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Miami responds to NCAA investigation

Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:09 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 2:17 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami has stayed mum on the subject of the NCAA's investigation into claims of impermissible benefits until Tuesday. No players will be available to the media, but head coach Al Golden spoke to reporters before Tuesday's morning practice and the school offered this official statement.

When Nevin Shapiro made his allegations nearly a year ago, he and his attorneys refused to provide any facts to the University of Miami. The University notified the NCAA Enforcement officials of these allegations. We are fully cooperating with the NCAA and are conducting a joint investigation. The University of Miami takes these matters very seriously.

Golden informed reporters that he is learning about the investigation as the public/reporters are, because the NCAA has not identified him as someone of interest in this investigation. There are current players on the roster who have and/or will be interviewed, but they will not be contacting the coach and Golden will not be a part of the process.'s Brett McMurphy reported today that the investigation could uncover serious NCAA violations, citing a source that believes that "between a 1 and 10," the scandal-in-waiting is "a 10."

In the below video you will also hear Golden claim that when he was hired, then-athletic director Kirby Hocutt did not inform of possible NCAA violations.'s Daniel Walker reports that Texas Tech's athletic department (where Hocutt is currently AD) offered an official "no comment" in response to Golden's claim.  Hocutt was the Hurricanes AD when Golden was hired in December, then left for Lubbock, TX in Febrauary.  Golden did say that he would still have taken the job, even if he did have knowledge of a potential investigation.  

Full interview of Golden with the media on Tuesday morning below, courtesy of Canes All-Access


Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:55 am

Miami responds to NCAA investigation

I am not a Miami Fan and definitely have a problem with players receiving Cash "Getting Paid".  However, I always thought it was stupid when they bring up things like, an alumni let players go out on his Yacht.  Who cares!!!  If I was a big sports fan and I had nice things and had an opportunity to interact with players on my favorite football team and hang out with them, I would think that was cool.  He wants to show the players on his team a good time with an activity or a meal then who cares.  Meals and Activities are not tangible assets that can be resold.  I always thought it was ridiculous when universities got in trouble because a coaching staffer picked up the tab on a pizza or something.  Many colleges and universities already give out debit meal cards as part of scholarships that can be used for food purchases at restaurants.  I know that is abused.  I just think the NCAA needs to focus on the gifting of TANGIBLE ASSETS and not worry about the activities and food scandals so much.  Just my opinion!

Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:19 pm

Miami responds to NCAA investigation

The other story on CBSsports claimed Shapiro made gifts of cash and made available use of a yacht to college athletes in the Miami area.  An effing yacht! Miami named the players lounge after him, so we know what school was involved.  Just like the OSU case, facts were uncovered during an unrelated FBI criminal investigation.  If these allegations are true, they are the most serious infractions to date for a college football program.  The current coach has already admitted current players were involved.  Glad to see the NCAA spreading the love around.  DEATH SENTENCE!

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:07 pm

Miami responds to NCAA investigation

Boy, at least back in the 80's, Miami was paying good players to play.  Who was this guy relying on for advice on who to pay?  Bernie Madoff??

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:23 pm


3 certainties:

1. Water is wet
2. Sun is hot
3. Miami's cheating in football

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:10 am

Miami responds to NCAA investigation

Alright! The U is back. Laughing

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