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Dempsey served as 'advisor' in NCAA's decisions

Cedric Dempsey could only advise NCAA schools on whether or not to play last week.

Updated: September 18, 2001, 6:07 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Cedric Dempsey doesn't have the same authority as the NFL's Paul Tagliabue, Major League Baseball's Bud Selig, the NBA's David Stern, or the NHL's Gary Bettman.

He isn't the commissioner of the NCAA, just an executive director who acts as a liaison for the membership to various outside interests. Last week, that included the White House. But, his co-dependence on the member schools meant he had no authority to shut down college football or any other sport in the wake of the worst terrorist ...

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