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Cleaning house at the NCAA

Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:05 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 11:07 pm
Tom Jernstedt was one of the top five most powerful sports figures in the country.

You might not have heard of him, but you knew his handiwork -- the NCAA Tournament, the College World Series, the women's tournament. Really, everything Jernstedt touched turned to gold -- literally. The NCAA executive vice president had brought billions of dollars to the association over his 38 years of service.

Apparently, new NCAA president Mark Emmert wants a newer, smaller, more efficient inner circle. As you can see, Jernstedt was let go by Emmert along with general counsel Elsa Cole and senior vice president Dennis Cryder. Jernstedt, though, was the shocker. He was a power broker among power brokers, taking the men's tournament from humble beginnings to its current multi-billion deal with TNT and CBS.

That's three fairly significant names in American sports. As mentioned, there are rumors that the new president prefers a small inner circle. The NCAA had power base was anything but small. This NCAA press release confirms Emmert's intentions.

The clear winner in this upheaval is Greg Shaheen who had been running the men's tournament. Shaheen has been named interim executive vice president in charge of all 88 championships. Look for him to get the permanent position in the future. 

The NCAA is trending younger and smaller. Judging from the enforcement staff's recent crackdowns, it might be trending better too.   

As for Jernstedt, it is like a head of state has passed away. The man is 65 and will be fine in whatever he does next but quietly the future of the NCAA is being shaped by Emmert, the current Washington and former LSU CEO.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: LSU, NCAA, Washington

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:14 pm

NCAA D1 Football Tournament Anyone?

Really the championship tournaments are the best thing the NCAA has done,  the enforcement division and rules committee not so much.   We all know the BCS is the top 6 conference thumbing their noses at the NCAA, but it is time for someone, and I guess the NCAA is just the group to do it, create a D1 Football Tournament, get Billions of $ for it from ESPN, Fox, ABC, NBC, or CBS, take 11 conference champions (if we still have 11 conferences) and 5 at large teams and have the four most exciting weeks of college football ever!     

If the at large picks reward team with tough out of conference schedules then we will get lots of good games between top teams each year out of conference like VA Tech vs Boise,  Alabama vs PSU and OSU vs Miami, bet you can not name a fourth,  because it would help in the at large, and if you win your conference you are in. 

So since the embarassment of the BCS is not going to change itself, please get the ball going.    If there is one thing I have learned about college presidents is they will listen to big piles of money.  

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2010 3:17 am


Wonder what the new NCAA president is thinking?  Was he afraid of Jernstedt for some reason?  Such as, the guy behind the Guy is really calling the shots type of thing?  Or are there some significant changes Emmert wants to make that were disagreed upon?  NCAA has already been feisty this year, I wonder what the upcoming year has in store.

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