Statement

NCAA President Mark Emmert statement on the passing of Merritt Norvell

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Merritt Norvell. His remarkable legacy in college sports began as a college athlete at Wisconsin and included serving as one of the country’s first Black athletics directors at Michigan...

NCAA statement regarding Supreme Court petition for Alston case

“Today, the NCAA asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review of the Alston/Grant-in-Aid case. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is applying antitrust laws to NCAA student-athlete rules inconsistently with other federal circuits and...

NCAA Statement on Gonzalez-Cleaver bill

“We greatly appreciate U.S. Reps. Gonzalez and Cleaver’s collaboration to sponsor bipartisan legislation to strengthen the college athlete experience. We look forward to working together with both representatives, their co-sponsors and...

NCAA Statement on Tom Jernstedt

“The NCAA community is deeply saddened to hear of Tom Jernstedt’s passing. As a significant architect of March Madness and the Final Four, Tom built an enduring legacy that continues in the national and international experience we all know...

NCAA President Mark Emmert statement on the passing of Lute Olson

“Lute Olson was a legend in the world of college basketball who impacted the sport and the lives of student-athletes, fellow coaches, athletics administrators and community members. His success as a coach was mirrored by his ability to genuinely care for each and every one of the players he met. While the world will remember him for building a powerhouse program and making one of the most impressive title runs in NCAA history, he also will be remembered for being a class act and mentor to those around him. We send our deepest condolences to the Olson family during this time.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert statement on the passing of John Thompson, Jr.

“John Thompson Jr. was a giant of college basketball, not merely because of his success on the court as the first Black head coach to win a national title, but more importantly because of his contributions to society. His commitment to the young men and women who play college sports was unambiguous. He wasn’t just a coach; he also fought tirelessly for social justice and the fair and equal treatment for college athletes. We must keep pushing in his honor. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Thompson family.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert statement on race and social justice

The events in Kenosha once again lay bare a tragic outcome resulting from police interaction with a person of color. It has also once again brought to the forefront the issues of race, social justice and social responsibility that we all...

Kansas infractions case will be resolved through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process

A request for referral of the infractions case involving Kansas to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process was granted by the Infractions Referral Committee. Consistent with rules and procedures governing the process, details...

Division III Membership Committee statement on return to sports

The Division III Membership Committee strongly encourages institutions to make the best decisions for their campus community and the happiness, health and safety of their student-athletes.

NCAA statement on Sen. Marco Rubio bill

We commend Senator Rubio for introducing this critical piece of federal legislation to support student-athletes. The provisions of Senator Rubio’s bill are consistent with the many steps our member schools are taking to modernize name,...

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