WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller said Wednesday the NCAA says one thing but does another.

U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller chaired Wednesday’s hearing on the NCAA and student athletes.

“The mission—‘Nothing comes before education’ is always there but the actions don’t appear to be,” Sen. Rockefeller said during Wednesday’s senate hearing on Capitol Hill looking at the NCAA, student athletes and academics.

Rockefeller, who chaired the meeting, had several questions for NCAA President Mark Emmert about the big money in college sports. He said many in higher education don’t want things to change because the money is too good.

The senator cited West Virginia University’s decision to join the Big 12 as an example of something that’s profitable for the university but a hardship on some fans.

“West Virginians who are not high income, or even moderate income, cannot go to any games out in the southwest but West Virginia University surely makes a ton of money from it. How do you respond to that?” Rockefeller asked Emmert. “Is that right? Is that fair? Is that progressive?”

Emmert said he was disappointed at some of the conference realignment decisions because of the travel time problems they’ve created. He said it’s not so bad for a football team but student athletes in sports like womens volleyball spend way too much time on the road.

Emmert told committee members changes are on the way for some of the big NCAA member schools when it comes to providing more money for athletes and making sure insurance is in place. Emmert also said Wednesday he supports lifetime scholarships.

Sen. Rockefeller said the changes sounded good on the surface but his hunch was universities “like things exactly the way they are because they’re making so much money.”

Rockefeller predicted to those in the hearing room that Congress would not be shying away from the issue of big college sports.

“I think that we want to continue this. We want to make this a continuing search of this oversight committee. We have jurisdiction over sports,” he said.

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Comments

  • Buck

    Emmert should take exception to being lectured by a carpet bagger who is a poster child for term limits.

  • Jason R.

    Rocky is an expert on this. He has made an entire career out of saying one thing and doing another. Why can't this man shut up, retire and move back to New York already?

    • RogerD

      We need a "like" button here in the comments section!

  • LifelongWV

    "We have jurisdiction over sports" from a BIG Government guy's perspective they have jurisdiction over EVERYTHING!

    While our border is being overrun, Jay wants to control the NCAA. Good use of taxpayer resources.

  • Doyle

    .......says one of the richest men in the country

    • electro

      Jay Rockefeller is maybe one of the wealthiest senators but is far from one of the wealthiest men in the country.

  • ViennaGuy

    Memo to Senator Rockefeller: Keep your politics out of this.

  • Mike

    Senator: Please just retire and have the grace and dignity to do so quietly and quickly. At times, one should not resist the opportunity to simply keep one's mouth shut. Now is a good time to do just that, Senator.

  • CaptainQ

    And if WVU had stayed in the Big East/AAC their fans would have to travel to places like Houston, Dallas (SMU), Tulsa, Florida (South Florida & UCF), New Orleans (Tulane), etc, and earn far LESS money than the Big 12 offered in their package. It's not like the SEC, Big Ten and ACC were begging and pleading for the Mountaineers to join their conferences. Like it or not, WVU made the best choice they could under the circumstances when they joined the Big 12.

    Bottom line, after all these decades, Senator Rockefeller STILL doesn't know what he's talking about. Enjoy retirement, Jay!

  • Pickle Barrel

    Quiet, please. Senator Irrelevant is speaking.

  • Dumb Liberals

    Blaa, bla, bla, bla blaaa! More fictitious tales from the race-baiting, senile carpetbagger. So looking forward to when he is permanently beneath the rock pile from which he slithered.

  • $$$

    Quite apart from the Old Man who is soon to be gone, how much do you think we fans benefit from the current alignment, as opposed to the $$ benefits the University gets? Does anyone really think fans who follow were considered except as a bargaining chip, as in 'we have a great fan base, they'll follow the team ANYWHERE.' A couple more horrific seasons and we'll see . . .

  • thornton

    “I think that we want to continue this. We want to make this a continuing search of this oversight committee. We have jurisdiction over sports,” Rockefeller said.

    What more needs said...other than BlueJay really needs to fade away.

  • Molon Labe

    In the last two weeks over 300k illegals have flooded into the US with billions in requested "aid" for these law breakers attached......... and we're (Capitol Hill) talking about the NCAA.......WT*?

    No wonder the US is a sinking ship.

    "The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants" -Thomas Jefferson.

    • Guardian

      The Democrats want those illegals flooding into the USA. They see them as more potential Democrat voters.

      Democrats know their entitlement message doesn't resonate with mainstream Americans, but it does resonate with immigrants who are used to a socialism government model. Thus, more immigrants - legal or illegal - more Democrat voters.

  • Alum

    More blabber. Oh Senator, why don't you address a real and difficult issue like runaway spending and all the debt you are leaving my children? This is just another diversion from the real problems we face. And I wouldn't expect Old Two Cell to have any solutions anyway.

  • Jim N Charleston

    So do politicians and SO MUCH WORSE. Pot meet kettle.

    All I got
    I'm Jim N Daytona Beach
    L8

  • Aaron

    "“West Virginians who are not high income, or even moderate income, cannot go to any games out in the southwest but West Virginia University surely makes a ton of money from it."

    I wonder how many of those moderate income fans traveled to Syracuse, Boston, Miami and Stores.

    • Silas Lynch

      The audacity of that blue-blooded, limousine liberal turd to say such a thing about those he has governed over for 30 plus years...