Posted October 22, 2013

Miami football to lose nine scholarships over three years; no bowl ban from NCAA

Miami Hurricanes, Nevin Shapiro
Miami Hurricanes

Miami will not receive a bowl ban as part of NCAA sanctions, according to reports. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Following a lengthy investigation of Miami’s athletic department, the NCAA announced on Tuesday that it had docked the Hurricanes’ football program nine scholarships over the next three years. The NCAA did not, however, ban the team from playing in bowl games. Joe Rose of WQAM in Miami was the first to break the news.

In its report, the NCAA cited a lack of institutional control as the reason for the Hurricanes’ decade of violations:

The University of Miami lacked institutional control when it did not monitor the activities of a major booster, the men’s basketball and football coaching staffs, student-athletes and prospects for a decade, according to findings by the Division I Committee on Infractions.

Many of Miami’s violations were undetected by the university over a 10-year period, and they centered on a booster entertaining prospects and student-athletes at his home, on his yacht and in various restaurants and clubs. Approximately 30 student-athletes were involved with the booster. Several football coaches, three men’s basketball coaches and two athletics department staff members were also involved in the case. These staff members had a poor understanding of NCAA rules or felt comfortable breaking them. Furthermore, some of the coaches provided false information during the enforcement staff and university’s investigation.

The Hurricanes’ three-year probation will end on Oct. 21, 2016.

Miami sat out the last two postseasons as part of self-imposed penalties in the wake of a scandal over improper benefits provided to players by rogue booster Nevin Shapiro. News of the scandal first broke in August 2011, before current Hurricanes coach Al Golden had ever coached a game.

As a result of the NCAA’s findings on impermissible texts and phone calls to recruits, the organization also gave former Hurricanes football assistant coaches Aubrey Hill and Clint Hurtt two-year show cause penalties. Hurtt is currently the defensive line coach at Louisville, while Hill is the head coach at Miami’s Carol City High.

The NCAA also suspended former Miami basketball coach Frank Haith — now the coach at Missouri — for the first five games of the 2013-14 season. Haith must attend an NCAA regional rules seminar at the end of the current academic year. The Hurricanes’ men’s basketball program will lose one scholarship in each of the next three years:

In its report, the NCAA has also ordered Miami to closely monitor its coaches’ future contact with recruits: “For all sports, any staff member who sends an impermissible text to a prospect will be fined a minimum of $100 per message, and coaches will be suspended from all recruiting activities for seven days.”

Miami accepted the NCAA’s findings in a statement, and university president Donna Shalala offered an apology to fans.

“The Committee on Infractions report closes a challenging chapter in the history of the University of Miami. I am grateful to our coaches, staff, and student-athletes for their dedication to the University and to intercollegiate athletics. I also want to thank Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford for his steadfast support. Finally, I want to apologize to the Hurricane family, as we have asked for your patience, faith, and support during a difficult time. Thank you for standing with us.”

The investigation lasted more than two and a half years. At ACC media days in July, Golden said he hoped the NCAA would hand down its rulings before the beginning of preseason camp.

The seventh-ranked Hurricanes are 6-0.

59 comments
Charliegone
Charliegone

Paul Dee who was on the infractions committee during the USC Reggie Bush/Mayo was also the director of UM when all this crap happened. He pretty much said throw the book at them (at USC), but turned a blind eye to what was happening in house AND that was a lot worse than what happened at USC. Talk about being a hypocrite. Too bad he's dead now. Can't answer any questions or take accountability. Not only that, after USC fired their director they complied with everything the NCAA wanted and they STILL do not want to limit their punishment, but Miami who again, did much worse, gets only 9 scholarships removed. In short, the NCAA is a joke.

RockinRoller32
RockinRoller32

To get an idea of the issue at hand, people don't like the NCAA, but some people still don't want athletes to get paid. Can anyone give me an explanation?

dixie
dixie

OSU and USC must be pissed!!!

captaintax
captaintax

Slap on the wrist! NCAA is an inconsistent joke.  Miami's infractions were unbelievably bad, particularly when compared to USC.  

