NCAA VP of Enforcement Fired Over University of Miami Investigation
While the NCAA's investigation into allegations made about the University of Miami athletic department by convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro has lagged for about two years, the NCAA's investigation into itself over botching the Miami investigation has come to a relatively swift end.
The NCAA's vice president of enforcement, Julie Roe Lach, is now without a job.
The fracas began when the NCAA announced Roe Lach had misstepped by allowing Shapiro's lawyer, Maria Elena Perez, to be put on the payroll. Because the NCAA does not have subpoena power, investigators gave $20,000 to Perez to question certain figures involved in Shapiro's separate bankruptcy case.
It turns out Roe Lach knew of the arrangement and had approved of the payment.
Yahoo! Sports reports she's now out of a job. Lawyer Jonathan Duncan will serve in the position on an interim basis.
"With the completion of the external enforcement review, we recognize that certain investigative tactics used in portions of the University of Miami case failed our membership," NCAA President Mark Emmert said today while announcing the results of the internal investigation. "As I stated before, we are committed to making the necessary improvements to our enforcement processes and ensuring our actions are consistent with our own values and member expectation."
The NCAA will continue its investigation into Miami without the improperly obtained information. No word yet on how much longer that will take.
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