NCAA President Mark Emmert has never been the most popular guy in the world of college sports, and this week, one of the most prominent voices in sports expressed further criticism of him to the general public.
In an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Friday, Paul Finebaum called Emmert out for being a “failure at leadership.”
The quote came in response to Emmert’s statement this week that data is pointing “in the wrong direction” about the possibility of sports returning to action this fall.
“Today, sadly, the data point in the wrong direction,” said Emmert. “If there is to be college sports in the fall, we need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.”
“They say that Mark Emmert is a complete failure at leadership,” Finebaum responded on the show. “First of all, it was nice of Mark Emmert to come out of the witness protection program yesterday to let us know what we should all know about the college football season. He is the president of the NCAA. He makes three and a half million dollars a year and him telling us there’s a problem is like a meteorologist telling us during a hurricane that it’s raining outside.
“He is a complete, abject failure at leadership. He’s been derelict in his duty, and quite frankly, I think he should be fired. We might wait to this storm passes to get rid of him, but he has no use whatsoever except taking up the airwaves with idiotic, inane and unimportant statements. So, bottom line is that Mack Brown is saying what a lot of people are saying, college football needs leadership. They have five conference commissioners, but no one, no one is in charge.”
Finebaum continued to pile on, adding that Emmert is a “groundhog” and is a key reason why the NCAA system is “terrible.”
“Emmert, like the groundhog, he just sticks his head up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. He drops a statement out to the waiting media, and then he goes back into his hole or his bunker,” Finebaum continued. “That’s not what this sport needs.
“And frankly, the NCAA has really been deemed useless. … Emmert’s been fighting the professionalism of sports, he’s been fighting the NIL and that’s why it needs to be blown up and we need to start over again because this is a terrible system.”