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Miami investigating potential minor violation not related to pasta

Al Golden AP

At least one Miami assistant football coach may have committed a minor violation of NCAA rules according to the university. Miami announced the university is checking out a potential secondary violation and has committed to reporting any violations to the NCAA.

The alleged violation under review involves an assistant coach observing a voluntary workout on Friday. Because Miami has not begun spring workouts, this would be a violation of NCAA rules. Coaches and assistants are not permitted to observe or orchestrate offseason workouts. The unnamed assistant coach reportedly witnessed the workout from a distance, but this could still be classified as a violation under NCAA rules.

The alleged violation comes just months after the school has been placed on probation. The probation period for the school will be in effect for the next three years. Miami had been under NCAA investigation for two years before coming to the decision to place the school on probation rather than place any postseason bans on the football program. Because Miami is on probation, any violation of NCAA rules could carry a heavier punishment, although these types of violations rarely carry much of a punishment. That would be the likely result if the NCAA decides to enforce any penalty for any violations turned in by Miami.

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10 Responses to “Miami investigating potential minor violation not related to pasta”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 22, 2014 2:53 PM

    Just when you thought NCAA rules couldn’t be any dumber…

    They need to completely rewrite the rulebook. There’s no way all coaches could possibly understand these little “violations.”

  2. Professor Fate says: Feb 22, 2014 3:06 PM

    Other than actually reading the rule book, which should be self-evident considering how much these guys are paid, yeah, I can see where that’d be a problem…

    Miami has already side-stepped the heavier sanctions they so rightfully deserved, but this is Paul Dee’s old school (you know, the guy who hammered USC because Reggie Bush got his folks a rent-free place 150 miles away from campus?) so of course his buddies in the NCAA will let this continuing saga just fade away.

    Does the rule against “observing” voluntary workouts include video? Have one of those many “boosters” record it for you, and make sure you watch it at least 150 miles from the site of the workout.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Feb 22, 2014 4:57 PM


    Give it a rest. Yes, we know USC fans believe the imposed penalties were unfair but it just causes the rest of us to laugh. If you want to be more credible, just say you had Lane Kiffen as your HC for three years-you would get more sympathy.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 22, 2014 5:18 PM

    I should have elaborated more..

    Recruiting has become basically a full time job in itself, then the coaches have to actually coach, again, a full time job. With the little time they’re not doing one or the other they have families they’d like to spend time with. I highly doubt reading the rule book is up there in priorities, and no one should blame them.

    I agree USC got the shaft considering Cam Newton’s dad was on tape talking about money for Cam’s services, but got off because it was his dad and not him. I highly doubt Reggie himself set his family up with the extra benefits.

    The rules are a joke. A teenager is expected to negotiate his contract without representation, as the Phillies story shows. You can eat $3.83 more pasta than allowed. A student not on scholarship can be limited where he transfers, but a coach can sign a 12 year extension with one school and leave the next day for another one. Players can directly generate millions for a university, but can’t trade their own gear or sell their own autograph. Etc., etc., etc., etc.

  5. onbucky96 says: Feb 22, 2014 7:17 PM

    Ah, Da U. We’ve missed U.

  6. dmvtransplant says: Feb 22, 2014 7:52 PM

    @ detectivejimmymcnulty

    Are you real Police?

  7. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Feb 22, 2014 7:57 PM

    Whew thank goodness this doesn’t have to do with PASTA!!

  8. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 22, 2014 8:10 PM

    I’d hope real police wouldn’t use that in their login name.

    The Wire. Great show check it out.

  9. Professor Fate says: Feb 22, 2014 8:55 PM

    Not looking for sympathy from anyone, particularly you jimbo, since the situation just makes you laugh. I was merely stating the simple fact that the NCAA is corrupt and cannot hide its inability to fairly police the game. There is too much conflict of interest within the organization, as I alluded to with my comparison.

    USC fans are hardly the only ones who saw that Paul Dee-directed blood bath as unfair as there are multiple articles about it from unbiased sources. All college football fans should be concerned about that sort of blatant manipulation of the system by someone who is supposed to be fair in applying punishment for transgressions.

    Too bad you don’t have any concern for the game in general, rather than just for your own team. Yes, Lane Kiffin was a mistake, but that isn’t the issue here. Uneven enforcement is the issue. Try to stay on topic.

    You are right in that the rules have become the college equivalent of the IRS. All the programs now have to hire people to oversee compliance and still we hear about numerous “minor” violations. In addition it is probably pretty easy to read the NCAA’s endless rules and still end up violating something due to vagueness and/or misinterpretation.

  10. scbaby2013 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:18 PM

    Nothing will happen to thug u. Just got to realize that NCAA doesn’t want to sanction them. Time to move on and root for your program. Fight on Trojans!!!

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