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NCAA rules eight Hurricanes must sit at least one game

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Al Golden said earlier this week that he was hoping to hear from the NCAA by Thursday regarding the eligibility of a number of his football players.  Golden indeed got his wish, although it’s likely not the answer he was hoping for.

The NCAA ruled Wednesday that eight Hurricane football players must sit at least one game this season.  The players had been declared ineligible by the school late last week.

The most recognizable name on the list of eight is quarterback Jacory Harris, who is one of five players who will be forced to sit out the opener.  The NCAA alleged that Harris received more than $140 in benefits from meals, entertainment, transportation and nightclub cover charges.

The stiffest sanctions were levied on defensive end Olivier Vernon, who will be forced to sit the first six games of the year.  The NCAA found that the lineman had received $1,200 in impermissible benefits during his recruitment from former UM booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro.  In their statement, the NCAA alleged that those recruitment benefits included meals, transportation, access to Shapiro’s game suite, drinks, as well as cover charges at two different nightclubs, among others.

Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong and tight end Dyron Dye were each suspended for the first four games for impermissible benefits they received during their recruitment.  Armstrong received approximately $788 in extra benefits from Shapiro and athletics personnel during his recruitment. Dye received approximately $738. These  benefits for both players included five nights of impermissible lodging from institutional staff during their unofficial visits, transportation, multiple meals, and entertainment at a gentleman’s club.

Defensive lineman Marcus Forston, linebacker Sean Spence, defensive lineman Adewale Ojomo and wide receiver Travis Benjamin were each suspended for one game apiece.  From the release:

Forston received more than $400 in extra benefits from Shapiro and athletic personnel, including athletic equipment, meals, nightclub cover charges and entertainment at a gentleman’s club. Spence received approximately $275 in benefits, including meals, transportation, as well as cover charges and entertainment at a gentleman’s club. Ojomo received $240 in extra benefits, including a meal and nightclub cover charges. Benjamin received more than $150 in extra benefits, including meals and entertainment.

All of the players must make restitution as a condition of their reinstatement.

Harris, Vernon, Armstrong, Forston, Spence, Ojomo and Benjamin were all listed as starters or co-starters on the Hurricanes’ most recent depth chart.  All seven will miss at least the opener Monday against Maryland.

“The NCAA has informed the University of Miami of their decisions regarding the reinstatement of eight student-athletes who were declared ineligible by the University last week,” Miami athletics director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement. “The student-athletes involved have acknowledged receiving improper benefits and will now be responsible for restitution and, in some cases, the student-athletes will also serve game suspensions. They understand that their actions demand consequences.

“This university has the highest standards in all of our academic and athletic endeavors.  We will remain steadfast in our commitment to continue to build winning programs with the utmost of integrity.  We will be more vigilant in our compliance and continue to work with the NCAA on the joint investigation to determine the facts.

“We appreciate the diligence and understanding of the NCAA staff and its handling of the student-athlete eligibility issues in an expeditious manner. I would also like to thank Coach [Al] Golden and his staff for their professionalism and leadership over the past few weeks.”

It should be noted that the NCAA’s decision on the player’s eligibility is separate from their broader investigation into the allegations levied against Miami’s football program and any sanctions that could be slapped on the school.

In the school’s release on the development, it was noted that Brandon McGee, JoJo Nicholas, Micanor Regis and Vaughn Telemaque “have been cleared by the NCAA to participate in all competition though each must make repayment in the amount of less than $100 for receiving impermissible benefits”, as well as Marcus Robinson being cleared of any NCAA violations and will not face any penalties.


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29 Responses to “NCAA rules eight Hurricanes must sit at least one game”
  1. bender4700 says: Aug 30, 2011 6:02 PM

    uh oh………

  2. bringbacktheflex says: Aug 30, 2011 6:10 PM

    Hmmm. USC has one guy accept gifts and they are gone for 2 years. Miami has 8 guys and they get a couple of games suspension.

    Talk about East Coast / West Coast inequities.

  3. parkcityute says: Aug 30, 2011 6:12 PM

    Golden has to sit them down at least one game this season. That means he can choose the game and prepare for them sitting down far in advance. If he wants to sit them down more than one game, they are giving him that option? What is the chance Golden will sit them down 2 or 3 games? none.

  4. bonerchamp says: Aug 30, 2011 6:40 PM

    Just like I said, an over hyped, overblown story. 5 players are accused of taking less than $400 in dinner and drinks!!!!!!!
    What a scandal!!!!

    Dummies, the real scandal happened almost 10 years ago, get over it! Put your pitchfork’s down!!!!!

  5. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 30, 2011 6:47 PM


    Reread, or maybe just read, the article. These punishments are completely separate from what the university may (will) receive. It took how many years to punish USC for one guy, well UM is looking at punishment for up to 72 guys. These things take time.


