Miami Hurricanes Football: How Will NCAA Handle Paul Dee After New Allegations?

Rick McMahanSenior Writer IAugust 16, 2011

EL PASO, TX - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes throws against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Hyundai Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl on December 30, 2010 in El Paso, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Uh oh, Hurricane fans, here we go again.

Just when you thought that your program was back on track with the hire of Al Golden, now comes allegations reported by Yahoo Sports, that Miami players were the recipient of  "thousands" of impermissible benefits, including cash, prostitutes and many other goodies not otherwise allowed to college football players.

According to the report, the "gifts" were heaped upon at least 72 players from the basketball and football programs and took place over an eight-year period from 2002 through 2010.

For its part, Miami is cooperating with the NCAA which is now investigating the case.

Which brings us to another issue, that being the NCAA and one Paul Dee.

Miami fans will recognize Dee as the Hurricanes athletic director during one of the worst college football scandals in the sports history.

In 1995, the NCAA sanctioned Miami for fraud involving Pell grants in which 80 players, including 57 from the football program, bilked the government for over $220,000 in grant money.

In a 1995 CNNSI article, federal authorities were quoted as saying the scam was, "perhaps the largest centralized fraud ... ever committed in the history of the Pell Grant program."

For Dee, Miami's athletic director since 1993, the scandal apparently was a career saver because when he retired from the position in 2008, he went to work for, of all places, the NCAA.

Think about that for a moment.

Dee oversees one of the worst scandals in college football history and his reward is to go to work for college football's governing body, the very entity that sanctioned Miami, whom Dee was responsible for administering.


But wait, it gets better.

If these new allegations are true, Dee was also the Miami AD from 2002 to 2008, which was when he retired to take the NCAA job.

Now some might call me cynical, but if I am a Miami Hurricane fan, I'm feeling pretty good about the direction this ugly situation might go.

After all, my team's former athletic director, the guy who didn't catch an all-time pattern of fraud at the school, is now a big-time player at the organization who will be charged with conducting an investigation over infractions committed when he was still administering my team's athletics.

What a great deal for the 'Canes!

In reality, it is a travesty.

After allowing Dee to stand in judgment of USC, how will they respond to this latest embarrassment?

Sadly for college football, chances are the buffoons at the NCAA will botch this one too.

While they may not allow Dee to have a part in the current investigation, how will they keep him from influencing its outcome?

Unless they fire Dee, it is unlikely that they will be able to keep him from altering the investigation in some form.

After all, Dee has a vested interest in this, don't forget.

And given the NCAA's sad record of botching everything they touch, the odds are they will screw this one up too.

So take heart Hurricane fans, it may not be as bad as you think.

You have friends in high places after all.

His name is Paul Dee.