Although the Commission proposed that a number of the problems be handled by presidents through the instrument of the NCAA (The National Collegiate Athletic Association), it acknowledged that "the NCAA has many critics" and also that "some of the members of this Commission are among the organization's more severe critics; most of us are not."
However, it also pointed out that if the NCAA did not exist, the universities would "have to create it, or something very much like it" because "a governing, rulemaking and disciplinary body of some sort is required." It also pointed out that, since the NCAA is the "creature of its own members," those members "have only themselves to blame for its shortcomings."
NCAA president Mark Emmert said Tuesday that he believes coaches who lie to NCAA investigators should be subject to the same type of punishment given to student-athletes who lie to NCAA investigators.
"I certainly believe [the same guidelines] should apply, of course," Emmert said. "[They should apply] at least as much [as they apply to student-athletes]."