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Report: NCAA firing VP of Enforcement Julie Roe Lach

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Late last week, the NCAA was expected to release the findings of an external review into improper conduct committed by its enforcement staff during its investigation of the Miami athletics program.

Per one report, that issue of misconduct involved the NCAA’s vice president of enforcement, Julie Roe Lach, approving the payment of at least $20,000 to the attorney of former UM booster, Nevin Shapiro, in exchange for information relevant to the investigation.

Those findings are expected to be made public today in a 2 p.m. teleconference. Likely not a part of that phone call will be Lach. According to a Yahoo! report from Charles Robinson and Pat Forde, Lach has been fired. She’s been with the NCAA since 1998.

Assuming the report is true and that Lach really is, uh, “finished” — and there’s little reason to believe she isn’t — chances are the results of the external investigation led by the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft aren’t too promising. The NCAA has already delayed the release of a Notice of Allegations to Miami because of the alleged misconduct. Keep in mind this investigation has been going on for about two years and Miami has self-imposed two postseason bans, likely in an effort to soften any potential blow inflicted by the NCAA.

Shapiro’s attorney, Elena Perez, reportedly deposed two individuals tied to the Miami investigation – former Miami equipment manager Sean Allen and agent Michael Huyghue – in Dec., 2011, as part of a bankruptcy suit. She’s denied any wrongdoing.

Shapiro is currently serving jail time for orchestrating a $1 billion Ponzi scheme.

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11 Responses to “Report: NCAA firing VP of Enforcement Julie Roe Lach”
  1. atxcane says: Feb 18, 2013 12:45 PM

    *cough*fallguy*cough*

    I’m guessing the report will be a whitewash, claiming that nothing improper was done, but it *looked* improper, so they’ll just go ahead and fire a 15 year veteran of the NCAA for the “appearance of impropriety…but trust us, there wasn’t really anything done wrong, it just *looked* bad…no you can’t ask any questions.”

  2. gfj7000 says: Feb 18, 2013 12:50 PM

    I agree – it’s a minor thing here vs. what they accused the CFB teams of wrongdoing.
    I think the Top Dog – Emmert should be the first one to be investigated for Hitler/Caesar type behavior – unleashing undue sentence/penalties by himself, on teams that don’t deserve half of what he has done to them.
    Turn the blade on him. Comments?

  3. thekatman says: Feb 18, 2013 1:06 PM

    JRL has been a corrupt member of the NCAA way before the days when she was on the COI board, along wiht Paul Dee, onbe of the most corrupt of them all, when they wen after USC and trumped up a couple of bogus infractions that sanctioned The Program for 30 scholies, 2 bowl appearances, and vacated wins.

    If the NCAA really wants to get their act together, they must review all NCAA penalties doled out to schools since the erarly 2000′s, and make ammends this year; otherwise, as atexcane states above, this move to fire her is all a smokescreen to cover up Emmert and other forlks’ misdeeds.

    Come on Mr. Emmert. Stand up for what is right and just and give back the schollies for the 2013 and 2014 seasons to USC; give back their wins; and give back the money the had to give back to the NCAA for the BCS Champoionship and other bowl wins.

    Do this right and quickly, and the NCAA will be on its way to creating a new and better association.

  4. raiderufan says: Feb 18, 2013 1:36 PM

    I see no way on earth they can do anymore to the Canes than they have already done to themselves. 2 postseason bans, suspended any and all players involved until the NCAA ok’d them to come back, reduced scholly’s on themselves….they had a legit chance at a BCS bowl with one win over FSU and chose to not attend the ACC champ game!

    Somehow the NCAA screwed up an investigation into something that the school was so convinced was gonna be bad that they hit themselves as hard as they could in hopes the NCAA didn’t find it to be worse! Unbelievable!

  5. tommy57 says: Feb 18, 2013 1:36 PM

    I fully agree with Katman. The NCAA, as a governing body, is a mess. It’s time for a good spring cleaning and a restructuring that includes creation of a board, staffed with rotating members of various conferences, that oversees and approves proposed sanctions.

  6. cometkazie says: Feb 18, 2013 2:18 PM

    No lack of news these days . . . .

  7. mogogo1 says: Feb 18, 2013 2:39 PM

    The most troubling thing about the Shapiro case is it makes you wonder how often they’ve done similar things in the past that you never heard about.

    Paying the attorney of the chief accuser in an investigation should have been a huge red flag, yet Lach approved it, apparently without even running it by her superiors. Either a stunningly bad one-time decision or those sorts of things are business as usual for the NCAA. $20K to the attorney for a couple of dispositions that wouldn’t have cost anywhere close to that amount if you’d been a normal client hiring an attorney. Even if it wasn’t a straight up payoff, how could she not see the danger of it being viewed as one?

  8. thekatman says: Feb 18, 2013 2:48 PM

    Either the NCAA COI members pay for false information or they make it up. The accusations against USC were made up by the COI, and soon with the Todd McNair case in LA County Court, the NCAA will soon be outed for their crimes aginst their own membership. If they settle out of court with McNai, then that too proves their guilt. They just don’t want the false allegations they used against McNair and USC to be made public. Eventually the truth will come out.

  9. monsterright says: Feb 18, 2013 3:08 PM

    C’mon! This is failure to control. Shouldn’t Emmert and crew be banned from banning for 3 years?

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 18, 2013 4:58 PM

    monsterright: Great post! Maybe the presidents of the NCAA membership schools should make that rule, since they claim to govern and run the NCAA. Bunch of idiots and hypocrites.

  11. ironman721 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:48 PM

    With thousands of good, hard working, honest Americans out of work, how does this clown Emmert still have a job?

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