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NCAA to move forward with University of Miami investigation

By Brendan Meyer
February 18, 2013 | 4:47 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Monday in a teleconference that, following the conclusion of its external review, the association would now move forward with its investigation surrounding the University of Miami.

The NCAA fired Julie Roe Lach, vice president of enforcement, and has appointed Jonathan Duncan to serve as interim vice president after releasing its report saying that "select NCAA enforcement staff acted contrary to internal protocols, legal counsel and the membership’s understanding about the limits of its investigative powers in the University of Miami case.”

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Former Miami and current Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith has been tied to the Miami investigation through his alleged involvement with former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro.

On Jan. 23, Emmert called for an external review of the NCAA enforcement, citing “improper conduct" within the NCAA during the process of the investigation.

Lawyer Kenneth L. Wainstein, who conducted the review, said that he and his colleagues “interviewed 22 individuals over the course of 17 different meetings, including all of the relevant NCAA staff from President Emmert down to the ranks of the enforcement staff.”

The NCAA has thrown out all of the improperly obtained information and will move forward with its investigative process.

“We have had now three reviews of the information," Emmert said. "First by the enforcement staff, then by general council and now by the external body to verify that none of the information contained in the Miami investigation is a result of or is inferred from the information that came from these depositions that were conducted.”

Because we now have confidence in those data, we’re going to move forward with the Miami investigation, and that process will now move through with the enforcement staff and the committee on infractions taking their actions as they normally do through their regular course of business.”

The next step in the process is to hand out notices of allegations to the parties involved.

Emmert said that approximately 20 percent of the original data collected had been thrown out and is no longer of use.

Before the NCAA announced that it had gathered information improperly, CBSSports.com reported two allegations against Haith citing unnamed sources last month. 

Emmert said that there is no timeline as to when the committee on infractions will hand out the notice of allegations, and it remains to be seen whether the information that was gathered improperly pertains to Haith.

On Monday, Haith said that he had not spoken with the NCAA in regards to the external review. 

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