September 10, 2014 |
The NCAA, which enjoyed the view from its holier-than-thou pedestal when sanctioning the Penn State football program in 2012, completed its self-serving exacta on Monday, as it patted the program on the head and assumed the part of merciful overlord. There's nothing the NCAA likes better than a little grandstanding now and then, particularly when it comes to big-time college football, which it lost control of to the BCS conferences years ago. The NCAA still has a few areas in which it can swing a sword, however, and Penn State gave president Mark Emmert a free shot as a result of the Jerry Sandusky pedophile scandal.
September 11, 2014 |
When football recruiting experts, real or imagined, attach a ranking or stars to a recruit, they're really setting odds. The more stars, the better the odds of a payoff for the school that lands the recruit. That's all it is. In football, more than most sports, evaluating 15- and 16-year-olds, trying to figure what kind of player they'll be at age 21, is a tough and risky business. In addition to the inherent danger of the sport, that's why Division I football teams get so many scholarships.
July 25, 2012 |
The NCAA, which always seems to set the standard for doing the impossible, has managed it again. It is now possible to be fully aware of and properly horrified by what happened within the Penn State football program with the complicity and aid of the school's highest officials, and still believe the sanctions handed down by the NCAA on Monday are both misguided and way too harsh. That seemed like a tough one for even the NCAA to accomplish, but president Mark Emmert and his self-satisfied, self-serving organization made it happen.
July 25, 2012 |
A dramatic hit to football scholarships, one part of the long list of sanctions levied on Penn State Monday, is likely to have a harsh and lingering impact on the kinds of teams the Lions put on the field for the rest of this decade. As part of the sanctions agreed on by NCAA president Mark Emmert and Penn State president Rodney Erickson, Penn State football will be limited to 15 scholarships per class from the 2013-2014 academic year through 2016-2017, and cannot exceed 65 scholarship players from the 2014 season through the end of the 2017 season.
July 30, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Five U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania have asked the NCAA to rescind the penalties imposed on Pennsylvania State University for its leaders' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. "Continuing these unprecedented sanctions harms innocent student athletes and further erodes the increasingly specious credibility" of the NCAA, the five lawmakers wrote in a July 24 letter to Mark Emmert, president of the organization that oversees college sports. The representatives cited an April 9 Commonwealth Court ruling that sharply questioned the validity of a consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State imposing the penalties.
September 25, 2012 |
The NCAA president says his organization would have investigated Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal if the university had not commissioned its own investigation, according to a report. CBSSports.com reported that Mark Emmert, speaking at the Division I Faculty Athletics Representatives annual meeting on Monday, said the NCAA's investigation likely would not have begun until the spring and would have lasted a year. Penn State hired a firm run by former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate the matter in November.
August 12, 2011 |
LESS THAN 24 hours after NCAA president Mark Emmert called for immediate changes in college sports, the NCAA's board of directors approved a measure that would include postseason bans if teams fall below the new Academic Progress Rate cutline. The new mark for the 4-year rolling average will increase from 900 to 930. In October, NCAA leaders will consider when the new rules will take effect. At this week's 2-day presidential retreat in Indianapolis, Emmert and South Florida president Judy Genshaft , the board's chairwoman, have stressed the need for stronger sanctions for NCAA rule-breakers, a major edit of the massive, 439-page rule book and tougher academic standards for incoming freshmen and junior-college transfers.
December 28, 2011 |
FOR THE SECOND time in less than 2 weeks, schools are objecting to a reform measure sought by university presidents and endorsed by NCAA president Mark Emmert . More than 75 schools are asking to override a plan approved in October to allow multiyear athletic scholarships rather than the 1-year renewable awards schools currently provide. That's the minimum number of dissenters needed for reconsideration by the Division I Board of Directors when it meets next month at the annual NCAA convention.
September 26, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Fourteen months after Penn State was hit with historic sanctions from the NCAA, the program received some welcomed news yesterday. Citing "continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity," the NCAA dialed back its sanctions. Penn State's football program will gradually see its number of scholarships increase in the next 3 years. That process will begin next season, and the Nittany Lions will be back to a full 85 scholarships by 2016. Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the athletics integrity monitor for Penn State, said the university has "made a serious, good-faith effort to embrace and adopt the changes needed to change its future.
October 25, 2011 |
MORE THAN 300 major college football and men's basketball players are telling the NCAA and college presidents they want a cut of ever-increasing TV sports revenue to fatten scholarships and cover all the costs of getting a degree, with athletes picking up still more grant money when they graduate. The players from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Purdue and UCLA have signed a petition asking the NCAA to "realize its mission to educate and protect us with integrity. " The National College Players Association, an athletes' advocacy group, provided the Associated Press with copies of the document.