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Former NCAA staffers tell ESPN “Emmert targets specific head coaches”


In a very lengthy piece over at, one that makes NCAA president Mark Emmert look like a bigger douchebag than we ever imagined, Dana O’Neil and Mike Fish report that former NCAA staff members have come forward to Outside The Lines with multiple examples of Emmert’s questionable practices within the NCAA. The two examples used in the report will certainly catch the eyes of Big Blue Nation; they are as follows:

— Targeting specific head coaches and programs presumed as being “dirty,” particularly within a separate in-house group investigating basketball.

— Enforcement and NCAA staff sharing and reviewing information about student-athlete academic transcripts at various times with the media, a violation of federal privacy laws.

I know a guy, as do you, who likely falls under the category of “targeted head coach” at a “program presumed dirty.” Some of his former players fell victim to leaked transcripts to the media, too.

It sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it?

[Outside The Lines: NCAA’s Emmert at crossroads]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

44 Comments for Former NCAA staffers tell ESPN “Emmert targets specific head coaches”

  1. UK
    7:48 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Emmert should be fired or forced to resign. No other way around it. He has made a mockery of the NCAA and should be banished for life.

  2. PoopyButt
    7:56 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    What a self righteous jerk. He’s the reason Enes Kanter couldn’t play in 2010-2011 because he was salty he didn’t pick Washington. He basically took away a national title from us that year because we would’ve beat UConn no doubt.

  3. IcemanJ
    7:58 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    This guy is a joke. He can sit around, pick and choose who he wants investigate. All the while, he is turning a blind eye to the UNC madness? The days of the NCAA are numbered. They are completely corrupt!

  4. bmt22033
    8:02 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, everybody that might even be a little bit surprised by this, raise your hand…

  5. BBN
    8:05 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Surprise, surprise. I have thought Emmert was targeting Calipari from the beginning. He completely screwed Enes Kanter and cost us a national title.

  6. TheBigToe
    8:11 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I bet Drew had to dig pretty deep in the “No Shit Sherlock” file to find this jewel. when does the FBI arrest him for violating federal privacy laws?

  7. Brian
    8:11 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, he’ll be punished just like everyone in the Obama administration.

  8. Slappy
    8:13 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    This is awesome. The ishstorm this will create will completely justify everything UK fans have been complaining about as far as being unjustifiably targeted by the NCAA for years, decades even.

  9. Ridge Runner
    8:17 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    He needs the NCAA version of the death penalty. Banned!

  10. Ridge Runner
    8:18 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    It was about time this slime ball’s mask was ripped off.

  11. Jeff stevens
    8:20 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Lets not forget that tj picked Washington then backed out to go to bbn I hope he also loses his ad job at Washington

  12. Wildcat Willie
    8:23 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    It’s not like we didn’t know this though right? Just strengthens the argument.

  13. Kidding me?
    8:43 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t imagine how the NCAA would continue to watch a guy with 2 banners removed from the rafters of 2 separate schools. Just a conspiracy! Give me a break. As was said when he came folks its bit if but when.

  14. JD
    8:55 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    #13…why are you here Tard?

  15. Enes Kanter
    8:58 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Mr. Emmert no like Kentucky.

  16. its bit if but when
    9:07 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    13. This statement makes perfect sense. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve told myself “its bit if but when”. It’s usually after a few shots if crown royal and depression pills.

  17. Mugs
    9:14 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t they have checks and balances?

  18. NotSatire
    9:16 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    16. Lol. “I trolled, and trolled, and trolled again; to think of something to say, but then; in a burst of uncontrolled anguishing; exclaimed, “its bit if but when”.

  19. NotSatire
    9:17 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Obviously, inspired by “Private Eyes”.

  20. Han
    9:27 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    But but but we’re just paranoid losers who think the NCAA/ESPN/media/whoever targets us or has grudges.

    This reminds me of when it came out that the IRS was targeting political groups they suspected to be tied to the Tea Party/conservatives.

    Doesn’t look good for the ole Prez. Time to retire before you pull down the NCAA with you, Emmert.

  21. Ted for prez
    9:34 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    He’s a BEEEOOOTCH!!!!

  22. For Real
    9:39 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    ¥uck this guy…. He’s going down!

  23. C.J
    9:39 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Mark graduated from Washington university. After Enes decommited from there and chose UK thats when the deep investigating comes in at. If he would of stayed at Washington he would of played College ball. It pissed Mark off so he declared Enes ineligible.

  24. Bottom Line
    9:42 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA knows Cow has his pimp, Uncle Wes, buy players. They cannot prove it because Wes and his people do all the dirty work. They are looking for any reason to nail your grossly obese coach. They will eventually get Cow.

