Josh Kendall

September 24, 2013

Kendall's Morning Meeting: The NCAA is strangely silent as amateurism burns

The stories of college players taking money are popping up left and right, but we've heard little from the NCAA, and it's begin to feel like that's not going to change.

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    In 1984, Robert Irsay moved the then-Baltimore Colts out of Baltimore in the dark of night and took the team to Indianapolis.

    I’m starting to wonder if the NCAA, which is ostensibly housed in Indianapolis, has done the same thing to sneak out of Indiana’s capital city. I mean, seriously, when was the last time you heard anything from NCAA president Mark Emmert? After a weeks-long PR campaign by the NCAA, it seems the organization has gone missing.

    Yahoo says D.J. Fluker took money. Arian Foster says he took money at Tennessee. Don’t you start laughing at those guys now, either, because the dam has broken on this thing. We have crossed whatever psychological barrier kept these guys from spilling the beans before, and I’d be shocked if we don’t hear a lot more of this from lots of former athletes at big time schools in the very near future.

    And where’s the NCAA to do anything about it? I have no idea. Emmert reportedly said this Monday at Marquette:

    “One thing that sets the fundamental tone is there’s very few members and, virtually no university president, that thinks it’s a good idea to convert student-athletes into paid employees. Literally into professionals. Then you have something very different from collegiate athletics. One of the guiding principles (of the NCAA) has been that this is about students who play sports.”

    Marquette is in Wisconsin, which is near Indianapolis I guess, so maybe the NCAA still has offices and still is working. Or maybe Emmert just stopped the truck with all the office furniture on the flatbed and the three remaining compliance officers sleeping in the cabin behind the driver’s seat just long enough to give the illusion he still is on the job.

    The NCAA model is coming down faster and faster and this boulder is not going to slow down now that it’s going down this hill. Emmert and the NCAA need to be very visible right now, rather than seemingly sitting on their hands. It's been clear for a while the NCAA doesn't have the acumen to handle all its infractions cases. It's starting to look like it doesn't even have the stomach for it now.

    Monday was a slow day around the SEC, but we did tell you yesterday that you are going to hear a lot about Zach Mettenberger going back to Georgia this week, so here’s more on that story. The situation has worked on the football field for both teams as the Bulldogs are happy with Aaron Murray, and Mettenberger is starting to play very well at LSU.

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