NCAA president Mark Emmert issued a statement Friday morning in response to the Yahoo Sports story detailing widespread college basketball corruption.
According to the report, at least 25 players from 20 college basketball programs, including Michigan State and Maryland, received impermissible benefits from a sports agency, ASM Sports, the past couple of years.
Emmert wasted no time responding to the expose:
“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules, Emmert said.
“Following the Southern District of New York’s indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it’s clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”
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