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NCAA board votes to extend President Emmert through 2020

Cutting Back Bowls Football

FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers questions during a news conference in Indianapolis. The bowl system has finally snapped after years of being stretched thin. Three teams with losing records will be among the 80 playing in a record 40 bowl games over the next month and two teams from the same conference will play each other in a bowl. “The members are going to have to figure out, what’s the purpose of bowl games?” NCAA President Mark Emmert told reporters Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA says its board of governors has voted to extend the contract of President Mark Emmert three years, through October 2020.

In a statement released by the NCAA on Monday, Kansas State President and board chairman Kirk Schulz says Emmert is “integral in leading the association forward as we navigate the complex and challenging way ahead, while better supporting student-athletes.”

The board approved an extension during the NCAA convention last month in San Antonio. The vote included an option to add another year to the deal.

Emmert has led the NCAA since 2010. He was previously the president of the University of Washington. His tenure has been marked by dramatic changes in the way the NCAA does business and near constant pressure from lawsuits against the association.