Bylaw Blog writer weighs in on UM case after NCAA bombshell drops Wednesday
After Wednesday bombshell fell from the lips of NCAA President Mark Emmert, I reached out to our friend John Infante, a former compliance officer at NCAA Division I schools who runs the Bylaw Blog.
Infante expertise has been featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and numerous other media outlets. Keep in mind he isn privy to the information the NCAA has on Miami. He simply is giving his opinion based on what he read from published reports and heard today.
Here is the transcript of my 20 minute, oneonone Q with him today:
Q: How does this affect Miami? Most people assume here that the NCAA admitting its made mistakes in the investigation will be positive for Miami. Some think they might even just settle.
"It definitely will be positive. But I think people when they think positive it significantly reduced sanctions. To me, that remains to be seen. I know President Emmert said in his press conference that this affected only a small portion of the information in the case. They still have to go through and find out exactly which allegations or specific violations [can be used]. I don know how much the NCAA follows the fruit of the [poisonous] tree doctrine which says if you gather information you wouldn otherwise have gotten without the use of an improper lead, you can use that new information either. Sebastian Janikowski Jersey But anything the NCAA cannot corroborate is helpful for Miami. The fewer studentathletes, the fewer former coaches, the less money, the fewer violations involved the better the case will be [for UM]. The question now is if it is going to better enough to result in a significantly different set of penalties."
Q: A lot of the investigative reports including Yahoo! came from the depositions and information through Shapiro lawyer Maria Elena Perez. How could the NCAA still have much of a case if you have to wipe out Sebastian Janikowski Youth Jersey whatever Shapiro lawyer was involved with?
"Again, you have to wonder if the NCAA could have gotten this another way. It could be they look through their reports I don know who makes this determination the law firm or the NCAA but they may say, got this through this [improper] deposition, but then here the other document we obtained properly that has the same information in it. So I think you balance it with the idea that they wouldn try to get subpeona power unless what they got was a game changer or real effective. The extreme [position] that the whole case is going to be gone, the NCAA certainly doesn sound like the whole case is going to be gone. It sounds like something significant is still there. I think there is a big range in the middle of what exactly the case was going to look like. Frankly, the other problem is we don know what the case would have looked like before. We know what Yahoo! case would have been and other media outlet cases would have been. But nobody knows exactly, specifically what the NCAA has been able to corroborate given this abusive power. So, it tough to know what was knocked out when we aren even sure what going to be in there in the first place."
Q: Worst day in NCAA history in terms of them policing themselves?
"As President Emmert said they had better days. It certainly up there. It certainly one of the darkest days in NCAA history in terms of its investigative power. The thing to remember is that in these kind of scandals with the NCAA investigative process that have come out in the last year Todd McNair defamation case; the Shabazz Muhammad case and now this the NCAA has been accused of not following its own rules. One of the responses might be that the NCAA just had some bad seeds and going to clear out the bad apples that spoil the bunch. We going to clear out the staff and we going to have more money to bring in professional investigators and move on from there. I think the real kind of devastating thing [for the NCAA] is if the courts say you followed procedure to a T and we still ruling that improper. Then, that calls into question the entire way the NCAA does it business rather than the idea that investigator or that investigator went rogue. The NCAA is dealing with the same sort of problems athletic departments deal with. There is a violation; now we got to find out what it is and fix it. Did the coach go rogue? Did the investigator go rogue? Did we fail to monitor? I know people are making jokes about it. People have asked me: would something like this happen? Coaches are expected to deliver results and they cut corner sometimes. I think in a public case like this where the public says had all the facts 15 months ago why isn Miami punished yet? there is that pressure to get your man, to deliver a result. Well, there would be pressure in that case also for an investigator to cut a corner."
Q: Isn this unprecedented, the NCAA admitting it made a mistake before a notice of allegations isn even sent?
"Yes. The leak of info with [UCLA basketball player] Shabazz Muhammad, we found out about that after he had been ruled ineligible and while they were appealing. It was kind of midprocess whereas this is kind of right before [the NOA]. In terms of how it helps Miami, I don know if procedurally it really does [help] because you would hope that if the NOA went out and then the NCAA [did what it did Wednesday the NOA] would be pulled back and the NCAA would be doing exactly what it is doing now, which is pulling back and seeing what information should be in there and then redoing the notice of allegations with the info it should have. Really, what it does is it delays [the case], but it doesn delay it as long [as it could have been] because the NCAA would have had to restart its 90day timeline. It sounds like the NCAA is fairly confident they can turn this around quickly. They saying this is a delay of weeks rather than months. In terms of the timing of it, I really don think its helpful for Miami in terms of what the penalties will be. I think it prevents a really long case from being delayed longer than it is now."
