Miami & Lack of Control
The Miami athletic department is having to answer to the NCAA regarding its lack of institutional control. As a reminder, the NCAA contends that Miami booster Nevin Shapiro “provided $170,000 in benefits to players, recruits, coaches and others between 2002-2010.” So Miami is faced with the lack of institutional control allegations.
That’s kind of interesting, isn’t it?
Lack of institutional control. That is a bit like the old “when did you stop beating your wife” question? There is no good answer.
If they say–“you are right, we lost control of the program”–then the NCAA can respond with a loud “A-HA! We thought so! Prepare for your punishment.”
If they say–“whoa, we were in control of the program”–then the NCAA can respond with a “so you were controlling Shapiro?” To which Miami can only respond–“well, not him… we were controlling everything else.” And then the NCAA can say–“were you controlling your players and coaches that were receiving improper benefits from Shapiro?” To which Miami can only respond–“well, not them either.” And so on.
Presumably, Miami will be hammering home that a guy sitting in a prison cell is not the more credible source. Especially a guy who was part of a scheme to steal $1billion (with a B) from people. True. But where there is this much smoke, the NCAA has to look for the fire. And they have some corroborating evidence.
The Confidential thinks that Miami has already paid quite a bit. They have voluntarily skipped two bowl games. In fact, one cannot help but notice that Miami is as much a basketball school as it is a football school. Miami football simply “aint what it used to be.” That happened despite Shapiro’s acts. It’s not like he paid Miami into the top 5.
What do you think? How badly should/will Miami be punished by the NCAA? Remember this article–one of the Confidential’s most popular ever?