Washington's Emmert is new NCAA head

Washington president Mark Emmert has been named the new president of the NCAA, where he will replace the late Myles Brand, who died of cancer last fall.

Emmert was a sports-friendly president at Washington, often referring to athletics as the "front porch" of a university. My immediate reaction: Great hire by the NCAA.

Said Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott in a statement: “Mark is a visionary leader and a great choice as next President of the NCAA at such an important time in the Association’s history. He has a deep appreciation for the welfare of student-athletes and the role athletics plays in the higher education mission.”

And here's a statement from Pac-10 Conference Chairman and Arizona State president Michael Crow: “I have known Mark for a long time. He is a great academic leader who will bring new ideas and tremendous energy to the role of President at the NCAA. On behalf of my colleagues in the Pac-10, I would like to congratulate Mark on his new position.”

Some Washington fans might be concerned that Emmert could take Huskies athletic director Scott Woodward -- who's been with Emmert since both were at LSU -- with him to Indianapolis. Woodward told the Seattle Times he's staying put.

"I love being here and I'm the athletic director and love what I do and I plan on being here a long time,'' Woodward told the newspaper.