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Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 5:31 pm
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Miami has been “incredibly cooperative” in the Nevin Shapiro case, NCAA president Mark Emmert told CBSSports.com. But at the same time the NCAA’s highest-ranking official reiterated his view that the death penalty should be used as deterrent in certain cases.

Emmert was widely quoted after the Shapiro report broke in August saying, that, hypothetically, the death penalty was an option in the Miami case. He repeated that again recently without speaking specifically about Miami.

“My position hypothetically was, no, you can’t take that [death penalty] off the table,” Emmert told CBSSports.com in a one-on-one interview. “We’re going to need whatever penalty structure we need to get people to behave themselves. If that entails – in extraordinary situations – the death penalty, I’m not unwilling to put that on the table.”

When the depth of Shaprio’s influence was revealed, the scandal was called the worst in NCAA history. Since then, there has been competition for that label.

Emmert went out of his way to compliment Miami president Donna Shalala and her role in the ongoing investigation that the NCAA started in the spring. For a sitting NCAA CEO to comment on such a high-profile case as Miami’s is almost unprecedented. For him to drop in compliments in the middle of the case, well, it’s hard to remember if that has ever occurred.

“The reality is that Miami, the university, has been incredibly cooperative,” Emmert said. “[Miami] President Shalala is doing an incredible job of interacting with us. Donna is doing a great job. She is being very, very helpful.”

Emmert did not elaborate, only to say that the NCAA is determined to wipe out third-party influence in football. The Shapiro case is ongoing as is the one involving Houston mentor/talent broker Will Lyles.



Emmert also spoke on other issues:

 

Conference realignment: “We had a situation a few months ago where it felt like June 1914. Everybody had their hand on the trigger and waiting for somebody to flinch. People weren’t necessarily making rational choices for rational reasons. We watched friendships, collegiality and trust blown up. That’s not the way universities are supposed to handle themselves.”

Emmert was most likely talking about Texas A&M’s June-September fling that resulted in its move to the SEC.

“I’d love to see something like a waiting period almost. Kind of like what you had with the SEC – the Securities and Exchange Commission. If you buy a company you have to vet it out. We saw that with Missouri. ‘Yeah, we’re thinking about this.’ It was a pretty rational process.

“We don’t have a formal role in all that [conference realignment]. Universities have to be able to make those decisions. Nobody should tell a university who they’re going to be a conference affiliate with. What I want is a system or a process by which schools can make up their minds -- optimally, deliberately without any rancor and politics of it.”

 

Recent NCAA reforms: “This is really the first wave. I’m extremely pleased. It was heartening to see the kind of support a pretty big change in a short period of time garnered … We made a clear statement about where I’ll our values were. The next wave will be around the rulebook, be around the way we do enforcement and the way we insist on integrity.”

On some criticisms of those reforms: (Some critics have said the $2,000 stipend was instituted too soon and/or won’t make much of a difference.) “You know the history of the NCAA. In the past when we wanted to make some decisions we started down a good road but then you say, ‘There’s this wrinkle and that wrinkle.’ By the time you’re done, you’ve got mush. This time we’re saying this is where we want to be.”


On pending legislation to address the Cecil Newton situation: (There is pending legislation that would label a parent a booster/agent if that parent solicited money from a school for the child’s services.) “We’ll see it coming out of this current task force on enforcement and infractions -- language that defines third parties to include family members, guardians, etc. That will have a very, very positive impact … That will be an integral part of the wave of reform around those issues. As you know, the intrusion of third parties…is ubiquitous and can be extremely pernicious. We’ve got to get our arms around it.”

The NCAA’s role in football’s postseason: “We have to be involved all the way along. Even though we don’t govern [FBS] postseason football, we certainly have rules about it. We’re debating right now the length of the season. How long the bowl season should be. Everybody wants to shrink it a bit. As we’re doing that, we have to then work with the conferences to say, ‘All right, what are you thinking about with the BCS?’ “

 

His hiring of Nick Saban at LSU in 2000: (Emmert was then LSU’s president.) “His record at Michigan State was very impressive in that he had taken a team that was floundering and having a lot of NCAA problems. By the time he’d spent five years there they were ranked eighth or ninth in the country. They beat Michigan once in a while. That’s a tough place to win at, Michigan State.

“I didn’t know him I hadn’t met him but when I sat with him his football mentality, his analytical nature, the clear game plan for what you needed to do at LSU were just pretty stunning. It was a very, very easy choice.”

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Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

Both of these schools should receive penalties that are as severe as the ones USC received.

The so called "crimes" would not fit the punishment compared to a USC like situation.  Take a look at Boise State's situation and what they received from the NCAA.  Much worse than OSU and/or Miami put together.  In other words, check your facts before blogging (Don't be a Dodd).  

Both of these teams are terrible this season, and are going to a minor Bowl game

Miami is not even bowl eligble yet.

If they were smart (and they are NOT

Miami is lucky to have one of the greatest and smartest president's at the helm in Donna Shalala.  She is the reason why Emmert would say Miami has been very cooperative.  Last I checked, OSU has some pretty wise people on the board too.  

they would have voluntarily banned themselves from Post Season play this year, when their teams are terrible, instead of waiting for the NCAA to do it for them.

Miami will probably impose a bowl ban when their season ends IF they feel it is necessary.  If the don't, the NCAA bowl ban would be imposed after all the bowl games have been played anyway.  

This is why no one shows up at Miami games.

You really did great research before commenting.  Check Miami's attendance dating back to the '80s.  Attendance at the Orange Bowl was nada until a big game came to town such as Florida State.  Being a season ticket holder for over 15 years, I can attest to sitting in a crowd of 20-25k when a decent squad/top 25 comes to town.  Do I care?  No, I goto support my alma mater.  

I love how the haters always bring up the attendance, yet Miami still attracts athletes to come play.  Maybe that student to teacher ratio actually means something on top of being a private school for an education instead of sitting in a class of 500 other students.  
 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

Teres, your blind contempt for all things Ohio State has clouded your rational judgement.  Aside from Tressel failing to report what he knew, Ohio St has been fully cooperative and "transparent" with the NCAA.  Even Tressel's misdoing, once discovered, was self reported by the school.  To this point, OSU has self-punished itself by vacating 12 victories and two titles from last season (keep in mind OSU vacated a full season of wins even though the players would have only had 5 game suspensions), OSU gave back its bowl earnings, suspended multiple players for multiple games (Pryor and Posey alone account for 22-24 suspended games), OSU forced the retirement of Jim Tressel, has instituted a 2 year probation period and has given up 5 scholarships.  We Buckeye fans fully expect there will be more in the way of punishment when the NCAA finally rules on the matter, but  what OSU has already done is far from an insignificant slap on the wrist.



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:27 pmScore: 103 

Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

So this whole Miami situation has been pretty much..... silent throughout the season.

I guess because Miami is so irrelevent in College Football and average around 5000 fans for home games, but still.

Are they going to get the Death Penalty? Does'nt seem like it.

But they should be banned from going to bowl games right? And lose scholarships?

The bowl ban wont matter much. Miami is'nt good enough to go to be eligible for bowl games anyways.

Maybe Miami should join Conference-USA? Atleast then they would be more competitive.



DUDE,  WHERE THE HELL DID YOU GET YOUR EDUMACATION?  LET ME BREAK IT DOWN TO YOUR LEVEL......

YEP, YOU IS RIGHT THAT MIAMI AIN'T THAT GREAT RIGHTS ABOUT NAW....BUT HEY ALL THEM THAR TEAMS HAVE A DOWN YEAR OR FEW.  I SURE DO KNOW ITS HARD TO COUNT UPTA 5000 BUT YOU WUZ EGGZAJURATIN RIGHT THAR.

GIVE IT A REST MAN, OPINIONS ARE LIKE A**HOLES....EVERYONE'S GOT ONE AND MOST OF THEM STINK.

 




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Emmert: gladly sweeping OSU under the carpet

Notice how nobody asked him about his conflict of interest in THE Ohio State University's case becuase of his prior relationship with BFF/mentor Gordon Gee?  Notice how OSU wasn't even mentioned at all?  Why do I get the feeling that Gordon Gee and THE Ohio State University will walk away from their myriad violations with nothing resembling the punishment they should get?
 
The dirtiest program in college football is now an aftertought becuase Miami "cooperated."  So, the program that cooperates fully will get hammered, and the one that stonewalls and denies everything that hasn't been documented by someone else will get off with the proverbial slap on the wrist.  In the NCAA, the old adage still stands, with a slight twist:

"It's not how many rules you violate; it's who you know." 



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Emmert: gladly sweeping OSU under the carpet

Notice how nobody asked him about his conflict of interest in THE Ohio State University's case becuase of his prior relationship with BFF/mentor Gordon Gee?  Notice how OSU wasn't even mentioned at all?  Why do I get the feeling that Gordon Gee and THE Ohio State University will walk away from their myriad violations with nothing resembling the punishment they should get?
 
The dirtiest program in college football is now an aftertought becuase Miami "cooperated."  So, the program that cooperates fully will get hammered, and the one that stonewalls and denies everything that hasn't been documented by someone else will get off with the proverbial slap on the wrist.  In the NCAA, the old adage still stands, with a slight twist:

"It's not how many rules you violate; it's who you know." 



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:51 am
 

Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

I find it ironic that a guy who uses the staement "if they were smart" he would botch the english language and follow it with "they would voluntarily banned themselves".  He is from Georgia so that explains a lot.  Yikes



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:28 am
 

Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

I do not think that Mimai will get the "Death Penalty" but there is no doubt that the U is one of the most dirtiest schools in the NCAA and should be dealt with rather severely.  The same holds true for Ohio State.  Both of these schools should receive penalties that are as severe as the ones USC received.  Both of these teams are terrible this season, and are going to a minor Bowl game, at best.  If they were smart (and they are NOT), they would have voluntarily banned themselves from Post Season play this year, when their teams are terrible, instead of waiting for the NCAA to do it for them.  Miami has a long ways to go before becoming a decent team, and when the NCAA imposes sanctions on them, that road is going to get a lot longer.  This is why no one shows up at Miami games.



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:59 am
 

Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

Your a joke, Miami has more than 5000 fans on avg.  The Death Penalty thing was way over exagerated, you have no inside info or reason to believe that Miami should lose schollys or anything else for that matter.  Go worry about your own school and dont worry bout what is going on in Miami.  Miami will be bowl eligible after this weekend so not sure why you think they arent good enough. 



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:34 am
 

Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

If the death penalty is not used on Penn State, forget it and put it away forever. An entire athletic department putting the program ahead of children for over a decade. Real laws were broken and there were real victims. Makes SMU look like peanuts. And compared to Miami, with one rogue booster, who has no ties to the school, while PSU is covering for Sandusky to protect the program? Covering time and time again, year after year, person after person, just to protect the football program. That ladies and gents is indeed - LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL. Oh I know, they have to many fans, boosters, and alumni to get the death penalty. That's reserved for small "name" schools like a USC, SMU, or Miami with small fan and alumni bases. Give the perception of taking a stand, but lets not do it against someone without firepower in numbers like Nebraska, Penn St., Texas, OSU. What a joke.



Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Emmert: Miami being "incredibly cooperative"

So this whole Miami situation has been pretty much..... silent throughout the season.

I guess because Miami is so irrelevent in College Football and average around 5000 fans for home games but still.

Are they going to get the Death Penalty? Does'nt seem like it.

But they should be banned from going to bowl games right? And lose scholarships?

The bowl ban wont matter much. Miami is'nt good enough to go to be eligible for bowl games anyways.

Maybe Miami should join Conference-USA? Atleast then they would be more competitive.


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