by Todd Helmick
"If Miami were 12-0 last year
in football they would not have self-imposed
anything much like the Miami basketball team
will do now."
University of Miami has received their official
notice of allegations from the NCAA. The ones
related to the Nevin Shapiro bomb dropped on
the South Florida campus over two whole years
extremely bothersome situations have come about
since the official LOIC (Lack of Institutional
Control) allegations made its way to the public
early this week. First, the NCAA really is crooked.
Second, so is poor ole Miami.
no one ever believed in the last 80-plus years
the NCAA was a fair and just organization that
answered to anyone. Their investigative techniques,
secret meetings, questionable judge and jury
abilities have never been challenged. Worse
yet, the NCAA's head-scratching inequality of
dishing out punishment and penalties differently
as they see fit from university to university
is a typical "good ole boy, wink-wink"
set up. Everybody knows it, even the people
inside the NCAA. One university gets the maximum
sentence. Others get the minimum sentence for
the same crimes.
No one ever believed in the last 10-plus years
that Miami athletics were innocent of all the
charges placed upon them. Not even Miami. At
the same time the media approach to all this
seems to be "poor ole Miami". They
have been punished enough. They don't deserve
all this. Huh?
do you think Penn State and USC will feel if
Miami is left to escape similar NCAA fates?
It's media people like ESPN's Stephen A. Smith
Take that stand up on national television
and demand that Penn State get everything that
was handed to them with a zero NCAA tolerance
policy only to sound like a fool by following
up that Miami's case should be dismissed with
zero further penalties...just like the NCAA,
hypocrisy and favoritism at its finest.
the Miami stance? "Yes we cheated and got
caught. But since the NCAA obtained a small
portion of their information illegally they
should drop their entire case against us?"
Are you seriously kidding me? And just how do
you think Penn State or the Paterno family feel
about not being given due process in the Jerry
Sandusky ordeal? The NCAA didn't even conduct
an investigation. No one is saying Penn State
should have been just slapped on the wrist for
those atrocities. Ergo, nobody should be saying
Miami get slapped on the wrist for something
that involved a large numbers of coaches and
front office staff on the university payroll.
To say otherwise Steven makes you look like
a buffoon. If the contention is that sexual
child abuse is a much deeper crime deserving
of a harsh sentence that would certainly be
true. So when is the NCAA also going to take
a stand and begin dishing out school penalties
for players that sexually abuse women, get arrested
for drugs, assaults and DUI convictions? They
don't. Unless you're Penn State of course.
self-imposed two football bowl bans, a conference
football championship game ban (which actually
was an automatic result of declaring a bowl
ban), suspended players and implemented an undisclosed
reduction in football scholarships for 2013
(that likely will get refilled if the NCAA doesn't
demand otherwise). Miami president Donna Shalala
said on Monday that she believes those punishments
should be enough.
those two years of football bowl bans Miami
posted a final record of 6-6 and 7-5 respectively.
The decisions to self-impose a bowl ban came
in the 11th hour both times in late November
once Miami had a clear understanding of their
bowl fate. What's most bothersome about this...If
Miami were 12-0 last year in football they would
not have self-imposed anything much like the
Miami basketball team will do now!
leads to the next question, what penalties have
been self-imposed on the Miami basketball team?
The mulitple basketball coaches illegal involvement
with Nevin Shapiro apparently may be more far
reaching than that of the football program.
In February 2012, Miami center Reggie Johnson
was ruled ineligible by the school after an
investigation revealed that members of his family
accepted "impermissible travel benefits"
from a member of the school's former coaching
staff. Johnson was reinstated quickly last season
and remains a key part of this season's team.
"The ongoing cloud of the scandal is not
hurting the Hurricanes", basketball coach
Jim Larranaga said Tuesday night.
anyone honestly believes that Miami would self-impose
a post season basketball ban on a team that
is currently undefeated in the ACC and sitting
as the No. 2 ranked team in the country I have
some cheap hurricane flood insurance to sell.
This is not how NCAA penalties are supposed
to be levied...at the discretion of the university
based on how good the team is. And that is what's
happened to this point for both football and
thing you have to hand to Miami president Shalala,
she and her university is trying to prove that
it's better to fight the NCAA then to cooperate
with it. Yes, the NCAA screwed up. People have
been and will be fired over this debacle. Not
only that but the biggest outcry is that the
NCAA is taking too long to wrap up this UM investigation.
However, in the scheme of things...the NCAA
WHOLE YEARS to investigate USC, strip them
of their wins, strip them of their national
championship, take away Reggie Bush's Heisman
and slam the Trojans into NCAA penalty oblivion?
Where is the outcry for poor ole USC? What's
bad for them has to be bad for Miami. Or it's
time for more law suits.
deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered
enough," Miami president Donna Shalala
said in a statement announcing the university
had received notice from the NCAA.
cheated, they admit it. But Shalala and assorted
media outlets want you to feel sorry and let
poor ole Miami off the penalty hook because
the NCAA botched how they retrieved a minute
portion of their information (all of which was
completely removed from the allegation list).
That poor ole Miami has suffered enough, that
poor ole Miami should be treated different than
does the NCAA having to throw out 20% of their
investigation have to do with Miami cheating
and admitting as much? No question poor ole
Miami is screaming victim in an effort to reduce
their penalty. Granted, if a police investigator
improperly mishandles evidence many times the
case is ruled a mistrial. It's a grand (but
stupid) idea, but since when has the NCAA ever
operated under the U.S. Judicial rules and regulations?
Geez, there's a new one. Is now the time to
start? Great, let's overhaul the NCAA. If this
is the case...
all penalties and fines levied against Penn
State and USC should be removed and returned
immediately. They have suffered enough. Isn't
this about making sure the system is fair and
just for everyone and not just poor ole Miami?
ole Miami basketball hasn't been penalized for
anything. And if poor ole Miami football was
in the BCS Championship race last Thanksgiving
they too would not have been penalized for anything.
That can't happen.