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April 28, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Wednesday morning notes — a little more from Emmert

Mark Emmert just concluded a media teleconference this morning to further discuss his departure from UW and his new role as president of the NCAA.
Nothing real earthshattering, though Emmert did mention how quickly the process developed.
“I wasn’t aware I would have the job offer until literally an hour after I had the interview yesterday,” he said. He said that’s what prevented him from giving much advance notice to anyone at UW.
He was asked about the future of the Husky Stadium project and said: “I’m going to continue in my role as President of the University into the fall, right now we’ve identified a start date (with the NCAA) of no later than Nov. 1. So I won’t be out of Seattle any time soon — you’ll have to deal with me for a little while longer. And during that time frame we will continue to work on the Husky Stadium project.”
Emmert had signed a five-year contract with the school last summer, a time when he said he was glad to finally have some stability after preivous working with one-year contracts. Asked what changed to make him want to pursue the NCAA opening, he said: “Just this opportunity. When we renegotiated my contract a year or so ago, the reality was this job wasn’t available. It wasn’t on my radar screen at the time. Then unfortunately, with the very sad and untimely death of Myles Brand, the job became available and I was approached about it, and it seemed like a very great fit for me for where I was in my career and it was very, very compelling.”
Emmert said that increasing budget issues at UW did not make it easier for him to leave.
“Those budget issues actually make it much harder to leave the University rather than much easier,” he said. “I would very much have liked to stayed and managed those issues a bit longer. But when you’ve got a great opportunity like this one, they come on the time frame they come on, not necessarily of one’s choosing. … (the budget issues) did not figure in a negative sense in my consideration, quite the opposite.”
Speaking on a couple of specific NCAA issues, Emmert said he is “an enourmous supporter” of the academic reforms started by Brand (such as the APR); and he said that it is not the role of the NCAA to lead the charge on a college football playoff, saying that the “decision about the college football playoff is really one, as it should, that will reside with the presidents that oversee those campuses. The NCAA has not been involved in the BCS debate in a direct way. We are standing ready and willing to help them think those issues through . … at the end of the day, that’s a decision that the presidents are going to have to reach.”
— Also, Steve Sarkisian’s Daily Top Five for Wednesday’s practice is up, featuring James Johnson as Player of the Day.
— And here’s my story for today’s paper on the move of the spring game to a Friday night.



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