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Miami trustee joins Shalala, asks that ‘no further sanctions be imposed’

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Miami’s Notice of Allegations from the NCAA likely won’t be released anytime soon, if at all, but the university’s stance was made abundantly clear in a statement from UM president Donna Shalala released earlier this week:

Miami intends to fight the allegations against it. That’s somewhat standard operating procedure, but when you couple that with the facepalming missteps the NCAA took by essentially hiring Nevin Shapiro’s attorney to depose witnesses for information related to the investigation, the Hurricanes could have a rather compelling case on their hands.

Joining Shalala’s stance is UM board of trustees chair Leonard Abess, who, in an open letter to the Miami Herald, also asked that “no further sanctions be imposed” on the program.

“The university has self-imposed unprecedented sanctions, including the football program’s two-year bowl ban and forfeiture of a hard-earned conference championship game,” Abess writes. “Student-athletes found to have violated NCAA rules were withheld from competition, and they repaid any inappropriate benefits that they had received.”

Whether Miami will eventually come out of the other side of this free of all charges remains to be seen — there’s still reportedly a lack of institutional control charge facing the program — but Miami clearly intends for that to happen.

And Miami just might get what it wants — the key word being might. Having all charges against the program dropped by the NCAA feels like a stretch, but the university could always take this to court. The fascinating difference between this case and others is UM isn’t the only side with dirty hands.

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  1. jimmy53 says: Feb 22, 2013 11:54 AM

    This is just ridiculous. Just because the NCAA is crooked doesn’t absolve Miami from the litany of violations it has. Shalala’s blatant responses of “sure, we cheated, but we should get off scott free,” is asinine and disrespectful to the programs who, you know don’t have boosters that provide their players with strippers, hookers, blow, and abortions. And yes, the minimal sanctions UM self imposed does equal getting off scott free. Way to make Miami seem even scummier than they already did.

    By all means Cane fans, give me a thumbs down, but you know the team is dirty as hell, and deserves to be punished. By not doing more you are now absolving teams who attempt similar things in the future. Disgusting.

  2. mhalt99 says: Feb 22, 2013 11:57 AM

    Paul Dee wrote them a note from hell that said he didn’t think they should be punished.

    If anything, the NCAA should come down harder on them because of Dee’s involvement. The NCAA itself still has a ton of egg on its face from the whole fact that Dee Dee came down on USC knowing what he let happen at the university that gave us a missing white Ray Lewis suit and Mr. Two Hookers and an Eight Ball.

  3. Rockie D. Bull says: Feb 22, 2013 11:59 AM

    The dirtiest program in all of CFB since the 80’s.

    Give the “Mighty Sugarcanes” their due – drop the hammer; there is no other option after the penalties imposed on USC and Ohio State.

  4. palmbeachbuckeye says: Feb 22, 2013 12:09 PM

    Does the NCAA suck??? Of course it does. Is the NCAA trying to justify itself with investigations that go on forever rulings that grab national headlines?? of course. But… Shalala was the President and CEO of Miami during Shapiro’s reign. Shalala was warned about Shapiro by the Athletic Director and the head Coach of the football program (Randy Shannon).
    Shannon went as far as to tell his entire team to stay the hell away from the guy because he was bad news. Shalala too donation after donation from Shapiro and named a student lounge after him. Shapiro was granted access to the sports program by Shalala and she willingly accepted him as a high dollar booster. These are facts.. now add to those what the NCAA was told by guys like Robert Marve (former player), Teddy Bridgewater (recruit), and several others regarding extra benefits they received from coaches and Shapiro and it paints the very picture of lack of institutional control. You dont even need to take into account what was discussed under oath during a bankruptcy hearing. In a court of law, evidence obtained outside of the scope of the investigation is thrown out and the case continues with what you have. That is what should happen in this case. The fact Miami self-imposed sanctions was to win favor with the Infractions committee, not because they were doing the “right thing”. If Shalala was interested in doing the right thing, she would have kicked Shapiro out on his ass after Shannon and her AD told her of their suspicions. Shalala has been playing Washington politics and using Clinton era tactics to have it both ways… SORRY. And the board of directors should fire her sorry behind after this whole affair is over. She carries the most blame of anyone involved.

