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NCAA: Eight Canes must sit out, repay benefits; Aldarius Johnson suspended indefinitely

CORAL GABLES -- The NCAA announced moments ago that eight Hurricanes will face suspensions and be forced to repay benefits in order to be eligible to play again following a decision Tuesday afternoon by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff. 

Of the eight, three received substantial benefits as recruits from former booster Nevin Shapiro and athletics personnel to entice them to enroll at UM, which are considered some of the most serious recruiting violations within the NCAA. Five other students were found to receive less than $500 each as student-athletes at UM.

> Defensive end Olivier Vernon received more than $1,200 in benefits and must miss six games and make repayment of the value of the benefits. 

> Safety Ray Ray Armstrong and tight end Dyron Dye will miss four games and must make repayment. Ray Ray owes $788 and Dye owes $738. 

> Defensive end Marcus Forston, linebacker Sean Spence, defensive end Adewale Ojomo, receiver Travis Benjamin and quarterback Jacory Harris must miss one game and make repayments. Forston received more than $400 in extra benefits. Spence received approximately $275; Ojomo $240; Benjamin $150 and Harris $140.

The NCAA says UM has not submitted any additional reinstatement requests at this time. 

"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,” UM athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement released by The NCAA. “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.

"This university has the highest standards in all of our academic and athletic endeavors. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to continue to build winning programs with the utmost of integrity. We will be more vigilant in our compliance and continue to work with the NCAA on the joint investigation to determine the facts..

"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 Golden and his staff for their professionalism and leadership over the past few weeks."

> Additionally, the following football student-athletes have been cleared by the NCAA to play in all competition and each must make repayment in the amount of less than $100: cornerbacks Brandon McGee and JoJo Nicolas, defensive tackle Micanor Regis and safety Vaughn Telemaque.

Linebacker Marcus Robinson has been cleared of any NCAA violations and will not face any penalties.

Finally, UM head coach Al Golden announced that senior wide receiver Aldarius Johnson has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

> It's our understanding is all suspensions begin immediately, starting with the season opener at Maryland Sept. 5.

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Marci Pan if you believe that UM is the most corrupt school in the land you are in la la land Just look a little deeper in the SEC

All this means is that we will have the maority of our guys able to play most of the year and that is very good news. The biggest lose will of course be Vernon missing so many games, but we have depth on the D-Line, especially with Chickillo playing so well. That stated, what this shows is that they were SOME infractions, as many of us thought. We still have to see how ALL of this plays out with former players and coaches and former and current administration. I beleive that we will get some scholarship losses and maybe a year or two bowl ban (I don't wish for this, but that may be the case). We all have to wait and see. Two things that todays ruling on the current players does clearify though are this:


1) UM will not get the 'death penalty' as many in the media have discussed.
2) Infractions and wrong doing were done, but NOT to the exagerated stance that Shapiro stated. As Jason Whitlocks article stated, there appears to have been lots of "sauce" but on this story by Shapiro.

I am happy that we will be able to get most of our guys playing this year and if we are successful and most of this Shappy's story is proven false and we get a "decent" ruling, hopefully we can hold on to Coach Golden while we move on after this bump in the road.

(IN THE GABLES) ARE you F'n kidding me. The U will become like 'bilt????????? Are you F'n kidding me??? Dude you are about as clueless as those toothless hillbillies in Tennessee!! We are the M F'n U beeeeeeeotch!!!

"sauce" put on this story by Shapiro.

Kind of relieved, but now waiting for the other shoe to drop (institutional penalties) -- could be brutal.

This is a good read -- reasonable and well-thought-out (which you almost never get where we're concerned):

http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/Jason-Whitlock-Yahoo-Nevin-Shapiro-Miami-Hurricanes-scandal-082811

Go 'Canes!

what institutional penalties? Hocutt is gone, Coker is gone, Haith is gone, Dee is gone and he would have to admit that he did it, which means that he would haev to recuse himself or resign from the NCAa which wouldmean that many penalized schools would have a cause to sue due to conflict of interest, and Shannon is gone,and by all accounts he warned players of Shapiro and stood away from him

So, Shalala would have to admit wrong doing, and everyone else that "knew" would have to admit all the allegations.

