Emmert said the NCAA was trying to find out why part of the investigation was based on depositions specific to the bankruptcy case against Shapiro, who will have to repay $82.7 million to his victims as part of his sentence. And the timing of this also is curious. Several people who were to be named in the NCAA’s notice of allegations against Miami have been told that the document was in the final stages of preparation — and one person who spoke with the AP said at least one person who was to face a charge of wrongdoing was told the letter was scheduled for delivery to Miami on Tuesday.
Now it’s anyone’s guess when that will happen.
Emmert said the NCAA learned of the alleged misconduct, in part, through legal bills presented by Shapiro’s attorney for work that was not properly approved by the organization’s general counsel’s office.
‘‘One of the questions that has to be answered, unequivocally, is what was the nature of that contractual arrangement and what was all the activity that that individual was involved with,’’ Emmert said. ‘‘There is some uncertainty about all of that and it’s one of the first orders of business for the firm that we've hired to investigate.’’
The Hurricanes’ athletic compliance practices have been probed by the NCAA for nearly two years. Allegations of wrongdoing involving Miami’s football and men’s basketball programs became widely known in August 2011 when Yahoo Sports published accusations brought by Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year term in federal prison for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme.
Miami has self-imposed two football postseason bans in response to the investigation. The Hurricanes also would have played in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game this past season, meaning they could have qualified for the Orange Bowl.
‘‘In my two-and-a-half years I've certainly never seen anything like this, and don’t want to see it again,’’ Emmert said.