NCAA president poll expected to ‘accelerate’ in next 2-4 months

ATHENS, Georgia — The search for a new NCAA president is expected to “accelerate” over the next two to four months, with a view to naming a replacement for Mark Emmert early next year. And that person may come from outside of college athletics.

That’s according to Georgia President Jere Morehead, one of seven members of the search committee.

“I don’t think it has to be a college president or a commissioner or a sports director. Possibly it could be someone outside of the high school atmosphere,” Morehead told The Athletic. “But personally, I think they need to understand college athletics and have a solid background (in it), or else the learning curve will be very steep.”

Morehead, president of the school that boasts the defending national football champion, said he would not be a candidate.

Emmert announced in April that he would retire a year from now, in what has been called a mutual agreement.

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