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Canes hope NCAA will take into account self-imposed, internal scholarship reductions in football

University of Miami athletic director Blake James, speaking to The Miami Herald during a one-on-one interview, made it clear the program will not officially appeal any decisions made by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions Tuesday.

But that doesn't mean UM isn't going to try trim the number of football scholarships its set to lose -- nine over three years -- down a bit. For the first time Tuesday, James said UM had already "internally imposed some scholarship reductions" and the hope is the NCAA will take those measures into account. But if the NCAA doesn't, that doesn't mean Miami is going to put up a huge stink.

"We will be discussing that situation with the NCAA right now and we'll see how its best to go forward," James said. "Again, we were looking at the situation and getting an understanding of where we thought things were going to go. Again, we did think [scholarship reductions] were a possibility, but it was something we kept internal. Now that it did become a reality of our penalties we'll document with the NCAA the steps we took and work with them on checking on the possibility of that being included in this year's scholarship numbers."

The Hurricanes, currently at 74 scholarship players by the media's count, have 19 seniors on their roster and 25 oral, non-binding commitments. If the Canes' current recruiting class stays at the same number and no underclassmen depart the program, UM would have 80 scholarship players on its roster next season.

Of course, UM has the flexibility, James said, of reducing its football scholarships at the rate it sees fit. Meaning, UM doesn't have to trim three scholarships each year. It can work with any formula it sees fit. Men's basketball, set to lose one scholarship per year over the next three years, doesn't have that flexibility, James said.

"That's something I'll work with Al on," James said. "It's really going to be Al communicating with us how it best works for us to meet the penalty, at the same time what's best for the football program understanding we have that flexibility with these nine that we can allocate them over a three-year period."

> What was Blake's reaction to Tuesday's news?

"First of first reactions I was pleased to be at the end of the process," he said. "Obviously it's a process I think that's worn on all of us. It's something that as an institution we've taken very seriously. I was pleased to get to the end of the process. In terms of looking at the sanctions, we're looking at nine scholarships for football. I would say, being honest, being a part of the process, it was something I thought was in line with what I expected, but still something that was very significant.

"I would say the same with basketball -- again in line with what I was expecting based on the case. With that said, very significant along with many of the sanctions we've put in place, many of which have been very public setting up the bowl bans, two bowls and an ACC championship. And some that until today we had been working on behind the scenes and working with the NCAA on."

James said if UM had been given another bowl ban it definitely would have been something the school appealed. But he didn't sense that coming.

"I think that was something that would have been real hard," James said of another bowl ban. "We have 115 young men in our program right now that are committed to achieving their goals. In many cases you have a group that hasn't been able to play in a bowl at all. In some case you have a few individuals that maybe got a chance to be a part of the Sun Bowl and that experience there, but really weren't active members of the team and have sat out on the sidelines the next few years.

"To have our young men not have that opportunity again would have been something that would have been very hard. But again, we respected the process and understood the Committee on Infractions was going to do what was best. I didn't feel another bowl justified and I was pleased to see the COI felt the same way. So I was very pleased we were able to go forward in that front."

James said he had been on the phone all morning with UM President Donna Shalala. Her reaction wasn't much different than his, he said.

"We've been in regular communication. I would say her feelings are very similar to mine," James aid. "Obviously we're disappointed that the institution had this situation occur. We're going to do things we need to do to make changes. Many of those are already in place. We'll continue to educate our people. We'll continue to closely monitor the program and we'll move forward as the great athletic program we are representing one of the finest institutions in the country."

This obviously isn't the first time Miami has dealt with sanctions. What kind of changes has Blake seen from the athletic department when it comes to compliance since taking the athletic director job? Plenty, he said.

"I think it's a situation where I first got here we had a very established compliance program in that they were looking to do all the things they needed to do with enforcement. How we ended up missing some of the violations that occurred is the disappointing part because I think the people we had in place were professional and did the best job they could," James said.

"I think it's a situation where maybe we didn't do some of the education that we're doing now. You see those things being in place. If you look at it from my time being a senior associate to my time now I would really say the biggest change is just the educational aspect. I think we have made some structural changes and our approach on things is really trying to make everyone understand what the rules are and how we have to operate within those rules. I wouldn't say that wasn't the case here before. Obviously there's something amiss we had this going on for 10 years. Not being here for the vast majority of that time it's hard for me to speculate on that because I know people that were here before were very dedicated to putting an institution in the best light. I know I struggle with how something like this could happen."

James said UM will not cut ties with former players as USC did.

"Again, based on the COI report there wasn't any mention of any type of disassociation," James said. "I would say that isn't something at this time we need to move forward with given the results of the findings."

From a purely personal standpoint how does James feel now that this is over?

"Again, I'm happy the process is completed," he said. "Obviously I hope this is a situation I never have to go through again, and I can assure all of us I will do everything I can to put systems in place to avoid this situation again. [I'm also] disappointed our program has gone through the challenging time it has over the last few years. It's been hard on our coaches, hard our student-athletes and hard on our administration and staff. I think we all recognize that and are all happy to move full speed ahead."

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And that folks is the definition of 'hedging'. Got it Gallo?

Them 'Canes smarter than you think!

Do you think that continually referring to Gallo just gives him more incentive to keep posting?

