Following an investigation that lasted well over two years, the University of Miami received their sanctions from the NCAA on Tuesday, avoiding any further bowl bans.
UM was charged with lack of institutional control after former booster and convicted Ponzi-schemer Nevin Shapiro claimed that he provided benefits to former student-athletes and potential athletes, supplying them with money, trips aboard his yacht – as well as expensive dinners, strip club outings – and in one case, paid for an abortion.
Per the NCAA:
The University of Miami lacked institutional control when it did not monitor the activities of a major booster, the men’s basketball and football coaching staffs, student-athletes and prospects for a decade, according to findings by the Division I Committee on Infractions.
Many of Miami’s violations were undetected by the university over a 10-year period, and they centered on a booster entertaining prospects and student-athletes at his home, on his yacht and in various restaurants and clubs. Approximately 30 student-athletes were involved with the booster. Several football coaches, three men’s basketball coaches and two athletics department staff members were also involved in the case. These staff members had a poor understanding of NCAA rules or felt comfortable breaking them. Furthermore, some of the coaches provided false information during the enforcement staff and university’s investigation.
UM self-imposed two consecutive bowl bans and forfeited the chance to represent the Coastal division in the 2012 ACC championship game against rival Florida State.
As a result of the NCAA’s investigation, the Miami football program will be docked a total of nine scholarships during the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017 seasons.
In addition, Miami may only provide a prospect on unofficial visits complementary tickets for one home game during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
The UM basketball team will receive a reduction in the number of men’s basketball scholarships by one during each of the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.