NCAA names new president

April 28, 2010

University of Washington President Mark Emmert was named the new NCAA president on Tuesday. He takes over for interim president Jim Isch, who has served since Myles Brand's death in September.

Saying he had no "revolutionary" reforms to push, Emmert said he hoped to continue striving for academic accountability and also help the NCAA address the rising cost of athletics.

"We want to continue the reforms that Myles and his colleagues got started," Emmert said.

Asked about pushing for a football playoff system, Emmert said that decision was something the NCAA would leave to university presidents.

"We'll join in those conversations," he said. "I do not expect the NCAA to lead in that charge."

Emmert, Washington's president since 2004, was considered a surprise choice. The field of candidates also included Hartford President Walter Harrison, Georgia President Michael Adams and NCAA executive Bernard Franklin.

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