Miami Hurricanes Football: The Hurricanes Toughen on Boosters with New Rules

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2012

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What a start to a hopeful, yet uncertain offseason for the Miami Hurricanes.  They are currently ranked in the Top 10 in the country in the quality of their 2012 recruiting class. 

Even with the looming cloud of the NCAA following the program around, the Hurricanes are proving that despite an uncertain future, coach Al Golden and his staff are a force to be reckoned with.

They have snared a top-five tailback in Randy Johnson among other recruits who are expected to start immediately as freshmen.  However, one cannot follow Miami without going back to the bombshell that the Nevin Shapiro scandal dropped on Coral Gables, FL.

According to the USA Today, Miami released a copy of a newsletter to the so-called "Hurricane Club" and detailed new rules that boosters cannot host athletes in their homes, and also cannot provide any more meals even though it is sparsely permitted according to NCAA rules.

An excerpt of the newsletter that was obtained by USA Today:

"Boosters should not provide any type of food, drink, transportation, or other extra benefits to current student-athletes."

Sounds like Miami is going another step further in trying to head off any significant penalties that could be imposed by the NCAA. 

The university has paid back a total of over $200,000 to the bankruptcy trustee, made a number of players ineligible that eventually sat out games after they were found to have been involved in the case, and they also imposed a bowl ban on the football program after a 6-6 season that would've made them otherwise eligible for the postseason.

The future is still uncertain in Miami, as there is still no conclusive timetable as to when the NCAA inquiry will be completed, but the steps the university has taken is definitely proof that they are trying to move forward past the scandal that may be the worst in school history.