NCAA President Mark Emmert has announced he is stepping down as the NCAA President. He will continue to serve in the role up until June of 2023 or until a new election is held and a new NCAA President is selected. An NCAA release said Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors reached a mutual agreement for him to step down. He has been in the role of NCAA President since being named to the position on April 27th, 2010.
Mark Emmert is stepping down as President of the NCAA, per release.
He will continue to serve in his role until a new president is selected and in place or until June 30, 2023.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 26, 2022
Mark Emmert, 69, has been at the front of several NCAA mishandlings of controversies and scandals. Speculation that the NCAA would prefer him to step down has ramped up in the past year and now it seems that it in part has happened. It seems apparent that the NCAA needed a change of leadership at the top and now within the next year that will happen. Navigating NIL deals and player compensation, in general, will be up to someone else moving forward.
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) April 26, 2022
In a prepared statement about stepping down, Mark Emmert said the following: “Throughout my tenure, I’ve emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes,” Emmert said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of the work of the Association over the last 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of the national office staff here in Indianapolis.”
The NCAA is entering a new era and considering its past that is largely a good thing. We here at Def Pen Sports will continue to cover this story as it continues.