But, in his time before the media, Emmert spent nearly the entire session responding to questions about the seamier side of college athletics, everything from reports showing athletes are coping with tougher academic standards by choosing easier courses of study — a trend known as "clustering" — to Rutgers' firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice after a video emerged showing him abusing players and berating them with gay slurs.
And there were plenty of questions about Emmert's own record.
"I'm proud of my reputation at every place I've been," he said. "If you want to go to my campuses, scratch around and find somebody that doesn't like some of the decisions I've made, I'm sure you can find them."
Asked if he felt like a lightning rod for everything that is wrong in college sports, Emmert said that goes with the job.
"Some of the criticisms about change or what's going on naturally get leveled at the guy at the top," he said. "If you're going to launch a change agenda, you've got to be willing to deal with the criticism. So, OK, I deal with criticism."
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