To summarize: The NCAA let a committee headed by the AD of Miami throw the book at USC and when MIami committed far worse infractions they were give a slap on the wrist.  To rub salt in the wound when USC asked for their penalty to be reduced the NCAA refused while knowing they were about to give Miami far smaller penalties than those given to USC.  CRAZY!

Hell, the NCAA gave the death penalty to SMU for far less>>>>>

buckeye93
buckeye93

I don't know which is the more ineffectual institution, the United States Congress or the NCAA. This ruling is completely incompatible with past NCAA rulings and makes that body look like a clown parade. The worst part is that the NCAA is accountable to no one. They are not required in any way to explain their adjudications and so they just continue to do as they please, all the while thumbing their noses at the universities, the coaches, and the fans.

bhtcld
bhtcld

4 words... NCAA is a JOKE

muser
muser

Mizzery had expected/wanted Haith to be banned permanently and are appealing....

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

Word, exactly what I figured the NCAA would "Punish" the CANES with, NOTHING! GO MIAMI! They're already playing with 9 less Scholi's this Year so it won't affect the Future of Recruiting, this Years Class is FULL of 25 Studs who can play.

playemball
playemball

Congrats to Miami..it's over..now play ball.

Bucky182
Bucky182

Hey, remember that 10-month investigative report on Oklahoma State last month? Neither does anyone else.

macjones
macjones

All I can say to y'all HATERS whom collectively screeched Death Penalty, Death Penalty on Miami, Florida Hurricane football...  La-Dee-Dee, La-Dee-Dah!

Oh, y'all HATERS can bloody well " choke on it!!  "

macjones
macjones

Y'all HATERS need to get a REALITY CHECK!  Because that unethical N.C.A.A. absolutely engaged in DIRTY DEALINGS, and what not, in their TAINTED investigation of the University of Miami, Florida Hurricane football program.

Nevertheless, it's great to be a loyal Hurricane football zealot, today!!

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

So effectively, upcoming recruiting classes get punished for infractions that somebody else committed, when they weren't even yet students at the university.

And the people who actually committed them get off scot-free.

dmitriylaktionov
dmitriylaktionov

If I were a USC AD or president I would be pissed off with the NCAA. I mean Miami, Bama, Auburn (The Cam Newton thing about him not knowing he was going to be paid was a complete joke) and countless other schools have paid for recruits. Yet USC gets 30 scholarships taken away over 3 years. Other schools have either nothing or in Miami's case 9...

If the NCAA is there they should have a set penalty for every school regarding similar infractions. If they took away 30 scholarships from USC the same punishment should be handed out to Miami (lack of institutional control), Auburn (paying 200k for Cam Newton which should have been lack of institutional control), Bama which has paid recruits (Tweets from former players and others) and the list goes on....

MrTemecula
MrTemecula

Both USC and Miami were cited for lack of institutional control; SC for Bush and Mayo for agents, while Miami for coaches and administrators looking the other way when a booster provided strippers and booze for 30 athletes . SC received 2 year bowl ban and lost 30 scholarships over 3 years. Miami was a 2 year bowl ban and 9 scholarships over 3 years. That's pathetic.

Cool
Cool

Come on folks, after the NCAA messed this one up so bad, and got so much bad press, did you really expect anything more?  Can't believe how many of you are already b itching and moaning about it being to easy.  Are you not aware of all that happened?

salvaje50
salvaje50

What a joke.  Miami self-imposed a ban on bowls last year because they knew their team was not that strong and they weren't missing out on much. Yes, they could have gone to the ACC Champ game but they would have lost and they knew it.  Of course, this year they are undefeated and looking for a BCS bowl with lots of financial gain to be made.  Isn't that convenient. 

Joel1
Joel1

The NCAA has lost its teeth.....forever. 

