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Another day, another diatribe aimed at Paul Dee

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Rightly so, Paul Dee has been skewered by both the media and fans — and in one case a conference commissioner — in the days since Yahoo! blew the lid off alleged rampant corruption involving current and former members of the Miami football and basketball programs.

Dee was the athletic director during most of Nevin Shapiro’s eight-year run of booster benevolence that began in late 2001/early 2002 and could end with program-shaking sanctions.  Dee was also the chair of the NCAA Committee on Infractions that slapped severe sanctions on USC because of allegations so serious it forced Dee to chastise the university with his infamous “high-profile players demand high-profile compliance.”

As it turns out, USC wasn’t the only institution on the receiving end of one of Dee’s sanctimonious sermons served from his bully pulpit.

Long Beach State president F. King Alexander found himself, along with other university officials, in front of a Dee-led COI hearing in 2007 to answer allegations of irregularities in their basketball program.  The president recalled the hearing to the Long Beach Press-Telegram recently, saying that his group was the subject of, as the paper writes it, a “lecture… in a most condescending manner” from Dee.

“Dee told us, `You have to put in place the kind of institutional control we have at Miami‘,” Alexander said, a thought the Press-Telegram notes was relayed with irritation.

The Dee anecdote was just one of many from a diatribe by Alexander on the current state of the NCAA.  Hell, even Nebraska wasn’t safe from the president’s pointed words, all of which come back to just two: nauseating hypocrisy.

“And one of the other members of the NCAA Infractions Committee in that hearing was from Nebraska. On that same day, six Nebraska athletes were arrested for illegally selling sporting apparel,” Alexander continued.

“The hypocrisy of the NCAA makes me sick. To allow institutions like Miami and Nebraska to chair and oversee its infractions committee is like putting foxes in charge of the henhouse.”

Interestingly, Alexander also has somewhat of a connection to the current Miami mess.

“You must understand that in 2005 when I was president at Murray State, I fired our football coach, Joe Pannunzio, because of numerous incidents that occurred in our program under him that were quite bad,” Alexander said. “Well, Pannunzio immediately was hired by Miami, and he’s one of the coaches who’s been prominently mentioned by Shapiro in the current scandal. He’s now the head of football operations at Alabama.”

Pannunzio was named in the damning Yahoo! report as someone who, while an assistant coach at Miami, “had a close relationship with Shapiro and facilitated the booster having improper contact with recruits.”  Shapiro refused to speak on or off the record regarding the Pannunzio allegations uncovered by Yahoo!.

Another former Miami assistant, Jeff Stoutland, is also on Nick Saban‘s Alabama staff, serving as the Tide’s offensive line coach after being hired in January.

Saban addressed Thursday the two new members of the program allegedly involved in the South Beach scandal, and said the two were thoroughly vetted prior to their hirings.

“I know what goes on in this program and I know that we do things correctly,” Saban said. “We do have people in this organization, who worked there (at Miami). Before those people were ever hired here we do an NCAA check to make sure they pass all compliance criteria and that they don’t have any red flags relative to compliance history.

“We certainly did that in both of these cases. Now, if any of these people had any wrongdoing, I’m sure the NCAA will investigate it in due time and, if they did anything wrong, I’m sure they will get the appropriate punishment, which we would do if we had any internal problems in our organization. But we’re going to continue and control and manage what we do in our organization and do it correctly, and that’s basically all we can be concerned about.”

Getting back to the broader issue of NCAA hypocrisy when it comes to enforcement and the individuals involved with levying sanctions, the bigger question becomes how to clean up the rightly-held perception of that part of collegiate athletics.  What seems to be the only option also happens to be the best: the NCAA needs to hire independent arbitrators to replace the current members of the COI — who, like Dee, are employed by individual institutions as their full-time jobs — and allow them to independently conduct the hearings that determine sanctions.

Simply put, a Paul Dee-led NCAA COI slamming sanctions on an institution like USC simply cannot happen again, especially when one of the member’s own athletic house was allegedly in disarray at the time.  The NCAA is rolling in enough hypocrisy because of that case and the subsequent fallout at Miami to last a lifetime, and it needs to ensure that’s never again an issue.

