Tag:Mark Emmert
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:51 pm

Dodd: It's not Kiel who's crazy, but system

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBSSports.com Senior College Football Columnist Dennis Dodd took a look at the Gunner Kiel-to-Notre Dame saga today:

That may explain the trend over the last few years for top recruits to push their decision past that magic signing day. They're learning. The recruiting culture doesn't want them to learn.

Good on Gunner, then, for taking his time. For years, scholarships were subject to year-by-year renewal. NCAA president Mark Emmert is in the process of pushing legislation that would allow schools to offer full four-year scholarships.

Good intent, but read the fine print. Full scholarships would be "permissive," not required. Basically, they would be optional. That raises an obvious question: What school worth its big-time BCS status is going to guarantee a four-year scholarship? Not many that want to stay competitive with other big-time BCS schools.

It's worth the read, as usual, and has plenty of good points.

Posted on: May 11, 2011 7:13 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 7:18 pm

NCAA looking closer at third parties

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NCAA hosted a Mock "Enforcement Experience" on Tuesday for several media members in order to better explain how the entire process works. CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd was among those in attendance.

While the day was mostly centered on how the enforcement staff goes about its business and how a case goes to the Committee on Infractions, reporters did get a chance to talk to NCAA President Mark Emmert and Vice President for Enforcement Julie Roe Lach. One of the topics that was broached were issues of third parties involving themselves in recruiting.

"Who are these individuals? We're trying to get our arms around that," Roe Lach told The Birmingham News. "And do we do it through legislation or some other means? I imagine there will be some sort of rule change. But it's not a quick fix. It's going to be a multi-faceted solution."

The NCAA sent a select number of the enforcement staff to gather information on the ground at camps and combines around the country earlier this spring. Of particular concern were 7-on-7 events turning into football's version of the AAU basketball scene.

At the heart of the matter are individuals such as Will Lyles, who has been involved in probes at Oregon, LSU and Texas A&M, who act as a go between for highly recruited athletes, their parents and coaches. On top of gathering information about such individuals, defining them for possible legislative proposals is becoming an issue for the association.

"How do you capture that in a definition?" Rachel Newman Baker, NCAA director of agent, gambling and amateurism, said. "The first definition we sent to (the Amateurism Cabinet) they felt was too broad and captured too many people. So now we're trying to narrow that."

The hopes of many at the NCAA is that the definition of an agent will become more sophisticated and that legislation will be introduced that separates legitimate agents and runners or third parties that the NCAA is really targeting.

Really, the only question is not if the NCAA plans on doing something but when. Emmert said in December he would support emergency legislation closing some loopholes and to redefine who an agent is. So far no such emergency legislation has been introduced into the legislative cycle but Emmert called for changes once again on Tuesday.

Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:12 am

3/31 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Safe to say NCAA President Mark Emmert's speech at the Final Four will be well attended after the recent Frontline and HBO Real Sports programs this week.

- An ESPN report says Texas A&M was told they had to pay $80,000 to Will Lyles in order to land coveted recruit Patrick Patterson.

- Keller (Texas) offensive tackle Simon Goines could be close to a Missouri offer.

- Atlanta (Ga.) corner Geno Smith likes the way Georgia's number four jersey looks on him.

- Linebacker Kwontie Moore and quarterback Zeke Pike will be visiting Arkansas starting on Friday.

- Allen (Texas) quarterback Alec Morris is drawing interest from SMU, Baylor, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State among others.

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