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NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

Posted on: August 30, 2011 6:13 pm

It was not a good afternoon for you film buffs who attach historical significance -- or meaning -- to those riveting Donna Shalala videos of late.

The Miami president lately has been greeting every new shred of Miami sleaze with her version of fireside chats from her office. Nice touch. Where exactly is that bunker she is speaking from?

Doesn't matter. Shizzle's about to get real. The NCAA suspended eight Miami players Tuesday for varying amounts of time (one to six games) in the scandal's latest chapter. But the most significant thing to come out of that announcement was a name in the first paragraph.

Nevin Shapiro.

The NCAA felt no reluctance naming the sleazy central figure of the Yahoo Sports report. Usually in these cases, the NCAA uses phrases such as "a person representing the university's athletic interests" or "third party" or something like that. It doesn't want to be sued in case the person they name is, you know, innocent.

On Tuesday, the NCAA just come out and said it: Nevin Shapiro offered it. These players took it. We've got this thing nailed.

It may wait months or even years for the final verdict but it's clear the NCAA is well on its way to discovering everything Yahoo reported.

The lengths that the NCAA went to get the information may be debated. Former Hurricanes Arthur Brown (now at Kansas State) and Robert Marve (now at Purdue) were allowed to keep their eligibility. That basically confirms my story regarding limited immunity.

It was another not-good day for Dr. Shalala's program. Earlier in the day a bankruptcy lawyer made noise about subpoenaing all 72 players in the report. Seems like those victims of Shapiro's Ponzi scheme have the audacity to want their money back.

How long is it going to take the IRS to weigh in on this?

There are two levels of pressure here: At Miami where there has to be a lingering anxiety over whether Shalala will have a program to rebuild when the NCAA gets done with it. The other is at Maryland. The on-field pressure now shifts to Randy Edsall and Maryland. They get the downgraded Hurricanes Labor Day night.

If they don't beat Miami in its current crippled state it may never happen.

The only winners for now figure to be the guys selling bootleg T-shirts near Byrd Stadium: (Prosti)'Tutes vs. Turtles, anyone?





Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:50 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

I believe the major difference is that these players admitted to and self-admitted their transgressions.  Otherwise, the NCAA could not have proven anything.  Were they really going to accept the stories of a convicted felon who bamboozled other folks out of 930 million?  Frankly, the entire system needs an overhaul.  It is getting hard to accept for sure!

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:46 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

Everyone is also comparing this to Ohio State and USC. The most one player got in benefits was $1200 bucks. Do you really thing Reggie Bush was given less, or Pryor got less

I highlighted the important part, you assume.  All that we know for sure is rings and pants were sold and tats for free.  Other than that what was proven? 

Given that I do not have a problem with the punishments.  I think it should be more standardized but the kids were misled by adults.  The adults now should pay by losing jobs and sanctions.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:39 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

Everyone is also comparing this to Ohio State and USC. The most one player got in benefits was $1200 bucks. Do you really thing Reggie Bush was given less, or Pryor got less. The penalties fit the crime. Olivier Vernon, got 6 games for receiving $1,200, and that isn't just cash, that is broke down to dinners, clubs, ect... NCAA is pretty messed up and needs to make a big change, in many ways they deal with college athletes, but killing a college program is not the answer. First, most players accused are in the pros or else where, this should not affect good players now that were in middle school when the allegations were taking place. Second, the money the ACC & NCAA would lose due to Miami being gone would be huge. The TV deals alone would make them turn there heads to the death penalty.  The death penalty is not a option, and I believe they may never use it again.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:31 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

If any entity deserves the death penalty, its the NCAA. They suck from the tit of the networks and all of that money, then feign outrage and make claims of integrity when programs do things to insure they keep winning to bring in the money. All I'm asking for here is some kind of consistency. If players get 4 and 5 game suspensions for selling their own stuff, then certainly the penalty should be at least that for taking money (or whatever else) from a booster. If enough big name schools get together and tell the NCAA to stick it where the sun doesn't shine, and start a new governing entity, it will happen, and I will be rooting for it to happen.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:20 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

