NCAA still not close on a ruling for Miami
The NCAA has already given its ruling to North Carolina, so all eyes have been on Miami and whether head coach Al Golden and the Hurricanes will eventually be handcuffed by NCAA sanctions.
It appears that Miami's case is still not close to being decided, however, despite the Tar Heels' case having been completed.
How bad of a sentence Miami gets remains to be seen, but Golden and Co. should be a bit more optimistic because the program self-imposed a bowl ban. North Carolina didn't, and so Larry Fedora's squad will be ineligible for the postseason in his first year on the job. No one in the Miami administration, at this moment, is willing to go on the record and speculate on the outcome of the current investigation. Rather, they will simply wait like everyone else for the final decision.
If the NCAA is able to prove a good amount of rogue booster Nevin Shapiro's allegations (some have already been proven because we have seen football and basketball suspensions), look for scholarship reductions to occur. I just feel that it will be a long time before we see -- if we ever see it again -- scholarship limitations as excessive as what USC was given and is experiencing right now.
However, the Yahoo! Sports report was pretty damning. So if the NCAA can prove most of those allegations, perhaps the governing body will want to establish a new ceiling of penalties and make an example out of the 'Canes. I just feel that it's unlikely.
Don't expect the Hurricanes to learn their fate until possibly at the end of the 2012 football season. But according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, a high-level Miami official said the school hasn't been given an updated timetable by the NCAA and he would not be surprised if the program doesn't receive its punishment until after National Signing Day in February.
It doesn't appear that possible sanctions on the program have greatly affected Golden's currently comprised Class of 2013, however, as the Hurricanes' staff has put together a strong list of recruits thus far.
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