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08:15 AM ET 02.20 | The University of Miami's leadership has sharpened its elbows. With the preliminaries out of the way, Donna Shalala is ready for the main event. In other words, the NCAA better get ready for the battle to continue in court. Or worse -- Capitol Hill. For the second straight day, Miami's president came out smoking against the NCAA. Shalala released a scathing statement Tuesday night in the wake of her school receiving its notice of allegations in the Nevin Shapiro case. The AP reported that the NCAA has accused Miami of lack of institutional control. Shalala is thinking the same thing a lot of us are: Who's calling who out of control? ... Don't forget that Shalala is a powerful Democrat who was a former Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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February 20, 2013  09:16 AM ET

I used to hate Shalala, but damn to I applaud her for coming with the guns a blazing....and I agree with her...show your cards, NCAA.

February 20, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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I used to hate Shalala, but damn to I applaud her for coming with the guns a blazing....and I agree with her...show your cards, NCAA.

The best defense is a good offense.

February 20, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Mark Emmert should just pack his bags and walk away giving the U nothing more than time served... If the NCAA finds themselves playing defense against both the U and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I'll bet a few more skeletons will fall out of the NCAA's closet. It's time for Mark Emmert to fall on his own sword before the NCAA member institutions cite him for a "lack of institutional control".

I predict that the U will walk away with no additional punishments and PSU will serve 1 more year of their suspension and the rest will be rescinded.

Mark Emmert will be lucky to find a job as volunteer president of the local little league if he keeps his current course.

February 20, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Mark Emmert should just pack his bags and walk away giving the U nothing more than time served... If the NCAA finds themselves playing defense against both the U and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I'll bet a few more skeletons will fall out of the NCAA's closet. It's time for Mark Emmert to fall on his own sword before the NCAA member institutions cite him for a "lack of institutional control".I predict that the U will walk away with no additional punishments and PSU will serve 1 more year of their suspension and the rest will be rescinded. Mark Emmert will be lucky to find a job as volunteer president of the local little league if he keeps his current course.

I agree that the U has seen the last of their sanctions (and IMO, was too hard on themselves). I don't see Emmertt rescinding Penn St. any, but again, I agree, if he gets too defensive, the Ohio Sts and USCs will start coming out of the wood-work.

February 20, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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I agree that the U has seen the last of their sanctions (and IMO, was too hard on themselves). I don't see Emmertt rescinding Penn St. any, but again, I agree, if he gets too defensive, the Ohio Sts and USCs will start coming out of the wood-work.

The Keystone Kops antics of the NCAA enforcement staff does not, in and of itself, clear Miami of any and all wrong doings. A serious charge of Lack of Instituional Control has been made against the university. It will have to do more than cry in public and to their friends in high places.

February 20, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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The Keystone Kops antics of the NCAA enforcement staff does not, in and of itself, clear Miami of any and all wrong doings. A serious charge of Lack of Instituional Control has been made against the university. It will have to do more than cry in public and to their friends in high places.

They have done more. They sat out 2 bowl games and the ACC CG; held back scholarships; cut practices; reduced official visits.

What more could they have done? The NCAA is an organization that is run with a lack of integrity and double standards. Shalala called them on it and I'll be very interested to see how they respond.

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February 20, 2013  09:51 AM ET

First star I see tonight,
I wish the Miami "case" blows Emmert & his cronies out of the NCAA.

February 20, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Keystone Kops antics of the NCAA enforcement staff does not, in and of itself, clear Miami of any and all wrong doings. A serious charge of Lack of Instituional Control has been made against the university. It will have to do more than cry in public and to their friends in high places.

This.

February 20, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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I used to hate Shalala, but damn to I applaud her for coming with the guns a blazing....and I agree with her...show your cards, NCAA.

LOL, how can the NCAA "show their cards"??? The NCAA are still looking for their cards at USC!!!!

February 20, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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The best defense is a good offense.

You really think its smart to get people involved who have subpoena power? The whole reason this is an issue is that the ncaa couldn't get any of those involved to talk.

If you get the threat of perjury and jailtime, it could bring the death penalty.

February 20, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I used to hate Shalala, but damn to I applaud her for coming with the guns a blazing....and I agree with her...show your cards, NCAA.

Agreed , It is a well known fact that the NCAA has had a personal grudge against the U dating back into the 80's . I am almost positive the NCAA is going to try and trip up the Basketball program now that they are relevant , and probably lay down their penalties right before the tournament of 64 begins.

February 20, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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LOL, how can the NCAA "show their cards"??? The NCAA are still looking for their cards at USC!!!!

Give Reggie his trophy back, I say!

February 20, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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Agreed , It is a well known fact that the NCAA has had a personal grudge against the U dating back into the 80's . I am almost positive the NCAA is going to try and trip up the Basketball program now that they are relevant , and probably lay down their penalties right before the tournament of 64 begins.

I was watching the game and thought the same thing - this thing will blow up right before Final Four!

February 20, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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You really think its smart to get people involved who have subpoena power? The whole reason this is an issue is that the ncaa couldn't get any of those involved to talk. If you get the threat of perjury and jailtime, it could bring the death penalty.

If this goes before Congress, those who the NCAA couldn't compel to talk won't be called. Congress won't be investigating the Hurricanes, it'll be the NCAA under the microscope. Their practices and procedures will be called into question as will the methods they employed during the Miami investigation. The NCAA's use of the Freeh report to penalize PSU will be reviewed as will their use of an outside attorney who's own credibility has been called into question previously. The NCAA has no one to blame but themselves here.

February 20, 2013  11:09 AM ET
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Give Reggie his trophy back, I say!

LOL, If I were Reggie, I would have "NEVER" gave it up!!!! :-)

February 20, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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If this goes before Congress, those who the NCAA couldn't compel to talk won't be called. Congress won't be investigating the Hurricanes, it'll be the NCAA under the microscope. Their practices and procedures will be called into question as will the methods they employed during the Miami investigation. The NCAA's use of the Freeh report to penalize PSU will be reviewed as will their use of an outside attorney who's own credibility has been called into question previously. The NCAA has no one to blame but themselves here.

LMFAO!!! Are you serious???? Do you really think the Congress would get involved in this case?? Hell the Congress has more important things to pass, than getting involved with the NCAA!!!

February 20, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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.... PSU will serve 1 more year of their suspension and the rest will be rescinded.

I disagree with this...the Freeh report was in the public domain and was reviewable by anyone. The NCAA used this report to create whatever punishment package they deemed sufficient. PSU accepted that punishment. It is the State of Pennsylvania fighting the charges, and they have little to no say in how the NCAA interacts with its members. There will be no change in the punishment PSU will undergo.

Miami will also go through the process and will or will not accept the punishment issued by the NCAA. Will the self-imposed punishment be enough is up to the process. The U is (understandably) using the public uproar to try to minimize the punishment it is to recieve.

February 20, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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..... the Congress has more important things to pass............

OT, this Congress has been the most do-nothing group of people in the history of this great nation!!!! They punt on every difficult issue, and it seems the only thing being done is to see which party can be the biggest bunch of babies!

There have been less than 30% of appointees approved, the number of laws passed is at historic lows, etc, etc, etc.

Congress would JUMP at this oppurtunity to look like they can do anything. The only problem is that the only group of people more likely than the NCAA to muck up something IS Congress!!!

 
February 20, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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You really think its smart to get people involved who have subpoena power? The whole reason this is an issue is that the ncaa couldn't get any of those involved to talk. If you get the threat of perjury and jailtime, it could bring the death penalty.

I was referring to Shalala's tactics, not the NCAA's.

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