Miami Football: Filing Report Against Investigator Can Expose NCAA's Bullying

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Miami Football: Filing Report Against Investigator Can Expose NCAA's Bullying
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The Miami Herald revealed Monday that Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Dyron Dye had filed an incident report against the NCAA with the Coral Gables police. The report alleges that Dye was "coerced" by Rich Johanningmeier, an NCAA investigator.

The goal of this move and the reason behind it were quite clear: This is a strong move by Dye and his lawyer, Darren Heitner, to peel back the curtain on the NCAA's process and expose some of the organization's methods.

The University of Miami has been under the scrutiny of the NCAA since 2011, and in the last year the case against the Hurricanes has slowly started to unravel. The NCAA, with a case built on the word of a convicted felon and con man, has made misstep after misstep. This Dye situation, should the report move forward, could be another red flag.

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In other words, is it beyond the pale that the organization that unethically obtained information pertaining to the case and took a guilty-until-proven-innocent approach could possibly deal in coercion?

After all, if the original tactic of scaring the bejesus out of athletes or schools does not work, the next move has to be a bit more forceful.

And in general they get away with it. Now, Dye is electing to fight back, and it will be quite interesting to see what comes of it. Should the case be picked up, all eyes will be on the Coral Gables police department, Heitner and Dye going forward.

As many have discovered, battling the NCAA on its  own terms—both during initial investigations and through the appeals process—is often a losing proposition. But forcing the NCAA to play in the legal world could yield better results, especially since the tactics, documents and conversations would be disclosed first-hand as opposed to behind closed doors.

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Mark Emmert's investigative arm has fumbled the Miami case for awhile.

Odds are the case does not advance beyond the preliminary stages, but Dye coming back swinging is more proof that the folks in Coral Gables certainly feel wronged. Miami's already fired back with its thoughts; now Dye, as the NCAA allegedly tried to hammer the Hurricane for more information, is firing back as well.

If you're a Hurricanes fan, or just someone who wants to see the NCAA stop fumbling the Miami situation, Dye's report could prove to be yet another case of the NCAA being less than ethical in its dealings.

No matter how it turns out, this is a case worth following.

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