News and views on the NCAA’s UM investigation:
• What stood out about the NCAA enforcement staff’s response to UM’s motion to dismiss were glaring omissions and some dubious defense of NCAA conduct.
As UM’s motion asserted, 20 of the NCAA’s allegations against UM are “without any corroboration from involved parties other than Nevin Shapiro. … Many were denied by involved former student athletes. … If Shapiro described a given allegation on more than one occasion, they considered it… self-corroboration and included the allegation.”
Among those, we hear: Shapiro giving $50,000 to Vince Wilfork. Also, the NCAA alleged 48 players received VIP access and beverage services from Shapiro; UM says there’s corroborating evidence for only four.
What’s more, “the enforcement staff also included several allegations that were only substantiated by Mimi Menoscal, Shapiro’s ex-girlfriend. Menoscal in 2010 plead guilty to stealing at least $380,000 by running a sham wholesale shipping company that kept up-front payments without ever shipping any products.”
So what did NCAA interim vice president of enforcement Jonathan Duncan say about all this in his response? Nothing, beyond claiming this “is an improper time” to debate Shapiro’s credibility. Expect Shapiro’s credibility to be a major focus of UM’s defense in its mid-June hearing.
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