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Originally Published: January 7, 2011
By Carl Ehrlich | Special to ESPN.com

Mark Emmert, the president of the NCAA since last April, must hate his new holiday schedule.

While he was presiding over the profitable proliferation of 35 bowl games this year, the majority of the country was on vacation. On couches across America, Joe Sportsfan flipped on the TV to catch the bowls and take part in the great American pastime: complaining about the NCAA. There's something about the season that brings out the armchair NCAA president in all of us.

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