External Review Of NCAA’s Shapiro Investigation Due Friday
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The NCAA is expected to release the final report from an external review of the enforcement division prompted by improper gathering of evidence in the investigation into the University of Miami and its ties to disgraced former booster Nevin Shapiro.
The NCAA said last week that the report had been completed and said it would be published by Friday at the latest. The external review was conducted by lawyer Kenneth Wainstein.
The external review was started after the NCAA admitted it had gathered information for the case against the University of Miami through improper methods. The information gathered improperly came through help from Shapiro’s attorney, Maria Elena Perez.
The NCAA put Perez under retainer during the investigation, which played a role in the collegiate governing body’s decision to have an external review completed. Perez has denied any wrongdoing with the NCAA or its investigation.
In the meantime, the University of Miami has been left to twist in the wind while the NCAA tries to complete a troubled investigation. UM has been under investigation for more than two years and was set to receive a notice of allegations just before the external review was ordered.
The notice of allegations would have moved the case closer to completion, but was delayed indefinitely while the external review was completed. UM has self-imposed a two-year bowl ban and cut down on football scholarships in preparation for the potential allegations.
The external investigation into the NCAA’s actions was supposed to take anywhere from 10-14 days and immediately upon the completion of it and the report, the NCAA was planning to release the notice of allegations against coaches and the school’s involved in the Shapiro scandal.
NCAA President Emmert said the notice of allegations would still move forward, but any evidence gathered against UM through improper methods would be thrown out. Emmert said it’s his understanding there’s still plenty of evidence against UM even without the material set to be thrown out.