On Tuesday, the University of Miami received their long awaited notice of allegations from the NCAA — a letter they have been eagerly, and nervously, seeking for nearly two years.
Their charge: lack of institutional control, a most serious charge indeed.
What constitutes a lack of institutional control you ask? According to the NCAA, the aforementioned occurs when “the efforts institutions make to comply with NCAA legislation and to detect and investigate violations that do occur. NCAA member institutions are obligated to maintain appropriate levels of institutional control.”
Furthermore, Miami was considered guilty of a lack of institutional control — at least in the eyes of the NCAA — when ex-booster and convicted felon, Nevin Shapiro, gained incredibly close access to former players, recruits and coaches alike. His presence should have been monitored more closely by those associated with the UM athletics program.
Shapiro claims to have provided money, dinners, hotel rooms, strip club outings — and in one case paid for an abortion — to at least six coaches and countless former UM players, as well as potential Miami recruits — some of whom decided to attend other universities.
As if UM has not waited long enough, they must now wait even longer as their penalties will be decided. Head football coach Al Golden has self-imposed two consecutive bowl bans (2011-12), fortified a chance to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship game — not to mention how many recruits they have lost out on due to impending sanctions — with the hopes of limiting any sanctions the program may receive.
In any event, being charged with lack of institutional control is severe in itself. The charge usually strays from a slap on the wrist. According to ESPN, “[it] can take several weeks — if not months more — for the penalties to be handed down. The sides coming to a settlement beforehand is another possibility.”
Miami will continue to anxiously wait to see if their self-imposed punishments were enough to warrant time served. Some have long called for Miami to receive the ‘death penalty,’ the most severe punishment the NCAA is capable of handing down. For those of you chanting down with Miami, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Possible punishments Miami could face:
- One or more postseason bowl bans — does the two consecutive bowl bans that Miami has self-imposed suffice?
- Loss of scholarships — in my opinion, future scholarship reductions should be expected
- Probation — again, and in my opinion, Miami can expect some length of probation to be handed down by the NCAA
- ‘Death penalty’ — not likely
- Settlement — I would say that the two sides settling is quite possible, but I wouldn’t count on it. The NCAA has made it clear that they are going after Miami hard. UM has suffered for nearly two years now, will the NCAA recognize this?