Not going to happen.

Period

end of story

Lololol...love all you UM losers bitching at each other! Bickering like little dumb broads! 99% would never get into the U and if u did...you couldn't afford it...I burned my UM acceptance letter and their scholarship offer! Your program will Be washed up memory soon, and FSU will take over once again!
And if u didn't attend the U...don't bother to comment...u have no voice! Root got the golden panthers...the school I might get into "tards"!!!

Let's not get to the point about no penalties. The line in the NCAA report that said recruits got impermissible benefits from Shapiro and athletic personnel. That is a very disturbing insight to where the NCAA is heading. Only time will tell.
Beat the turtles

Fire SHALALALALALA NOW. She's the only one left and can't even face the press. Letters and tape recordings don't cut it.

This ruling isn't the end here guys. The NCAA is barely ankle deep in this. Remember UNC last year? That started with suspensions and reinstatements and dragged on through the season. What makes you think that certain sanctions (including the electric chair) aren't still on the table?

This blog is starting to sound like a bunch of addicts sitting in a rehab circle convincing each other that nothing is wrong.

Intervention. UNC did not get the death penalty or major sanctions, correct?? And these suspensions are less than UNC, see where this could be going??

All I see is a lot of uncertainty that will be uncertain well into the season.

BTW, how is the NCAA going to mete out punishment for improper bene's paid to guys in past years...multiple past years I might add? Though they can't nail guys already in the NFL, don't you think they will extract their pound of flesh from the program?

It's ALWAYS GREAT to be a Miami Hurricane!!

Ha! UFelony30andmore rears his cowardly head once again. He is so delUsional he no longer finds it necessary to hide behind other names (like Costco Supervisor). Hey knUcklehead, you're celebrating because you think the NCAA penalties weren't too bad. What you don't realize is that these punishments are just the iceing on the cake. The NCAA investigation into UM will take at least a few months -THAT is when the death penalty, or at least the loss of a bunch of scholarships and bowl bans, will occur. The fact that the NCAA decided to punish these players shows that the NCAA has PROOF that rules were violated right now, not to mention throughout the past decade. I know other UM fans realize this. All U scUm are not as dUmb as UFelony. He never went to the U, he just likes to rep the U. UFelony think he got swag. See you on Oct 23rd. Make sure and get permission from mommy.

Intervention. It is my understanding they only go back 4 years to start. They then have to determine there was Iack of institutional control going back further. So far that has not happened and hopefully will not. We started two weeks ago with sensationalism for papers and it's started to calm down. These were fairly minor discipline. Let's hope it stays that way.
Golden needs to be given an extension and the U needs to

Fire SHALALALALALA NOW

Pay? You're nuts. These kids get $160K from UM in the form of private education. Most won't even go to the NFL. All have a chance at life.

The players should have known better. They will regret that decision for their entire career. Moss found regret a week later. The media has already shamed them and that reputation will be hard to shake,

F... []_[] SHAPIRO!!!
You wanted to ruin my canes, and at least for the next 20 years we won't heard from your BS anymore.
The program will get sanction, but it won't get ruin down because of you.

Once again, F... []_[]!!!
I feel sorry for Ohio State (not really), but they are going to suffer the anger of these players that are coming back for that game.

Go Canes!

UM Fan hit the nail on the head. Shalala and Co. need to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to keep Al Golden. The man has the integrity and character that this program can hang its hat on for years to come. Probably wishful thinking, but we shall see.

In the meantime, let's play!
C.A.N.E.S. CANES!

Did Shalala get hit with any penalties?

Take your medicine and let's roll!!! It's game time, fool.....

No. But the one she should get hit with is getting fired.

So. They have to re-pay money back... to who... Shapiro... NCAA? Either one is not worthy.

Well...well...well. First and foremost there has been and always will be hate for our beloved U! We all know where hate comes from; thats right, jelousy! The University of Miami is a great international University. Period! We happen to have one of the most storied football programs in our wonderful, free country. I will ALWAYS stand by my school!
I have the right to speak; I am a former student athlete and am to this day involved with our school.

