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SBD/February 20, 2013/Colleges
Miami Receives Notice Of Allegations; Shalala Voices Firm Opposition To Investigation
Published February 20, 2013
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TURNING THE TABLES: The AP's Jim Litke writes no phrase "better describes the way the NCAA has gone about its business during the brief tenure of President Mark Emmert" than "lack of institutional control." It is "hard to say why Emmert never bothered to keep tabs on the Miami case, since his investigators have botched so many others on his watch" (AP, 2/20). ESPN Mike Greenberg said, "The words 'lack of institutional control,' if you were to look them up in a dictionary right now, you should find the logo of the NCAA.” The NCAA is “a group of people, in my opinion, who have shown themselves incapable of handling the power and authority they’ve been given." Greenberg: "I stand with Miami if they're going to fight this, and I hope everyone does. I hope that this will really be the beginning of some significant change because there should be a revolt” (“Mike & Mike in the Morning,” ESPN Radio, 2/20). CBS Sports Network’s Jim Rome said, “Today should be ‘National Resigning Day’ for the NCAA and it should start with the guy who runs it, President Mark Emmert.” The UM investigation was a “catastrophe and calamity.” Rome: “The same organization that brings the hammer down on college programs for a lack of institutional control has none itself because Emmert insists he was unaware of what was going down” (“Rome,” CBS Sports Network, 2/19). SPORTING NEWS' David Steele wrote Emmert "should be out as president of the NCAA." It is a "matter of who has the final say on Emmert’s fate." The NCAA on his watch is "hitting what may be its moral and ethical low." Steele: "Now, these folks are in position to move him out and move another of their own into the position" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 2/19). ESPN's Jay Bilas said there “has been a failure in leadership” because Emmert “has been insulated from everything that goes on in that office of a substantive nature.” But Chronicle of Higher Education Senior Writer Brad Wolverton said, “This is way bigger than Mark Emmert right now.” Wolverton said some college presidents have told him that Emmert “will probably escape this, but this raises bigger questions” in terms of enforcement and the tactics used. Wolverton: “They need to make some serious changes” ("Outside The Lines," ESPN, 2/19).
FROM OPAQUE TO TRANSPARENT: SI.com's Andy Staples wrote the NCAA's enforcement process always has "taken place behind a steel curtain." Staples: "As damning as the report and accompanying documents were, they actually made me trust the NCAA more." The NCAA can provide proof it is trustworthy by being "more transparent from this point forward." It needs to "lift the veil of secrecy from its enforcement process." It might not "always be pretty, but it would build trust." The NCAA has "no credibility left to lose, but it's not too late to try to earn some back" (SI.com, 2/19).