The miami hurricanes found out today that they would lose 3 scholarships per year in football for the next 3 years (a total of 9 lost… sort of), and one in basketball per year over 3 years (that’s 3 total for all you math majors), some suspensions for people gone, a firm warning about recruiting, and some other really, really strong “please don’t do it agains”.
That’s it. No additional bowl ban.
Quite simply, this is a joke. The NCAA is spineless and incompotent. They botched an investigation handed to them by the guilty party, Nevin Shapiro! And now miami is getting off with a slap on the wrist.
“But they already served a two year self-imposed bowl ban,” you say. That’s true. But let’s look at what they sacrificed in football…
- 2011 – After the investigation had started, miami was on their way to a mediocre season where they might not even make a bowl when they announced the self-imposed ban. They ended up finishing 6-6, which is bowl eligible… for the toilet bowl. miami, a private school with real budget concerns, likely would have lost money on the bowl. So did they really sacrifice anything? One could argue skipping the bowl was a benefit.
- 2012 – Again, miami self-imposed a bowl/ACC-CG game ban. The canes would have gone to the ACC-CG had they not done so. Well, that seems like a pretty significant sacrifice, right? Well, not really. miami actually finished tied with unc for the Coastal and unc had the tiebreaker via head-to-head defeat. But unc was already on a NCAA ban and so miami would only have been going as a hand-me-down berth. And with their 7-5 overall record and a loss to fsu looming in the ACC-CG, again, what bowl would they have gone to at 7-6? What a sacrifice!
The truth is miami has known for the last two years they were young in football. They were targeting this year to really take off, and they have. They also knew they were guilty — that’s evidenced by their self-imposed ban (an innocent person would have argued and hoped for justice). So why did the NCAA let the guilty party dictate the condition and timing of their punishment? That would be like, if I knew I screwed up something at home, putting a self-imposed ban on not taking the trash out for a week so I could still go see Bad Grandpa with my partyboys this weekend.
If the NCAA wanted to truly penalize them for what they did, they should have hit them where it really hurts – in a meaningful season with promise. Instead, the NCAA accepted the canes’ pedestrian self-imposed bowl bans and added just a minor hit in scholarship reductions. As with unc, I’ll say it again — isn’t it worth the risk to cheat when the punishments are so mild?