Miami Football Scandal: Donna Shalala Confirms It's Worse Than We Thought
The University of Miami football and basketball programs are in danger of receiving the death penalty from the NCAA after booster Nevin Shapiro said 72 current and former basketball and football athletes received improper benefits.
In a six-minute video on Monday, Miami president Donna Shalala confirmed it's actually worse than it already appears.
In her address to students and the University community on Monday, Shalala confirmed 15 current student-athletes are in danger of being ruled ineligible by the NCAA, an increase from the previously-reported number of 13.
The 12 current football players from the original Yahoo! Sports report include: Jacory Harris, Marcus Forston, Dyron Dye, Travis Benjamin, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Adewale Ojomo, Olivier Vernon, Vaughn Telemaque, Sean Spence, Marcus Robinson, JoJo Nicolas and Aldarius Johnson.
Current basketball player DeQuan Jones has been included into the mix.
Although Shalala didn't reveal the additional two athletes, it's obvious that the damage has already been done, and it could be catastrophic for the University of Miami.
Southern Methodist University became the first infamous case of the death penalty in football in the late 1980s. Before the death penalty was initialized, SMU was a storied program, complete with one Heisman winner, one national championship and 10 Southwest Conference titles.
After the death penalty was initialized, we never heard from SMU again.
This is what the University of Miami now faces, a punishment that could devastate the school and taint its storied name. On top of that, several players headed into the football season this year were originally expected to be prime prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft; now they've been tagged with the dreaded "character concerns," not to mention possibly forfeiting the season.
There's no way around it. These are historic allegations, with potentially historic implications. And as one would suspect with violations of this magnitude, practically everyone is involved.
There are plenty of criminals involved at The U.
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