"I can’t remember a single case where a two-year post-season ban was imposed. So that goes a long way in that they took serious steps and imposed harsh penalties on themselves,” Parkinson said. “That doesn’t mean the committee will necessarily just accept all of them. But I think it does help. Those are very meaningful, very significant penalties and that means a lot to the committee.
"[Former UM athletic director] Paul Dee was on that committee for nine years. We all knew and loved Paul. [UM President] Donna Shalala is a highly respected university president. I mean, there’s no question in this case the people who are in charge of athletics at Miami are and were good quality people, and there’s no reason to think they were even beginning to be in the league of the people at SMU, which is the only case that got the death penalty. It’s not like people wondered who was in charge. They respect those people and that carries some weight, too."
While Shapiro alleged he spent millions lavishing UM players and coaches with improper benefits, ultimately UM’s Notice of Allegations, received Feb. 19 included numbers far less staggering. According to an Associated Press report, the NOA said Shapiro provided $170,000 in benefits to players, recruits, coaches and others between 2002-’10. About $90,000 of that was used to get former UM defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and cornerback Antrel Rolle to sign with Shapiro’s sports agency, Axcess Sports.
The AP also reported that the NOA mentioned that 48 players received VIP access and beverage service from Shapiro at Miami nightclubs; 38 were entertained at Shapiro’s home; 18 received invitations to bowling alley events; and seven dined with Shapiro at Benihana.
"The goal these days is to shoot for six to eight weeks [for a ruling]," Parkinson said. "But because this is an involved case that took a couple days, I’d say eight to 12 [weeks] is a reasonable expectation for a final verdict."
Dye still waiting
The criminal complaint filed by Hurricanes football player Dyron Dye against former NCAA investigator Rich Johanningmeier will not lead to charges being filed.
Spokesman Ed Griffith of the state attorney’s office told the Miami Herald last week there was no evidence that a crime had been committed even though Dye said Johanningmeier "coerced him into providing favorable answers for [the NCAA’s] investigation."
Darren Heitner, Dye’s attorney, said he and his client are waiting with much anticipation to see what the NCAA plans to do with the 6-5, 261-pound’s eligibility.
"Right now, there is no indication his eligibility is at risk," Heitner said.