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Mark Emmert says “Don’t worry, nothing to see here,” regarding Division IV

Mark Emmert

NCAA President Mark Emmert tends to stick his hand in the sand from time to time, if you ask his critics at least. With the topic of autonomy taking on higher and higher importance among conferences lately, the figurehead representing the NCAA wants you to believe the organization is closer together than you may believe. Emmert says the new structure of governance being put together will avoid any potential split to the so-called Division IV.

“The reality is, they’re not that far apart on the various ends of that and I’m pretty confident the whole thing is going to work out and probably be successful,” Emmert said in a report by USA Today. Emmert made the comments at this week’s National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) convention in Orlando, Florida. For now, Emmert is optimistic that the vote on autonomy will keep everybody happy.

In August the conference commissioners will vote on a proposal that would allow for autonomy to be used by member schools of the power conferences — the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. The vote will require a two-thirds majority from the 65 member institutions and there appears to be momentum moving forward that will allow for schools to use more of their respective resources to provide more for student-athletes. Though nothing will be made official for months, Emmert suggests this will help avoid any sort of breaking up of the NCAA structure once reform measures are approved.

“I’m sure that the steering committee will find a sensible compromise,” Emmert said.

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8 Responses to “Mark Emmert says “Don’t worry, nothing to see here,” regarding Division IV”
  1. chunkala says: Jun 11, 2014 2:45 PM

    Division IV please.

  2. ftball101 says: Jun 11, 2014 2:45 PM

    Sure Mark. You can say whatever you want, but we all know you’re going to poop your pants and give way once the conference commissioners and ADs start flexing their muscles

  3. scbaby2013 says: Jun 11, 2014 3:40 PM

    ^damn right…NCAA is a joke

  4. mogogo1 says: Jun 11, 2014 4:14 PM

    I’m now fully convinced that the only reason Emmert still has a job is to make things easier for his successor. That guy will have an awesome argument that all he’s really doing is cleaning up the mess that Emmert created. Changes will be much easier to sell that way.

  5. rponciano says: Jun 11, 2014 4:16 PM

    And the gap between perception and Reality just got bigger!

  6. ducksk says: Jun 11, 2014 5:01 PM

    NCAA and its over priced underachieving staff all need a serious house cleaning. If folks really knew of the dirt under the rug, it would get ugly fast. I pray some independent, aggressive, fact finding press or organizations would dig into this good ole boys club.

  7. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jun 11, 2014 10:32 PM

    @ ducksk
    You want to know who the real thief’s are who need investigating? The Universities who charge around 10,000 dollars a year for room and board! Keep in mind your usually rooming with another person.The two of you paying around 20 grand a year to split a small room that may or may not even have their own bathroom. Next the professors who get “sampling fees” from publishers make text books which cost 250 or more (made of paper and ink in case you were wondering) mandatory. Then you have the athletic departments who charge 50-200 bucks a ticket at the old stadium. What a racket! Our kids are graduating with bachelors degree’s (which now have a diminished value) and tens of thousands of dollars in debt. What a racket, where else would you buy an item which is devalued for ten times the old cost. I guess that flies because no one regulates this system.

  8. whydoupost says: Jun 12, 2014 9:11 AM

    And you pay some of the highest college costs at schools with the ugliest girls! What’s that all about??? College is much about the experience as it is the classroom! I smell something wrong here!

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