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Wed October 23, 2013

UM President Shalala Lauded For Handling Of NCAA Investigation

University of Miami president Donna Shalala smiles during the second half of the game between the Virginia Cavaliers against the Miami Hurricanes at BankUnited Center in Miami on Feb. 19.
University of Miami president Donna Shalala smiles during the second half of the game between the Virginia Cavaliers against the Miami Hurricanes at BankUnited Center in Miami on Feb. 19.
Credit David Santiago / EL NUEVO HERALD

She stands barely five feet tall, but she tackled healthcare and welfare as a member of President Bill Clinton’s cabinet. She played second base for the West Boulevard Annie Oakleys as a kid in Cleveland in the 1950s. She lived in a mud hut and coached soccer in Iran while serving in the Peace Corps in the 1960s.

It should come as no surprise, then, that University of Miami President Donna Shalala — a power-broker they call “Boom Boom” — was unafraid to take on the NCAA over the Nevin Shapiro booster investigation.

Tuesday morning, after accepting the NCAA’s sanctions against the Hurricanes athletic program and deeming them “fair,” Shalala told the Miami Herald “it was very clear we broke NCAA rules, and we admitted that and were penalized appropriately for it.”

She then apologized to the fans and community, shed light on how she handled media criticism, and explained what she and the school had learned from the scandal and how they are working to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Shalala drew on her experience as a shrewd politician throughout the 2 ½-year saga, calculating every move with the help of her legal staff.

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