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Ex-investigator blasts NCAA in email thread to Shapiro

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It appears fans and media alike aren’t the only ones piling on the NCAA. In fact, some of it came from within the organization.

In a series of email threads with ex-Miami booster Nevin Shapiro obtained by multiple media outlets, former director of enforcement Ameen Najjar blasted his previous employer in its handling of both the UM and Penn State cases.

“My belief is that they simply want to get the case done, even if it is half or only one quarter done,” Najjar wrote to Shapiro on May 21, 2012. “I don’t know if it is simply to meet some arbitrary timeline or the upper levels are trying to save Miami. I suspect it’s the latter.”

Najjar was fired by the NCAA previously that month. InĀ an external review of the NCAA’s handling of the Miami investigation, it was revealed that Najjar went against the advice of the NCAA’s legal team and improperly worked with Shapiro’s attorney to obtain information related to the case.

“I was fired today,” Najjar wrote in a separate, earlier email to Shapiro. “Apparently because they did not like the way I was moving the Miami case along. The conditions I have been working under for the past year have been horrible and it has taken a toll on me and my family. I am sorry and do not know what this means for the investigation.”

In a separate letter to Shapiro’s judge the year before, Najjar indicated that the NCAA could use the former booster as a consultant.

But Najjar wasn’t done. In an email dated Aug. 7, 2012, Najjar took a swing at his former employer’s handle on the Penn State situation.

The Penn State deal is a travesty,” Najjar wrote. “The NCAA did not impose anything, Penn State agreed to and self-imposed the penalties, waived all due process and waived any right to appeal. The NCAA had/has NO authority to impose any penalties in that situation and PSU’s president sold the school down the river!”

The NCAA did not respond to requests for comment. President Mark Emmert was recently featured in a USA Today piece documenting his previous stops — and missteps — at UConn, LSU and Washington.

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6 Responses to “Ex-investigator blasts NCAA in email thread to Shapiro”
  1. ironman721 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:36 PM

    The hits just keep on coming! Hahaha

  2. atxcane says: Apr 3, 2013 10:43 PM

    Heh, I have to say after the “the NCAA is trying to save Miami” statement: obviously Najjar was fired for stupidity.

    I mean seriously, these past 2 years, the extortion letters, the threats, the underhanded tactics, nailing Miami with unsubstantiated evidence, the lies etc. is indication of the NCAA trying to *save* Miami???

    If that’s the case, I’d hate to see how they’d act if they had it out for Miami!

  3. tommy57 says: Apr 3, 2013 11:42 PM

    Only the NCAA Executive Committee (link) can initiate the internal review necessary to keep the organization relevant.

    http://web1.ncaa.org/committees/committees_roster.jsp?CommitteeName=EXEC

    Yet, they choose to remain in the background, perhaps assessing the situation and contemplating the political impact of various options. Sadly, we’ve seen where that type of inaction leads…

  4. soflosportsfan says: Apr 4, 2013 12:31 AM

    This is crazy. Miami has come clean, they have admitted to their wrongdoings. Miami hasn’t tried to hide information, maybe ex-players have hid info but thats not the argument. But it seems every week more and more damaging news comes out about the NCAA’s mishandling of the investigation. Until the NCAA comes completely clean about all their missteps, their case against Miami should be thrown out

  5. yankeesgameday says: Apr 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    Why is a former NCAA investigator emailing a witness after they have been fired and APOLOGIZING to him for not doing enough to move the case forward?!

    That one statement alone shows that person’s bias against Miami and that they were doing everything they could to prove Shapiro’s side of the story without doing an impartial investigation.

    Literally everything this person contributed to the case needs to be thrown out at this point.

  6. taylormade311 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:43 PM

    Wow, I hope in coming years that all these big time schools come together off the field and blow-up the NCAA once and for all with a hefty law suit.

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