NCAA Hands Down Sanctions Againt University of Miami

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Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Miami Hurricanes finally learned their fate as the NCAA penalized the university based on the Nevin Shapiro scandal. Miami will not receive any bowl bans, but will lose nine total scholarships over the next three years.

The decision comes over two years after the NCAA launched their investigation.

Shapiro, a former booster, provided improper benefits among other things to members of the football and basketball team.

Shapiro is currently serving a 20-year sentence for his role in a separate $930 million ponzi scheme.

Miami’s entire athletic department has also been placed on three years probation. The basketball program will lose three scholarships as well.

Once the investigation was announced, Miami self-imposed sanctions, and it helped lessen the penalties imposed by the NCAA.

Despite looming penalties hanging over the program for years, the football team has had a massive resurgence. Under head coach Al Golden, the Hurricanes are 6-0 so far this season, and are ranked seventh in the nation.

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