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Reports: NCAA nearing Notice of Allegations for Miami

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The interminable investigation into the Miami Hurricanes and a rogue booster may be set to take its next major step, multiple media outlets are reporting.

According to both the Associated Press and CaneInsider.com, the NCAA’s probe into the Miami football program is on the verge of completion, with the former reporting that “the NCAA is scheduling meetings to discuss specific allegations with individuals who are believed to have committed violations found during the inquiry”; some of those are scheduled for Monday.  The latter website reports that a Notice of Allegations could be sent to the school within the next 72 hours.

Regardless of when Miami actually receives the NOA, the school would have three months to respond to the allegations found during the course of what’s been a nearly two-year-long investigation.  A finding, including official sanctions, could come early in the summer.

Miami has already self-imposed sanctions, including banning the football program from postseason play the past two seasons.  Multiple players were suspended in 2011 for a various amount of games as well.

The investigation centered on convicted felon and Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, who allegedly lavished millions of dollars in impermissible benefits on, among others at the school, football players.  In February, Shapiro, apparently agitated over nearly four dozen individuals connected to The U were lined up to testify against him in his federal trial, promised to take “that program down to Chinatown” and that the Miami story will become “an urban legend” before it’s all said and done.

Shapiro was ultimately sentenced to 20 years in prison for orchestrating what was in the neighborhood of a $1 billion Ponzi scheme.

In August of 2010, it was reported that Shapiro was writing a tell-all book in which he would allege he aided multiple Hurricanes players and potential recruits — as well as at least one member of the coaching staff — commit major NCAA violations related to impermissible benefits.  Another report surfaced a year later that the NCAA was looking to gain more knowledge of the situation.

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24 Responses to “Reports: NCAA nearing Notice of Allegations for Miami”
  1. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 12, 2013 5:37 PM

    Whoever is running this investigation is incompetent. Theres no reason this should take this long and hopefully they don’t give Miami much more sanctions, they’ve self imposed enough.

  2. bender4700 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    Imposed enough?

    This stuff went on for several years, multiple players involved.

    Ohio State got what, 2 year bowl ban? Same with USC?

    Miami served 2 self imposed bowl bans.

    Ohio State had a hand full of players and a lying coach that covered it up.

    USC had ONE player and a coach who pretended he didn’t know anything.

    How the heck is that balanced?

    Miami has DOCUMENTED evidence, MANY players.

    Two year bowl ban?

    And people complain the NCAA is jacked up, yet people like the above commenter think a 2 year bowl ban is enough in comparison to other programs in similar trouble except for Miami’s being x10 worse.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:44 PM

    About time. Most people have forgotten about by now.

  4. dirtyharry1971 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:53 PM

    miami should just quit having classes and become a full time max security prison

  5. tttrojan4life says: Jan 12, 2013 5:59 PM

    Please NCAA don’t punish the real O.G. Thug U. too hard.

  6. canetic says: Jan 12, 2013 6:14 PM

    NCAA’s Conclusion — It’s All About the U! Get out there and play ball!

  7. atxcane says: Jan 12, 2013 6:46 PM

    Well, he got one thing right…it will be “urban legend” for years to come.

  8. boondocksaint7 says: Jan 12, 2013 8:02 PM

    NCAA only punishes schools when they have political pressure and that don’t fight back. Miami will get a slap on the wrist.

  9. soflosportsfan says: Jan 12, 2013 8:07 PM

    For those who say “drop the hammer”, look at your program for you start bashing others. If you think this only happened at UM then your in denial. And cut the sh** with the thug U nonsense, UM has been one of the cleanest programs(players getting into legal trouble) for the past 7 years

  10. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 12, 2013 8:14 PM

    Soflosportsfan

    You honestly believe what you just said? C’Mon man! Besides Ray Lewis proved that it takes at least 10 years to be considered clean and have everything you did forgotten. Say……. Isn’t Ray from THE U? Your right, classy bunch.

  11. 305fan says: Jan 12, 2013 10:29 PM

    I love the “U” haters. It’s because you want to be like us that you hate us. It’s because you will never be like us that you hate us. It’s because we are “The U”.

  12. mcjon22 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:49 PM

    Here’s what most Miami fans don’t get:

    The NCAA hates you. They’ve hated your program for years, and now they get to be your judge and jury. They’ve wanted a reason to bury you, right or wrong, and it appears the program has obliged them.

    The NCAA just changed it’s bylaws to hand down more ‘severe’ punishments in the same manner as was handed to Penn State. You might not get a 4 year bowl band, but you will most likely get a HUGE fine in addition to scholarship reductions.

    A big fine and massive scholarship reductions equivalent to what was handed to USC would have a death penalty like effect on the program. It’s one of the most expensive schools to attend in the state of Florida, so you can forget about walk ons coming. And unlike USC, who just dropped $50 mil into an athletic center, Miami’s facilities are years behind what the average top 25 BCS programs are. There’s no reason for a 3, 4, or 5 star recruit to even consider them going forward.

