University of Miami in the Clear

Breaking news today is that the University of Miami had its hearing and escaped with minor penalties. According to this SB Nation article, the university will lose nine scholarships over a three-year period. But that punishment is trivial: The Hurricanes are free to play and make use of their now No. 7 ranking.

What seemed to help Miami in fewer punishments from the NCAA was the school’s decision to remove themselves on their own accord from bowl play and the ACC championship last year. Therefore, the NCAA thought that further penalties were not necessary. There are no further bowl bans or television bans.

For anyone like myself who was still a little confused as to what the investigation was all about, today’s New York Times article did a better job in background reporting. Apparently, problems arose back in 2009 when word got out that a booster, Nevin Shapiro, had given a large amount of money to players on the team. The NCAA faulted Miami for not asserting control and monitoring actions within the athletic program.

So, what does this cleared status mean for Miami? It’s great for recruiting (minus the loss of a few scholarships). In previous seasons, the unknown implications may have deterred players from signing with the school. In this year’s recruiting class, Miami made over 100 offers but only got 19 commits. But now, paired with their top 10 ranking, Miami should pose a threat to other good schools in recruiting top high school athletes.


4 thoughts on “University of Miami in the Clear

  1. tanyasic

    The one critique I give for this post is never make yourself sound like you don’t know what you’re talking about. You are the information messenger, so own your information. Instead of saying that you didn’t know much about it, rephrase it angled at those who may not know about it–you’re here to inform people who aren’t as familiar with the name Nevin Shapiro or with what was going down in South Beach.

  2. salack1027

    I think you do a good job of stating the circumstances for Miami and providing valid sources. However, I think you rely too heavily on the sources to give the reader more detail, rather than going into more detail yourself. On the other hand, I like how you explain what the sanctions mean for Miami recruiting. Overall, you brought to the reader’s attention the cause and effects of a serious problem in college sports today and were thorough in explaining it.

  3. Benjamin Wolk

    Great story to address. Got straight to the point. The only thing I would suggest is diving into how pivotal the decision was for THIS SEASON. For several weeks, Miami — who was obviously undefeated — thought that the wins could be worthless if the NCAA came down and said the Hurricanes couldn’t pursue a national title opportunity.

  4. Savannah Brock

    I liked how you added in the background information about the scandal, but I don’t think it could hurt if you added a little more so the reader can understand the severity of these actions. I also liked how you posed a popular question about what is to come from Miami and then answered it with facts on their recruiting class.


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