Now, Mountain West says it supports NCAA president

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Is the Mountain West dissatisfied with the NCAA leadership and President Mark Emmert? Or is the conference supporting the embattled president?

It depends on the day, apparently.

Last week, CBSSports.com reported that the league was not happy with NCAA leadership. The website cited an internal league memo.

“Is it time for the presidents to seek new NCAA leadership or a new organization? The NCAA has evidenced decisions that focus on trivial and penalize our athletes. The salaries for the NCAA leadership are excessive and an embarrassment to the Mountain West schools. Their decision making is cumbersome and oblique,” the memo read.

But Tuesday evening — after the NCAA’s executive committee gave Emmert a vote of confidence on Friday — the Mountain West issued a public statement.

“This is a challenging era for governance within intercollegiate athletics and Dr. Mark Emmert’s leadership during these times is greatly appreciated. He has initiated much needed reforms in the areas of academic enhancement, student-athlete well-being and athletic certification. As a conference, the Mountain West is committed to working within established governance channels. If we ever arrive at a situation where we have concerns with the NCAA, we will express them via appropriate channels within the formal NCAA governance structure. No such concern has been expressed by our conference,” the league said in joint statement from Colorado State President Anthony Frank, the chairman of the Mountain West Board of Directors, and Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson.

Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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