Interview with NCAA President Mark Emmert, Verne Lundquist Visits with Pittsburgh Steelers Owner and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney
THE TONY BARNHART SHOW, a weekly one-hour primetime college football talk show, returns to CBS Sports Network for its fourth season tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 28 (9:00 PM, ET). The show features interviews with NCAA president Dr. Mark Emmert, CBSSports.com columnist Dennis Dodd, as well as a special interview from Dublin, Ireland with Dan Rooney, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers Owner.
“Mr. College Football,” Tony Barnhart hosts the show along with analyst Brian Jones. The hard-hitting program debates and analyzes the hot topics and issues facing college football both on- and off-the-field. The show airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM, ET throughout the season and will feature a variety of high-profile guests from the college football community, including coaches, administrators, writers, broadcasters and former players.
Sean Whalen produces. Tyler Hale is Vice President, Studio Production, CBS Sports Network.
Following are excerpts from the interview with NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert:
(MARK EMMERT ON CLAIMS NCAA OVERSTEPPED ITS POWER IN PENN STATE CASE):
Well those powers aren’t granted to my office. That’s why I went to the executive committee, which does have that power and authority, and asked them specifically for their opinion and their views. And the collective wisdom of that group of Presidents was that in this one singular case, it was appropriate and indeed necessary that we acted the way that we did.
(EMMERT ON CHANGES TO THE NCAA ENFORCEMENT PROCESS):
We’re working hard on re-writing our rulebook structure. You and I have chatted about this before. The Division I rules are too complicated. They have some things that are irrelevant and frankly, silly in them. It’s taking a long time to work our way through that 465-page book, but we’re making great progress there.”
(EMMERT ON COST-OF-TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS):
We’ve got to find a way to cover the real cost, the full cost of being a student. This has nothing to do with pay-for-play, as you know I’ve said 100 times. This has to do with recognizing that student athletes don’t have time to have part-time jobs like most of us did when we were in school. These are very, very demanding roles they’re in and we need to make sure that we’re covering all of their legitimate costs of being a student. I think and I hope that this coming academic year we’ll be able to reach an agreement among the universities and conferences to move forward with that model.
Following are excerpts from the show:
(DAN ROONEY ON NAVY-NOTRE DAME GAME IN DUBLIN):
Aviva Stadium holds 50,000 people. They sent 25,000 tickets to the U.S. for all the tours and to Notre Dame and Navy and it sold out immediately. The other 25,000 tickets they sold over here and that sold out in about two weeks. So the interest was just great…The crowd will definitely be for Notre Dame, but I think it’s going to be a good game. Navy is really into it. We have a ship coming in here, the USS Fort McHenry and we’ll have members of the joint chiefs of staff over. The Midshipmen are coming, so it will be great pageantry.
(TONY BARNHART ON CULTURE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL):
When we put five stars by a kid’s name and hang on his every word, when we offer a 14-year-old child a scholarship, when we hold press conferences for children to announce verbal commitments, when we do all that, we have to bear some responsibility for a system that creates a sense of entitlement and all the bad behavior that comes with it. We must realize that some of these kids are simply not equipped to handle the fame and the scrutiny that goes with being a star.