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.