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Emmert says amateurism likely won’t change

Mark Emmert

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

David J. Phillip

NCAA leaders expect to receive recommendations for reforming college basketball in late April and have pledged to quickly implement changes while preserving amateurism as currently defined.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said during his annual state of the association news conference ahead of the Final Four that the commission on college basketball, led by former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice, will present its report to the Division I Board of Directors and the NCAA’s Board of Governors on April 25.

As usual, Emmert drew a line at any suggestion about paying college athletes. He and University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, the chairman of the Division I board, also pushed back against the idea of allowing athletes to be compensated by outside sources, such as endorsement deals.

Kaler called such a model “a slippery slope.”