… and, yes, boosters could before on a limited basis.
In fact, the NCAA rulebook states athletes “may receive an occasional meal from a representative of athletics interests on infrequent and special occasions.”
There are certain limitations to that rule, but Miami has stated in its most recent newsletter that athletic boosters will no longer be able to provide those occasional meals, nor can they host a student-athlete in their home.
“Boosters should not provide any type of food, drink, transportation, or other extra benefits to current student-athletes,” the newsletter reads
The decision comes months after former booster Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports that he provided over 70 current and former Miami athletes (as well as recruits) with impermissible benefits that, combined, totaled in the millions of dollars. Since then, Miami has begun to take measures to better monitor booster-athlete relations. In September, Miami announced they would be tightening up sideline access during football games.
The newsletter does not directly mention Shapiro. The NCAA continues to investigate the program, but no timetable has been given as to when the NCAA will wrap up their investigation and/or hand out a Notice of Allegations to Miami – if they hand out one.