Emmert: Miami allegations make case for change



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert says if the allegations against the University of Miami are true, it’s yet another reason to make fundamental changes to college sports.

Emmert issued a statement Wednesday after Yahoo! Sports reported a laundry list of allegations by a former Hurricanes booster. Emmert said the NCAA has spent five months investigating allegations of improper benefits going to football and basketball players at Miami.

He says the accusations taint the integrity of college sports, which was one of the reasons he met with 56 presidents last week. The presidents overwhelmingly said they wanted tougher penalties for rule-breakers. One of those presidents was the University of Miami’s Donna Shalala (shuh-LAY’-luh).