I go the other way. He posted dozens of lists in the past. Once he got pounded and "drowned" out by other posts under the "Jim Gallo" moniker, his lists are less frequent.

I clearly remember the NCAA seeking from UM its scholarships numbers as they were in this penalty determination stage. Now, Blake James says that he did NOT supply that info. The question is:

Would the NCAA NOW accept this belated info to reconsider?

Tell The U to take a walk on the wild side?

Or to just appeal penalties in its entirety, if UM don't like it?

Can someone please get an interview with shapiro?

Perhaps the NCAA knew Miami had already self-imposed scholarship reductions but intentionally left that out of the final report. In other words, it's their way of saying, "just move on already".

85-9 = 76. Miami is already at 74.

Easy math and a brilliant strategy by Miami essentially rendering the NCAA scholarship reductions to worthless.

Now keep your nose clean and play some football!

Shalala should have our respect for the way she fought for the "U". Only 9 scholis over three years clearly means that Shalala said something during the infraction meetings that got the NCAA's attention. Go Canes.

One more time...

It seems like only yesterday that Gallo was lecturing all of us as to how stupid Donna Shalala was for self-imposing. He also swore up and down that taking the self-imposed sanctions was all Al Golden's doing. All kidding aside even a broken clock is right twice a day, yet Gallo has NEVER been right about anything...a stunning record that will NEVER be broken. Please read on:

Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, the chairman of the committee on infractions said:
"He said UM’s previous self-imposed penalties helped a LOT. “The committee accepted the significance of the penalties the institution imposed on its football program. These penalties were severe and the unprecedented access [provided by] the university were taken into account. The self imposed penalties represented an indication by the university that they were taking the case very seriously. It understood it needed to respond internally. For the university to step up to impose these bowl bans is a big deal – very big deal. The fact it also prevented an ACC championship game which potentially could have led to a BCS bowl game were very big decisions – the committee appreciated those decisions.”

Gallo predicated that the Gators would annihilate the Canes and is now predicting FSU will annihilate our Canes...based on the antithesis of Nostradamus (Gallo) I am starting to feel good about our chances against the Noles...keep those predictions coming Gallo...lol!!

Gallo/Shapiro, enjoy the rest of your time in jail. What is it, another 15 years go. Sweet!

They are so butt-hurt at Yahoo Sports, hilarious!!!

Someone just committed to The U. Brennan Carroll just sent out his 'Welcome To The U' tweet.

Bat signal from Carroll.

Bat signal from Carroll.

Rumor that it's Wyche.

NCAA = screw Miami

The "U" just got a commit from a top rated DT. Does anyone have an idea on who it is? Suppose to be a big time DT. Go Canes.

See new post. It's Wyche.

They should pull an offer on one of the quarteback recruits, don't know why were recruiting so many QBs were already loaded at that position


Shalala should have our respect for the way she fought for the "U". Only 9 scholis over three years clearly means that Shalala said something during the infraction meetings that got the NCAA's attention. Go Canes.

Posted by: jra | October 22, 2013 at 03:37 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Voila! President Shalala is one shrewd, tough individual and she probably had an Orange nd' Green Ace card up her sleeves. dUh

Thank bUddha, the N.C.A.A.'s investigation was TAINTED from the get go. Because it's surely certain they wanted to DEVASTATE and BURY the University of Miami, Florida Hurricane football program.

Thank you to Coach Golden and his staff and most important to the kids who committed and played through this process with rumors and self imposed sanctions. They all showed determination, leadership and hard work.

Being ranked 7th is a perfect example of your hard work and dedication.

Keep up the good work, you have a lot of football games to continue showing that you are worthy of your ranking. Prove all your critics that you are The U.

Beat Wake Forest...

Scholarship players are great to come to Miami.

But can we pluuuleeezzzeee get a DC who knows his butt from first base??????

Run this defense now until the end of this season, and I will guarantee another NC.

four down defensive linemen, two over the offensive guards and two over the outside shoulders of the tackle or tight end on the end of the line in order to stop the end run. A cornerback can NOT stop an offensive lineman blocker and make the tackle although a DE can ward off the blocker and mirror the runner until help arrives.

middle LBs within 3 yards of the LOS to avoid giving up five yards up the middle on every running play,

blitz on passing downs,

play tight man to man pass coverage on each receiver with two free safeties. The coverage only has to be close for 3 seconds which is the time it takes for defensive linemen to get to the offensive passer.

d'o and his zone NO defense is constantly giving up run yards up the middle and around the end and giving up third and long conversions to first and ten with his zone, prevent the win, NO pass coverage.

d'o can not get away with that against a good team.
If he and goldie continue to use their crap NO defense, it is bye bye NC and losses to fsu and vt.

Cane72, although we appreciate your coaching skills, this scheme will NOT work on a regular basis. You have got to mix it up according to the offensive scheme. You may want to show 11 guys on the line of scrimmage and drop 4 into coverage. You might show a zone coverage that is actually man to man, or show a soft zone with a 3 man rush that turns into a 7 man blitz. It is MUCH more complicated than just playing a 4 man front and man coverage. Please leave it up to the professionals. Nothing wrong with playing a combination of zone and man coverage. The Steelers do very well with it. Are you old enough to remember the Dolphins in their championship years? They played a soft bend but don't break defense that worked very well! Yes, they gave up some yards, but they always seemed to come out on top.

Go Canes!

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