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Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible

Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:29 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2011 6:12 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Miami has declared eight football players ineligible and begun the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement process, according to The Miami Herald.

Quarterback Jacory Harris was the only player named in the report as being ineligible, which stems from alleged extra benefits provided by former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro. Four other players, according to the report, were cleared because they accepted fewer than $100 in benefits and can repay the amounts to a charity of their choice in order to play.

It is not known if the ineligible players will complete the reinstatement process in time for Miami's first game against Maryland on September 5. The university was expected to get the proceedings started early in hopes that the NCAA can determine their status for the season opener sooner. Speaking earlier Thursday, head coach Al Golden delayed releasing a depth chart due to the uncertain status of so many players involved in the investigation.

“We'll practice enough guys because we don't know what the future brings,” Golden said. “Hopefully we'll find out in the near future if there are any suspensions or penalties and we'll adjust accordingly.”

Golden said ACC rules require depth charts to be released on Tuesday but that Miami was working with the conference and with the Terrapins to coordinate its release.

At least 12 players involved in the NCAA probe practiced Thursday afternoon according to reports.


Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:57 am

Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible

I don't think that SMU scandal was tame.  SMU coaches had payroll ledgers for players.  Miami just got caught just like USC, Ohio State, North Carolina, Oregon, etc.   Does anyone really believe that Miami is that much worse then other big football programs ?  Cmon don't be naive.

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:45 am

Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible

Do you really have to ask why people hate Miami?
During the late 80's and 90's and as recently as last season, they cheated.
This scandal makes the SMU scandal look very tame.
I would love to see the looks on the faces of the thugs who were incarcerated in this fine institution, I mean attended this fine school, when the NCAA cancels the football program.
How cocky would Irvin, Shockey, Ray Ray, Jimmy Johnson and the other hood rats be if that happened?

Its all about the U!  LOL

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:19 am

Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible

moonglum1, why such a strong Hatred (jealousy) for Miami?! As for the Big10,11,12 whoever they are. Until this year, they were no stronger than the NEW Big East! Go back a couple of years. And the Big East was stronger than your precious Big 10! It sounds funny but true. The Big 10 has been living off IMAGE for Years now! Who did B10 have? Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and sometimes Iowa! The Big East was Miami, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Louisville, and yes even sometimes Syracuse, Boston College, and Pitt! So how was the Big10 SSoooo much stronger??

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:31 am

Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible

OK this is part of the NCAA's standard process.  Since the NCAA does no actual policing itself, they make the schools declare players ineligble then they review each case to determine the actual penalty from there.  This was an expected move and has very little to do with their level of innocence or guilt.  That is still to be determined.

It's likely each of the 8 players will be suspended for some unknown period of time, depending on the information given to them by Miami's internal investigation.  But this is just the game the NCAA plays.  If you don't make the players ineligible and the NCAA decides to suspend them later, they'll be in bigger trouble, as will the school.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:14 am

Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible

Anyone who makes excuses for these young men breaking rules or laws for personal gain has very low ethics and morals. I also was a poor kid in college with a scholarship - not athletic. These athletes at D1 schools have it made - don't try to make the rest of us feel like they are the poor needy beggars at the school. I was at a D1 school and witnessed the treatment of these poor athletes - the best dorms, free tutoring, nice athletic clothing, free food(3 meals a day/7days a week) and many other legal perks. There are many other poor kids going to school who have none of these perks. These athletes broke established rules and should pay the price. No one should feel sorry for them. If they did not want to accept the scholarship to the University and abide by the rules, then don't sign your name on the dotted line. Otherwise, live up to your word. Anything less is deceipt and lies. Not acceptable.    Oh yeah, I also hope the corrupt boosters, administrator, coaches and staff get exactly what they deserve also. I am not biased against the players - everyone who broke the rules should pay the price.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:56 am

Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible

Canebros, I see your point but all but a very few accepted more than "food, a meal."  I was a student as well who had to work to pay for college so I get that part.  However, yacht trips, expensive bottles of booze and fancy jewelry is a different story and something that a lot of these players received.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:20 am

Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible

Anyone who is apologizing for the conduct of the players at Miami, Ohio State, etc., or excusing their decision making by comparing them to politicians is living a world of moral relativism that allows the justification of anything!  We live in a world with rules (not always great ones) and when you are breaking the rules while others are not, you are gaining an unfair advantage.  There are poor kids at every program in the country.  Why do some play by the rules and others don't?  The players, coaches, boosters, etc who knowingly broke the rules should be severely punished.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:56 am
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Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:35 am

Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible

Well the NCAA and the football purists finally got their wish in succeeding in bringing down the Miami football program ! I guess when you beat the likes of Oklahoma, Notre Dame and other perrenial football powers then gloat in the beat down while thumping your chest, dancing, simulating shooting six shooters and trash talking, some folks just don't like that too well !

It's been 23 years in the making but the NCAA has finally got the "U" ! 

"Shoot low boys, they're riding Shetland ponies !" 

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:30 am

Report: Eight Miami players declared ineligible


You ask why should they be penalized, well here goes.

1.  First of all, it's a temporary suspension, not a banishment.

2.  Miami has to be very careful about appearances and P.R. right now.

3.  Hey blastnet, are you Harry Reid or Chris Matthews?  Your first response was to excuse bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior.

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