Football Bowl Subdivision
          === NCAA report details missteps in Miami investigation ===
 Indianapolis,  IN (Sports  Network) -  The  NCAA released  an external  report
 Monday,  centering  on improper conduct  within its enforcement program during
 the Miami-Florida investigation.
 A  review conducted  by Kenneth  L.  Wainstein, a  partner with  the law  firm
 Cadwalader,  Wickersham  & Taft LLP,  said select NCAA enforcement staff acted
 contrary   to  internal   protocols,  legal   counsel  and   the  membership's
 understanding about the limits of its investigative powers.
 "With  the  completion of  the external enforcement  review, we recognize that
 certain investigative tactics used in portions of the University of Miami case
 failed our membership," said NCAA president Mark Emmert in a statement Monday.
 "As  I stated before, we are committed to making the necessary improvements to
 our enforcement processes and ensuring our actions are consistent with our own
 values and member expectations."
 The  review focused  specifically on  the enforcement  staff's use  of outside
 counsel  and  the federal  bankruptcy process to  determine whether staff took
 inappropriate  steps in  their efforts to secure testimony and records, and if
 so, determine how that happened.
 Miami's  football program  had come  under  fire after  reports surfaced  that
 players  were  given gifts and extra  benefits from Nevin Shapiro, now serving
 jail time for running an alleged Ponzi scheme.
 The NCAA's investigation began in August 2011.
 According   to  the  external  review,  staff  enforcement  members  knowingly
 circumvented  legal  advice to  engage  Shapiro's  criminal defense  attorney;
 violated  the  internal NCAA policy  of legal  counsel only being retained and
 monitored  by the legal staff; paid insufficient attention to the concern that
 engaging  the  criminal defense  attorney  could  constitute an  inappropriate
 manipulation  of the bankruptcy process; and did not sufficiently consider the
 membership's  understanding  about  the  limits  of  the  enforcement  staff's
 investigative powers.
 The  NCAA  said the  information gained through  the bankruptcy proceedings or
 other  evidence derived  from  that process  will  not be  used  in the  Miami
 investigative record.
 With  the  external review  now completed,  the NCAA could  soon issue Miami a
 notice of allegations.
 02/18 15:33:24 ET