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NCAA drops portion of testimony from ex-Miami QB

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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.

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15 Responses to “NCAA drops portion of testimony from ex-Miami QB”
  1. bonerchamp says: Apr 13, 2013 2:13 PM

    The only evidence that the NCAA has left is what’s been corroborated by Shapiro alone. Everything else has been self reported by Miami or thrown out.

  2. ironman721 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:29 PM

    Can somebody explain how an actual head coach at Rutgers can physically abuse and verbally abuse actually NCAA athletes with no repercussions on the university but an ex-coach at PSU abused children not under the umbrella of the NCAA has their university destroyed? NCAA is a joke!!!

  3. ironman721 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:31 PM

    I don’t like Miami but I hope they give the NCAA beatdown in court!

  4. thegonz13 says: Apr 13, 2013 3:01 PM

    The only evidence is from a con artist/criminal who’s only turning on Miami out of revenge. Can’t wait until The U beats this in court and sues the NCAA… and I’m not even à Miami fan!

  5. bender4700 says: Apr 13, 2013 3:01 PM

    Ironman

    The Rutgers coach was too angry and rough on players, Sandusky raped children. In the schools locker room. And the administration covered it up.

    What about that don’t you get? You can’t be that stupid.

    Rape vs shoved in the back. What would you rather have happen to you?

  6. bender4700 says: Apr 13, 2013 3:06 PM

    I find it appalling how many PSU fans are so willing to down play child rape on a college campus and the administration covering it up instead of calling the authorities.

    If one of the many victims were their child, I’d imagine they’d feel different.

  7. Rockie D. Bull says: Apr 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    “Miami’s motion “attempts to deflect attention from the significant allegations that remain in the case””

    This statement indicates the University of Miami is guilty of the infractions against them regardless of the NCAA ineptitude in the investigation. The bottom line remains: they still did it (or lots of it in the University of Miami’s case).

    After the sanctions handed down to USC, Ohio State and Penn State, it is long past the time to drop the hammer (deservedly) on the University of Miami. They have been the filthiest program in all of college sports for the past 28 years, comparable only to SMU.

    Staying home “voluntarily” from Bowls and ACC title games is not nearly enough. Compare that to Ohio State deciding all they needed to do was stay home from the Toilet Bowl against Florida State. Imagine the screaming had the NCAA made them eligible for the the B1G title game and (if they had won) the NC against Bama this past season.

    The NCAA has been a steaming bag of dog shiatsu since they let Auburn and Scam Newton get away scot-free. If they let the University of Miami get off the hook on this, USC, Ohio State and Penn State all need to sue the NCAA to have their respective NCAA sanctions over turned.

  8. badintent says: Apr 13, 2013 4:07 PM

    Wow ! Miami U has some great Jewish defense lawyers. How they got time off from their Cuban and Mexican drug dealer clients is beyond me.

    The NCAA answers to no one. That’s why they run the biggest gulag in the world. They make $$$$ like Wall Street and pay the hired hands (the not so student-jocks) chump change.

  9. barkleyblows says: Apr 13, 2013 4:31 PM

    Cheaters always prosper!!

    Unreal.

  10. huskerzfan says: Apr 13, 2013 5:14 PM

    @ badintent:

    The NCAA answers to no one. That’s why they run the biggest gulag in the world. They make $$$$ like Wall Street and pay the hired hands (the not so student-jocks) chump change.
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    You do realize that the NCAA doesn’t make a nickel from FBS college football, right? The vast majority of revenue generated by the NCAA is generated by the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA doesn’t receive a dime from the TV contracts that the teams and conferences hold, nor do they receive a dime from the bowl games.

    If you are going to point the finger at the people making bank off of the backs of college football players, then point the finger at the schools, universities, and athletic departments.

    As for Miami? Got to love the attitude shown by their President. Who cares if we broke the rules, it is all about what we can get away with at this point. Nice job Donna. You continue to teach vauluable lessons to our nation’s youth.

  11. atxcane says: Apr 13, 2013 6:25 PM

    In an ‘honest’ system, Miami would easily take their lumps for Kyle Wright. Heck, at the beginning of this investigation, they *did*, it was *self-reported*, and it was for *larger amounts*. (Flashback: suspended 7 athletes and forced them to repay $3800 in benefits). Kyle Wright received $1800 in benefits from 03-07.

    It’s no longer an ‘honest’ investigation though. Miami is getting LOIC thrown at it based on chump change. Massively over-hyped allegations have panned out to be a pittance. Seriously, look at the numbers that have come out…3800$ over 7 players two years ago, $1800 for Kyle Wright, a used washer and dryer worth 500$.

    The punishment that fits those crimes is suspensions, repaying the benefits, and declaring athletes ineligible (and thus forfeiting those games retroactively). The NCAA however is trying to punish with probation, scholarship losses, and bowl bans. If the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, then the only thing the school can do is get as many of the crimes thrown out as possible.

    The NCAA has officially jumped the shark with this case.

  12. youcantmakemepickausername says: Apr 13, 2013 8:19 PM

    Can’t Miami just argue that having Kyle Wright as their QB really didn’t give them a competitive advantage?

  13. ironman721 says: Apr 13, 2013 11:43 PM

    Bender what you fail to see is that both situations involve crimes. Child rape is an incredibly horrible felony and what happened at Rutgers is at least simple assault. Both crimes but one that happened to actual NCAA athletes. The NCAA has jurisdiction over its athletes and coaches but has not raised a finger in this case. NCAA has no jurisdiction of ex-coaches or non-athletes. That’s why they don’t punish universities for all other crimes that are committed by faculty or students on college campuses. You my not like it but that’s the truth.

  14. huskerzfan says: Apr 14, 2013 1:27 AM

    @ atxcane:

    The NCAA has officially jumped the shark with this case.

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    I always enjoy the comments of guilty partisans that say it is a “witch hunt” or that the NCAA “jumped the shark”.

    If it makes you feel good, so be it.

    Time to put the Miami fan base into a 12 step program. Right along with their ring leader in Donna Shalala.

    Wait, what is your next comment…, the NCAA is corrupt? Wait a minute,…you said everybody else cheats as well? Followed up by “We aren’t doing anything that everybody else is doing”?

    Keep texting while driving Cane fans.

  15. sparky151 says: Apr 14, 2013 1:15 PM

    I’d still like to know what’s unethical about using a collateral proceeding to get questions answered. It shouldn’t be a matter of where the evidence came from but whether or not it’s true.

    Shalala’s “it’s not what we did, it’s what you can prove” argument is pretty thin.

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