Big 12: Mark Emmert

Podcast: NCAA president Mark Emmert

March, 14, 2012
NCAA president Dr. Mark Emmert dishes with Mike and Mike in the Morning on the NCAA tournament, potential changes to the college basketball season, the state of amateur athletics, the future of college football's postseason, conference realignment and more.

Another SEC roadblock for Texas A&M?

August, 16, 2011
Texas A&M appears to be on its way to the SEC, but the process has slowed, and the Aggies may have to clear another hurdle before being able to exit the Big 12.

This one, though, has nothing to do with good, old-fashioned Texan politicking, fits for the SEC's 14th team or votes from any number of board members.

The latest roadblock could be a possible meeting between top college officials, barring clearance from the NCAA.

According to a report in the New York Times, NCAA president Mark Emmert has reached out to officials to suggest a "less canniabalistic and more collegial way to approach conference expansion."
Tension is high among some commissioners, as Texas A&M of the Big 12 appears headed to the Southeastern Conference in the near future. The Big 12’s Dan Beebe and the SEC’s Mike Slive had a heated phone conversation last week about a potential move, according to a high-ranking college official with direct knowledge of the call.

As conferences teeter on the edge of significant realignment, Emmert’s proposal shows the level of concern among major college sports officials. Emmert lacks the authority to make unilateral decisions about realignment, but he can preach common sense.

Beebe disputed the claims to the Dallas Morning News, saying "We have been very direct but have not had any conversations with Mike Slive I would describe as heated, ever."

Texas A&M's exit to the SEC (which I do believe will eventually happen) has no current timeline, but if the NCAA gets seriously involved, any conference move could happen later than sooner.

Lunch links: DeLoss Dodds talks Tressel

June, 14, 2011
On Wednesday, I might do something I haven't done all year: watch a hockey game.

Lunch links: Peterson a non-issue for A&M

April, 1, 2011
April Fool's is the worst pseudo-holiday ever. And that is not an April Fool's joke.

Lunch links: Husker troubles

December, 20, 2010
They put a popcorn machine up there just to brighten things up, but they used the wrong kind of oil and a bunch of people had to get their throats replaced.

Lunch links: New NCAA head believes playoff 'inevitable'

April, 29, 2010

Lunch links: QB chaos in the Big 12

April, 28, 2010
Tune your TV sets to ESPNU today at 5:30 p.m. ET if you care to hear me talk about Big 12 football. Posting might be a little lighter through the week as we load up for some big postspring stuff coming soon.

The Seattle spin on Leach's visit to the Great Northwest

December, 3, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

The Seattle Times reported this morning that its sources indicate that Texas Tech coach Mike Leach talked with Washington officials Tuesday about their vacant head coaching position.

Washington president Mark Emmert didn't say much in specifics to the newspaper about the school's search, but he did make one guarantee.

"We're moving along and making some good progress, talking to lots of people, which is what we wanted," Emmert told the Times. "I think we will be able to resolve this in the near future, but I'm not going to tell you what I mean by near future. But I'm really confident we are going to have a coach in place before the LSU game."

LSU opens the season against the Huskies on Sept. 5, 2009.

Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers has been adamant that he would be willing to renegotiate Leach's contract after the regular season concludes.

With the Red Raiders finishing their record-breaking 11-1 season, it would appear to be time for Myers to take his seat at the poker table.

Lunchtime links: 'Tis the season for coaching speculation

October, 29, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin:

Ty Willingham's forced resignation at Washington earlier this week has prompted some early stories about potential replacements with Big 12 connections. What a better topping to spice up this lunchtime collection of links?

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bryan Burwell writes that leaving Missouri for Washington makes little sense for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel -- even if the Husky program once might have been considered Pinkel's "dream job." The Columbia Tribune's Dave Matter writes that a more logical candidate might be Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who is familiar with Washington president Mark Emmert and athletic director Scott Woodward, who both worked with him at LSU. 
  • Former Kansas defensive coordinator Bill Young can't get away from the struggles his old defense is facing this season. Young told J. Brady McCullough of the Kansas City Star that playing tougher Big 12 opponents has been a big cause of the unit's sputtering early performance.
  • Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander relayed the grisly details of his Aug. 31 stabbing to Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler. Alexander missed four games but is back in the Sooners' rotation for Saturday's game against Nebraska.
  • Oklahoman beat writer Scott Wright writes that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's dream job is now turning into one of the best ones in college football.
  • Even Kansas State coach Ron Prince's own sons are asking him when the Wildcats will beat Kansas, Wichita Eagle/Kansas City Star beat writer Jeffrey Martin reports.
  • Colorado offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich has made some noticeable changes after the Buffaloes were shutout last week by Missouri -- the first blanking of a Colorado offense in 20 years.