Penn State AD Sandy Barbour Selected For Role With Inaugural USOC Collegiate Advisory Council
Sandy Barbour earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s inaugural Collegiate Advisory Council along with several other major NCAA athletic directors and high-ranking officials in college sports.
The committee will support college athletes who compete in the Olympics during their four years at school. In 2016, Penn State had 25 current or former Nittany Lions go to Rio de Janiero for the Summer Olympics. That group combined for eight medals with Barbour in attendance.
She will work alongside the athletic directors of Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Florida, Stanford, Oregon, and Florida State on the committee. Additionally, Duke AD Kevin White will chair the group.
Last week, the council met in Colorado Springs for the first time and the members hope to outline plans for the future by the end of the calendar year.
This is not the first honor that Sandy Barbour has received this year. In June, Barbour was named the AD of the year by the NACDA and Penn State ranked eighth among the 65 Autonomy Five Institutions for the 2016-17 season.
The next Olympic Games will take place this winter in South Korea and the next summer Olympics are in Tokyo in 2020.
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Penn State most recently put together a 41-13 victory over Northwestern on Saturday in Evanston, highlighted by a 17-point third quarter.
After picking up a draw against Michigan on Thursday, the Nittany Lions came out hungry against the Spartans and converted a goal in the first six minutes of play.
Despite ultimately defeating the Wildcats in a blowout, the Nittany Lions were trapped in a shootout in the first half.