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NCAA Says It Broke Own Rules in Investigation of Miami Athletes

National Collegiate Athletic Association investigators broke the organization’s own rules to get information about University of Miami athletes possibly getting improper benefits, the association said in a press release.

Former NCAA enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for booster Nevin Shapiro, who has said he provided cash and benefits to at least 72 Miami athletes, to obtain information for their investigation.

Since the NCAA doesn’t have subpoena power, it didn’t have the authority to compel testimony. Through bankruptcy proceedings, the NCAA staff got information for their investigation that wouldn’t have been available otherwise, the NCAA said in the statement.

The issue will delay the college sports governing body’s findings on Miami until it gathers all the facts surrounding its own violation of policy, the NCAA said.

“I have been very vocal in the past regarding the need for integrity by NCAA member schools, athletics administrators, coaches, and student-athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “That same commitment to integrity applies to all of us in the NCAA national office.”

Miami declared itself ineligible for bowl play for the second straight football season in November as the investigation continues.

To contact the reporter on this story: Curtis Eichelberger in Wilmington, Delaware at ceichelberge@bloomberg.net

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