Yesterday brought word that the interminable delay in the NCAA announcing its sanctions against the Miami football program would come to an end today.
While the official word won’t come until 11 a.m. ET or so, it appears the Hurricanes are set to put on their skates.
According to multiple media outlets, The U will be stripped of nine football scholarships as part of the sanctions levied on the football program in connection to the Nevin Shapiro impermissible benefits scandal that’s dragged on for nearly three years. It’s believed those scholarships will be lost over a period of three years. Additionally, as of today, Miami, cited for “lack of institutional control” in the to-be-released report, will be on probation for a period of three years.
However, there will be no continuation of the bowl ban, meaning the Hurricanes could play in the ACC title game this year and, theoretically, for the BCS title. The university had self-imposed a bowl ban each of the past two postseasons.
The school is expected to agree with and accept the NCAA’s penalties, and will not pursue an appeal. In other words, an ordeal that began in August of 2010, with the former booster Shapiro claiming to the Miami Herald that he was prepared to write a tell-all book that would bring The U’s football program down, has all but come to an end.
Obviously, we’ll have more on this once the official word is sent down from both parties.