NCAA president Mark Emmert was the chancellor at LSU from 1999 to 2004. Ben Simmons was there as a basketball player for only one year.
“The NCAA is really f—ed up,”…
“The NCAA is messed up,” Simmons said. “I don’t have a voice. … I don’t get paid to do it. Don’t say I’m an amateur and make me take pictures and sign stuff and go make hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars off one person. … I’m going off on the NCAA. Just wait, just wait. I can be a voice for everybody in college. I’m here because I have to be here [at LSU]. … I can’t get a degree in two semesters, so it’s kind of pointless. I feel like I’m wasting time.”
Emmert visited the Manship School of Journalism at LSU on Wednesday and had this to say about Simmons’ comments.
Mark Emmert references Ben Simmons' comments on one-and-done:
"That's not our rule. It's the NBA's. We don't care if you go play ball" #LSU
— James Moran (@SmartestMoran) November 2, 2016
Well, sure, technically it is. But one of the main reasons the better basketball players leave after just one year is because the NCAA offers them scholarship and cost of attendance coverage, but doesn’t allow them to profit off their own likeness or image when it comes to things like merchandise or endorsement deals.
— LSU TAF (@lsutaf) November 2, 2016
For Emmert to say “We don’t care” is strong language. It’s tough to imagine the NCAA doesn’t care at all. It’s good for attendance and exposure if better athletes stay. We’ll see if this gets extended further, but the clash between the governing body and it’s athletes is already well documented.