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Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

Posted on: August 30, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 7:21 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami head coach Al Golden hoped that he would hear from the NCAA "within 48 hours," and he did.

On Tuesday the NCAA ruled that eight members of the current Hurricanes football team must serve suspensions and repay benefits in order to become eligible again after receiving benefits from former booster Nevin Shapiro.

Senior quarterback Jacory Harris, wide receiver Travis Benjamin, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, defensive end Adewale Ojomo, and linebacker Sean Spence must all serve a one game suspension and repay their benefits. Converted tight end Dyron Dye and safety Ray-Ray Armstrong must serve a four game suspension while defensive end Olivier Vernon must miss six games of competition.

The school confirmed that all of the players with one game suspensions will serve them on Sept. 5 when the team opens the 2011 season against Maryland.

The NCAA deemed that three players (Dye, Armstrong, and Vernon) received "substantial benefits" as prospective student athletes from Shapiro and school employees.  These benefits have been deemed by the NCAA as "serious recruiting violations."  According to the official release the NCAA is categorizing these players differently from the other five, who received impermissible benefits while already enrolled at Miami.

"The NCAA has informed the University of Miami of their decisions regarding the reinstatement of eight student-athletes who were declared ineligible by the University last week,” Miami athletics director Shawn Eichorst said in the official release. “The student-athletes involved have acknowledged receiving improper benefits and will now be responsible for restitution and, in some cases, the student-athletes will also serve game suspensions. They understand that their actions demand consequences."

"We appreciate the diligence and understanding of the NCAA staff and its handling of the student-athlete eligibility issues in an expeditious manner. I would also like to thank Coach [Al] Golden and his staff for their professionalism and leadership over the past few weeks."

Miami also announced that four members of the football team have been cleared by the NCAA to play, but must repay amounts of less than $100 in impermissible benefits. Brandon McGee, JoJo Nicholas, Micanor Regis, and Vaughn Telemaque will all be eligible for Monday's opener against Maryland. Senior defensive end Marcus Robinson has been cleared by the NCAA but will not face any penalties or have to repay any benefits.

One interesting development from the school was the indefinite suspension of senior wide receiver Aldarius Johnson. Johnson had slowly fell behind other wide receivers on the depth chart after suffering an injury in spring practice. He was singled out by Shapiro in the Yahoo! report as someone who received money "at least 10 times" but his suspension is officially for "violation of team rules."

The NCAA found that Oliver Vernon received more than $1,200 in benefits primarily from Shapiro during recruitment. This includes meals, transportation, and "entertainment" at nightclubs, among other allegations. Armstrong was found to have received approximately $788 in extra benefits from Shapiro and personnel, while Dye received approximately $738. Those were listed by the NCAA as impermissible lodging from Miami staff during unofficial visits, transportation, meals, and entertainment at a gentlemen's club.

Meals, transportation, entertainment, night club/gentlemens club cover charges appear to be the common benefits for the five players serving a one game suspension. The NCAA estimates Forston received $400 in benefits, Spence's were valued at $275, Ojomo's total was $240, with Andre Benjamin and Jacory Harris rounding out the group at $150 and $140 respectively.


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Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

I hope they investigte to see where the money to pay back comes from.  They dont have jobs so where will it come from......



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Admission Equals Amnesty

Is the NCAA dishing out punishment or simply slapping these programs on the wrist?

I stand firm they are merely pacifying the BCS as the recent ruling was handed down for Miami. 

 "The NCAA has informed the University of Miami of their decisions regarding the reinstatement of eight student-athletes who were declared ineligible by the University last week,”. “The student-athletes involved have acknowledged receiving improper benefits and will now be responsible for restitution and, in some cases, the student-athletes will also serve game suspensions. They understand that their actions demand consequences."

I have been proposing all along, “Admission equals Amnesty” and there will be No Death Penalties.  This is what Shawn Eichorst’s statement basically says. 

[The student-athletes involved have acknowledged receiving improper benefits…] = admission 

[the student-athletes will also serve game suspensions]=amnesty NOT death penalty

[their actions demand consequences] =restitution

 Questions:

1. How does a college player pay restitution if they have no money?

2. Isn’t accepting money/gifts the MAIN reason why players get in trouble?

3. Who do they pay restitution to? The NCAA, the booster, the school, the State, etc?

To further point out the hypocrites the NCAA is, they issued punishments based on the amount of money received. What’s the difference between $140 for Harris and $1200 for Vernon? They both committed the same illegal acts of accepting gifts and should therefore face the same punishment. (Didn’t all the Ohio St players receive 5-game suspensions even though some only got tattoos while others received more)?

