Can anybody grasp the logic here? Because I’m not feeling it.
“Another kid comes along and says I want to play professional basketball,” Emmert said. “We say, ‘Great, come to us. By the way, don’t ever talk to us about that again. Don’t ever talk to anyone in the business. If you do, by the way, we’re going to make you stop playing basketball.’ There’s some component about it that doesn’t make any sense. … There’s some part of that we have to fix.”
Minutes later, Emmert said he doesn’t see change coming anytime soon. It comes down to a societal cultural bias, he said. Music and art have a long history of being academic pursuits. “Athletics, at least since ancient Greece fell, have been something outside of that.”
I’d call that a double standard, except it’s so incoherent it doesn’t even rise to that level. Somebody should tell A.J. it’s the Greeks’ fault.
Every day I grow more amazed that there are supposedly intelligent people who thought Mark Emmert was qualified to run a major university and now the NCAA.