50 Most Influential: Mark Emmert
CHANGE FROM 2012: -8
The NCAA’s president has declared 2014 as a year of change, and Emmert is going to be right in the middle of it. The NCAA is re-evaluating its governance structure, which means the way it makes decisions through its executive committee and Division I board of directors. While the schools from the five power conferences say they’re not looking to create their own division, it’s clear that they want a level of autonomy that they’ve never had before in Division I. How Emmert handles that will be watched and scrutinized closely.