Coral Gables, FL – The NCAA revealed that it has uncovered an issue of improper conduct within its enforcement program during the Miami- Florida investigation.
NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Wednesday that former enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for Nevin Shapiro "to improperly obtain information ... through a bankruptcy proceeding that did not involve the NCAA."
The NCAA will not deliver allegations against the Hurricanes' football and basketball programs until the facts surrounding the investigation are known.
"I have been vocal in the past regarding the need for integrity by NCAA member schools, athletics administrators, coaches, and student-athletes," Emmert said. "That same commitment to integrity applies to all of us in the NCAA national office."
The NCAA has hired Kenneth L. Wainstein, a partner with the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP to conduct the investigation.
"To say the least, I am angered and saddened by this situation. Trust and credibility are essential to our regulatory tasks," Emmert said. "My intent is to ensure our investigatory functions operate with integrity and are fair and consistent with our member schools, athletics staff and most importantly our student-athletes."