INDIANAPOLIS -- There aren't many direct flights from Miami to Indianapolis so naturally odds were pretty good I was going to bump into University of Miami representatives on their way up to meet with the NCAA infractions committee Wednesday morning.
UM President Donna Shalala, football coach Al Golden, basketball coach Jim Larranaga, athletic director Blake James and several top-end UM staffers along with UM's general counsel boarded a small flight -- along with me and about 10 other people -- bound for the city where the NCAA is headquartered. Coach Golden, Larranaga and James were nice enough to say hello to me before and after the flight -- including when we all went to grab a cab at the same time. But that's probably all I'm going to get from them over the next three days.
UM has said it will not comment before, during or after its hearings with the infraction committee.
Thursday morning -- somewhere here at the downtown hotel I'll keep secret -- UM and several former assistant coaches will get together with the committee on infractions and NCAA investigators inside of a meeting room. I'd love to be a fly inside the room to hear it all, but instead I'll be sitting outside, keeping my fingers crossed to learn something from the hearings.
As our Barry Jackson wrote today in his Sports Buzz, procedural issues will be heard Thursday and UM and at least four of the coaches again will ask for the case to be dismissed, which UM doesn’t expect to happen.
All of the football allegations will be addressed in a marathon Friday session, and basketball charges will be dealt with Saturday.
I will be here, hoping some bit of news trickles out of those doors. Who knows maybe Shalala will come out of the meetings doing a touchdown dance and this will all be over.
Odds are, though, we won't hear much. Plus, sanctions won't be announced until six weeks or later. So, unless the case gets dismissed -- which would be huge news -- the news will be light.
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