  5. necr0philia says: Feb 22, 2013 12:13 PM

    LMAO at the few of you on here who have so much hate for a college program. You people must be Jesus himself the way you talk about how bad the U is. Acting like you are the high and mighty. It’s a damn sham you have all that hate in your blood. Do you understand that there are innocent kids coaches and families at risk here. No because your just like most of Americans who think you know it all and know what’s best when your own life is Probably 10 times worst than this. Even if your not religious this quote can sure be used in your lives ” Jesus waits till your dead to JUDGE what gives any of you the right to do it now”??!! But go ahead laugh and point fingers but we all know you have secrets too!!!

  6. gotampabay52 says: Feb 22, 2013 12:37 PM

    keep hating the canes makes it better when we kick your ass

  7. atxcane says: Feb 22, 2013 12:40 PM


    You obviously have not been paying attention. Shalala has *explicitly* and *several* times said: we take responsibility for the violations we committed, and have punished ourselves accordingly.

    The investigation and allegations at this point have constituted an undue penalty above and beyond what could be expected commensurate with the violations.

    That a 2.5 year investigation with purported “boxes of evidence” could *NOT* turn up evidence for the unsupported allegations you’re trotting out should give you pause. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

  8. jag8r904 says: Feb 22, 2013 12:47 PM

    There has to be scholarship reductions.

  9. jimmy53 says: Feb 22, 2013 12:50 PM


    Apparently you didn’t pay attention to what I wrote—I specifically said that she has admitted to cheating, but that she feels yall should get off scott free. Meaning that the sanctions UM placed on themselves are the equivalent of scott free. Miami gave up a minimal amount of scholarships, and gave up a crappy bowl game (they were 6-6) and an ACC championship they shouldn’t have been at in the first place. To think that these sanctions are enough is embarrassing and deluded about the severity of the infractions.

    As for these being kids—they’re having boosters pay for strippers, hookers, blow, and abortions. These have consequences no matter what age they are. Their either old enough to know better or they’re old enough to pay for their mistakes. simple as that.

    Notice how Cane fans boil down to hate instead of admitting that their team was full of scum bags for ages. Some of us are old enough to remember the 80’s. You built this house of ill repute, now you have to pay for it.

  10. wustlumdnj says: Feb 22, 2013 12:51 PM

    Breaking news: person affiliated with university submit formal statement requesting no sanctions for university

  11. atxcane says: Feb 22, 2013 12:53 PM


    “should get off scott free. Meaning that the sanctions UM placed on themselves are the equivalent of scott free.”

    Interesting definition of “scott free”.

  12. atxcane says: Feb 22, 2013 12:54 PM

    Also, if a reported 40k over 10 years is “severe” infractions, I’d be interested to see what you think should happen to a school with 55k in illegal benefits over a period of 3 years?

  13. scalpemseminoles says: Feb 22, 2013 1:38 PM

    soooooooooooooo tired of heaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaring about thisssssssssssssssssss

  14. mhalt99 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:39 PM

    necr0philia “No because your just like most of Americans who think you know it all and know what’s best when your own life is Probably 10 times worst than this”

    You know, I may have to go back and double check……but no….I along with the rest of my family have not paid for prostitutes or paid bounties for players to injure someone else. I can go back and triple check if you want…….ummm…no none of that in my family.

    “10 times worst” – how do you think people actually live?

  15. torero71 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:39 PM


    You should hear how stupid how you sound. An ACC Championship game they don’t belong in? Yeah that makes sense. Getting off “scott free”? Yeah that makes sense too…

  16. torero71 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:40 PM

    how stupid you sound*..

  17. frug says: Feb 22, 2013 2:27 PM


    That a 2.5 year investigation with purported “boxes of evidence” could *NOT* turn up evidence for the unsupported allegations you’re trotting out should give you pause. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

    The NOA hasn’t been publicly released so we don’t what evidence they have.

