Len Elmore collapses at Knight Commission meeting, walks out under own power

Former Maryland All-American Len Elmore collapsed during a meeting Tuesday of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics at Washington’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel but walked out of the conference room under his own power about 20 minutes later after being evaluated by paramedics.

Len Elmore, shown here in 2004, appeared to have recovered after collapsing Tuesday at a Knight Commission meeting in Washington. (John McDonnell — The Washington Post)

When the meeting resumed, Southern Methodist University President Gerald Turner, the panel’s co-chairman, announced that Elmore explained he has had this problem before and that it was related to “a long-standing health issue.” Turner said Elmore was returning to his hotel room, and it was unclear immediately whether he planned to seek medical attention.

Elmore, 60, was a three-time all-ACC player at Maryland and remains the Terps’ career leading rebounder. A first-round NBA draft pick, Elmore played eight years in the NBA before earning a law degree at Harvard and going onto a career as a broadcaster for ESPN, CBS and ABC sports.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Elmore slipped from his chair during a question-and-answer session about 90 minutes into the meeting about research initiatives about how to improve college sports’ governance and fiscal and academic integrity. When William Asbury, Penn State’s vice president emeritus who was seated beside him, announced, “We need a doctor,” the first to come to his aid was Val Ackerman, founding commissioner of the WNBA.

The meeting was adjourned, the room emptied and paramedics arrived within five minutes. Elmore soon was seated in his chair again, waved off a stretcher and walked out about 20 minutes later.


Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. She has also covered seven Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.

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