Let’s get this out of the way up front; the NCAA screwed up and they screwed up bad this time. The latest revelation in the NCAA’s investigation of Miami is a doozy and has made the NCAA more of a laughing stock than they already were.
In case you haven’t been paying attention recently, the NCAA has been investigating the University of Miami for the past two years. The investigation began because of allegations made by Nevin Shapiro. Shapiro ran a $930 million Ponzi scheme, and allegedly gave money and improper benefits to dozens of Miami players.
The NCAA was supposed to give the University its notice of allegations last week, which would have effectively ended the investigating process and began the hearing process. That was until the NCAA got egg all over its face. The investigators obtained information from Shapiro’s defense attorney (currently unnamed). The information collected, came from a bankruptcy hearing that had nothing to do with the Miami investigation.
So where does the NCAA and the University of Miami go from here? I can’t sit here and say that Miami is totally innocent or completely guilty. The University is still cooperating with the investigation, but the misstep by the NCAA is certainly a black eye for the governing body of collegiate sports.
The NCAA is now conducting an internal investigation into the matter which is expected to take a week or two. However, the NCAA has lost all of its credibility. If the Miami investigation is to continue, then the NCAA should turn everything over to an outside organization immediately. The NCAA cannot be trusted to continue this investigation on its own.
Miami now has every right to fight this thing tooth and nail. The NCAA has made a complete joke of these proceedings and we won’t know where this whole thing is going until after the internal investigation.