"I am pleased that C.M. has agreed to become an advisor to us as we work to keep the Southeastern Conference as the nation's top collegiate basketball conference," said Slive. "C.M.'s name is synonymous with excellence in basketball and I know that we will be able to utilize his knowledge and skill to take SEC basketball to the next level."
In his duties, Newton will advise Commissioner Slive in the many different aspects of intercollegiate basketball.
"Basketball has been a love of mine for many years," said Newton. "I am very excited that I can continue to make an impact on the game of basketball in the SEC, where I spent so many years as a coach and administrator. I look forward to working with Commissioner Slive to make the SEC the best college basketball conference in the country."
Newton has been instrumental in the leadership in the sport of basketball on the local, national and international levels. He was president of USA Basketball from 1992-96, chairman of the USA Basketball Games Committee from 1988-92, member of the NABC Board of Directors from 1977-80 and 1981-89, chairman of the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee from 1979-85, chairman of the NCAA Basketball Officiating Committee from 1992-95 and served on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee from 1992-99.
Newton is currently serving as a member of the FIBA Central Board, where he will serve until 2006. In 2002, he was the CEO of the World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis.
As president of USA Basketball, Newton gained greater financial support, marketing and promotion for the women's national team (1996 U.S. Olympic Team), which later paved the way for two women's professional leagues in the United States.
In 1997, for his service to the sport of basketball, Newton was given the John Bunn Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2000, along with Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, Newton was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
In 1969, Newton was named the head coach at the University of Alabama, where he coached for 12 seasons. Newton led Alabama to three Southeastern Conference Championships (1974, 1975, 1976), two NCAA Tournaments and four National Invitation Tournaments. He was named the SEC Coach of the Year five times while taking the Crimson Tide to a 211-123 record.
After one season serving as an assistant commissioner in the SEC Office in 1980-81, Newton was appointed head basketball coach at Vanderbilt University. In eight seasons as the head coach at Vanderbilt, Newton directed the Commodores to two NCAA Tournaments and a 129-115 record.
Following his retirement from coaching in 1989, Newton was named Director of Athletics at the University of Kentucky, where he served until his retirement in 2000.
In 1956, he began his coaching career as the head coach at Transylvania College. In 12 seasons as the head coach at Transylvania, Newton directed the Pioneers to a 169-137 record and led the 1963 team to the NAIA National Tournament.