Infante added that “given Miami’s self-imposed postseason bans and apparent excellent cooperation, an appeal seems unlikely’’ – that is, unless the NCAA imposes severe sanctions, he indicated.
UM football coach Al Golden, who was hired in December 2010 without being told about the Shapiro situation, spoke about the NCAA case last week during a radio interview.
He told WQAM-560 that UM has been “a beacon in terms of how you should operate if something occurs. Hopefully we’ll be a model of how you self-impose [sanctions] and how you make restitution to move a program forward.’’
Added Golden: “People want to talk about probation. We’ve been on probation. This has been recruiting probation – [public relations] probation. I think we’ve exhibited class in terms of being open and honest and reaching resolution.”
The Hurricanes basketball program also could face sanctions, even though no members of the current coaching staff were at the school when the alleged infractions were committed. Former head coach Frank Haith left the UM program abruptly in early April 2011 to accept a job at the University of Missouri. None of his assistants were retained when new coach Jim Larranaga was hired.
Larranaga has been left to deal with the uncertainty and questions from recruits’ families.
“Every kid we recruit asks about it, and I have no good answer to give them,’’ he said recently. “We have definitely lost recruits over it, and it’s a challenge we have to deal with until this gets resolved.’’
Despite the roadblocks, Larranaga said he and his staff “are fully committed’’ to the Hurricanes “for the long haul.’’ UM and its fans just hope the haul will hurry toward its conclusion.
Miami Herald staff writer Michelle Kaufman contributed to this report.