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NCAA Executive Committee gives Emmert a vote of confidence

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Anyone hoping to see Mark Emmert’s time as NCAA president come to an abrupt end as a result of the botched Miami investigation is going to be sorely disappointed.

On Friday, the NCAA’s Executive Committee “unanimously affirmed its confidence” in Emmert and “support for his ongoing efforts” for further reforms.

The NCAA released an independent investigation earlier this month  into missteps and insufficient oversight in the Miami case. Vice President of Enforcement Julie Roe Lach has already been terminated for her negligence by allowing Nevin Shapiro‘s attorney, Maria Elena Perez, to depose witnesses in a bankruptcy case for information related to the NCAA’s investigation.

Emmert, on the other hand, was lauded in the external report for “the appropriateness of his conduct… from his decisions to fully disclose the issue and to take all possible steps to ensure that the parties at risk in the investigation suffer no prejudice as a result of the NCAA’s mistakes.”

Still, there were numerous calls for Emmert’s resignation. Barring a sudden change — and right or wrong when it comes to the subject of individual accountability — that’s simply not going to happen.

Here is the full statement from the NCAA’s Executive Committee:

The NCAA Executive Committee continues to support the association’s broad-based reform agenda.  This reform agenda must include meaningful change in the regulatory process beyond the changes in enforcement that have already been enacted.

We, as the Executive Committee, on Friday affirmed our expectation that the association move forward with the next phase of its regulatory review. A thorough examination and subsequent improvement of processes, policies, procedures and investigative tools is necessary. Developing a mechanism for monitoring adherence with policies, while also reviewing the interaction between the legal and regulatory staffs, is key to moving forward. In short, we demand the highest level of integrity and accountability not only from our peers but also from the national office. While progress has been made, additional important work remains.

Mark Emmert was hired to lead a major transformation of the NCAA.  Much has been accomplished without fanfare, such as academic reforms, enhanced fiscal accountability and organizational transparency. The Executive Committee and President Emmert recognize there is much yet to do and that the road to transformational change is often bumpy and occasionally controversial.  Therefore, on Friday the Executive Committee unanimously affirmed its confidence in Mark’s leadership as president and its support for his ongoing efforts to implement these essential and historic reforms.”

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9 Responses to “NCAA Executive Committee gives Emmert a vote of confidence”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Feb 23, 2013 3:33 PM

    Coincidentally North Koreans gave Kim Jong-un a unanimous vote of confidence in the middle of a Saturday afternoon too.

  2. tommy57 says: Feb 23, 2013 3:42 PM

    The fish rots from the head.

  3. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 4:01 PM

    On the plus side, as long as Roger Goodell reigns, the mirror will never name Mark Emmert as the unfairest of them all.

  4. ironman721 says: Feb 23, 2013 5:33 PM

    Best comment ever! Emmert = d-bag.

  5. mancave001 says: Feb 23, 2013 8:02 PM

    Wait..they LITERALLY gave him the dreaded vote of confidence? LOL. He’ll be gone by tomorrow!

  6. rsmeans says: Feb 23, 2013 8:47 PM

    Mark Emmert has been the best NCAA president ever but given the intelligence of the average football fan (see comments above) and the some media slow ones high achievers will always have distractors.

  7. gfj7000 says: Feb 23, 2013 11:09 PM

    I presume that the Exec. committee didn’t check out Public Opinion polls since the Polls don’t mean anything to this high-powered team. Well, just FYI – Mr. RS Means – With 90% of the Public Opinion voters, they all said that Mr. Emmert needs to be booted and that he runs a shoddy NCAA team of bandits.
    Not sure why Mr. Means says that Emmert has been the best NCAA president ever, so, to WHOM are we comparing to Emmert?
    Also, you’re downgrading the average football fan and some media being slow ones high achievers will always have distractors’?? There ARE MANY distractors. Where did those statements come from? From left field or the 9 yard line? You, yourself sound like a judjmental, pompous, Pillsbury Doughboy who likes to put-down others. You and Mark would get along just fine. LOL! Many writers (not just here – but in many sports-writing venues) feel Emmert (who has totally messed up his crew – firing Julie Roe Lach, firing others, watching a few quit on him, and now bringing on an entourage of 6-7 more that he can bully.
    Emmert reminds me of a younger Roman Pope, and a modern day Adolf Hitler. Unfortunately the coaches or A.D.’s of the many universities didn’t get to vote on Emmert’s nomination – but just the Executive Committee – so, we’re stuck with him. Guess we’ll see more Dictatorial slaughters of more university programs from this tyrant. Ugh!
    Any more comments are welcome.

  8. manchestermiracle says: Feb 24, 2013 11:28 AM

    Then they should all go for endorsing an incompetent jackass.

  9. chachooga says: Feb 24, 2013 1:00 PM

    From a UM fan.

    Now they have certainly botched the UM case. Why? Because there was so much pressure. The Yahoo story which was shotty journalism almost entirely based on one very questionable source…questionable in reputation and motive. That story was picked up and run by major news organizations.

    When the NCAA didn’t have a response worthy of the hype, they pushed the limits and botched things by forcing people to testify under oath in the felon’s bankruptcy hearing, then paying the felon’s lawyer to do the questions.

    The pressure was to great to meet the hype.

    There needs to be an NCAA enforcement though. Emmert may need to go, but to hear cheaters like Pete Carrol (see Benny K’s daily one liners) whining about the NCAA is really annoying.

    UM had cheaters, they punished themselves and the athletes who cheated. They may still get hit.

    But USC, UNC, OSU, FSU and others in recent history have no complaint.

    PSU fans really shouldn’t talk either cuz that is the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in college football….PERIOD.

    The complaint should be that those cheating aren’t caught often enough. The SEC is so systemically corrupt and tight lipped that Yahoo or others may never get into that mess….it is probably dangerous for them.

    The complaint also could be that players should get a stipend. Add up all D 1 players, add up all revenue, take a percent of it and divide it by the number of athletes…pay them something.

    Universities make millions off “amatuer athletes” and coaches like Saban make multi million a year.

    So the NCAA botched things….but cheating still needs to be stopped.

    I certianly don’t wanna hear Pete Carroll whine!

    Go Canes!

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