Georgetown, KY – Renowned newspaper editor John Carroll, whose publications won numerous Pulitzer prizes, is the next guest of Georgetown College Executive Scholar-in-Residence Billy Reed for his “Conversations with Champions” series, Nov. 9. The fireside chat between Carroll and Reed, the former Louisville Courier-Journal sports columnist and editor, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in John L. Hill Chapel.
Carroll was editor of The Lexington Herald-Leader in 1986, when the paper won a Pulitzer for “Playing Above the Rules” – its investigation of cash payments that were made to University of Kentucky basketball players. Later, while editor of the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper won 13 Pulitzers during his five years there.
Now retired, Carroll returned to Lexington and is working on a book about the relationship between sports and college presidents – perfect fodder for Reed’s series on the lack of character and integrity in collegiate athletics today.
Year Two of “Conversations with Champions” tipped off September 26 with former University of Kentucky coach Tubby Smith, now head coach of the Minnesota Gophers; followed by Seth Hancock, the general partner of legendary Claiborne Farm in Bourbon County and the man who in ’72 syndicated Secretariat – winner of horse racing’s Triple Crown (’73) – on October 5.
The final event in the series this semester is special edition of “Conversation” on November 22 with legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, the corner-man for the young Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali). That fireside chat is at 2 p.m. in the Richard & Karen Ward Room of the Ensor Learning Resource Center. This is also the centerpiece of College for a Day (see earlier item), but this hour is free to the general public.
Reed, who also writes a blog, is attempting to garner public support for the College’s Academy for Character in Sport.