Washington president Mark Emmert has been named the new president of the NCAA, where he will replace the late Myles Brand, who died of cancer last fall.
Emmert was a sports-friendly president at Washington, often referring to athletics as the "front porch" of a university. My immediate reaction: Great hire by the NCAA.
Said Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott in a statement: “Mark is a visionary leader and a great choice as next President of the NCAA at such an important time in the Association’s history. He has a deep appreciation for the welfare of student-athletes and the role athletics plays in the higher education mission.”
And here's a statement from Pac-10 Conference Chairman and Arizona State president Michael Crow: “I have known Mark for a long time. He is a great academic leader who will bring new ideas and tremendous energy to the role of President at the NCAA. On behalf of my colleagues in the Pac-10, I would like to congratulate Mark on his new position.”
Some Washington fans might be concerned that Emmert could take Huskies athletic director Scott Woodward -- who's been with Emmert since both were at LSU -- with him to Indianapolis. Woodward told the Seattle Times he's staying put.
"I love being here and I'm the athletic director and love what I do and I plan on being here a long time,'' Woodward told the newspaper.