Tomorrow, when the NCAA finally releases their findings on the long running investigation into alleged transgressions by a certain rogue athletic booster and several former athletes at the University of Miami, many college football fans may be surprised to know that there will be no fear in Coral Gables.
The University of Miami administration, athletic department and current coaching staff has done everything exactly as dictated by the NCAA play book when it comes to coming clean, being cooperative and reporting what they know to be true in terms of the reported allegations.
In fact, it could be argued that Miami, above all other NCAA athletic institutions, has set the standard by which all others will be judged in terms of cooperation with an NCAA investigation.
UM not only opened their athletic doors, but their financial books. They allowed access to coaches and athletes to answer all questions from NCAA investigators in what can only be described as an unprecedented manner.
Then Miami took decisive action well before the NCAA hammer could drop on the Hurricanes:
- Miami self-imposed two consecutive bowl bans.
- Miami chose not to compete in their own conference championship.
- Miami reduced recruiting visits
- Miami reduced scholarship players in two sports.
- Miami even went so far as to suspended players in football and basketball until they payed back "illegal benefits" or were cleared to participate in athletic events by the NCAA authorities.
When all combined, these actions are something that has never been done by any other NCAA institution anywhere, at anytime, by any school. That will certainly be respected by the powers that be.
And everyone knows that Miami has no reason to be afraid of the NCAA.