The Miami case gets stupid

NCAA chief Mark Emmert has to really, really hate his job sometimes. - Joe Robbins

I really don't have anything to add to this that I haven't already expressed, incredulously, on Twitter. It starts with this:

The NCAA national office has uncovered an issue of improper conduct within its enforcement program that occurred during the University of Miami investigation. Former NCAA enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for Nevin Shapiro to improperly obtain information for the purposes of the NCAA investigation through a bankruptcy proceeding that did not involve the NCAA. [...]

In light of this incident and other recent events involving the enforcement staff, President Emmert has commissioned an external review of the enforcement program. The review will include a thorough investigation into the current issue as well as the overall enforcement environment, to ensure operation of the program is consistent with the essential principles of integrity and accountability. The NCAA has retained Kenneth L. Wainstein, a partner with the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP to conduct this investigation. Wainstein specializes in corporate internal investigations and civil and criminal enforcement proceedings. He was formerly Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush and has served as the Assistant Attorney General for National Security as well as the FBI General Counsel.

As it relates to the Miami investigation, the NCAA will not move forward with a Notice of Allegations until all the facts surrounding this issue are known.

"Upon receipt of Mr. Wainstein’s findings, I will take further steps as needed to assure accountability for any improper conduct," Emmert said.

"The NCAA Executive Committee expects the enforcement program to operate within approved procedures and with the highest integrity. Although we are deeply disappointed in this turn of events, we strongly support the actions President Emmert is taking to address the problem," said Lou Anna K. Simon, executive committee chair and Michigan State University president.

"To say the least, I am angered and saddened by this situation. Trust and credibility are essential to our regulatory tasks," said Emmert. "My intent is to ensure our investigatory functions operate with integrity and are fair and consistent with our member schools, athletics staff and most importantly our student-athletes," he added.

And then it just gets dumber.

For more, go here.

You know how that Miami case has been hanging over Frank Haith's (and, therefore, Mizzou's) head for about a year and a half now? You know how I wrote about "putting Miami in the rearview" about 10 months ago? You know how we were supposed to hear about a notice of allegations very, very soon? Yeah, that's not going to happen. And this thing isn't going in the rearview anytime soon.

Absurdity is fun, right?

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