|A NCAA investigator inteviewing a possible witness? |
The NCAA is learning that it's hard swing around the morality stick when you're own ethics are under question. After the organization dropped official allegations on the University of Miami athletic program last week, head Hurricane Donna Shalala came out with some choice words of her own, calling on the governing body to dump the tainted case.
And it's hard not to give Shalala's request some thought. Right now, the NCAA has already admitted to out-sourcing legal work to a scumbag Miami attorney. But that's not the only shady practice possibly attached to the case.
If history is any key, the NCAA's enforcement gurus might have gone full-bore bad cop in Miami -- leaking allegations to the media, failing to interview key witnesses, putting others through every interrogation tactic short of a rubber hose.
"I would say speaking more in general that the NCAA investigations are something that for the most part have been running un-checked and a muck for many years," says Dr. David Ridpath, an assistant professor in the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University who follows these investigations (and has personal experience inside them). "None of this is a surprise."
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