MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The University of Miami is preparing for the worst as the NCAA may deliver its notice of allegations to the school as early as Monday. The notice is just another step in the NCAA infractions process the school finds itself in thanks to the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
Shapiro alleged in an August 2010 Yahoo! Sports report that he gave improper benefits to numerous UM players over a long period of time among other NCAA violations. According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, some people involved in the scandal have been told to be available to speak to the NCA about a notice of allegations Monday.
In the Yahoo! Sports report, the convicted Ponzi-schemer alleged more than 100 UM athletes of taking benefits worth thousands of dollars between 2002 and 2010 in direct violation of NCAA rules and the scandal also involved alleged recruiting-related violations.
UM has taken the lead in working with the NCAA to discover the full depth of the investigation. When USC was smacked with devastating violations a few years ago, the school had a much more adversarial relationship with the NCAA, which didn’t help its case.
Once the notice of allegations is received by the school, the school will have 90 days to respond to the letter. The school has the option of agreeing with the NCAA’s investigation and findings and move to the summary disposition/penalty phase immediately, or the school can request a hearing with the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
At a potential hearing, the enforcement staff will lay out the charges against the school and the school will have a chance to respond in front of the committee. After a potential hearing, it takes roughly six to eight weeks to issue the final public report.
After that point, the school can either accept the penalties or appeal the decision to the Infractions Appeals Committee.
UM has already self-imposed a two-year bowl ban, which will likely help mitigate the severity of penalties the school could be facing.
UM head coach Al Golden has turned the school’s program around since he took over in December 2010, making the school a model institution as he rebuilds the U’s reputation.
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