Back in February, and in the midst of a historically epic botched investigation, Miami president Donna Shalala blasted the NCAA and its ineptness, calling for “a swift resolution, which includes no additional punitive measures beyond those already self-imposed.” A few days later, a trustee on UM’s board echoed Shalala’s sentiments, asking that “no further sanctions be imposed” on the football program.
Upon review, though, it’s all good for The U.
While the Committee on Infractions decided against continuing the self-imposed bowl ban, the football program will be stripped of nine scholarships over a period of three years. Despite the additional sanctions, the university confirmed in a press release that it has accepted the reports findings — up to and including the additional penalties — and will not file an appeal.
As the COI’s chair noted during his teleconference earlier today, Miami “cooperated fully with investigators and took responsibility for its actions by proactively self-imposing severe penalties,” the school stated in its release. The university added that, as “a proud member of the NCAA,” they “are grateful to the Committee for a fair and thorough hearing.”
Statements were also issued by three high-ranking university officials. Here they are, in their entirety:
University of Miami Board of Trustees Chair Leonard Abess
“The University of Miami moves forward today stronger and rededicated to the high ideals that have always sustained it. I am proud of our leadership and staff, who conducted themselves throughout this process with integrity, forthrightness, and in the spirit of full cooperation.”
President Donna E. Shalala
“The Committee on Infractions report closes a challenging chapter in the history of the University of Miami.
“I am grateful to our coaches, staff and student-athletes for their dedication to the University and to intercollegiate athletics. I also want to thank Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford for his steadfast support.
“Finally, I want to apologize to the Hurricane family, as we have asked for your patience, faith and support during a difficult time. Thank you for standing with us.”
Director of Athletics Blake James
“Our honest and committed efforts to address these allegations have made us stronger. We have already taken many proactive steps to ameliorate any concerns, and we will continue to improve in all areas. Now it is time we look ahead and work diligently to support our student-athletes.”