The NCAA’s Mess

It’s all about the U. Well, that’s what the NCAA is thinking. Despite the NCAA’s colossal screw up in its investigation of the University of Miami, NCAA President Mark Emmert said he still plans to move forward in sanctioning Miami.

The NCAA investigation began nearly two years ago when it was alleged that Miami programs were given gifts and extra benefits from booster Nevin Shapiro. Shapiro is currently serving jail time for running an alleged Ponzi scheme. The NCAA was ready to not only give Miami a heaping mound of sanctions, but also former Miami and current Missouri Basketball Coach Frank Haith as well.

Then they screwed it all up. They went above and beyond in their investigation to make sure they could nail Miami to the wall, and it backfired on them in an unprecedented way.

The NCAA used bankruptcy hearings with Shapiro to gain testimony about what happened at Miami. Oh yeah, they asked outside council to do it.  Thanks to these actions, 13 interviews have officially been excluded from the NCAA’s original investigation into Miami, while parts of 12 others have been removed. These actions also opened up a review of the investigation by an outside council.

This whole mess lead to a few firings by the NCAA, but they claim that they still have roughly 80 percent of their original investigation to move forward with.

“The intention is to move forward with this case,” Emmert said. “There’s still a lot of information that’s available that has in no way been tainted by this incident.”

The NCAA wants you to believe that despite their actions, they are still able to move forward and fairly judge Miami. I’m sorry, but are you kidding me? Can the NCAA spell hypocritical? This whole investigation was meant to punish a school for improper benefits received. I like to think of it as judging a school on whether or not they have the integrity to abide by the rules set forth by the NCAA. So in a case that judges integrity, the investigators have none.

The sad things is it doesn’t matter at all. The only people they have to convince is the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. I’m pretty sure that everyone can guess which way that decision will go.

This whole situation highlights the NCAA for what it really is. An organization that plays by its own rules and only cares about the bottom line.  And as long as their coffers are full, the NCAA will continue to run things one way, their way.

While the University may very well be guilty, and lets face it, probably is, it still doesn’t discount what the NCAA did. The NCAA will move forward and so will Miami, but I’m guessing they will be moving forward together. It probably won’t be long before the NCAA and Miami will be sharing a court room.


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