NCAA Reportedly Fires VP of Enforcement Following Miami Scandal

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2013

Courtesy of the Orange County Register
Courtesy of the Orange County Register

Julie Roe Lach, vice president of enforcement for the NCAA, has been fired as a result of the financial scandal surrounding former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro and an NCAA investigator, according to Pat Forde and Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports

According to three sources interviewed as part of the investigation, Roe Lach approved reimbursements for Elena Perez, who conducted bankruptcy depositions of two individuals tied to the Miami investigation – former Miami equipment manager Sean Allen, and former NFL agent Michael Huyghue.

The NCAA has conducted its own investigation into the University of Miami and will release those findings on Monday, per the Yahoo! report.

Roe Lach has been with the NCAA since 1998, when she was a student-athlete reinstatement representative. She became the head of the program one year later and was promoted to director of enforcement in 2004. 

After six years at that post, Roe Lach was named NCAA vice president of enforcement in 2010. At her introductory press conference, she stated that it was time to "help them (media and fans) understand who enforcement is" and what they do. 

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports released a report on Feb. 5, stating the Roe Lach approved a "five-figure payment to the attorney of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro" in order to gain more information about Miami infractions.

The situation involving Shapiro and the University of Miami started in 2011, when he was found to be leading a $930 million Ponzi scheme. He pleaded guilty to running the scheme and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.  

Shapiro also noted that he provided benefits to a number of Miami student-athletes from 2002 to 2010. 

The NCAA has been investigating its own enforcement operation since Jan. 23, according to the Yahoo! Sports report. 


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