College presidents ‘have hardest jobs’

NCAA President Mark Emmert certainly has opinions.
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Mark Emmert’s greatest value to the NCAA as president is the fact that he can say anything with a serious expression, no matter how ridiculous his statement is. In March of 2012 it has She said paying college athletes is “so antithetical to what college athletics is.” He made that comment in Houston less than eight months after Texas A&M announced it was leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, the earthquake that started the conference realignment typhoon that saw Rutgers in the Big 10, West Virginia in Big 12 and in a few years Oklahoma and Texas in the SEC. Because athletes who travel across time zones to raise the price of conference television rights are the essence of college athletics.

till today Sports Business Journal Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, Emmert was still in communication with his concern for athletes receiving money to help schools make money. Mind you, he’s talking about college athletics in a forum on business in sports, not academics in sports. He said there are concerns about the new NIL money in college sports being used as a incentive to recruit.

Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Emmert says something as out of tune and lacking in self-awareness as what Action Network’s Brett McMurphy tweeted earlier today – Emmert stating that being a university president “is the hardest job. difficult in America “.

I’m not here to call anyone’s job easy. Even people who try video games for a living don’t spend all day trying to improve theirs call of Duty classification. They are making sure that the gaming experience is as enjoyable as possible for the consumer. However, I don’t know if I can go as far as it’s the hardest job in America when I see construction workers next to my apartment outside all day, working on a new building with concrete trucks. I definitely won’t go that far with a job that is climate-controlled and paid Emmert $ 762,000 in 2004 when he held the job in Washington, but maybe he thinks so because during his career, when he’s in charge it’s a safe bet that he’ll be there. a problem.

In 2013, Brent Schrotenboer reported for USA Today on some positions Emmert held before becoming president of the NCAA in 2010. His findings do not portray Emmert as an outstanding leader at a university. At UConn, he was responsible for a $ 1 billion construction project launched in 1995, fraught with fire code violations and various errors that were estimated to cost the state at least $ 100 million.

According to Schrotenboer’s report, there were handwritten concerns about Emmert’s direction of the project, but when the project was verified in 1998, he said there were no concerns. In 2005, when problems emerged during an investigation, Emmert had already left UConn six years earlier. One of the principal investigators believes Emmert could have “whistled, but he didn’t”, and also said that when Emmert was questioned he said, “I didn’t know what was going on. I thought he was being cured.”

There were also problems with Emmert when he was dean and vice president of academic affairs at the state of Montana when the NCAA ruled that the school was guilty of lack of institutional oversight due to academic fraud on the men’s basketball team. The sentence dropped again after Emmert’s departure. There were also issues of academic fraud when he was Chancellor at LSU. The football program was accused of “systemic academic fraud” by LSU instructors. Emmert conducted the school’s investigation of itself, and the NCAA accepted the LSU’s findings that any fraud that had occurred was minor. However, two people sued LSU, claiming they had to leave their positions at the school after reporting the fraud.

As president of the NCAA, Emmert has made several missteps, but the Miami / Nevin Shapiro situation will always remain in evidence. The NCAA has launched an investigation into players receiving illegal benefits from Shapiro, a convicted Ponzi schemer. Some NCAA investigators would later pay Shapiro’s defense attorney – the defense attorney for a convicted Ponzi schemer – to obtain information that could be used against Miami. The NCAA was then forced to investigate itself and Miami received punishment with a slap on the wrist.

I have never been a university rector, nor do I wish to be. It seems like a lot of budgeting and making wealthy people feel special. That doesn’t mean I’ll take Emmert at his word that the position is the hardest in America. It probably is for him, because whenever he’s in charge, there’s probably an investigation on the horizon.

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