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Shalala releases statement on NCAA, wants quick resolution

University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala made this statement concerning the external Enforcement Review Report the NCAA issued earlier today regarding the improper handling of its investigation of the University of Miami.

"The University takes full responsibility for the conduct of its employees and student-athletes. Where the evidence of NCAA violations has been substantiated, we have self-imposed appropriate sanctions, including unilaterally eliminating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our students and coaches over the past two years, and disciplining and withholding players from competition.

"We believe strongly in the principles and values of fairness and due process. However, we have been wronged in this investigation, and we believe that this process must come to a swift resolution, which includes no additional punitive measures beyond those already self-imposed.

"In September 2010—two and a half years ago—the University of Miami advised the NCAA of allegations made by a convicted felon against former players and, at that time, we pledged our full cooperation with any investigation into the matter. One year later, in August 2011, when the NCAA's investigation into alleged rules violations was made public, I pledged we would 'vigorously pursue the truth, wherever that path may lead' and insisted upon 'complete, honest, and transparent cooperation with the NCAA from our staff and students.'

"The University of Miami has lived up to those promises, but sadly the NCAA has not lived up to their own core principles. The lengthy and already flawed investigation has demonstrated a disappointing pattern of unprofessional and unethical behavior. By the NCAA leadership's own admission, the University of Miami has suffered from inappropriate practices by NCAA staff. There have also been damaging leaks to the media of unproven charges. Regardless of where blame lies internally with the NCAA, even one individual, one act, one instance of malfeasance both taints the entire process and breaches the public's trust.

"There must be a strong sense of urgency to bring this to closure. Our dedicated staff and coaches, our outstanding student-athletes, and our supporters deserve nothing less."

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I think ameen najjar has a wrongful termination case against the ncaa....his supervisor tom hosty & Julie lach signed off on he perez proposal even after a meeting was arrainged by the associate counsel stevenson....so what happened is that the ncaa bought supoena power...so, either you are truly looking for the truth or not..shaprio wasnt interview at these depositions...so whats the big deal?

why....are you afraid that testimony under oath will piece together UM's involment?

like ive said...shalala can sue or challange...if she does nothing then you can assume it is all true....lets see what UM does next.....quiet is the best approach and move on but now she committed herself by her statements....

If Shapiro used the call phome for any other calls other than to the NCAA then The NCAA has paid a convicted felon for information, This is unconscionable and all Shapiro information should be
thrown out as TAINTED.

IF Shapiro used the cell phne for a single personal call there is a LACK of INSTITIONAL CONTROL by the NCAA.

WHO at The NCAA approved the cell phone and tenses? Was every cell bill reviewed? When did they find NS was not using the phone for NCAA matters? Why was the cell phone not taken from NS as soon as it was discovered that he was using the phone for personal matters.

Why did The NCAA need to give a cell phone to NS there was nothing urgent about what he had to say; They could of visited or written to Nevan.

Did The NCAA get their phone back when they were done with NS or did The NCAA give NS the phone as a gift or compensation?

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