• Ruling date: Jan. 7, 1955.
• Sport involved: Football.
• Summary of violations: Providing out-of-town student-athletes with round-trip transportation between the university and their homes at the start and close of the college year and during the Christmas vacation period; paying transportation costs of recruits to visit the campus during from 1950 to 1954; conducting tryouts for prospective football players — including physical aptitude tests, agility drills and 50-yard dashes under the direction of the university’s coaching staff.
• Summary of NCAA penalties: One-year probation (Oct. 20, 1954 to Oct., 20, 1955) and no bowl game after the 1954 season. UM finished 8-1 and ranked 11th in the Associated Press poll under coach Andy Gustafson. It was noted that cooperation and assistance was accorded to the NCAA Committee on Infractions by the chief executive officer of the University of Miami.
• Ruling date: Nov. 5, 1964.
• Sport involved: Men’s basketball.
• Summary of violations: Extra benefits (a booster provided a student-athlete free air transportation from Miami to his home area at Christmastime 1963) and improper recruiting (during the summer of 1963, a booster provided a prospect with housing in his home and employment; and a university representative provided this prospect with free air transportation from the site of the job to UM so he could enroll in the second term of the university’s 1963 summer school).
• Summary of NCAA penalties: One-year probation (Nov. 4, 1964 to Nov. 4, 1965) and the team was prohibited from participating in postseason play following the 1964-65 season. UM finished the year 22-4 under coach Bruce Hale. It was Hall of Famer Rick Barry’s final season at UM, and he led the NCAA in scoring with 37.4 points per game. It was noted that cooperation was extended to the NCAA and its Committee on Infractions by the executive and athletic administrations at UM.
• Ruling date: Nov. 3, 1981.
• Sport involved: Football.
• Summary of violations: All violations took place from 1976 to 1980. Improper financial aid and extra benefits (booster gives cash gift to a player for his play; down payment for a car); out-of-season practice conducted by the staff (once including a recruit); improper recruiting contact (12 cited cases involving staff and off-campus contact), employment (multiple examples of boosters and assistant coaches hiring a recruit prior to the completion of his senior year of high school), entertainment (boosters, assistant coaches and one former coach provide recruits and family members with food, drinks, tickets to pro games, a party on a yacht), inducements (booster offers to pay airfare for parents, plus spending cash; assistant lends his car to a recruit; free T-shirts, jerseys, equipment given to recruits; free housing to two recruits on campus for five to six weeks), lodging (booster, publicity contact with media at the time a prospective student-athlete signed a National Letter of Intent with the university) and transportation (17-related incidents); tryouts; improper administration of financial aid; certification of compliance.
• Summary of NCAA penalties: Two years probation; no bowl game following the 1981 season (UM finished 9-2 and ranked eighth in the Associated Press poll); reduction of scholarships from 30 to 20 for the 1982-83 season; reprimand an assistant coach for lying in reporting facts relating to a violation. UM did not appeal the findings or penalties. The committee found violations of NCAA legislation related to the principles governing extra benefits to student-athletes, financial aid, practice seasons, various recruiting regulations and certification of compliance with NCAA legislation.