NCAA Finds Its Own Improper Conduct In Miami Investigation
The NCAA today announced that it uncovered an issue of improper conduct within its enforcement program that occurred during the Univ. of Miami investigation. Former NCAA enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for former UM booster Nevin Shapiro to improperly obtain information. NCAA President Mark Emmert has commissioned an external review of the enforcement program. The NCAA will not move forward with a Notice of Allegations for UM until all the facts surrounding this issue are known (NCAA).
The NCAA drew some sharp criticism on Twitter following the announcement. Bleacher Report's Dan Levy wrote, "It's not surprising that in a case involving the NCAA, Miami and Nevin Shapiro, it's the NCAA that comes off the most unscrupulous." CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman: "The NCAA isn't just policing amateurs.. apparently it's being run by them too." SI.com's Andy Staples wrote, "It's a good thing no one at the NCAA has ever been sanctimonious or holier-than-thou. Otherwise, they'd really be getting destroyed." ESPN's Jay Bilas: "Still waiting for NCAA to declare itself ineligible, then seek reinstatement after the long, slow investigation."