Joe Nocera | New York Times
April 5, 2013
New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, who sat on the same panel as Tim Pernetti in this video now making its rounds on the internet, wrote an excellent commentary yesterday on the entire Rutgers University situation.
“You don’t have to be at the Final Four to realize that the N.C.A.A. has big problems. But in Atlanta, the sense of crisis is palpable. The chatter you hear is that morale among N.C.A.A. employees is awful. The N.C.A.A. is facing more — and more serious — legal threats than ever before. Its missteps in the University of Miami investigation — in which it engaged a bankruptcy lawyer to depose witnesses its investigators couldn’t reach — stunned many people. The once heretical thought that college athletes ought to be paid for their labors — and that the N.C.A.A.’s amateurism rules are meant to ensure a free labor force — has gained real currency. This week, USA Today published an unflattering article about the checkered academic career of Mark Emmert, the N.C.A.A.’s current president. A tough article like that would have once been unimaginable.”
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