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Miami Football, Hoops Lose Scholarships

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:46am

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Miami is losing three football scholarships and one basketball scholarship in each of the next three years as part of the penalties in the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal.

The football team will be able to go to a bowl this season and the school is accepting the sanctions, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the decision is not being made public until 10 a.m. EDT.

The NCAA found that Miami "lacked institutional control when it did not monitor the activities" of Shapiro.

Miami will also be on three years of probation, and former men's basketball coach Frank Haith - now at Missouri - will miss the first five games of the Tigers' season. He must appear at a rules seminar next year.

Miami will have some recruiting restrictions, as well. The football program has already reduced the number of paid visits and fall evaluations as part of the school's self-imposed sanctions, which included missing three postseason games.

 

The NCAA's decision comes 2½ years after its investigation of Miami began. It also comes eight months after it said the Hurricanes received their notice of allegations. Shapiro is a former booster and convicted felon, serving a 20-year sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme.