Can we finally move on?
Some will argue that Miami got a slap on the wrist from the NCAA. Others will say that Miami’s aggressive self-punishments that included two years worth of postseason bans and several recruiting recruits on its football and basketball staff were enough. Others will still argue that Miami was a victim of the NCAA’s flawed investigation that seemed to target the Hurricanes.
And as far as I’m concerned, all of you are right. Are you happy now? Good it’s time to get back to business.
The Miami Hurricanes football team is 6-0 for the first time since 2004. They are two weeks away from a showdown with Florida State in what will be the biggest game in the storied rivalry since 2000. The program has tried to move on and it’s time for the rest of us to help them get there.
Nine scholarships over three years isn’t very significant. It won’t show on the field enough to make a considerable difference on the scoreboard. At the end of the day the NCAA punished Miami because they had to do something to justify two and half years worth of searching.
And this was never about trying to clean up football or exposing the Miami program as a fraud. It was about a renegade booster that was hurt that he could no longer dress up like the players and host them in his mansion that criminal activity built. Nevin Shapiro’s heart wasn’t in the right place when he decided to sing to the media. He was and remains nothing more than a self-serving ass that was bitter towards a program that had to move on from him.
While some may question the severity of this final judgment towards Miami football we should be happy for the guys on the team like Stephen Morris, Duke Johnson, Tracy Howard and Denzel Perryman. These kids didn’t do anything wrong and they have had to play much of their careers wondering if they would ever have the opportunity to play for a conference championship or even enjoy a bowl appearance. They have put in the work to bring Miami football back to respectability. They didn’t deserve their best season being taken away from them.
Now they no longer have to worry about a rain cloud over their heads. They are bowl eligible, they are eligible to play for and possibly win an ACC Championship. The Hurricanes’ No. 7 ranking in the BCS does not come with an asterisk next to it. Miami is back in the college football conversation for all the right reasons. The ACC has waited nine years for Miami football to get back on the grid.
And as fans we deserve this as well. No more talk about Miami vs. Shapiro and the NCAA, now we can talk about how Miami will fare against Jameis Winston and the Seminoles. No more excuses, no more distractions, it’s time to play football.