Paul Finebaum blasts Mark Emmert, says NCAA president should be fired: 'He is a complete, abject failure at leadership'
Remind us not to get on the bad side of Paul Finebaum.
In the past, the ESPN radio host has been very vocal regarding his distaste for the job Mark Emmert has done serving as president of the NCAA and this offseason, when leadership has been needed the most in college athletics, Finebaum has been quick to point out that Emerick has failed to provide any during the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest issue Finebaum has with Emmert came after the NCAA president issued a statement of no substance that offered little in the way of guidance or leadership.
“Today, sadly, the data point in the wrong direction. If there is to be college sports in the fall, we need to get a much better handle on the pandemic,” Emmert said in a statement.
Following that statement from the NCAA president, the ESPN and SEC Network host took his criticism of Emmert to a new level during his most recent appearance on ESPN morning show “Get Up” on Friday. Here is how Finebaum responded when asked to react to that comment from the NCAA president.
“They say that Mark Emmert is a complete failure at leadership,” Finebaum said on the show. “First of all, it was nice of Mark Emmert to come out of the witness protection program yesterday to let us know what we should all know about the college football season. He is the president of the NCAA. He makes three and a half million dollars a year and him telling us there’s a problem is like a meteorologist telling us during a hurricane that it’s raining outside.
“He is a complete, abject failure at leadership. He’s been derelict in his duty, and quite frankly, I think he should be fired. We might wait to this storm passes to get rid of him, but he has no use whatsoever except taking up the airwaves with idiotic, inane and unimportant statements. So, bottom line is that Mack Brown is saying what a lot of people are saying, college football needs leadership. They have five conference commissioners, but no one, no one is in charge.”
There was no holding back from Finebaum on that one.
The way Finebaum views it, removing the NCAA president won’t be enough to solve all the organization’s issues, either.
“Emmert, like the groundhog, he just sticks his head up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. He drops a statement out to the waiting media, and then he goes back into his hole or his bunker,” Finebaum added. “That’s not what this sport needs.
“And frankly, the NCAA has really been deemed useless and what Dominic said is 100 percent correct, Emmert’s been fighting the professionalism of sports, he’s been fighting the NIL and that’s why it needs to be blown up and we need to start over again because this is a terrible system.”