Monday, February 18, 2013

NCAA enforcement: Time to admit your "lack of institutional control.” Miami Herald article: External review: Some NCAA staffers acted inappropriately in Miami Hurricanes inquiry. Statement issued by UM President Donna E. Shalala

External review: Some NCAA staffers acted inappropriately in Miami Hurricanes inquiry - UM - 

It takes a strong person to admit fault and move on. Unfortunately for the UM (as well as for other NCAA members) the NCAA enforcement division is not strong enough and insists on moving forward to win at all costs. This has obviously become personal for some members of the NCAA, even to the point of throwing some of its staffers under the bus (see Report: NCAA VP of Enforcement fired over Miami investigation, reporting that Julie Roe Lach, the NCAA’s Vice President of Enforcement and Mart Emmert’s hand-picked choice for the position, has been fired as a result of her role in the improper conduct that occurred during the investigation into Nevin Shapiro’s associated with Miami) 

I have to raise the question as to whether it is time for frustration to turn to anger and action. The NCAA appears lose more credibility every day. It is time for some internal soul searching into its own obvious lack of institutional control and settle up and then engage some outside entitles to investigate and make substantive changes to the way the NCAA does business, but it is time to stop compounding their errors. 

Susan Miller Degnan reports that the NCAA case involving the University of Miami will continue — just without about 20 percent of the information the governing body of college athletics has deemed tainted because of “improper conduct” during its investigation.

Obviously ignoring the taint and the UM’s good faith self-imposing of sanctions; the NCAA Enforcement President announced the NCAA’s intention is to move forward with this case, when asked when a ruling in the Miami case might come down. “There is still a lot of information that is available that has in no way been tainted by this incident. In terms of timing, I’m not going to guess when that occurs. I know everyone is trying to get it done as quickly as possible.”

UM President Donna Shalala expressed her unhappiness about the entire situation in a lengthy written statement released Monday evening: 

Statement from President Donna E. Shalala 

University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala made this statement concerning the external Enforcement Review Report the NCAA issued earlier today regarding the improper handling of its investigation of the University of Miami.

"The University takes full responsibility for the conduct of its employees and student-athletes. Where the evidence of NCAA violations has been substantiated, we have self-imposed appropriate sanctions, including unilaterally eliminating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our students and coaches over the past two years, and disciplining and withholding players from competition.

"We believe strongly in the principles and values of fairness and due process. However, we have been wronged in this investigation, and we believe that this process must come to a swift resolution, which includes no additional punitive measures beyond those already self-imposed. 

CLICK HERE to read the full statement issued on Monday, February 18, 2013.


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