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Miami releases critical statement following NCAA's admissions

University of Miami President Donna Shalala Miami president Donna Shalala has called for a speedy resolution and no further sanctions from the NCAA. (AP)

It turns out University of Miami president Donna Shalala is not super happy with the way the NCAA has gone flouncing through her school's football program, given the whole "they had Nevin Shapiro's personal attorney on their dime" thing. Monday evening, she released a statement detailing the sanctions already endured by the Hurricanes and asking for a rapid resolution to the interminable process -- a resolution that includes no further punishments:

The University takes full responsibility for the conduct of its employees and student-athletes. Where the evidence of NCAA violations has been substantiated, we have self-imposed appropriate sanctions, including unilaterally eliminating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our students and coaches over the past two years, and disciplining and withholding players from competition.

We believe strongly in the principles and values of fairness and due process. However, we have been wronged in this investigation, and we believe that this process must come to a swift resolution, which includes no additional punitive measures beyond those already self-imposed.

In September 2010-two and a half years ago-the University of Miami advised the NCAA of allegations made by a convicted felon against former players and, at that time, we pledged our full cooperation with any investigation into the matter. One year later, in August 2011, when the NCAA's investigation into alleged rules violations was made public, I pledged we would ‘vigorously pursue the truth, wherever that path may lead' and insisted upon ‘complete, honest, and transparent cooperation with the NCAA from our staff and students.'

The University of Miami has lived up to those promises, but sadly the NCAA has not lived up to their own core principles. The lengthy and already flawed investigation has demonstrated a disappointing pattern of unprofessional and unethical behavior. By the NCAA leadership's own admission, the University of Miami has suffered from inappropriate practices by NCAA staff. There have also been damaging leaks to the media of unproven charges. Regardless of where blame lies internally with the NCAA, even one individual, one act, one instance of malfeasance both taints the entire process and breaches the public's trust.

There must be a strong sense of urgency to bring this to closure. Our dedicated staff and coaches, our outstanding student-athletes, and our supporters deserve nothing less.

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