Mark Emmert

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...

NCAA President Mark Emmert's message to membership on inequality and injustice

The killing of George Floyd last week laid bare the continued existence of inequality and injustice in America. The college athletic community must be clear in our stand that it cannot be tolerated. As we look across our nation today we...

Statement from Mark Emmert on the passing of Dr. James Frank

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. James Frank. Throughout his memorable career, Dr. Frank spearheaded positive and impactful change, "championing diversity and inclusion in college sports. He...

Mark Emmert Statement on NBA G League Announcement

“We appreciate the NBA’s decision to provide additional opportunities for those who would like to pursue their dream of playing professionally. The NCAA recently implemented significant reforms to support student-athlete success, including...

NCAA Board of Governors approves contract extension for President Emmert

The NCAA Board of Governors has unanimously voted to extend NCAA President Mark Emmert’s contract for an additional three years. The action extends Emmert’s employment as the NCAA’s chief executive until October 2020, with an option to extend an additional year to 2021.

2016 NCAA State of the Association

MARK EMMERT: We are gathered here today in recognition of this uniquely American phenomenon of college sport. We come together because we love college sports, because our students, our fans, our alumni love college sports. Indeed, it's...

Emmert: Colleges must continue to support student-athletes

The NCAA and member schools continue to improve how they support student-athletes in a variety of ways. But more needs to be done to help them manage the demands on their time and prepare them for life after college, NCAA President Emmert said Sunday.

Initial NCAA statement regarding O’Bannon decision

“We have not completely reviewed the court’s 73-page decision, but we agree with the court that the injunction ‘allowing students to be paid cash compensation of up to $5,000 per year was erroneous.’ Since Aug. 1, the NCAA has allowed...


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