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NCAA says no changes to Miami's scholarship penalties

Miami will only play with 82 scholarship players over the next three seasons.   (USATSI)
Miami will play with only 82 scholarship players in each of the next three seasons. (USATSI)

The NCAA will not be flexible with Miami's scholarship penalties over the two-plus-years-long Nevin Shapiro probe despite the Hurricanes' request to consider self-imposed scholarship withholdings from previous years, a University of Miami official told CBSSports.com.

In October, the NCAA stripped Miami of nine scholarships over the next three seasons after it concluded Shapiro, a former booster and Ponzi schemer, provided impermissible benefits to athletes, coaches and recruits from during much of the 2000s.

Miami -- which in 2013 played with 76 scholarships instead of the normal allotment of 85, according to the school -- hoped it could roll over a portion of those losses to fulfill the nine-scholarship penalty. But the Hurricanes recently got word that the NCAA would not budge, so UM's roster will move forward with 82 scholarships over the next three years.

This was not a formal appeal from Miami, but a request to the NCAA for reconsideration. In October, UM athletic director Blake James told the Miami Herald of the self-imposed scholarships: “We'll document with the NCAA the steps we took and work with them on checking on the possibility of that being included in this year's scholarship numbers.”

Miami also self-imposed two bowl bans from 2011-12, which worked in the school's favor during the investigative process. Miami is free to play in future postseason action.

The case took more than two years to resolve, hindered by the NCAA after the vice president of enforcement approved a five-figure payment to Shapiro's attorney to glean information on the case.

Miami filed a motion to dismiss the case, and the NCAA eventually threw out evidence obtained from the attorney in question, Maria Elena Perez. The NCAA's actions drew the ire of UM president Donna Shalala, who said in a February statement, "we have suffered enough."

Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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