When it is reported that the NCAA has cut 9 scholarships from the Miami football program for each of the next 3 years, but they remain postseason eligible moving forward is accurate. To suggest that is it, is not.
Miami was forced to clean house, both players, staff, administration, and coaches. They were forced to battle uphill with this dark cloud of the investigation hanging over them. They had to sell potential recruits on an unclear future. They had to convince a coach to stay through it all. And of course, they already punished themselves with two postseason bans, costing themselves 2 bowl games and an ACC title game that could have resulted in a BCS Bowl game.
So, suggesting that somehow the U got off light, doesn’t quite measure up to my definition of light. They got punished. Perhaps even unfairly by the NCAA who has lacked both ethics and consistency through the entire long, drawn-out process. Every discipline levied by that group will come under intense scrutiny for the foreseeable future. Comparing Miami’s punishment to another schools isn’t the Hurricanes issue. That is the NCAA’s to explain.
Miami deserved to be taken to task. I don’t think they are alone with some money-bags that is slipping players money and treating recruits to a good time, but their money-bags got angry and decided to turn them in. That’s cool. Nevin Shapiro made a lot of bad decisions in life. I hope he is happy with this one.
Whether or not Miami misses the nine scholarships will depend on what they do with the other 66 they have at their disposal for the next three years. Even with that said, everyone in Coral Gables can finally breath again, the storm is finally clearing. The question now will be, can Al Golden return the U to national prominence and return the storm to college football?