As a result, Hathaway will be allowed to hold on to his position as chairman of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee and will head the tournament selection process next March. Hathaway's term as chair began Sept. 1, after he was removed from his position as AD at UConn.
Greg Shaheen, interim executive vice president of championships and alliances for the NCAA, confirmed Hathaway's status in an e-mail to UConnPlaybook.com Monday night.
"Yes, it becomes a Big East slot, and as such, he would not be present in the room for Big East team discussions nor cast a vote on ballots involving Big East teams," said Shaheen, who oversees the NCAA tournament. "Keep in mind, ADs can't speak about conference teams except to answer purely factual questions."
Shaheen also pointed out that conferences representatives as chair of the basketball committee is not something new. Dave Gavitt and Mike Tranghese both served in that capacity from the Big East. Shaheen also cited Mike Slive (SEC), Jim Delany (Big Ten), Roy Kramer (SEC), and Craig Thompson (Mountain West) as other examples. All were conference commissioners.
Here is the press release issued by the Big East Monday:
"Providence – Jeff Hathaway, who recently retired as the Director of Athletics at the University of Connecticut, has been named Consultant to the Commissioner for Men's Basketball, Commissioner John Marinatto announced.
Hathaway will advise the conference on men's basketball matters.
Hathaway announced his retirement from Connecticut in August. He had served as athletic director since 2003. Hathaway was the athletic director at Colorado State University from 2001-03. From 1990-2001, he was the executive associate athletic director at UConn.
Hathaway is a four-year member of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee and will serve as chair for the 2011-12 basketball season." Andy Katz of ESPN.com had reported that the NCAA administrative cabinet rejected a waiver proposed on Aug. 30 by outgoing chair Gene Smith, athletic director at Ohio State, to allow Hathaway to become chair – even though he was no longer employed by a Division I school. That is why it was necessary for the Big East to offer him a job to maintain the seat on the committee.