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NCAA investigating improper conduct in Nevin Shapiro case, good news for Frank Haith

Jan 23, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

BKC-UM-MISSOURI AP

The NCAA has announced that they will be investigating potential improper conduct that occurred during their investigation of Miami and former booster Nevin Shapiro.

Here are the basics, from the NCAA’s release:

Former NCAA enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for Nevin Shapiro to improperly obtain information for the purposes of the NCAA investigation through a bankruptcy proceeding that did not involve the NCAA.

But there’s more to it than that.

In a teleconference on Wednesday afternoon, NCAA president Mark Emmert said that former NCAA investigators worked with Shapiro’s attorney to improperly subpeona and depose witnesses in the bankruptcy case. What’s more, the NCAA may have had Shapiro’s attorney on their payroll, only no one actually approved it. They realized it when the bill showed up and people started asking questions.

“Obviously this is a shocking affair,” Emmert said.

The NCAA will be investigating their own investigation into NCAA violations, which Emmert said should take between seven and ten days, and no more than two weeks. But the big news is that the organization “will not be issuing notices of allegation until after this investigation is concluded.”

“We want to make sure that any evidence that is brought forward is appropriately collected and has the integrtity that we expect and demand,” Emmert said. If it wasn’t obtained properly, it will be thrown out.

Much of this investigation centers around the Miami football program, but there is also a lot at stake for Missouri head coach Frank Haith and his former staff at Miami. Shapiro alleged that he paid $10,000 to the family member of DeQuan Jones, a top 25 recruit that Haith landed while with the Hurricanes, and that the money was returned to Shapiro by Haith’s assistants.

CBSSports.com had reported on Monday that Haith was set to receive a Notice of Allegations this week, and that he would be charged with unethical conduct and a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance because the NCAA believed that he was lying to them. The punishment could have resulted in a multi-year show-cause penalty and, potentially, have cost Haith his job.

We shall see if this is finding by the NCAA is simply a stay of execution, or if the mistakes made during the investigation could result in Haith being cleared of the accusations.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. manchestermiracle - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    “Obviously this is a shocking affair,” Emmert said.

    The only thing shocking here is that Emmert and his crew of hacks seem to possess an enormous amount of denial, given that so many of their “investigations” have blown up in their faces.

  2. newshound17 - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Rob,
    If you plan to continue to pretend you are a journalist, at least learn grammar.
    The NCAA, though made up of many people (yes, they’re integrity and intelligence is questionable) is a single entity, therefore the proper pronoun is “its” and not “their.” As in:
    Lead graph: The NCAA has announced that IT will be investigating potential improper conduct that occurred during ITS investigation of Miami and former booster Nevin Shapiro.
    Next graph: What’s more, the NCAA may have had Shapiro’s attorney on ITS payroll, only no one actually approved it. (DO NOT END A SENTENCE WITH A PREPOSITION.) They realized it when the bill showed up and people started asking questions.
    And the graph after that: The NCAA will be investigating ITS own investigation into NCAA violations, which Emmert said should take between seven and ten days, and no more than two weeks.
    Thanks to our “Social Media” environment, any Tom, Dick, Harry or Rob can be a “journalist” and in doing so, they make trained and educated journalist look like idiots. STOP UNDERMINING MY CAREER!!!!

  3. jbaxt - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Hey Robert? Get over yourself, you might have a blog, not a career.

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