(Tip O’ the Cap for the Alexander link to Jon Solomon)

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20 Responses to “Another day, another diatribe aimed at Paul Dee”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 19, 2011 12:01 PM

    Clearly the commissioner of the Pac-247 doesn’t have an agenda whatsoever to publicly denounce Dee.

    None at all.

  2. nashvilletrojan says: Aug 19, 2011 12:04 PM

    Yup! I love it!!

    Karma BayBee!

  3. dikshuttle says: Aug 19, 2011 12:07 PM

    Pot, meet Kettle –

    Seriously, doesn’t anyone watch Blue Mountain State?

  4. thekatman says: Aug 19, 2011 12:32 PM

    Of course Sabn will say that these guys were thoroughly reviewed before coming to Alabama, but I’ll bet you an order of grits &red eye graby that Alabama’s Compliance Office is dag gum busy.

  5. bonerchamp says: Aug 19, 2011 12:40 PM

    dikshuttle says:
    Aug 19, 2011 12:07 PM
    Pot, meet Kettle –

    Seriously, doesn’t anyone watch Blue Mountain State?

    ———————————————-

    I think Jaun Valdez was the star Qb there back in the day.

  6. WingT says: Aug 19, 2011 12:54 PM

    I can’t wait to hear what Paul Dee has to say. Come on Paul, speak up. Lecture us on how to create a model Athletic Department with regards to institutional control.

  7. soflatrojan says: Aug 19, 2011 1:08 PM

    It’s time someone investigated the NCAA they appear to be more corrupt than any of the teams they are investigating!

  8. chmba says: Aug 19, 2011 1:41 PM

    From Nebraska, the person from Nebraska on that committee as far as I know had no connection to athletics and was an obscure law school instructor with little to no credibility.

  9. chachooga says: Aug 19, 2011 5:04 PM

    JT –

    Pannuzzio, I am pretty sure was never mentioned by Shapiro….Yahoo dug into him. Nor was shannon mentioned. Alexander should read the tabloid a little better before he blabs.

    here is the Panunzio info (scroll way down to coaches): http://allabouttheu.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/renegade-reporter-spells-out-litany-of-accusations-while-often-failing-to-substantiate-his-claims/

    Why is yahoo’s story being taken as Gospel?

    Did they pay Shapiro for the interview? I am just asking, not to say nothing happened…..but the Hollywood presentation of the article that crossed so many lines of journalistic integrity would be called into question if they did….right?!?!?

    Maybe not, it is UM….i know i know….that horrible bad bad bad place.

    Does no one even remember Randy Shannon??!? His integrity as a coach vs. Shapiro and all that he is should at least make people side with UM a little bit……just sayin….a little bit.

  10. John Taylor says: Aug 19, 2011 5:17 PM

    @chachooga: “Pannuzzio, I am pretty sure was never mentioned by Shapiro”

    That’s why I wrote that “Shapiro refused to speak on or off the record regarding the Pannunzio allegations uncovered by Yahoo!” And I’d really love to know where Alexander mentioned or even hinted at the name of Randy Shannon.

    Also, Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel have stated unequivocally what they state unequivocally every other time one of their investigative gems comes out: they do not pay for interviews or information.

  11. chachooga says: Aug 19, 2011 5:39 PM

    Thanks JT-

    My bad….you think Alexander may have read up a bit on the one source before going ape turds.

    I guess I am guilty of the same, since I missed your qualifier…..but then again I am blabber on comment sections and he is a journalist whose work is reprinted.

    Do you not have a beef with the Death Penalty talk?

    Thanks for clearing up the yahoo thing….I guess they’ve made their $$$ the last three days with their tabloid….that thing was better reading than any NY tabloid!!!

    Hoping for the best….you have to agree Randy Shannon was a coach with high integrity and his record should at least give UM some credit?!?

    thanks again JT….MY BAD!

    waiting for you tom…..

  12. jeremyb91 says: Aug 19, 2011 6:18 PM

    Just the mere fact nearly every one of Yahoo’s investigative articles about college programs have been spot on and have forced the NCAA to come down on each program with now Miami, recently Ohio State, and of course USC gives me little reason to doubt any of the stories.

