UM Has No Choice But Impose Bowl Ban

CORAL GABLES — An investigator since fired by the NCAA accused his former employer of trying to prematurely end the probe into University of Miami infractions, according to emails in new court filings in the Nevin Shapiro bankruptcy case.

Ameen Najjar, the NCAA enforcement director until his May 2012 firing, sent multiple emails to Shapiro's jail account to explain why the case against UM was crumbling, according to documents obtained by the Sun Sentinel. Najjar also criticized the NCAA's handling of Penn State's unprecedented sanctions relating to the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal, but focused on the governing body's handling of the Miami case.

"My belief is that they simply want to get the case done, even if it is half or only one quarter done," Najjar wrote to Shapiro on May 21, 2012, less than a week after his firing. "I don't know if it is simply to meet some arbitrary timeline or the upper levels are trying to save Miami. I suspect it's the latter."

In all, seven emails, an Associated Press article and a letter from Najjar to a New Jersey judge were entered as exhibits in the Tuesday filing. The letter, dated June 3, 2011, detailed the assistance Shapiro provided in the Miami investigation and suggested a future for the jailed former booster as a consultant for the NCAA.

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