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Report: Mark Emmert’s right-hand man on his way out


Yahoo’s Charles Robinson and Pat Forde report NCAA chief operating officer Jim Isch will leave his post in the next few months.

Isch, who Robinson and Forde characterize as Mark Emmert’s right-hand man, played a role in the NCAA’s inept investigation into Miami and Nevin Shapiro. Isch approved a $20,000 payment requested by NCAA enforcement head Julie Roe Lach to an attorney of Shapiro’s, a payment that severely damaged the NCAA’s case against Miami.

Isch escaped with his job, as an outside committee ruled that while he approved the payment, he didn’t approve the funds to be used to pay Shapiro’s attorney. In terms of oversight, doesn’t that seem worse?

The fifth paragraph in Robinson and Forde’s story is a pretty scathing summation of the NCAA under Emmert, so give it a read on this Tuesday morning.

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4 Responses to “Report: Mark Emmert’s right-hand man on his way out”
  1. donovandancy says: Jun 3, 2014 12:05 PM

    Nah. I wont read the negative you spew about the NCAA till you cover some of the good they do.

  2. scbaby2013 says: Jun 3, 2014 12:54 PM

    NCAA picks and chooses who they reprimand. Shapiro giving the U players money and women a-ok. Believing that USC should be able to police Reggie bushes parents from getting a house all the way in San Diego is a no-no. Suck it emmerit and NCAA goons

  3. wolfman55h says: Jun 3, 2014 2:55 PM

    I hope the NCAA likes the singer Carole King because they definitely should be feeling ‘the earth move under my feet.’ Their organization is about three years away at most to becoming crossing guards for low revenue athletic programs who don’t run in the tall weeds with the big dogs. The SEC who runs college athletics is about to tell the once relevant NCAA to shove it and break away from the traditional collegiate athletic community and take the other four major conferences with them. In the next ten years financial attrition will reduce that group to about thirty schools whose athletic programs can maintain competitive and financial relevance. That elite group will be the face of college athletics. Competitive equality, mid major glory and Title IX be damned. The name of the game will be money. I can’t wait.

  4. rponciano says: Jun 3, 2014 4:18 PM

    I bet there’s alot of closed doors in the NCAA headquarters; those who aren’t trying to cover their asses, are trying to find new jobs. Unfortunatley most won’t be able to work out a sweet severence like Isch.

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