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Miami tightens up sideline security after Shapiro scandal

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While former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro was leading the Hurricanes out on to the field of the Orange Bowl and roaming the sidelines, little did Miami’s athletic or university administration know – or, at least that’s their story – that Shapiro was allegedly handing out impermissible benefits to players.

As UM tries to pick up the pieces from the largest football scandal of the year, steps are now being put in place to tighten up control the program has over its players. The Associated Press reports that all guests without a “game day operations purpose” will not be allowed field-access passes.

Donors will still be allowed on the field before the game, but will be accompanied by authorized university employee and must stay in a designated area. Recruits and parents will also be allowed on to the field before the game, but like boosters, will be accompanied by a university employee and must leave the field 22 minutes prior to kickoff.

In some cases, former UM players will be allowed on the sidelines during games, but all exceptions must be approved by president Donna Shalala and athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

The NCAA investigation of Miami’s program is ongoing, so in addition to helping prevent future cases like the Shapiro allegations, consider this one effort by the university to show the NCAA that they take allegations and violations seriously.

The NCAA has already suspended eight Miami players for at least one game this season in the aftermath of the Shapiro allegations.

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7 Responses to “Miami tightens up sideline security after Shapiro scandal”
  1. effjohntaylornorelation says: Sep 13, 2011 11:29 AM

    Ben,

    Can you offer any insight as to why the 3 latest Buckeyes got at least 2 games suspension for accepting $200 as opposed to some of the Miami players whom only received 1 game suspensions?

  2. Ben Kercheval says: Sep 13, 2011 12:21 PM

    effjohntaylornorelation, (I will forever love your name)

    The NCAA works in mysterious ways. When they investigate an individual athlete (or program), they do so in a vacuum — in other words, they don’t “compare” it to any other allegations at another school. They look at all the facts of that given situation and levy a punishment (or none at all) based on what they know in that specific instance. What happens at Ohio State has no influence on what happens at Miami.

  3. mdnittlion says: Sep 13, 2011 2:43 PM

    Just to be clear, now there doing something not in the 80′s or 90′s when Luke was around or after Randy Shannon took over and tried to clean up the program by having the team distance itself from Shapiro, NO now that the world knows what the deal really is it’s time to beef up security.

    Like they said on South Park:

    My work here is done.

    -Captain Hindsight

  4. effjohntaylornorelation says: Sep 13, 2011 7:00 PM

    Thank you, Ben. Am I to understand the NCAA does not have clearly defined discipline based on the dollar amount of violations? Would that make too much sense for them?

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Sep 13, 2011 7:30 PM

    Sort of; everything is considered on an individual basis. So, yes, I would agree that “defined discipline” isn’t exactly the best description for how the NCAA handles punishments. However, if an athlete receives benefits under $100 in value, typically there is no suspension because the benefits are deemed “repayable” and the school makes the player give a donation to a charity in that dollar amount.

  6. chachooga says: Sep 14, 2011 2:28 PM

    Benny K & EffJohn,

    Like Benny K said, it is about FACTS. No yahoo hit pieces do not count as FACT. When yahoo violates all journalistic integrity by using a convicted felon as the primary source to print among other BS, that a stripper got pregnant by a player and had an abortion, or that $10,000 was given to a player without ever interviewing said player (voicemail and facebook don’t count as legit journalism). It is largely based off the word of a convicted felon…..an occasional anonymous source thrown in.

    So EffJohn…..IT IS ABOUT FACTS.

    Benny I am surprised you wrote “little did Miami’s athletic or university administration know – or, at least that’s their story”…..why not accept Miami’s AD departments claim? You guys at CFT seemed to accept hands down that Boise “gave housing (mostly on couches and floors)”. If there was ever a moment for cynicism that was it!!!!

    But alas UM is hated (with good reason, they are bad A) and Boise is a darling. So it will go.

    But Benny K “biggest scandal of the year”. Sure most tabloid friendly story of the year, but to my count UM had 8 players over last five years….Boise had 63 athletes!

    You really have no credibility to ever mention UM Benny K, ever since you posted “The U” logo upside down last year here on CFT….your personal hate for the U became obvious.

  7. lakesidegator says: Sep 14, 2011 8:45 PM

    Ladies & Gentlemen — the Horse has already left the Barn.
    Signed,

    Farmers Everywhere

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