Shabazz Watch

Today’s the day. Shabazz Muhammad’s appeal will be heard by the NCAA, bringing at a months-long ordeal at least one step closer to conclusion. Barring unexpected delays, a result should be determined to either make him eligible immediately, or force him to go through a reinstatement process. Ben Howland said after the Bruins’ Thursday night win that he was “praying and hopeful,” which is probably what everyone else in the program is feeling as well. The big development in past days was the L.A. Times’ report that an attorney overheard someone on a flight say that his girlfriend — who appears to be Abigail Granstein, the lead investigator in the Muhammad case — That the account is about three levels of hearsay doesn’t particularly matter, given that the NCAA doesn’t operate by the U.S. judicial system.

We’ll find out today whether that late flurry of negative PR nudges the NCAA to back off Muhammad or stand by its findings. At this point in, neither result would be surprising in what has become a circus of an investigation.

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  • drakejr

    Jack, don’t try to do “legal analysis.” You are an even worse lawyer than you are a blogger. The NCAA still follows the US Legal System by following the Administrative Procedures Act. The decisions of the NCAA can be reviewed by a court via a Writ of Mandate (there are other means, but that’s the primary method.)

    While hearsay is often admissible in administrative procedures, it doesn’t even have to be admitted as hearsay. Hearsay is an out of court statement offer for the truth of the matter asserted. While you could submit this evidence for the truth of the matter, you could also argue, quite convincingly, that even the appearance of bias is sufficient. Therefore, not hearsay.