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AP: Ex-NCAA investigator wanted to use Shapiro as consultant

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At this point, would you expect anything else? Because it appears the numerous missteps taken by members of the NCAA’s enforcement staff in handling the Miami investigation are just part of the story.

Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports that former NCAA Director of Enforcement Ameen Najjar wrote a letter two years ago on behalf of ex-Miami booster Nevin Shapiro to U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton suggesting the NCAA could eventually hire Shapiro.

The letter, obtained by the AP,  was dated June 3, 2011, four days before Wigenton sentenced Shapiro to 20 years in prison for his participation in a $1 billion Ponzi scheme. In it, Najjar says Shapiro could be a consultant/educator for the NCAA, perhaps implying a lighter sentence be in order.

“Throughout the course of our interactions, it is my belief that Mr. Shapiro possesses a unique depth of knowledge and experience concerning representatives athletics interest (‘Boosters’), agents and the provision of extra-benefits to student-athletes,” the letter reads.

Najjar, as you may recall, was singled out in an external report from the NCAA last month for orchestrating a plan where Shapiro’s attorney, Maria Elena Perez, would depose witnesses in a bankruptcy suit for information relevant to the Miami investigation in exchange for money. The NCAA’s legal team didn’t sign off on the idea since it’s kinda not allowed, but Najjar (aka “Maverick”) went through with it anyway, telling former VP of Enforcement Julie Roe Lach that it was given the green light.

Lach was terminated last month. Najjar no longer works for the NCAA.

As far out as it sounds, the notion of using an ex-booster to gain insight and educate member schools isn’t a terrible one in theory. But considering what Shapiro was facing combined with the fact that Najjar didn’t appear to be a real “by the books” kind of guy? Yeah, probably not the best course of action.

How the NCAA plans to explain this one, if it plans to, will be interesting to see.

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11 Responses to “AP: Ex-NCAA investigator wanted to use Shapiro as consultant”
  1. mcjon22 says: Mar 6, 2013 9:41 PM

    WTF?!?!?!?

  2. necr0philia says: Mar 6, 2013 9:55 PM

    NCAA SHOULD GET THE DEATH PENALTY!!

  3. chachooga says: Mar 6, 2013 11:53 PM

    Benny K!!! Considering what this guy was facing, yahoo should never have published their “report”!!

    But since it is the U, and so many like you high fived yahoo along with their shady journalism….they gave us their “report” based almost entirely on uncooberated words of the felon.

    Sham scam blam blam

  4. soflosportsfan says: Mar 7, 2013 3:23 AM

    Any lawyers out there. Does UM have any right to sue yahoo! for defamation? According to this definition of “defamation”, UM would have a case? http://injury.findlaw.com/torts-and-personal-injuries/elements-of-libel-and-slander.html

  5. mj1818 says: Mar 7, 2013 6:52 AM

    The high and mighty NCAA. They are just like the US gorvernment.

  6. mhalt99 says: Mar 7, 2013 7:30 AM

    The high and mighty NCAA. They are just like the US gorvernment.

    How? They take a snow day when it doesn’t snow? Thought only DC did that!

  7. ironman721 says: Mar 7, 2013 7:38 AM

    This just keeps getting better and better everyday!!! Hahaha!

  8. canesgiants says: Mar 7, 2013 9:30 AM

    its amazing to think what a hard on the ncaa had to bust miami. yes they committed some violations but all the shady stuff coming out?? i would hope charles robinson is getting hammered for this. a noted journalist for a major company who relied on a guy who just defrauded people of millions of dollars and took him at his word. the millions of dollars and escalades turned out to be 170,000 and a used washer and dryer. the ncaa admitted if shapiro said it twice it was true. so this 170,000 number at the end of the day is probablyt a lot less. miami just needs to sit back and let the ncaa just kill themselves. u know peoples names are going to get tarnished who used to work for the ncaa and i would think those people would try to clear their names

  9. canesgiants says: Mar 7, 2013 9:35 AM

    how pissed would u be if u were one of the families that had all their money taken away and here is a major organization writing a letter on his behalf to try and get his jailtime reduced AND to basically say he would be an assett to the ncaa

  10. mogogo1 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:35 AM

    Can there be any doubt now where that $20,000 the NCAA paid for “depositions” really went?

  11. 305fan says: Mar 7, 2013 2:53 PM

    This has been a witch hunt from the start. Only the brain washed anti-Miami fans see it differently. Sure Miami may have commited some violations, but not to the extreme that Yahoo media portrayed it. Thee NCAA has opened their own pandoras box, and are looking more and more like criminal organization they are.

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