Instead of these athletes paying restitution, the NCAA and BCS should be paying these athletes reparations for their services.




Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

I wonder how the NCAA put a value on the hookers' services   Wink



Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

You got to be kidding me... One game... Sounds like he NFL... Some players may be suspended and some may not... how much did Harris pay the NCAA to only suspend one game... Wow, just Wow!



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

It's funny to see everyone commenting on the Universitiy's decision on how to handle the the situation and commenting like this is what the NCAA did. Maybe a little class in reading comprehension will help?

It's not a good idea to lecture others about reading and comprehension skills when yours are lacking in a major way.  Try reading again the second paragraph of the story:

"On Tuesday the NCAA ruled that eight members of the current Hurricanes football team must serve suspensions and repay benefits in order to become eligible again after receiving benefits from former booster Nevin Shapiro."

and further down:


"The NCAA has informed the University of Miami of their decisions regarding the reinstatement of eight student-athletes who were declared ineligible by the University last week,”. “The student-athletes involved have acknowledged receiving improper benefits and will now be responsible for restitution and, in some cases, the student-athletes will also serve game suspensions. They understand that their actions demand consequences."

Now, your statement of "My suggestion is this, if you are a fan of a D1 school and you see a private school like Miami suspending their kids and trying to make things right" looks quite ridiculous.

Just enjoy the fact that if they are not fully up front and honest they will get what Ohio State or UNC got and more. BET on it!
Hopefully the school will get what it deserves for the attitude that it has taken on this behavior for the last decade.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

Try having a Championship game stolen by a referree....you have no clue.  Go back and watch the game.  If it wasnt for a referree keeping his hands in his pockets at the end of regulation and the OSU reciever was mugged..no call...the game would have been over.  OSU would not have punted and Miami had no timeouts, 3 kneel downs game over.  The fact that in the 2nd overtime there was definitley pass interference but the official delayed throwing his flag, otherwise no one would have said anything.  EWither way you had a pro team then, McGahee already padi at least $25,000, Wilfork at least $50K.   Wake up



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

I think that the NCAA is too concerned about the TV ratings for the Miami-Ohio State game so they wanted to make sure that they're elligible to play by the time that game rolls around.  Think I'm off-base?  All you have to do is look back at the Sugar Bowl where the NCAA concocted the crazy notion of letting in-elligible players play for the sake of TV ratings.



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

people seriously! who did not expect them to get special treatment. The face of the program is Paul Dee. We all know that the NCAA could never run a clean organization. Especially when they put the dirtiest person involved in college sports on the COI or better yet run an athletic department. Who can honestly say they expected fair ruling. I saw this coming a mile away. It is digusting but consistant. The other kids and other schools involved will get nothing either. It is only the integrity of our countries  universities at stake here. who cares how corrupt they are. our future looks bright. 



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

Yet another fan who is stuck in the '80's. "...been doing it for decades" Sir the program has only been around that long. Are you confusing a few winnig seasons in the mid eighties through the early nineties as "decades"?/ a bit of an over statement no? As far as this bad behavior, I see it in every week @ Ohio state, Biose St., FSU, LSU, Texas etc,etc each week. The celebrating, the over exeuberence, let's not put that all on Miami- all the kids do it. It has been almost 20 years since the ,"bad boys of football" have taken the field. Miami hasnt won enough to behave that "badly" ever since.- niether has Ohio State for that matter. Believe me, If the Luck Eyes were to win 4 titles in 9 years, we would see the same cocky behavior from those boys and You, the Ohio State fan would describe that behavior as' "boys being boys" and cheer them on. The only reason the complaining is done is because the Miami teams Won and won alot!! I would submit to you that, Jeleosey is the ultimate ,"bad behavior".



Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Eight Miami players suspended by NCAA

NCAA is a joke. 1 game for the star players????????? These kids knowingly took cash. That is as blatant as it comes. What about Oregon??? They broke all kinds of recruiting rules. How come no new or articles on them????? Can you say$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
 
(NOT BUCKEYES FAN) At least Ohio State self imposed 5 games on the kids who did wrong. Now don’t get me wrong the NCAA should have never let OSU players play in the Bowl game, but that is on the NCAA.

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