Mark Emmert, President of the NCAA,  has had to deal with a number of public issues in recent weeks, and it sounds like NCAA leadership is happy with his response.

In a Saturday story from Ralph Russo with the AP, Jack DeGioia indicated that the NCAA Board of Governors met Friday to discuss some of the off-the-court stories that have overshadowed the women’s tournament in San Antonio and the men’s tournament in Indianapolis. One of those issues was the disparity in accommodations between the men’s and women’s tournaments.

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According to DeGioia, who is the President of Georgetown and the chairman of the NCAA Board of Governors, the response by Emmert and the NCAA has been “commensurate”:


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“I think there’s a clear understanding that the NCAA fell short in San Antonio, but a recognition that the response has been commensurate with the challenge,” DeGioia said. “And now we’ve got important work in front of us that we will need to engage.”

The other issue the NCAA is facing right now is the ongoing battle of name, image, and likeness legislation for college athletes. When asked if Emmert’s leadership has been up to the task, DeGioia gave his vote of approval:

“We have confidence in Mark’s continuing leadership of the NCAA,” he said.

While DeGioia’s comments are not surprising, it will be interesting to see if the confidence in Emmert persists as the NCAA tackles the challenges still to come.