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UM President Donna Shalala releases video statement, says 15 current athletes have questions over eligibility (transcript included)

CORAL GABLES -- UM President Donna Shalala delivered a video address to students and the community Monday afternoon. We have the complete transcript and a few quick points from her 5-minute commentary on the ongoing NCAA investigation. 

KEY QUICK POINTS FROM SHALALA
> NCAA Investigators made it on campus Aug. 15 and conducted interviews with current student-athletes, coaches and staff.
> Shalala said 15 student-athletes currently have their eligibility under review and the hope is to move quickly, but thoroughly.
> UM retained outside counsel familiar with NCAA investigations.

COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT (VIDEO BELOW)

"This past Friday was move-in day for thousands of freshmen at the University of Miami. I joined many new Canes as they lugged overflowing suit cases, moved into the residence halls and hugged their parents good-bye. So much optimism, excitement and pride. I thought of those moments over the weekend as I continued to work with our senior staff in the ongoing NCAA investigation.

"I think of those eager young students ready to embrace the opportunity for growing and learning at our university. That is what the University of Miami is about. The young men and women who come here to achieve their dreams. And there are thousands more on our campuses, hundreds of thousands of graduates, who define Miami not nearly as a place, but as an idea.

"The past eight days have been difficult for many members of our community. As I said Wednesday, I'm saddened and disappointed by the allegations leveled against some current and former members of the university community. However, I'm heartened by the kind of displays of support in recent days, phone calls, texts messages, emails and letters from so many of you.

"When our values are called into question as they have been this past week, we have only one option -- do what is right and have the confidence in tomorrow. We will not let others define us.

"The allegations leveled against current and former Miami student-athletes and coaches are serious, and we are treating them with the priority and urgency they warrant. I know there are many unanswered questions about the investigation, about the process and consequences. With NCAA investigators on campus over the past week and with so many unknowns, there's just not much we can say beyond our written official statements.

"The NCAA has instructed us not to comment on specific details of the investigation. It's frustrating for us, for me to be unable to speak more freely or to answer questions. However, we must protect the integrity of the investigation and have patience as the work proceeds.

"I am able to share with you some important points of information:

"I was notified that the NCAA would be on campus on Aug. 15 to investigate potential violations. I insisted on complete and honest cooperation by every member of the Miami athletic department including administrators, coaches, staff and student athletes.

"We retained outside counsel -- outside counsel which specializes in NCAA cases to assist the university in all aspects of the investigation.

"The NCAA enforcement staff in a joint investigation with the university conducted several campus interviews last week and we expect the investigation to continue.

"The Miami Athletic Compliance staff in a joint effort with the NCAA is now beginning the process of reviewing the eligibility of 15 current student-athletes. With the season fast approaching, I know our coaches, players and fans are eager to know the results. The process, however, must be deliberate and thorough to ensure its integrity.

"I'm proud of how our leaders, staff and coaches and student-athletes have handled themselves in the past week. We have been open and cooperative with investigators.

"I should also note the NCAA welcomed our request to conduct a joint investigation and [NCAA] President Mark Emmert commented publicly on Friday that we are being extremely cooperative. Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst has been remarkable in his leadership of our department through these very difficult days.

"The circumstances have also imposed a great deal on the shoulders of [football] coach Al Golden and [basketball coach] Jim Larranga, all of our coaches. We are fortunate there are no better leaders of young men and women. Their insistence in integrity in their programs will help us move forward.

"I ask all of our friends and supporters to continue to passionately support our student athletes who do the right thing and represent the university so wonderfully to the world. We cannot let the actions of some, define the many as we have so much to be proud of.

"I love the University of Miami. It is my home. My colleagues and I are committed to academic and athletic programs of the highest integrity. Like our new freshmen unpacking in their residence halls who are filled with promise, we will be stronger, we will be better. We will move through the process thoroughly. We will learn where there are lessons to be learned. We will move on with a commitment to the highest levels of professionalism and integrity in everything we do. Thank you."

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Last time UM hired a lawyer to assist them in an NCAA investigation it was Paul Dee.... and we all know how well that turned out. That stinkin' gators time here continues to curse the UM program.

I keep hearing about a University Compliance Officer. Who has that title at UM, and what are his/her responsibilities?

