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Thursday update: Fins sign player; Heat, UM quick hits; More unethical behavior in UM/NCAA case

Our Wednesday evening story on the NCAA's latest unethical behavior in the UM case is below, for those who may have not seen it yet.

But first, a six pack of Thursday quick hits:

### The Dolphins view defensive lineman Vaughn Martin, who agreed to terms with Miami on Thursday, as an upgrade over Tony McDaniel in their d-line rotation. Martin, who can play end or tackle, started 12 games for the Chargers as a 3-4 end last season, and Pro Football Focus ranked him just 33rd of 34 qualifying 3-4 ends, including 30th against the run. He had one sack.

Martin started 15 games for the Chargers in 2011. He has three sacks in four NFL seasons.

But several teams reportedly were interested in him. He could play some end in Miami's 4-3 if needed, but his primary role likely will be as a member of the tackle rotation with Paul Soliai and Randy Starks.

### Some reaction to the Heat streak ending --- Kobe Bryant: "The Lakers winning 33 in a row was phenomenal, but the Heat's [streak of 27] was just as impressive." Jerry West, a member of the 1971-72 Lakers team that won 33 straight, told ESPN last night: "I really thought they were going to do it. This was great for basketball. People will talk about this forever.... I think [the Heat] is looking for bigger fish to fry." As in another championship.

### The Dolphins never made an offer to longtime Jets starting guard Brandon Moore, deciding that Lance Louis was better. Louis, signed Thursday, is the favorite to beat out John Jerry at right guard. The Bears considered Louis their best offensive lineman last year before his November knee injury. Pro Football Focus, which analyzes every snap, ranked Louis only barely ahead of Jerry; Louis was 47th, Jerry 49th, among 81 guards. Louis allowed two sacks and seven QB hurries. Jerry allowed two and 15.

### UM's Jim Larranaga said Miami's regional semifinal opponent tonight, Marquette, "plays harder than maybe any team we've played. That's a tremendous offensive rebounding team." Kenny Kadji, Julian Gamble and UM's perimeter players must be especially alert on the defensive boards.

### Al Golden said today that converted defensive end Jake O'Donnell has been a "surprise" at tight end and that tight end Asante Cleveland is "having as good a spring as anyone."

### Golden said Gray Crow is "on the heels" of Ryan Williams for the No.2 quarterback job. "The real competition is Gray and Ryan," Golden said, noting Williams is ahead in his ability to recognize defenses.

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Here's that UM story:

### The NCAA investigator who took over the University of Miami case last May attempted, as her fired predecessor did, to use Nevin Shapiro’s attorney to help build a case against Miami – a detail curiously omitted from the NCAA-commissioned report detailing the NCAA’s improper handling of the case, according to an email exchange between the parties that was relayed to me by two people.

Meanwhile, UM also will allege that NCAA investigators lied to interview subjects by claiming that other people interviewed made comments they never made, in order to trick the subjects into revealing incriminating information they otherwise might not have, according to multiple officials familiar with the NCAA’s case against UM and former coaches. UM believes such behavior is unethical, and it clearly is.

Both of these details will be included in UM’s motion to dismiss the case that will be submitted to the NCAA on Friday.

UM also will claim that significant charges made against UM in the NCAA’s notice of allegations are uncorroborated by anyone besides Shapiro, and that tainted evidence has not been fully purged from the case.

The NCAA already has informed UM that the infractions committee does not have the authority to dismiss the case before a full hearing in mid-June, but UM is disputing that contention.

Among the new details in the case: Stephanie Hannah, an NCAA director of enforcement who took over the UM case late last May from fired Ameen Najjar, continued Najjar’s policy of working with Shapiro’s attorney, Maria Elena Perez, to try to build a case against UM.

The Cadwalader law firm, asked by the NCAA to investigate its handling of the case, indicated that Najjar ignored the NCAA legal counsel’s instructions and accepted Perez’s proposal to use bankruptcy subpoenas to compel depositions from witnesses who had refused to cooperate with the NCAA. In exchange, Perez would be paid; Perez claimed it would be for her time and expenses, Najjar claimed it would be only for expenses.

“The Perez proposal was unquestionably a bad idea for the NCAA,” the report said.

After taking over for Najjar, Hannah attempted to work with Perez on obtaining information from Shapiro’s bodyguard, Mario Sanchez, who was subpoenaed to appear in a bankruptcy hearing. The deposition with Sanchez never materialized, and the bankruptcy trustee told us today that it wouldn't have been of interest to the bankruptcy trustee, anyway.

