The NCAA delivered its notice of allegations to Miami (Fla.) after a two-year investigation into the university’s athletic programs.
After two years spent investigating allegations of rule violations made by former booster Nevin Shapiro, the NCAA submitted a notice of allegations to Miami (Fla.) accusing the university of a “lack of institutional control,” according to a report by the Associated Press.
The NCAA typically reserves its strongest penalties and sanctions for those universities that fail to adequately monitor their athletic departments — who exhibit a lack of control over, in the NCAA’s words, the “formal institutional policies and procedures” meant to prevent schools from breaking NCAA rules.
Several former Miami coaches are named in the NCAA’s notice of allegations, including former basketball coach Frank Haith, who currently holds the same position at Missouri, reported the Associated Press. After his team’s win Tuesday night over No. 4 Florida, Haith told reporters, “Contrary to what was reported, there was no unethical conduct in my notice of allegations.”
That the NCAA has issued the notice signals that its enforcement staff, which has come under fire, has completed the findings of its case against the university. Miami has 90 days to present its response to the allegations. The school imposed two years of postseason bans (2011-12) in an effort to potentially stem any major sanctions handed down by the NCAA.
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Late Tuesday, Miami president Donna Shalala released her second strongly worded statement in as many days about the investigation, saying in part, “The University of Miami deeply regrets and takes full responsibility for those NCAA violations that are based on fact and are corroborated by multiple individuals and/or documentation. We have already self-imposed a bowl ban for an unprecedented two-year period, forfeited the opportunity to participate in an ACC championship game, and withheld student-athletes from competition.
“Over the two and a half years since the University of Miami first contacted the NCAA enforcement staff about allegations of rules violations, the NCAA interviewed dozens of witnesses, including current and former Miami employees and student-athletes, and received thousands of requested documents and emails from the University. Yet despite our efforts to aid the investigation, the NCAA acknowledged on February 18, 2013 that it violated its own policies and procedures in an attempt to validate the allegations made by a convicted felon. Many of the allegations included in the Notice of Allegations remain unsubstantiated.”
The investigation into Miami has handed NCAA one of the most embarrassing episodes in its history. On Monday, an external review stated that the NCAA’s enforcement arm “acted contrary to internal protocols, legal counsel and the membership’s understanding about the limits of its investigative powers” in hiring Shapiro’s lawyer to obtain information while investigating Miami’s athletics program.
“With the completion of the external enforcement review, we recognize that certain investigative tactics used in portions of the University of Miami case failed our membership,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday.
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