If you as a Cane nation want to be heard; let the kids do it on the field.

I say "BOYCOTT" espn.

The days of Al Golden may not be over after this year. The guy likes winning n if he stays here for 30 years he will retire with more wins than Joe Pa. He has a serious connection with the all the coaches and recruits in the state of Florida for two reasons. First, he is the right coach anywhere he goes. Second, everyone in the nation knows Miami has the best path to go to the NFL. Miami and FSU probably have more players than the entire SEC Combined.

Why would he leave when he knows he can put 10+ wins each season if he withers the storm? No other university can claim that when it is at its best that they win 5 out 8 championships and that is why they are so hated.

I am grateful that we have coach Golden coaching the miami hurricanes, however should he decide to leave then I can not blame hi. the worst case scenario is he leaves after this year, but that would not mean it is the end of the U. 1 coach comes to my mind has a back up plan his name is butch davis .

He is the right man for the U and the U might be the best place for him as well. His recruits want two things. First, they want to play for coach Al Golden. Second, they want to play for the U. Out of 24 commitments prior to the much exaggerated Yahoo! Story and there are still 24 recruits on board. Probation may turn out as a blessing in disguise because it drastically lowers the expectations of a very impatient Hurricane fan base. If his plan is to coach in the NFL then he will leave for another job because this job won't upgrade his resume. If he loves college football then he definitely has more reasons to stay than to leave. Miami has top 5 recruiting classes every year if he keeps the local recruits.

I believe that yes the players should be suspended but some pf the suspensions are a little much I think not to mention having to pay back money. Who and where is that money going to and why. Not to mention everyone knows that all schools have boosters. Shapiro got caught and decided to throw his dirt out on other people so that he can feel as if the blame is not all on him

These players do alot for the sport and deserve some compensation for there efforts besides their scholarships. They have lives and money issues too like the rest us why can't they have a piece of the pie that they help to bring to the table for the school. They are devoted to the sport and to their studies.

But at the end of the day we as the CANES will take our licks and be back better and stronger then ever.

Dang wes gots to find other shapiro..after he qite given monies..coaah randy couldn't not recurit no more!we went ways down the list on that tv show espn for requirting.
um class of 2003

Having graduated from the U in 1977, I have never been more proud of my alma matter than now. From Ms. Shalala to Mr. Golden, I perceive professionalism and tenacity, attributes I hope all current and future Canes acquire while receiving their education at the U.

Regarding the coverage of the Shapiro allegations, I have only heard one media member point out that the benefits these student athletes received (the ones currently on the team) amount to nothing more than a dinner at a restaurant and other entertainment totaling less than $200 for most of them. Yet, the impression the media stories create is that the $930 million the ponzi-schemer stole was received by the U and/or its players.

The media should explain that some of these kids had pizza or dinner at Benihana paid for in connection with their recruitment and that not even the felon himself has even insinuated that anyone at the U had anything to do with his despicable ponzi-scheme or should have suspected he was engaged in such surreptitious activity.

I will always be proud of and grateful to my alma matter.

P.S. The only media member I know of to point this out is Gino Torreta

Having graduated from the U in 1977, I have never been more proud of my alma matter than now. From Ms. Shalala to Mr. Golden, I perceive professionalism and tenacity, attributes I hope all current and future Canes acquire while receiving their education at the U.

Regarding the coverage of the Shapiro allegations, I have only heard one media member point out that the benefits these student athletes received (the ones currently on the team) amount to nothing more than a dinner at a restaurant and other entertainment totaling less than $200 for most of them. Yet, the impression the media stories create is that the $930 million the ponzi-schemer stole was received by the U and/or its players.

The media should explain that some of these kids had pizza or dinner at Benihana paid for in connection with their recruitment and that not even the felon himself has even insinuated that anyone at the U had anything to do with his despicable ponzi-scheme or should have suspected he was engaged in such surreptitious activity.

I will always be proud of and grateful to my alma matter.

P.S. The only media member I know of to point this out is Gino Torreta


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