Emmert ambivalent about NCAA’s role in vetting prep courses

NEW YORK (AP) NCAA President Mark Emmert says he's ''personally ambivalent'' about the organization's role in vetting incoming athletes' high school classes.

In a high-profile case this fall, Kansas officials sharply criticized the NCAA about its delays in declaring top recruit Cheick Diallo eligible. The university had determined that Diallo's education at a New York prep school met its standards, but under current NCAA rules, college sports' governing body prevented him from playing while it investigated whether coursework was legitimate.

At the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in Manhattan on Wednesday, Emmert acknowledged: ''That would be a huge shift, and the members aren't ready to go there – I want to be really clear nobody is advocating that right now.''

But he adds that the current setup leaves the NCAA in a ''challenging position.''