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SBD/April 4, 2011/Colleges
Should NCAA Take Stronger Control Over Bowl System After Fiesta Bowl Scandal?
Published April 4, 2011
INTEGRITY IN QUESTION: In New Orleans, John DeShazier wrote Emmert "knows the house needs some spring cleaning." DeShazier: "I'm not sure how he's going to do it, but he absolutely has to because the organization's credibility -- what little credibility it still has -- is on the line." The Fiesta Bowl scandal comes after reports that a trainer "allegedly shopped the services of former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson," as well as the "mess at Ohio State with Coach Jim Tressel [and] the ongoing investigation into former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his family," among other scandals. Emmert: "The single biggest concern that I have among the threats to the collegiate model is simply the threat of integrity. I've heard concerns expressed by people all around the country about the integrity of intercollegiate athletics right now, that people are seeing things that they don't like and that I don't like and that many people are concerned about" (NOLA.com, 4/1).