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Mark Emmert leaving position as president of NCAA to head to LSU?

Jun 7, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

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In January, NCAA President Mark Emmert signed a contract extension to keep him in that position for two more years, but, according to one report, things may have changed. is reporting that Emmert may be leaving his post and could return to LSU, where he previously served as chancellor.

The report goes on to say that Emmert and representatives from the school have discussed combining the president and chancellor roles into one position, a job which Emmert could then fill.

Emmert has been serving as NCAA president for just over two years.

“I am grateful for the executive committee’s support during this critical period of time in intercollegiate athletics,” Emmert said in a statement at the time of his contract extension. “I look forward to continuing to work with presidents, commissioners, athletics directors, coaches and other leaders as we strengthen our service to student-athletes.”

After his tenure as chancellor at LSU in the early 2000s, he became the president of the University of Washington.

Over the past few months, public discourse has shifted toward two major issues facing the NCAA: conference realignment and the NCAA business model.

In November, the NCAA passed bylaw that allows conferences to add a stipend to a player’s scholarship, valued at up to $2,000. At the time, Emmert was adamant that the move was not a step in the direction of paying players.

Emmert is 59 years old and a graduate of the University of Washington.

UPDATE 7 June 2013, 2:03 p.m.

Joe Schad of is reporting that Mark Emmert has responded to the initial report, calling it “complete nonsense.” Of note, though, is the fact that Emmert has not commented on contact with LSU officials.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. rajbais - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Good riddance!!!

    It’s time we get someone that throws the current rule book for NCAA athletes out the window!!!!

    These athletes are free labor under an untaxed, worker’s compensation-free system who are steered to bad educations and degrees!!!!

    The NCAA is only about control, but they penalize players and schools with no consistent formula and have schools that wreck their own budgets for bowl games that aren’t profitable enough!!!

    Leave these kids alone and learn how to run an entity with competence because the disingenuous Emmert did neither!!!

  2. packhawk04 - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    You mentioned it… kids. Theyre kids. Kids. Not professionals. Kids.

    • rajbais - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM


      I’m not sure if you are agreeing or disagreeing with me, but all I am saying is that the NCAA does not know what is in the best interest for kids.

      There’s way too much proof to back what I am saying. My goodness, if we have now come to the point where we have people questioning if college itself is worth it or not the NCAA will likely have less knowledge in what is in the best interest of their campus athletes.

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