8:19 PM EST, February 24, 2013
Exit plan a must
Mark Emmert needs to go. His rogue enforcement staff has heaped embarrassment on a group that already might have been less popular than Congress.
And it's not as if the botched Miami case is the exception. How about Shabazz Muhammad? And Cam Newton?
It's bad enough Emmert allowed schools to hire staffers to bombard recruits with unlimited phone calls and text messages. Did he not consider the ramifications on 15- and 16-year-olds who should be focused on homework and listening to their coaches?
Emmert deserves credit for raising academic standards for student-athletes and implementing a four-tier penalty structure that makes head coaches responsible for cheating assistants. But that's not enough. He must be replaced.
He's no smooth operator
Los Angeles Times
I would ask the council of presidents to grant me unilateral power to cite Mark Emmert for "lack of institutional control," put him on a two-year teleconference ban and dock his office two staff members for each of the next three seasons.
Fictional Banana Republics directed by Woody Allen have run smoother.
The NCAA's bungling of the Miami investigation undermines Emmert at his core curriculum. He previously hijacked due process in the Penn State tragedy and dropped the ball with Cam Newton's investigative mess.
An organizational investigative body should never have more allegations pending than the case it is adjudicating. Emmert needs to return to university life. The perfect rehab place? SMU.
Time for a change
The Morning Call
Before the NCAA even got to the Miami debacle, it thundered past its bylaws to strong-arm Penn State into signing a Consent Decree to significant sanctions. At the time, President Mark Emmert said the sanctions were imposed based on the NCAA's fundamental principles of "civility, honesty and responsibility."
Emmert's tenure has been marked by haphazard and overzealous applications of NCAA bylaws in the name of protecting student-athletes. However well-intended, some of these actions produced the opposite result.
Several Pennsylvania lawmakers have challenged his competency and authority.
They're probably right. It's time for a change.
Leader needs to be fired
It's obvious if the NCAA wants to remain a viable, powerful organization, Mark Emmert cannot be in charge. Since Emmert took over in 2010, the NCAA's credibility as diminished greatly. Emmert has failed to quell conference realignment, a clear sign that he's not against big money in college sports.
But with record revenue flowing into college sports he has consistently taken a counter-public stance when it comes to compensating his currently free labor force. It's two-faced and it's not surprising the rumblings that the NCAA might be left behind by a coalition of power conference grow louder every day.
If the NCAA wants to remain powerful enough to harsh rulings against member schools for petty reasons, it'll need to fire Emmert.
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