In what may be one of the biggest understatements of the year, NCAA President Mark Emmert says he could have handled the Penn State sanctions differently, at least when it comes to communication.
Speaking at the Associated Press Sports Editors Sport Media Commissioners meetings in New York, Emmert once again addressed how the NCAA responded to the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal that rocked Penn State in the fall of 2011. As he has done before, Emmert stood by the previous decisions made regarding how the NCAA handled the sanctions levied against Penn State, suggesting they were “right and appropriate,” but he said he would have handled the communication regarding the sanctions differently.
Mark Emmert on what NCAA learned in wake of Penn State: Sanctions were right and appropriate. Would handle communications differently.
— Gerry Ahern (@USATGerryAhern) April 23, 2015
Emmert stumbling over words trying to explain his thoughts re: PSU sanctions, says “The sanctions they created were right and appropriate.”
— Kami Mattioli (@kmattio) April 23, 2015
The NCAA hammered Penn State with a four-year postseason ban, a massive reduction in available football scholarships, a $60 million fine and the vacation of 112 wins from the record book after using the Freeh Report as the basis for its investigation into how Penn State handled (or rather mishandled) Sandusky’s illegal actions on campus property and around the football program. Since dropping those sanctions on Penn State in the summer of 2012, the NCAA later restored some of the lost scholarships, then restored all scholarships, eliminated the final two years of the postseason ban and eventually restored all vacated wins amid ongoing legal battles. Of course, Emmert was not only given another chance to address the Penn State sanctions. He also touched on the academic concerns surrounding North Carolina…
Emmert on UNC case: What’s the right role for the NCAA in looking at academic integrity? — MikeSherman (@MikeSherman) April 23, 2015
That seems like something Emmert should have a better understanding of.