Miami president calls for no further penalties from NCAA
Miami president Donna Shalala issued a statement Monday calling for no further penalties from the NCAA investigation.
|Miami believes its self-imposed penalties are enough punishment. (US Presswire)|
On Monday, the NCAA admitted errors were made during its investigation of Miami, and now the school is pushing for the swiftest conclusion possible.
After the NCAA published its findings in its external investigation, Miami president Donna Shalala issued a statement calling for "no additional punitive measures beyond those already self-imposed."
Miami already has self-imposed two postseason bans, including one that could have given the Hurricanes a shot at their first ACC championship. The Hurricanes also dealt with multiple suspensions to key players in the 2011 season, including the loss of eight players for the season opener against Maryland -- a 32-24 Terrapins victory.
Check out the full statement below, released by the school on Monday evening:
The University takes full responsibility for the conduct of its employees and student-athletes. Where the evidence of NCAA violations has been substantiated, we have self-imposed appropriate sanctions, including unilaterally eliminating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our students and coaches over the past two years, and disciplining and withholding players from competition.
We believe strongly in the principles and values of fairness and due process. However, we have been wronged in this investigation, and we believe that this process must come to a swift resolution, which includes no additional punitive measures beyond those already self-imposed.
In September 2010 -- two and a half years ago -- the University of Miami advised the NCAA of allegations made by a convicted felon against former players and, at that time, we pledged our full cooperation with any investigation into the matter. One year later, in August 2011, when the NCAA’s investigation into alleged rules violations was made public, I pledged we would ‘vigorously pursue the truth, wherever that path may lead’ and insisted upon ‘complete, honest, and transparent cooperation with the NCAA from our staff and students.’
The University of Miami has lived up to those promises, but sadly the NCAA has not lived up to their own core principles. The lengthy and already flawed investigation has demonstrated a disappointing pattern of unprofessional and unethical behavior. By the NCAA leadership’s own admission, the University of Miami has suffered from inappropriate practices by NCAA staff. There have also been damaging leaks to the media of unproven charges. Regardless of where blame lies internally with the NCAA, even one individual, one act, one instance of malfeasance both taints the entire process and breaches the public’s trust.
There must be a strong sense of urgency to bring this to closure. Our dedicated staff and coaches, our outstanding student-athletes, and our supporters deserve nothing less.” --Donna E. Shalala, University of Miami President
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