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Ex-Miami AD Paul Dee dead at age 65

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The man who was in charge of the NCAA committee that slapped near-historic sanctions on the USC football program in 2010 has died, multiple media outlets in the Miami are reporting.

The University of Miami confirmed to the Miami Herald that Paul Dee died over the weekend.  The paper wrote that the 65-year-old Dee had been hospitalized recently for cancer treatment, although no cause of death was given.

Dee served as athletic director at Miami from 1993 through 2008.  After that he moved on to the NCAA, and served on the Committee on Infractions.

“The entire University of Miami community is saddened by the loss of Paul Dee,” said president Donna Shalala in a statement. “A proud alumnus, he will be remembered for his distinguished career and service to the University as Vice President and General Counsel, Director of Hurricane Athletics and a member of the School of Education faculty.”

“We lost a teacher, leader, friend and a truly loyal man today,” said athletic director Shawn Eichorst. “Paul Dee devoted every ounce of energy and passion to the University of Miami over many, many years. The Hurricane family sends its condolences and grieves along with his family and friends.”

While Dee and his committee hammered USC over the Reggie Bush imbroglio while he was the committee’s chairman, he was also the athletic director at a university — Miami — during the time period in which a booster is accused of giving millions of dollars in impermissible benefits and for which the football and basketball programs are currently under the NCAA infractions microscope.

“High-profile athletes demand high-profile compliance,” Dee infamously said two years ago, albeit in reference to the USC case and not his own troubled — and former — athletic programs.

“If the allegations prove true, the words irony and hypocrisy don’t seem to go far enough,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was quoted as saying when the Nevin Shapiro allegations against Miami surfaced.

Our condolences go out to Dee’s family and friends on his passing.

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22 Responses to “Ex-Miami AD Paul Dee dead at age 65”
  1. uscatjerseyshore says: May 13, 2012 5:27 PM

    Hard to feel any sympathy on Dee’s passing. Regardless of the outcome or the punishment handed down to Miami by the NCAA, the epitaph on this tub of lard’s tombstone can be summarized in a single word: Hypocrite.

  2. reclinerqb says: May 13, 2012 5:40 PM

    While I wholeheartedly agree that Paul Dee was a hypocrite and the entire NCAA COI is as big a joke as the TSA and the sanctions laid down on USC were extreme like the bounty punishments laid down on the Saints when compared to the evidence provided…

    Regardless of all that, 65 is way to young for anybody to pass away, and his professional life had nothing to do with how he was a father, husband, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, etc. and his friends and family did not deserve to lose him. We need to look at this from a human standpoint and not a college football fan, some things are bigger than college football, and sympathy should be given to his family and friends. Nothing he did professionally deserved this outcome, let’s all respect his family and friends during this tough time for them.

  3. thekatman says: May 13, 2012 7:24 PM

    Paul Dee, may your soul rest in peace, because your legacy will not. Paul Dee will be remembered as one of the most corrupt athletic directors in NCAA college football.

    Can’t wait to see what the ineffective NCAA COI will lay down on Miami and Oregon once the investigations are completed. Better be significantly harder hit than what he did to USC.

  4. thehawg says: May 13, 2012 8:28 PM

    Paul Dee RIP, Here is a lifestyle tip for everyone, commit yourself to a power walk of a 30 minutes daily & quit drinking soda. I have lost 15 pounds in the last 4 months

  5. jodave5 says: May 13, 2012 11:24 PM

    thehawg says:
    May 13, 2012 8:28 PM
    Paul Dee RIP, Here is a lifestyle tip for everyone, commit yourself to a power walk of a 30 minutes daily & quit drinking soda. I have lost 15 pounds in the last 4 months
    15lbs in 4 months? Someone can do that w/o trying. Sorry but I lost 100lbs in 6 months and have kept it off for 27 yrs. Soda has ZERO to do with it. Quit eating so much and get off your rear-end. All these BS diets (Atkins, carbs, etc)…’s all a money-making scam. I was Jared before Jared was born. Just too stupid to capitalize on it.

  6. papabush88 says: May 13, 2012 11:34 PM

    As a die hard fan and an alum of USC, I do not like this man from a college football perspective, but reclinerqb is right. He’s a human being and I’m sure leaves behind a family. However, many will remember him as a hypocrite, which was his own doing. But I would never wish anything like an untimely death for him. My prayers go to his family because there are way more important things in life than football.

  7. crazycane says: May 14, 2012 7:54 AM

    Regardless of school, colors, or history, I find it very sad that people take a sport so seriously and bewilder another man after his passing because he did something to your school. And I use the term school loosely as I’m willing to bet that half the people who wish ill will didn’t even go to USCw.

    thekatman, Miami isn’t going to get hit harder than USCw. Miami, unlike USCw, is working ‘TOGETHER’ with the NCAA. Where as USCw was working ‘AGAINST’ them and not wanting to help out.

