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Emmert Already Shaking Up NCAA Before Formally Taking Office
Published September 15, 2010
Incoming NCAA President Mark Emmert will not formally take office until Oct. 5, but he already has "shaken up the NCAA's Indianapolis-based staff -- releasing and reassigning several top executives -- and said more moves are coming as he tries to 'simplify the organizational structure' and cut costs," according to Steve Wieberg of USA TODAY. Emmert "wouldn't rule out a reduction in the NCAA's staff of almost 500, paralleling cost-cutting efforts at many individual schools." But he was "emphatic Tuesday that any such measures wouldn't extend to enforcement." Emmert said enforcement staff "potentially" could grow. He added that he "sees a recent spate of high-profile infractions cases 'having an appropriate impact on the way people look at and think about playing within the rules.'" Wieberg notes college football "has seen a wave of agent-related cases" that NCAA VP/Enforcement Services David Price "attributes to a 10-year push in that area." Emmert "has been involved in discussions with coaches and NFL and NFL Players Association officials about illicit activity" (USA TODAY, 9/15). Emmert: "It's going to take a collective effort with the leagues and the players associations, the coaches, the student-athletes themselves, to find out what the real tools are that we can use. The NCAA's role is pulling all of the parties together. There's no one silver bullet here" (AP, 9/14).