UM: Resolution to NCAA Probe Could Take Months

A response to the NCAA's notice of allegations is due by May 20, meeting with Committee on Infractions will have to wait until July

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013  |  Updated 12:15 PM EDT
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University of Miami Reacts to NCAA Allegations

University of Miami students and president Donna Shalala react to NCAA allegations.

Shapiro's Attorney Defends Role in NCAA Probe of UM

Maria Elena Perez defended her involvement in the NCAA investigation of UM in an interview with NBC 6 Wednesday. Perez, who was paid by the NCAA to use her subpoena power to depose witnesses under the guise of a bankruptcy case, said she believes the NCAA's wrongful conduct was imputed to her. "I think I have more than enough information and evidence to show that I was led down the primrose path. No one ever told me, we've had a problem," she said.
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The NCAA has delivered the University of Miami its notice of allegations regarding the massive impermissible benefits scandal involving convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, but a resolution to the investigation could still be months away.

The NCAA has told individuals involved in the Miami investigation that their cases may not be heard until July — so any penalties that are forthcoming might not arrive until next fall, at least.

In addition to the current UM administration, former UM basketball coach Frank Haith and former football assistants Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill received notices of allegations from the NCAA this week.

NCAA Says 3 Former Miami Coaches Misled Probe

On Wednesday, Missouri released documents that the NCAA sent Haith as part of the notice of allegations against Miami, where he coached from 2004 through 2011. Two key dates jump out in the NCAA's planning: May 20, when responses by those named in the allegations are due, and an undetermined period in July — when the governing body for college athletics is planning to convene its Committee on Infractions.

That is, "unless all parties ... agree to a shortened response time," the NCAA said.

UM President Donna Shalala will try to compress the NCAA's timeline. She is expected to talk to the infractions committee during their meeting later this week — she'll be on the phone and it's not expected to be "a formal hearing for Miami at this point," said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the information was not to be publicly released.

UM Receives Notice of Allegations From NCAA

Miami is facing the charge that it had a "lack of institutional control" — one of the worst things the NCAA can levy against a member school. The charge revolves around how the school allegedly failed to monitor the conduct of Shapiro, a convicted Ponzi scheme architect who provided cash, gifts and other items to players, coaches and recruits.

Shalala's stance is that Miami has already suffered enough through self-imposed sanctions. She declined to comment further on Wednesday.

Miami Fires Back at NCAA Investigation

Miami withheld its football program from bowl consideration in 2011 and 2012, and declined a berth in the ACC Championship Game last season. It would have been the school's first appearance in the ACCCG since joining the conference almost a decade ago.

The NCAA has proceeded at a glacial pace since the investigation into Shapiro's claims began in 2011. The notices of allegations sent out this week may have given UM partisans hope that the investigation may be finally coming to an end, but all indications are that the process is far from over.

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