Whether or not you think that the Miami Hurricanes self-imposed punishments are enough, I think it is safe to say that everyone can agree that the NCAA has really botched their case against them. The NCAA, in all their infinite wisdom, has taken years to find a way to attack the Miami program on allegations of “Lack of institutional control”, which in itself is very ironic.
Considering the abomination that is the governing body of college sports, calling anything at anytime, other than themselves, a thing lacking of institutional control is rather humorous.
Putting your feelings about what the proper punishment, if anything more, for Miami aside, it is pretty close to insane that the NCAA is going to continue their process of looking to punish the Hurricanes. Even after admitting that 20 percent of their case had to be thrown out(You know, for doing something shady), the NCAA has decided to continue with their endless pursuit of misguided justice.
However, not only isn’t Miami president Donna Shalala taking this lying down, neither is former Hurricane coaches. Former football assistant Aubrey Hill, as well as former basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez, have filed a motion to have their infraction cases thrown out because of the NCAA’s inability to have an ability to get anything done correctly.
The main objective, or argument, the former Hurricane employees plan to use is that they don’t believe they can get a fair and reasonable proceeding going forward. Reason being, the NCAA has already turned this into a complete mess and there is no way of knowing how far or deep the rabbit hole of ineptitude has resulted in them being in the position they are in.
Another important question that needs to be asked is if the NCAA would even have enough of a case if it weren’t for the involvement of Nevin Shaprio‘s lawyer. While the NCAA is currently claiming that only 20 percent of their information was gained through a misleading, see illegal, process, who knows what “leads” were gained from that initial information. While the evidence the NCAA gained after the 20 percent was acquired might have been done legally, would they have been in the position to get it if it wasn’t for the previous 20 percent.
It will be interesting to see if the former coaches do get their infraction cases thrown out, or if an outside mediator (the government) will have to interject themselves into this process for the sake of being unbiased. This story continues to become stranger and has put the governing body of college sports in the limelight for reasons better suited for an episode of Law and Order, not a non-profit, tax exempt organization.
So while the NCAA continues to push the blame of their lack of institutional control down their corporate food-chain, they continue to pursue Miami at the top. It is funny when you think about it, Mark Emmert says he knew nothing, then fires an employee below him, thus admonishing any involvement he might have had in their behaviors. While that is going on, he along with the NCAA continue to go after a Miami program, going for blood at the top, because in the NCAA’s eyes, even if wrong was being done by an underling, the people at the top should have known better and are to be held responsible.
Because you know, that makes perfect sense to the NCAA. Well, when it isn’t applied towards them.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone