“Why did they cover that up?”

Would it surprise you to learn that the NCAA hasn’t been totally forthcoming in its whitewash self-investigation of its behavior in the Miami/Nevin Shapiro matter?  Yeah, well, me neither.

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.

Somehow, shockingly, the second investigator’s behavior never made it into the report that the NCAA’s hired legal guns prepared.  Should it have?  I think you have your answer to that question with this:

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.

For the record, that would be no answer, non-answer and no answer.  But don’t blame the man at the top for a little sloppiness.  Evidently, that’s below his pay grade.

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.”

Helluva show you’re putting on there, Mr. Emmert.


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15 responses to ““Why did they cover that up?”

  1. Tyler

    If they were having subpoena issues, that sounds like a job for Dale Denton


  2. James

    Huh, so just to be clear, Emmert is on the record as saying “Fire Emmert!” With an explanation point?

    Also, so much gooey irony in that assistant coach comment. So you’re say that if, like, an former assistant coach had been accused of sexual assault, it would be completely irrational to hold the head coach responsible and fire him on the spot. I mean that would be, just, you know, I mean that never happens and I agree it would be unfair to hold Emmert of all people to that kind of standard.

    You people are monsters.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    The NCAA gave The University of Miami, the most serially corrupt program in the country (yes, even worse than Auburn) traction to escape the noose.


  4. Cojones

    The fired investigator had done it wrongly. The replacement investigator did it wrongly. Seemless transition into the wrongly investigation. What’s the problem? Is Emmert defending himself wrongly from the wrongly or the wrongly wrongly investigator?

    Sincerely hope that Shalala wipes her butt with all of them in order that the NCAA can get competent leadership/communication.

    Senator, I don’t pull a fast trigger when it comes to someone’s job and look for all the contra facts to defend against innuendo. Emmert’s situation is becoming a quagmire that threatens the NCAA with self-beheadment ( 🙂 ,Lexicon? ). You have kept us in this critiqueing mood with the NCAA when earlier I thought you were just in a picky barrister mood toward Emmert. The vision clears to the waterhole where you have led us to drink. Apologies for my naivete as to what lies underneath the NCAA that appears rotten. No University should have to put up with adversity borne from incompetence of an athletic dept investigation bordering on subornation..


    • Scorpio Jones, III

      tut, tut, Cojo…I think he is being a picky barrister, but that doth not preclude his rightness. I guess I would say that Emmert did not know what he was doing with Penn State, but I still agree with the decision. Too bad Emmert does not seem to remember Penn State when talking about presidents and so forth.

      Too bad for the NCAA they did not select (elect?) the University of Georgia’s fine outgoing president instead of Emmert….think how happy we would all be.

      And how much easier to spell is Adams.


      • Cojones

        Hope I never imply that the Senator’s picky comments are incorrect. They are the food of this kennel of Dawgs.


  5. Mayor of Dawgtown

    All this is going to become academic (at least regarding Emmert) when the Attorney General of Pennsylvania kicks the NCAA’s ass over the way it imposed sanctions on Penn State without Emmert having been granted authority properly by NCAA members and then blackmailing the new Penn State President into accepting the sanctions–all so Emmert could put the Sandusky matter to rest before Emmert went to London for the Olympics. Emmert is toast. It’s just a matter of time.


  6. Reblogged this on 3rdand57 and commented:
    “Get The Picture” lays out why the NCAA’s president Mark Emmert is such a joke in this latest happening. How in the world can fans have faith in the NCAA?


  7. Graham Spanier

    Wait, so we’re not holding presidents responsible for the behavior of assistant coaches?


  8. hailtogeorgia

    Regarding the first excerpt and the unethical piece, I’m fairly certain police use this tactic all the time when questioning suspects. Tell one guy his friend pinned it on him, tell the other one the same thing, watch the dominoes fall.

    Besides, how is that surprising? This is the same organization that used a completely unfounded report by TMZ that AJ was in Miami to slam a 4 game suspension for a totally unrelated item.