Hurricanes slapped with 'Lack of Institutional Control'
Tim Reynolds of The Huffington Post is reporting that the Hurricanes are being slapped with a “lack of institutional control” charge within the athletic department.
"We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough," Miami President Donna Shalala said in a statement Tuesday night. "Many of the charges brought forth are based on the word of a man who made a fortune by lying.
"The NCAA enforcement staff acknowledged to the University that if Nevin Shapiro, a convicted con man, said something more than once, it considered the allegation 'corroborated' — an argument which is both ludicrous and counter to legal practice," she continued.
In September 2010, the university told the NCAA that former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro made allegations to the school against former players. Shapiro interacted with football players and recruits, along with a few of the men's basketball players.
An NCAA investigation immediately took place. The story became viral in August of 2011 after Yahoo! Sports unveiled an incredible amount of details on the situation, including the fact that Shapiro had given some pretty disturbing “gifts” to have numerous athletes, recruits and coaches over an eight-year span.
Dinners, memorabilia, a widespread amount of money, strip-club trips, prostitutes, and even an abortion were just a handful of gifts he had provided to these people affiliated with the university.
Miami hasn’t bowed out and cowardly awaited its sanctions, though. Plenty of football and basketball players have either served suspensions or paid restitution – or both – over the past two years since the information was leaked.
In addition, the Hurricanes’ football program has sat out two bowl games and a conference championship appearance. Shalala said on Monday that she believes those punishments should be enough.
"We trust that the Committee on Infractions will provide the fairness and integrity missing during the investigative process," Shalala wrote.
I don’t think NCAA President Mark Emmert will feel the same way.
The sanctions phase is up next, which could take some more time. We could be looking at anywhere from a week to six months before Miami's penalties are decided.
What we do know is this: Lack of Institutional Control is one of the most severe charges the NCAA can drop on a school. Despite the Canes’ cooperativeness through this process, it’s not likely they’ll be let off the hook for good behavior.
We could be looking at a hefty fine, scholarship reductions throughout the entire athletic program, and a one-year postseason ban (at least) for both the football and basketball teams.
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