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NCAA President Mark Emmert disputes claim that 'cheating pays'

NCAA's Mark Emmert says it's inaccurate to say the infractions committee has handled no cases in the last year

The infighting and bickering among NCAA leaders continued this week when the group's president, Mark Emmert, denied claims that the organization's enforcement unit wasn't doing its job.

Emmert, in an internal letter obtained by, said it was "inaccurate" to say that no cases have been handled by the infractions committee in the last year.

Last week, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that "cheating pays" in the NCAA because the organization wasn't minding the store as it fights off criticism and lawsuits.

Emmert's letter, delivered to all 32 Division 1 conference leaders, did not mention Bowlsby by name but did state that the NCAA was currently working on 100 enforcement cases.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, though, said this week that he thought NCAA enforcement was "overmatched."

The NCAA has been in damage control mode for months while dealing with criticism and court cases.

Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon said this week that college athletics was headed toward years of "forced change and uncertainty."

The NCAA on Tuesday settled a class-action concussion lawsuit brought by former college athletes. The reported settlement is $70 million.

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