In an e-mail exchange with Perez last July, Hannah wrote: “Regarding the enforcement staff’s interest in questioning [name redacted], attached is a document that outlines questions/topics to discuss with him.”

The name redacted was Sanchez, according to multiple sources.

Hannah’s e-mail came to light because Perez included it in her response to the Florida Bar complaint filed against her by Sean Allen, the former UM assistant equipment manager who was subpoenaed by Perez for a bankruptcy court deposition in December 2011.

The NCAA tossed the Allen deposition from evidence because it was obtained improperly, and the matter ultimately led to the firing of NCAA vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach.

Ken Wainstein, from the Cadwalader law firm, e-mailed on Wednesday that he was busy on a personal matter and could not immediately explain why Hannah’s behavior was omitted from his report.

This evening, Wainstein e-mailed again after our story hit the wire. He did not offer a specific reason for not including it in his report but said that "after Mr. Najjar left the NCAA, Ms. Hannah became responsible for the U. Miami investigation.  As we explained in evaluating Ms. Hannah’s conduct, Ms. Hannah had not been involved in the initial arrangements with Ms. Perez and believed that there was nothing amiss and that it had been blessed prior to her involvement. 

"We understand that she provided questions and areas of interest for Ms. Perez to use in preparing to interview Mr. Sanchez in July 2012, similar to how Mr. Najjar had provided questions in advance of Mr. Allen’s deposition.  Mr. Sanchez was never deposed, however, for a variety of reasons including logistics regarding service of a subpoena."

The NCAA declined to comment.

“It’s troubling because it places Hannah’s culpability on the same level of Najjar’s,” said one official, on the UM/former coach side of the NCAA case, who asked not to be identified. “She should know better than to do this, having been there 20 years. Why did they cover that up?”

Wainstein’s report assigned no accountability to Hannah, saying: “Ms. Hannah assumed there was nothing amiss about the arrangement [with Perez] and that it had been completely blessed prior to her involvement in the case. In light of those circumstances, it is understandable that she raised no alarms about the Perez arrangement.”

The NCAA ended its working relationship with Perez shortly after NCAA associate general counsel Naima Stevensen reiterated last September what she had told Najjar a year earlier – that this arrangement was a bad idea and didn’t have the legal department’s blessing.

Hannah’s e-mail with Perez was the second significant matter not included in the Wainstein report. The other: Najjar wrote a letter to Shapiro’s judge shortly before his sentencing for operating a Ponzi scheme saying the NCAA might someday hire him as a consultant.

Wainstein said he didn’t mention the letter because the report “was not intended… to describe all aspects of Mr. Shapiro’s relationship with the enforcement staff.”

In an ESPN interview this week, NCAA President Mark Emmert insisted that once the NCAA found part of the UM case had been mishandled, “I’m confident we did exactly the right thing. We did it the right way…

"For those saying, ‘Fire Emmert!’it’s like saying if the assistant coach did something wrong, fire the [university] president.”

Please see the last post, from late Tuesday night, for Heat, Dolphins, Canes.

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#theu

@ not donna.....really?..he was and is a convicted liar..ponzi schemer who bilked millions of dollars from very smart people and lied to kids to make him not feel like the little Jock sniffer he was...the kids say out games paid back the money cleared by NCAA to play...we self imposed sanctions....but to say rogue...really.do you think there is any other school that is under the microscope more than Miami?..


Stephen Fotos

And the beat goes on....

The arrogance and simultaneous incompetence of the NCAA is stunning. I cannot wait to get the Chief Thug, Mark Emmert, on a stand in a court of law.

He, and the NCAA are hellbent to crush all opposition - in the end, they will be crushed instead.

ibiseddy

If gray crow ever sees the field @ the U. we are in deep trouble . the guy is a statue .he is a lineman turned into a QB. the U has made some terrible QB recruiting decisions in the last few years. and this is the worst I have ever seen . Coach Golden this is a reach that you will regret. Sorry , not trying to be mean. just telling the truth.

Canes60

There is no way Miami gets anymore sanctions. If the infractions committee would find Miami guilty, a lawsuit would bring everything out into the open,probably more wrongdoings by the NCAA, and an embarrassing situation would only get worth.

green

http://www.pbgametime.com/news/close-knit-competitive-family-helps-palm-beach-centrals-kc-mcdermott-become-one-of-the-top-football-recruits-in-the-country/158863/

So on Tuesday Kc McDermott will officially announce his choice between #NotreDame & the #Canes at his school. Could still be #canes.
Dad won't say.
-- @jeffgreer

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND

thirstybuzzardcane

KC McDermott is a cane folks!!!!!!!!!

