NCAA President Myles Brand has died after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 67.

Brand is most famous for firing legend Bobby Knight when he was the athletic director at Indiana.

Brand had been in failing health for sometime, last year was the first year Brand had missed the annual NCAA Convention. He was a regular speaker at the convention which was hosted in Washington DC.

Michael Adams, University of Georgia president and the chair of the NCAA executive committee, said in a statement. "Myles Brand was a dear friend and a great academic leader. He was a tireless advocate for the student-athlete, indeed, he worked to ensure that the student was first in the student-athlete model. He will be greatly missed."

Brand became the NCAA president in 2003.