• 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.
• Ruling date: Dec. 1, 1995.
• Sports involved: Football, women’s golf, baseball and tennis.
• Summary of violations: Lack of institutional control; improper financial aid (from 1990 to 1994 the institution awarded more than $412,000 in excessive aid as a result of improperly calculating off-campus room and board stipends for 141 football players and an undetermined number of baseball, women’s golf and men’s tennis student-athletes; from the fall of 1989 through the fall of 1993 student-athletes received an average of $110 in impermissible books a semester; student-athletes were improperly compensated for employment); extra benefits (from 1989 to 1991 an athletics department staff member helped approximately 60 to 77 student-athletes fraudulently receive a total of $212,969 in Pell Grants; cash awards to football student-athletes for game performances between 1986 and 1992); Department failed to follow drug-testing policy (during the 1993-94 and 1994-95 academic years, the institution’s athletics department permitted three football student-athletes to compete without being subject to the required disciplinary measures specified in the policy); unethical conduct by the assistant director academics in athletics support services.
• Summary of NCAA penalties: Three years probation and public reprimand and censure; Football (reduction from 25 to 18 scholarships for 1995-96, from 25 to 12 for 1996-97 and from 25 to 14 for 1997-98; reduction from 85 to 80 total awards for 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98; postseason ban for 1995). Baseball (reduction of 6.12 equivalency awards over a three-year period); Tennis (reduction of 1.98 equivalency awards over a three-year period); women’s golf (Reduction of 1.06 equivalency awards over a three-year period). Develop a comprehensive athletics compliance education program with annual reports during period of probation; recertification; and show-cause requirement for the former athletics department staff member for seven years.
• Ruling date: Feb. 27, 2003.
• Sports involved: Baseball.
• Summary of violations: Failure to monitor (between 1996-2000); impermissible recruiting activity — tryouts associated with a sports club (From September 1998 to May 2001, an assistant coach co-owned and supervised a sports club/conditioning program, which primarily involved conditioning and weightlifting activities which engaged potential recruits in physical activities demonstrating and displaying their athletics abilities; five recruits who attended this club became student-athletes at UM); impermissible financial aid (during the institution’s period of probation from the 1995-96 through the 1997-98 academic years, the institution failed to comply with committee on infractions’ imposed grant-in-aid penalties in the sport of baseball; further, during the 1998-99 academic year, after the conclusion of the grant-in-aid penalties resulting from the previous infractions case, the institution over-awarded athletics aid); violation of honesty standards (the assistant coach violated NCAA standards of honesty as demonstrated by his knowing and deliberate failure to accurately report his outside athletically related income to the institution roughly $35,000-$37,000); impermissible recruiting contacts with athletics representatives (from 1998 to 2000, the institution’s coaching staff permitted boosters to have impermissible recruiting contact with recruits and their parents on official paid visits when the representatives gave boat rides of approximately one to two hours in Biscayne Bay. Additionally, on at least one occasion, the baseball coaches’ payment for the rides to the representatives of the institution’s athletics interests was less than the appropriate rate for such rides. Two recruits eventually attended UM).
• Summary of NCAA penalties: Public reprimand and censure; two years of probation (Feb. 27, 2003-Feb. 26, 2005); reduction of baseball equivalencies for a total of 4.66 during a three-year period beginning with the 2003-04 academic year and concluding with the 2005-06 academic year; annual compliance reports.