    Would be interested in your take now that the Association has hit active players, something you insisted would not happen, since the U had hired Randy Shannon and all.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Aug 30, 2011 7:13 PM

    Only 8 and only ONE game??? Give me a break!

  7. cane300 says: Aug 30, 2011 8:07 PM

    I am a Cane fan, read the article closely. The players received these benefits during the recruiting process and the involved coaching staff, so Miami will be hit but I think the NCAA is after the coaches also. None of them are still in Miami but are employed by Florida, Alabama, Louisville and Missouri. Now imagine if these coaches get the Bruce Pearl treatment are essentially banned from recruiting. How would this affect these schools? Also, look at the benefits they received, essentially food, drink, and lodging and no payments. Now I do believe that the U will lose scholarships and will have at least a 2 year bowl ban, but what makes this different is that the players told the truth and cooperated with the NCAA, no lies like Ohio St., no fighting everything like USC. It may seem unfair, but no one likes to be lied to, especially the NCAA!

  8. imasturbate says: Aug 30, 2011 8:09 PM

    The most recognizable name on the list of eight is quarterback Jacory Harris, who is one of five players who will be forced to sit out the opener. The NCAA alleged that Harris received more than $140 in benefits from meals, entertainment, transportation and nightclub cover charges.

    So a billionaire booster fed him the dollar menu at McDonalds, made him take the bus to the club and he drank water all night or did this take place in the 1930’s?

    $140.00 at South Beach…lol…what a joke!

  9. cane300 says: Aug 30, 2011 8:16 PM

    And notice one player was cleared of any wrong doing so 72 just became 71. I wonder how many more will fall off the list?

  10. ihateannouncers says: Aug 30, 2011 8:23 PM

    So now its ok to take benefits as long as it doesn’t exceed $100?? It would be nice to know the rational for figuring each suspension. They seem inconsistant from player to player. Is the suspension price about $200 per game?? Must have been some expensive tatoos in Columbus.
    What a joke.

  11. mz1383 says: Aug 30, 2011 8:26 PM

    I think the biggest blow will come after all the subpoenas are sent out from the bankruptcy courts…. tell the truth there or face perjury charges. See what the 60 or so past players say, this could take a while!

  12. contract says: Aug 30, 2011 8:37 PM

    About $4000 total for the lot of them. Cam Newton’s dad wouldn’t have even taken our call for $4000.

  13. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 30, 2011 8:39 PM


    Agree this could take a while.


    First, who doesn’t. Second, I was thinking the same thing as I read the breakdown. How the hell did he spend less than $200 at a scrip club, plus meals and other stuff. Hell, cover charge had to be at least $20, and if he didn’t pay for a private dance no way in hell I’d be signing.

  14. bender4700 says: Aug 30, 2011 9:22 PM


    How are you saying that nothings happening? Why would the NCAA suspend players, 1 indefinitely, if there was nothing going on? This article only makes it worse, not better. It’s not overhyped if several starting players for Miami are going to miss 1-6 games, and 1 is basically done.


    1 player is cleared, and yet 8 were caught? 1 out of 8 is not a good ratio. Convert that and you’re staring at 9 out of 72 are innocent. 63 guilty players is still a lot more than anyone else in recent years.

    The U fans, please realize, I’m NOT hating, but come on guys. Things are not looking good if the NCAA already slammed a few players. 6 games is half a season for it to be nothing.

  15. bender4700 says: Aug 30, 2011 9:25 PM


    You are the best CFT Post commenter period. Just saying.

  16. bender4700 says: Aug 30, 2011 9:28 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Aug 30, 2011 7:13 PM
    Only 8 and only ONE game??? Give me a break!

    You did read the thing right?

    2 got 1 game, others got 4 or 6. Not sure if this article states it, but 1 player is indefinitely suspended.

  17. caneintally says: Aug 30, 2011 9:52 PM

    I was expecting 4 games per player. I’m ecstatic about this. Let’s see how the rest of it shakes out. I agree with cane300, that Pearl ruling could be a huge precedent in Miami’s favor. What worries me is if anyone left in compliance or administration knew about other. MD will be tough with our d line hurting. However. We can win. Go canes!

  18. burglebuddy says: Aug 30, 2011 11:00 PM

    The NCAA is so unjust!!! How could they punish these poor, helpless students who are probably exhausted from hours upon hours of studying for exams, writing essays, and…….wait……….you mean……….Really? No classes or academic work?…….So, UM athletes don’t actually….?…….oh God, I feel so betrayed. They seemed like such nice young men.

    No wonder they can’t read the NCAA regs.

  19. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 30, 2011 11:03 PM

    Thanks bender.

    Your last name wouldn’t be rodriguez, would it?

