UM ATHLETICS | NCAA INVESTIGATION

A look at NCAA sanctions given to Miami Hurricanes and former coaches

 
WEB VOTE Under NCAA penalty, UM football will lose nine scholarships, but with no bowl bans. Too harsh, too soft or just right?

UM reaction to NCAA sanctions

•  UM president Donna Shalala: “The Committee on Infractions report closes a challenging chapter in the history of the University of Miami. I am grateful to our coaches, staff and student-athletes for their dedication to the University and to intercollegiate athletics. … I also want to thank Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford for his steadfast support. Finally, I want to apologize to the Hurricane family, as we have asked for your patience, faith and support during a difficult time. Thank you for standing with us.”

•  Football coach Al Golden: “I want to sincerely thank our student-athletes and their families who not only stood with the University of Miami during this unprecedented challenge, but subsequently volunteered for the mission. … They shouldered the burden, exhibited class and exemplified perseverance for Hurricanes everywhere. Further, I would like to express heartfelt appreciation to our staff and families who did not subscribe to this challenge three years ago, yet courageously adopted it as their own. … They have brought the utmost professionalism, resiliency and integrity to our program. More importantly, they continue to recruit and represent our world-class institution with class and dignity in unprecedented circumstance. Lastly, it is with gratitude and humility that I say thank you to our administration, U Family everywhere and the entire South Florida community for their unyielding support of our young men and program over the last 28 months.”

•  Basketball coach Jim Larrañaga: “I am a big believer that success is based on attitude. We continually remind our players that life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. We will continue to approach our work with a positive attitude as we march towards being the best we can be. I am grateful to our administration and counsel for leading us through this difficult journey and I want to thank everyone who loves this University and who has supported the young men who proudly wear the Miami uniform. We are excited about the upcoming season and we are all moving forward.”

•  Director of Athletics Blake James: “Our honest and committed efforts to address these allegations have made us stronger. We have already taken many proactive steps to ameliorate any concerns, and we will continue to improve in all areas. Now it is time we look ahead and work diligently to support our student-athletes.”


• Miami will lose a total of nine football scholarships over the next three seasons (three per year). Miami also will lose a total of three basketball scholarships over the next three seasons (one per year).

• Miami has been placed on three years probation: from Oct. 22, 2013 through Oct. 21, 2016. Miami was found guilty of “lack of institutional control.”

• Miami may only provide a prospect an unofficial visits complementary tickets for one home game during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Self-imposed by the university:

• Two year bowl ban following the 2011 and 2012 seasons, including the 2012 ACC Championship game.

• Reduction of official paid visits for 2012-13 by 20 percent to a total of 36 visits.

• Reduction of fall evaluations in 2012-13 by six (from 42 to 36).

Reduction of available contact days during the 2012-13 contact period by 20 percent.

• For all sports, any staff member who sends an impermissible text to a prospect will be fined a minimum of $100 per message, and coaches will be suspended from all recruiting activities for seven days.

Further penalties resulting from impermissible texts and phone calls are detailed in the public report.

Coaches penalties

• Missouri coach and former UM basketball coach Frank Haith will receive a five-game suspension.

• Former UM receivers coach Aubrey Hill, former UM defensive line coach Clint Hurtt and former UM assistant basketball coach Jorge Fernandez received two-year show cause penalties. (Hurtt is on Louisville’s staff (pending a decision by the school), but the penalty will make it difficult for Hill and Fernandez to land jobs in the next two years.)

• Former assistant basketball coach Jake Morton did not get a show cause penalty. Of the five former UM coaches who received notices of allegation, he was the only one not to get a show-cause or suspension.

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