This ruling shows they are finished.

omala24
omala24

WHERE IS SI'S CALL FOR MIAMI'S DEATH PENALTY

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Gee, I bet Miami's wrist sure hurts now.

MichaelSlattery1
MichaelSlattery1

@Charliegone UM has been holding back scholarships and probably has those 9 covered, Chuck. Get over it. Mike Garrett thumbed his nose at the NCAA so USC got hammered. Yeah, 30 was too many but it's too late now, isn't it? 

MichaelSlattery1
MichaelSlattery1

@RockinRoller32 Special treatment, eat like kings, free education. What no one talks about if the 4 year football camp they attend, NFL Prep. I can see athletes getting some spending money but that's about it.

Mel
Mel

@RockinRoller32 I'm always amused by the folks saying they shouldn't be paid. What you typically have are old school fans that are old enough to not quite remember what it's like to struggle your way through college. This isn't some "all must be fair in the world" thing. Football (which I love) and basketball (which I don't care a bit about) are the 2 big money makers for college sports. In business....the place college is supposed to be preparing them for.....the money makers for a company are paid like the money makers. 

MarkCleary
MarkCleary

@captaintax So, please point out to me where in the NCAA (or Yahoo) report it is documented that the University of Miami directly paid players improper benefits.

BigBubba
BigBubba

@buckeye93 NCAA=joke.  They should go on furlough.  Nobody would notice.


But don't make a mistake--OSU deserved a whole lot more than it got whether or not we think the rules are stupid.  They got to choose when their players were suspended (if their players broke the rules, should have been suspended for the bowl game).  And Tressel lied to everyone.  How Gene your AD keeps a job is beyond me.

MichaelSlattery1
MichaelSlattery1

@MikeSchultz Exactly!! They have been holding back so probably have those 9 covered. Get over it, haters!! They DID go after the coaches behind this whole thing. If your position coach tells you it's OK to party on this booster's yacht, what do you think? Get the asst coaches involved and a lot of this BS will stop.

playemball
playemball

@macjones La-Dee-Dee, La-Dee-Dah?..you're a little on the feminine side..correct? Not a Hurricane hater..actually..could care less, but..with your posts..you seem to have known..it could've..and should've been worse?

MarkCleary
MarkCleary

@John NoLastName And this is different from any other NCAA sanctions...how?

Oh, yeah.  Because they took three years trying so desperately to get anything on us that could be corroborated, at the end everyone was gone except Dye, who we threw under the bus. 

mashley278
mashley278

@dmitriylaktionov Sorry, but you don't know anything about Alabama's penalties do you? In 2002 Alabama received 4 years probation, 21 scholarship reductions, and a bowl for Albert Means (who never played), in 09 they had to forfeit 21 wins for a stupid textbook scandal and were placed back on probation. Sooo yeah, you're wrong. Study up before you post. 

Jason1
Jason1

@MrTemecula The difference is Miami fully cooperated with the NCAA and USC did not.  Mike Garrett basically screwed you guys when he thumbed his nose at the allegations.  I'm not saying that USC's punishment was deserved but Miami's top officials handled their allegations differently and took a proactive approach.  The same thing can be said when comparing Miami with the Ohio St. situation.

David22
David22

@Cool And just as much, the inconsistencies shown by the NCAA in recent sanctions and the negative publicity received as such had to cause them to take the lesser evil (in their view) on the Miami matter.

Jason1
Jason1

@Cool People are going to hate Miami no matter what.  They don't want to see everything the University self-imposed before this ruling came out.  Sweet tears of the anti-Miami crowd taste so good!

MichaelSlattery1
MichaelSlattery1

@salvaje50 bs!!! UM played fsu tough last year and finished strong. Golden wanted another crack at 'em but administration decided to pass on the ACC CG and chance at BCS Bowl. Good thing . . .

h8theloonyleft
h8theloonyleft

@omala24 Where is Penn State's death penalty? A coach sexually abusing kids on campus facilities doesn't warrant the death penalty? And SMU got it for a whole lot less than that? Disgraceful. 

