Mark Emmert’s 12-Year Legacy in the NCAA: A Well-Paid President Who Couldn’t Drive During a Period of Radical Change 2022-04-26 22:36:00


On Tuesday, the NCAA announced Mark Emmert will step down as its presidenteither as soon as a replacement is found or by June 30, 2023.

The distant departure date allows the association to find a new leader and Emert to continue receiving paychecks that should be around $112,500 every two weeks, considering his annual base salary of $2.7 million.

Emmert sure has long known that when it comes to “amateur sports,” the filth never ends.

The decision was supposed to be “mutual” between Emmert and the NCAA Board of Regents but Emmert had a contract until 2025 and there is no grounds for agreeing to step down. It’s not as if anyone knew what he was doing. It was so bad in publicHe rarely appeared anywhere or said anything.

His ten years at the helm of the organization were marked by lethargy, ineffectiveness, and inefficiency.

Practically every initiative that Emert has attempted has either been a failure or is futile. His tenure has been consistently behind the curve and era. You have left his organization in its wake forever and Constantly losing battles in both legal courts and public opinion.

With fixes coming, the NCAA, its president unable to formulate effective plans, let alone unanimously pass such plans, rigged issues ranging from conference reorganization, name and image and likeness, player rights, high costs, rampant rule-breaking, and transfers. And so on.

The 69-year-old would end his tenure with virtually no support or respect from the top athletic directors or the many conference officials who work on the front lines of college sports. Most of them took over and tried to run things without him. Eventually, even his former peers at the university’s presidential level – Emmert was the former campus leader at Washington and Louisiana State University – surrendered.

The job might have been impossible. To form a broad and diverse association of individual institutions and guide them through a period of turmoil is certainly not easy. Bless whoever tries it next.

However, it is almost impossible to imagine anyone who could have done it worse.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 4: NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert presents the championship trophy to the Kansas Jayhawks after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 72-69 during the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Caesars Superdome on April 04, 2022 In New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Emmett was distant and disjointed. He was seen by many in college athletics as aloof and even disinterested. He’s been bad in front of the cameras, choppy at press conferences, and tough at ceremonies. He liked outsourcing big challenges rather than rolling them up himself – how many blue ribbon committees has Condoleezza Rice chaired?

He was prone to self-publishing disasters. In 2021, Oregon women’s basketball player Sedona Prince filmed a TikTok advocating for disparities Between the weight rooms in the men’s and women’s championships.

Rather than offering immediate responsibility and race to the women’s event to meet Prince and others while correcting the issue (and perhaps even filming some new TikToks of him creating the bench press), Emmert was defiant and made excuses for the professors.

This has hurt the NCAA for its lack of interest in mathematics even though the organization has almost certainly done more for women’s sports than any other entity on earth. Although imperfect, creating opportunities for mathematics is one of the shining achievements of the NCAA over the past four decades. However, the organization became a model of gender discrimination anyway, and a brutal slap in the face for the many hardworking and right-minded employees and administrators in Indianapolis, many of whom are women.

This was Emmett. Everything he touched turned to dust. The simple became difficult. Difficult? Did not even try. He sat idly by as the leagues disintegrated, conference commissioners seized real power to run matters, and federal courts dismissed the old, tired NCAA defenses from the amateurs.

Even when drastic change was clearly coming, Emmert could never muster any kind of logical compromise. It was a voice from the 1970s, researching concepts torn apart by contemporary lawyers and judges.

Due to slowdowns and doomed legal strategies, things like the NIL have arrived not through NCAA legislation but a set of state laws that make a mess. The NCAA gave up on the attempt and Emmert called on federal lawmakers to bail things out.

What kind of business does Congress beg to run?

Emmett couldn’t get it right. Even when his heart was in the right place, his execution lacked insight. Early in his tenure, Emmert was rightly outraged over a child sexual abuse case involving Jerry Sandusky, a retired Penn State football assistant. However, rather than understanding the NCAA’s limits—they exist to administer transfers and exercise restrictions, not criminal cases—the NCAA clumsily sought its own justice and attempted to bury Pennsylvania in scholarship penalties. He had to reverse course later, but this set the tone for everything.

When college hoops were so inundated with rule-breaking and scandal that the FBI was investigating, a timid Emmert pitched the problem to the so-called “College Basketball Commission” which came up with a so-called “Independent Accountability Settlement Process” that was supposed to Adds teeth and speeds up the execution process.

Instead, it somehow became slower and more bureaucratic. Almost no cases have been resolved. Everything just pulls.

That led to a humiliation earlier this month, in a state dating back to 2017 and three full seasons after shipping Kansas and basketball coach Bill Self with five Level 1 violations, Emmert had to stand on stage Self and KU have also been submitted with the national title because the NCAA has not yet judged.

Meanwhile, Jim Gatto, a former KU baggage man from Adidas, sat in jail on charges that included paying former Jayhawk recruits.

Emmett was so embarrassed and nervous that he congratulated “Kansas City JayhawksOn the title. KU didn’t care much about Emmett, she had long since handed over a life contract to Self, even if he cheated.

If Emmett’s NCAA can’t catch up with Kansas for all the FBI wiretapping, what exactly can it do?

nobody knows. Almost nothing has been accomplished. As college sports developed and evolved over the course of 12 years, the responsible association was stuck in the mud, led by Mark Emmert, its do-nothing president.

From the start he was confused and outdone himself with a difficult task, but the man was absolutely lousy at it.