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. In 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.