Miami president Donna Shalala came out swinging on Monday in response to the NCAA’s 52-page report that detailed how the NCAA came to gather tainted evidence in its case against Miami. In a statement released by the university, Shalala stated, “we have been wronged in this investigation, and we believe that this process must come to a swift resolution, which includes no additional punitive measures beyond those already self-imposed.”
A reminder of what the athletic department has already self-imposed:
Miami has given up two bowl games and what would have been the program's first ACC championship game appearance since joining the league.
The Canes have reduced their official recruiting visits.
They have reduced their contacts and evaluation days in the fall.
They have reduced the number of scholarships.
By comparison, the NCAA levied sanctions against USC that included a two-year bowl ban following the 2010 and 2011 seasons, losses of 30 scholarships over a three-year period (10 fewer per year) and a limit of 75 total scholarships, 10 fewer than the maximum. There were also other punishments for USC, like the vacation of wins, vacation of statistics from Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo, the removal of trophies and banners, a reduction of recruiting days for men’s basketball, and four years of probation.
Those within Miami’s athletic department are certain the worst should be behind them -- especially considering the NCAA has conceded that 20 percent of the investigation will be thrown out because that evidence was gathered improperly.
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