Mark Emmert, flailing away

Two months ago, the thin-skinned NCAA president took a dump all over the media.  Now, he proposes to work together.

The catch is that he doesn’t have a clue how to go about doing that.

“We used to predominantly not make comments on cases,” Emmert said. “We’ve started providing a lot more information and in some respects, we’ve provided lots of people ammunition to thump us with. We have to provide more information or we have to go back the other way and say, ‘Look, we can’t comment on this.’

“Right now, we’re kind of stuck in the middle here, and we need to provide you all with a lot more information and be as forthright as we can about it. We’re working on it. It’s going to take us a while.”

He’s been on the job less than half a year and already has more missteps than competent adminstrators make in ten.

It doesn’t make it any easier that he’s still in a fundamental state of denial over the biggest problem he’s faced.

“We try hard to get it right every time,” Emmert said. “Getting it right is often in the eye of the beholder. The cases we saw this fall were highly controversial and highly debatable. I understand that, and some of them were even enormously frustrating to me.

“I said very loud and clear that I think it’s absolutely a fundamentally wrong for a father to try to sell the services of his son or daughter to the highest bidder, to a university. We ought never to allow that to happen, but yet, having not anticipated that, we didn’t have any rule or structure that said it was a violation of any of our rules. I found that grossly inappropriate that didn’t have a structure in which we could say, ‘No, you can’t do that.’

“There was no evidence that money had changed hands and there was no evidence that Auburn University had anything to do with it. We would up making a decision that felt to many people morally objectionable, but that fit the facts and the circumstances.

“We find ourselves making those kinds of judgment calls often.”

Yet, not often enough for Emmert to be ready for a father pimping his son to the highest bidder.  Maybe Emmert wants us to believe Cecil Newton was the first parent to make the attempt.


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12 responses to “Mark Emmert, flailing away

  1. Macallanlover

    Emmert cannot be that stupid so does he think every single college fan is? Did not ” a violatation of any of our rules”? Like the one the NCAA spokeslady told the media that stated a person (agent/family) soliciting for a player would make that player ineligible? That one? It is the one that doesn’t exist now? Cammy’s eligibility has nothing to do with whether it is Miss State or The aU they are talking to.

    What actions MSU or The aU takes, or doesn’t take, may contribute to how they are judged/evaluated or punished…..but Cammy was ineligible by NCAA rules. And there was no misunderstanding of that rule, it was clear. So Emmert can say we are going to overlook this situation, but saying it doesn’t violate an NCAA is just a bold-faced lie.

    Nice start Mr. President, the NCAA has chosen an incompetent, unethical fool. The only positive of all of this is it may result in a new, replacement organization being formed while your sorry carcass is left by the side of the road.


    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      +1. “The only positive of all this is it may result in a new, replacement organization being formed …” I, for one, am 100% in favor of that. What can we do to get it started ASAP?


    • Scorpio Jones, III

      +1 squared. Who the hell picked this gentleman…..Oh…well….ah


  2. Will Trane

    Very well said “Mac”! I completely agree. That is the essence of the rule.


  3. Chadwick

    The only info they’ve provide is evidence that they’re greedy and corrupt. Emmert is as dumb as a bag of hammers.


  4. Chadwick

    The only info they’ve provided is evidence that they’re greedy and corrupt. Emmert is as dumb as a bag of hammers.


  5. 69Dawg

    The NCAA is kind of like the joke we had at the IRS, If you bring your own rope and chair we will gladly hang you. If the Universities that really cheat (ah AUBURN) don’t choose to self-report (bring their own rope and chair) the NCAA can’t possibly hang them unless the school pisses off one of the payees (see SMU). So UGA will continue to hang itself by reporting misdialed calls to recruits and the NCAA will cheerfully kick the chair out. By the way if you are a student athlete and the NCAA asks for your bank statements get a lawyer and make them sweat a little.


    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Correct 69. Do NOT give the NCAA anything voluntarily. If AJ had been represented properly there never would have been a suspension. After showing he wasn’t at the Miami party (which was the real subject of the inquiry) when the NCAA asked for bank records and/or to ask questions on other topics UGA should have politely said that was outside the scope of the inquiry. Where was Ed Tolley while all that was going on?


  6. baltimore dawg

    actually, emmert’s stance is a basic move right out of the higher ed admin playbook. he doesn’t say “no one could have anticipated such a thing as a father auctioning his kid”; he says “we didn’t have any rule or structure that said it was a violation of any of our rules.”

    but thank god he’s on the job now to rectify this bureaucratic oversight. . . .


  7. Shane#1

    Competent administration Senator? In a career academian? Does such a thing exist? However,Brother Emmert could do himself a favor and stop commenting on Camgate and Tatgate. He has dug himself into a hole and now he needs to quit digging.


  8. Scorpio Jones, III

    Emmert can’t quit talking because he does not understand he has made a mistake….despite the clear rule Mac talks about.

    The shovel will fly, and the hole will get deeper….he can’t help himself.


  9. Aious

    Without the media, the NCAA has no clue what Newton did

    The media brought the story out because the NCAA was too stupid to see the obvious scam going on