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Miami tells boosters they can’t provide meals for athletes

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… 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.

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8 Responses to “Miami tells boosters they can’t provide meals for athletes”
  1. dkhhuey says: Jan 16, 2012 12:37 PM

    They should have spelled out that it includes: Hookers, abortions, stripper lap dances, money in pool table pockets, boat rides, etc., etc.

  2. blitz4848 says: Jan 16, 2012 12:45 PM

    No need to spell it out–it’s Miami nuff said!!!!

  3. edweird0 says: Jan 16, 2012 12:47 PM

    @ dkhhuey: yeah it makes sense to make a generic one so that it could be used at your school also.

  4. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 16, 2012 1:02 PM

    Really?

    When was the last time Thugville U was relevent?

    It was a semi pro organization way back when, never a school.

    It is now just a place where punks from the hood can continue their high school glory days and continue their hoodlum ways

  5. dkhhuey says: Jan 16, 2012 1:12 PM

    @ed

    No – we just say no more selling stuff for tats!

  6. lemmam says: Jan 16, 2012 1:54 PM

    I played division II football back in the early 1980′s. One of the “big” donors owned the local A&W Root Beer Restaurants. If we won a game we had received a coupon for a free hamburger or hot dog, fries and a drink. The town didn’t even have a strip joint.

  7. deadeye says: Jan 16, 2012 4:16 PM

    Miami tells boosters they can’t provide meals for athletes. Cocaine and prostitutes are now the only acceptable gifts going forward.

  8. canetic says: Jan 16, 2012 7:23 PM

    UM was “never a school”? Explain the to US News and World Report who has the U school ranked #38 in the country. Ahead of Pepperdine, Boston University, Ohio St, Va Tech, BYU, Baylor, etc etc. Not to mention their world class medical school. And all with an enrollment of just 10,000 students.

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