  18. atxcane says: Feb 22, 2013 2:38 PM


    From the leaked details, those allegations are conspicuously absent, and even declared to be absent (per Shalala’s public statement):

    “Most of the sensationalized media accounts of Shapiro’s claims are found nowhere in the Notice of Allegations. Despite their efforts over two and a half years, the NCAA enforcement staff could not find evidence of prostitution, expensive cars for players, expensive dinners paid for by boosters, player bounty payments, rampant alcohol and drug use, or the alleged hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts given to student-athletes, as reported in the media. The fabricated story played well—the facts did not.”

  19. canehouse says: Feb 22, 2013 2:42 PM

    jimmy53 and loxahatcheebucknut… here you go.

  20. necr0philia says: Feb 22, 2013 3:44 PM

    @ mhalt99 your ignorance is showing. Your talking about things that have not been proven and your talking about a bounty program that was in the 80s. You prove my point by pointing at non factors and what’s sad is you singled my message out as if I were talking only to you. You must be young and naive to believe people (IN GENERAL)don’t live an ethnical way. Does NOT have to be just prostitution and bounty to be unethical. Say what you will we all have opinions but just like my opinion yours doesn’t matter.

  21. phinsfan7a says: Feb 22, 2013 4:30 PM

    Just my 2 cents but, I think most 1A schools would side with Miami on this one. Most of the allegations were unfounded.
    Miami has bent over backward to comply, and even help the NCAA with their investigation. All the while, the NCAA was doing everything, including using unethical, and possibly illegal means to bring down the Canes athletic department.

    Two Bowl bans, and an ACC Championship, player suspensions, restoration from both students, and the school.

    SORRY FSU, but we are here to stay, no cake walk to the Championship!

  22. Ken Bercheval says: Feb 22, 2013 4:42 PM

    “an erotic attraction to corpses”

    the “ignorance” that is blinding to all readers of this blog is coming from the one talking about hate and Jesus while using that “ignorant” screen name. “You must be stupid if you believe people (IN GENERAL) don’t think that when you post”; regardless of how they feel (pro or con) on the issue at hand, Miami or otherwise.

  23. necr0philia says: Feb 22, 2013 7:47 PM

    @ Ken Bercheval

    It’s sad that someone like yourself (assuming your bright) has still not seen the light! The name is merely a name I usually jump on here and play with people’s mind. (like yours). Its an oxymoron and thought it was fun to use during Certain debates. Why did you read this post and all the comments and then choose my play name to show your anger? Was there truth behind my thoughts? You know it’s the truth, so do you feel better by attacking my screen name instead of something you know you would be wrong about. Surly your smarter than that. Your not going to let a screen name get to you, are you? Anyway I hope that you wake up on the good side of the bed tomorrow!!! I love you man!!!

  24. mik303 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:17 PM

    To Jimmy53

    “boosters that provide their players with strippers, hookers, blow, and abortions.”

    None of this statement that you made, actually appears in the NOA that Miami received last week. The yahoo story was sensational, attractive and grabbed everyone’s attention, but that does not make it 100% factual.

    The NCAA giving commissary money and a burner phone to a federal inmate, now THAT is crazy. It calls into question every single investigation and punishment that the NCAA has issued in the last 20 years. USC, Penn State, Ohio State, Central Florida, North Carolina, I hate all of those institutions when they are competing against my Hurricanes, but I’m willing to admit that those schools may have been punished too severely. I am willing to bet you that a lot of the evidence against those institutions wouldn’t hold up if there was an independent investigation.

  25. tttrojan4life says: Feb 22, 2013 8:25 PM

    Take away 10 scholarships a year for 5 years and call it a day.

  26. buckeye94 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:04 PM

    @necro…you mad bro lol?
    Nah but for real you do have two problems with your argument. First how are you going come preaching and cussing about people judging…cuz tech by you doing this your judging…which makes you seem hypocritical. Now second I couldn’t help but laugh at how you said it wasn’t fair to players or families (reference to your first comment) Tell my buckeyes, USC or Penn st about fairness. Yes I understand Ohio st did get off the easiest that’s not a point though. My point is your crying about fairness but the same thing happened to these programs after players or employers left who caused the school to get sanctioned. Miami has a track record of bad history but you never know they could be innocent (beauty of the phrase innocent til proven guilty). Moral is don’t tell people not to judge when you yourself are judging and remember life is not fair. Goodnight America!

