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OTL Report: Mark Emmert's Leadership Only Compounding NCAA's Problems
Published July 24, 2013
NO REGRETS? Emmert said he "can't think of one decision" he would take back as NCAA President. Described by some as a man who "never met a microphone he didn't love," Emmert is "great for the speaking circuit." But he is "not terribly in touch with his staff," and some of that "can be attributed to travel." Emmert estimated that he spends about 60-65% of his time "away from the office visiting campuses." Michigan State Univ. President and NCAA exec committee Chair Lou Anna Simon said of Emmert, "We hired somebody to be out there. He had a mandate to be more visible. Instead, it's made him a lightning rod" (ESPN.com, 7/22). Emmert: "I think the biggest challenge is trying to be as inclusive in all of the voices of the association as we're making decisions." He added of the NCAA's reform agenda, "If I were to go back and restart that, I would work hard to bring more people into those discussions earlier, so they felt better about the outcomes" (ESPN.com, 7/22).