Emmert needs to take a firmer hand with his deputies
Mark Emmert has strived mightily to pose himself as the new sheriff in town ever since he assumed the presidency of the NCAA nearly three years ago. Yet he also claims that he has no clue what his deputies are doing.
There is delicious irony in Mr. Emmert's bumbling excuses when confronted with evidence that the NCAA has been heavy-handed and often egregiously unethical in a growing list of cases. Most often, he has pleaded ignorance about botched investigations and wayward conduct by his underlings. That's remarkable, given that the outraged Mr. Emmert bloviated at length last summer about the supposed "lack of institutional control" over the football program at Penn State, even though he has yet to cite a single NCAA rules violation by the program.
Mr. Emmert professed to know nothing about NCAA investigators unethically co-opting a lawyer for a University of Miami booster, convicted pyramid scheme operator Nevin Shapiro, who is suspected of lavishing gifts upon football players.
The NCAA's follies under Mr. Emmert's direction lend even greater credence to the anti-trust lawsuit filed by Gov. Tom Corbett against the organization, relative to the Penn State sanctions.
Meanwhile, Mr. Emmert seems to have lost institutional control of his program.