NCAA fires staff, abandons findings after improper conduct in Miami investigation
- Three weeks after NCAA President Mark Emmert revealed "a severe issue of improper conduct" involving his staff, the NCAA on Monday afternoon released a report detailing breaches of conduct that extended all the way up to the now-fired head of NCAA enforcement in the organization's investigation of the University of Miami.
- Around 20% of the information gathered in its investigation of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro--who allegedly provided cash and gifts to dozens of Miami athletes and recruits for several years--will have to be thrown out because the NCAA paid his attorney, Maria Elena Perez, $18,000 to subpoena and depose witnesses during Shapiro's unrelated bankruptcy proceedings.
- The release of the report will make it possible for the NCAA's Committee on Infractions to penalize the school, though in a statement Monday night, Miami President Donna Shalala said the school "was wronged" in the investigation and insisted that the school's self-imposed penalties are enough.
From the article:
About 20 percent of the information the National Collegiate Athletic Association gathered in its investigation of the University of Miami has been thrown out because it was improperly obtained, officials said Monday, and the breaches of conduct reached all the way up to the (now-fired) head of NCAA enforcement. ...
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