Q: Some people are thinking Miami can pounce here legally and say www.raidersofficialnflstore.com/Authentic-Sebastian-Janikowski-Jersey you fired these investigators, you went about this the wrong way, whole thing is a sham can Miami do anything here to put pressure on the NCAA that would help solve this case faster and lessen the penalties?
"That tricky for all the parties involved because you are still down by the cooperative principal. You still have to cooperate with the NCAA investigation. For Miami [to sue or fight it] that a very high risk maneuver. Everything in this case has suggested that up until now they not really putting up a fight. They might be exhausting their options to defend themselves, not digging in their heels to fight it every step of the way. I think the more likely scenario is Miami lets this play out and if the sanctions or the findings that come out of the committee on infractions final report are excessive, I think that the point Miami picks up on this and uses [Wednesday announcement] as grounds for a lawsuit. Miami doesn look like it going to fight it like that. They more likely to appeal anything now. But in terms of suing the NCAA that always a drastic step. Very few schools have done it. It generally individuals. As far as the individual coaches, a lot of them are still employed and working. If they had been fired or not working I think they would be much more likely to pounce on this and try to get themselves detached and the case thrown out. But since they working, I think it going to be more of a wait and see what their penalties are and if it harms their career. I can almost guarantee there will be a couple lawsuits against the NCAA trying to say this whole thing, none of it is proper."
Q: The NCAA is going to a new enforcement system in August. Can they avoid these similar problems from happening again?
"The new system doesn really address what happens here. The new system is really more about penalties. It doesn address how cases get to this point. Depending on the outcome of this external review and kudos for the NCAA being up front about it, talking about it publicly let hope this continues I think this leads to a whole new initiative. This is not an isolated issue. This is kind of the third incident. Fool me once shame on you; full me twice shame on me. Three times is a trend. I do think it requires a big change. What that change is it tough to say. I think the NCAA may take a more serious look at what people are calling them to do which is handing off investigations Sebastian Janikowski Jersey White to third parties or creating an internal affairs unit. If this is a result of public pressure and an underfunded, undermanned enforcement staff, I not necessarily sure those things will fix the problem long term other than creating the same type of cycle where schools get caught, clean things up, fall off a little bit and break rules again. The NCAA isn in a position or the public standing to keep things the same way. They have to come up with something to address this problem long term to sort of regain any public trust."
Q: Gut feeling in the end: Does Miami gets off easier?
"At this point I would be shocked about another postseason ban. I also would be surprised to see crippling scholarship penalties. I do think they will be let off a little easier than they would have been. The biggest challenge now for the NCAA is to explain [to other school] in a way that Miami didn get a break on a technicality. That won sit well with people either."
Emmert claiming the corruption only pertains to a small portion of the investigation is at best a bad joke and more accurately the bell ringer of disingenuous statements. How could Emmert possibly review and reflect on over 800 days of investigative findings in a day or two?
Now Emmert tells us that the new investigators, you know, the ones who are investigating the corrupt NCAA investigators will have a report to him within two weeks. Soooooo, once again, an investigation that took the NCAA approximately 800 days to complete will be reviewed in precise detail, irregularities will be researched and Emmert will have his answer 14 days from now.
One thing we now know for sure based on the 14 day turnaround that Emmert is now boasting about, the NCAA was purposely dragging their feet to keep this ugly, dark cloud hanging over the Miami program in an effort to damage the Canes in the worst possible way. This contemptible act on the NCAA's part is just as corrupt as the use of Shapiro's attorney.
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By all appearances, the Milwaukee Brewers were overmatched Wednesday night. They had lost five in a row, were fielding yet another watereddown lineup and the firstplace Pittsburgh Pirates had ace Francisco Liriano on the mound.
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Liriano entered the game with a 156 record and 2.57 earned run average, earning the status of being one of the biggest surprises in the majors. After a 123 first inning, however, he never regained his footing, surrendering seven hits, two walks, two wild pitches and seven runs while recording only nine outs.
Brewers starter Wily Peralta had his issues in the early going as well but managed to limit the damage. Peralta made it through six innings, allowing nine hits and three runs to win for the first time since Aug. 6.
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Brandon Marshall's 4 TD catches lifts AFC in Pro Bowl Naples Daily News
Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 176 yards and a Pro Bowlrecord four touchdowns, and the AFC used a secondhalf surge to beat the NFC 5941 on Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins wide receiver had a touchdown catch in each quarter, including an early 74yarder and a 3yarder in the fourth, in a game filled with highlightreel catches. He was selected the game's MVP and his four TD catches set a Pro Bowl record.