Cool
Cool

@Rickapolis I think you got the Miami story and the Te'o story mixed up. (Think about it... think about it... think about it......laugh!)

MarkCleary
MarkCleary

@Mel @RockinRoller32 And in business, those who invest the money make the money.  Johnny Manziel doesn't own the Aggie logo and colors.  Manziel doesn't pay his professors, his trainers, his doctors, his coaches, or the cafeteria ladies.  So, when Texas A&M sells "Johnny Manziel" jerseys, which BTW don't have his name on them FOR A REASON, Texas A&M gets the money.  Manziel gets preparation for an NFL career in which he will make more money in his first year than A&M will ever make from "his" jersey or performance.

MichaelSlattery1
MichaelSlattery1

@playemball @macjones UM was in front of this all the way. Their cooperation and self-imposed penalties were UNPRECEDENTED. This counted for a lot, apparently. Yes, it could have been worse. Add up ALL the penalties and it seems about fair. 

dmitriylaktionov
dmitriylaktionov

@mashley278 @dmitriylaktionov 

I know about those penalties. That said they have paid players under Saban as well. I am just bringing up an example how different schools are punished differently....I can dig up information regarding a list of players who were paid under Saban. If they got busted a little more than a decade ago doesn't mean that they shouldn't get punished now. I really don't care if players get paid or not just that the NCAA implant the rules fairly between each school....

Serena
Serena

@Jason1 @MrTemecula page 56 of its ruling on USC

"The committee determined that the cooperation exhibited by the institution met its obligation under Bylaws 19.01.3.3 and 32.1.4."

MichaelSlattery1
MichaelSlattery1

@Jason1 @Cool College football has its villain back!! Ironic since Al Golden is squeaky clean and recruits good kids. People don't realize Miami is a great school. Hate is FUEL for the Hurricanes, so bring on the hate!!!     THE U is Back!!   Resistance is FUTILE!!!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Cool Now that you mention...sometimes MY wrist hurts. But keep that to yourself.

dmitriylaktionov
dmitriylaktionov

@mashley278 @dmitriylaktionov Not saying that they didn't but if boosters have paid players without the coaching staff being directly involved doesn't really matter. USC had boosters paying players (well an assistant coach knew about it) and my alma matter, UW got sanctioned (and cost the University the best college coach in Don James RIP the DawgFather). I mean maybe Bama is a little out there but you cannot deny that Miami and especially Auburn should have gotten the same sanctions as SC as both respected universities or boosters of said universities paid players. I mean 200k for Newton was more than SC allegedly paid for Bush...

mashley278
mashley278

@dmitriylaktionov Actually I have searched every possible avenue, including the NCAA website, NONE of Nick Saban's teams have been accused of wrong doing on a major level (at Alabama, they have and NCAA compliance office on staff). If you're referring to Fluker, that remains to be seen, but that doesn't mean Alabama had a clue that a 3rd party was depositing money into his account, nor any accusations that they did. But you were referring to penalties against Bama, trust me, they have paid for it.

Jason1
Jason1

@Serena @Jason1 @MrTemecula Hundreds of miles away from Heritage Hall and only a few hours after the release of an NCAA report that spelled out major penalties for USC, athletic director Mike Garrett broke his silence on the matter by telling a group of the school’s sports boosters that the report was “nothing but a lot of envy.”

“As I read the decision by the NCAA, all I could get out of all of this was … I read between the lines and there was nothing but a lot of envy, and they wish they all were Trojans,” Garrett said to cheers Thursday night at the San Francisco Airport Marriott

“Regardless of what happens in that appeal, we know this: SC is more powerful than anything else,” Kiffin said. “The university, the football program, the basketball program -- no matter what they try to do to us, it won’t matter.”