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NCAA cites 'lack of institutional control' at Miami

The NCAA gives Miami a notice of allegations after a long investigation of alleged rules violations. The school president says, 'we've suffered enough.'

February 19, 2013|Wire reports
  • According to the Assocaited Press, Missouri basketball Coach Frank Haith is among several former members of the Miami coaching staff who were named in the NCAA's notice of allegations against university.
According to the Assocaited Press, Missouri basketball Coach Frank Haith… (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated…)

Miami has finally received its notice of allegations from the NCAA. A long-awaited document accuses the Hurricanes of a "lack of institutional control" within its athletic department.

The allegations arrived on Tuesday. The institutional-control charge is typically one of the most severe the NCAA can bring after an investigation of rules violations. The governing body for college athletics declined to comment Tuesday, one day after revealing that it was erasing some elements of its case against Miami because the information was obtained in impermissible ways.

"We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough," Miami President Donna Shalala said in a statement Tuesday night.

A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that several former members of Miami coaching staffs are named in the notice of allegations, including Missouri basketball Coach Frank Haith, who was with the Hurricanes from 2004 to 2011.

Next up: the sanctions phase, where Miami's penalties will be decided. The Hurricanes have already self-imposed several sanctions, including sitting out two bowl games and a conference football championship game. Shalala said Monday she believes those punishments should be enough.

This saga started in September 2010, when the university told the NCAA that convicted Ponzi scheme architect and former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro made allegations to the school against former players. Shapiro said he interacted mostly with football players and recruits, as well as a significantly smaller number of men's basketball players.

Shapiro is serving a 20-year prison term for masterminding a $930-million fraud scheme.

Shalala said Miami will work diligently to prepare a response to the allegations within 90 days.

Miami wants to get through the sanctions portion of the process as quickly as possible. But typically it takes about three months for a hearing, and then can take several weeks — if not months — more for the penalties to be handed down. The sides coming to a settlement beforehand is another possibility.

SOCCER

World Cup will use goal-line technology

FIFA committed Tuesday to using goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and could have four systems competing for selection.

FIFA said it is now seeking tenders from companies which want their system to be used at the Confederations Cup in June and next year's World Cup.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter insisted on giving World Cup referees high-tech aids to make goal-line decisions after seeing England midfielder Frank Lampard have a clear goal denied against Germany at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

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Chivas USA traded even-time MLS all-star Shalrie Joseph to the Seattle Sounders.

Seattle also acquired two future draft picks and a higher allocation spot in the trade. In return, the Sounders were forced to use their designated-player spot on Joseph, although Chivas is taking a portion of the salary cap hit.

Joseph is a 10-year veteran of the MLS, spending most of his career with New England before a trade to Chivas last season.

NFL

Jets dump Bart Scott, Calvin Pace and three others

The New York Jets cleared about $31 million in salary cap space by cutting veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace and three other players. Safety Eric Smith, backup offensive lineman Jason Smith, and tight end Josh Baker also were released. The moves were expected because New York entered the offseason more than $20 million over the cap for the 2013 season.

They were the first significant personnel decisions made by new general manager John Idzik, who was hired to replace the fired Mike Tannenbaum last month.

The Jets are hamstrung by the contract of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is coming off a miserable season but is guaranteed $8.25 million next season. He would cost the Jets a $17.1 million cap hit if they cut him.

Backup quarterback Tim Tebow, who barely played after being acquired from Denver in a trade last year, is expected to be released soon.

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The Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco's agent plan to meet this weekend in their first attempt to reach a new contract for the Super Bowl most valuable player.

Joe Linta will be in Indianapolis at the NFL's scouting combine for the first negotiations since August. After the team and Flacco couldn't agree on an extension or a new deal last summer, Flacco played out the final year of his rookie contract.

Flacco made less than $7 million in 2012, and even if the Ravens franchise him, he would at least double that salary for next season.

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NFL Players Assn. President Domonique Foxworth said NFL players don't trust Commissioner Roger Goodell because of the Saints bounty case, in particular.

Foxworth added he wouldn't be able to persuade players to have faith in the league even if he wanted to.

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