Miami could take its time in NCAA response

The NCAA’s botched Miami investigation left UM President Donna Shalala making uncontested layups in the public statement game, twice crafting strongly worded statements at college athletics’ favorite piñata in the last two weeks.

“We have suffered enough,” Shalala said.

Barring any new developments, the Miami camp could go silent until about mid-May.

From what I’ve gathered after asking around, Miami will likely use most or all of the 90-day window before formally responding to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations.

After receiving the notice on Feb. 19, that means a rebuttal will surface in mid-to-late May.

Miami would prefer a swift resolution to the two-year-long probe into its athletic department but needs to be thorough. There are moving parts in this case -- including several coaches now in different jobs -- that complicate the process.

How Miami responds could persuade a Committee on Infractions that must make a difficult judgment on a messy case.

NCAA bylaw 32.6.5 states a response to an NOA shall be on file with the NCAA committee no later than 90 days from the date that it was received.

Miami has self-imposed two bowl bans, reduced scholarships and suspended players over the past two years in efforts to mitigate future damages.

In late January, the NCAA admitted to tainting parts of the Miami investigation after staffers approved payments to the lawyer of former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro for subpoena power.

Still, as The Associated Press reports, the NCAA hit Miami with the “lack of institutional control” allegation.

The NCAA claims Shapiro provided Miami athletes with about $170,000 in impermissible benefits between 2002 and 2010, according to the AP.

"Many of the charges brought forth are based on the word of a man who made a fortune by lying,” Shalala said in a statement shortly after receiving the NOA. “Many of the allegations included in the Notice of Allegations remain unsubstantiated."

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