  20. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 31, 2011 1:27 AM

    @ bringbacktheflex:
    You seem to forget that USC was already in trouble for their basketball program; hence, the lack of institutional control finding. It has nothing to do with any east-west bias. I was hoping that all 8 would be out for at least 3 games. If they were we could watch a record breaking event (New record = highest number of suspended players in 1 game. Miami 8 and OSU 5 for a total of 13).

  21. lakesidegator says: Aug 31, 2011 5:57 AM

    White wash open for business. Come in and get your white wash here.

  22. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 31, 2011 7:12 AM


    What a lot of folks are forgetting if that if this does go back to ’03, UM was still on probation for their baseball team. This could potentially get very ugly.

  23. caneintally says: Aug 31, 2011 9:25 AM

    Brutus, Miami will only have three suspended for osu game. Just sayin.

  24. 3camps1776 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:05 AM

    All of them have to make restitution? Shouldn’t be a problem a few boosters couldn’t solve!

  25. JP O'Flaherty says: Aug 31, 2011 3:10 PM

    So, it is Eight players who have to sit out ONE (1) game for accepting “gifts” from the infamous Shapiro booster. WOW, that is really being a hard ass, isn’t it Mr. NCAA?
    Hey, I don’t care what color these kids are, or where they are from, but kids like this are ruining collegiate athletics! First, they hold notable universities up for everything and anything they can get, then they “decide” where they want to go.
    I think without any doubt the violations cited by Mr. Shapiro, as part of a plea agreement with the federal prosecutors, are the absolute worst ever incurred by any college program!
    Can you spell “death penalty”? Well, I hope the NCAA can! This kind of recruiting “blackmail” has to end. Miami University has been known for being a football factory, with the caliber of semi pro recruits and thugs they used as players. Their academic credibility was never in question, because they had NONE!
    Now that the NCAA has played patty-cake with these 8 offenders, they better bring out the big guns for the University of Miami. Anything less than a total banishment from collegiate sports is unacceptable!
    They are now and have been a disgrace to college recruiting for years and years, enabling other universities to believe “if they can, why can’t we?” NCAA show some balls, and do what is right!

  26. chachooga says: Sep 1, 2011 6:30 PM


    Wow even in good news for the Canes you are banging the war drum. Stop trying to sound all high and mighty and unbiased….your type is pretty disappointing. A UM hater masquerading as a UM semi fan who cares about the U or whatever you said in the past.

    I’ve been totally out of communication for 8 days, was glad to get back and see the news.

    My point about Shannon. You notice the guys on the list? Mostly Seniors from Shannon’s first class. There is no warrant in this crap for the NCAA to go past the statute of limitations of 4 years.

    I said if there was anything it was minor….and looky looky…..8 with 1 game suspension, 3 with 4 games and 1 with 6games. All for a total of around 4k?!?! or something. If Shapiro doesn’t go all jailbird with yahoo none of this is even close to worthy of attention. Imagine if all the creepy rich boosters at all schools did tell alls?!?!?

    So Tom, get off the U. You are pathetic….offense intended (not really). Tired of people cheering for yahoo and this Shapiro scum bag.

    Here is a story you should read. As I have said all along, if this wasn’t public it would be “violation of team rules” like the Maryland guys.

    USC gave a guys family a HOUSE!!!! Who cares how many guys got to walk into a club for free with Shapiro scum bag. USC was way different.

  27. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Sep 1, 2011 6:52 PM

    Lol he is back.

    Never claimed to love or hate the U.

    Im a PSU fan, so rarely do we play you these days.

    Where you get the idea that the NCAA has no reason to go back more than 4 years I cannot tell. The info is now out in the open, they are pretty much forced into it. Keep in mind that these suspensions are separate from what sanctions will be handed down.

    And the bankruptcy subpoenas, you can forget about anything being swept under the rug.

    Lastly, welcome back. I look to CFT to provide a few chuckles each day, and you do your part.

  28. chachooga says: Sep 1, 2011 7:45 PM

    Good stuff….but you did claim some sympathy for the U a while back….

    UM is certainly not out of the dark, but all the previous stuff will have to be off of Shapiro alone. No way any player is gonna admit to anything with a convicted felon….the current players cooperated with the NCAA.

    If there is no Yahoo hit piece, there would be no looking beyond 4 years….because as I said Shannon ran a tight ship, Shapiro was a rogue scum bag, Shannon got him out of the picture….he obviously is furious.

    Looking forward to some college football….I have no beef with Penn State….good luck….win it for the Pa.

  29. buckeyeboy says: Sep 2, 2011 8:43 AM

    chachooga let me get this straight, you are saying that without someone running an exposè on Miami, no one would have found out?

    I believe #duh applies perfectly you

    come on man!

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