Will the University of Miami receive the "death penalty"—or a similar version of the phrase—from the NCAA for the way athletes at the school behaved during the better part of the 2000s?
We'll find out on Tuesday.
That's the latest from Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald, who reports that the NCAA will make a public announcement of the infractions to be imposed on the program on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Associated Press college football writer Ralph D. Russo, the announcement will take place at 11 a.m. ET:
Here's an excerpt from Degnan's report:
Two sources with knowledge of the case told the Miami Herald that on Tuesday the NCAA will publicly reveal UM's infractions report. Shortly after the written report is released, protocol is that the NCAA will have a teleconference for the media only.All UM's sanctions will be listed on the written report, with background on the case and a synopsis of why the punishments have been inflicted -- in other words, everything that the NCAA's Committee on Infractions says UM did wrong.
The Canes are expected to get scholarship sanctions, and possibly coaching and recruiting restrictions. Some coaches who have moved on to other programs are expected to get Show Cause penalties, meaning they effectively will be barred from coaching in college for a set amount of years.
The Hurricanes have been waiting for the NCAA to conclude its investigation for quite some time.
It's been over two years since Charles Robinson and Yahoo! Sports' investigative team uncovered a number of illegal NCAA activities that involved booster Nevin Shapiro and various Miami athletes during an eight-year span (2002-2010). That report came out in August of 2011.
Here's a refresher, in case you've forgotten the graphic description of what Shapiro claims was going on at Miami:
At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports profiled Shapiro—who was convicted in 2010 of running a $930 million Ponzi scheme and is currently serving out a 20-year prison sentence—shortly after Robinson's piece hit newsstands; he was the central figure who implicated coaches, players and administrators of having knowledge of his suspect involvement with Miami athletics.
Alex Wolff and Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated sat down with Shapiro in a jailhouse interview in 2013, and the one-time South Beach big-wig is still talking about the Hurricanes to anyone who'll listen.
Miami self-imposed a bowl ban after the 2011 and 2012 college football seasons, but Degnan pontificates in her piece for the Herald that the NCAA could hit the Hurricanes with scholarship sanctions, coaching and recruiting restrictions and maybe even financial penalties.
After nearly two years of waiting, there's little doubt the hours leading up to the announcement will be the tensest on campus.
Al Golden and the Miami football program is ranked No. 7 in both the AP Top 25 and BCS standings. A game with national championship implications—against No. 2 Florida State in two weeks—might have zero such meaning if the NCAA drops the hammer.
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