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Report: Miami was alerted earlier to NCAA conflict of interest

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The NCAA reportedly made the University of Miami aware of its relationship with the lawyer of booster Nevin Shapiro a week before the governing body released a statement on its misconduct.

CBSSports.com reported that at least once last month NCAA enforcement official LuAnn Humphrey read a prepared statement by phone to an individual involved in the case. She did not take questions.

"That's how they notified they had an issue," said a source. "They called a meeting with each involved party and basically said, 'We want to let you know we've discovered this issue.' They read a statement and said, 'If you have any questions, call (NCAA's general counsel) Donald Remy.' "

Last month, the NCAA paused its investigation of Miami after an internal probe found the NCAA vice president of enforcement approved a payment to former Maria Elena Perez, who is Shapiro's attorney, in order to obtain information in the NCAA investigation of the school.

According to an earlier CBSSports.com report, Perez was paid to depose two people connected to Shapiro in a bankruptcy proceeding in Dec., 2011.

The incident was crucial in the NCAA's decision to put its case against Miami on hold while it reviewed possible improper conduct within its own organization during its investigation.

The NCAA said in a release last month that former enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for Shapiro, a former Miami booster at the center of a 2011 Yahoo Sports report that claimed 72 athletes received extra benefits, to improperly obtain information through a bankruptcy proceeding that did not involve the NCAA.

The NCAA has launched its own comprehensive investigation led by Kenneth L. Wainstein, a partner in a New York law firm and a former Homeland Security adviser to Presdident George W. Bush. The review will include the Miami issue and a comprehensive review of the NCAA's overall enforcement practices.

The NCAA announced last month that it will not move forward with a Notice of Allegations against Miami "until all the facts surrounding this issue are known."

Miami already imposed self-imposed sanctions that included a two-year postseason bowl ban for its football program.
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