An external investigation into a probe of Miami athletics concluded that some NCAA enforcement staff acted contrary to internal protocols, legal counsel and the membership's understanding regarding the limits of its investigative powers.
The report, which was from the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, was released by the NCAA on Monday.
In the wake of the missteps and insufficient oversight, the NCAA named Jonathan Duncan as interim vice president of enforcement. He will replace Julie Roe Lach, whose firing was reported earlier by Yahoo! Sports.
The NCAA said the case against Miami will proceed with information that was properly obtained by the enforcement staff. The investigation surrounds Nevin Shapiro, who claims to have provided benefits to athletes and coaches that are not permissible by NCAA regulations.
The external report says the NCAA went to an attorney for Shapiro and improperly obtained information.
Miami president Donna Shalala issued a statement in response to the external investigation report, saying, in part, "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."
---Indiana held on to the No. 1 spot in both major polls, which were released Monday.
The Hoosiers (23-3) got 43 of 65 first place votes in the AP media poll. No. 2 Miami (21-3) moved up a spot from last week and received 20 top votes. No. 3 Gonzaga (25-2) received the remaining two votes as it climbed two spots.
Indiana received 19 of 31 first place votes in the USA Today coaches poll. No. 2 Miami got seven votes, No. 3 Gonzaga three and No. 4 Florida two.
---California athletic director Sandy Barbour said that it was unacceptable for men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery to shove star guard Allen Crabbe during a timeout of Sunday's game against Southern California. She also said she is confident it would not happen again.
Montgomery later apologized in a statement released by the school.
"I have great passion for this game and tonight, I let my emotions get away from me in the heat of the moment," he said. "While my intent was to motivate our student-athletes, my behavior was inappropriate and I apologize for my actions."
---Former North Carolina State head coach Sidney Lowe was arrested Monday and charged with failing to file state tax returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011, WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., reported..
Lowe is currently an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz after being the Wolfpack's head coach from 2006 to 2011.
Lowe, 53, faces three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file a North Caroline Individual Income Tax Return and was placed under a $10,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 19.
---New York Rangers winger Darroll Powe has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion sustained in a collision with Washington Caitals forward Matt Hendricks on Sunday.
--Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setoguchi is scheduled to have a hearing on Tuesday with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan regarding his cross-check of Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey in the face on Sunday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.