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Greg Sankey Shoots Down NCAA President Job: Fans React

A pylon with the SEC logo on it.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: An 'SEC' logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NCAA president Mark Emmert announced plans to eventually step down from his position, leaving the organization to seek a replacement to take over on or before June 30, 2023.

Emmert will vacate his post as the NCAA navigates a new landscape drastically altered by the transfer portal and NIL deals. College sports will need a highly qualified individual up for the difficult task ahead.

That successor won't be Greg Sankey.

On Wednesday, the SEC commissioner told The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach and ESPN's Heather Dinich that he has no interest in the position. Sankey said he's "busy with what I do."

Dinich added that he's happy leading the SEC "as long as they're happy with me."

Most onlookers responded in similar fashion on Twitter, saying Sankey probably has more power in his current job than he would as SEC president.

The SEC is a college football monolith, and their muscle may only expand as they widen the gap in revenue earned over other conferences. Although Emmert's job wouldn't be a demotion, Sankey currently holds plenty of power.