Should Miami Keep Pushing Its NCAA Fight, or Has School Done Enough?
Absolutely, without a doubt, the answer here is yes.
Yes, Donna Shalala should keep pushing the fight against the NCAA. Yes, Miami should continue to be very vocal and speak openly about its issues with the NCAA's process and procedures in its case. Yes, Miami should be rooting for the media to uncover even more of the NCAA's wrongdoings.
Given the most recent news, as reported by the Miami Herald, the NCAA was on a warpath to try and get its next scalp, the Miami Hurricanes. While we all know that Ameen Najjar, the department of enforcement head who was fired during the investigation, was using Nevin Shapiro's attorney, Maria Elena Perez, in unethical fashion, apparently he was not the only one. Stephanie Hannah, his replacement, employed the same practices.
Oddly enough, when the NCAA addressed its findings of wrongdoings, it failed to mention Hannah continuing the unethical exercise.
Package that with everything else that has gone completely wrong with the case, and what you have is an open gash for the National Collegiate Athletics Association. Generally, the organization gets exposed in paper cuts that heal quickly and leave little to no scars. But, not this Miami ordeal. No, this has become a festering wound on the NCAA's hide that just continues to get worse.
And the 'Canes should keep picking at it.
Pick at it to make sure there is an ugly scar to remind everyone of what transpired. Pick at it to make the wound's healing process as lengthy as the NCAA's investigation process. Pick at it to make sure the organization knows that the pain is there and it has a problem. Pick at it make sure it knows this gash is infected in the worst way.
Only then, with that infection, will the NCAA be forced to truly address its issues. With an infection, medicine is required, antibiotics to be specific. In the case of the NCAA, the figurative antibiotics are big changes in it approach to and adherence to process.
I've made the analogy, in the past, that the NCAA is like mall cops. Top Flight security, playing at police work. That's clearly no longer true. It's taken on a new role. A role where the code appears to be "by any means necessary." Even when those means are taking the word of questionable characters, bully tactics or unethical moves in pursuit of the scalp.
Do you think Miami should keep up their push against the NCAA?
Why would your charges to follow the rules when you, as an organization, fail to promote your own atmosphere of compliance?
If you are the Hurricanes, make sure you get your responses in and do things by the book, but also make sure your voice is loud. Point out everything the NCAA did wrong. Don't concede in an act of appeasement to lessen your charges, as schools have done before you.
The 'Canes spent a lot of time being humbled, living on edge as the NCAA handicapped them during the investigation. They missed bowl games. They dismissed players, and sat out others, based upon maybes and rumors. Now, it's the NCAA's turn to be humbled.
Which is why Miami should most definitely continue its fight.
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