for the NCAA Tournament each March.

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Charles McClelland was elected chairman of the Division I men's basketball committee.

Charles McClelland was elected chairman of the Division I men’s basketball committee.
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“I’m honored to be chosen by my peers,” said McClelland, who previously served as athletic director at Prairie View A&M and vice president of athletics at Texas Southern. “The NCAA Tournament is the greatest sporting event in the world and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the future success of this great undertaking.”

Meanwhile, Pac-12 appointed Arizona Athletic Director Dave Hick to replace Martin Jarmond of UCLA on the committee following the Bruins’ decision to leave their longtime conference and move into the Big Ten in 2024.

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The announcements were made after the committee’s annual summer meeting in Kissimmee, Florida.