The stack of papers on Mark Emmert’s desk marked “Infractions” has to be a mile high. The NCAA always has a piping hot scandal on their hands.
On Tuesday morning the newest one came fresh out of the oven, and boy was it a doozy.
After an extensive and ongoing FBI investigation, 10 arrested were made on chargers of bribery and corruption, at least four of which are NCAA basketball coaches.
Statements have been issued by figureheads at several of the universities that are being investigated, and now the NCAA president has issued a statement of his own.
NCAA statement from Mark Emmert pic.twitter.com/iNsULEWhOI
— NCAA (@NCAA) September 26, 2017
This is the kind of investigation that is going to carry on for a long time. There are a number of teams involved, and the charges being levied are crimes, not NCAA rule infractions.
Blame the system, blame greed, blame a poor distribution and execution of power; anyway you slice it, this is only going to get uglier.
Emmert has been NCAA president since 2010, and in that time has had to wade through more violations and rule infractions than he can count on all of his friends fingers and toes.
This could turn out to be most wide-spread of them all.