Posted: Jan 23, 2013 11:34 AM by Ashley Colley
Updated: Jan 23, 2013 12:43 PM
COLUMBIA -- Just two days after a report surfaced from CBSSports.com claiming Missouri coach Frank Haith could soon face some major penalties from the NCAA, the national office has found some improper conduct issues within its enforcement program. On Wednesday, the NCAA announced they will not move forward with a Notice of Allegations surrounding the case at the University of Miami and with current Missouri coach Frank Haith.
The NCAA says former enforcement staff members who had worked with the defense attorney for Nevin Shapiro had improperly obtained the information through a bankruptcy proceeding that did not involve the NCAA.
Association President Mark Emmert has commissioned an external review of the enforcement program. "I have been vocal in the past regarding the need for integrity by NCAA member schools, athletics administrators, coaches, and student-athletes," said Emmert. "That same commitment to integrity applies to all of us in the NCAA national office."
The review will include a thorough investigation into the current issue as well as the overall enforcement environment, to ensure operation of the program is consistent with the essential principles of integrity and accountability.
During a media teleconference on Wednesday, Emmert also says the NCAA has discovered members of its staff were paying Shapiro's attorney to receive information.
"To say the least, I am angered and saddened by this situation. Trust and credibility are essential to our regulatory tasks," said Emmert. "My intent is to ensure our investigatory functions operate with integrity and are fair and consistent with our member schools, athletics staff and most importantly our student-athletes," he added.