For years now we have all heard that "Miami is back", with out the matching success on the field. Yes Miami is certainly improving on a yearly basis but when you wear these colors nothing short of a 14-0 season can truly be called a "total success." And how can I then say that Miami is in fact all the way back even before they play a down this year? Simple, they are under investigation by the NCAA.
Although not one of the most disastrous rules, the 'Canes seem to have broken a text messaging rule set forth by the NCAA. This infraction, which may result in some serious charges, encompasses more than just the football team but also included women’s track and possibly baseball.
The expected punishment may not be severe, especially since Miami self reported the infractions to the NCAA, a move that usually comes with leniency. If just the football team was to blame, the punishment couldn't be too severe.
Since it covers more teams, if the NCAA chooses to they can combine everything and bring forward a major charge.
The NCAA reportedly has been conducting the investigation since January. For that reason the punishment may not be severe, if the case was otherwise we would have probably heard of it by now.
After breaking this story today, the Miami Herald has (hopefully) uncovered the final piece of the puzzle for the full fledged return of Miami football to the national spotlight.
In the recent years, especially since the hiring of Randy Shannon, the once most controversial team in the state has seen its rivals Florida and Florida State overtake Miami in both the arrest and controversy records. The decline of problems for the program off the field came with problems for the program on the field and perhaps this is just the first step towards a new dynasty.
Before anyone freaks out over me saying this, I would much rather have the Miami off the field we have seen with Shannon. I'm not glorifying the illegal activity but I am smiling on the inside in the hope that it will bring us back to the top.
Let’s keep in mind this isn’t on the same level as previous NCAA investigations into Miami football such as the Pell grant scandal and the whole "celebration rules fiasco," however I doubt Shannon will allow any more infractions during his tenure.
Miami fans should feel safe enough that they should now only need to worry about things such as "will Sean Spence come back from a sophomore slump" and "will Cooper be healthy to play the first game."