NCAA: Miami losing football, hoops scholarships
by Rachel Axon, USA TODAY Sports
The University of Miami lacked institutional control in its monitoring of former booster Nevin Shapiro, but the school avoided any further postseason football bans when the Committee on Infractions released its report on Tuesday.
Among the sanctions issued by the committee were three years probation, a reduction of nine scholarships in football and three men’s basketball over the next three seasons and recruiting restrictions.
Former UM basketball coach Frank Haith, now at Missouri, will serve a five-game suspension for failing to monitor the activities of his assistant coaches and attempting “to cover up the booster’s threats to disclose incriminating information,” according to the NCAA press release.
Former assistant football coaches Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill and former assistant basketball coach Jorge Fernandez were given two-year show cause orders, effectively keeping them from working at the collegiate level.
Hurtt is currently an assistant at Louisville and was placed on administrative leave in March. According to the NCAA release, Louisville has already imposed penalties on him.
The university previously self-imposed a two-year bowl ban and reduced the number of official visits, fall evaluations and available contact days in 2012-13.
The committee found UM lacked institutional control in monitoring Shapiro’s activities as the booster gave $500,000 to the athletic department from 2001 to 2008.
Shapiro’s visible position at UM, where an athlete lounge bore his name, gave him access to coaches and athletes. The NCAA was able to corroborate allegations that Shapiro entertained UM athletes and recruits at his home, on his yacht and at local restaurants. It also showed Shapiro provided cash and gifts to athletes, hotel lodging for recruits and airline tickets.
Shapiro invested in Axcess Sports, which the NCAA showed paid $50,000 to sign a former UM athlete, believed to be defensive tackle Vince Wolfork.
UM did not dispute many of the violations, which included 18 allegations of misconduct and 79 issues within those. The investigation included 118 interviews with 81 people.
The case included several former football assistant coaches, three men’s basketball coaches and two athletics department staffers.
“These staff members had a poor understanding of NCAA rules or felt comfortable breaking them,” the release stated. “Furthermore, some … [For more on NCAA on Shapiro case: Miami losing football, hoops scholarships, click here.]