After the NCAA said Wednesday its enforcement staff worked with the defense attorney for former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro to improperly obtain information through a bankruptcy proceeding, NCAA president Mark Emmert said it’s not known what information in the Miami case was obtained improperly, but that the NCAA can’t bring forth allegations using information its investigators should not have obtained. This does nothing more than leave the status of Frank Haith’s fate in limbo for at least another week or two.
The attorney was given a list of questions by the NCAA to ask during a deposition. NCAA Emmert said that has led to questions of the organization’s conduct in the case. At this time, the alleged improper conduct (by the NCAA) means they will not deliver notice of allegations against the University of Miami or any possible notice of allegations against Frank Haith until a review is completed.
What we don’t know at this point is A) if the investigation has been tainted to the point where a significant amount of evidence can’t be used and the investigation needs to start over and/or B) if any potentially improper information received relates to Haith and his part in the investigation.
It was reported on Monday through a source of CBS Sports, that Haith would be cited for “unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.”
Following Tuesday’s game against South Carolina, Haith reiterated that neither he or his attorney had been contaced by the NCAA.
Emmert said he expects the NCAA’s investigation to wrap up in a week or two and then notice of allegations may be released.
This latest news is another embarassing blow for the NCAA related to this case. While the NCAA looked back into Haith’s career at Miami, the lead investigator, former NCAA staffer Abigail Grantstein, was fired by the NCAA after information in the case against UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad was inappropriately leaked by Grantstein through her boyfriend while on a plane trip.