You have to hand it to the Miami Hurricanes and their football program. Â A constant source of controversy for 30 years, the most recent allegations are by far the most serious. Â Before we touch on the latest mess, lets review the past 3 plus decades of scandals at The U.
- 1978 – Miami players throw a man in a lake which results in the coach, Lou Saban, getting fired. Â The players threw the man into the lake because he was wearing a yarmulke.
- 1980s – Luther Campbell, a member of 2LiveCrew, had an alleged “pay-for-play” system that rewarded players for touchdowns and big plays. Â It was also in this period the team showed up to the National Championship game wearingÂ camouflage, adding to their ‘thug’ personality.
- 1995 – An athletic departmentÂ councilorÂ for the football team Â raided the Pell Grant program, which provides money for students who need it to attend college. Â The employee used the money to fund his cocaine habit. Â This latest scandal caused Sports Illustrated to write an open letter to Miami to shut down their football program.
- 2002-Present – A known criminal, Nevin Shapiro, used funds obtained in a Ponzi scheme to pay out over $2 Million in illegal benefits to players. Â The benefits ranged from “pay-to-play” to getting underage athletes into club and buying them prostitutes.
Enough is enough. Â Writers, fans and others are now asking if University of Miami should get the death penalty. Â The NCAA handed one of these out before to SMU, and the football program has not been the same.
What if the NCAA decided to take a different approach and allow the players to get paid and recruited at any time? Â At this point what difference would it make? Â College football is one of the biggerÂ hypocrisies going. Â Players get paid nothing, colleges make millions, the colleges turn a blind eye when players or coaches cheat as long as the money roles in. Â At the rate these scandals and violations keep happening, there is a chance that bottom feeder football programs like Syracuse may actually be able to compete with the cheaters.Â