In a true testament to what a messed up organization it is, the NCAA is now investigating its own enforcement program after uncovering an issue of improper conduct that occurred during the University of Miami investigation. According to a release from the NCAA’s national office, former NCAA enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for Nevin Shapiro to improperly obtain information for the purposes of the NCAA investigation through a bankruptcy proceeding. Several news outlets are reporting that the NCAA actually had Shapiro’s attorney, Marie Elena Perez, on their payroll to work on depositions in a federal bankruptcy case in order determine NCAA violations.
As a result, NCAA President Mark Emmert has called for an external review of the entire enforcement program, which will include a review of the issue at hand and “the overall enforcement environment, to ensure operation of the program is consistent with the essential principles of integrity and accountability.” Emmert released these remarks in an official release on the NCAA’s website:
“To say the least, I am angered and saddened by this situation. Trust and credibility are essential to our regulatory tasks. My intent is to ensure our investigatory functions operate with integrity and are fair and consistent with our member schools, athletics staff and, most importantly, our student-athletes.”
While the NCAA conducts the review, they will stop investigating the University of Miami “until all the facts surrounding this issue are known.” That means that UofL assistant Clint Hurtt and Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith may be off the hook, as Emmert pledged that any information that was obtained improperly would be thrown out. Hurtt is expected to be cited for unethical conduct.
Can the NCAA just go ahead and put itself on probation, please?
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