Miami has scored at least another minor victory against the NCAA, though the case still appears to be headed toward a June meeting with the Committee on Infractions.
According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, the NCAA has agreed to remove at least a portion of the testimony from former Hurricanes quarterback Kyle Wright from its case against the UM program. Exactly how much isn’t known, however.
Wright, a former five-star quarterback who played for the Hurricanes from 2003-07, is said to have substantiated six allegations against the program. Wright himself is alleged to have received over $1,800 in impermissible benefits in connection to former booster Nevin Shapiro.
The Miami Herald reported last week that UM, as part of its motion to dismiss the NCAA’s case, wanted Wright’s testimony “expunged from the record” because questions asked in his Feb. 24, 2012, interview were “improperly influenced by information that the enforcement staff had received” from a previous deposition of former UM equipment room worker Sean Allen. Allen was deposed by Shapiro’s attorney, Maria Elena Perez, in a December, 2011, bankruptcy case. That testimony was unethically used for the NCAA’s investigation of the school.
Information obtained through Perez’s depositions had reportedly been removed from Miami’s Notice of Allegations.
In its motion to dismiss, Miami also accuses the NCAA of conducting a misleading investigation, among other unethical practices. The NCAA responded earlier this month that Miami’s motion “attempts to deflect attention from the significant allegations that remain in the case”. Miami is said to be facing a lack of institutional control charge. The university has called for no additional sanctions to be levied against the program beyond what it has self-imposed.
Unless there’s a significant amount of information removed from the case — that admittedly is an arbitrary term since the NOA has not been made public — the NCAA appears content on moving forward with the process with whatever allegations it has left standing.