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Emmert sees progress in NCAA
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 3, 2013 @ 10:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS — No other chief executive in the history of the NCAA has stirred up a storm quite like this.
Since the hiring of President Mark Emmert in 2010, the NCAA has handed down 48 major rules violation cases against member schools – a rate that is far higher than any of Emmert’s predecessors, according to a review by USA TODAY Sports. It’s 25% higher than the previous NCAA president and doesn’t even include the two most controversial punishment cases under Emmert’s watch – Penn State and Miami.
“That’s as aggressive as we can possibly be with it,” Emmert told USA TODAY Sports in an exclusive interview last week at NCAA headquarters.
It’s all part of a jolting reform process designed to change the NCAA – step up rules enforcement in college sports while speeding up the process with a rulebook that’s less complex. But it’s a mission that has been hounded by resistance to some proposals and controversy, particularly over the handling of the Miami and Penn State cases. While Emmert says he is trying to transform an organization with nearly 1,100 member schools, he’s faced lawsuits and accusations of moving too fast, overstepping his bounds and firing employees who thought they were doing what he wanted.
“You get confronted with all the schools and interests (in the NCAA) and all the reasons why things move slowly come up, and it hit him in the face,” said Jo Potuto, a Nebraska law professor and former chair of the NCAA infractions committee.
Under the supervision of his bosses on the NCAA executive committee, Emmert’s task is to lead major reforms at the NCAA. The agenda has … [For more on Emmert sees progress amid 'noise' over NCAA reforms, click here.]
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