Colleges: Miami's NCAA saga comes to an end with sanctions
Coral Gables, Fla. • Miami's football team will lose nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three as part of the penalties the school was handed Tuesday by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro scandal presumably drew to a close.
But the football team will be permitted to appear in a postseason game for the first time since 2010.
The school also will serve three years of probation. Former men's basketball coach Frank Haith, now at Missouri, will sit out the first five games of his team's season, and three former Miami assistant coaches were handed two-year show-cause bans.
Even though the NCAA said Miami lacked "institutional control" when it came to monitoring Shapiro, the university is accepting the decision and does not plan to appeal.
The NCAA decision will affect all of Miami athletics in one way in all sports, any Hurricanes staff member who sends an impermissible text to a prospect will be fined a minimum of $100 per message, and coaches involved will be suspended from all recruiting activities for seven days. The NCAA said a probe of Miami actually started in 2009, when the school self-reported impermissible telephone calls and texts.
Shapiro contacted the NCAA from prison in February 2011, the report said, and the probe's scope grew quickly from there.
Miami officials had no immediate comment and were not planning to have any until the conclusion of an NCAA teleconference later Tuesday morning.
Miami's football team is off to a 6-0 start, and the school's No. 7 ranking matches its highest since 2005. The school met with the infractions committee in June, leaving those two days in Indianapolis hoping a decision would come within eight weeks.
It wound up taking more than 18 weeks, but in the end, it was what the school wanted. Miami self-imposed postseason bans in 2011 and 2012, missing two bowl games and last season's Atlantic Coast Conference title game along with more than 30 practices and some reductions in recruiting.
Shapiro alleged that he spent millions between 2002 and 2010 on football and men's basketball recruits, athletes and coaches. A study of the allegations by The Associated Press found the NCAA was able to identify about $173,330 in extra benefits more than half of that, investigators said, going to former Hurricane players Vince Wilfork and Antrel Rolle.