8/30/2011 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI ATHLETICS DIRECTOR SHAWN EICHORST STATEMENT - "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,” said University of Miami Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst. “The student-athletes involved 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 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."
8/30/2011 Al Golden, Comments Summary: "You don’t know if the levy is going to hold until it rains..." - Golden continued, "Right now we are learning a lot about our team, are the fundamentals, are the principals, are the core values that we have instilled since we have gotten here; are they holding up under the rain and under the storm? We can sit here and try to assess it, but there is really is only one barometer in college football... and that is going to be Monday night. By the stroke of midnight we will know how really focused we have been and how we’ve come through it."
Tuesday, 8/30/2011 NCAA Hands Down Penalties on Eight Student-Athletes - QB Jacory Harris, DT Marcus Forston, WR Travis Benjamin, DE Adewale Ojomo, and OLB Sean Spence must serve a 1-game suspension. S Ray Ray Armstrong and TE Dyron Dye will serve 4-game suspensions. DE Olivier Vernon must sit out 6 games.
CBs Brandon McGee and JoJo Nicholas, S Vaughn Telemaque, and DT Micanor Regis were found to have accepted benefits of less than $100 dollars, but are cleared for NCAA competition.
LB Marcus Robinson has been cleared of all allegations and is fully reinstated without penalty.
Additionally, WR Aldarius Johnson is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Friday, 8/26/2011 UNIVERSITY of MIAMI Declares Eight Student-Athletes Ineligible - According to a report from the Miami Herald, eight football players have been ruled ineligible. Coach Golden confirmed that UM has petitioned the NCAA for reinstatement of ineligible players. QB Jacory Harris and LB Sean Spence among the eight suspended. Five players were cleared, but the names were not released by the university.
Thursday, 8/25/2011 CANEINSIDER speaks with attorney Michael Buckner, NCAA counsel and expert. He explains the situation in Coral Gables and provides insight into the NCAA process. CaneInsider Sports Talk Radio
Monday, 8/22/2011 UNIVERSITY of MIAMI PRESIDENT DONNA SHALALA STATEMENT - video statement to students, athletes, alumni, and fans
Friday, 8/19/2011 MARK EMMERT, PRESIDENT OF NCAA STATEMENT - “Clearly, the impact of the so-called death penalty is really severe,” Emmert said, not speaking specifically about the UM case.
“You wouldn’t want to enter into it without a very solid reason for doing so. ... You have to recognize that, today, inflicting that penalty on any one school has a lot of collateral damage to other members of the conference, around media contract rights and a variety of things. So you wouldn’t enter into it casually.
“... Having said that, if that’s an option that the [NCAA] Committee on Infractions believes is appropriate in any one case — it doesn’t matter which one it is — I’m not opposed to them using that. We need to have penalties that serve as effective deterrents so that people who are doing the calculation in their head [as to] whether or not the risks and rewards line up, recognize the price of being caught.”
8/18/2011 TEXAS TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR KIRBY HOCUTT INTERVIEW - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
8/18/2011 UNIVERSITY of LOUISVILLE STATEMENT - "We're aware of the Yahoo! Sports story and take these allegations very seriously," University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in a release. "The NCAA informed us that they wish to speak with Clint Hurtt regarding his time at the University of Miami, and we will cooperate fully throughout this process." Jurich said the university would not have any further comment on the issue "due to NCAA bylaws which require us to protect the integrity of their review."
8/18/2011 UNIVERSITY of MIAMI ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SHAWN EICHORST STATEMENT - "When I accepted the position of Director of Athletics at Miami in April, I not only embraced a new opportunity, but also a new family; a family of Hurricane students, coaches, staff, alumni, faculty and supporters. I know our family is hurting right now and that is what has made the past few days so difficult, upsetting and disappointing for me, as I am sure it has been for many proud Canes.
"But these are not times for pity and reflection. All of my efforts and energy are committed to ensuring the integrity of the NCAA investigation, demanding the full cooperation of our employees and student-athletes and providing unwavering support to our more than 400 plus student-athletes and more than 150 coaches and staff. Along with our passionate and devoted supporters, they are the true essence of Miami athletics.
"There are tough times ahead, challenges to overcome and serious decisions to be made, but we will be left standing and we will be stronger as a result. I understand there are unanswered questions, concerns and frustration by many but this Athletic Department will be defined now and in the future, by our core values, our integrity and our commitment to excellence, and by nothing else. The University of Miami, as an institution of higher learning, is a leader in exploration, achievement and excellence and we will work hard to do our part to live up to that standard.
"In my introductory press conference back in April, I asked the community for their unconditional support in our efforts to achieve the goal of excellence. Now, the community, the coaches, the student-athletes and the University have my unconditional support as we move towards a better day. And there will be a better day."
Thursday, 8/18/2011 UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA STATEMENT - "We have been in communication with the NCAA and there are no eligibility issues with Andre Debose and Matt Patchan as it relates to recent reports," the statement said. "Andre, Matt nor the University of Florida will have any additional comments regarding this matter."
8/17/2011 UNIVERSITY of GEORGIA STATEMENT - "The University of Georgia is aware of the article mentioning Orson Charles and has been in communication with the NCAA," the statement read. "There are no issues with UGA or eligibility issues with Orson Charles. UGA will have no further comment regarding this matter."
