NCAA President Emmert Not Mandating Uniform Sports Return
NCAA President Mark Emmert said that he "won't mandate or oversee a uniform return to college sports," which leaves decisions on start dates to state officials and school presidents, according to Heather Dinich of ESPN.com. Emmert yesterday said, "It will be the local and state health officials that say whether or not you can open and play football with fans." Yesterday, several Pac-12 football coaches "expressed support for an NCAA-mandated uniform start to the season while on a video conference call with reporters." This followed Penn State coach James Franklin's comments last week that it "would be helpful for the NCAA to give some national guidelines in addition to what each state and university determines." Emmert said, "These are localized decisions. Local campuses have to decide: Are we opening up, and are we bringing students back to play sports? The NCAA doesn't mandate that, nor should it. The schools themselves have to make those choices." He added that he has a formal call with all 32 D-I commissioners "at least once a week, and he talks to individual commissioners daily" (ESPN.com, 5/12).
PAC-12 PROBLEM: L.A. County Public Health Dir Barbara Ferrer said that the county's stay-at-home order is "likely to extend through July." The AP's Ralph Russo notes that "could leave Pac-12 members USC and UCLA waiting until at least August before they begin preparing." None of the Pac-12 schools are part of the California State Univ. system, which said yesterday it is preparing for a virtual fall semester (AP, 5/13).