  8. thekatman says: May 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    @crazycane: when you take time to read the NCAA paperwork about the USC invetigation you’ll understand the facts. What you have stated is incorrect and a reharsh of bitterness and misinformation. USC fully complied with all requests, and the NCAA’s 4 year investigation did not find any fault with the program, the university or its coaches. They blamed Todd McNair, RB coach, ” he should have known” Bush was taking money from two sports agent wanna be crooks in San Diego. This is nothing like what is being investigated at Miami. Not close. Dee and the COI lied, made up rules to prohibit USC from having access to witnesses and docs. The only party that didn’t show any style or class was Dee and the COI.

    Btw. Who the heck is USCw? If you are referring the the University of Southern California, we are known throughout the world as USC or SC. The Univ of South Carolina is known as Carolina or USCe.

  9. papabush88 says: May 14, 2012 10:47 AM


    You are wrong because Miami will NOT get hit harder by the NCAA. The reason why they won’t is because they are NOT USC. Why would anyone be afraid of the Miami program accomplishing anything? Miami did far worse than any school has in a long time, but the even giving them the same penalties USC got would kill Miami.


    I’m a USC alum from a family (immediate and even my in laws and wife). The only ill will I wished against Dee was for him to be punished by the law, if found guilty. Not death.Mike Garrett and Pete Carroll were the ones not cooperating because they were being accused, and as the NCAA concluded, they never knew anything and were cleared by the NCAA. Wishing death upon someone is a terrible thing. I’ve always been pro life, both when it comes to abortion and inmates on death row, etc. I think serving a prison sentence is far worse than a lethal injection. I think that is what Dee deserved.

    And calling us USCw is just downright disrespectful. We don’t win 11 national titles for nothing. We don’t get the most players drafted all time for nothing. We don’t have the most current players in the NFL for nothing. We aren’t labeled by the NFL.Network as the No. 1 football factory of all time for nothing (Miami was No. 2). We don’t have 7 Heismans for nothing. We don’t have the best bowl game winning percentage for nothing. Show some respect. Besides, South Carolina was named USC is 1891, eleven years after USC was founded in Southern California. Before South Carolina was USC, they were called South Carolina College from 1802-1891. You are Miami. Miami of Ohio is Miami of Ohio.

  10. thekatman says: May 14, 2012 11:09 AM

    @papbush88: What was I thinking, that the NCAA might finally come to their senses and realize that the harshest penalties in college football were assessed inappropriately to USC, and that they would either review the penalties assessed, or become consistent. Neither will actually occur thugh. lol

  11. papabush88 says: May 14, 2012 11:35 AM


    Yeah, sometimes the big brother has to take a larger amount of punishment than his younger siblings just because the big brother is able to endure. When you look at it that way, it is sort of a compliment that we got punished so badly because we were the only ones that can handle it without being completely annihilated. Another way to look at it is that we are the villain of college football…we are Darth Vader and really for no reason. And we have to be Ok with it. Kind of like how LeBron is the villain of the NBA. The Decision maybe wasn’t the best idea, but what did he do wrong? He wanted to win a championship with his friends and decided to take a pay cut. If anything, we should commend him. The only thing he did wrong was spend 7 seasons in a city where winning a championship was impossible. So, we are Darth Vader. So what? Darth sold the most lunch boxes anyway.

  12. thekatman says: May 14, 2012 11:52 AM

    Yeah pb88, and Darth Vader ended up being a good guy after all. As a high profile university in a large metro area, unlike most of college football schools, NCAA rules only allow a recruit to be taken to a restaurant within 10 miles of the school. This hurts schools like USC, because the coaches can’t take the kids to the beach for dinner. It doesn’t hurt schools where there isn’t anything but countryside 10 miles from school….

    Just an example of stupid rules from stupid people.

  13. uscatjerseyshore says: May 14, 2012 12:18 PM

    While I sympathize with anyone that feels any sort of loss in Dee’s passing it would be hypocritical to suddenly feel any sorrow for this scumbag. USC was handed the harshest sanctions since SMU’s death penalty and Dee, the former Miami Athletic Director, as chair of the NCAA infractions committee chose to orchestrate the penalties and justified what was imposed by self righteously commenting “High profile players demand high-profile compliance”. Reconcile this statement with Dee’s comment on Nevin Shapiro’s support of the Miami program “We didn’t have any suspicion that he [Shapiro] was doing anything like this. He didn’t do anything to cause concern.”

    As his legacy, Dee was the AD at UMiami for 15 years from 1993-2008 named to the AD position after being the Miami VP and General Counsel for 12 years prior to his appointment. As the AD he had overall responsibility for program and the program’s compliance with NCAA rules. With Dee’s death it is appropriate to reflect upon his life, what he stood for and what he accomplished. Beyond the 2002-2010 Shapiro investigation, which has yet to be concluded the NCAA, is only the more recent NCAA investigation which occurred during his tenure as the UMiami AD. In 1994, 80 students, 57 of whom were football players falsified Pell Grant applications, illegally securing more than $220,000 in federal grand money. This was described as the “largest centralized fraud ever committed in the history of the Pell Grant program”.

    In 1995, the NCAA announced that the University of Miami provided or allowed “more than $412,000 of excessive aid” to student-athletes between 1990 and 1994, failed to implement its drug testing program, and lost institutional control over the football program. The NCAA sanctions included a one-year ban from postseason play and a 31-scholarship reduction from 1996 to 1999.

