The NCAA is corrupt. We all know that. Mark Emmert needs to step down, and the whole organization needs to be shut down. However, college athletics has to deal with it. I have not really spoken a lot about my thoughts on Emmert, but I hardly ever see eye-to-eye with him. That has changed on one issue.
That issue is in the form of one of the most outspoken and controversial men in college football. I'm referring to Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. He's been making headlines lately by planning a spring practice in Florida on UM's spring break. This is technically not against NCAA rules, but Mark Emmert still doesn't think it's right according to an interview with The State (a newspaper in South Carolina).
"There's a difference between not being prohibited and being OK. There is a big debate going on among administrators right now about how to provide more time off for student-athletes so the use of spring break for practices caused a lot of people to be concerned about it, and that's an appropriate concern. We are trying to find ways to dial back the demands on student-athletes, not ramp them up."
I agree with Emmert. Though it might be within the rules, making students practice on their spring break is just not fair. The strain on college athletes, particularly college football players, is enormous, and no one needs to make their life more stressful. I really wouldn't put it past the NCAA to pass legislation banning this in the future.
Don't get me wrong. I love Jim Harbaugh overall. He's a fun guy to have in college football and always seems to find his way into the news. He's an absolutely amazing football coach and is turning the Michigan program back into the power it should always be. Heck, I don't even have a problem with the controversial satellite camps.
Nevertheless, Harbaugh got this one wrong. Making student athletes practice in Florida on spring break is just not fair. For all the criticism I've had for the NCAA's top dog Mark Emmert, he actually got this one right. One for a thousand is not bad, right? Just kidding, Emmert has no business in college athletics.