    Furthermore, unlike a USC or Ohio State or even a Penn State, Miami’s athletic department is in no shape to soften the blow of these coming sanctions. They do not have money saved up for lean years. There will be cuts to other sports because of this. There will be a significant trickle down effect that will be felt for years to come.

    Finally, a number of the alumni of UM, you know, people that actually graduated from the school? they Despise the football program, it’s ‘Swag’, and the poor light it has brought upon the university. This will only further those feelings and tighten the purse strings on the giving to the athletic program.

    If it’s the equivalent or worse than what USC received, it’ll take the football program 7-10 years easy to recover.

  13. mcjon22 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:53 PM

    305fan says:
    Jan 12, 2013 10:29 PM
    I love the “U” haters. It’s because you want to be like us that you hate us. It’s because you will never be like us that you hate us. It’s because we are “The U”.

    I think I can speak for 99% of everyone’s fan base and alumni in saying that we truly hope our programs and schools never become like ‘DA U’.

  14. dcroz says: Jan 12, 2013 11:59 PM

    305fan says:
    Jan 12, 2013 10:29 PM
    I love the “U” haters. It’s because you want to be like us that you hate us. It’s because you will never be like us that you hate us. It’s because we are “The U”.

    You mean everyone wants thugs and crooks hanging around their program, that half the players have to get tickets to every home game for their parole officers, and not being able to fill half the stadium unless you’re in the national title race? Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that people are more than happy NOT to be The U.

  15. edlut63 says: Jan 13, 2013 9:29 AM

    What is the graduation rate of the football squad at the U? Say 32 percent.

  16. canehouse says: Jan 13, 2013 9:46 AM

    Actually the graduation rate of the football team is over 85% at UM.

    mcjon… Your a mess… get a life pal.

  17. kattykathy says: Jan 13, 2013 9:51 AM

    Alabama will be next

  18. zurnvs says: Jan 13, 2013 10:17 AM

    Not bama fan, I dislike tricky nick, but his programs r no more dirty than the rest.

  19. 35longmiles says: Jan 13, 2013 11:07 AM

    305fan says:
    Jan 12, 2013 10:29 PM
    It’s because we are “The U”.
    ——————–
    And THAT is what you are and have become. A tired, empty, meaningless CLICHE.

    You are the posterchildren for everything that a football program shouldn’t do. []_[] got completely lost in the financial backwash of the D-1 football jet boat. Relatively speaking, you’re BROKE. Completely irrelevant for a full decade now, you subsist on achievements that are for the most part, from a bygone era of college football. Laughably, you are convinced that you are just a couple of DT’s and a cornerback away from “dominating.” Too ignorant to understand that you failed miserably in keeping up with the ever changing dog-eat-dog world of college football. And now you sit in a holding cell waiting for your sentencing. All the above fools that believe there won’t be harsh penalties handed down are quite entertaining. The violations are egregious and there will be significant scholarship reductions, putting the dagger even deeper in your eroded mess. The above photo of that 110 pound midget that invaded your little hamlet is so embarrassingly funny that it is hard to put to words. Good luck has-beens. The guillotine is about to slide down on your neck. Can’t wait.

  20. kozbee says: Jan 13, 2013 12:21 PM

    Shapiro is non other then a worm that lives on the backs of players that imo dont need his help getting to where their going.(NFL) Kids never needed the help of a booster just play hard and one day if your that good will be where great players play.NFL

  21. dolfan1 says: Jan 13, 2013 1:25 PM

    I think I can speak for 99% of everyone’s fan base and alumni in saying that we truly hope our programs and schools never become like ‘DA U’. YOU MUST NOT WANT TO WIN!! LOSER!!

  22. 305fan says: Jan 13, 2013 1:34 PM

    35longmiles says:Jan 13, 2013 11:07 AM

    The above photo of that 110 pound midget that invaded your little hamlet is so embarrassingly funny that it is hard to put to words.

    You know whats embarrassingly funny? Watching your over rated SEC Gayturds lose to a Big East team in the Sugar Bowl. Suck it loser!!!

  23. necr0philia says: Jan 13, 2013 4:44 PM

    @ bender you my friend are a BIG idiot. The reason it has gone on so long is there is NO PROOF. It’s also 3 bowl games because of the ACC championship game. You sound like a little Bitc.

  24. trojanprincess49 says: Jan 21, 2013 3:22 PM

    “A big fine and massive scholarship reductions equivalent to what was handed to USC would have a death penalty like effect on the program. It’s one of the most expensive schools to attend in the state of Florida, so you can forget about walk ons coming. And unlike USC, who just dropped $50 mil into an athletic center, Miami’s facilities are years behind what the average top 25 BCS programs are. There’s no reason for a 3, 4, or 5 star recruit to even consider them going forward”

    Correction, USC dropped $70 Million on the McKay Center…

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