  27. necr0philia says: Feb 22, 2013 9:37 PM


    I’m not sure where I judged anyone. If so I’m sorry could you clarify? And when USC and other schools went through this with the NCAA I said the same thing about the kids, NOT just to the U. Thanks for your opinion.

  28. buckeye94 says: Feb 22, 2013 10:01 PM

    Brother what drug are you smoking cuz it must be good stuff. Or your just not reading your comments. You yourself basically judged when you called out people in your first comment. Yes there’s alot of opinion in your first comment but I can feel the hardcore judgment seething from other parts. If you still don’t understand then I’m sorry cuz I honestly can’t clarify stupidity any farther than that. Oh and your welcome bout my opinion; I like yours too…until you go off the deep end preaching a sermon.

  29. chachooga says: Feb 22, 2013 10:46 PM

    @frug @jimmy @mhalt

    wow you all are hysterical.

    How can you think this isn’t done. Let me help you.

    NCAA relies entirely on convicted felon, only thing corroborating convicted felon’s testimony is convicted felon in second interview. NCAA needs other witnesses so they pay convicted felon’s lawyer to use her bankruptcy trial for convicted felon to force people to testify under oath about what the NCAA wants to hear to corroborate convicted felons story. SHOCKINGLY PEOPLE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS!!!!!!!!

    Take away the flash and the drama and the UM hate and this is typical NCAA violation of gifts to athletes.

    UM has suspended players, reduced schollies and missed two bowl games and the ACC championship game. That is more than enough penalty.

    @Benny K….nice picture this time, shockingly no subtle digs at UM, but you sort of went off on that dude and his name…didn’t read what he said but you went un poco loco

  30. pastabelly says: Feb 23, 2013 5:11 AM

    The self imposed sanctions are a joke. They get off to a 5-3 start and then sanction themselves from bowls. To suggest they would do the same if the were 8-0 is a joke.

  31. chachooga says: Feb 23, 2013 9:15 AM



    What is a joke is comments like yours downplaying UM’s complete and total cooperation through this process, their self imposing stiff sanctions and their excellent current leadership best exemplified but not limited to Coach Al Golden.

    Your point could hold water if they decided to play in the ACC Championship Game this year….but they didn’t. UM has never won the ACC. So again to downplay their self imposed sanctions is ridiculous.

    Unless of course you hold disdain for UM and want to see them suffer….

    Go Canes!

  32. canehouse says: Feb 23, 2013 9:56 AM

    On a nostalgic note… strippers, hookers, blow, and abortions that sounds like my 20’s… Some very fond memories. Of course abortions were never an option because I always wore a seat belt and i used to crush the dodo puss!!!

  33. kiingmilli says: Feb 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    It’s funny how people talk about the hurricanes being corrupt since the 80’s, like they watched football in the 80’s and knew they were corrupt, if you ask me a lot of school other than miami has had their fair share of paying players to play. I see people strongly agreeing that we should get more sanctions thrown at ill program, like we been winning a lot of championships and appearing at big bowl games each year. Ill program is in a slump right now and as a fan growing up in miami iam tired of it already, it’s time we stand up and do something about it. Now, lets get into this NCAA and sanction matter. What did ill program really do? Nobody really knows, but Shapiro!!!! He stated he ran a punzy scheme in which he paid players, key word was he!!! Now how in the hell can you blame the school for someone’s own greed. The had nothing to do with it, it was one man idea and that one man should be punished. I see all these comments about abortions and this other stuff about the U saying we ain’t no good, sanctions should be more severe, all I want say is shut the fuck up. Let the NCAA decide what should happen, if you not a U fan then we don’t need you commenting strongly about ill team.

  34. kiingmilli says: Feb 23, 2013 1:42 PM

    MF we dont have 5 yrs and 10 scholarships to take away from ill program, we have been in a slump for 7 yrs already maybe 8. Soo fuck you!!!@tttrojan4life

  35. kiingmilli says: Feb 23, 2013 1:43 PM

    If you not a U fan, then we really can care less about your comments about ill program.

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