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VIDEO: Mark Emmert continues to step into it, trip over himself

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I believe it was Run DMC who once opined “you talk too much, homeboy you never shut up.”  While that was 30 or so years ago — damn, I’m old — it’s particularly relevant in the here and now, especially as it relates to Mark Emmert.

Coming off an embarrassing and disastrous interview on the Mike and Mike radio show, the NCAA president made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show Monday morning, with the presumption being he could possibly atone for his tone-deaf remarks a week ago.  If that was the goal, it failed miserably as the president — the man paid handsomely to represent the interests of the universities and is flailing around miserably doing so — stepped into it even deeper (derper?), watching as the public consensus continues to mount against the current NCAA athletic model.

Below, if you can stomach the smugness, is Emmert’s talk with Patrick:


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9 Responses to “VIDEO: Mark Emmert continues to step into it, trip over himself”
  1. hanram17 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:10 PM

    So the rich CEO of the NCAA who can buy almost anything he wants and never has to worry about money/food says he’d only want a scholarship. Whelp that’s it, the NCAA is officially the winner of this discussion……

  2. igeorgiaboy says: Apr 21, 2014 3:45 PM

    But schools have different budgets when it comes to hiring coaches so im not sure why that would make a difference for keeping an equal playing field when it comes to recruiting/not paying athletes…. Emmert is a clown.

  3. mogogo1 says: Apr 21, 2014 4:01 PM

    Honestly, Emmert makes some good points about the problems with paying college athletes…right up until he steps into the Manziel example. That’s where the greed gets the better of the NCAA. They want every single penny in every single case. (And in the O’Bannon lawsuit example, they want to continue making money and keeping every penny in perpetuity.)

    Unionization and treating scholarships like taxable income isn’t going to work. But the current model can’t continue.

  4. rponciano says: Apr 21, 2014 5:19 PM

    I know there are some really good people who work for the NCAA, or at least I hope so. But anybody who has alturior motives will continue to step all over themselves. It seems as though everything is starting to catch up to Mr Emmert, and it looks as though it is taking it’s toll on the NCAA’s leader.

  5. tigersdawgs says: Apr 21, 2014 7:44 PM

    Sounds like Obama with all that jibberish!!

  6. classyjacklambert says: Apr 21, 2014 7:59 PM

    He sounds nothing like Obama. It’s completely different jibberish. That being said, I honestly think the answer is to deregulate outside jobs for the athletes. Allow them to sign endorsements and get appearance fees and similar things but definitely no direct school pay for play. That way the school’s hands are clean to not pay those actually using athletics to get a scholarship, and the athletes do have a means of incentive.

  7. zavex08 says: Apr 21, 2014 8:39 PM

    College athletes should not be paid, however be allowed by the NCAA to make self earned money from their own name and autograph. To be able to get money from appearing in local advertisements, magazine covers, shoe brand endorsements, sell autographed game used gear etc. With a 5k a month max limit to avoid things getting out of hand.
    By doing this it will be fair game for all athletes male or female division 1 or division 3, star player or bench warmer. The reason why athletes leave earlier now than 10-20 years ago is cause the NCAA got them at a choke hold where they are not even allowed a free haircut without a suspension. If you want to see more NCAA players stay in school longer than make money less of a influence to leave early. I’m sure more will stay knowing they have a free education, allowed to make decent money and get better at their game all at the same time.

  8. tcsorr says: Apr 22, 2014 12:46 PM

    Emmert continues to prove he is at best tone deaf and at worst an absolute idiot! Athletes need money beyond scholarship provided benefits that is a given. Simple solution is a “need based” stipend. Give all qualified i,e, need based athletes a stipend of $1k to 8k based on family resources. Provide food to all scholarship and non scholarship athletes 24 hours per day. No athlete should be hungry and or miss meals as practice conflicts with student meal plans. Provide each student athlete with one round trip airline ticket home each semester. Provide insurance against long term health needs. Scholarships cannot be non renewed for injury or performance. Scholarships should cover up to 5 years of schooling not 1 year renewable. Only academic or disciplinary reasons for loss of scholarship.

    To help universities pay for the above limit head coaches salaries to 1 million and total staff cost to 2.5 million in football and 1.5 million in basketball. Allow coaches to earn generous bonuses on top off pay of up to 50% by meeting stringent graduation goals. We will know the situation is fixed when coaches look at the Duke job more favorable than Alabama.

    And of course replace Emmeret asap. I am thinking Condi Rice for the job!

  9. lawson1974 says: Apr 23, 2014 12:10 AM

    What public consensus. Not paying the players wins every poll.

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