  25. Mooooo!!!
    10:02 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    #24. Next thing you will tell us is that cow is the mastermind behind chick fil a advertising. You may be on to something. Keeping digging for dirt on cow, you might end up finding some cow pies!

  26. Blueswade
    10:19 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Not that Enes needs the money, but he should sue the pants off of that POS for his bogus ineligibility.
    Unlike others, he was not given the opportunity to repay any ‘benefits’ to regain his amateur status.
    Emmert made him ineligible to punish Calipari and UK.
    NCAA should be ruled ineligible!…..their days of usefulness are long gone.

  27. Jason Whitlock
    10:38 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Somewhere Jay Bilas is cackling and rolling a blunt

  28. Kevin C.
    10:48 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    I haven’t been this shocked since Ellen DeGeneres announced she’s a lesbian.

  29. Judge n Jury
    10:50 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    It is time for Mr Hankey to get flushed.

  30. Derp
    10:56 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    24… 30 years from now you’ll be saying the same thing

  31. Han
    10:58 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    24) What you’re saying is that despite everyone and their biased brother trying to find something to pin on Cal for the last 4 years at KY, it’s there, but it’s just hidden well? Really? Do you have any idea how hard people have looked?

    UNC has Pack Pride watching them. We have everyone watching us.

  32. Buckets
    11:06 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Another nail in the NCAA’s coffin. That ship is sinking and I for one will cheer when the NCAA is gone and we form the super conferences. I’m so tired of the hypocrisy.

  33. natural macaroni
    11:14 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Somebody needs to create this tonight.

  34. Do whut?
    12:44 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    These two issues seem among the most serious yet the article didn’t really expound at all. Despite the fact that every program punished for major violations has a large, boisterous fan base complaining about unfair targeting and being picked on by the NCAA (see: Ohio State University, the) it seems UK fans may have been right all along. I suppose by now we know either Cal is an artist when it comes to cheating or he really does run a clean program. I wonder which would bug Cards fans more. Either way it’s nice to know they’re annoyed.

  35. UKBlue
    1:12 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    He will be going bye bye soon

  36. kadizkat
    7:22 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    ‘Lilbrother fans continue to show their ignorance. It’s a stretch to get Coach Cal involved in the D Rose issue but under no circumstances can anyone tie him to the UMass-Camby vacated appearance. But they continue to hope that he’s doing some bad things to get players. Get hoping and trolling ‘lilbrother.

  37. KG
    7:50 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Uh,Ahem……..Hate to tell you this #13 but your veil has slipped and some red feathers are showing………..just sayin.

  38. Seriously
    8:50 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    So profiling exists! Shocking. It isn’t like a few years ago when he was at Memphis that the same people defending him on this site were blasting him for cheating. You knew what you were getting when the university hired him own it and stop complaining.

  39. UKPORT
    9:04 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Mentioning Obama along this thread is ridiculous, Brian no. 6.
    If anything, Cal and Obama have a LOT in common.
    Being accused of things with no evidence?
    Haters gotta hate, I guess.
    Your birthiness is showing.

  40. bbr
    9:26 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Hey “Seriously Says” and all others who continue to spout the “Cal is cheating…paying for players, etc” chant that you are not only disparaging (sorry for the big word ul fans)Coach Cal, but also all of those players as well. In order for him to have cheated and paid for players the players had to be in on it. So what you are saying is that Davis, Gilchrist, Wall, Knight, Noel etal are all deceitful, cheating people. There are two majro problems with that 1) It doesn’t fit in with their personalities that have been on display in one of the biggest fishbowls of all sports and 2) the more people you get involved in a conspiracy, the more difficult it becomes to hide. Thats a lot of top-notch recruits, plus families etc that have to keep their mouths shut. Your conspiracy theory doesn’t sound very plausible. Even if you don’t like coach Cal you can at least use some logic – sorry, never mind ul, hoosier and unc fans, that last statement didn’t make sense when applied to you.

  41. Seriously
    11:52 am July 24, 2013 Permalink

    41 I understand using common sense and logic is tough but try to follow. Rather your coach is a cheater or not is irrelevant to this story. What is relevant is that he is perceived to be a cheater by media, the NCAA and coaches, Due to that perception the innuendos will come. That is why I say own it. You knew about the perception before he came and it has not changed. Based on that simple logic if you are a fan of the team and the coach you should be expecting that those perceptions and targeting will continue. Why the perception exists is arguable but it does exist

    1:04 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Perception is relative to the one perceiving. My perception is not the same as “Seriously Says”. This is not logic.

  43. BlueOrion
    11:35 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Its a problem when folks fostering perceptions are the ones most likely to agree with said false perception along with any falsely percieved advantages gained through advocating the originial perception…the Sesame Street version/explanation is available upon request.