Also in Shalalas statement: Most of the sensationalized media accounts of Shapiros claims are found nowhere in the [NOA]. We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough.
The Hurricanes self-imposed their second bowl ban this past December, which automatically included a chance to play for what could have been their first ACC championship. The school also has noted that it cut football scholarships but has never detailed an amount.
On Aug. 30, former Canes great and current UM trustee Bernie Kosar told reporters in passing that Miami had self-imposed 10 scholarships, but UM swiftly responded by saying that was not true. The number, according to someone close to the program, is around five.
Heading into the 2011 season, the NCAA suspended eight UM football players for taking benefits from Shapiro. Two basketball players also were suspended. Only one defensive end Dyron Dye was still on the football roster as of the start of fall camp on Aug. 3. But on Aug. 19, UM dismissed Dye from the team.
Given the totality of the circumstances and unresolved issues regarding the NCAA investigation, the school wrote in a prepared statement regarding Dye, the University has decided to move ahead.
The Associated Press reported that the NCAA document charged the Hurricanes with a lack of institutional control the allegation that programs typically dread and claimed Shapiro provided $170,000 in impermissible benefits from 2002 to 2010. That included $90,000 spent to get former UM defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and cornerback Antrel Rolle to sign with Axcess Sports, an agency in which Shapiro had an ownership stake.
The AP also reported that the NOA mentioned 48 players had received VIP access and beverage service from Shapiro at Miami nightclubs; 38 were entertained at Shapiros home; 18 received invitations to bowling events; and seven dined with Shapiro at Benihana. Twenty of the charges were uncorroborated by anyone besides Shapiro, including an alleged $50,000 payment to Wilfork.
Individually, Louisville assistant football coach and former UM assistant Clint Hurtt faced allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits and the 10.1 rule of unethical conduct for providing false and misleading information during the investigation. Former UM basketball coach Frank Haith, now with Missouri, was charged with a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance at UM. Former UM basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez, as well as former receivers coach Aubrey Hill now the head football coach at Miami Carol City High also were alleged to have committed infractions. Hill, Hurtt and Fernandez are the only three that faced 10.1 infractions for unethical conduct, a source confirmed.
Earlier this season during a teleconference, Golden mentioned the NCAA situation without being prodded, an unusual occurrence. For him, the end cant come soon enough.
Were trying to build something here, the Canes coach said, and its just step by step. The first step really for us is going to be to get closure on this NCAA deal.
Miami Herald sportswriters Barry Jackson, Manny Navarro, Michelle Kaufman and Adam H. Beasley contributed to this report.