NCAA board offers Emmert vote of confidence
The NCAA's Executive Committee has reaffirmed its confidence in the leadership of president Mark Emmert according to a statement released to ESPN on behalf of Michigan State president Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, leader of the group.The NCAA's Executive Committee has reaffirmed its confidence in the leadership of president Mark Emmert, according to a statement released to ESPN on behalf of Michigan State president Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, leader of the group.
"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," the statement read, in part.
According to the statement, the NCAA Executive Committee continues to support the association's broad-based reform agenda, which must include meaningful change in the regulatory process beyond the changes in enforcement that have already been enacted.
In the wake of admitted faults by the NCAAs enforcement division during the Miami investigation, the NCAA Executive Committee states that a thorough examination and subsequent improvement of processes, policies, procedures and investigative tools is necessary.
"We demand the highest level of integrity and accountability not only from our peers but also from the national office," the statement read. "While progress has been made, additional important work remains."
The NCAA Executive Committee praised some of Emmert's efforts.
"Mark Emmert was hired to lead a major transformation of the NCAA," Simon wrote. "Much has been accomplished without fanfare, such as academic reforms, enhanced fiscal accountability and organizational transparency. 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."
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