For months now, we've been hearing that the NCAA was about to drop the hammer on the Miami Hurricanes.
Well, not so fast. Instead, it seems, the NCAA is dropping the hammer on itself.
In a development that should really not surprise anybody who has been following college football's ruling body of late, the NCAA announced on Wednesday that no sanctions or findings would be announced against Miami anytime soon, and for good reason: Apparently, NCAA investigators messed up the investigation into Miami by committing "very severe" violations of their own rules.
NCAA President Mark Emmert, who has seen his organization take a series of public relations hits over the past few months, said he was "deeply disappointed and frustrated and even angry" when he found out that his own investigators may have improperly obtained information in an effort to dig up the truth of what happened at Miami. It has been alleged that former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro (who has since been convicted of running a Ponzi scheme) provided improper benefits to Miami players over the course of years.
Miami, for its part, said it would continue to work with the NCAA as the process unfolded.
But it's unclear at this point just how long it will take for that process to reach its conclusion.
Said Emmert: "We cannot have the NCAA bringing forward an allegation that's predicated on information that was collected by processes none of us could stand for. We're going to move it as fast as possible, but we have to get this right."
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