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Penn State Penalties: Emmert Widely Praised For Decisiveness, Handling Of Penn State Sanctions
Published July 24, 2012
CAPTURING THE MOMENT: In New Orleans, John DeShazier wrote for a day, and "perhaps under a one-time-only mandate, NCAA President Mark Emmert got to play the role of Roger Goodell." DeShazier: "And he did a hell of a job of it -- better, even, than many would say the NFL commissioner does his own job" (NOLA.com, 7/23). YAHOO SPORTS' Pat Forde wrote under the header, "NCAA's Mark Emmert Establishes With Penn State Sanctions That He's In Charge Like No One Else." Emmert "kicked ass and took names Monday" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/23). In Pennsylvania, David Jones wrote PSU "ran into the wrong hombre at the wrong time, a man not averse to making bold strokes to make a point." Emmert has "proven to be the kind of man prone to making examples and on Monday he made one of Penn State" (Harrisburg PATRIOT-NEWS, 7/24). BTN.com's Tom Dienhart said, "Mark Emmert really showed his power here today. He really showed that he has an iron fist and this is a whole new era of NCAA enforcement. ... One of his biggest mantras upon taking this office in 2010 was to clean up this sport, and today he took a large step towards doing that” (Big Ten Network, 7/23). In Philadelphia, Marc Narducci notes Emmert was "forceful, but not bombastic." He "truly was in control, showing leadership and decisiveness as well as remorse in discussing the severe sanctions levied" yesterday (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/24). ESPN's Joe Schad noted the move by Emmert is a "Roger Goodell-like power play." However, there is "no question that some NCAA experts -- attorneys that I’ve spoken to, some former NCAA enforcement officials -- who wonder about the slippery slope that this could lead to” (ESPN, 7/23).