Sources: Botched investigation favors Haith
FEB 01, 2013 11:29a ET
One source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the NCAA's recent admission that it had uncovered improper conduct within its own enforcement program during the investigation of Haith could mean that much of the alleged evidence against Haith is tainted.
The NCAA admitted that its enforcement program had no authority to obtain information through bankruptcy proceedings of disgraced Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who reportedly paid $10,000 to a family member of former Miami player DeQuan Jones and then reportedly was repaid by a member of Haith's staff while Haith was at Miami.
The NCAA also admitted that former enforcement staffers paid, without authorization, the defense attorney for Shapiro to improperly obtain information through those bankruptcy proceedings.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said last week, "We have no interest in pursuing a case based on information garnered through inappropriate behavior."
But Emmert added, "We have a great amount of evidence compiled and only some portion of it is a result of this conduct."
Emmert did not indicate what specific information was obtained through improper conduct by the enforcement program.
But a source said that there could be a "ripple effect" of how the improper information against Haith was obtained, meaning some of the questions asked during the investigation may not have even been considered without first obtaining the improper information.
"That could put into question almost all of the information obtained," the source said.
CBSSports.com, citing an anonymous source, had reported last week that Haith was expected to receive a letter of allegations from the NCAA within a week. But the NCAA indicated it would not move forward with a notice of allegations (NOA) until it had completed an external review of the enforcement program, a process that could take weeks.
It is possible, too, that the NCAA's Committee on Infractions may throw out the case against Haith if it finds the procedural errors committed during the investigation "damage the NCAA's credibility," the source said.
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