MANHATTAN — He hadn't been on Kansas State's campus in 10 years, but interim NCAA president James Isch said he felt at home inside Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.
Isch, a K-State graduate who took over the NCAA's top spot when former president Myles Brand passed away in September, was in town to watch Kansas narrowly defeat Kansas State in overtime.
And even though his alma mater lost, Isch said he enjoyed the "great atmosphere" and fondly reflected on his time in Manhattan.
"It was a foundation," Isch said. "It's what got me started."
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Isch also worked for K-State in the 1980s when he was the vice president for facilities planning and budget. He was also part of the planning group for Bramlage Coliseum.
Isch said he accepted the interim position with the understanding that he would not be a candidate for the permanent position.
A national search is ongoing, and Isch expects a hire will be made by the start of the fall academic term. Until then, he is working hard to accomplish as much as he can.
"I've got, oh, 16 or 17 different initiatives that we're working on for the next president," Isch said. "I see my role as focusing on getting things in place so the next president can make choices, decisions and move the NCAA forward into the new decade."