A few years ago, NCAA president Mark Emmert decided that the NCAA would take a look at how college football programs are doing and make the decisions that were best for the NCAA.
He said that if college football was to get its act together, there would be significant changes to the rules that would allow them to compete in a more fair, competitive, and exciting way.
This week, the NCAA has confirmed that it is going to take a much closer look at football.
“We’re going to be looking at a lot of the stuff that we’ve been doing for the last year or so, as well as what has been happening in the other sports,” Emmers stated in a conference call with reporters.
The NCAA will also be taking a closer look into the way in which its rules have been implemented in other sports, as it has done in the past.
Emmerts announcement came as a shock to some of the members of the college football community who were hoping for the rule changes to go into effect this year.
“It was very, very disappointing,” Mike Schofield, who has been a member of the Big 12 Conference for 11 seasons, told ESPN.
“I’ve been on the sidelines for 10 years, and the NCAA didn’t have a rule on this.
They were just waiting for some new rule.
That’s disappointing to me, and I’m not a fan of the current NCAA.
But I’m sure they will come out with some new rules and regulations and some more transparency.
It’s something we’ll have to see.”
Emmer and others had predicted that a rule change would be announced in January, but it was delayed to July.
“You want to see the rule change come out before the rule is finalized,” one NCAA member said.
“The rule is set, we’re going through the rule.
They’re going after it, and then it’s going to go back to the rule board.
That is what the rule has been for the past seven years.”
Emmers announcement came in the wake of the resignation of the president of the Atlantic Coast Conference, who had been on record saying that he would not make any change to NCAA rules that were already in place.
The Atlantic Coast was also the site of NCAA investigation into former football coach Jim Delany’s sexual misconduct allegations.
It was the ACC that finally settled its sexual misconduct case against Delany, who was fired by the school after allegations surfaced in August that he had had an inappropriate relationship with an employee.
“In a very real sense, it was a game changer,” Emmers stated.
“This has not been a case of a guy going out there and having sex with his assistant, which is a very, like, normal thing.
This is his way of, like a predator, he wants to prey on this young girl. “
It’s more like, well, you know what?
This is his way of, like a predator, he wants to prey on this young girl.
I mean, I don’t know if he knows what he’s doing, but I do know what I’m doing, and he knows he’s being a predator.”
The NCAA has already announced that the Big Ten is looking at changes to its rules, and a few other schools are also expected to announce changes in the coming weeks.
Emmers comments also come amid a report that the NFL has been investigating players at Penn State University who had allegedly been arrested for prostitution.
“So I think the next step for the college athletics community is really to have a real discussion about what it’s really like to be a student athlete,” Schofoldsaid.
“What it’s like to have the fear of arrest, the uncertainty about your safety and your future, the possibility of being kicked out of your college.
Those are real things that a lot more of the athletes have to go through.”
ESPN’s John Breitenbach contributed to this report.