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Despite NCAA Exec Committee's Backing, Source Says Emmert "Won't Keep His Job"
Published February 25, 2013
OH DONNA: Ohio Univ. sports administration professor David Ridpath said that Shalala was "taking a calculated gamble by going public with her criticism instead of voicing it behind closed doors." Ridpath: “She’s making a preemptive strike, largely because this investigation has been botched from the beginning. I don’t blame her. She’s holding a strong hand right now. She’s almost daring the infractions committee to impose more (sanctions). It’s a bit of a risk. But in this situation, probably a risk that she should take because the way things have gone, somebody has to speak up" (PALM BEACH POST, 2/24). SI.com's Stewart Mandel wrote Shalala is "taking full advantage of the NCAA's admitted missteps and accompanying p.r. backlash to fight back in a manner unlike any accused school in recent memory." Mandel: "Given her stance, if the Committee on Infractions does eventually hammer Miami ... will it lead to Miami v. NCAA?" It is "virtually unheard of" for a school to "fight the NCAA over perceived unfairness by the organization's enforcement arm" (SI.com, 2/22).
FOR PETE'S SAKE: Seahawks coach and former USC football coach Pete Carroll on Friday said, "I really think it's time for this to be opened up and examined and understood how the NCAA has operated." CBSSPORTS.com's Feldman wrote, "Dubious methods in what has always been a murky process seems to have become a by-product of a broken system, not just evidence of it." Carroll said of the infractions during his time at USC, "I think our case was a great illustration of that, as is what is happening down in Miami. And the NCAA's rush to judgment that happened over at Penn State may have been as big a travesty as any of them." He added, "It's just so out of whack. It's so obvious that it is. It's just a matter of, will somebody pursue it and go after it?" (CBSSPORTS.com, 2/23).
MEET THE NEW BOSS: CBSSPORTS.com's Jeremy Fowler cited a source as saying that NCAA interim VP/Enforcement Jonathan Duncan "begins a 12-to-18-month trial period on March 11." Duncan will be "asked to restore confidence in a 55-person enforcement group that faces mounting scrutiny over the botched Miami investigation" (CBSSPORTS.com, 2/22).