banner

College Football

more stats

NCAA hits Miami with scholarship penalties, but no bowl ban

Coral Gables, FL (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 Committee on Infractions report closes a challenging chapter in the history of the University of Miami," said school president Donna Shalala in a statement Tuesday. "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 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 Ponzi scheme.

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.

"Our honest and committed efforts to address these allegations have made us stronger," said Hurricanes athletic director Blake James on Tuesday. "We have already taken many proactive steps to ameliorate any concerns, and we will continue to improve in all areas. Now it is time we look ahead and work diligently to support our student-athletes."

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 powers.

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 booster.

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.

10/22 12:03:42 ET

Other Stories

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Today at 9:30 am on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Today at 9:30 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Green Bay at New Orleans

    Tonight at 8:25 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
Final
SFG 11
KAN 4
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
Final
WASU 37
ARZ 59
Final
CLEM 16
SYR 6
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
Final
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
Final
COLST 45
WYO 31
Final
LSU 10
MISS 7
Final
TENN 20
ALA 34
Final
AUB 42
SCAR 35
Final
PSU 24
OSU 31
Final
UTAH 24
USC 21
Final
WASH 10
ARST 24
Final
HAW 18
NEV 26
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
Final
NYI 7
DAL 5
Final
PHI 4
DET 2
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
Final
MON 3
NYR 1
Final
STL 3
CHI 2
Final
NAS 0
PIT 3
Final
MIN 7
TAM 2
Final
ARI 2
FLA 1
Final
CAL 1
WAS 3
3:00pm Today
WIN
COL
 
4:00pm Today
LOS
CLB
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
OTT
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
SJS
 
9:30pm Tonight
VAN
WAS
 
9:30am Today
ATL
DET
1:00pm Today
CIN
BAL
1:00pm Today
NYJ
BUF
1:00pm Today
NEP
CHI
1:00pm Today
TEN
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
MIA
1:00pm Today
TAM
MIN
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
1:00pm Today
KAN
STL
4:05pm Today
ARI
PHI
4:25pm Today
PIT
IND
4:25pm Today
CLE
OAK
8:30pm Tonight
NOS
GBP
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14