Mark Emmert was approached by a reporter during his annual address at the 2011 Final Four in Houston with a question about a new hire. With all its resources, couldn't the NCAA have perhaps considered bringing in someone else as its next general counsel?
The new guy, 44-year-old Donald Remy, had been vice president of litigation at Fannie Mae from 2000-2006. In 2006, the national mortgage giant revealed it had made billions of dollars worth of accounting errors. Some blamed Fannie Mae for the financial collapse.
None of that bounced back on Remy, an LSU grad. But when nominated by President Obama in 2009 to be Army general counsel, Remy was criticized by some members of the Senate Armed Services Committee about a lack of candor on his résumé about his time spent with Fannie Mae.
Remy reportedly summarized that portion of his professional life spent with a "major U.S. company." The administration contended that Remy had disclosed his Fannie Mae experience on other forms, but the damage had been done. Remy eventually withdrew his name from consideration.
"That was a mistake," Remy said in testimony to the committee. "I take responsibility for that bio coming to the committee."
Since that time, the NCAA has doggedly defended Remy's credentials and conduct in the Army nomination.