Feb. 11, 2013
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Six professors recommend NCAA seek independent investigation
The Student-Athletes Human Rights Project (SAHRP) recommended to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) president Dr. Mark Emmert that the governing organization partner with outside agencies when it explores allegations of unethical behavior. SAHRP director Dr. Emmett Gill believes the NCAA investigation as to why Miami attorney Maria Elena Perez was paid $20,000 by the NCAA enforcement staff and the impact of the information on the University of Miami student-athletes rights is of profound importance for college athletics. SAHRP seeks to help advocate and support student-athletes accused of NCAA bylaw violations.
The SAHRP, a non-profit organization, also points to the integrity of other recent NCAA investigations including the 2010 UNC football investigation. "The more I think about it, the more I come to grips with the reality that this investigative technique is not something new for the NCAA”, says Gill, “apparently playing unfair is a part of the NCAA’s culture."
The recommendation for an independent investigation is supported by six scholars and advocates, including Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, author of the “Calling Audibles” blog. Mount Shoop believes “strong and healthy institutions recognize the need for differing perspectives and outside sources of scrutiny and review. They assure that our integrity is robust and not simply rhetorical.”
SAHRP says potential partners for an independent investigation include the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and the Energy and Commerce Committee.