Mark Emmert must go? Paul Finebaum once again takes issue with NCAA president
Spoiler alert, once the holiday season rolls around, Mark Emmert should not be expecting a card from Paul Finebaum.
The SEC Network host has been calling for the NCAA president’s job in recent interviews with the latest coming on Thursday during an appearance on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5 in Mobile.
“Everyone is supposed to work together, but Mark Emmert thinks he is a king,” Finebaum said according to AL.com. “He’s an egomaniacal, self-centered dictator who has very little control. This is the only thing he has control over.”
Those are some harsh words from Finebaum but those sentiments echo the ones previously made by the ESPN employee this week.
Check out what Finebaum had to say during his latest appearance on Birmingham-based 94.5 FM WJOX radio program “The RoundTable”:
“I know this is the wrong time to make absolute statements but I’m going to make one anyway — that moment was the end of the NCAA as we know it,” Finebaum shared. “It may have power in existence for some times but that was an existential moment in the history of the NCAA where knowing the commissioners like we do, they are going to band together at some point, when the storm clears, and are going to say, ‘You know what, we’re not going to take that anymore.’”
Finebaum didn’t stop there, either.
“For Mark Emmert, not to have more consultation with the people that feed the system was inexcusable. And what was interesting is we all praised him on Wednesday afternoon, ‘What a great decision to go ahead and announce that there would be no fans (for the 2020 NCAA Tournament)’ and in the moment it did look good, but once again – no consultation with anyone.
“There’s Greg (Sankey) in Nashville and Kevin Warren in Indianapolis and (John) Swofford over in Greensboro who had no earthly idea what was going on. I mean, their games were beginning as this announcement was coming down and then you know that the real-time scene of the players on the court in Greensboro, and then the fact that the Big East Commissioner we just made the look like an absolute idiot. When she was having a game going on.
“That’s not the way this organization is supposed to run. And by the way, there’s no reason to do it that way other than Mark Emmert is just an arrogant, egomaniacal leader who needs to be replaced immediately for the way he handled that last week. Let’s quit praising him for making the right call. I mean, that well it wasn’t a difficult call. I mean, listen, if you live in real-time, which we all do, it looks fantastic. But when you bring the camera back, there was nothing left in America by Thursday afternoon.”