The failures of the NCAA as of late have been well documented. The State of Pennsylvania is suing the governing body of collegiate athletics for the way it managed the Penn State scandal, while the University of Miami is preparing for a battle with the oft-maligned organization.
On Tuesday, NCAA president Mark Emmert decided it was appropriate to hand Miami their Notice of Allegations despite the fact that the NCAA botched the investigation by improperly receiving information. Not to mention that the NCAA’s case is built on the testimony of Nevin Shapiro, the man who was responsible for lying and getting Miami into the mess in the first place, as well as the orchestrator of a $930 million Ponzi scheme.
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Instead of taking the chance to lick his wounds and allow Miami to move on from the self-imposed sanctions the university levied upon itself over the past two and a half years, Emmert did the exact opposite.
The move prompted Miami president Donna Shalala to respond with a very heavy message aimed right at the NCAA; one that shows Miami is ready to roll up it’s sleeve and duke this thing out.
The disapproval of Emmert didn’t stop with Shalala, however, as thousands took to Twitter to voice their opinions on Emmert, most notably Jay Bilas.
Mr. Emmert: Your resignation is not just appropriate, it is required.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) February 19, 2013
There’s no filter on this subject, because frankly it has been handled that poorly. Bilas wouldn’t typically call out a man with the power of Emmert, especially with his position as one of the faces/voices of NCAA basketball for ESPN, but there comes a point when enough is enough.
Bilas has spoken and in a very public manner, now we’d like to here what you think.
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