Joe Nocera for The New York Times: A Little Miami Heat

October 25th, 2013

The New York Times
by Joe Nocera
October 25, 2013

I was about to hang up the phone when Donna Shalala, the former Clinton cabinet secretary who is now the president of the University of Miami, interrupted me. She had something she wanted to say before our interview ended.

“They’re not some foreign entity,” she said, “and we shouldn’t act like they are. University presidents have to demand that they change the way they do business.” Can you guess whom she was referring to? Yes: our old friends at the N.C.A.A.

It was Thursday when we spoke, two days after the N.C.A.A.’s Committee on Infractions unveiled the penalties it was imposing on Miami after a long, tortured — and botched — investigation by the N.C.A.A.’s much-feared enforcement staff.

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