CORAL GABLES, Fla. - A Florida senator wants the state's attorney general to investigate the NCAA's actions during its probe of the University of Miami's athletic program.
Joe Abruzzo wrote the letter to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, saying in part: "NCAA Enforcement Staff violated its own rules and engaged in corrupt behavior in an attempt to manufacture misdeeds against the University of Miami. In so doing, the NCAA has demonstrated a lack of institutional control and may have engaged in unfair trade practices in violation of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA), Chapter 501, Florida Statutes. Since your office is the enforcing authority of FDUTPA, I am requesting that the NCAA's admitted wrongdoing be investigated immediately before the NCAA's witch hunt against the University of Miami causes further damage."
READ: Abruzzo's letter
The notice of allegations was delivered to Miami on Tuesday, and the university is facing the charge that it had a "lack of institutional control" — one of the worst things the NCAA can levy against a member school. The charge revolves around how the school allegedly failed to monitor conduct of Nevin Shapiro, a rogue booster and convicted felon who provided cash, gifts and other items to players on the football and men's basketball teams.
University President Donna Shalala said Tuesday night that the Hurricanes have suffered enough already through self-imposed sanctions.
A source told the Associated Press assistant coaches Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill and Jorge Fernandez provided false or misleading information during the probe.
The university has 90 days to respond to the Notice of Allegations before a hearing before the NCAA's infractions committee.
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