The NCAA's controversial investigation into the University of Miami is finally over. According to an Associated Press report, a source close to the investigation indicated that the NCAA provided Miami with its notice of allegations on Tuesday:
The letter was delivered to Miami on Tuesday, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the NCAA nor the Hurricanes had authorized any public comment.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10:53 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
Miami president Donna Shalala has released a statement after being given notice of the NCAA 's allegations. She states that the university "deeply regrets and takes full responsibility " for the violations, but once again makes it clear her school has already been punished enough.
Here is part of the statement, courtesy of the Miami Herald:
Let me be clear again: for any rule violation—substantiated and proven with facts—that the University, its employees, or student-athletes committed, we have been and should be held accountable. We have worked hard to improve our compliance oversight, and we have already self-imposed harsh sanctions.
We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough.
The University and counsel will work diligently to prepare our official response to the Notice of Allegations and submit it to the Committee on Infractions within the required 90 -day time period.
You can read the full statement on the Miami Herald's website.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10:25 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
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Though the investigation's conclusion may spark an end to the drama for some, it actually raises more questions than it answers. The situation will now go into the punishment phases in which the NCAA will decide whether Miami deserves more discipline than it has already bestowed upon itself.
Following revelations that former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro helped create a culture of rampant disregard for NCAA bylaws over the better part of a decade, Miami acted swiftly to self-impose penalties. The Hurricanes have self-imposed bowl bans in each of the past two seasons, eliminated scholarships and suspended players who were involved with Shapiro.
All seemed well and good until reports surfaced documenting the NCAA's own malfeasance in its follow-up investigation. The NCAA admitted to paying Shapiro's bankruptcy lawyer, Maria Elena Perez, to depose witnesses who were unwilling to cooperate with their investigation into the Miami program.
Because those witnesses were under oath, they had to tell the truth or be faced with a perjury charge. The NCAA does not have subpoena power, nor does it possess any legal recourse against those unwilling to participate in their investigations.
Though NCAA president Mark Emmert has said none of the illegally obtained information will be used in the notice of allegations, his organization's wrongdoing has come under fire. Miami president Donna Shalala released a statement on Monday that stated the school had been "wronged" and that no further action should be taken.
''This process must come to a swift resolution, which includes no additional punitive measures beyond those already self-imposed,'' Shalala wrote, per Yahoo! Sports and the Associated Press.
If there is more punitive action taken, Shalala made it very clear Miami would not take it lightly. While Tuesday's notice of allegations may have signaled the end of the NCAA's investigation, the drama surrounding this case is far from over.