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AP: Miami receives Notice of Allegations from NCAA

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Yesterday, the NCAA released findings into its external investigation over improper conduct in the Miami investigation. The major issue at hand was that former NCAA Director of Enforcement Ameen Najjar agreed to let Nevin Shapiro‘s attorney, Maria Elena Perez, depose witnesses in a bankruptcy case to obtain relevant information in the NCAA’s investigation in exchange for money.

That plan was approved by Vice President of Enforcement, Julie Roe Lach, and Managing Director of Enforcement, Tom Hosty, but not the NCAA’s legal staff. As a result, the independent investigation cited “missteps” and “insufficient oversight” by members of the NCAA’s enforcement staff.

In a release, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the Association would continue with its investigation of UM, but without using the information obtained by Perez. Later that day, Miami president Donna Shalala torched the NCAA in a statement that called for no additional punitive measures.

However, the NCAA is standing by its intentions to finish the investigation. According to a report from the Associated Press, the NCAA handed Miami its Notice of Allegations on Tuesday — something that was supposed to have come last month. While the extent of the allegations isn’t known, it’s believe that the NCAA has (ironically) included a lack of institutional control charge.

A statement from Miami is expected later tonight.

If the AP is correct, the NOA comes roughly two years after the NCAA began investigating the program because of claims that Shapiro, a former UM booster who is now serving jail time for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme, provided numerous impermissible benefits to athletes.

The next step for Miami, which is a private institution and not subject to open records requests, will be to prepare a response for the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. The university has already self-imposed two postseason bans in an effort to soften any potential sanctions.

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13 Responses to “AP: Miami receives Notice of Allegations from NCAA”
  1. palmbeachbuckeye says: Feb 19, 2013 9:42 PM

  2. atxcane says: Feb 19, 2013 9:51 PM

    I’m gonna go ahead and guess ‘failure to monitor’, and the vast majority of Shapiro’s claims are unsubstantiated.

    Still, I’m a little surprised they didn’t decide to extend the investigation period after their recent messup. Then again, considering how badly the NCAA screwed the pooch so far, maybe it’s in their best interests to quit while they’re ahead.

  3. mogogo1 says: Feb 19, 2013 10:15 PM

    Pure hubris. The NCAA feels they have to pursue the charges to save face, but if they were smart they’d just back away.

    If they had ANYTHING of substance, they wouldn’t have been paying for those depositions. (Unless, the whole purpose of that exercise was launder the money they wanted to pay Shapiro, which remains a distinct possibility.) Either way, this “investigation” is too tainted to produce any charges that stick.

  4. ironman721 says: Feb 19, 2013 10:35 PM

    This has no chance of ending well for the NCAA.

  5. billsboy88 says: Feb 20, 2013 12:39 AM

    That’s right folks, the NCAA had a lengthy and expensive investigation of a previous lengthy and expensive investigation that ran parallel to a separate entity’s lengthy and expensive investigation into the same situation.

  6. gfj7000 says: Feb 20, 2013 1:09 AM

    Looks like NCAA Pope Emmert has been getting his dirty house exposed yesterday with the firing of his VP, and today, making his public declaration of his ‘lean team’ being out-of-control. He doesn’t have a leg to stand-on this team. Miami should not, and won’t receive any more penalties on this one – their people will fight to the finish I’m sure. Go Miami! Slaughter the Pope!

  7. thegonz13 says: Feb 20, 2013 7:00 AM

    OK, so the NCAA -an organization with dwindling credibility- is accusing a school based mostly on the accounts of an angry and vengeful crook.


    So “The U” didn’t control the scumbags who came in contact with student athletes. Welcome to college sports, guys. This has been common practice for years and will continue to be the case for years to come. Miami self-imposed some penalties that cost the school some cash and it should be plenty.

    Let’s all move along

  8. crazycane says: Feb 20, 2013 7:36 AM

    Sports fans are always rooting for the people in charge rather than the players which is like rooting for your boss. It’s nice to see people finally seeing that the NCAA is the one who is being bad in this ‘IN THE SLEAZY WAY THEY HANDLED IT’.

    Please pay special attention to that last sentence as I don’t want people to think that I’m saying Miami didn’t do anything.

  9. chachooga says: Feb 20, 2013 8:29 AM

    UM has self imposed two post season bans WHICH INCLUDED THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME and the two bowl games.

    That is a HUGE detail to include, please Benny K please.

    I don’t get how that detail is constantly left ou of reporting. Shalala is a very well respected head nation wide in many circles not exclusively NCAA. So for her to be this “scathing” really should be noted.

    UM has more than paid for the actions of a Ponzi scheme felon in jail for 20 years.

  10. canehouse says: Feb 20, 2013 8:55 AM

    Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press tweeted that total tally of extra benefits in 10 years was $40k… What a joke!!!

  11. grudenthediva says: Feb 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    Self-imposed penalties…okay. Two missed trips to the Build-A-Bear Bowl after crap seasons with crap teams, and a “backed in and likely to get whupped again by FSU” trip to the ACC title game. Oh yeah, what a huge sacrifice that was.

  12. gatorprof says: Feb 20, 2013 10:45 AM

    mess, complete mess.

    If UM did anything (very likely wrong), the NCAA’s conduct will likely obscure it.

  13. canehouse says: Feb 20, 2013 7:41 PM

    gatorprof… Of course we did something wrong…..we are not disputing that… However we are disputing the way in which the ncaa has conducted their investigation and at the length they have taken to get to where we are today. We have fully cooperated and just want to proceed… but not now. We are ready to pick some meat of off the ncaa bones.

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