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Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:09 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

NCAA president Mark Emmert isn't exactly pleased with the way college sports have looked in recent weeks thanks to all the talk of conference realignment, and on Monday he let a lot of schools know about it. Athletic directors from all across the country were in Grapevine, Texas -- just outside of Dallas -- on Monday for their annual meetings, and while Emmert was speaking to them, he let them all know he found the way the schools have handled themselves to be troubling.

“People today have greater doubt, greater concern about what we stand for and why we do what we do," said Emmert. "And that is a huge problem for us."

“The specter of the past couple weeks of conference realignment has not been a healthy thing. The world’s convinced that’s all we care about…that all this is about money. I didn’t read many of us stepping up and saying that this will work really well for student-athletes because we’ll do X, we’ll do Y, it will create more resources, it will help us stabilize our programs.

"It was all about the deal."

Emmert then went on to outline some of the changes that the Division I Board of Directors will consider for its meetings next month, and said that this is the perfect time for for change. Emmert said that the schools should be embarrassed by their recent behavior and now have a chance to show the world "what we really care about."

Which I believe is making money. No, wait, no, it's the student-athletes. My bad.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:27 am

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:23 am

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

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Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:16 am

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

If Emmert and the NCAA really cared about Student Athletes they would do the following:

1. Allow athletes to transfer if the head coach who recruited them leaves the program.

2. Really allow the student to take the classes they want to take, not just those that fit into practice time (labs).

3. Allow the students to controll the use of their name and likeness when they are playing as an amatuer.

4. Reduce / enforce  the time commitment of student athletes to the 20 hours a week on the rule book.

5. Reduce Travel for the athletes with geographically sensable conferences.   Football still plays mostly on Saturday it is the other sports that really suffer playing 2-3 games a week.    (limit the number of weekday road games per season).  In Basketball the teams with less talented players play the most road games! 

6. Allow the D1 athletes to actually get a part time job.

7. Make scholarships more than a one year scholarship.

This is what I thought of after 10 minutes.  What else is there. 

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:20 pm

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

Emmert is a hypocrite. 

He could give a rats a$$ about student-athletes.   

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:16 pm

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

Emmert did his part to give the perception that the NCAA really cares about the student-athletes and the fanbase of collegiate.  What wasn't reported is what Emmert did after his "stern lecture".........go count the billions made from the current structure.  Even though not all of it is officially sanctioned by the NCAA, it is still "sanctioned" by the NCAA.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:27 pm

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

Morality according to the NCAA: steal a loaf of bread and a tattoo, go to jail.  Steal a BCS championship and a million dollars, go to the Hall of Fame.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 6:18 pm

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

Exactly right, and greed has driven the whole process for way too long.  It is sickening and promotes an embarrassing role model for our youth and impressionable fans.  Cheat and go to The League and make millions.  Cheat and make milliions for your university.  Cheat and make millions in salary and shoe contracts.  Ugly, ugly, ugly.  And it can be fixed, and still make millions, but the self governing thing is not working out very well.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:24 pm

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

Emmert's right, and he can make all the speeches he wants. The only thing that athletic directors at Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Missouri, West Virginia, and UConn (even though those last few haven't yet moved), and elsewhere have proven in the last few weeks is that THE ONLY THING THEY CARE ABOUT IS MONEY! That's the only thing the NCAA, college athletic directors, and university presidents have ever cared about. That's why the BCS still exists, because it favors big schools that will mean more traveling fans, and in the end BIGGER PAY DAYS! That's why college athletics are so corrupt. That's why so many turned blind eyes to all of the criminals Urban Meyer recruited. They let Cam Newton's dad help to make his son a professional football player in the SEC. They took years to do anything about Reggie Bush and his parents taking everything form a house to chewing gum from perspective agents. They remained hush hush as Ohio State players sold merchandise and got free ink. Then in the worst sin of all, the Miami Athletic Department didn't just turn a blind eye, they gouged their eyes out totally and allowed so many recruits to take their talents to South Beach with the promise of prostitutes and a pay day. Somehow they allowed Nevin Shapiro to have a student lounge named after him and let the ponzi scum lead the Hurricanes through the smoke not once but twice. Throughout it all the players at the U (the U now stands for: Ugly, Unbecoming, Uncouth, Unearned, Unfit, Ungrateful, Unjust, Unrighteous, Unworthy, but perhaps mostly Unfortunate.) received improper benefits of cash, cars, women, jewelry, alcohol, abortions, sex, sex, and more sex.

In my opinion Miami had the worst infractions but didn't scar the NCAA's image the most. No the incident in Miami only reaffirmed what the publics perception of college athletics was. Rich men out to make every last buck they can at the expense of the student athlete. When you compile USC (and Pete Carroll) , Tennessee (and Lane Kiffin), Ohio state (and Jim Tressel), Cam Newton, Reggie Bush, and on top of it all the greedy greedy GREEDY business conference realignment the NCAA looks like a dirtier institution than the one run by Don Corleone.

The NCAA's mindset: In the end who cares how many kids careers we ruin, or how hard it is to maintain good academic standing while traveling coast to coast for CONFERENCE road games, as long as we make an extra buck. Show us the Washingtons who cares about the Benjamins, heck show us the Lincolns (pennies that is) because if we can make an extra CENT at the expense of the student athlete we're going to do it.

You can't blame the kids. Everyone up top will turn that blind eye when a kid is offered money, cars, ink, and women. If they think they won't get caught, and they think the kid will make them money, then no harm done. But honestly, how many 18-22 year old kids would turn those promises down. Sure the big wigs don't know... they don't know what they don't want to know. Now fans are faced with messy realignment again! The point is the NCAA, athletic directors, and presidents will run the student athlete ragged to gain job stability for themselves and fatten their own wallets.

I'm sorry if it's not the perception you want the public to have Emmert, but it's the perception you and your mob that you call the NCAA has created.

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:03 pm

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

He's probably just pissed someone made a decision without his input.  Sounds like Lane Whiffin and USC need to go massage his testes a little more.

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:56 pm

Emmert takes ADs to task on realignment

So let me get this staight.  After a few / several years of uneven penalties, favortism, abuse of power, (which has gotten worse in recent history) the NCAA.......Mr NCAA himself wants to criticize a program for bettering themselves. NNNHMMMM.  By the time the NCAA actually does something, the usual suspects are Pro's makin millions.  The freshman get's stuck holding bag of poop.  What a weinie.Foot in mouth

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