NCAA Board of Directors: Fire Mark Emmert
In light of the recent embarrassing and blatantly inappropriate internal failures of the NCAA in the University of Miami pay-for-play investigation, we as fans, alumni and supporters of college athletics are petitioning for the termination of Mark Emmert as President of the NCAA. Throughout Emmert's tenure as President of the NCAA, the organization has failed miserably in its mission to promote and protect the "student-athlete." A listed of the organization’s recent failures was appropriately stated by college football guru Stewart Mandel from CNNSI,
“Remember the Cam Newton "loophole?" That was a good one. How about Ohio State's Tattoo Five being allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl thanks to some obscure waiver? Thank goodness they protected the "integrity" of a game that was later vacated. Last year, in a shameless abuse of power, Emmert shucked any notion of precedent or protocol in doling out his own personal Penn State penalties. The state of Pennsylvania is filing a suit over that one. Meanwhile, last fall, an NCAA investigator was reportedly fired after her boyfriend blabbed to a fellow airplane passenger about her pursuit of UCLA basketball freshman Shabazz Muhammad (he was reinstated shortly thereafter), while a Los Angeles judge ripped the organization for its "malicious" treatment of former USC running backs coach Todd McNair (implicated in the Reggie Bush case)."
Ironically, Mandel even omitted what may have been one of the organization’s most embarrassing failures, which relates to the heart of the NCAA mission: inaction and excuses as a response to alleged football related academic fraud at the University of North Carolina. As the leader of this dysfunctional association, Emmert must assume responsibility for the numerous failed investigations. In any organization, an inability to adhere to stated procedures, failure to implement the mission and reckless abuse of power are symptoms of failed leadership. To begin the restoration of the student-athlete brand, we call for a change in leadership of the NCAA. Remove Mark Emmert from power.