NCAA Wants Tougher Penalties for Rule Breakers

Posted: May 13, 2011 in Robert J. Romano

NCAA President, Mark Emmert, acknowledged that he wants colleges and universities that violate NCAA rules and policies to be punished monetarily in an effort to make coaches and players think twice about defying the “voluntary” organization.  Although in true Mark Emmert form, he offers no specifics on how this is to be accomplished.

“We need to make sure our penalty structure and enforcement process imposes a thoughtful level of concern, and that the cost of violating the rules costs more than not violating them,” Emmert said.

Mark Emmert commented that he will commit more resources to enforcement and will make the enforcement staff more efficient.  “We’ve made the commitment to provide enforcement with more staff,” Emmert said. “Some staff has been added. It isn’t really more investigators in the field, but it’s freeing up more people to get them out in the field.”

Mr. Emmert would also like to expand the violation structure, which is now limited to only two categories, major and secondary, to five different categories.  “This is my own opinion, but I do worry we have too much of a bivariate model,” he said. “I personally would like to see whether we can have two, three or five different sort of categories and maybe that would make the cases go a little more expeditiously.”

However, Mr. Emmert will not discuss amending the current amateurism policy since it is something he considers a “core value” of the NCAA and believes pay-for-play would only create more issues.  “What are you going to pay them? Are you going to pay the quarterback the same as the guy who sits on the bench? Are you going to pay a gymnast the same as a men’s basketball player?” Emmert said. “There is a model for that, it’s called professional sports, and I love them. But that’s not what college sports is about.”

We do know approximately what Mr. Emmert is paid: 1.2 million annually.

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