Emmert Says Swift Changes Coming To College Hoops Amidst Scandal
NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday pledged that the NCAA is "serious in its response" to the FBI investigation into college basketball, and that the Commission on College Basketball "will lead to lasting change, hopefully by the start" of the '18-19 season, according to Ben Roberts of the LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER. Emmert "addressed the issue" of the Commission during his speech at the NCAA Convention. Emmert also referred to the "damning charges" made by federal investigators. Emmert: "It's disgusting. It's corrupt. It's just wrong." Emmert said that the Commission -- led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice -- is "meeting, in person, about once a month, in addition to regular teleconferences." He said that they have "already met" with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts about what the "relationship should be" between the NCAA and NBA. Emmert said that the Commission has also "brought in agents and leaders from apparel companies." The Commission will "hand over its recommendations -- to be announced at the NCAA's board meeting on April 25 -- and there will also be a public release of the recommendations at that time." Emmert said that the process is "moving 'way, way faster' than typical NCAA changes" (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 1/19). Emmert said that the responsibility "falls on the leaders in college athletics to restore faith in their mission." Emmert: "Scandals that call into question our commitment to academic integrity make whatever praise we have of our highest graduation rates ring pretty hollow. And we have to recognize that we can't dance around those things. We can't make excuses for them. How do we respond? Well, I think first of all, by not retreating from it. By not getting under our desks" (ESPN.com, 1/18).