Of pancreatic cancer at age 67, Myles Brand. Before he became the NCAA president in 2002, Brand was the president of Indiana University; in 2000 he fired basketball coach Bob Knight for violating a zero-tolerance behavior policy. Brand played a year of lacrosse and basketball at RPI but otherwise had little athletic pedigree. He was a philosophy professor who, unlike previous NCAA presidents, had been neither an athletic director nor a coach. His mandate, he told SI in 2003, was to show that "athletics are not at odds with the greater academic mission of a university; quite the contrary, in fact." To that end, he created the Academic Progress Rate, stripping programs of scholarships when their APR fell below an acceptable level. "I believe Myles will be remembered as a person who helped us refocus on the student in student-athlete, and his academic reforms will long outlive him," said Georgia president Michael Adams.
At age 72, Monte Clark, who coached the Lions for seven seasons and led them to consecutive playoff appearances in 1982 and '83. An offensive lineman at USC, Clark played 11 years in the NFL with the 49ers, Cowboys and Browns. He was the O-line coach for the 1972 Dolphins, who went 17--0 and featured the first pair of teammates (Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris) to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.