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Emmert Defends Record Amid Scandals, Cites "Frustration" At Reform Setbacks
Published February 28, 2013
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: CBSSPORTS.com’s Jeremy Fowler wrote the “actions of one division -- enforcement -- often define the NCAA publicly.” Within its HQs’ “bleach-white walls, the NCAA clings to the normalcy of a daily routine.” NCAA VP/Division I and former VP/Enforcement David Berst said, “I think people even in the building are anxious about what’s going on. I think they are hopeful. But they are a little disoriented as well. I think people have confidence (Emmert) has the ability and the brains and the support of the presidents’ leadership.” Fowler noted employees “aren’t exactly sure where the Miami case will go -- or where it takes the NCAA.” Providing “carefully crafted statements won't help the NCAA enforcement regain trust of the membership, which will be the hardest part, while restoring its own confidence.” A source said that “outsourcing investigative work will likely be a consideration internally at some point.” MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said that he is “not convinced yet that the enforcement model is broken.” Steinbrecher said, "None of the conferences want enforcement. None of us is set up for it.” Steinbrecher added that Emmert “deserves at least some credit for publicly announcing the problem in late January” (CBSSPORTS.com, 2/27).
NCAA AT RISK? In DC, Nathan Fenno wrote, “Somehow Emmert is beyond blame, above the high standards he expects of those beneath him as the NCAA has lurched from embarrassment to embarrassment since he took charge” in ’10. Fenno: “This is Emmert’s make-it-up-as-you-go-along NCAA. Process and procedures can be discarded when they aren’t convenient” (WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/26). CBSSPORTS.com’s Dennis Dodd wrote, “Perhaps for the first time, the NCAA itself is on trial.” It is “news” when the NCAA exec committee “feels compelled to issue an unprecedented vote of confidence for its CEO” (CBSSPORTS.com, 2/25). CBSSPORTS.com’s Gregg Doyel wrote the NCAA is “a joke and must be eliminated.” Doyel: “The whole damn organization is a problem, but still it continues along its merry way -- blissfully ignorant, too arrogant to understand that its existence is in jeopardy” (CBSSPORTS.com, 2/25).