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NCAA chief gets extension into 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Mark Emmert did enough in his first 17 months as NCAA president to get a 24-month contract extension.

Friday, the executive committee unanimously approved a deal to keep Emmert in office through October 2017.

"I am grateful for the executive committee's support during this critical period of time in intercollegiate athletics," Emmert said in a statement posted on the NCAA's website. "I look forward to continuing to work with presidents, commissioners, athletics directors, coaches and other leaders as we strengthen our service to student-athletes."

Emmert has pushed for rapid changes since he took office in October 2010. Many of the measures, particularly tougher academic standards, have been embraced by school presidents.

"He is exactly the right person the association needs to lead the NCAA through this very important time in our history," said Ed Ray, executive committee chairman and Oregon State president.

But two significant rules changes passed by the Division I Board of Directors in October — a $2,000 athlete stipend and requiring multiyear scholarships rather than annual renewals — are facing override hearings. Emmert wants only slight modifications to the stipend before sending it back for a 60-day comment period, he said Friday.

Thursday, Emmert said he would back a small football playoff if that's what BCS officials decide. He would support a four-team playoff field as long as the field doesn't grow, he said.

Meanwhile, an NCAA working group is proposing several cost-cutting measures, including reducing noncoaching staffs in football to 12 and in basketball to six starting in 2013-14; the elimination of foreign tours starting this summer, and scholarship reductions in football and women's basketball. Division I schools would lose five football scholarships, going from 85 to 80.

UCF loses assistants: A month after leaving Auburn to become the Knights' defensive coordinator, Ted Roof is leaving to take the same job on new Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien's staff. O'Brien and Roof were on the Georgia Tech staff from 1995-2001 under George O'Leary, the current UCF coach. Also, former Knights assistant Tim Salem was hired by Illinois to coach the running backs.

Arkansas: First-team All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson said he will return for his senior season.

Kansas: New football coach Charlie Weis hired former Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Dave Campo as defensive coordinator.

Kansas State: Former No. 1 football recruit Bryce Brown, a running back who left Tennessee after one season, has withdrawn from school and could enter the NFL draft, ESPN reported.

Michigan: Quarterback Denard Robinson, a 2012 Heisman Trophy candidate, and defensive back J.T. Floyd said they would return for their senior seasons.

Ohio State: School president Gordon Gee apologized for comparing the problem of coordinating the school's many divisions to the Polish army. Gee emailed an apology to a spokeswoman for the Polish American Congress. … Football coach Urban Meyer completed his staff, hiring former Notre Dame assistants Ed Warinner (co-offensive coordinator/line) and Tim Hinton (tight ends/fullbacks). … Though banned from playing in a bowl game due to NCAA violations, Ohio State will get about $400,000 from the Big Ten's bowl bank account.

Penn State: Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, named interim football coach after Joe Paterno's firing Nov. 9, left after 33 years at his alma mater. He was not retained by new coach Bill O'Brien. "Walked out the doors proud with a lot of great memories and friends and a better man," he wrote on Twitter.

Tennessee: Football coach Derek Dooley hired Alabama assistant head coach Sal Sunseri as his defensive coordinator.

NCAA chief gets extension into 2017 01/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 11:44pm]

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