UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PUBLIC INFRACTIONS REPORTOCTOBER 22, 2013I.
On June 13-14, 2013, officials from the University of Miami appeared before the NCAADivision I Committee on Infractions ("the committee").
The committee is anindependent administrative body of the NCAA comprised of individuals from theDivision I membership and the public and is charged with adjudicating infractions casesinvolving member institutions and their staff. The committee met to address numerousallegations of major infractions in the institution's football and men's basketball programs.
At issue were 18 allegations with 79 subparts that primarily involved widespread and significant recruiting inducements and extra benefits. Many of the allegations centered around a known representative of the institution's athletics interests ("the booster") freelyentertaining numerous prospects and student-athletes at his home, on his yacht and invarious public settings. The booster paid for entertainment, food and various gifts. This booster also was a significant donor of the football and men's basketball programs and had a visible presence around the programs. He had personal and financial dealings withsome members of those coaching staffs and provided coaches with gifts and loans. Thethen head men's basketball coach ("former head men's basketball coach"), two thenassistant men's basketball coaches, ("former assistant men's basketball coach A and B,"respectively) and four then assistant football coaches ("former assistant football coachesA, B, C and D," respectively) were all individually at risk under NCAA bylaws.This case first arose when the institution self-reported impermissible telephone calls and texts in November 2009. Until February 2011, the institution and the NCAAenforcement staff pursued resolving the case through the cooperative summarydisposition process. At that time there was no resolution to the telephone and text issuesthat involved 60 impermissible calls and 151 impermissible texts for 11 of theinstitution's sports.
A member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the University of Miami has an enrollment of
approximately16,000 students. The institution sponsors eight men's and 10 women's intercollegiate sports. This is the institution'ssixth major infraction case.
The committee heard this case prior to a series of reforms to the NCAA bylaws that changed penalties and howcases are processed and that took effect on August 1, 2013. Although the committee releases this decision after August 1, the NCAA bylaws in place prior to August 1 are applicable in this case.