I'm sick and tired of every Miami hater out there saying the only right penalty is the "death penalty". These people have no clue what they are saying. If you look at the history of schools that have been sanctioned by the NCAA and for what, Miami is not as high on the list as many. This is in the amount of violations and the severity. The only reason the school gets the rep. it does is from the a** kicking team from the 80's and early 90's. People hate a team when they are on top, in those days they were on top and they flaunted it. There were new rules written by the NCAA at that time due in fact of what these players were doing on the field, but was not considered violations just unsportsmanlike like. Before any real info was out, people were already calling for there heads. USC allowed Reggie to accept much more than $1200 bucks. Tressell, not only allowed Pryor to get what he needed, but he lied to the NCAA about it. Miami has opened every door to the NCAA, and are doing there own investigation. This is a bad situation, but as usual the media and bloggers (aka: non Miami fans) spin it out of control just for news ratings. Death Penalty, I don't think so, bowl ban maybe some scholarships taken away, sounds more like a fitting penalty. So, all you Miami haters that are licking your chops at the idea of a "death penalty", stick your tongue back in your mouth.

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:55 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

I will be surprised if the NCAA drops the "Death Penalty" on Miami.  There are many schools in this country and once a precedent is established, others will have to take the same punishment.  So who is going to erase a season of football in Southern California or Columbus Ohio?  If the Networks have anything to say about it, not going to happen. 
Aside from all the angles that involve money, the BCS etc., what about the rest of the players, coaches and sports program as a whole.  The collateral damage is too much.  Make the AD accountable or the individual player.  Miami is getting the right punishment, setting a program back by the Death Penalty is too harsh, most of the kids put alot effort into this.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:55 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

WOW! A. J. Green from Georgia sells his own jersey, and gets a 4 game suspension. Ohio State has 5 players that sold their own stuff, and they get 5 game suspensions. Miami has 8 guys that took various amounts of benefits from a booster, and most of them get a token 1 game suspension. Again, a perfect example of why the NCAA is a joke. How hard is it to just have a standardized rule that says, if you do this and this, you get punished this and this? Now, I'm not banging on the door to get Miami nailed, because I think the NCAA has put in motion this very system that they are now so suddenly outraged over, but consistency should not be a hard thing to accomplish. In this instance, it should have been 4 or 5 game suspensions for all 8 players.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:42 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

Apparently Nevin Shapiro is in the pockets of NCAA too.  UNC gets dinged a 5 game suspension for sleeping on Hakeem Nicks couch.  UM gets virtually nothing for "sleeping" in someones bed...with company.  Paul Dee must be THE MAN!  Carolina needs to have him as their next AD.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:40 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

Look, "THE U" is going to get a pass on this no matter what.  The NCAA has no desire to pull the plug on a multi-national champion program.  Half the team could have been pimps (rather than the beneficiaries of one) and the NCAA would not pull the "death penalty" card on "THE U."  Just look at how they handled THE Ohio State for god's sacks...a team and coach ignoring all the rules and all they do is say"that was not very nice of you guys!"  What I really find hilarious, however, is the holier-than-thou Dodd shtick.  Not long ago it was "Golden will have the Canes on the rise!"  Now, it's "poke a stick in their eye."  As a WVU fan, I am use to this from did the Rich Rod-Michigan thing turn out there Doddy?  Anyway, All I know is that Miami loves the "bad boy" image, and that is what 99% of this really boils down to.  Sorry to see this happen to you "U" fans...but if you live by the "bad boys," you take your lumps as the "bad boys."  Oh, I almost forgot...LETS GOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS!!! (Really has nothing to do with the story line, but hey...a fan is a fan!).

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:36 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

I'm hearing some talk of the NCAA appointing a commissioner to oversee the infractions that are piling up from the various sports programs by many universities of our great land. In honor of Dr. Shalala's football debacle at Miami, I can only think of one person imminently qualified for the job:

Bill Clinton.

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