The 59 points by the AFC set a Pro Bowl mark, and the 100 points scored by the two teams combined was the second highest, a touchdown shy of the 107 scored in 2004.
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The game featured 36 firsttimers, including rookie quarterbacks Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals, who replaced Super Bowl quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom Brady. Their selection made this Pro Bowl the first to feature two rookie signal callers.
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With the Pro Bowlers unable to get out of third gear particularly on the offensive and defensive lines and hitting each other as though they were having a pillow fight, the Pro Bowl featured some good, bad and real ugly sometimes on the same play. For example, Aaron Rodgers caught a pass from himself. His throw was deflected at the line and he leaped to catch the ball and backpedaled for a 15yard loss.
Rodgers was 13 of 17 for 141 yards and two TDs, giving him a quarterback rating of 139.6, higher than his NFL record 122.5 rating during the season. But he was watching late in the game as Newton struggled.
The NFC had three players with 100yard yard receiving: Gonzalez (seven for 114), Larry Fitzgerald (6 for 111) and Smith (5 for 118).
The AFC and NFC traded score after score, and turnover after turnover in the first half.
Rodgers and Fitzgerald connected for a pair of scores on backtoback plays to put the NFC up 140 early in the game.
After stopping the AFC on fourth down at midfield, Rodgers drove the NFC down the field and threw a 10yard TD toss to Fitzgerald. Six seconds later, Rodgers aired a 44yard rainbow in the end zone to Fitzgerald for another score after the NFC got the ball back with a surprise onside kick.
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But Drew Brees and the NFC kept the scoring going. Just like in the regular season, Brees and Saints teammate Jimmy Graham hooked up to give the NFC a 2114 lead in the second quarter. On fourthandgoal, Brees zipped a pass to Graham for a 6yard score and would later find Brandon Jennings for an 11yard TD.
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Broncos' backups salvage finale
Broncos rookie quarterback Tom Brandstater, left, hands the ball off to running back Correll Buckhalter, right, in the first quarter Thursday at Invesco Field at Mile High. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)Brandstater and the backups just beat Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and an Arizona Cardinals team that came within 35 seconds of winning the most recent Super Bowl.
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"We definitely knew what people were thinking," Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman said. "There was so much transition in the offseason that people wanted to know what this team was going to be. I think everybody thought the Bears was the game to show it, and because we weren't able to play the way we wanted to, I think people were disappointed. But again, preseason. I think we learned a lot, and now we can carry this one into the season."
The next time the Broncos play will be for keeps. They open the regular season Sept. 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
But just because the game Thursday didn't count didn't mean it was meaningless. Ordinarily, the final preseason game is the least significant because starters play little, if at all.
But a paid crowd of 72,088 at Invesco Field at Mile High could have not been displeased to see such Arizona stars as Warner, who is one of the league's best quarterbacks, and Fitzgerald, who is all but indisputably the league's top receiver, play not one, not two, but all three firstquarter series.
The Broncos, meanwhile, sat their injurydepleted regular units after one possession. So when the Broncos still won the first quarter 100, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, left, holds off Broncos cornerback Alphonso Smith, right, in the first quarter Thursday at Invesco Field at Mile High. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)
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This final warmup also taught some lessons. Like, don't bother trying to slip quarterback Tom Brandstater to the practice squad. The 6foot5, strongperforming rookie would never make it through waivers.
A sixthround draft pick from Fresno State, Brandstater initially wasn't supposed to play in this preseason until the second half of the final exhibition against the Cardinals.
Instead, injuries to Orton (right index Broncos defensive lineman Kenny Peterson celebrates after stopping Cardinals running back Tim Hightower for a 3yard loss in the first
quarter Thursday night at Invesco Field at Mile High. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
finger) and veteran backup Chris Simms (left ankle) made Brandstater a preseason veteran by the time he started the finale.
"I'm glad I got my shot, and hopefully I did some good with it," Brandstater said. "I'm trying to make this team. I still haven't even guaranteed myself a spot on the team. I'm trying to do everything I can to make it, just like everyone on this team is doing. I think this effort is definitely going to help that."
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Broncos quarterback Tom Brandstater, right, cheers on running back Darius Walker after Walker's 1yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter Thursday at Invesco Field at Mile High (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
In the first quarter, against the Cardinals' firststring defense, Broncos tailbacks Correll Buckhalter and Darius Walker combined for 52 yards rushing on just nine carries (5.8 yards per carry), and Brandstater threw for 108 yards.
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