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Mark Emmert made some not-so-smart comments this morning

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You’re the president of an organization under siege for a multitude of reasons. Maybe it wouldn’t be best to make some flippant comments on a popular national radio show.

But NCAA President Mark Emmert, on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Friday morning:

There are real, significant problems with the NCAA model that need to be fixed, and I’m sure current college athletes don’t appreciate the head of their organization saying stuff like this. To illustrate how deeply unpopular Emmert is, just look at the #AskEmmert hashtag on Twitter. An example, via our own John Taylor, sums things up:

It’s not exactly a been a great day for Emmert, and it’s not even 10 a.m. on the East Coast yet.

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21 Responses to “Mark Emmert made some not-so-smart comments this morning”
  1. woebegong says: Apr 18, 2014 9:37 AM

    Just the kind of leader the NCAA needs.
    Ron White said it best, “You can’t fix stupid”.

  2. cubano76 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:40 AM

    Dang, someone woke up on the stupid side of the pillow this morning.

  3. dietrich43 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:47 AM

    No, the dumbest was talking about the NCAA collects revenue, and then sends 90% back to the universities. What does the NCAA do with that money?

  4. joshuavkidd says: Apr 18, 2014 11:16 AM

    if the NCAA is going to decide what fair market value is for any athlete attending a university, regardless of sport (tuition), perhaps the players should get to decide what is fair market value for the head of an organization that just said he can’t do much in his position.

  5. ajmojo says: Apr 18, 2014 11:18 AM

    The “taking seats” comment is a little bit out of context. The host said something to the effect of, the scholarship doesn’t actually cost the university anything so that shouldn’t be counted as compensation. He responded by saying that it does have a cost associated with it because if that scholarship based student athlete weren’t in that seat in the classroom then there would be a paying student in it.
    This is not some sort of bombshell gotcha moment.

  6. ematusko says: Apr 18, 2014 12:11 PM

    All of the dislikes from the first 4 comments consist of Emmert and his wife.

    Guy’s a joke and an embarrassment not only to his profession, but the organization he runs. Only slightly more reputable than a street pimp, but not by much.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Apr 18, 2014 12:27 PM

    See ya! Bye, Bye.

  8. 65impala says: Apr 18, 2014 12:30 PM

    Thinks he can do and say what ever he wants. Its time to bring him and the NCAA down!

  9. lawson1974 says: Apr 18, 2014 2:10 PM

    Agree with everything he said.

  10. tampabayirish says: Apr 18, 2014 3:27 PM

    He is right about his comment on “taking seats” from other students. Universities only have so many places in the freshman class. Any athlete who is not as academically qualified as the first student on the “wait list” is effectively taking a seat from that student.

  11. mogogo1 says: Apr 18, 2014 3:28 PM

    Should have been gone when the Miami scandal came to light. I’m now convinced they’re keeping him around on purpose to ease the transition to some of the major changes on the horizon. The new guy will have a very legitimate claim that he’s just cleaning up Emmert’s mess, which will make the various changes easier for everybody to stomach.

  12. jollyjoker2 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:43 PM

    its like slavery! gosh , I want to bring down the white man in the inst.

  13. joerevs300 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:21 PM

    There is no debating the overall value of a college scholarship. Since 95% of CFB players (just using the people who make the NCAA and their institutions the most money) will NEVER play in the NFL, there is something to be said for receiving a 4 year degree in which studies have PROVEN the earning potential they will gain is well north of $1m vs. those who do not.

    However, when you have colleges like (just to hit the big few: tOSU, Alabama, LSU, Texas, Notre Dame, etc) making well north of $20M or more JUST FROM COLLEGE FOOTBALL, and you have the students only getting a scholarship, at that point your model is broken.

    It is amazing it has taken until 2014 for everything to finally hit the fan, but I think the time has long come for ALL college athletes to receive some form of financial compensation beyond a scholarship.

    Or do we REALLY want to see coaches continue to receive $5M (or more) buyouts while the guys who are around 79-80 on a CFB roster working at McDonalds because they can’t afford to live, even though they have a full scholarship?

  14. huskerzfan says: Apr 19, 2014 12:32 AM

    If you hired a security guard, and they “failed” as miserably as everybody says regarding the NCAA Enforcement staff, wouldn’t you look at firing them and finding somebody better?

    Well, in a nutshell, that is the case for our favorite schools and universities.

    It is remarkable how much heat the “NCAA” gets, when the NCAA is in reality our schools and universities. It would be like an NFL owner ridiculing the NFL, yet doing nothing about making change to the league itself.

