Mark Emmert

Emmert praises student-athletes, addresses key issues in college sports

NCAA President Mark Emmert spoke with media via videoconference for the second time in as many days today, praising student-athletes for their dedication to compete safely during a pandemic and emphasizing the historic nature of the issues currently surrounding college athletics.

External equity review of all championships announced

“The NCAA will continue to aggressively address material and impactful differences between the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. While many of the operational issues identified have been resolved, we must continue to...

NCAA President Mark Emmert statement on Kevin White’s upcoming retirement

The NCAA would like to congratulate Kevin White on a tremendous career in intercollegiate athletics, culminating at Duke University...

Emmert calls 2021 a ‘seminal year for college sports’

While last year provided NCAA members some of the most difficult challenges they have ever faced, 2021 offers the chance to showcase the membership’s values and reinforce its mission.

President Mark Emmert congratulates Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer on record-breaking win

“Congratulations to Coach VanDerveer for achieving the all-time wins record in women’s basketball. For the past four decades, Coach VanDerveer has done an exceptional job of coaching, educating, and mentoring student-athletes to success on...

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 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...


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