The day of reckoning is upon the University of Miami.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association will publicly release its infractions report Tuesday in Miamis longstanding case involving rogue booster Nevin Shapiro and has scheduled a media call for 11 a.m.
Two-and-a-half years after the NCAA officially opened the case and nearly 19 weeks after UM representatives went before the Committee on Infractions for a hearing in Indianapolis, the Hurricanes and the rest of the world will learn of their punishment.
Plenty of information in this case has been leaked, so its possible UM could know at least some of whats coming.
The infractions report will be released to the media at 10 a.m. UM acknowledged through an email Monday that it had been notified by the NCAA of Tuesdays pending announcement and said it had not planned a news conference but would make UM leadership available to the media.
Scholarship sanctions, and possibly coaching and recruiting restrictions, are expected to be only part of the punishment. Those restrictions are likely for some former UM coaches who have since left the program. One big unknown is whether the Hurricanes, who already self-imposed postseason bans in 2011 and 12 (encompassing two bowl games and the Atlantic Coast Conference title game), will be hit with another bowl ban.
The Canes could also be hit with financial penalties, and some are wondering if certain former players tied to the scandal will be barred from campus or games or if any victories or records will be vacated.
I mean, the school, theyve done so much already to avoid a harsh penalty by punishing themselves, so hopefully [its] not too bad, said Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon, one of the former UM players suspended for accepting improper benefits from Shapiro. Its kind of ridiculous in a way, Vernon said of the case taking this long to be decided, but I guess thats how the NCAA operates. Youve got to let it take its course.
UM would have 15 days to submit in writing its intent to appeal any or all of the sanctions and/or the findings of violations, according to NCAA bylaws. If UM appeals, the process will drag on for several months.
So, for example, should the Hurricanes receive another postseason ban and decide to appeal it, theyd still be able to play in a bowl or league championship game after this season.
Miamis football team is 6-0 and enjoying its finest season in several years. The Hurricanes, who play Wake Forest at noon Saturday at Sun Life Stadium, are ranked seventh in the Associated Press poll, sixth in the coaches poll and seventh in newly released Bowl Championship Series standings.
Were going to be able to move forward, UM football coach Al Golden said Monday night at the Sandbar Sports Grill in Coconut Grove, site of WQAMs Hurricane Hotline program. Thats it. I dont know any more than anybody out here does. Well find out tomorrow. My biggest priority right now is the young people on our team, their families and clearly getting ready for Wake Forest.
Hurricanes athletic director Blake James has talked publicly about the case numerous times. He said UM had hoped to receive the report by the Aug. 30 season opener but had cooperated fully and could only wait.