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NCAA continues to make columnist’s job easier

What a wild, wild week for University of Miami sports.

There was sublime: the men’s basketball team’s stunning upset of No. 1 Duke.

There was somber: the death of longtime former baseball coach Ron Fraser.

There was surprising: James Coley quitting as FSU offensive coordinator to join Al Golden.

And then there was simply surreal: The NCAA’s long investigation of Miami in the Nevin Shapiro case interrupted by admitted improper conduct by the NCAA itself.

Accomplished readers know our Sunday notes column is part week-in-review, part look-ahead, and that we like to needle, tweak and poke fun. So here is a confession:

It’s been too easy lately.

I mean, Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o were like gifts from above. Jeffrey Loria is always ripe and readily available. Jeff Ireland is behind the break-in-case-of-emergency glass just in case.

And now this!

The people investigating UM now investigating themselves!? Too perfect, too easy.

The crux of the NCAA’s investigation of Miami, of course, centers on “a lack of institutional control.”

We may now state unequivocally that was the case and punishment is due.

Yes, clearly, NCAA president Mark Emmert is guilty of a lack of institutional control.

Earl Weaver Stan “The Man” Musial




Miami and Marlins Park lost out to Cincinnati for the 2015 All-Star Game, thanks to Marlins owner Loria angering baseball with his latest payroll slash. Loria leads the league in destroying momentum and goodwill.

The Pro Bowl, on Sunday in Hawaii, is the kickoff to Super Bowl Week. The Pro Bowl is the all-star game the NFL might discontinue because so many players drop out or don’t care. The Pro Bowl as an appetizer to the Super Bowl is a like a bowl of dog poo as an appetizer to filet mignon.

Colin Kaepernick

Wes Welker’s Ray Lewis lie

Broward’s Sloane Stephens, 19, upset her idol Serena Williams in the Australian Open. But this weekend’s finals — Victoria Azarenka vs. Li Na on Saturday, Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray on Sunday — only reminds us that American tennis is in need of performance enhancement.

LeBron James Chris Bosh Dwight Howard Dwyane Wade Erik Spoelstra



Tim Brown Bill Callahan Jon Gruden



Carl Pavano



Chris Kaman

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Tony Sparano

Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Parting thought:

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