The search for a new NCAA president is expected to “accelerate” during the next two-to-four months, with a goal of naming a replacement for Mark Emmert by early next year. And that person could come from outside college athletics.

That’s according to Georgia president Jere Morehead, one of seven members of the search committee.

“I don’t think it has to be a college president or a commissioner or an athletic director. It possibly could be someone outside of the collegiate atmosphere,” Morehead told The Athletic. “But I personally think they need to understand college athletics and have a strong background (in it), or otherwise the learning curve will be very significant.”

Morehead, president of the school that boasts the defending national football champion, said he would not be a candidate.