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Report: NCAA revealed misconduct to Miami prior to going public


Last month, the NCAA revealed an issue of misconduct in its investigation of Miami’s athletics program. According to Dennis Dodd of CBSSports, that improper conduct involved NCAA vice president of enforcement, Julie Roe Lachapproving a payment in the neighborhood of at least $20,000 to Maria Elena Perez, the attorney of former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro, for information related to the NCAA’s investigation.

In Dec., 2011,  Perez conducted interviews in a bankruptcy case involving Shapiro where she also reportedly asked questions on the NCAA’s behalf.

In a separate report, Dodd writes that the NCAA made Miami aware of its relationship with Perez about a week before it released its statement on the misconduct.

From Dodd:

On at least one occasion last month, NCAA enforcement official LuAnn Humphrey read from a prepared statement over the phone to a person involved in the case describing the relationship with Perez. Humphrey did not take questions on the situation.

“That’s how they notified they had an issue,” said a source familiar with the NCAA’s notification process. “They called a meeting with each involved party and basically said, ‘We want to let you know we’ve discovered this issue.’ They read a statement and said, ‘If you have any questions, call [NCAA’s general counsel] Donald Remy.’”

The report goes on to state that Humphrey said the “NCAA was going to claim it had an attorney-client privilege with Perez,” which could result in her being unable to speak publicly about her relationship with the NCAA.

The NCAA is currently conducting an external review of its missteps, the results of which should be released in short order.

Shapiro, who is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme, told Yahoo! Sports two years ago he had provided impermissible benefits to UM athletes. The NCAA was reportedly close to serving UM with a Notice of Allegations before the misconduct became public.

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8 Responses to “Report: NCAA revealed misconduct to Miami prior to going public”
  1. truetarheelfan says: Feb 14, 2013 7:10 PM

    Bunch of HYPOCRITES!!!!!!

    The ncaa should be made to drop all sanctions levied on usc unc the investigation of miami auborn and whoever else they are investigating. Pending an independent peobe from the fbi or a fredible independent service. Thisbis ridiculous. For decades they have been doing all they can to abolish the u football program.. they already did that to smu. Geez I wonder how far back does this practice go because u know this isnt the first time.

  2. ironman721 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:15 PM

    Will the NCAA wait till trial to admit mis-conduct in the Penn State case?

  3. mdac1012 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:28 PM

    I am all for an independent investigation into the conduct of the NCAA, but leave the FBI out of it. I don’t need any more of my tax dollars wasted on sports related investigations.

  4. canetic says: Feb 14, 2013 7:46 PM

    Whenever you have to read from a prepared statement without taking questions you know you are in bad shape.

  5. truetarheelfan says: Feb 14, 2013 7:49 PM

    Thats true very true… but I do see a federal investigstion coming and some.prison time for someone or ones

  6. thetooloftools says: Feb 14, 2013 10:15 PM

    Don’t worry. The Paterno family will hire some lawyers and straighten everything out.

  7. noring4youstill says: Feb 15, 2013 7:37 AM

    Why doesn’t the NCAA focus attention on teams that are winning now?

  8. akirchstein says: Feb 15, 2013 10:13 AM

    This is probably not the only “misconduct” on investigations that the NCAA has conducted. It just seems fishy that they have had over two years “investigating” Miami without anything to come of it. This Miami case is surrounded by controversy and if there are not severe sanctions like Penn State received, then any of the little credibility that they have left is shattered.

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