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#AskEmmert happened this morning and it was hilarious

NCAA President Mark Emmert went on “Mike & Mike” this morning, and listeners were able to ask him questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskEmmert. Of course, this turned into a total, hilarious disaster. SBNation and Lost Lettermen took some screenshots of the funnier tweets Emmert received:

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I see you, Bomani Jones!

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What did they really expect?

For what it’s worth, during the actual interview, Emmert did admit that the NCAA’s previous rule restricting meals and snacks was stupid, so, there’s that.

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32 Comments for #AskEmmert happened this morning and it was hilarious



  1. RICK
    10:54 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Without the ncaa sports will never be the same. Coaches and players have to be held accountable and when there is no program to do this things will get out of hand.It would be kind of like the United States is now with no leader.



    • Slick
      11:01 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Uhhh, the NCAA has been devoid of competent leadership for a long time anyway. And in case you have been living under a rock, coaches and players have also been getting out of hand for a long time too. The NCAA is broken. Fix it or dissolve it.



    • Musehobo
      11:01 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      I think you’ve missed the point. People aren’t calling for anarchy to overthrow the NCAA and have no governing body. They either want NCAA reform or for for another organization to take over and do it correctly. What on earth are you talking about? Oh and BTW, your President joke isn’t funny.



    • Syrin
      4:36 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

      We know it’s not funny. It’s sad, true and a terrible commentary on Americans.



  2. bort
    10:58 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Please, enough of the NCAA bashing. People who constantly harp on the alleged short-comings of the NCAA obviously never played college sports. It is laughable to suggest that college basketball players are being taken advantage of. They receive scholarships, room, board, tuition, tutors, health insurance, medical care, and a host of other benefits that are worth, in many cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars, all tax free. These “oppressed” players travel for free around the country, receive incredible coaching and instruction, get on tv for free, and often gain a significant advantage in life in the career world for doing nothing but playing basketball. The complainers harp on a few high-profile college players not getting paid; yet 98% of college basketball players are unknown outside of their fan bases, have no potential to play pro basketball, and wouldn’t earn 10 cents on the free market from their “name or likeness.” They are student-athletes. Just b/c Coaches Cal, Self, Williams, Cronin, etc. want to recruit many kids who want to use college basketball as a quick stop to the NBA doesn’t mean that we should forget that probably 95% or more of Division I college players actually take the opportunity to earn a degree. So please, stop bashing the NCAA.



    • Agree with this guy
      11:04 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Couldnt agree more… My favorite part would be the girls throwing themselves at you.



    • Musehobo
      11:06 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      I’m really sorry you can’t see this, but you’ve focused on talking points that have narrowed your mind. Sure there are some who harp on “athletes have it so bad”. I disagree, I think they have a pretty nice setup…but that still doesn’t mean they’re not getting cheated.

      When I was in college I had a job to help pay for other expenses. Some of these kids’ parents have NO money, and the athletes don’t either. Meanwhile the NCAA is making billions, off them. These “student athletes” aren’t allowed to have a job. This is just one point out of dozens that your argument doesn’t address. Wake up.



    • Slick
      11:11 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Now that student athletes get unlimited snacks, the system is fixed. Smh I don’t know about paying players, but they are being used. Case in point…why can a coach, under a long term contract, be allowed to change jobs to a new school no problem, but if a kid wants to transfer, he has to sit out a year. And his current school can even limit where he transfers to? That’s oppressive. The NCAA does not care about academics, just $$. Why else would they take billions from ESPN and let TV dictate that teams play a 9:30 Thursday game in Starkville, for example, when there are 8:00 classes in Lexington on Friday. The NCAA is broken. It was not set up to operate in an environment like today’s, where billions of $$ are at stake. I hope they tear it down.



    • Musehobo
      11:14 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Slick, there’s almost no need to try and argue with him. After all, the statement “student athletes have it made” is a coverall for any possible oppression the NCAA could do to them.



    • lonnieb
      11:19 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Mushobo…..you got it bud.
      I worked 40 hours a week in graduate school and it was much easier than playing DI baseball and going to class in undergrad. athletics literally takes up your whole day with scheduled and “voluntary” workouts which anyone who has played know these are not actually voluntary. Its much more difficult to be a student athlete than a student that works full time.
      At the end of a day some of the athletes have skills that make millions of dollars for other people. I do disagree about getting rid of the governing body. I also disagree about paying them b/c only a handful of schools exist that could pay the players and still keep head above water. People forget unless they change tite nine they would also have to the the stipend or whatever to the womens tennis player. I do feel however that if someone like manziel wants to go to the mall and sell his autograph he should be able to. The nerd in chemistry class can so why cant the star bball of fball player do it. I think that would satisfy the need a bit b/c one thing the original poster said i agree with and there is only a handful of players on teams that really deserve and increased share of money secondary to their marketability.



    • Musehobo
      11:24 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Lonnieb. I agree with you that many schools couldn’t afford to pay players. And I know that working out a fair system that works for all would be a major undertaking. But if you take the profit that the supposed “non-profit” NCAA is making off the kids, you could divide it in an equal fashion some way amongst all the athletes, this way the schools don’t have to pay it. It would be a long, complicated process to work out, but it couldn’t be any more complicated than the system we currently have, which is very broken.



