Miami allegations delivered by NCAA against Hurricanes (+video)
Miami allegations? The NCAA allegations include that the University of Miami has a "lack of institutional control," and failed to monitor conduct of a rogue booster. Miami has 90 days to respond.
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And now, the Hurricanes have 90 days to prepare their rebuttal — or harsh penalties might await.
With Miami President Donna Shalala firing back at the governing body of college athletics for the second time in as many days, the Hurricanes got their long-awaited notice of allegations on Tuesday, the worst charge being that the school failed to monitor conduct of a rogue booster who provided cash, gifts and other items to players on the football and men's basketball teams.
"We deeply regret any violations," Shalala wrote in the university's response, "but we have suffered enough."
The NCAA did not comment Tuesday, one day after it revealed it was erasing some elements of its case against Miami because the information was obtained through an alliance forged with Maria Elena Perez, the attorney for former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro, whose claims are at the center of this scandal.
The institutional-control charge is typically one of the most severe the NCAA can bring after an investigation of rules violations. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press about the lack of institutional control charge, and that some former members of Miami coaching staffs were named in the notice of allegations, including Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith, who was with the Hurricanes from 2004-11.
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