For those following the NCAA investigation of the University of Miami, the Notice of Allegations will be delayed, the NCAA announced today.
In a statement, the NCAA announced, “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.”
According to the release available at the NCAA’s website, “As it does not have subpoena power, the NCAA does not have the authority to compel testimony through procedures outside of its enforcement program. Through bankruptcy proceedings, enforcement staff gained information for the investigation that would not have been accessible otherwise.”
As this relates to the Miami case, the NCAA said, “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.”
This will delay knowing the fate of former Miami coaches and assistant coaches who were alleged to have violated NCAA rules.
Last night, reports surfaced that Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland may avoid any serious penalties from the NCAA because of his cooperation with investigators.
This delays final resolution of his and other coaches’ NCAA fate.
It also will raise serious questions about the entire NCAA enforcement process. In light of recent NCAA failures including the Auburn-Cam Newton scandal, fans wonder if the NCAA takes it rules seriously. While the NCAA continues its investigation of Auburn’s recruiting practices under the Gene Chizik coaching staff with an emphasis on Memphis, it appears the NCAA’s internal investigation could undermine a range of enforcement efforts. Only time will tell.