In a letter to the staff, NCAA President Mark Emmert wrote that “several balls were dropped” at the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in San Antonio, and that he will ultimately determine “exactly how we find ourselves in this situation.” .
On Saturday, the NCAA upgraded women’s weight training facilities after images on social media revealed a huge disparity from those of the men’s event in the Indianapolis area. The NCAA also faced questions about the differences in the so-called “loot bags” given to male and female players, the food options available, and the type of COVID-19 testing that is done for both.
The backlash prompted a public apology from NCAA vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt.
According to a copy of the letter, which was obtained by ESPN on Monday, Emmert said “a lot has been resolved” in the women’s tournament, “but the NCAA will continue to work to” provide an exceptional experience for these student-athletes. “
“I have directed our leadership team and appropriate staff to evaluate all the services, resources and facilities that are provided to both the male and female teams so that we have a completely clear comparison,” Emmert wrote. “Also, I will be determining exactly how we find ourselves in this situation. This will be discussed with our appropriate boards, committees and members when the tournament is over and the review is complete.
“For now, know that I am deeply disappointed that the last few days have focused on the mistakes of the NCAA rather than the notable athletes in San Antonio. Hosting these tournaments is always a huge feat, and this year has been much more difficult. To say the least. I know how hard our staff have worked and thank you for your continued perseverance. I hope that we can now turn our attention to the women’s games with the confidence that they are receiving everything they need and deserve. You have my guarantees that every effort will be made to ensure that this never happens again. “
The NCAA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.