    Dating back to the landmark case in the ’80s when our schools took the TV rights of college football games did we see the ugly head roll in collegiate sports.

    No longer was it about student-athletes, but it truly became about money and the maximizing of revenue for our schools.

    The CFA then became the ultimate power in college football. Not the “NCAA”. The CFA later became the BCS that some many fans loved and adored. Both organizations formed by AQ (yeah, our schools created that jargon as well) schools to create the BCS bowl system and massive payout structure.

    And now we have the CFP (College Football Playoff).

    So what does the CFA, BCS, and CFP all have in common? They all have absolutely nothing to do with the NCAA, but everything to do with the power and money that drives college football.

    If our schools actually cared about the rules that governed their play by the NCAA, they would (and very easily could) step up and do something about it. Afterall, they are the owners and subscribers of their own “NCAA” division that they created and pay to be members.

    But they don’t. And why not? They receive all the money (the NCAA doesn’t get a nickel from bowl games or the BCS, or the future CFP), and receive none of the criticism of a system that has changed little in the last 80 years other than the monies raked in by our schools.

    Who wouldn’t be content raking in coin when people bitch, moan, complain, and then point the finger at somebody else as being the problem? Talk about an ultimate gravy train.

  15. omniusprime says: Apr 19, 2014 8:47 AM

    Emmert is a total jerk who wants to keep student athletes as slaves of the NCAA. The NCAA dictates that it owns the names of student athletes, the kids can’t even use their own names for their own benefit. Sorry but economic slavery must be destroyed and the NCAA is the most degenerate corporation in the country.

    No wonder so many student athletes get busted for trying to make a few extra dollars by selling their paraphernalia, they’re always broke with little way to make extra money since they waste so much time on sports which makes money for their master, the NCAA.

    Someone needs to tell slavemaster Emmert that Lincoln ended slavery over 160 years ago. Time for the NCAA to stop exploiting student athletes and begin teaching students.

  16. huskerzfan says: Apr 19, 2014 9:30 AM

    @ omniusprime:

    Emmert is a total jerk who wants to keep student athletes as slaves of the NCAA. The NCAA dictates that it owns the names of student athletes, the kids can’t even use their own names for their own benefit. Sorry but economic slavery must be destroyed and the NCAA is the most degenerate corporation in the country.

    No wonder so many student athletes get busted for trying to make a few extra dollars by selling their paraphernalia, they’re always broke with little way to make extra money since they waste so much time on sports which makes money for their master, the NCAA.

    Someone needs to tell slavemaster Emmert that Lincoln ended slavery over 160 years ago. Time for the NCAA to stop exploiting student athletes and begin teaching students.

    The sad problem, is that opinions like this run rampant. When you don’t do your due diligence on research and really understand the NCAA and its function, you come to opinions like the above.

    The sad reality is that most people don’t even know what the NCAA is, much less its function, yet have no problem pointing blame their way when talking about collegiate athletics.

    As with any subject, understand it before commenting.

  17. scbaby2013 says: Apr 19, 2014 2:16 PM

    This guy is a smug a-hole

  18. onlyoneleft says: Apr 19, 2014 3:17 PM

    He may be a butt hole but he is right about one thing in that some of them are simply taking up space. What he and his organization should do is make it much tougher for some of these space takers to get in school. Also, bust hard , any school that is caught bending the rules. The NCAA lets big name coaches and some schools slide. They have to be more objective than they have been in the past or they are in some big trouble.

  19. poppyitis says: Apr 19, 2014 3:55 PM

    I think college should do away with scholarships and the athletes out of high school CAN bargain with the colleges as to how much they will pay to get them to sign. The NCAA, like it or not, is the only reason college spots is not controlled by professional money. I FEEL THEY, THE PLAYERS ARE ALREADY BEING PAID. SOME GET UP TO $75,000.00 A YEAR. DO AWAY WITH SCHOLARSHIPS AND LET THE PLAYERS PAY THEIR OWN WAY. This would apply to all students. The academically gifted can also put their ability up for grabs. I will come to your college for XXX amount of dollars.

  20. rponciano says: Apr 23, 2014 1:40 PM

    Huskerzfan, If you are Josephine? you were a part of a huge corrupt investigation, and did nothing!!! If you are not JP, please forgive me for my mistake!

  21. rponciano says: Apr 23, 2014 1:50 PM

    Isn’t it odd that two of my previous comments have been taken off. Both comments bashed the NCAA enforcement for giving bogus information. The fact I failed to mention, was several of the infraction committee members knew about it after the hearing; and guess what? they did nothing!!

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