Due to improper conduct within the NCAA during their investigation of the University of Miami, NCAA president Mark Emmert has been forced to delay Miami’s notice of allegations.
According to ESPN, “…their [NCAA's] enforcement staff worked with the defense attorney for former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro to improperly obtain information through a bankruptcy proceeding that did not involve the sports governing body.”
Miami has been under investigation by the NCAA for over two years now due to allegations made by Shapiro, an ex-Miami booster who is currently serving out a hefty prison sentence.
ESPN’s Joe Shad is reporting that “the attorney was given a list of questions to ask during the deposition on behalf of the NCAA. The attorney then sent a bill to the NCAA for expenses, which NCAA president Mark Emmert said led to questions of the organization’s conduct in the case.”
Because of the improper conduct committed on behalf of the NCAA, Miami must now wait even longer to receive their notice of allegations.
A somewhat angry and embarrassed president Emmert told ESPN:
I am deeply disappointed and frustrated and even angry about these circumstances.”
The NCAA has been fumbling around with Miami for what seems like an eternity. In their attempt to bury UM, their investigation has only further highlighted their incompetence.
As Miami anxiously awaits their fate, UM president Donna Shalala (and former politician) made public her rebuttal to Emmert and the NCAA:
Since the University first alerted the NCAA to the possibility of violations more than two years ago, we have been cooperative and compliant with the NCAA and, I believe, a model for how institutions should partner with the NCAA staff during investigations. In addition to encouraging current and former staff members and student-athletes to cooperate with investigators, we have provided thousands of documents to the enforcement staff.”
I am frustrated, disappointed and concerned by Emmert’s announcement today that the integrity of the investigation may have been compromised by the NCAA staff.”
As we have done since the beginning, we will continue to work with the NCAA and now with their outside investigator hoping for a swift resolution of the investigation and our case.”
In hopes of softening any looming sanctions, UM has self-imposed two consecutive post-season bowl bans, as well as forfeited the chance to play in the 2012 ACC championship game.
As Miami had hoped for their investigation to be nearing an end, they are forced to play the waiting game once more due to an error at the hands of Emmert and the NCAA.
It seems with each passing day that the NCAA lacks any relevant evidence needed to bury Miami after all.