With regard to the Nevin Shapiro mess, it looks like we’ve reached the can’t-keep-their-stories-straight part of the agenda.
A person with knowledge of the NCAA enforcement staff’s working arrangement with the attorney for former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro told USA TODAY Sports that the enforcement staff received budget approval for up to $25,000 to cover expenses incurred by Shapiro’s attorney related to depositions in Shapiro’s bankruptcy case.
The person said the approval came from the NCAA’s office of general counsel and its vice president of enforcement, Julie Roe Lach. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
This runs counter to statements made last month by NCAA president Mark Emmert. Emmert said in a teleconference with reporters on Jan. 23, “Any personnel decision, if it was a long-term personnel decision or a hiring of a general counsel or outside counsel, it’s supposed to be approved by the general counsel office, and that was not done in this case. The general counsel did not approve the hiring of outside counsel to conduct these depositions. That’s one of the issues that I’ve got to get to the bottom of and know how in the world that happened.”
The NCAA also denied that the general counsel was involved in this Dennis Dodd piece.
But not to worry. It’s not that big a deal.
Though the alleged enforcement practices in the case have led to widespread criticism of the NCAA, enforcement guidelines in the NCAA Manual do not explicitly prohibit such arrangements with attorneys.
Cecil Newton couldn’t have put it any better himself.
All that’s left to do is to turn the outside investigation over to Mike Slive’s crack staff and they can wrap this sucker up in a couple of weeks.