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... might mean that a kind of cultural critical mass has finally been reached. The NCAA is about to collapse. At least in our esteem.
You wonder how a recruiter from Syracuse, just to pick the latest scoundrel, can look a football or basketball recruit in the eye in the coming months and tell him with a straight face to not sell his game-worn jersey for $500, or not to take a free dinner from an alumnus who owns the pizza parlor at the edge of campus, or to decline the $250 handshake from a booster who knows the kid has no means by which to pay his cell phone bill. You wonder how the presidents of universities, right now the biggest hypocrites on the planet, could have the gumption to lecture anybody on the concepts of honoring commitment and having integrity when as a group these days they have precious little, if any.
“People today have greater doubt, greater concern about what we stand for and why we do what we do,” Emmert said to a packed room of athletic directors and faculty athletics representatives, who have all gathered here for their annual meetings. “And that is a huge problem for us.” [...]
“The world’s convinced that’s all we care about…that all this is about money,” he said. “I didn’t read many of us stepping up and saying that this will work really well for student-athletes because we’ll do X, we’ll do Y, it will create more resources, it will help us stabilize our programs.”
“It was all about the deal,” he said.
“The confusion and disruption of the conference realignment adds to, doesn’t detract from, our ability to get these things done,” he said. “Because, candidly, I think we were all embarrassed by some of that behavior, and here’s our chance to show what we really care about.”