→ The Hypocrisy of the NCAA

Dana O’Neil writing at ESPN.com:

In October, the NCAA passed legislation that essentially says head coaches are going to be held accountable for the actions of their assistants.

Yet on Monday, when the NCAA announced the findings of an external review of its enforcement staff and its actions involving the University of Miami case, NCAA president Mark Emmert made it clear that the buck stopped well short of his office door.

Who did not see this coming? The NCAA has been a joke for some time, but it has been especially bad under Emmert’s leadership:

So far on Emmert’s watch, the NCAA has bungled and fumbled multiple investigations (Cam Newton, Shabazz Muhammad and now Miami); fired two NCAA investigators; saw the exits of two enforcement administrators (director of enforcement Bill Benjamin resigned in June, just eight months after taking the job); and gone well outside of its own rulebook and sidestepped due process to punish Penn State, which generated a lawsuit from none other than the state of Pennsylvania.

What a disaster1

  1. In addition to Ms. O’Neil’s excellent article recounting Emmert’s tenure, David Steele has an article at Sporting News that talks about how university presidents can, and should, remove Emmert from office. Of course, there is always the original article by Taylor Branch detailing what is wrong with the NCAA.