    The depiction of Dee as a hypocrite comes from a much wider audience than the USC fan base.

  14. 4hrchubby says: May 14, 2012 12:31 PM

    @crazycane, it is clueless people like you that pass on lies and innuendo without thinking twice.

    you said: Miami is working together with the NCAA and USC was working against it.

    Wrong…this is a direct quote from the NCAA report: “The committee determined that the cooperation exhibited by the institution (USC) met it’s obligation under bylaws and 32.1.4”

  15. papabush88 says: May 14, 2012 12:42 PM


    You are right on the money. But everyone deserves a period of mourning upon their death. Even people like Dee.

    When John Wooden died (and trust me, even as a USC fan, Wooden was 10,000 times better than Dee) Wooden was given an appropriate amount of time where the media focused on his life and legacy and commended him for what he did. But after that was over, the LA Times, compelled to show more than one perspective, reminded us of the shady things Wooden did during his time at UCLA. This included UCLA booster Sam Gilbert who showered Wooden’s players with improper benefits for decades. In fact, if the NCAA acted back in the Wooden days in the way they act now, UCLA would have to vacate about 8 championships Wooden won for the Bruins in basketball. And Wooden admitted that Gilbert was shady, but didn’t do much to stop him. Even former Bruin Bill Walton admitted that the players listened to Wooden on the court, and Gilbert off it.

    Give Dee and his family some time. But after that, we can let the dogs out on him.

  16. ncrdbl1 says: May 14, 2012 1:26 PM

    Feel for his family but as for him he can burn in hell for all i care.

  17. crazycane says: May 14, 2012 2:51 PM

    4hrchubby, Google USC didn’t cooperate with the NCAA. Thank you for playing and go away.

    Don’t get mad when UM gets a slap on the wrist.

  18. thekatman says: May 14, 2012 2:58 PM

    If folks are truly interested instead of jsut mouthing off, read the NCAA report, not some snippet from Google.

  19. papabush88 says: May 14, 2012 3:18 PM


    I bet I can also Google “God is a scam” and find a bunch of things on that. Try Googling “Miami sucks,” and see what you get. I’m sure you won’t find anything objective. How can you dismiss direct quotes made by the NCAA? They said USC cooperated in the investigation. Why don’t you like facts? Here is the full quote as in the NCAA’s report:

    “The committee determined that the cooperation exhibited by the institution met its obligation under Bylaws and 32.1.4. The cooperation the institution demonstrated in this case must be weighed against the conduct and failures of the institution and its personnel as set forth in Findings B-1-(b), B-6 and B-7. The committee concluded that in light of the serious nature of the violations and the failure of the institution to detect and/or prevent them, the institution’s cooperation did not warrant relief in the penalties imposed by the committee in this case.”

  20. reclinerqb says: May 14, 2012 4:29 PM

    I am amazed that people actually have such hate for a man for what he did to a college football team that they would wish that he would “burn in hell” and have no sympathy….Just because he was horrible for some programs, a hypocrite, etc. does not mean that he was a bad person….I really dont think that whoever is in charge of the “afterlife”, if there is one, will care what he did or didnt do to the state of college football, USC, Miami, UNC, etc. there are bigger things out there in life….

    He also did a lot of good for his community from what I have read, doing a lot of work for the Boy Scouts and received many awards for the work he did outside of sports….I think his civic duties will resonate more with the Big Man upstairs than what he did to USC

  21. papabush88 says: May 14, 2012 5:01 PM


    As I said before, I agree with you. While during the fall it is hard for me to admit this, there are more important things in life than college football and USC. Due to the nature of the media, I don’t know very many positive things about Paul Dee. The media tends to focus on the negative. Maybe he did great things. However, if we are talking about God, then I am not sure how thrilled the “Big Man upstairs” is going to be with Dee if accusations of his involvment in sex-cocaine-prostitutes-abortion parties are true.

  22. thekatman says: May 14, 2012 7:42 PM

    Miami Hurricanes (from Google)

    1. The “mascot” of a supposed college football program located in Coral Gables, FL, that actually is a semi-pro team since the alumni pay for their athletes and hence, their national championships.

    2. What low class, poor, ghetto dwelling thugs think the University of Miami is actually called because:
    a) They don’t realize it’s actually a school of higher learning and not a pro team
    b) They have never been to the campus (or any campus for that matter)
    c) They couldn’t find Coral Gables, FL on a map
    d) They could never afford to take a class at the school anyway.

    3. The college football program that is most envious of the years of dominance that the Florida State University football program enjoyed during the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s, setting several NCAA records and winning two national championships while stringing together an unprecedented 14 straight top 5 finishes and bowl appearances.

    4. The college football program located in Coral Gables, FL that will spend 2-3 years atop the polls, then runs out of money to pay players, and sinks to the level of an also-ran team that loses annually to West Virginia and Virginia Tech until they can save enough money up to pay for more pro caliber players. In addition, at least once per decade, they will be placed on NCAA probation.

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