    • lonnieb
      11:35 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      I agree. The same problem will exist though because do the women athletes get paid the same as men. Do the sports that are profitable make more than the soccer players. Does the QB get more than the 3rd string safety/walk on. While I agree with everything you said I think it will be difficult/almost impossible to find a system that is fair to ALL te athletes. Its a slippery slope that has no good answers. I agree the ncaa is cheating the players. Im not sure how to fix it without making it worse than it already is for most involved



    • Lame
      11:56 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      It does not matter. The Super Leagues will split because THEY MAKE THE MONEY and THEY don’t want to share anymore. That’s fine with me.
      As for the non profit sports. In those cases it’s more than fair to the students as they are not going to be going pro. They get their school, board, etc for FREE and might I add OFF the Backs of the Profit sports, Basketball and Football. So go to He L L Pay the people making the money for everyone. They Deserve it. Talk about Socialism



    • bort
      12:23 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Again, the people who are commenting here apparently are unfamiliar with Division I athletics. First, the players “work” in the off-season. In fact, the players work summer basketball camps and get paid well for basicially spending a few hours teaching kids how to dribble. I worked multiple camps and got paid well above what my effort was worth. Second, many of these kids get Pell Grants on top of their scholarships. Third, not sure how you can go hungry when you are given an unlimited training table. Our football offensive linemen apparently know how to find food, and I doubt they are paying for it out of pocket.
      Next, I didn’t know the NCAA was supposed to be the welfare wagon for America. Any Division I athlete is fully taken care of: room, board, tuition, medical care, etc. You mean we have to take care of their families, too! The solution for families that have no money is to…drum roll, please…go out and work! Hate to see the Obama-mentality dictating college athletics.



  3. GordonM
    11:03 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Nominate “SI_DougFarrar” for the winning question.



  4. rick
    11:05 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Bort, Thank you, hit the nail on the head.MUSEHOBO, It wasn’t a joke.



    • Musehobo
      11:12 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      No the joke would be somebody who thinks the President is the only leader in a democracy. While I would argue that DC is full of corrupt politicians across both parties, some would place the blame on one person, who is just one part of one section of our government. But I know you weren’t trying to make a statement just about a Democrat president right? I mean, it’s not like you piss and moan just about guys who are not in your party?



  5. LegallyBlue
    11:07 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    this is great! haha



  6. amirite
    11:14 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    “the previous meal restriction was stupid” a.k.a. “since every news organization but us on blast after Napier’s comments we were forced to change it.”



  7. RICK
    11:22 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    MUSEHOBO, Calm down man, it started out a joke and you took it so serious i thought i would just keep the fun going. You have a great weekend and we live in a great country no matter who the leader is and GO BIG BLUE.



  8. serdi
    11:23 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    They did not dare ask him about the greatest scandal in NCAA history taking place in Chapel Hill did they?



  9. Deadspin
    11:27 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks for the credit…



  10. Mark Emmert
    11:29 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    i was all trolololol

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  11. mlvei
    12:10 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Emmert figures out players are going hungry AFTER Shabazz Napier’s comment at the NCAA championship. HOW PROACTIVE of Emmert! How much are they paying this guy to have a 21 year old tell him what he should figure out on his own? What a greedy bunch of 1 percenter’s are running “amateur” sports. Emmert and his ilk make slave owners seem like progressives. What a complete, total, money grubbing creep!



    • ukbradstith
      1:25 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Players were never going hungry. Come on man, use some common sense. And stop comparing NCAA athletes to slaves. It’s extremely offensive.



  12. Megan
    12:17 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Student athletes are allowed to earn a living just like any other student. The NCAA doesn’t prevent them from getting a job while they’re in school. And it doesn’t prevent them from playing professional basketball any time they want.



    • Roflectomy
      2:32 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

      You’re being intentionally obtuse and it makes you look dumb.

      They are allowed to earn up to a maximum of $2,000 over their scholarship benefits per year. The issue is that a division I athlete does not have the time to do this because of school, practice, meetings, travel to and from games, etc. It’s literally impossible for them to fit this into their schedule on top of all the other demands of being an indentured servant to the school.

      Your second comment about not being able to play professional basketball is just willful ignorance and doesn’t dignify more response than this.



  13. Al/in/Indy
    12:57 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    In the 80s and 90s General Motors used to hire IU’s basketball team on summer break, WITH the strict stipulation that none were to use machines in a “factory” environment…..Thus most either walked around with clipboards or a broom. One even had a second job and that was to turn on a sprinkling systems at their football/practice fields……which was on timers may I add.



  14. ukbradstith
    1:29 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    I agree with most of this, but these players are not slaves, and quite frankly that’s a disgusting comparison. The players are given all the luxuries you can think of and come out with an expensive 4 year degree DEBT FREE if they so chose. Only 3-4% actually generate profit anyway. Slavery is the lowest point in the country’s history. If someone has free will, they are not a SLAVE.



  15. logical chris
    2:20 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    The question no one wishes to address here is this; why should the 95% so called who couldn’t earn money for their name and likeness even deserve to get a scholarship if they don’t actually earn their university any money? I’d say only athletes that contribute to programs which make money should even get a scholarship. It makes zero economic sense and it’s totally misrepresentative of the real world to have someone on the archery team getting a scholarship, but I could see paying major college football and basketball players because they’re part of an engine that actually generates wealth.



  16. Bill Brasky
    4:43 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    That picture really needs a “caption this.” There’s a lot going on there.



  17. beavis
    5:10 pm April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Maybe Emmert could get a job at UNC after he finishes at the NCAA. I hear they are looking for an instructor for their African American studies class.