    I think Shapiro’s a dirtbag, but he’s not the only dirtbag “booster” in college football. It’s important not to differentiate Shapiro from other boosters for big time programs like USC, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, LSU, etc. who have for years paid players some form of a benefit or another. Shapiro’s a dirtbag because he had to come out and rat out the program.

  13. nashvilletrojan says: Aug 19, 2011 6:31 PM

    @Chachooga…….Rather than take another UM blogger/boosters word as Gospel, perhaps do a little checking on Robinson and Wetzel and realize they are legit investigative journalists, not “rogue” as your blogger/booster claims.

    Something severe will happen to UM…….Face it. They blew it. Making excuses or trying to rationalize 36 MAJOR violations rather than 72 doesn’t lessen the penalty with theNCAA.

  14. chachooga says: Aug 19, 2011 7:24 PM

    Hey Nashville –

    I am not taking it as Gospel. Just putting it out there…..if you actually read it, it is well done and does not fabricate anything….CALL IT A SUMMARY if you will.

    Miami did blow it. Shapiro is a dirt bag and should not have been around UM.

    Please show me the 36 violations, let alone MAJOR VIOLATIONS???!?! The NCAA could still find stuff, not claiming they won’t. But nothing in the yahoo story, once deconstructed, deserves the Death Penalty…..that is my beef.

  15. nashvilletrojan says: Aug 19, 2011 7:38 PM

    Chachooga…..Just about everything in the article regarding a coach or administrative person alone will constitute a major violation……not to mention current players. I just used the number 36 to illustrate that trying to rationalize the number down is irrelevant….there are still violations aplenty.

    Of course we have not seen or heard the official NCAA report, but I’m not thinking death penalty. However, I am thinking they will be forced to hand down something quite a bit more severe than USC got. The whole Dee, Holcutt, Dean, Shalala and assistant coach nonsense shows, to be nice, a major lack of control by the University.

    I don’t care if the scumbag Shapiro is a felon, if he has already provided NCAA and Yahoo! proof of his allegations, then his testimony can’t really be discounted. As time goes by and more dirt, proof and testimony creeps in Shapiro will be less relevant.

  16. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 19, 2011 9:23 PM

    I’m here. So you have read the article. Have you also gone to each player and coach page listed by yahoo detailing what the allegations are and describing the evidence the reporters used to verify, admittedly to some degree, said claims. As you have stated repeatedly, many of the violations are minor. Some are major.

    This is the closest thing you will find to a smoking gun.

    As for coach Shannon, I wholeheartedly agree that he is a class act, and felt he wasn’t given a fair shake at the school.

    But that does not excuse the fact that this behavior was going on for years.

    I’m glad you finally got your answer regarding payment for the article.

    You do realize that much of the information was taken from the federal investigation. If you are citing a deal with the feds you do not lie to them. Period. They will find the proof if you do. (but still can’t find those darn wmd’s)

    I’ve not once asked for the death penalty, but I assure you UM is going to get hammered harder than any school since SMU.

  17. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 19, 2011 9:27 PM

    It is also clear to me you booster/blogger did not go to the individual player/coaches pages, our else he/she would not make the claim that most of the claims were unsubstantiated.

  18. thekatman says: Aug 19, 2011 10:22 PM

    As stated earlier, Miami will not get hit as hard as USC hit … 15 schollie reduction for 3 years for 1 player. No Postseason games, 4+ years probation, blah, blah, blah, is not going to hurt the pgm. Allowing players to leave for 4+ years will hurt. miami will not get the death penalty…. OSU didnt even get hit hard for Tyrell and the Buckeye 5+’s transgretions, which were much more serious than USC’s. Mark Emmertt is full of hot air and does not have the integrity to shut down the Miami pgm for 1 year, let along several.

  19. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 19, 2011 10:27 PM

    Katman

    NCAA has not handed down OSU punishment yet. Or UNC’s.

    Don’t be so sure they will get off. And to say what happened at OSU is worse than what happened at UM is lunacy. And I’m a PSU fan who has no love for those acorn lovers.

  20. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 19, 2011 10:29 PM

    Ack. Brainfart. Stupid phone doesn’t let me see comments while I post my own.

    You were referencing USC punishment, not potential UM punishment. Disregard the last paragraph. Except the part about the acorn lovers.

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