Amid controversy surrounding a flawed investigation in to the University of Miami, criticism of the handling of cases involving the University of North Carolina and Penn State, the NCAA Executive Committee unanimously stands by NCAA President Mark Emmert.
Despite wide spread criticism from national and local media, some going so far as to call for his job, in addition to mounting anger from fan bases representing schools from coast to coast, those in the NCAA Executive Committee continue to support the face of the organization responsible for overseeing collegiate athletics in the most responsible way possible.
"Mark Emmert was hired to lead a major transformation of the NCAA," a statement released by the NCAA on Saturday reads. "Much has been accomplished without fanfare, such as academic reforms, enhanced fiscal accountability and organizational transparency." To be fair, academic standards have become tougher and many schools and conferences have seen improvements in terms of academic results from student-athletes. Emmert and the NCAA do deserve some credit for that positive influence, but the negatives will always tend to outweigh the positives in collegiate athletics.
"The Executive Committee and President Emmert recognize there is much yet to do and that the road to transformational change is often bumpy and occasionally controversial," the NCAA statement continues. "Therefore, on Friday the Executive Committee unanimously affirmed its confidence in Mark’s leadership as president and its support for his ongoing efforts to implement these essential and historic reforms.”
If you are one who feels Emmert should be removed as president of the NCAA, it is time to single out the members of the NCAA Executive Committee. Until anything changes on that front, nothing else will.