The idea was brilliantly simple and totally timely.
NCAA President Mark Emmert takes the stand today in the Ed O’Bannon civil trial, and ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad posed a question this morning on Twitter. I’ll pass that question along to you.
If you could ask Emmert one question under oath, what would it be?
There are so many subjects to choose from: The NCAA’s controversial rulings on Penn State and Miami. The threat by the Power 5 conferences to form a Division IV. The possibility of paying players anything from a real-time stipend to cover the full cost of attendance to a post-eligibility percentage of the money their names, images and likenesses earn in revenue for their schools.
And, by the way, how close is he really to Nick Saban?
If I could ask Emmert one question, it would be this: How do you justify the salary you and major college commissioners, athletics directors and coaches make compared to the value of a scholarship that doesn’t even cover the full cost of attendance?
Attorneys for the O’Bannon plaintiffs may ask some version of that question today in U.S. District Court in Oakland, but now it’s your turn. Emmert’s on the stand under oath, and you’re asking the questions.