If Auburn’s having the worst week, Mark Emmert’s week isn’t far behind.
Yesterday, the press brought out the long knives at the NCAA President’s Final Four presser:
Emmert had to answer questions about an institution that has helplessly watched King Football lay waste to traditional conference allegiances, to the benefit of no one but the most powerful leagues. He had to answer questions about the Final Four presence of Syracuse, which has been under NCAA investigation for ages for a host of issues, as first reported in March 2012 by Yahoo! Sports – just the latest school under investigation or on probation to be on the brink of winning it all. He had to answer questions about self-inflicted wounds within the NCAA’s enforcement department, which have led to a number of staff changes and has compromised the high-profile Miami investigation.
And then things really got feisty.
In response, Emmert broke the first rule of leadership, which is to never let them see you sweat.
To a reporter who had written Emmert should lose his job after the NCAA’s mishandling of the Miami case, “By the way, thanks for the career advice. Kept my job anyway.”
It’s time to start wondering how long that’s gonna last. Picking a public fight with Dennis Dodd is a remarkably dickish move, one that’s beneath the dignity of the office (which, granted, is declining precipitously under Emmert). You’ve got to wonder how well idiocy like that is going to sit with people who are still Emmert supporters.
Maybe he’ll just claim his comment was made in jest. That worked out well for Ed Rush.