Has the worm turned? Only in Miami and only involving the U, can the theater of the absurd take such a grandiose course. The Miami Herald reports that the NCAA announced it improperly obtained information via the attorney of former booster Nevin Shapiro for the purposes of its investigation into the University of Miami’s football and basketball programs.
So now I must ask, who is investigating the NCAA for what clearly appears to me to be a total lack of institutional control over its investigation?
Shame on you NCAA! We will wait for your self-imposed penalty. Perhaps it is time for the member schools to reexamine their membership in the NCAA.
The Herald article included this statement from UM President Donna Shalala in reaction to the NCAA’s findings:
“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 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 President Emmert’s announcement today that the integrity of the investigation may have been compromised by the NCAA staff.
Could this be a case where the NCAA finally got too greedy in denying due process and holding current students and fans hostage for the sins of those who have moved on a long time ago? Enough already. Stop the charade!
I can’t wait for the day that the NCAA’s actions become the inspiration for a new play, perhaps written by an Edward Albee. Until then, we will simply continue to read up on this painful matter in the Miami Herald.