Stephen Yocom

Now you all know what USC fans have been bitching about for all these years. Talk about taking it in shorts.

wayne earl

Miami canes are guilty as usual.
Long history of infractions cannot be ignored .
Miami is the bully. Don't fall for their Jive.

Guilty as usual

green

http://businessofcollegesports.com/2013/03/28/march-madness-social-media-buzz/

The fans behind @CanesHoops are making more social media noise than any other team.
-- ‏@CanesHoops

Viralheat, a social analytic platform, has created the following infographic about social media buzz around March Madness.

Are you surprised to learn Miami is getting more mentions than FGCU?

312,547 mentions
-- businessofcollegesports.com

BUZZWORTHY

green

http://www.hurricanesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=28700&ATCLID=206867760

New edition of Miami Madness Confidential airs tonight at 6pm on TBS and again later tonight on @CBSSportsNet
-- @DanielleSantoro

BEHIND THE TIMES

green

https://twitter.com/CanesHoops/status/316957590603067393/photo/1

At the White House wondering if the prez will be at tonight's game. He is huge hoops fan and everyone needs a break from droning terrorists.
-- jorge milian

PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL

green

http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2013/03/spring-college-football-games-involving-teams-from-the-acc-big-12-and-sec/

13 spring football games on ESPN nets - Alabama, A&M, FSU, Clemson, South Carolina, Miami & more
-- @MikeHumesESPN

PAJAMA PARTY

green

https://twitter.com/totinos/status/317360603066949632/photo/1

Hey @Regg_42 @TheRealJG45 @TreyMJ04 and @CanesHoops we heard you guys like Pizza Rolls

Congratulations on entering the Sweet 15+1 and good luck tonight!
-- @totinos

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES

green

https://twitter.com/GatorZoneChris/status/317360062895112192/photo/1

Florida Gulf Coast news conference was packed. #Gators press conference: 11 people.
-- @GatorZoneChris

BILLY DON'T BE A HERO

TK SWAN!!

GREAT SEASON CANE BASKETBALL! GREAT SEASON! THANKS FOR BRINGING A ACC REGULAR AND TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP TO S BEACH! THANKS FOR THE HARD WORK AND THE EFFORT YOU GUYS DID IN PUTTING BASKETBALL ON THE MAP AT THE U! TO COACH L. THANK YOU AND YOUR STAFF FOR DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB. I WATCHED THE GAME TONIGHT AND JUST SIMPLY COULD NOT PUT BALL IN HOOP! THAT'S BASKETBALL AND IF THE PROGRAM KEEPS MOVING IN RIGHT DIRECTION THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN EVERY ONE WILL FEEL THAT THE TEAM WILL NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN AND THEY WILL SURPRISE EVERYONE BY SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT!! THANKS AGAIN TO THE ACC CHAMPIONS! THE MIAMI HURRICANES.

jo jo

Fins think Martin is an upgrade over Tony McDaniel?You mean McDaniel was that bad?Rated 33rd of 34 lineman is considered good...as in Martin s case?Then I say ...."wow".I thought McDaniel was a good,solid back up.Martin seems only a fill-in player but yet was signed for 2 years.That seems strange but hopefully the guy can plug up the middle when needed and not get moved around/manhandled.We ll see and I hope my skepticism is not warranted.

 UGoCane

Barry you have been consistent in your reporting and analysis.

Great job.

We have enjoyed 'Canes basketball and this has created tremendous plus buzz nationwide, with the 'Canes in the commentary of so many on the National scene. Love that exposure of our 'U'.
This will help us with the NCAA, and as they get their foot in their mouth and may have to investigate the investigators, this scenario is tantamount to a tautology leading back to Emmert. He who must go.
Great job keep it up. Football is around the corner.
Go 'Canes

Matthew

Signing Louis and Martin is more of the same Ireland BS. They have 21 million left to sign top flight players and instead they are pinching pennies and either lying about it or seriously clueless about the potential of these players. We have no starting level CBs and a glaring hole at left tackle and at running back. They turn down solid vets like Moore and Winston and sign losers who rank near the bottom in performance. The draft could have been used to acquire top level backups for development instead now we need to hope that who they draft can start day 1. Please fire Ireland.

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