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Walter Byers dies at 93, first NCAA executive director
Walter Byers dies at 93, first NCAA executive director

Walter Byers, who as the first executive director of the NCAA spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization that oversees college athletics, has died. He was 93. Byers died Tuesday at his home in Emmett, Kan., son Fritz said Wednesday. Though he guided the organization for decades, he came to view the organization later in life as arrogant, autocratic and "self-righteous," and urged lawmakers to enact an athletes' bill of rights. He also raised the issue of player compensation in the mid-1980s, a notion that was all but ignored at the time but now is being freshly debated. A main part of Byers' job when he started as NCAA executive director in 1951 was to...

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