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Miami Says It Has Been "Wronged," Demands NCAA Wrap Up Investigation

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After the Miami booster scandal broke two years ago, the university swiftly self-imposed a number of penalties, including declaring players ineligible, forfeiting scholarships, and banning itself from the postseason for two years. The NCAA's investigation continued, however—ineptly, corruptly. Miami president Donna Shalala says enough's enough.


A statement, released this evening, reads in part:

"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."

A strong stance, and unless you work for the NCAA—who has a vested financial interest in upholding and policing its own arbitrary bylaws—it's hard to disagree.