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Mark Emmert says NCAA will not dictate the start date for return to college sports

Photo: © Robert Deutsch | USATSI

Photo: © Robert Deutsch | USATSI

The president of the NCAA is washing his hands on an important matter and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Mark Emmert, public enemy No. 1 in some circles, said Tuesday the NCAA will not oversee a uniform return to college sports. He told ESPN those decisions will be left up to local officials.

“Normally, there’s an agreed-upon start date for every sport, every season,” Emmert told ESPN, “but under these circumstances, now that’s all been derailed by the pandemic. It won’t be the conferences that can do that, either. It will be the local and state health officials that say whether or not you can open and play football with fans.

“We already saw the Oregon governor offering her views on what’s likely to happen in September. The Pac-12 can say, ‘Gee, we’d all like to open up on this date,’ but whether or not you can is going to be ultimately up to the state and local health officials and the campus itself making a decision whether or not they want to go forward.”

It’s good news for some and bad for others. In states that have taken more restrictive coronavirus measure, like California, those college athletic programs may suffer competitively under prolonged stay-at-home orders. This policy would allow for other schools in the PAC-12 to move forward and play without every member of the conference participating.

The latest from Emmert provides more insight, although it does not come with more certainty. Instead of looking to one entity to set a restart date, there will be 50 different governors and dozens of conference commissioners working together to reach a decision.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for Mark Emmert says NCAA will not dictate the start date for return to college sports

  1. 4everUKBlue
    10:49 am May 13, 2020 Permalink

    I wonder if Juzang regrets transferring to UCLA now…

    • terwilliger
      11:57 am May 13, 2020 Permalink

      First thing that crossed my mind also!

    • T-Town Cat
      12:28 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      Well, he shouldn’t be homesick since Los Angeles County extended their stay-at-home order through the end of August.

  2. dhard
    10:51 am May 13, 2020 Permalink

    Emmert cares about one thing; what day is payday?

  3. BobbyBlue
    10:59 am May 13, 2020 Permalink

    HTF is Emmert even qualified to head up the NCAA ?
    Is it an appointed thing or voted on by member schools after a search ?
    All he cares about is his closely guarded salary number of $4 million a year. That an protecting Dook and UNCheats.

  4. Southky
    11:52 am May 13, 2020 Permalink

    So….I don’t see how this is a good thing for Kentucky’s sports programs with Shutdown Andy as governor. He is gonna drag this crap out as long as he possibly can.

    • terwilliger
      11:58 am May 13, 2020 Permalink

      He wants to drag it out yes, but he’s going to have a rebellion on his hands very soon if he doesn’t end this crap. Everybody is already ignoring his mask order.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:08 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      The mask situation will get worse since he said to wear them until the vaccine is available which is supposed to be 18 months minimum. Makes no difference to me, I will not take the vaccine.

    • Corder
      3:31 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      Me either. It’s time to start getting on with our lives and trying to make something of our lives so our families can survive.

  5. Swizzle
    11:52 am May 13, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s just see who’s running the states that allow it and who doesnt. And what might their agendas be?

    • TonyMontana
      1:15 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      How would it look if they opened everything up and their cities / state turned into a hotspot? They would look incompetent. Who opens up arenas and allows mass gatherings during a viral pandemic?! I do not envy the leaders. No matter what they choose to do, it’s the wrong decision.

  6. ukbradstith
    12:53 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

    I’m a republican in IN, but do you really think your governor wants to drag it out. Like seriously? It benefits him zero. He’s just doing what health officials tell him, probably doesn’t want more people to die. The mask thing is a recommendation. My wife is an OT with a doctorate in a hospital on this side of the river, and she said the mask thing, if all parties wear them, really does make a difference.

    • rickat
      1:32 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      Please. Do not bring Christian values, science, and common sense to this discussion.
      Wear a mask folks. “Don’t Spread on Me.”

    • Southky
      1:45 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      Ukbradstith how exactly is a cloth mask going to stop a virus, which is microscopic, from passing through it? I’m not being a smarta#$, it’s a serious question. Oh, and why start wearing them now after two months?

    • ziplock
      1:54 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      Andy’s trying to get mail in voting passed so they can steal the election.

    • Bluehender
      2:13 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      He didn’t need to steal the last one…

    • sprtphan
      2:52 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      No. Bevin handed it to him. He won’t get another freebie.

    • ukbradstith
      4:57 pm May 13, 2020 Permalink

      Obviously a tiny, cheap cloth mask is not going to stop every particle from infecting the population. But my wife compared it to someone taking a leak near your leg. Both people are naked, you get 100% pee splatter on you. If you are wearing pants, better but still might soak through. If both are wearing pants, the person peeing probably doesn’t get the spray to your skin at all. His pants will stop it, what little made it through will get stopped by yours. Obviously not an exact comparison, and not perfect, but certainly helps. That, with washing your hands before you put them near your face, and society should be able to function, which we need to do ASAP.