One of the most recognizable and polarizing teams in college football, the University of Miami Hurricanes, is once again the epicenter of the sport.
Following this Yahoo! Sports investigative report, 72 different players have been corroborated in booster Nevin Shapiro’s story of illicit benefits to players.
The NCAA issued suspensions for eight of Miami’s best players ranging from one to six games. With an opener against Maryland, an in-conference foe, this is a devastating blow to The U’s already slim Coastal Division hopes.
The NCAA investigation into the program is far from over with these suspensions much like Ohio State and UNC. They have issued subpoenas for 72 former Hurricane players and are still gathering evidence to determine how harshly to punish the program.
Before all of this, Miami looked to have a pretty good football team but one that was well behind the best in the ACC like Florida State, Virginia Tech and even North Carolina.
They also have a new head coach who has to be absolutely furious with the university for not letting him know about the impending investigation. You know that he and the rest of the Miami players just want to play football.
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