8/17/2011 KANSAS STATE STATEMENT - "Regarding Arthur Brown and Bryce Brown, the NCAA staff has informed the institution that it has no concerns about their eligibility to compete at K-State," the university said, adding it would not comment further.
8/17/2011 PURDUE UNIVERSITY STATEMENT - Purdue University has been in communication with the NCAA regarding Tuesday’s media report that mentions Robert Marve. There are no issues with Purdue or eligibility issues with Robert. Purdue will have no further comment on this matter.
8/17/2011 TEXAS TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR KIRBY HOCUTT STATEMENT - "There are membership levels within the Hurricane Club at the University of Miami. While I was athletics director, the benefits and experiences Mr. Shapiro received were consistent with those provided to others at his membership level. I never personally approved any special access for Mr. Shapiro to university athletics events or programs."
8/17/2011 DONNA SHALALA STATEMENT - To the University Community: Since its founding more than 85 years ago, the University of Miami has stood for excellence in higher education in every endeavor, every degree, and every student. Our more than 15,000 students, on three campuses in 11 schools and colleges, and over 150,000 alumni expect our core values to remain steadfast and true in times of extraordinary achievement as well as those rare times when those values are called into question. As a member of the University family, I am upset, disheartened, and saddened by the recent allegations leveled against some current and past student-athletes and members of our Athletic Department. Make no mistake—I regard these allegations with the utmost of seriousness and understand the concern of so many of you. We will vigorously pursue the truth, wherever that path may lead, and I have insisted upon complete, honest, and transparent cooperation with the NCAA from our staff and students. Our counsel is working jointly with the NCAA Enforcement Division in a thorough and meticulous investigation, which will require our patience.
I am in daily communication with our Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Director of Athletics, and counsel, and will continue to work closely with the leaders of our University.
To our students, parents, faculty, alumni, and supporters—I encourage you to have patience as the process progresses; to have confidence in knowing that we are doing everything possible to discover the truth; to have faith in the many outstanding student-athletes and coaches who represent the University; and to have pride in what our University has accomplished and aspires to be.
8/17/2011 NCAA PRESIDENT MARK EMMERT STATEMENT - If the assertions are true, the alleged conduct at the University of Miami is an illustration of the need for serious and fundamental change in many critical aspects of college sports. This pertains especially to the involvement of boosters and agents with student-athletes. While many are hearing about this case for the first time, the NCAA has been investigating the matter for five months. The serious threats to the integrity of college sports are one of the key reasons why I called together more than 50 presidents and chancellors last week to drive substantive changes to Division I intercollegiate athletics.
8/17/2011 UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA STATEMENT - While we declined comment for Yahoo’s request, Coach Aubrey Hill indicated he was very comfortable with, and very confident in how he conducted himself while at the University of Miami.
8/17/2011 Al Golden, Day 2 Comments Summary: “We’ll get through this…” - Golden said the university is cooperating with the investigation. He reiterated that he and his staff educate about compliance, boosters, and agents. Golden stated if players must sit out games, he will adjust practices accordingly. His focus remains on Maryland, moving forward to put this matter behind the program.
Wednesday, 8/17/2011 Nevin Shapiro speaks with ESPN: "I can tell you what I think is going to happen: death penalty."
8/16/2011 UNIVERSITY of ALABAMA STATEMENT- Alabama spokesperson Doug Walker issued the following statement regarding the Yahoo! Sports report: "The University of Alabama is aware of the story, but we will have no further comment."
8/16/2011 UNIVERSITY of MISSOURI STATEMENT - We are aware of today’s Yahoo! Sports story and the University of Missouri acknowledges that the NCAA has requested to speak with Coach Frank Haith regarding his time at the University of Miami. As a member of the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference, the University of Missouri will cooperate fully throughout this process. Per the NCAA’s request and guiding bylaws, we are unable to comment further in order to protect the integrity of their review.
8/16/2011 - COACH FRANK HAITH STATEMENT - In response to a recent news article, I can confirm that the NCAA has asked to speak with me regarding the time I spent at the University of Miami. I am more than happy to cooperate with the national office on this issue and look forward to a quick resolution. The NCAA has instructed me not to comment further at this time in order to protect the integrity of their review, so I appreciate your understanding in this matter. The reports questioning my personal interactions with Mr. Shapiro are not an accurate portrayal of my character and per the above I am unable to comment further.
8/16/2011 - UNIVERSITY of MIAMI STATEMENT - In regards to the allegations levied by Nevin Shapiro, UM officials released this statement: "When Nevin Shapiro made his allegations nearly a year ago, he and his attorneys refused to provide any facts to the University of Miami. The University notified the NCAA Enforcement officials of these allegations. We are fully cooperating with the NCAA and are conducting a joint investigation. The University of Miami takes these matters very seriously."
8/16/2011 - Yahoo! Sports article published
Tuesday, 8/16/2011 Al Golden, Day 1 Comments Summary: “We’re disappointed, but not discouraged…” – Joint investigation by the NCAA and University of Miami confirmed. Coach Golden said he didn’t know about allegations before he was hired. He stated that the football program has made progress, won’t let the investigation sack progress. Golden said this situation will test the team on several levels. He vows to get mistakes corrected and continue to operate the program within NCAA bylaws and continue to educate on compliance rules.
Monday, 8/15/2011 - Whispers of NCAA investigation