It seems that the NCAA will stop at nothing to bring down the University of Miami Athletic program. After a two year investigation the NCAA delivered its Notice of Allegations early Tuesday, alleging UM of a lack of institutional control. As far as college athletic infractions go, this charge can be compared to murder, and as such the verdict of a death penalty can be upheld. This seems unlikely but considering this has been the goal of the NCAA for over a decade, it doesn’t seem past the realm of possibility.
UM President Donna Shalala later released a statement acknowledging the allegations but remained steadfast in her stance against the NCAA, claiming infractions during their investigation. “The NCAA enforcement staff failed, even after repeated requests, to interview many essential witnesses of great integrity who could have provided first-hand testimony, including, unbelievably, Paul Dee, who has since passed away, but who served as Miami Athletic Director during many of the years that violations were alleged to have occurred. How could a supposedly thorough and fair investigation not even include the Director of Athletics?” Furthermore, Shalala brings up a good point in saying that the majority of the NCAA report stems from the words of a known liar and convict. “Many of the charges brought forth are based on the word of a man who made a fortune by lying. The NCAA enforcement staff acknowledged to the University that if Nevin Shapiro, a convicted con man, said something more than once, it considered the allegation “corroborated”—an argument which is both ludicrous and counter to legal practice.”
Considering UM has already imposed bans on itself and forewent their first ACC Championship Game, Shalala feels as it’s been enough.
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