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NCAA President Mark Emmert Is Stepping Down: Fans React

Mark Emmert, NCAA president, speaks before the Final Four. His organization oversees major college sports, including FBS college football and Division I college basketball.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 04: President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Mark Emmert speaks to the media ahead of the Men's Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 04, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

A rare Tuesday afternoon news dump has the entire college sports community celebrating. NCAA President Mark Emmert announced just moments ago that he is stepping down.

Emmert will continue serving in his role until a new president is selected and begins working, or until June 30, 2023.

"Throughout my tenure I've emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes," said Emmert, via NCAA.org. "I am extremely proud of the work of the Association over the last 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of the national office staff here in Indianapolis."

Some never thought this day would come, but it's finally here. A new president will be a massive step in the right direction for college sports, especially in today's era of NIL and the transfer portal. Change can't get here soon enough. "Mark Emmert got his contract extended a year ago this week in news that shocked and, quite honestly, pissed off dozens of athletics administrators. There is a lot of 'finally' from the group this evening," said Ross Dellenger.

"Major college news: NCAA President Mark Emmert has announced that he’ll step down in June of 2023," Ian Rapoport commented.

"Whoa. Bombshell news," Pat Forde wrote.

"Wow," said Jeff Borzello. "Mark Emmert stepping down. 'He will continue to serve in his role until a new president is selected and in place or until June 30, 2023.'"

Rarely is a Tuesday afternoon news dump a good one. This is one of those moments.The NCAA will have a new leader either this year or in 2023.