Seems to me that person has some splaining to do.

Why was my previous post deleted? You can't handle the truth at the Herald?

Bbbbbwwwwwaaaaaahhhhhaaahhhaaaahhhaaaaahhhaahhaa !!!!!!!!!

Just when I thought it couldn't get much worse, Shalalala comes out with this teleprompted, PRE-RECORDED U-Tube video drivel "Statement" !!! (how many takes was it Donna?) Can ANY Administrator at UM face the music and get in front of live cameras and open mics ? Don't they have a Q n A speech class at dUh U ? Wait a minute, I hearded Ur playahs tawk. Never mind. U kno wat Im sayn? ... U'll be luggin more than students luggage Donna. Soon it'll be Urs out of S. Fla. But I hope not ! We'd miss Ur pUre Comedy Gold that's sure to follow on a daily basis as this whole house of cards comes tumbling down over the next 6 MONTHS !!! Can't wait for the next Act in 36 hours when the Guillotine comes down on Ur 15teens collective heads. This above announcement was just Ur warning. It's coming and U know it... U'll take the, oh it'll be a week...2 weeks... 3 weeks they'll be back blind hope approach Ad nauseam again and again and again, over and over and over. But it's OVA ! ...

God it can't get any better than this, but I know it WILL !!! And so do U ! Pinch Me Cane Fan !

U Cane Tards keep it up. Lebatard is ripping U Blind fools to shreads on 790am. Do any of U actually realize just how Gullible and dUmb U all sould talking about the holes in Yahoo's bombshell expose? Seriously, do U ? SURRENDER Already ! The rest of the Country is Laughing directly AT U ! ... But please please, keep it up a little longer til the last brick of Ur program falls to the ground. It's just gut busting hardy har harlarioUs !!!

Oh, and to the genius in the last thread that said if the suspensions come down, and they WILL, that Duh U could still go 9-3 ???

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

U are what U are... And U have no idea, but please keep it Up !!!

2 WEEKS COLLEGE FOOTBALL BABY !!! TWO WEEKS !!! U might wanna look into D-3 next year...

Salute Arty... Time for a Ice Cold Mich...

U cant sit kids without proving they arent eligible. The whole can of lawsuits u open up for just suspending without a full investigation into there eligibility is staggering. These kids have rights and are innocent until proven guilty. When 4 people have been cleared already including the brown brothers who were accused by shapiro u have to wonder if anything he told robinson is true.

For all you cane fans who do not know how to search on the internet....

The players at other schools have been cleared because of a lame ncaa rule that does not allow infractions to another school.

The worst thing you can do is use this as a false hope.


what 2nd scrimmage?? -13 said it was the fourth when it was clearly the 2nd as Susan said.

Posted by: ltcdolphin | August 22, 2011 at 05:52 PM

You're a funny guy, hee-hee-hee giggle,giggle,giggle. -13, get outta here, hee-hee-hee-hee-hee, you make me laugh...NOT!

FYI, courtesy of Hurricanes All-Access, they're named s-c-r-i-m-m-a-g-e-s, slow enough for you, you brigh smart guy you.

Here's "how so" you bright and smart guy you: Palm Beach County S-C-R-I-M-M-A-G-Eguy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIIptwQ2PtA

Traz Powell S-c-r-i-m-m-a-g-e: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVMGuxj-9tY

I spelled s-c-r-i-m-m-a-g-e real slow for you, OK lil' boy, here's a little pat on the head, now run along little boy.

This b&itch has got to go.

wow, just read the yahoo story. Sad to say, but I think Miami is down for the count and I don't think Golden stays beyond this year......sit all the players named in the report.....it's the least Miami can do now.

You're the president of the school, the NCAA can't tell you anything. They can request that you not comment...and you don't have to. But that doesn't mean you disappear into your office and release a prepared statement.

If Al Golden can do a live interview....you can do a live interview.

May I speak to the players directly..

TAKE THE 5th..


Thank you, and god bless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcWxrbjqX_A&feature=related

Today, from what I have read, UM had the 2nd game scrimmage.

Where are the update and stats from today's practice?

Read Canesport.com for an update on the 2nd scrimmage today.

Looks like the offense had a very good practice, while the Defense still has worked ahead as well as our special teams. Tommy Streeter had a second excellent game!

