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Analysis: NCAA, Miami under microscope
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 12, 2013 @ 9:10 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports
Like with so much the NCAA does, the guidelines for a hearing of the Committee on Infractions are laid out in precise detail, right down to the arrangement of the hotel conference room (tables are arranged in a large square, with committee members flanked on the left by investigators, on the right by the school’s official party, and so on). For an organization that obsesses about blue curtains and paper cups at its championships, there’s obviously comfort in familiarity.
So when Miami gets its day in court beginning Thursday in Indianapolis, the process will be numbingly routine — and since the hearing is closed, we’ll have to take their word for it. But nothing about this case is routine, from the magnitude of the allegations, to the admitted misconduct by NCAA investigators, to the school’s subsequent tone of defiance.
All of it will play out behind closed doors — as opaque as always — but against the very public backdrop of NCAA enforcement’s tattered reputation. And although Miami is charged with, among other things, lack of institutional control, there’s a very real question as to who’s actually going to be on trial.
The Committee on Infractions is under pressure not to let Miami off the hook. But the school appears ready for a fight and has plenty of ammunition.
“The committee is going to be fully equipped to handle this,” said Jo Potuto, a former member of the Committee on Infractions. “It won’t be the first time that there will be somebody in the room who’s very upset, either from a coach or a university.”
But David Ridpath, an assistant professor of sports administration at Ohio University and a frequent critic of the NCAA’s enforcement arm, said, “No matter how the NCAA spins this, they are on trial as their tactics and methods are finally coming to light. They are losing investigators and their credibility is shattered. I am not sure how hard they can come down on Miami after all this.”
Ridpath referred to the recent departures of at least seven enforcement staff as the department continues to unravel. At least two might have … [For more on Analysis: NCAA, Miami under microscope as hearing opens, click here.]
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