NCAA pilloried over Miami meltdown; more Designated Reads
• So, Miami's having a pretty memorable week. What are we making of Wednesday's revelation that the NCAA has to investigate itself over its investigation of Miami before it can get back to investigating Miami?
Miami president Donna Shalala: "I am frustrated, disappointed and concerned by President Emmert’s announcement today that the integrity of the investigation may have been compromised by the NCAA staff."
Our own Stewart Mandel: "'I'm very concerned about it,' said Emmert. He should be. Just as the NCAA's new, tougher penalties will hold head coaches responsible for violations by their staff members, Emmert is accountable for everything that transpires in Indianapolis. And despite his tough talk on Wednesday, Emmert's leadership has never been more in question."
SB Nation's Robert Wheel: "The NCAA wants to have the privileges of government without any of the responsibilities of governing."
Dana O'Neil: "On Wednesday's conference call, NCAA president Mark Emmert said Nevin Shapiro's lawyer was on the payroll but no one knew, which sounds an awful lot like lack of institutional control. Perhaps Emmert should give himself a show cause?"
Spencer Hall: "The NCAA is an absurd parasite clamped to the cerebrum of college athletics, impairing thought and turning smart people into gibbering zombies intoxicated by false virtue and real dollars. The dignified thing would be for the NCAA to close its own doors and rent their Indianapolis headquarters to a PF Chang's."
• In further nonsense: "Hoax mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, posing as the mysterious Lennay Kekua, was the falsetto voice on the other end of the all-night phone calls with the Notre Dame star, the scammer’s lawyer said." [NYDN]
"Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o admitted to Katie Couric he answered questions about his 'dead,' online girlfriend even after he received a call Dec. 6 from a woman posing as the fake person. Te'o also maintained he played no part in the hoax." [AP]
• Charlie Strong: Because you're worth it. Louisville's skipper gets so very paid.
• Roster blotter. Two Ohio State players, freshman offensive lineman Joey O'Connor and sophomore linebacker Connor Crowell, have left the Buckeyes. • Misc. Andy Staples presents the Class of 2013 All-Namers ... whatever you do, do not think of an elephant ... and it is the offseason. What are we doing here instead of here?