Hey, King Soldy, I think I speak for everyone you have ever met when I say, "shut the f-up you sick Pig."

Thank you, grim slob.

There is just two things that must be done:

(1)fire DS today
(2)the players who are found to have "participated" with Sharpio shold be declared inelgible and not be allowed to play. These are adults they knew what they were doing. No soft shoe on this issue.

-13. It can't be any clearer in susans piece. And you know that since you are a herald troll to keep the count up. You will never get out of the minus column

Bevilandcanes. Right on.

Yeah I'm with Junk on this one. The B i a t c h has to go. I know she has done some good things in some area's but she hiding behind a video camera is ridiculous. If a coach loses a game he is suppose to act appropriate no matter what and represent the University. Really to me it looks like these Presidents and AD's would look into investigating Boosters especially new ones to see if there is any inproprieties taking place on their parts. I can see them accepting a check from a booster but at the same time they have got to start looking in to these things. I feel like Shalaber really got caught off guard and the money was coming in. Lets not forget that she wasn't the only one swindeled. The only one that sniffed the Rat out was Randy Shannon. Kudo's to U Randy.

King Soldy = Herald mole trying to drive traffic.

So blantantly obvious. What a loser. How much does that extra work pay? Can you afford a Big Gulp you loser?

Posted by: Gatr trash | August 22, 2011 at 04:00 PM

.

U are U ... U is ..


Bbbbbwwwwwaaaaaahhhhhaaahhhaaaahhhaaaaahhhaahhaa !!!!!!!!!

Just when I thought it couldn't get much worse, Shalalala comes out with this teleprompted, PRE-RECORDED U-Tube video drivel "Statement" !!! (how many takes was it Donna?) Can ANY Administrator at UM face the music and get in front of live cameras and open mics ? Don't they have a Q n A speech class at dUh U ? Wait a minute, I hearded Ur playahs tawk. Never mind. U kno wat Im sayn? ... U'll be luggin more than students luggage Donna. Soon it'll be Urs out of S. Fla. But I hope not ! We'd miss Ur pUre Comedy Gold that's sure to follow on a daily basis as this whole house of cards comes tumbling down over the next 6 MONTHS !!! Can't wait for the next Act in 36 hours when the Guillotine comes down on Ur 15teens collective heads. This above announcement was just Ur warning. It's coming and U know it... U'll take the, oh it'll be a week...2 weeks... 3 weeks they'll be back blind hope approach Ad nauseam again and again and again, over and over and over. But it's OVA ! ...

God it can't get any better than this, but I know it WILL !!! And so do U ! Pinch Me Cane Fan !

U Cane Tards keep it up. Lebatard is ripping U Blind fools to shreads on 790am. Do any of U actually realize just how Gullible and dUmb U all sould talking about the holes in Yahoo's bombshell expose? Seriously, do U ? SURRENDER Already ! The rest of the Country is Laughing directly AT U ! ... But please please, keep it up a little longer til the last brick of Ur program falls to the ground. It's just gut busting hardy har harlarioUs !!!

Oh, and to the genius in the last thread that said if the suspensions come down, and they WILL, that Duh U could still go 9-3 ???

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

U are what U are... And U have no idea, but please keep it Up !!!

2 WEEKS COLLEGE FOOTBALL BABY !!! TWO WEEKS !!! U might wanna look into D-3 next year...

You already said that, Pig. How do you keep your Costco gig? You must be blowing your supervisor.

Student athletes should be protected from the scum who prey on them, not offered-up as sacrificial lambs to appease the NCAA "gods". Where is the justice for these young men?

ex-canefan--

Virtually every school that faces an NCAA investigation brings in outside counsel who specializes in NCAA compliance and investigations. That's par for the course. I'm certain there were some violations, but some allegations might not be violations. They're only allegations and are never proven, or were not true to begin with. This is a very specialized process, a lot's at stake, and the school would be foolish to not retain specialized counsel even if all the allegations eventually were never established.

As far as recording telephone conversations--I believe that is not necessarily federal law, but is determined by state law. That law varies from state to state. I believe that Linda Tripp was prosecuted in Maryland by state prosecutors for recording the conversations with Monica Lewinsky.

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