After the University of Miamis announcement Tuesday night that it had received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, information began seeping out and painting a clearer picture Wednesday in the nearly two-year-old case.
Among that information, The Miami Herald learned the specifics of two other Notices of Allegations through public records requests:
• Former Miami assistant basketball coach Jake Morton, now the director of basketball operations at Western Kentucky University, had charges that included accepting supplemental income in the amount of at least $6,000 from former UM booster Nevin Shapiro.
• Former UM basketball coach Frank Haith failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance within the mens basketball program.
And though UM president Donna Shalala said Tuesday in a written statement that the NCAA enforcement staff could not find evidence of Shapiro claims such as UM-related prostitution, expensive cars for players, bounty payments and rampant alcohol and drug use, Miami declined again Wednesday to release its Notice of Allegations.
Both basketball and football information leaked from various directions.
For instance, the University of Louisville confirmed that former UM football assistant coach Clint Hurtt had received his Notice of Allegations, but that the school had not responded to a public records request.
A source close to Hurtt said he will dispute some of the allegations.
Another source familiar with the NCAAs investigation of UM and its former relationship with imprisoned Ponzi-schemer Shapiro told The Miami Herald that former UM football receivers coach Aubrey Hill and former UM basketball assistant Jorge Fernandez were being charged with violating NCAA bylaw 10.1, entitled unethical conduct. When reached by phone Wednesday evening, Fernandez, who resigned from Marshall in May, declined comment. Im not talking to anybody, he said.
Hurtt also was charged with violating the unethical conduct bylaw, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed source. The AP stated that the NCAA said Hurtt and Hill committed the same violations regarding bylaw 10.1 both denying that they provided meals, transportation and lodging to recruits, current players or both in either 2008 or 2009, while players who were interviewed pointed to the contrary.
Bylaw 10.1 includes, but is not limited to, knowingly furnishing or influencing others to furnish the NCAA or the individuals institution false or misleading information regarding a possible NCAA violation.
The NCAA Committee on Infractions informed Haith, and likely the others involved in the case, that the scheduled hearing date of June 14-15 is unlikely and is anticipated to occur in July.
Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that there will be a conference call Friday for UM and the involved coaches to address their complaints about procedural concerns. A Miami Herald source familiar with the case confirmed the conference call.
The AP reported Wednesday that the allegations also entail Shapiro paying for dinners at Benihana, televisions, sneakers, Miami Heat tickets, bowling parties, one players engagement ring, a used washer-dryer set for current New England Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork, and that he directed his girlfriend to give two former Hurricanes no-show jobs for a couple of months not to mention buying a suit for former UM tailback Willis McGahee for him to wear to the 2002 Heisman Trophy ceremony.