Gumption. That's what the NCAA has: Gumption.
Just two days after the NCAA openly acknowledged its embarrassment because of its complete mismanagement of the investigation into the Miami Hurricanes, college football's wayward enforcement organization went ahead and slapped Miami with a "lack of insitutional control" charge anyway. That the NCAA did so without any comment is hardly a surprise, given that they are in no position at the moment to accuse anybody of a lack of institutional control.
The charge is indeed a serious one, and in most cases, it would signal massive trouble--and potentially crushing sanctions--for Miami.
But in the current climate, with so many questioning the authority of the NCAA and that of its leader, Mark Emmert, it seems the Hurricanes aren't going to take any punishment without putting up a fight. Already, Miami president Donna Shalala has said that while she and her school "deeply regret" any potential rules-breaking, she also believes Miami has "suffered enough." She said that the university would submit its response to the NCAA within 90 days, and in a lengthy statement, pointed out the myriad flaws of the NCAA investigation into her school.
"Let me be clear again: for any rule violation--substantiated and proven with facts--that the University, its employees, or student-athletes committed, we have been and should be held accountable," Shalala said in her statement. "We have worked hard to improve our compliance oversight, and we have already self-imposed harsh sanctions."
She then added, quite pointedly: "We trust that the Committee on Infractions will provide the fairness and integrity missing during the investigative process."
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