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Tim Hyland

With NCAA Reeling, Miami Fires Back

By February 19, 2013

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These are troubled times for the NCAA.

And everybody, even those being investigated for wrongdoing under NCAA rules, knows it.

On Monday, in the wake of an internal investigation that found extensive wrongdoing in his organization's probe into the University of Miami, embattled NCAA president Mark Emmert announced that it had appointed Jonathan Duncan as the organization's new interim vice president of enforcement. The move to appoint Duncan was a direct result of the "embarrassment" that organization suffered because of its handling of the Miami case.

In that case, the NCAA has admitted that its investigators engaged in "improper conduct" while gathering evidence against the Hurricanes. That improper conduct has imperiled the entire case against Miami, which is being probed because of the actions of former booster and convicted ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro.

Given the stunning accusations against Miami, it seemed that the Shapiro case could have been a monster one for the NCAA--not to mention an easy one. But they managed to screw it up pretty good.

Sensing weakness, Miami president Donna Shalala on Monday said that her university is now demanding that the NCAA move quickly to finish its investigation, which she called "lengthy" and "flawed."

"By the NCAA leadership's own admission, the University of Miami has suffered from inappropriate practices by NCAA staff," Shalala said in a statement. "There have also been damaging leaks to the media of unproven charges. Regardless of where blame lies internally with the NCAA, even one individual, one act, one instance of malfeasance both taints the entire process and breaches the public's trust."

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