Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Miami-Florida can play in a bowl game
this year after the NCAA announced penalties stemming from an investigation
into booster-related activities.
The Hurricanes will lose three football scholarships in each of the next three
seasons for a total of nine, but this year's team will finally be able to play
in the postseason after the school had self-imposed a bowl ban since the
investigation officially began in August 2011.
Miami, which is off to a 6-0 start this year, sat out the postseason in 2011
and again last year. The Hurricanes would have reached the ACC title game in
2012, but the university decided to continue its postseason ban while the
investigation dragged on.
The NCAA began looking into the football and basketball programs after reports
surfaced that players were given gifts and extra benefits from booster Nevin
Shapiro, who is now serving a 20-year jail sentence for running an alleged
Former Miami basketball coach Frank Haith, currently the head coach at
Missouri, was given a five-game suspension from the NCAA for his role, while
former Miami assistant basketball coach Jorge Fernandez was slapped with a
two-year show-cause penalty.
The NCAA also penalized Miami one basketball scholarship per year over the
next three years and placed the athletic program on three years' probation.
According to the NCAA report, Shapiro entertained student-athletes and
prospects at his home, on his yacht and in restaurants and clubs for a period
of about a decade. Approximately 30 student-athletes were involved, while some
coaches provided false information during the investigation.
The investigation itself had its problems. In February, the NCAA acknowledged
that some mistakes were made by its own enforcement department. According to
the review, staff enforcement members knowingly circumvented legal advice to
engage Shapiro's criminal defense attorney, violated the internal NCAA policy
of legal counsel and did not sufficiently consider the membership's
understanding about the limits of the enforcement staff's investigative
Overall, the NCAA said 18 general allegations of misconduct were involved in
the case and the school lacked institutional control related to the conduct of
The school self-imposed numerous penalties, which the NCAA considered in its
final verdict, including the postseason football ban, paid visits by recruits
and a reduction of the recruiting contact period.
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